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"Our top story tonight: NASA sends probe to Uranus. People everywhere giggle."
Colin Mochrie, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

This refers to the tendency for characters to cracknote  jokes about the planet Uranus and its unfortunate name. In other words: Uranus is the buttnote  of jokes. Attempts to rectifynote  this usually try to vary the pronunciation (YOO-ruh-nus, although sometimes people get this wrong and say "urine-us", which is just as bad). Although there might be a case for OUR-ran-os, which may be closer to the original Greek.note 

It doesn't help a bit to learn that Uranus used to be classified as one of the "gas giants," with an atmosphere believed to contain large clouds of methane, that there are rings around it, and that it is constantly leaking gas.

Obviously, this trope is almost exclusive to the English language, since other languages use different words (or at least different pronunciations) for "Uranus" and "your anus" (although almost everyone would still understand the word "anus").

Sub-Trope of Heh Heh, You Said "X", Joke of the Butt, In My Language, That Sounds Like..., and Unfortunate Names. See also Pluto Is Expendable for a trope about a (former) planet that gets no respect.


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    Card Games 
  • There was a short-lived parody of the original Mars Attacks! trading cards called Uranus Strikes; the Uranians were ugly, disgusting creatures who tried to invade Earth as the Martians did, but were at most Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains.

    Comic Books 
  • Agents of Atlas: Bob Grayson, also known as Marvel Boy, doesn't get why his teammate Gorilla Man finds Bob's choice of name, "The Uranian", so funny. Bob, being someone with No Social Skills who actually did grow up on Uranus, runs into this one a lot.
  • Just Imagine... Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe: The Secret Files and Origins one-shot has Superman become livid when asked if he came from Uranus, simmering down after his agent Lois Lane informs him that it's the name of a planet.
  • JLA: One Million features Starman from the 853rd century in the present day, and he proclaims himself as the protector of Uranus. Flash chuckles, while Green Lantern chimes in saying "Uranus" stopped being a funny word after the fourth grade.
  • In issue 32 of the Threeboot Legion of Super-Heroes series, a frustrated Star Boy tells his two fighting companions Sun Boy and Mekt Ranzz, "You're both acting like Uranuses."
  • In one MAD article, no longer finding Uranus jokes funny is listed as a mark of maturity.
  • The final issue of the miniseries Mort the Dead Teenager twice uses the gag of a character exclaiming "My what?" after the mention of Uranus, first with Mort on the title page and the second time with a female customer of the car wash Mort works at in one of the hypothetical timelines of how his life might have gone had he not been killed as a teen.
  • The Simpsons:
    • One story has Homer and Lisa discover the truth about NASA's Mars landings; they're all faked because they keep losing the probes. The lead scientist mentions he never gets any sympathy when he tries to tell colleagues about losing probes near Uranus.
    • One issue had Homer as a Galactus expy sending Bart/Silver Surfer to find him a planet to eat. No prizes for guessing which planet Bart recommends.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, this is the joke that started George and Harold's friendship in kindergarten, and they manage to use it to stay immune to Professor Poopypants' anti-humor ray.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • When the oil drillers from Armageddon (1998) are brought to NASA:
    Bear: What's up, Harry? Did NASA find oil on Uranus, man?
  • The ending for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. "That looks like Uranus!"
  • Invoked in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey while complimenting GOD.
  • In Cold Prey, Morten gets drunk and tells Jannicke a story about the first time he got drunk. He as at school and his next class was physics. When the teacher asked him a question about Uranus, he replied "How the hell should I know? I've never seen your anus!".note 
  • Dude, Where's My Car?: After destroying the giant alien and saving the universe, Chester, Jesse and their girlfriends return the Continuum Transfunctioner to the two Alien Nordic Dudes, who thanked them for their efforts. Before their memories of the event were erased, Jesse asks the alien dudes, "Have you guys ever been to Uranus?" The two alien dudes aren't amused with the joke so, they proceed with the memory wipe.
  • In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Elliot tells his friends about E.T., prompting the question,
    Tyler: Where is he from, Uranus? Get it? Your anus?
  • Averted, along with many giggles, in Journey to the Seventh Planet when one of the explorers firmly declares, "We must explore Uranus." He opts for the "YOU-rah-nuss" pronunciation.
  • Just My Luck:
    Ashley Albright: Dana, how's my 'scope?
    Dana: Your moon is in Uranus.
    Ashley Albright: Doesn't sound pretty.
  • Lethal Weapon 3:
    Leo Getz: I mean, where does it say that a gunshot wound requires a rectal exam? Yeah. With a telescope big enough to see Venus!
    Martin Riggs: I guess all they saw was Uranus, huh?
    Leo Getz: Oh, that's great, Riggs. Ha ha. That's great.
  • In Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, there's this funny exchange of dialogue.
    Benji Dunn: Why am I Pluto? It's not even a planet anymore!
    Brandt: Well, Uranus is still available.
    Benji Dunn: Ha ha, it' funny because you just said anus.
  • Religulous does this in a deleted scene available on the DVD:
    Bill Maher: How spiritually advanced is Uranus?
  • Take:
    Jeff: [on horoscopes] Relationships do not rise and fall because your heart is linked to Venus and your head is up Uranus!
    Jim: Oh, ha ha. Who didn't see that one coming a kilometer away?
  • In Spaceballs, a bumper sticker on the side of Lone Starr's Winnebago reads: "I ♥ Uranus".
  • Naturally this is an Obligatory Joke in the Sex Trek porn parodies, one of which takes place on Uranus.
    Hot Space Babe: We saw how Mr Sperm ejaculated on Uranus.
    Captain Quirk: That's not true, he was nowhere near my anus!

