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Optimus Prime Dies of Prostate Cancer
February 28, 2005 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Optimus Prime Dies of Prostate Cancer "When it comes to prostate cancer, there's more than meets the eye," National Prostate Cancer Coalition CEO Richard N. Atkins, M.D. said. "Often times when one has symptoms for prostate cancer it's already in its late stages, that’s why early detection is so important."
posted by oissubke (29 comments total)

 
The Robot Chicken episode with this cartoon was actually pretty funny. That it is, against all odds, being used to do some good is even funnier.
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:24 AM on February 28, 2005


So that explains why Prime's been going to the bathroom so much lately.

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posted by drezdn at 10:33 AM on February 28, 2005


I expected it to be the National guardsman that changed his name. Maybe I should get cable.
posted by rschroed at 10:34 AM on February 28, 2005


Voltron getting served in last night's episode was freaking brilliant. If you haven't seen Robot Chicken yet, you're missing one of the funniest shows out there.

"IT'S ON!!"
posted by exhilaration at 10:49 AM on February 28, 2005


I certainly hope they gave him a proper jewish funeral. /obscure family guy reference
posted by Stan Chin at 10:56 AM on February 28, 2005


Good PR work from the NPCC to get out a funny press release like that in a timely fashion.
posted by blueshammer at 11:00 AM on February 28, 2005


Maybe I should get cable.

Not necessarily. I got the first two episodes from usenet.
posted by mathowie at 11:01 AM on February 28, 2005


Cancer, shmancer. Optimus Prime has died once before, and that didn't slow him down too much.
posted by Tullius at 11:09 AM on February 28, 2005


Robot Chicken is good stuff. Like acid but you don't have to be up all night.

I believe I will be finding the episodes and Tivo'ing them.
posted by fenriq at 11:11 AM on February 28, 2005


Good PR work from the NPCC to get out a funny press release like that in a timely fashion.

No kidding. Too few advocacy groups these days have a real sense of humor; too many would have taken this as a chance to decry the humorous treatment of a serious subject. Good for NPCC for using this as a chance to do some good.
posted by ChrisTN at 11:13 AM on February 28, 2005


Yeah, way to go NPCC. And the thing is, now I'm really concerned about my prostate. One in six? Jesus!
posted by 235w103 at 11:20 AM on February 28, 2005


You should go see your doctor. They can do a digital exam now in almost any doctor's office.

heh, heh
posted by Hlewagast at 11:33 AM on February 28, 2005


I am not looking forward to getting tested for prostate cancer.

I pretty much have to; my dad has it.

The worst part is that one of his doctors noted an increase in the P.A. level, but forgot to say anything to him about it. Then he switched doctors, and now between the time elapsed, his weight problem, and the fact that his prostate is abnormally far back, it's inoperable.

Right now he's going in for radiation treatment. If it doesn't work, he could be dead by the end of the year. =\
posted by Target Practice at 11:37 AM on February 28, 2005


As a child, I played with my cousin's Optimus Prime transformer. To hear that he died of prostate cancer is quite sad, definitely not the death that I expected or such a robot. Id have to say that it touches home though, funny as it may be.
posted by andrewmlin at 11:47 AM on February 28, 2005


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posted by Fuzzy Monster at 12:31 PM on February 28, 2005


Hlewagast

You should go see your doctor. They can do a digital exam now in almost any doctor's office


Digital, you say? So they're all, like, miniaturized now? Man, that's a relief. Those old analog exams were so bulky and painful.
posted by kcds at 12:52 PM on February 28, 2005


Did they make that cool Modem Dialup sound when they inserted it?

*chunk* *Dooo dooo DOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! BEEP BOOP DOOOOOOOOOO KRRRRZZZZSSSSSSSHHHH*
posted by Stan Chin at 1:19 PM on February 28, 2005


Though the analog tests did have a purer tone and fatter bass.
posted by drezdn at 1:32 PM on February 28, 2005


Is it just me or does anyone else think that Robot Chicken sucks? [self-link]
posted by wfrgms at 1:36 PM on February 28, 2005


Digital as in using ones digits, or fingers...

/obvious
posted by Kifer85 at 1:46 PM on February 28, 2005


Does anyone know the episode name, in hopes that my homebrew tivo can catch a rerun? or *cough* a .torrent link =P

Was anyone else confused as I was, when in Boogie Nights they had Mark Walberg singing the Transformers The Movie "You've Got the Touch" song? That's quite the cross-over =P

*shrug*

rampy
posted by rampy at 1:52 PM on February 28, 2005


wfrgms: I'd tend to agree with you. I've only seen one episode (last night's), and I was seriously disappointed. I had high hopes, but the writing was just flat. That damn "Voltron gets served" bit went on forever.
posted by mr_roboto at 2:10 PM on February 28, 2005


The first episode was really good. Last night's episode kinda sucked.

Super Milk Chan sucks forever.
posted by dirigibleman at 2:44 PM on February 28, 2005


Digital as in using ones digits, or fingers...

Don't be too sure. If the doctor has one hand on your shoulder, it is, but not if he has both hands on your shoulders.
posted by me & my monkey at 3:33 PM on February 28, 2005


So odd.
posted by grouse at 5:14 PM on February 28, 2005


Great! Now cartoons are promoting unproven, money consuming tests. What next? Marge Simpson getting a CA125 for ovarian cancer?
posted by Mental Wimp at 5:22 PM on February 28, 2005


I think Robot Chicken would be ok, if we weren't already supersaturated with animated shows whose stock in trade is debasing and riffing on "obscure" bits of 80s pop culture, and turning them into cheap jokes about sex and drugs.

We already have VH1 for that sort of thing. That whole concept is just played out as far as I'm concerned.
posted by ticopelp at 5:50 PM on February 28, 2005


Is it just me or does anyone else think that Robot Chicken sucks? [self-link]

My opinion of every future Adult Swim show is tainted by how perfect The Venture Bros. was.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:51 PM on February 28, 2005


Also, I feel obligated to point out that the picture in the article is from Prime's death scene in Transformers: The Movie, not Robot Chicken.
posted by Sangermaine at 7:44 AM on March 1, 2005


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