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Futurama Llama

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« Reply #40 on: 02-02-2008 12:27 »
« Last Edit on: 02-02-2008 12:27 »

Of course. That, and peer pressure.

As said in Fry and the Slurm Factory,
Leela: Bender?? Why did you jump in??
Bender: Everyone was doing it, I just wanted to be cool!

Jeez, I'm just snagging TOTPs everywhere!
JackedOn

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« Reply #41 on: 02-02-2008 19:26 »

Even though the writers had him do that because they couldn't think of another reason (nothing else would be as funny) for getting him to join in the adventures they had in the factory ^^;;
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #42 on: 02-02-2008 23:41 »

True, true. Peer pressure solves everything. Give in, kids! Be just like Bender! Smoke!


Okay, but seriously, don't, kids.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #43 on: 02-03-2008 06:57 »

When Bender says "I don't need to drink, I can quit any time I want", it's actually a nod to his addictive personality and incipient alcoholism. Of course he needs to drink. He's just in denial, since there are alternatives. Just like we need to eat, but there are alternatives (such as tube-feeding, or becoming genetically modified to enable photodsynthesis  tongue ).

Bender does not have a sense of taste - not as humans would understand it. It is clear that robot food - a combination of metals and oils and fuels that are good for robots can be "tasted". This is most likely a chemical analysis with "good" equating to "tasty" and "toxic" equating to "foul". However, human food is unlikely to contain anything of value to a robot, and thus Bender is unable to detect anything that registers as a "taste" with his chemical analysis equipment. He just sees it all as complex hydrocarbons - certainly valuable as fuel if he takes on board enough of them, but alcohol is going to register higher on any index that he uses to measure energy content.

Thus, Bender cannot taste human food to any degree that we would be familiar with. Therefore he has no human understanding of "delicious" or "disgusting", simply of the various chemicals that go into it. Couple this with a basic lack of bilogical and anatomical understanding and it's no wonder that he decided to serve the Neptunian slug with 10% less salt than would be lethal.

As far as choking and smoking go, yes. Bender needs to take air in to react with the fuel in his systems. Smoking would also add trace elements to the air mixture which could be useful to a machine. When Bender's air supply is cut off unexpectedly, he will choke. In space or other environments where Bender has no access to air, it is reasonable to assume that he is running solely on stored power and will eventually become drained of energy. When this happens, I would assume that he will switch off.

I don't think that these things are "goofs". I think that they're actually pretty good sci-fi.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #44 on: 02-03-2008 09:12 »
« Last Edit on: 02-03-2008 09:12 »

 
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Originally posted by totalnerduk:In space or other environments where Bender has no access to air, it is reasonable to assume that he is running solely on stored power and will eventually become drained of energy. When this happens, I would assume that he will switch off

Bender must have a pretty good battery, then...he was floating through space in "Godfellas" for weeks with no noticable ill effects.

Futurama Llama

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« Reply #45 on: 02-04-2008 18:31 »

That is the truth. But then again, he had the lil guys build him a microbrewery. Was that a need for alcohol, or just a want?
Frisco17

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« Reply #46 on: 02-04-2008 22:25 »

I think it's a combintation of both. He needs something to fuel his power cells but it doesn't have to be alcohol.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #47 on: 02-04-2008 23:05 »
« Last Edit on: 02-04-2008 23:05 »

Even so, he was only getting mere drops of alcohol despite the best efforts of his "subjects", probably less than a single bottle of LowBrau.
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #48 on: 02-06-2008 16:55 »

Then, in accordance with how much he drinks, how was he able to sustain himself whilst traveling through space?
saucie

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« Reply #49 on: 02-06-2008 18:02 »

Solar power. Nuclear pile.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #50 on: 02-07-2008 01:10 »

 
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Originally posted by saucie:
Solar power. Nuclear pile.

Bender wasn't near enough to any particular star to attain any useful amount of solar power. And if he were nuclear, everyone at Planet Express would become a mutant like Leela.  wink
jerkberg

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« Reply #51 on: 02-07-2008 04:13 »

Radiation doesn't work like that Nasty
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #52 on: 02-07-2008 10:51 »

It might in the year 3000...
jerkberg

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« Reply #53 on: 02-07-2008 13:43 »

lol good point.
saucie

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« Reply #54 on: 02-07-2008 19:07 »

If he could reflect sunlight in a manner that would set fire to the civilization, surely he could also glean solar power from that same source.
Frisco17

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« Reply #55 on: 02-07-2008 20:00 »

That's true. He also has been shown to have a solar collector in BBS.
jerkberg

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« Reply #56 on: 02-08-2008 04:28 »

I think we're all reading to deeply into this, yes it's a show with plot holes and contradictions, but just try to enjoy it for what it is - a comedy.
JackedOn

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« Reply #57 on: 02-08-2008 19:19 »

I don't consider cartoons comedies necessarily, and defiantly not Futurama. I think it's too deep to be just considered a comedy. This is going to get complicated so lets go with funny cartoon >>
jerkberg

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« Reply #58 on: 02-09-2008 04:35 »

If that works for you.
JackedOn

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« Reply #59 on: 02-09-2008 16:04 »

I think I'm reading too deep into the classification of the show o_O
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #60 on: 02-16-2008 21:59 »

I think this thread has nearly died.
JackedOn

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« Reply #61 on: 02-16-2008 22:26 »

ummmmmm. ok if he needs alchohol how could he go 1000 years without it in roswell that ends well
Xanfor

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« Reply #62 on: 02-17-2008 09:54 »

Standby mode.
JackedOn

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« Reply #63 on: 02-17-2008 11:18 »

Than he must have one hell of a battery to be on standby for 1000 years
Xanfor

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« Reply #64 on: 02-17-2008 11:41 »



Lithium-ion, apparently.  big grin
JackedOn

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« Reply #65 on: 02-17-2008 12:42 »

thats how Lithium combusts? I'm not familiar with Lithium (or in fact any element or whatever thats considered @_@)
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #66 on: 02-17-2008 16:30 »

Interesting point, Xanfor.

