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How do they travel so fast in Futurama?

Per "A Clone of My Own" Farnsworth: These are the dark matter engines I invented. They allow my starship to travel between galaxies in mere hours. Cubert: That's impossible. You can't go ...
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Why does Prof. Farnsworth run Planet Express?

For the money Fry: This is awesome! Are we gonna fly through space fighting monsters and teaching alien women to lurve? Farnsworth: If by that you mean "transporting cargo" then yes. It's a ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

His parents didn't call the police. Fry: Aww. So you froze yourself to come look for me? Michelle: No, I did it to get a fresh start. I didn't know what had happened to you -- no one did. The police ...
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What's the supposed pun behind the name I.C. Wiener?

Either. I. C. Wiener = "Icy Wiener" or "I See Wiener" Wiener is a pretty benign slang for a penis. Something you might expect children to say. It works in the joke because it's also a fairly common ...
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Why does Kif appear at the end of "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"?

Shout-out to Balok This most certainly harks back to the Balok puppet based on the fact that, for at least one whole season of The Original Series, a still of the Balok puppet appeared in the closing ...
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Why does Prof. Farnsworth run Planet Express?

Professor Farnsworth may have started the company to fund his research (see Valorums answer), but he also sees it as cheap source of labor for his projects (similar to a research group in a lab): ...
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What's the supposed pun behind the name I.C. Wiener?

Put here because I do not have enough reputation to comment on FryAmTheEggMan's comment above. As a note, in a later episode (Law and Oracle IIRC) the employees at the cryogenics lab pull a similar ...
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What is the "Sexateria"?

The Sexateria is not a real thing. By analogy with "cafeteria," the implication is that the Sexateria is a place where sex is purchased and enjoyed—presumably in the open, casual manner in which food ...
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What's the supposed pun behind the name I.C. Wiener?

The pun here is that an "I.C Wiener" (I.C being a pun for 'icy' and wiener being a slang term for a penis) is found in a cryogenics lab, where people are frozen. You may wish to note that in ...
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How do they travel so fast in Futurama?

By using the Dark Matter Engine The Dark matter engine is the key to the extreme acceleration capabilities of the modern space ship. Albert Einstein's famous statements that it would be ...
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Does the Futurama TV show have jokes relating to the 1939 Futurama exhibit?

The most noticeable one is right there in the first episode, immediately after Fry awakens in the year 3000. The cryogenic technician steps into the room and dramatically exclaims "Welcome to the ...
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In Futurama, how many beings has Leela slept with?

We have specific confirmation that Leela had sexual relations with; Her ex-boyfriend Sean (the jazz-noodling imbecile) Captain Zapp Brannigann (The "Velour Fog") Delivery Boy 1st Class ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

The other answers cover the main part of your question, but with respect to the techs in the cryo lab paying no attention to the new resident... I think anyone who has been a "cog in the machine" ...
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How do they travel so fast in Futurama?

The ship has dark matter engines that allow it to move faster than light. Also, remember that scientists increased the speed of light in 2208. In the episode 'A Clone of My Own' the Professor takes ...
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Which Bone is Leela Missing?

We can see from the image below (from season 6) that Leela's skeleton is completely normal from the neck down. That would strongly imply that the bone that she's missing is within her skull or upper ...
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What's the supposed pun behind the name I.C. Wiener?

"Wiener" is a silly slang word for penis — it's often spelled "weiner", because elementary school kids aren't so big on spelling and it's not like they're gonna ask their teachers ...
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Does the Futurama TV show have jokes relating to the 1939 Futurama exhibit?

This is as overtly a reference as you’re going to get: The title card for the episode “The Inhuman Torch”.
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Why did dogs become extinct in the future, whereas cats did not?

I think you may be confusing poodles (a breed of dog) with all dogs; Farnsworth: Pine trees have been extinct for 800 years, Fry. Gone the way of the poodle and your primitive notions of modesty. Ah! ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

In one of the episodes Fry's father explains that it was a waste of police resources to look for Fry and they call off the search. I believe it was in the episode Jurassic Bark where Seymour, Fry's ...
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Why does Kif still work for Zapp?

Because of loyalty and friendship from before Zapp became a terrible person. In Futurama Comics #76 "Captain Brannigan: The Windbag Soldier" we learn that Zapp Brannigan was one of the finest ...
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Why do Turanga Leela and her family put their surname first?

In-universe: We don´t know/Out of universe answer: to match the title of a symphonie We don't know which culture Leela's family belong to or if all mutants use family names first. However one Easter ...
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Why didn't Zoidberg die in Bender's Game?

Zoidberg didn't die in the real world because he didn't die in the fantasy realm, as you can see from this scene near the end. He seems to get perpetually reduced (from a giant worm down to little ...
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How did Cubert not know the speed of light?

In this exchange Cubert is acting as an "audience surrogate", that is, a character standing in for an imaginary viewer, someone who might be concerned about the plausibility of the science ...
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Who really put the time travel code on Fry in Bender's Big Score?

It is never explained. From The Infosphere's page on the time code: It is interesting to note that it has yet to be truly explained where the time code comes from or how it ended up on Fry's butt ...
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Why are Yancy Fry (and his son) able to produce delta waves?

Genetically speaking, brothers can be quite dissimilar while still retaining a significant amount of DNA in common. The ability to produce delta waves is most likely dependent on one specific gene ...
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Shouldn't Leela's parents' mailbox say "Leela" instead of "Turanga"?

The writer's did notice. Putting the name "Turanga" on the mailbox was an intentional move. Everybody puts their family name on their mailbox and the Turanga family are no exception. In the episodes ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

The big thing that all the other answers missed is: A Nibbler Did It (paraphrased TV Tropes page link omitted). Nibbler was the one who ordered the pizza. He was the one who convinced Fry to push ...
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Why was Mom never sent to the Near Death Star?

Out of universe: never directly addressed. Most likely, a result of Mom having been introduced very early on, while The Near Death Star was introduced somewhat later. In universe: never directly ...
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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?

Ned and Velma can be justified by the fact that they were classified as 'near-death' and thus were locked up in the near-death star. Igner's father was never explained outside of Bender's Game, and ...
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How was the cryogenization of Fry not discovered sooner?

You should watch "Bender's Big Score". It shows Bender, while possessed by an alien scammer's virus, being sent back in time to kill Fry, but Fry follows him back to stop him; one thing leads to ...
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