|Quotes • Headscratchers • Playing With • Useful Notes • Analysis • Image Links • Haiku • Laconic|
This refers to the tendency for characters to crack jokes about the planet Uranus and its unfortunate name. Attempts to rectify this usually try to vary the pronunciation (It Is Pronounced YOO-rih-nus). They do not work: both "your anus" and "urine us" have innuendos. Although there might be a case for OUR-ran-os, which may be closer to the original Greek.
- JLA: One Million features Starman from the 853rd century in the present day, and he proclaims himself as the protector of Uranus. Flash chuckles, while Green Lantern chimes in saying "Uranus" stopped being a funny word after the fourth grade.
- Saturn Girl doesn't get it.
- In an issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, a frustrated Star Boy tells his two fighting companions, "You're both acting like Uranuses."
- In one Mad Magazine article, no longer finding Uranus jokes funny is listed as a mark of maturity.
- The Hellblazer/SailorMoon crossover fic Sailor Hellblazer has a 'deleted scene' where John Constantine calls Sailor Uranus 'Sailor Arsehole' in an argument that might have started over football.
- The ending for the first Austin Powers movie. "That looks like Uranus!"
- In ET the Extraterrestrial, Elliot tells his friends about E.T., prompting the question,
Tyler: Where is he from, Uranus? Get it? Your anus?
Ashley Albright: Dana, how's my 'scope?
Dana: Your moon is in Uranus.
Ashley Albright: Doesn't sound pretty.
Leo Getz: I mean, where does it say that a gunshot wound requires a rectal exam? Yeah. With a telescope big enough to see Venus!
Martin Riggs: I guess all they saw was Uranus, huh?
Leo Getz: Oh, that's great, Riggs. Ha ha. That's great.
- Religulous does this in a deleted scene available on the DVD:
Bill Maher: How spiritually advanced is Uranus?
Jeff: [on horoscopes] Relationships do not rise and fall because your heart is linked to Venus and your head is up Uranus!
Jim: Oh, ha ha. Who didn't see that one coming a kilometer away?
- In Spaceballs, a bumper sticker on the side of Lone Starr's Winnebago reads: "I ♥ Uranus".
- When the oil drillers from Armageddon are brought to NASA:
Bear: What's up, Harry? Did NASA find oil on Uranus, man?
- Invoked in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey while complimenting GOD.
- The novel series The Day My Bum Went Psycho contains lots of Toilet Humour. Try and guess which planet is a central focus.
- The second book is called Zombie Bums From Uranus, and a running gag involves the planet's pronounciation.
- Ron Weasley of Harry Potter does this. In Goblet of Fire, at Divination class when they study astrology, he asks Lavender at one point, "Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?" It's not known whether the Foreshadowing was intentional, but this being Harry Potter that's probably the way to bet. Next, in Harry Potter, Ron makes another such joke during a sort of Intoxication Ensues moment, saying "Harry, we saw Uranus up close!"
- In the children's Edutainment book The Gobsmacking Galaxy, a Rule of Three gag is made of this: after Johann Elert Bode succeeds in naming Uranus, he pops up and attempts to christen Neptune "Mibottom" and Pluto "Hizbum".
- Daniel Pinkwater's Young Adult Novel includes a Dadaist play titled "Chickens from Uranus."
- The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby ended with the Big Bad, Deputy Doo-Doo, deposited on Uranus. It even lampshaded the trope with a sign reading "Welcome to Uranus (Please don't make fun of our name)"
- Earth (The Book) describes Uranus as "the funniest planet by far," although any aliens would "have to spend about ten years learning idiomatic English to learn why." Lake Titicaca is also identified as "The 'Uranus' of Lakes."
- In Larklight, the narrator's sister Myrtle tells him that "Polite people refer to that planet by its original name, Georgium Sidus. It provides less opportunity for cheap jokes."
Live Action TV
- Crossing Jordan episode "Blue Moon":
Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh: The moon's in Uranus.
Detective Woody Hoyt: Excuse me?
- Just Shoot Me episode "There's Something About Allison":
Burt.Brandi: You're the assface astronaut who rode a turd rocket to the third ring of Uranus.