  • The old joke about how toilet paper is just like the Starship Enterprise: "They circle Uranus and wipe out Klingons."

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby ended with the Big Bad, Deputy Doo-Doo, deposited on Uranus. It even lampshaded the trope with a sign reading "Welcome to Uranus (Please don't make fun of our name)".
  • Bart Simpson's Guide to Life can't resist making this joke three times.
  • The novel series The Day My Bum Went Psycho contains lots of Toilet Humour. Try and guess which planet is a central focus.
    • The second book is called Zombie Bums From Uranus, and a running gag involves the planet's pronounciation.
  • Earth (The Book) describes Uranus as "the funniest planet by far," although any aliens would "have to spend about ten years learning idiomatic English to learn why." Lake Titicaca is also identified as "The 'Uranus' of Lakes."
  • In Filth, Bruce says "Okay baby, let's take this rocket to Uranus'' to a prostitute after watching a sci-fi themed porn movie.
    • Also by Irvine Welsh, Terry from A Decent Ride starred in two porn films called Invasion Uranus and a sequel called Assault On Uranus.
  • John Varley’s Golden Globe:
    “Where you bound?" "Where else? Uranus." He pronounced it your-anus. "What about you?" "Uranus," I confirmed. I pronounced it Urine-us. Was there ever an orb so inelegantly named? Nobody's ever agreed on how to say it, and both ways stink.
  • Harry Potter: Twice inflicted by Ron Weasley.
    • The first time is during Divination class in Goblet of Fire.
      Lavender Brown: Oh Professor, look! I think I've got an unaspected planet! Oooh, which one's that, Professor?
      Trelawney: It is Uranus, my dear.
      Ron: Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?
      Most unfortunately, Professor Trelawney heard him, and it was perhaps for that reason that she gave them so much homework.
    • Which is made funnier by Ron and Lavender's later interactions in book 6, suggesting that Lavender took this off-color joke from Ron as an awkward attempt at flirting (and also not out of the realm of possibility that she wasn't completely off-base).
    • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Ron makes another such joke while under the effect of some curse that makes him behave like he's drunk, saying "Harry, we saw Uranus up close! Get it, Harry? We saw Uranus..."
  • In the children's Edutainment book The Gobsmacking Galaxy, a Rule of Three gag is made of this: after Johann Elert Bode succeeds in naming Uranus, he pops up and attempts to christen Neptune "Mibottom" and Pluto "Hizbum".
  • In Larklight, the narrator's sister Myrtle tells him that "Polite people refer to that planet by its original name, Georgium Sidus. It provides less opportunity for cheap jokes."
  • In The Patchwork Girl, "Up Uranus!" is used as an Unusual Euphemism.
  • In Star Shroud, the first book of the Ascension series, Zack gets an attack of the giggles when the Athena has to make an emergency stop at Uranus to pick up some gas for their fusion reactor.
  • In Peter David's Star Trek: The Original Series novel, The Rift, cadets at Starfleet Academy have a drinking song that goes "Down from Saturn and up Uranus".
  • In Daniel Pinkwater's Young Adult Novel, the Wild Dada Ducks write and perform a Dadaist play titled "Chickens from Uranus." (The title has nothing to do with anything else about the play, but neither does anything else about the play.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1000 Ways to Die has a segment titled "Mercury In Uranus", in which a compulsive Ass Shover dies from mercury poisoning after inserting a bundle of glass thermometers that subsequently break inside him.
  • America's Funniest Home Videos:
    • The subject of one prize winner. Parent is doing planet names with kid. Gets to Uranus. Kid keeps replying "my anus".
    • Another clip has a kid who can recite all the names of the planets, but points out that it's best not to mention Uranus, since everyone starts laughing when you do.
  • In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Pants Alternative", Sheldon has to give a speech, and he gets drunk to gather courage. He ends up Mooning the audience, while saying: "Get ready to see the dark side of the Moon... and here's Uranus!" As a side note, this was the episode that earned Jim Parsons his Emmy.
  • The Chase had a question regarding the moons of Uranus. While Bradley and Chaser Paul Sinha used the clean reading with stress on the first syllable, it took one use of the name from the contestant to leave Bradley struggling to suppress his laughter (and eventually failing).
    Paul: Oh, grow up, Bradley!
  • The finale of The Colbert Report had Stephen doing a capsule of the items he'd been discussing in the show, ending with this:
    Scientists have discovered methane on Mars. That's impossible. The only place to find methane is...Uranus! (high fives hand that rises behind him)
  • Crossing Jordan episode "Blue Moon":
    Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh: The moon's in Uranus.
    Detective Woody Hoyt: Excuse me?
  • In one episode of The Drew Carey Show, Drew takes Kate on a date to the planetarium, the place they first met. They take a break from their small talk as they reach Drew's "favourite part" of the show, where the voiceover refers to "the seventh planet: Uranus". They both crack up along with the kids and everyone else around them, as Drew remarks "Ah, the classics..."
  • Have I Got News for You once featured a picture of a Somalian pirate ship named... Titan Uranus. Which is of course exactly the opposite of what you'd do if you came across a Somalian pirate ship.
  • Mini-golf competition Holey Moley features an outer space- and planet-themed hole in its second season. Naturally, it's named "Uranus" and the hosts' commentary exploits this for all its worth.
    Rob: [after a ball gets caught in a tunnel] Did it get stuck in Uranus? [Beat] Can somebody reach up in Uranus and get it? [...] Well, I just don't want Uranus to get clogged. Especially this early!
  • iCarly:
    Sam: Cool, why don't you use it to beam yourself to Jupiter?
    Carly: Is that really necessary?
    Sam: I could've said Uranus...
  • In Jackass, they twice went to a city called Mianus (before you ask, it's located in Connecticut). Of course they made al ot of jokes about the name of the city:
