Pop Culture References in The Colbert Report April 25-28,011

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!).

Cheerio Zoners! Pardon the late nature of my post, as I was experiencing some of my own technical difficulties. It was another high energy week-after-vacation from the folks at The Report. I especially enjoyed Stephen’s anticipation of the Royal Wedding, as well as his new line of Vacsa products. I nearly fell out of my seat when I saw the picture of him “during” his interview with Doris Kearns Goodwin. What were some of your favorite segments?


Catholic Bender

Then I tried a couple of cults: scientology, Raelianism and Apple.

Raelism is a religion based on the belief that life on Earth was created by a species of extraterrestrials called the Elohim. It was founded by Claude Vorilhon, who is now known as Rael. They believe that Jesus and Buddha are prohets sent by the Elohim, and that Jesus’ resurrection can be explained scientifically – through cloning. They are highly supportive of scientific study and the topless rights of women. For an exploration of their beliefs go here.

At one point I genuflected all over the back of a cab.

Although it does sound like something some of us who have had a wild night of drinking may have done on or in a cab, genuflexion actually involves the act of praying, that is, it involves bending at the knee. The posture is now common among Christians, but under Mosaic Law, standing was/is the common practice during prayer. Some of us probably have genuflected after drinking, saying we’d never do it again (only to do it again the next weekend).


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I never thought of yelling fire in a crowded theatre until the supreme court gave me the idea.

In the 1919 case Schneck v. United States, Charles Schneck, argued that his First Amendment rights were violated after he was convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 which prohibits any attempt to interfere with military operations, promote insubordination in the military, or interfere with military recruitment. Ultimately the court, led by the opinion piece written Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, unanimously agreed that the act was constitutional and set forth what is known as the “clear and present danger ” test. This asserted that “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”

Mitt Romney’s Peacetime Gaffe

Let’s see how mad man Mitt let slip the dogs of war [ Video of Mitt Romney saying “Who let the dogs out, woof, woof?” ]

In January of 2008, Mitt Romney marched in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Jacksonville, Florida. During the course of his visit he posed with some young African American kids, and in response to the question “Who let you out?” he proceeded to respond with the song lyrics by the Baha Men. This led some to say that he was out of touch with constituents. He further demonstrated this by telling a child that they had “bling – bling” on.


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I look forward to your stamps honoring Mount Rushmore, the Alamo and the Jefferson Memorial

The featured images are those of the movie Rushmore (starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray) , Alamo Car Rental and the television show ‘The Jeffersons’ starring Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sandford.

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Stanley? Does that mean she was a dude?

President Obama’s mother was born Stanley Ann Dunham in Wichita, Kansas to Stanley Dunham and Madelyn Payne. She is the only child of the Dunham’s, and as such gets her first name from her father. She was nicknamed Anna, and dropped the use of her first name soon after childhood.


Stephen Waits for His Royal Invitation in London

Chim chimeny, chim chimeney chim chim cheroo

This one made me giggle a bit. The segment makes reference to the Disney musical Mary Poppins. In the film version of the musical starred Dick Van Dyke as the character Bert, who, among other odd jobs, was a chimney sweep and sand the song “Chim Chim Cheree.” This character is actually an amalgamation of many friends Mary Poppins had in the books written by P.L Travers that the movie and musical are based upon.

Progressives United – Russ Feingold

Well the bow and arrow served the Native Americans for thousands of years until someone showed up with a blunderbuss.

A blunderbuss is a flintlock muzzle loading weapon with a flared muzzle. It was used during the 17th and 18th centuries, and was typically issued to cavalry, who needed a lightweight, easily handled firearm. It was also used by naval personnel and pirates for use in close-quarters actions. The term blunderbuss is of Dutch origin, and comes from the Dutch word donderbus, which, broken down is donder (thunder) + bus (box). Here is an interesting video demonstrating its use. Also of note: it’s also a term used for an ignorant or careless person.

Eat powder! No, come closer, no you're too far away. Dag nabbit!


  1. Great post, as usual.

    Some of us probably have genuflected after drinking…

    In my day, we used to call that praying to the porcelain god…

  2. And of course, “cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” is a very famous Shakespeare quote, form Julius Caesar (Act 3, scene 1, 270–275).

    The full quote is by Marcus Antonius, and says:
    And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
    Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial.

    Why is this an interesting reference? Well, Antonius is very polite, using gentle satire and veiled irony to address the Roman Republic after Cassius and Brutus murder Caesar. He’s trying to get public support for what he’s saying, which might not be terribly popular (see the “friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” speech). Privately, he’s ****ed at what’s going on and is saying that he will do all he can, even invoking the goddess of ruin and strife, to rain down destruction on his opposition.

    Interesting, isn’t it? Especially when you consider the final outcome of the play – Brutus and Cassius are defeated, but it has more to do with their tactical errors and moral failings than any of Antonius’s efforts.

    (It’s much more interesting in the original Klingon. ;) …)

    • Oh how I wish I could include everything! But thats where you guys come in and bring your gold nuggets of knowledge ;) I have that image from ST6 in my head everytime I hear it! FYI there is an app for learning Klingon if interested!

    • lockhart43 says:

      I was just about to look up the origin of the phrase “let slip the dogs of war.” You are awesome! Thank you!

  3. This is great! With exceptions to the “dogs of war” and Mary Poppins references, I was wondering about the other PC references that were made and what they meant and you answered them all superlatively! Great job as usual, Toad!

  4. Karenatasha says:

    Also, “Elohim” is the ancient Hebrew word simply for “God.”

    Chim chiminee….

    Now that tune will NOT leave my head!

  5. colbaby says:

    There’s a really early Daily Show segment where Stephen learns about Raelism and interviews Rael himself, aka Claude Vorilhon. The original segment seems to have disappeared from the interwebs, however. All I could find was this snippet from a few years later: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-7-2003/moment-of-zen—be-careful-who-you-clone

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