- Veronica Mars episode "Welcome Wagon":
Piz: [referring to Veronica's new car] A Saturn for a Mars.
Veronica: In Neptune! Yeah, the planets really aligned for this one. Now move Uranus, the Mercury's rising.
- The old joke about how toilet paper is just like the Starship Enterprise: "They circle Uranus and wipe out Klingons."
- The episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 featuring The Skydivers begins with Tom Servo trying to give a planetarium exhibition, but Crow ruins it by constantly cracking Uranus jokes, complete with the Star Trek joke above.
- Hercules and the Captive Women gives them even more opportunity, with Hercules fighting a cult worshipping the god Uranus. With lines like "This day is dedicated to Uranus" and references to "the blood of Uranus," though, they were really asking for it.
- Tony Kornheiser loves making this joke on Pardon the Interruption.
- Also, briefly used in My Name Is Earl, in one episode Randy was amused when he found out of this planet's existence.
- In the That 70s Show episode "Who Wants It More", Kelso has his UFO pictures developed, only for his friends to find out later that there were naked pictures of him on the same roll. Fez's response:
Fez: I don't see a UFO, but I can definitely see Uranus. It's a planet, but it's also your butt.
- In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Pants Alternative", Sheldon has to give a speech, and he gets drunk to gather courage. He ends up mooning the audience, while saying: "Get ready to see the dark side of the Moon... and here's Uranus!"
- As a side note, this was the episode that earned Jim Parsons his Emmy.
- From Never Mind the Buzzcocks:
- In Jackass, they once went to a city called Mianus. Of course they made lots of my anus jokes such as "Can you see Uranus from Mianus?"
- Space Cases:
Bova: I hate being from Uranus! I'm the butt of every joke!
Craig Ferguson: Self help books are pointless. Here's something for you... Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and self help books are from Uranus.
- In Pushing Daisies, young Emerson Cod is sent to the principal's office "for the crime of inappropriate intentional Double Entendre during the science fair" when he makes a poster reading "Rings Discovered Around Uranus: Scientists Send Probes".
- "Uranus has never been probed" is one of the facts that pop up on Pop Up Video during a Freddie Mercury video. People complained because 1) Uranus has been probed, and 2) the joke was in somewhat poor taste.
- Well, technically, the Voyager 2 space probe only did a high-speed flyby of Uranus on its way to Neptune. There was no hardware actually sent down into the Uranian atmosphere, as there was with Jupiter.
- One "News From Away", the Newfoundland-themed recurring segment on Royal Canadian Air Farce, had a news story went as follows.
Jimmy O'Toole: In science news, astronomers have discovered two new moons around Uranus. ...*puts the news sheet down* Not touchin' that one."
Seamus: Me neither.
Sam: Cool, why don't you use it to beam yourself to Jupiter?"
Carly: Is that really necessary?"
Sam: I could've said Uranus...
- The subject of a recent America's Funniest Home Videos prize winner. Parent is doing planet names with kid. Gets to Uranus. Kid keeps replying "my anus".
- Used in a game of "Dating Service Video" on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Greg Proops donned an astronaut's helmet and delivered the line "I want to explore Uranus".
- Vengaboys and Perez Hilton have a song called 'Rocket to Uranus', with very subtle lyrics like "Let's have a party on Uranus" and "If you haven't got a thing to wear, it doesn't really matter up there". The music video is... well, very appropriate for the lyrics.
- KMFDM have a song called 'Up Uranus'. To make the joke less obvious, on the CD sleeve the song's title appears as a symbol that is a combination of the astrological sign for Uranus and an upward-pointing arrow.
- From the Eric Bogle song "Eric and the Informers":
She had deadpan eyes in a dead white face
I think she was vaguely famous
Though she looked like she came from outer space;
From Mars, or maybe Uranus.
- Near the end of the 1970s, a British band named either "The Chills" or Newman-Hahn released an album titled "It Only Hurts the First Rime." One of the songs on this album, which ended up getting played several times on the Dr. Demento show, was "I Can See Uranus( Thru My Window Tonight)."
