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  • We learn that Zoidberg is Cubert's godfather.
  • The talking orangatan is voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • This episode is the origin of the popular internet meme "I don't want to live on this planet anymore."
  • The robot humans are apparently living in the 1930s, judging from the cars and clothes (even though achieving Cellular phone tecnology prematurely).

Allusions Edit

Jurassic Park Edit

During the scene where a water monster attacks Fry, you can hear his roar is signature Godzilla's roar.

Hermes finds a fossilized dog and says "Oh no, it's another one of Fry's dogs", referencing Seymour from episode Jurassic Bark.

A Clockwork Origin Edit

A Clockwork Origin is a play on Anthony Burgess's 1962 dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange and the 1971 film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick with the same name. Like the novel and film, A Clockwork Origin spins a drama out of rival ideological claims about the nature of nature. In the novel and film human nature is at issue. Is human nature fixed or plastic? In the television episode all of nature is at issue. Is life the product of design or accident? The 'fixed' and 'design' positions are fundamentally conservative or rightist while the 'plastic' and 'accident' positions are fundamentally liberal or leftist.

The word "origin" in the title refers to Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, the famous book in which his theory of natural selection was outlined.

South Park Edit

The talking flying Spaghetti Being is a reference to the South Park episode "Go God Go", which also delved into the controversy of teaching evolution, which in itself is a reference to Bobby Henderson and his parody religion "The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster".

The Wozniak Nerd Academy Edit

The Wozniak Nerd Academy is most likely a reference to Steve Wozniak.

The Simpsons Edit

There is also a statue of Springy The Springfield Spring from The Simpsons episode "The Old Man and the "C" Student". It is seen at the far left of the robots' "evolution chain",

In the jury, one of the robots looks similar to Ms. Hoover from The Simpsons.

Star Wars Edit

In the Robo-History Museum there is a statue of R2-D2 from Star Wars.


  • There is a reference to the iPad on the robot world called the iFad.

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