Ah... Bender... you and your confusing need for energy...
Turanga, A

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« Reply #67 on: 03-09-2008 23:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Futurama Llama:
Bingo. So there are multiple examples in the show showing how our dear Bender can, indeed, taste. Leela is just a crazy *CENSORED*.

Then how come in 30% Iron Chef Bender tells Helmut Spargel "Oh I have 8 other senses, but I'd give up them all, even smission to be able to taste" (I think that quote is close to right)
SpaceCase

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« Reply #68 on: 03-10-2008 10:51 »

 
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Originally posted by Xanfor:
[Image]

Lithium-ion, apparently.   big grin
Show-off.
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Originally posted by JackedOn:
thats how Lithium combusts?
Lithium can burn two ways. Normally it will burn red, but if it is a violent enough reaction, it will burn white.
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Originally posted by JackedOn:
I'm not familiar with Lithium (or in fact any element or whatever thats considered @_@)
Yes, JackedOn, Lithium is a chemical element. The third element on the periodic table; the lightest solid element, an alkalai metal that-

[*Ahem*]

Sorry about that...

Xanfor is essentially correct.
If you care to become less unfamiliar with Lithium...
I'll just ooze back out under the laboratory door now...
Xanfor

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« Reply #69 on: 03-10-2008 20:27 »

I'm surprised you didn't remind me what episode that framegrab was from.

It should've been 'Dilithium-ion'.  wink
SpaceCase

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« Reply #70 on: 03-10-2008 21:29 »

 
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Originally posted by Xanfor:
I'm surprised you didn't remind me what episode that framegrab was from.

It should've been 'Dilithium-ion'.   wink
Xanfor, my friend, you are the greetest!
By which, I mean "geek with more free time on their hands than other geeks."  wink
Ach, Capt'n, I tried shovin' a wiener in th'warp-drive, boot it dinna'do ah bit'a gude!
And just for the record, I'm more interested in real physics than Trek physics, but *please* don't stop with the reference-making.  wink
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #71 on: 03-26-2008 01:08 »

i think the first disk of the first season had the most stuff ups. the biggest one i noticed was when Bender claimed he didnt need to drink and that he could quit anytime.
Xanfor

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« Reply #72 on: 03-26-2008 11:37 »

If you define 'drinking' as the ingestion of beverages which consist to some degree of ethyl alcohol, as is commonly done even during the contemporary era, then Bender is quite right, he does not need to 'drink'. As he states in Hell is Other Robots, it is quite possible for him to function simply with good ol' mineral oil.

As for whether he can give up ethanol consumption any time he wants, that's an entirely different matter, altogether.

[everyone]That's an entirely different matter.[/everyone]

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Originally posted by SpaceCase:

By which, I mean "geek with more free time on their hands than other geeks."   wink

I wish. But thanks for the compliment.  wink

x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #73 on: 03-28-2008 01:42 »

but he 'drinks' mineral oil, literally drinks it! i have not seen any other way bender recharges his batteries, besides drinking!
Xanfor

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« Reply #74 on: 03-28-2008 08:33 »
« Last Edit on: 03-28-2008 08:33 »

Sorry for the confusion, dear chum, I'm afraid I was being pedantic again. What I meant to say is that it is possible to reconcile  Bender's admission of 'not needing to drink' with definition two of 'drink'.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #75 on: 03-28-2008 10:22 »

 
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Originally posted by Xanfor:
... I'm afraid I was being pedantic again.
"Again," tends to imply you stopped being pedantic at some point and then resumed.
Xanfor? Stop being pedantic?

Oh, Mr. Xanfor, sir, SAY IT AIN'T SO![/b]

Perhaps, "still?wink

Also, you have excellent taste in reference materials...
Now who's being 'pedantic'?  laff
  wink
Frisco17

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« Reply #76 on: 03-28-2008 21:30 »

Again, Xanfor, pedantic.....the who did the what now?
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #77 on: 04-02-2008 03:08 »

who, what, where, when and why?!

Well ive finished being crazy for now...
limegreenaffair

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« Reply #78 on: 04-20-2008 15:58 »

Pedantic: ostentatious in one's learning

In layman's terms: a show-offy nerd is "pedantic"
Cinimod

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« Reply #79 on: 08-30-2008 21:40 »

In BBS Bender uses something that functions and slurps like a tongue. He may have the hardware (like standard robot mouth assembly RM-017-A or something) for tasting but not the software and/or tasting chip. It might be considered useless in a bending unit and make it more expensive.

A good theory, however if he could tell whether the anchovies tasted good or bad then howcome in "The 30% Iron Chef" Helmut Spargle said that because Bender couldn't taste he would be better at cooking.
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