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An animated science-fiction TV series [1999-2003, continued 2010-2013], showing the adventures of a 20th century man (Philip J. Fry) woken from a cryogenic sleep into a retro-futuristic 31st century, with strong absurdist leanings.

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Why didn't Zoidberg die in Bender's Game?

In Bender's Game, when they arrive in the D&D universe, Greyfarn the Wizard explains that if they're killed in that universe, they'll be killed in the regular universe too. Later, Leegola kills ...
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Why do Turanga Leela and her family put their surname first?

What I know already: When stating her name, Turanga Leela's surname comes first (her parents' names are Turanga Morris and Turanga Munda). Some cultures put the surname last, others put it first. ...
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Why does Kif appear at the end of “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”?

In the closing credits of "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (Futurama Season 4, Episode 11) we are shown a collection of stills that appeared in the show, to the sound of a variant of the Star Trek theme....
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When did Earth stop selecting jobs for its inhabitants?

In the pilot episode of Futurama, Fry doesn't want his pre-selected job, a delivery boy. Leela informs him that: You're assigned the job you're best at. There are severe punishments for not doing ...
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How Does Bender Store Everything? [duplicate]

Bender Rodriguez. The lovable robot with a SERIOUS alcohol problem. One thing always perplexed me, though. How does he store everything? How did he get all these treasures? He stored them in his ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

I can't find any logical explanation of the key point that makes all of the Futurama series run, at least in the episodes I've seen. I guess that at least Fry's family reported his disappearance to ...
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How do they travel so fast in Futurama?

The speed in which they can travel in spaceships seems way higher than lightspeed, despite it being stated in one episode that their spaceship can only travel up to 99% of the speed of light. For ...
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Why does Prof. Farnsworth run Planet Express?

The Professor is clearly a physicist and inventor. Is it ever shown why he is running a small scale shipping company with only a handful of employees, instead of (for example) working in a government ...
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Are the Scammer Aliens from Bender's Big Score references to Singularity Sky?

I recently read Charles Stross' Singularity Sky (2003). Within, there are a group of creatures known as the Critics, who resemble large naked mole rats. Likewise, in the Futurama film Bender's Big ...
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Who really put the time travel code on Fry in Bender's Big Score?

I think the main premise of the film doesn't make any sense unless it's somehow explained in some other film. I mean although it's seen that the one who puts the code on Fry is The code could only be ...
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Why are Yancy Fry (and his son) able to produce delta waves?

In Futurama, we find out that Fry's brain is special in that it is unable to produce the delta wave and is incapable of analytic thought. Later in the series we find out it's because he is his own ...
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What's the supposed pun behind the name I.C. Wiener?

I don't understand the supposed pun in the name "I.C. Wiener". The best explanation I’ve read is that “I.C.” is like “Icy”, referring to the cryogenically frozen people, but this looks too far fetched ...
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Why was Mom never sent to the Near Death Star? [duplicate]

Throughout the series we see that Mom and the Peofessor worked together and had a relationship. This would make Mom either the same age has the Professor, or older (she's looked as ancient in the ...
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Which Bone is Leela Missing?

In Season 8, Episode 9 of Futurama, called "Fry Am the Egg Man", Leela says that she has 205 bones in her body. A normal human has 206 (at adulthood), so what bone is Leela missing?
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Does the Futurama TV show have jokes relating to the 1939 Futurama exhibit?

I’m curious about the relationship of the TV show Futurama and the original Norman Bel Geddes exhibit from which it took its name. Are there any specific jokes or Easter eggs in the show relating to ...
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In the episode “The Deep South” What does Zoidberg mean by “it's a third rate symphony”?

The quote goes "Fry, you can't stay here. Sure, they have the Braves, but it's a third-rate symphony" when referring to Fry staying behind in underwater Atlanta. I'm assuming this is not ...
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Is Dr. Zoidberg a good Decapodian doctor? [duplicate]

From his first appearance its patently obvious that Dr. Zoidberg has no knowledge of human (or robot) anatomy. But his willingness to diagnose humans with Decapodian diseases shows he has some ...
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Is there behind-the-scenes information on which came first, Bender's name, function or alcoholism?

Bender's name is a nice bit of wordplay because he is a bending unit, and also alcoholic (goes on benders). But this reference[1] in Wikipedia says he was named after the character John Bender from ...
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How old is Phillip J Fry?

Despite Fry, being frozen, and remaining the same age for a thousand years, if someone was to carbon date him, or by birth certificate wouldn't he be 1,02X years old?
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What happens to a time sphere if no one chooses to use it?

In the episode Bender's Big Score a time sphere is summoned and Nibbler warns that a single use could tear the universe asunder. What would happen to the time sphere itself if Nibbler's warning was ...
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In Futurama, why did the DNA scanner say Prof Farnsworth was Fry's only living relative when he had several others?

In "Bender's Game", we learn that Prof. Hubert Farnsworth fathered Mom's son, Igner. In "Near-Death Wish", it's revealed that both the Professor's parents (Ned and Velma Farnsworth) are still alive, ...
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Were jobs predetermined in Futurama?

In Futurama's first episode "pilot 3000" we are introduced to the idea that individuals were implanted with a career chip that labeled you with "your permanent career assignment" according to Leela. ...
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Does Fry ever actually pay for his cryogenic freezing?