    • In Season 1, Johnny Knoxville travels there and talks with several locals about things to do, eat, and see in Mianus, making a point of mentioning the name in everything he says.
    • In the MTV 24 Hour Takeover, several of the guys go to Mianus themselves and crack even funnier jokes, but this trope is played straight when Bam Margera is standing on top of a hill with a telescope:
      Wee Man: Hey, Bam! What are you doing?
      Bam: I'm trying to see if I can see Uranus from Mianus!
  • Stealth example on the May 28, 2012 episode of Jeopardy!, in the category "It'll End with 'Us'":
    Alex Trebek: It takes 84 earth years for it to go around the sun.
    Contestant: What is Uranus?
    Alex: Yes, the planet.
  • Just Shoot Me! episode "There's Something About Allison":
    Burt.Brandi: You're the assface astronaut who rode a turd rocket to the third ring of Uranus.
  • Done on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson:
    Craig Ferguson: Self help books are pointless. Here's something for you... Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and self help books are from Uranus.
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Following the announcement of Heinz "Marz Ketchup", made from tomatoes grown under conditions similar to those on Mars, the show did a spoof ad for "Hunt's Uranus Ketchup", featuring every iteration of the joke they could cram into a 30-second bit.
    Probably the most delicious thing ever to come out of Uranus!
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Written in the Stars", Jones in researching astronomy as background to the case. He uses the opportunity to tell Barnaby "Did you know Uranus is 14 times larger than the Earth?".
  • Also, briefly used in My Name Is Earl, in one episode Randy was amused when he found out of this planet's existence.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • The episode "Hercules and the Captive Women" gives them even more opportunity, with Hercules fighting a cult worshipping the god Uranus. With lines like "This day is dedicated to Uranus" and references to "the blood of Uranus," though, they were really asking for it.
      Ismene: Today is dedicated to Uranus!
      Crow: Why, thank you, I'm fla— Wha?
      Tom Servo: Can I keep my thong on?
      Crow: Everybody bow down and praise Hercules' a—
      Joel: That's not what they meant.
      Crow: But that's what she said.
    • "The Skydivers" begins with Tom Servo trying to give a planetarium exhibition, but Crow ruins it by constantly cracking Uranus jokes, complete with the Star Trek joke above.
  • From Never Mind the Buzzcocks:
    David Tennant: McFly's song contained the lyrics "There's nothing on Earth that could save us since I fell in love with Uranus." Which as it happens was a line removed from the pilot episode of Torchwood... BARROWMAN! [shakes fist]
  • Tony Kornheiser loves making this joke on Pardon The Interruption. Michael Wilbon is always less-than-amused, usually responding with a sarcastic "Haw, haw, haw."
  • "Uranus has never been probed" is one of the facts that pop up on Pop Up Video during a Freddie Mercury video. (However, as Phil Plait points out, this is untrue— Uranus was visited by the Voyager 2 probe in 1986.)
  • In Project ALF, the humorously anticlimactic ending of the "The Reason You Suck" Speech that Gordon Shumway gives to the traitor Dexter Moyers is Moyers's insistently non-punny pronunciation of the name of the seventh planet.
  • In Pushing Daisies, young Emerson Cod is sent to the principal's office "for the crime of inappropriate intentional Double Entendre during the science fair" when he makes a poster reading "Rings Discovered Around Uranus: Scientists Send Probes".
  • On QI, Stephen Fry attempts to defy this when bringing up icebergs made of diamond that could theoretically form on gas giants due to the pressure.
    Stephen: One of the gas giants, so Neptune or Uranus. Umm...[looking up to glare directly at the audience]. No, no, no, no!
  • One "News From Away", the Newfoundland-themed recurring segment on Royal Canadian Air Farce, had a news story went as follows.
    Jimmy O'Toole: In science news, astronomers have discovered two new moons around Uranus. [Beat, puts the news sheet down] Not touchin' that one.
    Seamus: Me neither.
  • Sonny with a Chance: Nico and Grady are going bowling with model planets:
    Nico: I'll take Neptune, and kick your butt!
    Grady: URANUS is mine!
  • Space Cases:
    Bova: I hate being from Uranus! I'm the butt of every joke!
  • In the That '70s Show episode "Who Wants It More", Kelso has his UFO pictures developed, only for his friends to find out later that there were naked pictures of him on the same roll. Fez's response:
    Fez: I don't see a UFO, but I can definitely see Uranus. It's a planet, but it's also your butt.
  • Veronica Mars episode "Welcome Wagon":
    Piz: [referring to Veronica's new car] A Saturn for a Mars.
    Veronica: In Neptune! Yeah, the planets really aligned for this one. Now move Uranus, the Mercury's rising.
  • Warehouse 13: Myka insists on mispronouncing it for this reason. Pete does not co-operate.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    • Used in a game of "Dating Service Video". Greg Proops donned an astronaut's helmet and delivered the line "I want to explore Uranus."
    • The page quote comes from a game of "Weird Newscasters", which Only Sane Man (in this game, anyway) Colin Mochrie leads with.
  • On one episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the contestant when asked which of the planets was named after a figure from Greek Mythology makes an Accidental Pun.
    I can't even put a finger on Uranus.note 
  • On the Celebrity version of the gameshow Family Feud, Neil deGrasse Tyson and family are playing against the Fox family, when Host Steve Harvey asked a question about the planet Uranus. After Neil corrects Steve saying he and his fellow astrophysicists pronounce it "Urine-nis", Steve goes on a rant about the difference between the planet and your butthole. Neil then suggests to Steve that after about eight years old you should stop with such juvenile humor which causes Steve to jokingly admonish Neil for trying to put a stop to Uranus jokes.[1]