- Sloppy Seconds' "The Thing From Uranus", which compares flatulence to an alien invasion... or possibly the other way around. Either way, a lot of puerile puns are involved.
- Spaff did a parody of "Tomorrow" from Annie called "Uranus" that's just loaded with double entendres -- most of which are astronomically accurate!
- In one strip, Dogbert comes up with a program to randomly create new names for the company by combining words from astronomy and physics. The first suggestion is 'Uranus-Hertz'. The pointy-haired boss, of course, likes it. (The translators of Dilbert into other languages probably don't...)
- Similarly, in another strip, Alice recommends Asok get a space heater because "it keeps Uranus warm".
- In one of his wordy-books Scott Adams expressed irritation with all the astronomy jokes about Pluto, and insists that Uranus will forever be the comedy king of the solar system.
- The Far Side - an astronomer's assistant, a typical Larson beehive-hairdo, harlequin-glasses gal in a short skirt, is bending over a console and doing a take as the guy looking in his telescope says "I said I can clearly see Uranus tonight!"
- The PS 1 game Blasto is set on Uranus for the express purpose of making these jokes.
Da Chief: Captain Blasto! Uranus is in big trouble!
Blasto: What did I do this time?
- Used in Fallout 3 DLC Mothership Zeta, in one of the alien captive's recordings we hear a man that while being tortured by aliens he tells them "<laughter> Why don't you go back to Uranus? Eh?"
- In GTA San Andreas you can play a Space Invaders like shooter game on the VG console of Sweet's house. The game's name? They Crawled From Uranus!
- In Mass Effect 2 you can visit Uranus. If you launch a probe at it, EDI says, "Really, Commander?" If you do it again, she says, resigned, "Probing Uranus."
- And from the codex: "Today, Uranus is the largest producer of He-3 in Alliance space."
- It should be noted that none of your missions in the game take you to the Sol System, and Uranus is very poor in resources. If you probe Uranus, it is thus unlikely to be for practical reasons, and typically requires going out of your way to do so.
- In Live a Live, the Medieval chapter has an advisor/party member named Uranus.
- Used more than once with Space Quest.
- You Don't Know Jack 2011 asks this question at the beginning of episode 1: "How many Earths could you stuff into the volume of Uranus before it just couldn't take any more?" Sounds innocent enough? The theme of the question, given before asking it, is Asstronomy, one of the comments for a wrong answer is "Are you kidding? You try that many and Uranus will never be the same again!" But the worst offender is the punchline...
Cookie Masterson: You could fit a little over sixty three Earths into the mass volume of Uranus... Sixty four if you're really relaxed.
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record features a new theme park named "Uranus Zone". There's even a carnival game called Molemen from Uranus.
- Chef's Luv Shack is a Party Game with parodies of many famous games. The Asteroids spoof "Asses in Space" has Terrence and Philip firing at the titular objects with only one planet in the background.
- Mega Man V for the Game Boy features the Stardroid Uranus, which is a bull, of all things.
- In Bug, the bug reacts to an alien invasion this way.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal once turned this trope upside-down by having the Uranians call Earth "Booger-Dick" after the humans "couldn't stop giggling at them all through first contact". Who can blame them?
- BuyLandOnUranus.com, which sells land on Uranus.
- Rathergood take it one further.
- Played straight by Spoony in his review of Ultima II, but then immediately lampshaded:
"I also probed Uranus, which is big and swampy and full of craters, but is otherwise uninteresting. Actually, there's only one town there, called New Jester, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. But if I were to guess, I'd say it's where all the jesters of the world were exiled for making endless Uranus jokes."
- Fry of Futurama told the Professor that he didn't want to smell Uranus using the Smelloscope. The Professor replied the planet had been renamed to stop those childish jokes. In this more civilized age, it's known as "Urectum". The new name appears again on a chart of the Solar System, seven real-world years later.
Yakko Warner: There you go, that's our solar system.
Wakko Warner: You forgot Uranus.
Yakko Warner: Good NIGHT, everybody.
- That's not the only time Wakko makes this particular joke, but Yakko seems to consider it beneath even them:
Dot: I thought we cut that joke out.
