As Jeff Bezos floated in space Tuesday morning, the internet was bewildered and somewhat thrilled with the shape of his rocket and capsule, New Shepard.
As images of the rocket, launched by Blue Origin, the spaceflight company of Amazon’s founder, spread on social media, users and even many journalists couldn’t help but comment on the shape. phallic of the craft.
And soon, around 20 memes took off online.
“Guys, I didn’t understand how Bezos’ rocket looks like a giant penis, even though everyone on this website feared him for flying into near space in a giant penis,” said Vox reporter Ian Millhiser. tweeted.
Writer Jesse McLaren compared the ship to an excerpt from the “Austin Powers” franchise, in which a gag features a rocket appearing on radar that is precisely shaped like male genitals.
Some have used euphemisms to describe the ship.
“I’m not an engineer but if I were the richest human in the world, I would just design my rocket to not look like a giant pig,” journalist Ryan Mac said. tweeted, using a slang word for male genitals.
Others were more direct.
“Very penis”, journalist Dan Nguyen wrote.
George Takei, who played Hikaru Kato Sulu in “Star Trek”, tweeted just saying, “Oh myyy. This… shape.”
Among the most popular comments on Twitter were jokes that Bezos might make up for something because of New Shepard’s shape and size.
“I know it’s mostly cars that are associated with ‘Offset something’ but … I mean …”, one user, @BlenderBrit, tweeted.
Another user, @ElyLucas, posted, “The greatest compensation for something in the history of compensation for something.”
Other memes of the day include comparing Bezos’ appearance to fictional characters who have explored space, including Jean-Luc Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, as well as Dr. Evil, of “Austin Powers”.
Bezos’ launch, while incredibly memorable, made history Tuesday as the first unmanned suborbital flight with an all-civilian crew. It was also the first crewed launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.
On board the ship with Bezos were his brother, Mark, as well as an 82-year-old former test pilot and an 18-year-old student.