  • The first known Uranus joke appeared in 1881 in the satirical Puck magazine, in a story called "End of the World":
    Scientist: On the 14th of May Mercury comes into conjunction with the sun, and Uranus will be at right angles.
    Man: My what will be at right angles?
    Scientist: Uranus.
    Man: The hell!
  • One letters column in National Lampoon magazine had an angry letter from the Uranians, saying that they were tired of people making the "your anus" joke and had decided to change the name of their planet to something more respectable. It was signed "the inhabitants of Planet Fuckface".
  • One issue of Nickelodeon Magazine had an alien sharing a poem about how he doesn't like all the planets of our solar system (including Pluto, which was still considered a planet back then) for various reasons. He refers to the seventh planet as "the one whose name is heinous," and in the next line says, "I would never want to live on a planet called Uranus."

  • From The Bloodhound Gang's hit "Fire Water Burn":
  • From the Eric Bogle song "Eric and the Informers":
    She had deadpan eyes in a dead white face
    I think she was vaguely famous
    Though she looked like she came from outer space;
    From Mars, or maybe Uranus.
  • Near the end of the 1970s, a British band named either "The Chills" or Newman-Hahn released an album titled It Only Hurts the First Rime. One of the songs on this album, which ended up getting played several times on the Dr. Demento show, was "I Can See Uranus (Thru My Window Tonight)."
  • KMFDM have a song called "Up Uranus". To make the joke less obvious, on the CD sleeve the song's title appears as a symbol that is a combination of the astrological sign for Uranus and an upward-pointing arrow.
  • Uranus by Nanowar of Steel is mostly made of double entendres. It even calls itself out in its own lyrics:
    Uranus, Uranus, an old joke still deserves a song, gimme Uranus
  • In the bridge of Venus, Lady Gaga references all the planets, often with a sentence attached to them. Guess what Uranus gets.
    Uranus, don't you know my ass is famous?
  • Man or Astro-man? had a live album called Live Transmissions from Uranus.
  • McFly had a song with the lyric "there's nothing on Earth that could save us, When I fell in love with Uranus"
  • Red Peters' "You Promised the Moon (But I Preferred Uranus)"
  • Sloppy Seconds' "The Thing From Uranus", which compares flatulence to an alien invasion... or possibly the other way around. Either way, a lot of puerile puns are involved.
  • Spaff did a parody of "Tomorrow" from Annie called "Uranus" that's just loaded with double entendres — most of which are astronomically accurate!
  • In "Deth Starr" by Tenacious D, Jack says "Hey look, there's Uranus" and Kevin says that shit is tight.
  • Toshi has "Hoshizora No Neptune"/"Neptune of the Starlit Sky," a Silly Love Song with the following:
    I send to you from my heart as a diamond's glare
    The everlasting glow of the planet is the Neptune of the star lit sky
    I foresaw in a dream engraved beyond the hours of Uranus
    my one and only prayer held within my heart
  • Vengaboys and Perez Hilton have a song called "Rocket to Uranus", with very subtle lyrics like "Let's have a party on Uranus" and "If you haven't got a thing to wear, it doesn't really matter up there". The music video is... well, very appropriate for the lyrics. To rub it in further, the rocket ship is shaped like a cock and balls.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • A running gag in Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!. It doesn't help that the Uranian representative is named O-Dor.
  • Dilbert:
    • In one strip, Dogbert comes up with a program to randomly create new names for the company by combining words from astronomy and physics. The first suggestion is 'Uranus-Hertz'. The pointy-haired boss, of course, likes it. (The translators of Dilbert into other languages probably don't...)
    • Similarly, in another strip, Alice recommends Asok get a space heater because "it keeps Uranus warm".
    • In one of his wordy-books Scott Adams expressed irritation with all the astronomy jokes about Pluto, and insists that Uranus will forever be the comedy king of the solar system.
  • The Far Side: an astronomer's assistant, a typical Larson beehive-hairdo, harlequin-glasses gal in a short skirt, is bending over a console and doing a take as the guy looking in his telescope says "I said I can clearly see Uranus tonight!"

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This line from one of The Rock's earlier interviews:
    Rock: And it doesn't matter what you call it... Whether it's Hell in a Cell, Rage in a Cage, Pain-us in Uranus...
  • John Cena when using his rapper gimmick has this line in his entrance theme, "Basic Thuganomics":
    Cena: Taking over Earth and still kicking in Uranus.

  • In a Round the Horne sketch where Kenneth Horne's character joins the Foreign Legion he meets a Arab fortune teller who tells him his horoscope: "In your case, Venus is in the ascendant, Uranus is in the last stages..."
  • On The Rush Limbaugh Show, in response to a sound-bite that had openly gay United States Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) angrily asking a vocal detractor with whom he was arguing what planet she was from, Limbaugh commented that Frank was from "Uranus".

  • Averted in the board game High Frontier, the Fusion Candle Future (where you turn a gas giant into a very slow interstellar colony ship) involves Neptune. So you can't stick a double-ended fusion candle up Uranus.

