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Pizza_DUDE
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« on: 12-31-2008 00:14 »


Hey!

First time poster here who is about to ask something I havenīt been able to find anywhere.. smile

There are several jokes about Sweden in the series, more-so than any other country about the same size I would say. Does anyone know if any of the writers have some kind of connection to Sweden or if the existence of these jokes are totally random?
Frisco17

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« Reply #1 on: 12-31-2008 05:41 »

Well most are a riff on IKEA more than Sweden itself. The only one directly related to Sweden I can think of is the thing at the Olympics.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #2 on: 12-31-2008 09:24 »

You forgot Bender's Big Score. A great line from Bender; "Not so neutral, now, are you, Sweden?"
Pizza_DUDE
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« Reply #3 on: 12-31-2008 12:24 »
« Last Edit on: 12-31-2008 12:26 »

Most? Thereīs just one about Ikea, as far as I know..

Others are:

When Bender is in the olympics and has a gender change, in the audience are some people with a banner that says "Go Sweden!" and the prof says "Sweden? I donīt think so!", which you mentioned.

When Leela gets stung by the big bees and has dreams about Fry. In one of them, Fry says he has left a gift for her in her locker which he got from a Swedish novelty shop.

When Leela is the first woman blernsball player, one of the teams she plays against are the "Swedish meatballs" where the players are all blonde and has names like Bjornsson.

In Benders big score there is the nobel prize award and the neutral joke, already mentioned.

There are a couple more, but I cant remember them right now.. Guess Iīll have to re-watch the episodes to find them all. smile
hobbitboy

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« Reply #4 on: 01-01-2009 12:09 »

I suspect from an American point of view it is a good, safe, country to make fun of. It is recognisably foreign but still in western Europe (i.e. not too foreign). It has a few pre-existing stereotypes that aren't automatically offensive and doesn't have a reputation for either taking offense or reacting violently. Having a few brand names and a few famous people associated with the country doesn't hurt either.

But mainly it's a country that hasn't already been 'done to death', comedically speaking (c.f. Germany, France, or England).

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KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #5 on: 01-01-2009 23:33 »

Those are the only Swedish references I remember.   The above mentioned.  Would've liked to have seen some Italy jokes, though.   


It would've been funny if the PE Crew went to a Swedish bakery and Bender extended his legs to steal a safe on the ceiling and fell into some cake!  And the pastry chef could scream! 

Pizza_DUDE
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« Reply #6 on: 01-02-2009 12:46 »

Hehe, and he should look like the swedish chef from the muppet show?  laff
oh! tonks

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« Reply #7 on: 01-03-2009 02:45 »

For once they're making fun of Sweden instead of Norway laff Futurama is giving us Norwegian anchovies, which is Fry's favorite and Bender being prime minister, which would have been ok. Not great, but ok...
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« Reply #8 on: 01-03-2009 08:07 »

Welcome to PEEL tonks smile
oh! tonks

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« Reply #9 on: 01-03-2009 17:09 »

Thanks Bianca smile
gudbjorg

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« Reply #10 on: 01-17-2009 11:30 »

You make a fun point, I hadn't thought of this. I like IKEA.
Bear

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« Reply #11 on: 01-17-2009 13:09 »

You forgot Bender's Big Score. A great line from Bender; "Not so neutral, now, are you, Sweden?"
That's an historical joke. They could have said the same thing about Switzerland.
gudbjorg

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« Reply #12 on: 01-18-2009 09:08 »

I feel like Sweden is the best known Nordic country. Probably because of IKEA, The Nobels and Futurama jokes.
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« Reply #13 on: 01-20-2009 16:47 »

That's just not true gudbjorg I think Svalbard is just as well known in some alternate universes thanks to the panserbjorn.
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« Reply #14 on: 01-22-2009 18:31 »

That's an historical joke. They could have said the same thing about Switzerland.

I always thought that was a joke, in the sense that he mixed Switzerland and Sweden together.

