Rebel without a planet

By Phil Plait | September 3, 2010 12:07 pm

young_saturnY’know, when we were young we all had our rebellious streak. But when planets do it… [Click the image to see the whole thing.]

BTW, "Saturn som ung" translates to "Saturn in its youth". I think. Or possibly "Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti…"

Tip o’ the emo haircut to Torben Thinggaard.


Comments (25)

  1. Michel

    Makes me wonder about Venus…

  2. Chris
  3. mocular

    “No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse
    with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush…”

  4. Hi Phil,
    Your transcription of the danish has a typo: “Saturn som ung”,
    but your translation is spot on. The comments on that page are
    hilarious, but solidly NSFW.
    Cheers, Regner (A Dane in exile in Boulder)

  5. Those 142 Mexican Whooping Llamas should have gotten a special Oscar for their fine ensemble work.

  6. Oops! Fixed the typo, thanks!

  7. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    I dunno about Moose bites, but Elk kicks can be lethal (dödliga)! Mynd both ends, we’re not talking nicey horses and their limitations here.

    Another pathway to facts is that “Stephen Hawking Settles the God Question Once and For All” over at Discover’s Cosmic Variance. The answer is: NO!

    Right, no, he only settles the empirical question: “the universe and everything” is self-contained. In effect it is a belated a Laplace answer to, well, everything. Physics catching up to biology, as it were.

    So listen to Carroll when he discuss the amazing facts that kids will learn in school tomorrow; this will surely feed their imagination and inspire scientists for ages to come! Universes will place alongside inflation and black holes as fantastic objects and processes that we understand fully. (Well… better than some of them, come to think about it.) Hawking’s isn’t the only such pathway, but he gets all the presses, at a time when we can finally get rid of the gaps that blocked understanding. It is simply awesome!

    I can see the next book: “Universes for free! These are the ways the world will start…” 😀

  8. Wow, a little XXX for the Bad Astronomer, but I guess you have to be another planet to really get how dirty the pic is =)

  9. Kevin

    Would somebody please let me in on the joke?

  10. Bill

    (The producers of this blog wish to announce that the astronomer responsible for these subtitles has been sacked.)


  11. NAW

    Sadly it took me a bit to get it.

  12. The comments have been completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute.

  13. Oh, man! No more blink tags. :(

    Well, scratch the joke above.

  14. Brian Hamm

    We apologise again for the fault in the comments. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.

  15. 9. Kevin Says: “Would somebody please let me in on the joke?”

    Which one? The original planet joke, or the references to the most quotable movie of all time?

    – Jack

  16. Cindy

    Kuhnigget (12 & 13)

    The flashing text seems to be working on my browser. So you haven’t been sacked yet. 😉

    Kevin (9) Don’t watch much Monty Python, do you?

  17. Daniel J. Andrews

    Blink tags work, kuhnigget (Firefox user).

    Kevin(9)…you must watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail…do NOT fast forward through the opening credits.

    Ah…youtube to the rescue. Opening credits below. This’ll fill in all those jokes you may have missed (møøse, llamas, sacking, blinking tags).

    And while you’re on youtube, watch other clips–brave sir robin, tim the sorcerer, the killer rabbit of caerbannog, the knights who say “ni”, bring out your dead……oohh, so many to choose from with many of the jokes running through the whole movie–e.g. swallows, coconuts, I’m not dead, I got better…….yeah, better just rent the movie and watch it. So much better that way.

    Edit: Another favourite is “burn the witch”—“Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science?”

  18. Kevin

    I actually do know a bunch of lines from that movie and from Monty Python in general (“What’s on the tellie love?” “Looks like a penguin. . . . ”

    Watched the youtube clip linked above and I have to say that, to me, the cartoon still seems like a New Yorker cartoon that everybody agrees is droll but nobody actually knows why (al la the Seinfeld espisode).

  19. Jens

    In a related story (related because it’s about space and Denmark) two guys are working to send a home-made manned rocket into space. First test flight to a height of 30 kilometers scheduled for tomorrow Sunday Sept 5. Their website here:

    Story on

  20. Kevin

    Maybe this will help

    Ah, I worked in San Francisco for six months, so I’m no stranger to that.

    A pierced ring instead of Saturn’s actual rings was what I thought when I first saw the cartoon. That didn’t strike me as particularly funny, but others were having a good laugh at it, so I thought I was missing something.

    The Monty Python reference really threw me for a loop. I still don’t get how that fits in. . . .time to finish my after lunch mint. It’s wafer thin.

  21. Sespetoxri

    Monty Python reference FTW! I never thought I’d love you more, Phil. I believe I feel the beginnings of a man-crush :)

  22. Gary Ansorge

    23. Sespetoxri

    I just had to look up that handle, “True beholder”.


    Gary 7

  23. Bill Roberts

    Now all Saturn needs is a dragon tattoo.


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