  • Lauren Faust has a toy-line called Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls featuring dolls named after planets and other celestial objects. From Uranus's profile on the official website comes this gem.
    "Uranus is very particular about the way you pronounce her name. She would like you to know that the proper, scientific pronunciation of her name is: YOOR-en-us. No other pronunciation is acceptable."

    Video Games 
  • The PS 1 game Blasto is set on Uranus for the express purpose of making these jokes.
    Admiral Bigshot: Blasto! Uranus is in big trouble!
    Blasto: What did I do this time?
  • In Borderlands 2, Hyperion apparently made a line of giant robots named for planets. When the Vault Hunters encounter the Uranus model in the "Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary DLC", Tiny Tina nearly dies laughing and can't resist getting a few jokes in about it. Once the boss fight is over, she gets set off again by the updated mission objective: Pull power core out of Uranus.
  • In Bubsy 3D, Bubsy's first words are, "I knew I should have taken that left turn at Uranus."
  • Chef's Luv Shack is a Party Game with parodies of many famous games. The Asteroids spoof "Asses in Space" has Terrence and Philip firing at the titular objects with only one planet in the background.
  • In Crash Tag Team Racing, in the space hub world every track has a Uranus joke. Everyone of them.
  • Dead Rising 2: Off the Record features a new theme park named Uranus Zone, where you can find some rather suspiciously-shaped "alien probes". There's even a carnival game called Molemen from Uranus.
  • In the Fallout 3 DLC Mothership Zeta, one of the recordings of abductees being interrogated has the man telling his alien captors, "[laughter] Why don't you go back to Uranus? Eh?"
  • In GTA San Andreas you can play a Space Invaders-like shooter game on the VG console of Sweet's house and arcade cabinets scattered around the world. The game's name? They Crawled From Uranus!
  • In Question 66 of The Impossible Quiz Book Chapter 2, which features the Solar System and a short description for each of the celestial bodies in it, the name of the planet Uranus is followed by the description "Is Bleeding".
  • An unreleased game of the Leisure Suit Larry video game series, was called Leisure Suit Larry 8: Lust in Space (Leisure Suit Larry Explores Uranus).
  • Subverted in Live A Live; the Middle Ages chapter has an advisor/party member named Uranus, but in the remake's voice acting, his name is pronounced "YOO-ran-us", to avoid any dirty jokes.
  • The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System pointedly averts this. The talking stars in the Uranus report will make puns on anything except how Uranus's name is pronounced and the students won't bring it up either. That said, Carlos is the playable character for the Uranus platformer, likely as a sneaky reference to this trope.
  • Bungie joked about calling their follow-up to Pathways into Darkness, Pathways Into Uranus but ended up sticking with their Working Title, Marathon.
  • In Mass Effect 2 you can visit Uranus. If you launch a probe at it, EDI says, "Really, Commander?" If you do it again, she says, resigned, "Probing Uranus." Note that none of the missions in the game require you to visit the Sol System—and if you do, the description for Uranus notes that it's long since been stripped of natural resources, meaning that there's no practical reason to probe it (hence EDI's irritation if you insist on probing it anyway).note 
    • And from the codex: "Today, Uranus is the largest producer of He-3 in Alliance space." This is quite a common trope in near-future sci-fi, Uranus being considered the best gas giant to harvest fuel from because it's less windynote  than Saturn and Neptune and less radioactive and with a much shallower gravity well than Jupiter.
  • Mega Man V for the Game Boy features the Stardroid Uranus, which is a bull, of all things. Unintentionally related, the weapon you get from him is the Deep Digger. Possibly unintentional, since being a Japanese game, the developers perhaps didn't catch the innuendo.
  • My Only Sunshine, a Visual Novel where you can date the Anthropomorphic Personifications of planets as the Sun, has Uranus always referred to as "Ur" and the character descriptions say that he's self-conscious about his name.
  • In Poker Night 2, one of the continuing conversations involves Brock Samson trying to locate a rare "Alien Invasion" trading card for Dean Venture. The card is titled "The Wrath of Uranus".
    Claptrap: Oh, come ON. "The Wrath Of Uranus"? Isn't ANYONE going to make a dirty joke here?
  • Also intentionally averted by committing an Ancient Grome mistake in Smite. Terra, the Roman version of Gaia and the Earth Mother herself, is said to marry... Ouranos, the Greek version of the deity that Terra actually mated with... Uranus.
  • Used more than once with Space Quest. In Space Quest IV, "Wow!" you think to yourself. This place is fancier than Frederick's of Uranus!" In Space Quest V, "Get off this channel or the only thing you'll be piloting is a fertilizer transport out of Uranus." The Space Quest Companion 2nd Edition mentions the Urinals of Uranus, with some who are first in command or second in command, or, #1 and #2.
  • Starfield has a random space encounter where another spacefarer asks if you "know the way to Uranus". As if to escape consequences of his cliche joke, he immediately Grav-jumps out after the punchline to whichever answer you give.
  • You Don't Know Jack 2011 asks this question at the beginning of episode 1: "How many Earths could you stuff into the volume of Uranus before it just couldn't take any more?" Sounds innocent enough? The theme of the question, given before asking it, is Asstronomy, one of the comments for a wrong answer is "Are you kidding? You try that many and Uranus will never be the same again!" But the worst offender is the punchline...
    Cookie Masterson: You could fit a little over sixty three Earths into the mass volume of Uranus... Sixty four if you're really relaxed.

