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November 18, 2007

”Identify the Reference” Contest

Filed under: astronauts, Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor, literary references — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 pm



  1. I’ll admit I don’t get the specific reference… but the physicist in me can’t let it go. Frank cannot “fall” back to Earth like that. He would continue to orbit the planet, just in a different orbit than his buddy (and presumably the shuttle).

    Comment by thisroad — November 18, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  2. Meh. Was it “Mission to Mars”, I think, where the guy fell on a spacewalk?
    Also, catching snowflakes on tongue: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”…

    Comment by Jim M. — November 18, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  3. I’m guessing Frank Poole from “2001”.

    Comment by devin — November 18, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

  4. Wait, i retract that — I just caught “Vernon”, which there were no characters named in 2001. Ah well.

    Comment by devin — November 18, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  5. Doesn’t this belong on the Ewww page?

    Comment by Keera — November 18, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

  6. The short story “Kaleidoscope,” from _The Illustrated Man_ by Ray Bradbury.

    Comment by zygospira — November 18, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

  7. We have a winner!

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 18, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

  8. For what it’s worth (i.e. an incorrect answer), I was going to guess it referred to the G’Gugvuntt and Vl’hurg coalition fleet from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

    Comment by brien — November 18, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

  9. My first thought was the “Mission to Mars” thing, too. That wasn’t the name of it, though, I don’t think.

    There were 2 Mars movies released that year. Which one was this?!?


    Comment by Michele — November 19, 2007 @ 1:58 am

  10. Wait … Did nobody get this one yet?! When I first saw it I was confused, but I read it a few times and finally found it pretty dang hilarious. The two different scenes here are related. Take a minute to think about that. Now, most things that fall through our atmosphere get burned up into a crisp until there’s nothing left but ash, right? Now think of why that “snowflake” hasn’t yet melted on her tongue.

    Given that I’m not familiar with most of the titles mentioned and one of those might be the same story.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 23, 2007 @ 7:57 am

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