The constellation has no clothes


To my surprise and glee, I learned this morning — courtesy of web comic xkcd — that I am not the only one to have made a certain observation about a certain constellation.

They told me it was a sword, too. I believed it for a while.

(Click the image for the full comic.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to The constellation has no clothes

  1. Lilaine says:

    Yep, looks like a sword, point up… 😉
    I can’t see his six-pack, though, and his hips are bizarre, indeed… 😮

    And no, I won’t make any analogy with another thing in another post… :p

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    Ah, of course, Orion, the one who urinates.

    So, your observation would fit very well with this (

    “The name Orion is from Greek ourios, ‘urine’. The story goes that Hyrieus of Boeotia was granted a wish in reward for his hospitality to the gods Zeus (Jupiter), Poseidon (Neptune) and Hermes (Mercury), who were visitors in disguise. Hyrieus asked for a son. The gods responded by urinating on a bull’s hide and burying it in the earth which produced a child nine months later. He was named Orion or Ourion (of ouria), urine, after this event.”

    Other sources say that the gods ejaculated on the hide; that would be appropriate, too.

    • oregon expat says:

      Well, that is all new information to me! Somehow I didn’t learn that in my university Classics classes. Funny how they taught us all about the rapes and children born of rapes, but not about the peeing.

  3. xenatuba says:

    And all this time I believed it was a sword…sigh. An illusion, shattered.

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