    Web Animation 
  • The joke turns up in the Queer Duck episode "The Road to Morocco" when Queer Duck mishears Openly Gator's mention of Uranus.
    Queer Duck: My what? Oh, you mean the planet.
  • When her channel had been active, hololive's Sana Tsukumo wasn't above sneaking in Uranus puns wherever she could get away with it to go along with her general motif of space, such as the description of her Tier 3 subscription being "Did you know you can fit 63 Earths into Uranus? 64 if you relax!" Even during the concert of her graduation stream, a camera closeup of her playing the guitar shows that it was named "Uranus Smasher".

  • In Bug, the bug reacts to an alien invasion this way.
  • In the Sailor Moon fan comic Moon Sticks. Sailor Uranus made fun of Sailor Star Maker for her Star Gentle Uterus attack. Maker went on to state that this was one of the things that separated the Sailor Starlights from the regular Senshi: they wouldn't stoop low enough to get a laugh at something like this. Cue Star Healer making fun of Uranus. The author also linked an alternate version where Star Fighter was the one laughing at the end.
  • In Nedroid, Beartato tries to teach the reader about Uranus here, but Reginald won't stop giggling about it until they get lost. Luckily, they come across the planet Buttfart.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal once turned this trope upside-down by having the Uranians call Earth "Booger-Dick" after the humans "couldn't stop giggling at them all through first contact". Who can blame them?
  • S.S.D.D.: The first "SSDF" arc takes place on a crumbling space station in orbit over Uranus. Somebody cracks a Uranus joke on the second page, and a much later page mentions that the piece-of-shit station is commonly known as "the dingleberry".
  • A footnote in The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage states that "generations of sniggering schoolchildren have probably left Uranus feeling that on the whole it was better off as George." note 

    Web Original 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • In the review of Street Fighter 2010, when he gets ready to play the game, he enthusiastically says, "We're gonna be tiger uppercutting through space and time, we're gonna be throwing sonic booms on the moon, hadoukens up Uranus!"
    • In the review for Planet of the Apes (2001), the Nerd decries "The only planet this game came from is URANUS!"
    • In the Magnavox Odyssey episode, he talks a little about the game Analogic. He pronounces the title as "Anal-logic", and guesses that the planets the players start on are named Uranus and Myanus.
  •, which sells land on Uranus.
  • Captain Larry Dart vs. the nasties from Uranus! This YouTube video of clips from the British Supermarionation show Space Patrol.
  • CGP Grey dedicates a whole video to the issue, in which he suggests the pronunciation "oo-RON-ohs" similar to the Greek "Ouranos" to avoid Accidental Innuendo.note 
  • The Cracked article 5 Shockingly Crazy Ideas Behind Huge Scientific Discoveries included the discovery of Uranus. Naturally, this joke was referenced, calling it "Every middle schooler's favorite planet".
  • Game Grumps: An early episode with Jon had them making the classic "Uranus is a gas giant" joke.
  • Rathergood take it one further.
  • Even Rational Wiki's article on Uranus is not totally inmune as much as they have another article to purge oneself of the silly puns.
  • Ryan George: Averted in "The Planets Hold An Intervention For Earth", a four-minute sketch about the solar system. The sketch has Earth pointing out that Jupiter is a gas giant, and then explaining the concept of poop to the other planets, yet it doesn't include any Uranus jokes.
  • Sailor Moon Abridged manages to make this joke without the presence of Sailor Uranus, or the intention to abridge the S season which she was in. In the episode directly after Sailor Mercury awakens, Queen Beryl notes to Jadeite that there are nine planets, leaving eight potential more team members.note  She proceeds to rhetorically ask "Who's next? Uranus?" Upon which Jadeite chuckled at hearing Uranus.
  • Played straight by Spoony in his review of Ultima II, but then immediately lampshaded:
    "I also probed Uranus, which is big and swampy and full of craters, but is otherwise uninteresting. Actually, there's only one town there, called New Jester, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. But if I were to guess, I'd say it's where all the jesters of the world were exiled for making endless Uranus jokes."
  • In the StoryBots educational song "We Are the Planets", Uranus lies about his pride about how he says his name...because he's the only planet that lays on its side.
  • Ultra Fast Pony: Derpy gains superpowers and immediately decides to abuse them, declaring "From this day forward, you might as well refer to me as the Ruler of Space, because now I own yer anus!"
  • On This Very Wiki, even the Useful Notes page on Uranus can't resist remarking that Uranus is so far away in the solar system that "the sun does not shine there."
  • In the 12/11/17 episode of What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? Live, Tara and Dan recap to Nash about their recent trip to Dan's Missouri hometown....which is actually called Uranus. Not only do they regale to him about the town's inevitable ass pun-based marketing...and ass-based marketing in general, but, to Nash's utter horror, confusion, and bewilderment, regale some of the more insane Deep South habits and attractions of the place. It's so insane he can't believe any of it. And this isn't the only time they've mentioned Uranus, Missouri on the show.
  • This blog for copyeditors offered the following real news story from the Christian Science Monitor as a cautionary example that readers have a juvenile sense of humor:
    Scientists Plan Mission To Probe Uranus. Proposed by British scientists as a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency, the mission would offer the first close-up view of Uranus in 25 years. This infrared image of Uranus taken by the Hubble telescope in 1997 shows three layers of the icy planet's atmosphere, which consists mostly of hydrogen with traces of methane. British scientists have proposed a mission investigating why Uranus gives off so little heat.
  • This videois about two Rail Enthusiasts touring a solar system scale model laid out across Greater Boston in The '90s that’s now incomplete because most of the planet models have been removed. Inevitably, one of the comments is “So you couldn’t find Uranus with both hands and a map?”

