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Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite Science References

Alert reader Brandon suggests:

Okay, so we know the show isn’t about how the crew eats and breathes, or other science facts. But Joel, Mike and the Bots sure knew a lot about science and technology. And not just the easy stuff – they often pointed out scientific errors in the film (“There is no steam in a vacuum!” from “12 to the Moon”) or made obscure references to science, researchers and concepts (Joel’s tissue fax from Linus Pauling in “Gamera vs. Gaos”).

What are your favorite science references from MST?

66 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite Science References”

  1. Mom...m'I nuts? says:

    One terrifying word in the world of nuclear physics
    “Oops”- Tom Servo (Monster A Go-Go)

       19 likes

  2. MarcusVermilion says:

    From “The Amazing Colossal Man”: “The heart is made up of a single cell.” Servo: “What?!?”

       24 likes

  3. Murdock Hauser says:

    From “Time Chasers”.

    Tom: So eight, five, and quarter inch floppies hold the keys to time travel?

       17 likes

  4. Droppo says:

    From The Brain That Wouldn’t Die:

    Neck juice.

       4 likes

  5. robot rump! says:

    the running theory that a V-2 rocket could fly men to the 13th moon of Jupiter or the mythical planet Nova. Hitler was clearly not giving his weapon of death enough credit.

       9 likes

  6. mthead says:

    Hi Prophase.
    Hi Anaphase.

       11 likes

  7. Kansas says:

    Tom using the cheap western sets in Gunslinger to explain quantum physics. Best of all, Crow gets to eat his sandwich again.

       14 likes

  8. Dr. Erickson says:

    “You take a potato. Push a four-inch piece of zinc wire into one end, and a four-inch piece of copper wire into the other end. You now have a crude battery. Next, get your assistant to cut power to all the major cities of the world. Send your talking monkey out to buy hundreds of tons of potatoes, control the world’s supply of power, and soon you will rule the universe!” From a scientific standpoint: rock solid.

       8 likes

  9. Sitting Duck says:

    The Biosphere 2 inspired Invention Exchange from Master Ninja II.

       3 likes

  10. MSTie says:

    mthead:
    Hi Prophase.
    Hi Anaphase.

    Words cannot describe how much I love this riff. But to come up with something on my own, I always loved it (although may not have understood it) whenever Joel or Mike or the ‘bots came up with something to do with quantum physics. In The Giant Spider Invasion there’s “Are we still on for the Richard Feynman lecture?” Not a big laugh-getter, I imagine, but shows why we nerds & geeks love MST3K so much.

       6 likes

  11. Eric Smith says:

    Cave Dwellers
    Tom and Crow: “Cro-magnon! Neanderthal! Australopithecus africanus!” Perfect Servo delivery.

       2 likes

  12. Tom and Crow’s death ray they made “for peaceful purposes” which they immediately use for destruction.

       5 likes

  13. ck says:

    On the opposite, their missing comments. Howw about the Raadar Men on the moon series?
    I don’t recall much on comments by them—the Moon having an atmosphere with cloud cover,
    not moving slowly on the moon with giant leaps, etc. There was some critical comment
    about the nipple nipple tweek tweek jet pack but little else.

    Of course, they did have one woman crew member (although apparently mostly there
    for perparing food).

       2 likes

  14. Green Switch says:

    Crow’s riff from Ring of Terror: “The aorta makes an excellent sock puppet, and from here on will be represented by the timpani.”

    A riff that involves biology, sock puppetry, and Peter and The Wolf.

    This is why we love MST3K.

       9 likes

  15. ready4sumfootball says:

    All this talk about science and I just want to know how they eat and breathe.

       9 likes

  16. Jc says:

    Turkey Volume Guessing Man!

       8 likes

  17. DirtyTerry says:

    When they discuss The Invisible Man paradox. If his eyes were invisible, he’d be blind.

