Link Tank: 15 Facts About Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000, Doctor Who, Ralph Breaks The Internet, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Facts

Check out 15 extremely interesting facts about Mystery Science Theater 3000.

While the rest of America was slipping into a turkey coma on Thanksgiving Day in 1988, Minneapolis area residents lucky enough to get clear reception of local UHF channel KTMA were getting the first taste of what would soon become a Turkey Day tradition: Mystery Science Theater 3000, the classic cult television show which made a sport out of mocking schlocky movies of the past. The premise was simple: two mad scientists, Dr. Clayton Forrester and Dr. Laurence Erhardt, launch a janitor (local comedian Joel Hodgson, as Joel Robinson) into space to study the effect bad movies have on the human mind in order to determine the single film that can help them in their efforts toward world domination.

Read more at Mental Floss.

Doctor Who takes on the patriarchy on its latest episode.

Ad – content continues below

Every week, Doctor Who has been seemingly mixing a bit of history and social commentary with alien fun—so, you know, what the show was originally designed to do. After last week’s sci-fi “Kerblam!” we’re back on earth, and this time, our evil foe isn’t just an alien race out to take down mankind; it’s also King James, who you may know as the guy behind his own version of the bible.

Read more at The Mary Sue

Apple’s class-action suit has been taken to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is considering whether Apple’s App Store is a monopoly and if consumers can sue the company over it. On Monday, the court heard oral arguments in a long-standing legal battle that could shake up Apple’s strict control over the iOS ecosystem. Currently, the App Store is the only official way to download apps for your iPhone or iPad. But in 2011, a group of consumers filed a class-action suit, alleging the model was an antitrust violation.

Read more at PCMag.

When will the next season of Bodyguard premiere?

Ad – content continues below

Bodyguard hit Netflix in late-October, and a month later fans of the show are practically dying to know when Season 2 might arrive. It’s unclear exactly when a second season of the critically acclaimed BBC series will air, but we already know a decent amount about it. Here’s everything we’ve learned so far.

Read more about Inverse.

The Disney princess song in Ralph Breaks the Internet is an instant classic.

Disney’s follow-up to Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet, might be the quintessential representation of our hyper-connected, always-plugged-in times. When lovable 8-bit lunk Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his racecar driver pal Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) enter the internet, they’re faced with a barrage of company logos. There’s Snapchat, Amazon, and Fandango. Twitter birds fly about. The final battle involves a Pinterest pin and a Google tower. Vanellope hangs out with Disney princesses in an extremely meta moment. YouTube stars like Colleen Ballinger pop up in animated cameos.

Read more at Thrillist.

WhatsApp’s chief business officer is leaving the company.

Ad – content continues below

WhatsApp’s chief business officer Neeraj Arora, has announced he is leaving the company. The exact reason for his departure hasn’t been confirmed, but many WhatsApp fans are worried about the introduction of adverts to the system, which has reportedly caused friction within the app’s ranks. WhatsApp originally charged a small yearly fee to use, which bought gave users encrypted conversations with no adverts however, in 2016, the Facebook-owned company dropped these charges. This led many to wonder how the company would continue to bring in revenue.

Read more at Alphr.

NASA’s Insight probe is sending back photos of Mars.

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia, courtesy of a post on the lander’s official Twitter feed reading, “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home.”

Read more at Gizmodo.