1020: Orion Nebula

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Orion Nebula
Also on the agenda: what's with his hips?
Title text: Also on the agenda: what's with his hips?

[edit] Explanation

The Orion nebula is a diffuse nebula situated south of the three stars that compose Orion's Belt in the Orion constellation. In terms of the comic, it is the middle "star" in the sword/dong of Orion. Dong is an American slang word for penis. The star appears fuzzy to sharp-eyed observers, and the nebulosity is obvious through binoculars or a small telescope.

When the speaker says "We are no strangers to controversy" he is probably referring to Pluto's demotion from planet to a dwarf planet, or Plutoid, or whatever it's called these days.

The title text is a quip about how small and off-kilter the hips are in Orion the constellation compared to the rest of its body.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball stands behind a lectern decorated with the indicators of the International Astronomical Union.]
Cueball: Welcome to IAU Symposium #279.
Cueball: We are no strangers to controversy, and we will not shy away from the tough issues. Which brings us to the subject at hand.
[An anatomically uncensored projection of the Constellation Orion appears before the speaker.]
Cueball: It's time to talk about the fact that Orion clearly has a dong.
Attendee in crowd #1: It's hard to miss.
Attendee #2: We could keep telling people it's a sword.
Attendee #3: C'mon, no one's buying that anymore.
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Stay classy Randall... 92.40.254.95 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

The funny thing about people expecting us to believe Orion's penis is a sword is that swords weren't yet invented when Orion was named. However, everyone knew what a penis was. This is what we call an open and shut case.76.29.225.28 15:29, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
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