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Omicron Persei 8

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My roommate noticed something last night that we don't have yet. Take the first letter of each part, then the number, and you get "OP8" (opiate). Do we want to add that fun fact anywere? -Jamklev 18:23, 18 September 2008 (BST)

I'd say pure coincidence if not for there being something funny in that hippy. Omicron Persei was selected for distance, not this, but this may be why they chose 8 over 6. - Quolnok 19:27, 18 September 2008 (BST)
As mentioned, Omicron Persei is an actual star 1000 lightyears away. I think 8 is purely coincidental. Given their original intention for the name. --SvipTalk 00:53, 19 September 2008 (BST)

(NSFW) hidden meaning in the naming of Omicron Persei 8?

Both Omicron and Persei are brands of vaporizers.

My friend and I were drinking one night watching futurama (might have been under other influences). And maybe it was just the alterted state we were in but after hearing the name Omicron Persei 8, we couldn't stop thinking it was a joke, something like "Overgrown pussy I ate". Or something like that. Honestly it kind of escapes me now but I wondered if anyone else ever thought there might be a joke like that hidden in the name.

I noticed this now at first, sorry. 1. The Infosphere is not a forum to discuss the episodes, it is merely a database. Try asking at PEEL if you wish. 2. I think it's quite far-fetched. - akitalk 16:31, 6 June 2011 (CEST)

Connection to "The Omicron Invasion"

"Omicron is a planet, as opposed to a star, featured in the ninth book The Omicron Invasion (1984) of Dr. E. E. Smith's science-fiction novel series. Use of the name may be a homage to Smith's work - Smith is considered by some to be the "father of space opera" - some episodes of Futurama could be considered to fall under this category." - diff

I find this quite far-fetched, but I haven't taken it away just yet. It should however be noted that Omicron Persei is an actual, factual star, and it has been mentioned on the commentaries that this star system was selected because it is circa 1000 light years away from Earth, which fitted the plot of "When Aliens Attack" quite excellently.
While I am not familiar with Dr. E. E. Smith's works, I think it is safe to assume that the novel and Futurama got the name inspiration from two different places - Omicron is a Greek letter (what would later morph into our O) and it is quite possibly that Smith simply found a cool-sounding letter and used it as a planet in his novel.
It should also be noted that Omicron Persei is not the only star beginning with Omicron (Greek letters in general are often used astronomically, for example with Alpha Centauri. According to Wikipedia's article on Omicron:
"Omicron is frequently used to designate the thirteenth star in a constellation group, using a combination of magnitude and position. Stars with the omicron designation include Omicron Andromedae, Omicron Ceti, and Omicron Persei."
- akitalk 16:31, 6 June 2011 (CEST)
It should further be noted that The Omicron Invasion (1984) is part of a series written by Steve Goldin, though Doc Smith (who died in 1965) gets author credit because he wrote part of the first book. This is not one of the books that made Smith's name as a founder of space opera. So far as I know, fandom in general does not consider these books important in any way. I'm going to delete the passage. —Tamfang 19:42, 15 August 2011 (CEST)