Pop Culture References in The Colbert Report: Feb 14-17, 2011

Pop Culture references from the Colbert ReportWelcome to No Fact Zone’s weekly roundup of cultural references on The Colbert Report. From Darcy to Danger Mouse, String Theory to Shakespeare, we’ve got the keys to this week’s obscure, oddball, and occasionally obscene cultural shout-outs (hey!).

Howdy Zoners! I hope you had a good break and a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Looks like Stephen did. He was glowing on Monday (even without the help of the lights)! My favorite segment by far this week were the ones surrounding the Colbuffington Re-post. I love it when Stephen does voices – and his impression of Arianna is especially delightful. What were your favorites this week?


Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown – Egyptian Coincidence

And I hope all of you out there are celebrating Valentine’s Day in the traditional, conservative manner: writing poems, exchanging chocolates, and posting topless beefcake shots on Craigslist.

The Gawker recently published a story about New York District 26 Representative Christopher Lee exchanging emails and photos with a woman in local Craigslist “Women Seeking Men” ads. He told the woman in email he was divorced (he is married with a child) and sent a photograph of himself, shirtless. When the woman did some research and discovered who he was, she forwarded the emails to the Gawker. When questioned about them he claimed that he had been hacked, but within a few hours of posting their story, Lee resigned.

And sure Occams Razor says the simplest answer is usually correct..but fortunatley Glenn Beck isn’t allowed near razors.

Occam’s Razor is a principal credited to Franciscan friar William of Ockham. Originally written: “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily,” many scientists use it to discuss various concepts in disciplines such as metaphysics, quantum mechanics and physics. Occam is not the only means by which to ascertain which theory is true, however. It is important to note that empirical study is important in making a determination. For more insight on this principal, here is a great website I found.


Italian Bunga-Bunga Parties & Egyptian Democracy

In a presidential poll they got one percent – those are John Thune numbers!

John Thune is the Senator from South Dakota. There is speculation that he might run for President in 2012. In November Quinnipiac University conducted a poll, where a mere 2 percent of likely Republican voters said they support the South Dakota senator – the bottom of the list of potential candidates.

David Albright

Institute for Science and International Security, ISIS – it’s a part of S.H.I.E.L.D, I believe

S.H.I.E.L.D (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division – originally) is a law enforcement and security agency found in the Marvel Comics Universe. Their mission is to protect beings of the Earth from terrestrial and superhuman threats. S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted in the Strange Tales feature “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The organization was most recently featured in the Iron Man movies.


Tip/Wag: Colbuffington Re-post – Repo Games – Whale Fail

Whaling is a tradition just as important to the Japanese culture as whatever this is [Kimodo dragon video]

I know we’ve seen this video before on the show, but I wanted to dig a little deeper find out just what IS going on in that video. The girls in the video are from Morning Musume – a Japanese pop group. The footage is from “The Morning Musume 13 Gakkari Christmas Special.” What you’re seeing is part of a televised Christmas special where members of the group are competing in a food eating contest and later, the now famous endurance contest against the komodo dragon (whose name is Izam). Of the 13 girls who participated, 6 endured Izam until he fell through one of the holes in the board. This blogger wrote an assessment of the entire show in case you are interested (although they do not seem too happy about the spectacle that was made by an unnamed American news show. We’ll have to speculate which one).

The whales have tried to take us down for centuries – by swallowing our biblical prophets, our boy puppets and by taking our prime sunbathing spots of the beach.

The story of Jonah and the whale can be found in the Book of Jonah. Jonah runs away from God and boards a ship headed away from the city where he was to preach. A storm breaks out and the crew decides to cast Jonah overboard, convinced that he is the cause of the bad weather. He was swallowed by a whale and stayed there for 3 days and nights until he repented, and later thrown up on dry land. The story of Pinocchio appears to be based on the story (but there is no definitive answer about the similarities). In Pinocchio’s case, his creator Geppetto is swallowed by the creature (Monstro the whale) while venturing out towards Pleasure Island to find him.


Clarence Thomas’ Financial Disclosure Controversy

Common Cause is accusing this judicial Marcel Marceau of conflict of interest.

Born Marcel Mangel in 1923, Marceau was forced to change his name in order to hide his Jewish heritage during World War II. He worked in the French underground with his brother – saving many children – and served as an interpreter for the French Free Forces. After the war he enrolled in drama school and created his most famous mime character Bip, a white faced clown. He later went on to establish a school to promote the art of pantomime. He acted in several silent movies, including Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie, where he had his only speaking role. He uttered one word in the film: “non”.

…and then BOOM it’s four days later and you wake up next to Walt Disney’s frozen head – we’ve all been there!

There is a long standing urban legend that when Walt Disney died, he was cryogenically frozen, and his head is in a lab somewhere with the hopes that someday he could be revived. In fact, he died of lung cancer and was cremated two days later. The myth appears to have originated with biographies written about Disney that claim that Disney did know of cryonics and had a strong interest in the science. It is interesting to find out what legend turned out to be true.

Disney Head-David OReilly

If you wake up to this, maybe it's time for some peaceful R&R, instead


  1. “Italian bunga-bunga party” is one of the funniest phrases I’ve ever heard.

    My favorite segment from last week had to have been the Tip/Wag about the whales, if only for that hilarious whale pledge of allegiance! I loved “Mr. Smith Goes to the State Legislature, Then Later Possibly Washington” too – that was really brilliant.

    Thanks for the great post Toad! I mean no disrespect to anyone when I say this, but it’s really nice to be talking about something on here having nothing at all to do with naked models or vacuum cleaners. :)

    • Karenatasha says:

      Well, I’m afraid that if you’re talking about “bunga bunga,” you pretty much are talking about naked models–just Berlusconi’s naked models!

      But that’s another story, thank heavens.

      Thanks for the great post as usual, Toad.

  2. Can I just say that this part of the site is one of the things that I love the most about No Fact Zone? And yes, the fresh air feels good.

  3. I always greet the komodo dragon clip with a whoop of delight! Go, Izam!

  4. “Bunga bunga” is freakin’ hilarious. The sex scandal is very serious, to be sure, but my god, the phrase they use sure makes it difficult to get to the story itself.

    The list of all the “harmful things” that whales have done over the years, the Occam’s Razor, and this…

    Common Cause is accusing this judicial Marcel Marceau of conflict of interest.

    …were my personal favorite references. Love the way those got weaved into their respective segments, so very funny.

  5. Well, one thing I learned from looking at the tags from that kimodo dragon clip was that those girls were Morning Musume. I actually know one of their songs- ‘”Say Yeah- Motto Miracle Night”. Thanks for explaining the rest of the clip- Izam falling through the board had me cracking up and made my day. :)

    I always love the eyebrow moves- “Bunga-bunga…” *epic eyebrow quirk*, and the egyptian eyebrow dance. I also liked that Arianna impresson- most of his impressons are awesome, hilarous, and rather dramatic. But my absolute fav moment of the whole week was his vacuuming scene. Wow!

  6. Okay- I love Colbert… I’m a fan. It is so true about craigslist on V-day too, so many folks are single and desperate. The web gives people a sense of validation even it the interaction is with a stranger!!! Oh American’s…

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