       9 likes

  18. Tjardus says:

    My favorite is from “Horror at Party Beach”

    “They must have gone at the speed of light cause they can see themselves arriving”

       8 likes

  19. Kali says:

    MarcusVermilion:
    From “The Amazing Colossal Man”: “The heart is made up of a single cell.” Servo: “What?!?”

    Crow: You’re not a real doctor, are you?

    Always loved that scene. That was a scientist speaking, people…

       3 likes

  20. Kali says:

    From Radar Men from the Moon:

    Servo: Joel, why are there clouds on the moon?
    Crow: Why is there air in space?
    Servo: Why does the Earth have a shadow?
    Crow: Why are we watching this?
    Servo: Daddy? What’s Vietnam?

       6 likes

  21. insect man #47 says:

    When the cops are tracking the “Indestructible Man” with a flame thrower through the sewers of Los Angeles, Tom says “They’re using a flame thrower and there’s all that methane down there.”

       7 likes

  22. Flag on the Moon says:

    The Manhattan Project erotic fanfic involving Bohr and Oppenheimer, something about letting his lab coat slip to the floor.

       3 likes

  23. NHCrypto says:

    As Crow attempts to tunnel through space back to Earth, he has another look at his directions, which point out “Breach hull, all die.”

       12 likes

  24. goalieboy82 says:

    from phantom planet,
    crow: so you can just take a left turn in space.

       9 likes

  25. Edwin B says:

    Tom getting angrier each time Akio says the planet is a ‘star’ in Gamera vs Gurion always cracks me up!

       8 likes

  26. Danzilla "Cornjob" McLargehuge, Student of Kaijuology says:

    Definitely the super well executed time lag in Segment 1 of Prince of Space. Beautifully done, and hysterical.

    “Hey, has anyone seen my chicken puppet?”

       19 likes

  27. radioman970 says:

    Scientist: I’ve got the answer!
    Joel: It’s Coco Puffs, Bob! I’ve got no idea why, but it fits the equation. Check it out.

    Amazing Colossal Man

       3 likes

  28. goalieboy82 says:

    I know its off topic, but I was watching angels revenge last night. at the end of the movie:
    Mike: “Hey, where was Bruce Jenner in this shot?”
    Tom: “He’s the one on the left.”
    sampo, a good weekend topic would be throwaway lines that have come true.

       9 likes

  29. RedZoneTuba says:

    Jane: So, dinosaurs died out because they forgot how to love each other. Is that right?
    Servo: In a wrong kind of way, yeah.

       9 likes

  30. EricJ says:

    Samson vs. the Vampire Women-
    Crow: “I don’t get the physics of hovering bats.”

       6 likes

  31. Edge says:

    From the Movie and alluded to in the opening of this thread:

    Science and technology. Big men putting screwdrivers into things, turning them and adjusting them …

    Insert the toaster pastry… yum!

       6 likes

  32. Son of Peanut says:

    Phantom Planet was full of scientific oddities:
    “Good thing there’s so much gravity in space.”
    “So you can just take a hard left in space.”
    “So people are just balloons, then?”

       5 likes

  33. Jay says:

    Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Movie –

    (Refering to the alarm cat). “His name is Neutron because he’s so positive”.

    Aargh!! These are supposed to be nuclear scientists?!

    But wait… Maybe it was supposed to be an example of nerd humor?
    “Yeah, Neutron because he’s so positive. Huh? Get it? Because neutrons have no charge. Ha! Wait ’till I tell that one to the German guy. He’ll bust his Bavarian gut laughing!”

    Nuclear Nerd Humor

       4 likes

  34. TurkeyVolumeGuessingGal says:

    Try SODIUM!

    :-? :-/ :-/ :-? :-?

       14 likes

  35. littleaimishboy says:

    The Invisible Man paradox. If his eyes were invisible, he’d be blind.

    But he isn’t immaterial.*

    He just has the power to affect people’s minds so they can’t see him. HE can see just fine.

    *And neither is this objection.

       0 likes

  36. Herandar says:

    @23: “Even had it underlined!”