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball double-subverts this in "The Singing", as seen here.
    Earth: Can you keep it down a bit? You're putting Ur-ah-nus off his strike.
    Uranus: Actually, it's pronounced Ur-anus!
  • Angela Anaconda:
    Johnny: Can we see the rings around Uranus?
  • Animaniacs:
    Yakko Warner: There you go, that's our solar system.
    Wakko Warner: You forgot Uranus.
    Yakko Warner: Good NIGHT, everybody.
    • That's not the only time Wakko makes this particular joke, but in "Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise" the others seem to consider it beneath even them:
      AL 5000: You'll have to return to your sleeping chambers. Resuscitation isn't scheduled until we're close to Pluto.
      Yakko: Sorry, if I sleep any more, I'll be close to goofy.
      Wakko: As long as we don't get too close to Uranus. [rimshot]
      Dot: I thought we discussed cutting that line.
      Yakko: We did.
      Wakko: My fault!
      Yakko: Try showing up for rehearsal.
      Wakko: Sorry.
  • In an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aquaman and Blue Beetle battle a supervillain named the Planetmaster, who has a superpower based on all nine planets of what was considered the official lineup at the time of his introduction... including Pluto. Blue Beetle wisecracks that he doesn't want to see the power of Uranus.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    Butt-Head: Uranus is cool.
    Beavis: Thanks. My anus is pretty cool! [Butt-Head smacks him repeatedly]

    Beavis: Do you think a man will ever land on Uranus?
    Butt-Head: Maybe on YOUR anus, huh, huh, huh.
    • In another episode, the duo are watching Star Trek:
      Butt-Head: Those guys better look out for the Klingons near Uranus, huh, huh, huh.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series:
    Jay: We need an ambulance at 1611 Uranus Avenue. I said Uranus.
    911 Operator: Sir, what's your name?
    Jay: Uranus. I said it again, Randall.
  • In one Duck Dodgers episode, the Martian Queen tried to convince Dodgers to marry her, and almost succeeded; but then Marvin told him that the Royal Consort's only official duty was overseeing the methane mines on Uranus, which he described as a very unpleasant job. (Naturally, Marvin was lying to get rid of him; Dodgers eventually found that out, but sadly, the Queen didn't, thinking he had jilted her.)
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • In the episode where they have to go through books to stop Tom Sawyer from changing them all, they didn't want him to get into the book of physics to change the law of physics. Wanda told them to stop him before he changes Uranus. Cosmo doesn't get it.
    • Also a Running Gag in another episode when Timmy's Dad gets a job as an astronaut courtesy of Timmy wishing for it: "I'm going to Uranus! I just got word that it is, in fact, a planet!" The Stinger for said episode is even "It's a planet?"
    • In "Talkin' Trash", there is the V-Cube game Battle for Uranus.
  • On Futurama, the Professor invents a "Smelloscope" — a telescope that allows one to smell faraway objects instead of look at them — and has the crew smell several planets.
    Fry: As long as you don't make me smell Uranus. Heh heh heh.
    Leela: I don't get it.
    Professor: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.
    Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
    Professor: Urectum.
    • In another episode which aired seven years later, Urectum is actually shown on a chart of the solar system, alongside the planet "Poopiter" (which must have been a recent name change, since Jupiter was one of the planets the Professor located with the Smelloscope in the above episode).
  • Mentioned once on Freakazoid!.
    Freakazoid: That's Uranus!
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Grim discovers that Morg, the Reaper of Mars, had something to do with the disappearances of the rest of the solar system's reapers. He doesn't get very far in his questioning, though...
    Grim: I want to know what happened to all these other reapers! Venus, Mercury, Uranus...
    Morg: [snickering uncontrollably] He said Uranus!
    Grim: Stop that! There's nothing funny about Uranus!
    Morg: [bursts out laughing]
Also to be noted was that the Uranus Reaper was done away with for "failure to clean up after self", and his hologram had a very distinct look on his face...
  • In one episode Jackie Chan Adventures, Finn gets an Oni mask stuck on his backside. Upon seeing it, the J-Team is notably shocked, with Jade beginning to say "The demon from planet Ur—" only to be stopped by Jackie.
  • A line from The Loud House has Lincoln saying, "I can see Uranus from here. And boy is it gassy!"
  • Despite pronouncing it in such a way that it seems that joke would be avoided (being a preschool show and all), even The Magic School Bus isn't above using this joke.
    Janet: See, cuz, Uranus doesn't do a thing for me, so you can get off me! Okay?
  • Subverted and lampshaded in the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Inator Method", in which the kids decide to make a planet race. Buford, who is piloting Uranus, pronounces it as "OUR-ran-os." When told that that is not how it is pronounced, he responds "It is on this channel."
  • In the Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain episode "My Fair Brainy," when the Brain learns about a space mission that's trying to recruit a youngster with good general knowledge of the Solar System, note , he decides to tutor Elmyra on the Solar System in order to get her chosen. Of course, when the Brain mentions Uranus, along with describing it as gaseous, Elmyra gives him the Soap Punishment.
  • Regular Show: In the first scary story of "Terror Tales of the Park IV", the park crew is wearing solar system costumes. Rigby doesn't like his costume.
    Rigby: I hate dressing like this.
    Mordecai: That's only because you chose Uranus.
    Rigby: It was the only one that fit!
  • One of the planets briefly visited by Rickand Morty is literally made up of buttocks. Hmmm...
  • Schoolhouse Rock! averts it by using "Ooo-rah-nuhs." Thus neither rude interpretation is possible. It's also closer to the original pronunciation in ancient Greek.
  • Kang and Kodos of The Simpsons once stated that they came from a certain ringed planet they preferred not to name. In the episode where Homer thinks he has seen an alien, Bart makes fun of him by dressing up as an alien and shouting: "I am the thing from Uranus!"
  • A Once per Episode Running Gag in Stickin' Around, courtesy of Bradley, who absolutely loves making this joke and will shoehorn it into nearly any situation, to Stacy's endless frustration ("Real mature, Bradley!"). And yes, you can always guarantee the joke to appear whenever the kids are imagining themselves in a situation involving outer space or extraterrestrials.
  • In Sym-Bionic Titan, after Lance, Ilana and Octus look through a telescope to see the new cosmic formation left by their pet, one of the employees of the museum snarkily asks them (being teenagers) if they were "Trying to see Uranus?" Until he realizes that they "discovered" this formation and allows them to name it.
  • The Wander over Yonder episode "The Party Poopers" was filled with as many subtle references to toilet humor as the censors would allow. One of these references was a picture of the astrological symbol of Uranus appearing on a wall alongside pictures of euphemisms for butt-related stuff.