Fry has frozen himself multiple times, but he never seems to incur any sort of bill for this cryogenic freezing process. The future definitely still has money, so why doesn't Fry ever have to pay for ...
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“In my dreams, I've peered beyond its eyes, and into the cackling hell within us all”

In the wonderful Futurama episode, Möbius Dick, Leela goes nuts and chases a white space whale. Since Futurama (and in particular Bender) is about 60% references, I wondered if the quote in the title ...
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Song in Mobius Dick

In Futurama episode "Mobius Dick," what is the song after Leela says "This time it's business"? I can't find this answer anywhere on the internet.
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Significance of the word Bort!

The 'Saturday Morning Fun Pit' (Season 8, Episode 6) episode of Futurama has three different segments. The second is set in a 'Purple Cartoon' that is made to push a breakfast cereal made from ...
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Origins of Scruffy's accent

What is the origin of Scruffy's (the Planet Express janitor) accent? I noted he says at one point (what sounds to my ear) like: Jail's not s' bad. You can make Sang-Gree-a in the turlet. I ...
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Physical dimensions of the Planet Express building

Does someone know (or can calculate precisely enough by his eyes) Planet Express building's dimensions and schema of inner rooms? All I have found so far is this image, but it is from a game so I am ...
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Significance (or otherwise) of the Headless Spiro Agnew

There have been many disembodied heads depicted on Futurama, some of which have obtained some form of body at one stage or another (e.g. Nixon procuring 1st the body of Bender then of a Transformer, ...
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Futurama: Why does the Planet Express ship need a pilot?

I have to ask a light-hearted question: Why does the Planet Express ship need a pilot? (or for that matter, keys...) In the episode where the ship falls in love with Bender, we see that she is ...
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Are the people of Earth truly united?

In Futurama, the country in which the story it sets is generally called "Earth"; and people are referred to as "Earthican". Still, the UN still exists (which seems contrary to the idea of a unified ...
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Who is the first robot that is still in working form in Futurama?

Who was the first robot that still exists in working form? Ignoring robots for whom: No Date Of Manufacture was mentioned or implied (by existing at a particular early time). Got to where they are ...
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What really happened the night that Fry got frozen? (In terms of time travel)

I'm just wondering, with Nibbler being there and Fry also under the desk; and then the other Fry in the cryo-tube and all the Benders: Can someone please create a timeline of what happened that night ...
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In Futurama, are there jungles on Earth?

In the Futurama episode "Mars University" the Professor implies that there are no jungles on Earth. Fry: Wow! The jungles on Mars look just like the jungles on Earth! Professor: Jungles? On ...
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How long does it take for Bender to rust?

Bender is (mostly) powered by alcohol. We also know that if he doesn't drink he grows a rust beard and acts similar to how a human would once they partake in too much alcohol. How long does Bender ...
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In Neutopia why didn't the Borax Kid teleport in Scruffy?

Spoiler: Why is Scruffy left out?
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Why didn't Zoidberg know that Leela wasnt an alien?

In "The Tip of The Zoidberg" both the professor and mom claim that Zoidberg is an excellent doctor for aliens. But if that is true why didn't he know that Leela wasn't an alien before she found her ...
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In the original airing of the pilot, was Nibbler's shadow drawn under the desk in the cryogenics lab?

Space Pilot 3000 was aired on TV the other night, and during the scene where Fry first falls off his chair, you can see Nibbler's shadow on the underside of the desk. This surprised me, as I never ...
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Does Bender ever kill a human?

One of Bender's best known phrases, and a running joke of the series, is that he wants to 'Kill All Humans'. Does he ever even kill one human? edit: I ask because I saw this, and whilst there are ...
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What is robotic meat used for?

In the episode 31st Century Fox there is a scene where Bender goes to a robotic butcher shop. There we see the robot butcher chop a robot pig and grind it into a robotic sausage. What could this ...
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Are all humans in Futurama actually aliens?

In the season seven episode The Thief of Baghead, Bender is going through various lenses with his camera. Among those he tries out is the "They Live" lens, which shows everyone as the aliens seen in ...
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Was Zoidberg a competent doctor before the Yeti crushed his skull?

In "The Tip of the Zoidberg" we see a fairly well adjusted Zoidberg get his head crushed by the Yeti. Was the Yeti injury the cause of his incompetence?
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Why did they build a Hedonismbot?

He was supposedly built out of gold with taxpayers money. Now he is wealthy and has his own servant. What was Hedonismbot's original purpose?
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Nimbus Battleship [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many battleships has Zapp Brannigan lost? he Nimbus is the intergalactic flagship of the DOOP fleet. In command of the Nimbus is the 25-Star-General Zapp Brannigan. How ...
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10 Years of Unpaid Taxes

Farnsworth lied about his age and called the Sunset Squad because he didn't feel useful anymore. Since he lied about his age, that would mean he didn't pay any taxes for the number of years he lied ...
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Roberto The Insane Robot

Roberto was the first insane robot built by a team of scientists. He always carries a stabbing knife which he uses it to rob banks or mug people. Since he uses his stabbing knife frequently and ...
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A Fishful of Dollars

In the Futurama episode "A Fishful of Dollars" Fry becomes a billionaire because he had a bank account 1000 years ago and made interest on the small amount of money he had in it. Fry seems to be the ...
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Planet Express Ship Blueprints

Is there a blueprint for the Planet Express Ship? We've seen most of the ship but it's not defined where all the rooms are. Currently we've seen the deck, loading dock, the hallway, the kitchen, the ...
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Presidential Heads

As we know, Nixion's Head has been in office for quite some time, due to his argument of the rule "no body can serve more than two terms". Since he successfully became president, Why didn't other ...
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Are Futurama comic books canon?

I recently noticed that Futurama has a comic book series. I was wondering if the Futurama comics are events that really happened in the Futurama universe or are they fake events simulated similar to ...