       7 likes

  37. Doug Glassman says:

    “Flag on the moon… how did it get there?” Could you imagine if Coleman Francis had the stones to try and film a moon landing movie?

       1 likes

  38. robot rump! says:

    Doug Glassman:
    “Flag on the moon… how did it get there?” Could you imagine if Coleman Francis had the stones to try and film a moon landing movie?

    he could do it, provided he can find a way to incorporate skydiving, flying to the moon in a piper cub and the moon would look a lot like cuba er new mexico.

       5 likes

  39. robot rump! says:

    oh yeah the astronauts would be hopped up on coffee.

       1 likes

  40. eegah says:

    Aaaaah! I’m falling at a 60 degree angle breaking all of the laws of physics!

       12 likes

  41. Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy says:

    From Devil Doll:

    Servo: Where’d you get the beer, Mike?

    Mike: Oh, it turns out the Nanites have a microbrewery.

    Servo: Oh, great. So we can have a savage dorm booze binge after all.

    Mike: You know, the Nanites would have a microbrewery.

    Servo: Yeah, right.

    Mike: Because they’re microscopic

    Servo: I got it Mike!

       7 likes

  42. Dan says:

    Edwin B:
    Tom getting angrier each time Akio says the planet is a ‘star’ in Gamera vs Gurion always cracks me up!

    Damn! You beat me to it.
    Even with Tom voicing our collective rage for us, it still makes me crazy every time the pontificating, tiny-pants-wearing little twerp says it. And shut up about the damn traffic accidents already! Sorry, I’m just bitter.

    Also, someone will have to remind me of the episode, but there is a scene in which a sciency type is going on about some nonsensical theory & Crow finishes his thought with:
    “It’s pudding, we don’t know why.”

    Maybe it’s just as well I don’t remember what it’s from, because it makes me wee myself with laughter every time it comes up, unsuspecting like.

       2 likes

  43. Dan says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot the Micro-Golf invention exchange with all the microbiology references. None of which I fully grasp as I’m not terribly bright. “The wheels really are coming off”.

    Again, I don’t recall the episode. I’ve been doing a deep dive, watching all the Rhino & Shout! releases in chronological (by air date) order. At least one a day. This is what is called in psychology circles “not having a life”.

    So the result is some minor blending & mixing in what is left of my brain.

       2 likes

  44. Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    “You start with a set of teeth, decide it it was a flesh eater or a grass eater, and you go from there!” Paleontology 101 form the Deadly Mantis. One of the few correct things we learned from ’50’s movie science.

       6 likes

  45. Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    @38 Well, he did have a landscape to work with…

       0 likes

  46. Fart Bargo says:

    Radar Men from the Moon serial had tons of scientific assumptions that were left unsaid as ck @13 points out. One line that was said was when the G-Man was discussing the mystery explosions, Commando Cody speculates that since no one on earth has the advanced science to create such a weapon, it must come from the moon! G-man agrees and not an ounce of wonder at life on the moon?!

    So many scenes defy the simplielist scientific facts. Cuffed dress slacks and bare hands on the moon’s surface, bare knuckle brawls every episode with out an injury or even a drop of blood, cars careening off of bridges and cliffs and people jumping from these speeding vehicles without injury, six shooters that do not run out of bullets, I could go on and on.

       3 likes

  47. servomademesayit says:

    Exeter: Place your hands above the rails, they’re magnetized.

    Mike: And if your hands were metal, that would mean something.

       21 likes

  48. [the Original] Stan McSerr, Destroyer of Worlds says:

    And what about scarecrow’s brain?

       5 likes

  49. Juice says:

    Also from “Radar Men from the Moon” —-
    “There’s been an unusual amount of radioactivity on the moon.”
    Servo, (I think): “Isn’t ANY amount of radioactivity on the moon unusual??”

       6 likes

  50. Ray Dunakin says:

    Loved the Micro Golf bit, especially when he’s teeing off: “Point zero zero…Four!”

       3 likes

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