  • In chemistry, any salt of uranium in which the uranium has a positive charge of four (for instance, UCl4) is called "uranous [anion's name]", so the above example would be uranous chloride.
    • And some of the uranium oxide anions are known as "uranate." So you can get compounds like sodium uranate, curium uranate, etc.
      • And a bivalent oxycation composed of a uranium atom and two oxygens – (UO2)2+ – is a uranyl ion. Mmmm... uranyl fresh...
  • A Live Science article about hemorrhoids says that "they sometimes stick out of that place with the same name as the 7th planet of the solar system."
  • Any orchestral rehearsal for Gustav Holst's The Planets. People start sniggering as soon as they get to the sixth movement.
  • Among the general public in the United States, it was always pronounced "your-anus" until 1986, when NASA's Voyager 2 interplanetary probe encountered Uranus. At that point, with the planet being mentioned so often in the news, the newscasters on TV all began pronouncing it as "ur-in-nes".
    • This is also preferred among astronomers, as Dr. Pamela Gay, an astronomer at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, noted on her podcast, to avoid "being made fun of by any small schoolchildren ... when in doubt, don't emphasize anything and just say ūr′·ə·nəs. And then run, quickly."
  • An unintentionally hilarious example occurred in a newspaper horoscope, "Uranus is asking you to be more adventurous, and consider someone who is not your usual type." Heh, heh...
  • A pizza restaurant had the slogan "You Bet Uranus. It's good."
  • The author of the article "Uranus takes a pounding more frequently than thought" obviously had way too much fun writing it.
  • Who wants some Milk Chocolate from Uranus?
  • This astrology page would like to educate you about the Uranus Retrograde.
  • The bathroom of a few Jimmy Johns restaurants has a subversion: One of the tiles on the floor reads "Interesting Facts about Uranus", in which it discusses facts about the actual planet.
  • In a surprisingly non-English example about the use of this trope, a famous Mexican ufologist named Jaime Maussan got involved in a controversial joke about the release of a supposely brand of perfume named "Abducción" (Abduction) under his name. To make matters worse, someone did a joke if Maussan will smell like Uranus with that perfume. (In Spanish "oler a Urano")
  • We’ll all get a great view of Uranus tonight, and we won’t even need a telescope: If the title itself wasn't giggle-worthy enough the first sentence of the article turns it up to 11.
    Uranus is a pretty awe-inspiring sight. It’s big, pale, and packed with gas,
  • The same author wrote another article with just as much innuendo: NASA wants to probe Uranus in search for gas. Try not to think of you-know-what.
  • Really not helping matters was a news report in 2018 about how Uranus' upper atmosphere consists mainly of hydrogen sulfide, meaning it smells like rotten eggs. Therefore, Uranus stinks.
    • It's worse than that. H2S is also one one of the main compounds responsible for the smell of flatulence, making the fart jokes almost too easy. However it's also worth noting that at concentrations above 30 ppm H2S has been described as smelling sweet, and above 100 ppm it paralyses the olfactory nerve, making you unable to smell anything at all.
    • The discovery has spawned several limericks on Twitter.
  • The author of this article recalls how he went to a summer camp where all the buildings were named after planets. Uranus was where the sports equipment was stored, so every so often someone would say "Somebody put those bats in Uranus" and all the kids would fall over laughing.
  • Averted of course on The Other Wiki. The talk page for their article on Uranus has a warning that ""Humorous" comments regarding the pronunciation of the name of this planet are inappropriate content for this talk page.". The message includes a link to this very page, maybe as an example of the sort of joke they don't want.
  • MMA fighter Danny Mainus, to the possibly unintentional hilarity of the fight commentators.
  • Uranus, Missouri. They run with this name, having a newspaper called "the examiner", claim to be the home of "the pirates" and have a fudge factory full of rude puns involving fudge packing.
  • For some time the accepted term for homosexuals was "Uranian" after the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite Urania, sometimes said to have been born from male semen with no female participation. It was popularized by the 19th century sexologist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, known as "the first gay man in world history" (as in, one who actually based his identity on his homosexual orientation as opposed to just performing homosexual acts).
  • A small village in France is named Duranus. While it doesn't sound like "your anus" to the French, it does sound like French for "hard anus" and some people seem to think that it's funny.


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