Yakko: We did.
Wakko: My fault!
Yakko: Try showing up for rehearsal.
- Mentioned once on Freakazoid.
Freakazoid: That's Uranus!
Jay: We need an ambulance at 1611 Uranus Avenue. I said Uranus.
911 Operator: Sir, what's your name?
Jay: Uranus. I said it again, Randal.
- Kang and Kodos of The Simpsons once stated that they came from a certain ringed planet they preferred not to name. In the episode where Homer thinks he has seen an alien, Bart makes fun of him by dressing up as an alien and shouting: "I am the thing from Uranus!"
- Beavis and Butthead:
Butt-Head: Uranus is pretty cool.
Beavis: Thanks, Butt-Head. Your anus is pretty cool, too!
- Schoolhouse Rock averts it by using "Ooo-rah-nuhs." Thus neither rude interpretation is possible. It's also closer to the original pronunciation in ancient Greek.
- In The Fairly Odd Parents episode where they have to go through books to stop Tom Sawyer from changing them all, they didn't want him to get into the book of physics to change the law of physics. Wanda told them to stop him before he changes Uranus. Also a Running Gag in another episode: "I'm going to Uranus! I just got word that it is, in fact, a planet!"
- A Once Per Episode Running Gag in Stickin' Around.
- In an episode of Batman the Brave And The Bold, Aquaman and Blue Beetle battle a supervillain named the Planetmaster, who has a superpower based on all eight planets (and Pluto). Blue Beetle wisecracks that he doesn't want to see the power of Uranus.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Grim discovers that Morg, the Reaper of Mars, had something to do with the disappearances of the rest of the solar system's reapers. He doesn't get very far in his questioning, though...
Grim: I want to know what happened to all these other reapers! Venus, Mercury, Uranus...
Morg (snickering uncontrollably): He said Uranus!
- In chemistry, any salt of Uranium in which the Uranium has a positive charge of four (for instance, UCl4) is called "Uranous (followed by the anion's name) so the above example would be Uranous chloride.
- And some of the Uranium Oxide anions are known as "uranate." So you can get compounds like Sodium Uranate, Curium Uranate, etc.
- A Live Science article about hemorrhoids says that "they sometimes stick out of that place with the same name as the 7th planet of the solar system."
- Have I Got News for You once featured a picture of a Somalian pirate ship named... Titan Uranus.
- Referenced in this graph from Graph Jam.
- Any orchestral rehearsal for Gustav Holst's The Planets. People start sniggering as soon as they get to the sixth movement.
- This blog for copyeditors offered the following real news story from the Christian Science Monitor as a cautionary example that readers have a juvenile sense of humor:
Scientists Plan Mission To Probe Uranus. Proposed by British scientists as a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency, the mission would offer the first close-up view of Uranus in 25 years. This infrared image of Uranus taken by the Hubble telescope in 1997 shows three layers of the icy planet's atmosphere, which consists mostly of hydrogen with traces of methane. British scientists have proposed a mission investigating why Uranus gives off so little heat.
- On The Rush Limbaugh Show, in response to a sound-bite that had United States Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) angrily asking a vocal detractor with whom he was arguing what planet she was from, Limbaugh commented that the openly homosexual Frank was from "Uranus".
- Among the general public in the United States, it was always pronounced "your-anus" until 1986, when NASA's Voyager 2 interplanetary probe encountered Uranus. At that point, with the planet being mentioned so often in the news, the newscasters on TV all began pronouncing it as "ur-in-nes".
- This is also preferred among astronomers, as Dr. Pamela Gay, an astronomer at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, noted on her podcast, to avoid "being made fun of by any small schoolchildren ... when in doubt, don't emphasize anything and just say ūr′·ə·nəs. And then run, quickly."
- Lauren Faust has a toy-line called Milky Way and The Galaxy Girls featuring dolls named after planets and other celestial objects. From Uranus's profile on the official website comes this gem.
"Uranus is very particular about the way you pronounce her name. She would like you to know that the proper, scientific pronunciation of her name is: YOOR-en-us. No other pronunciation is acceptable."