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That's just not true gudbjorg I think Svalbard is just as well known in some alternate universes thanks to the panserbjorn.

Svalbard isn't a country. It belongs to Norway.
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« Reply #15 on: 01-22-2009 18:35 »

It's a reference to His Dark Materials

And why would he mix Switzerland and Sweden together? No one would get that joke. That's like saying "Ha! Ukranians speak Bulgarian!" and then hoping the audience will pick up on the idea that your character confused Ukraine and Bulgaria.
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« Reply #16 on: 01-22-2009 18:39 »
« Last Edit on: 01-22-2009 18:40 »

It's a reference to His Dark Materials

And why would he mix Switzerland and Sweden together? No one would get that joke. That's like saying "Ha! Ukranians speak Bulgarian!" and then hoping the audience will pick up on the idea that your character confused Ukraine and Bulgaria.

I did not know that.

I was more thinking that once again Bender shows himself stupid and ignorant by mixing two countries in Europe starting with an s.
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« Reply #17 on: 01-22-2009 18:51 »

I feel like Sweden is the best known Nordic country. Probably because of IKEA, The Nobels and Futurama jokes.

And Abba, gudj, don't forget Abba.
Bear

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« Reply #18 on: 01-22-2009 21:58 »

Abba is a bunch of girls! laff
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #19 on: 01-22-2009 22:12 »

Also Volvo. That's another famous Swedish thing.
Bear

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« Reply #20 on: 01-22-2009 22:21 »

And bank accounts, don't forget those.
Spiritinthesky

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« Reply #21 on: 01-22-2009 22:54 »

And I hate Ikea!
suss6052

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« Reply #22 on: 01-23-2009 01:29 »

And bank accounts, don't forget those.
Thats Switzerland-, swiss-banks, not Swedish banks
Archonix

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« Reply #23 on: 01-23-2009 01:51 »

Abba is a bunch of girls! laff

Except two of them had beards and penises, which would generally qualify them as men.

Though Sweden is famous for its neutrality in world war 2. They sold ball bearings to the Germans and then sheltered Jews from Norway. After letting Germany cross over their territory to invade it...

Consistently inconsistent. That's Sweden. But at least they aren't Finland. Oh they can pretend to talk with airs and graces for hours, those Finns, but you know sooner or later the knives will come out...
Books

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« Reply #24 on: 01-23-2009 03:28 »

Hey, my wife is from Sweden, don't make fun frown
hobbitboy

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« Reply #25 on: 01-23-2009 13:15 »

Surgeon General's Warning:
Fun, even in moderate amounts, has been shown in scientific studies to have detrimental
effects on some swedes.

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Bear

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« Reply #26 on: 01-23-2009 13:25 »

And bank accounts, don't forget those.
Thats Switzerland-, swiss-banks, not Swedish banks

Swedes don't have bank accounts? confused
suss6052

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« Reply #27 on: 01-24-2009 01:00 »

And bank accounts, don't forget those.
Thats Switzerland-, swiss-banks, not Swedish banks

Swedes don't have bank accounts? confused

Thats not what was said, however most foreign businesses and people trying to hide money/objects don't go to Sweden, but rather to Switzerland
Bear

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« Reply #28 on: 01-28-2009 22:37 »

Oh, ok. Well thanks for that info confused

You sound a bit shady if you ask me. "Suss."
Books

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« Reply #29 on: 01-28-2009 22:39 »

My wife is reading this thread behind me and she isn't liking it ONE BIT. mad
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #30 on: 01-28-2009 22:40 »

Was it something Bear said?
Bear

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« Reply #31 on: 01-28-2009 22:57 »

You have a wife?
Frisco17

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« Reply #32 on: 01-28-2009 23:33 »
« Last Edit on: 01-28-2009 23:35 »

Consistently inconsistent. That's Sweden. But at least they aren't Finland. Oh they can pretend to talk with airs and graces for hours, those Finns, but you know sooner or later the knives will come out...

Just hope they don't roll out the Brewsters. Then you're really screwed.
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