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Things We Saw Today: New Covid Mutation Is an Unlikely ‘Futurama’ Callback

Plus book delivery on horseback, Kathryn Hahn, and more!

Leela on Futurama

Whelp, a new COVID variant just dropped. The SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, aka the Omicron variant, was first reported in South Africa, and has since popped up in Botswana, Hong Kong and Belgium. The World Health Organization has designated Omicron as “a variant of concern”, citing the unusually high number of mutations which could make the variant more transmissible.

Dr. Anthony Fauci speculated that Omicron may already be in the United States, saying “I would not be surprised if it is,” in an appearance on Weekend Today. “We have not detected it yet [in the U.S.],” he added, “but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and in other places — when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over.”

But while this is news is both A)predictable and B)disheartening, nerds are finding some levity in the name Omicron and its relation to the world of Futurama. Fans will remember the Omicronians of planet Omicron Persei 8, the large aliens frequently bent on world domination led by Emperor Lrrr.

As a result, Futurama started trending on Twitter, with everyone recalling their favorite moments from Matt Groening’s sci-fi series.

Well, I’m off to drown my sorrows in a hot bucket of Popplers, sigh.

(image: 20th Century Fox)

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  • This week’s Legends of Tomorrow explores the legacy of the Black Rosies. (via Autostraddle)
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  • Nick Fury is the latest MCU character to join Fortnite. (via IGN)

How’s your Thanksgiving weekend going, Mary Suevians?

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.