Sunday, June 29, 2008

Firefox 3.0 Robot Easter Egg Explained

If you type:


in your Firefox 3.0 address bar, you'll get this:

  • Robots may not injure a human or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Robots have seen things you people wouldn't believe.
  • Robots are Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With.
  • Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten.

What you might not now is where those phrases come from. But I'm here to help.

The page title "klaatu barada nikto" is from the sci-fi classic The day the Earth Stood Still.

The first phrase is fairly famous. It's the first law of robotics from Asimov.

The second is a reference to Blade Runner's Rutger Hauer monolog known as The Roy Batty Soliloquy.

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

The third one... you should be ashamed for not knowing it:
Does Douglas Adam's Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy rings a bell? It better!

Fouth one: Futurama - “Bite My Shiny Metal Ass!” - Bender
And last but not least: “And they have a plan”
Just watch Galactica's Intro and you'll get it...

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