Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

“Where are the flying cars?”: Pop culture that accurately depicts the future

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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Robot Sumo may be the closest we can get to Futurama’s Ultimate Robot Fighting

Regular human sports are fine, but there’s going to come a time when mankind is just sick of watching beefy athletes catch stuff, throw stuff, and hit stuff. On that day, we’ll be thankful for the people who developed technology as awesome as these Japanese Sumo robots. After all, this kind of thing is just a few…

#MakeAmericaBrannigan: The Futurama hero recites Trump’s best words

While Donald Trump might have “the best words,” often times those words come out a bit… garbled. No matter how lost the meaning may be, the Republican presidential nominee always speaks with great confidence and bluster. These oddly boisterous quips are reminiscent of one of TV’s biggest blowhards, Futurama’s Zapp…

What’s the best version of Satan in pop culture?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…