Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fictional Planet or Prescription Drug?

Ming the Merciless, Ruler of Planet Mongo, Invites You to Play Another Round of ... 

Fictional Planet or Brand-Name Prescription Drug! 

1. Byetta

2. Anacreon

3. Tradjenta

4. Voltaren

5. Klendathu

6. Skrullos

7. Draconia

8. Oleptro

9. Prolia

10. Bespin

11. Zestril

12. Librax

13. Midamor

14. Malacandra

15. Boniva

16. Jarnevon

17. Tiburon

18. Qward

19. Daxam

20. Sinequan



1. Byetta: Drug -- injectable diabetes drug (exenatide)

2. Anacreon: Planet -- from the first of Asimov's Foundation books; also the name of a Greek poet

3. Tradjenta: Drug -- another diabetes drug (linagliptin)

4. Voltaren: Drug -- a topical NSAID (diclofenac, which is also a pretty good planet name)

5. Klendathu: Planet -- home of the Arachnids in Heinlein's Starship Troopers

6. Skrullos: Planet -- home of the evil Skrull race in Marvel Comics

7. Draconia: Planet -- featured in the Gil Gerard Buck Rogers TV show (1979-1981)

8. Oleptro: Drug -- trazodone, for depression; also a sedative

9. Prolia: Drug -- for hypercalcemia or osteoporosis (denosumab)

10. Bespin: Planet -- in the Star Wars universe, a gas giant over which Cloud City floats

11. Zestril: Drug -- an ACE inhibitor for hypertension and cardiac-related issues (lisinopril)

12. Librax: Drug -- a benzodiazepine, used for serious GI problems like ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome. The name Librax is no longer used in America, though. Psych!

13. Midamor: Drug -- amiloride, a diuretic used for high blood pressure and other ailments

14. Malacandra: Planet -- trick question, though, since Malacandra is the native's name for Mars in C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet. So it is a fictional name but for a real planet. Hey, you didn't think all of Ming's questions would be fair, did you?

15. Boniva: Drug -- ibandronate, an osteoporosis treatment (not E.D., Stiiv -- I heard you snickering)

16. Jarnevon: Planet -- from E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series, home of the evil Eich

17. Tiburon: Planet -- mentioned in a couple of episodes of the original Star Trek series

18. Qward: Planet -- antimatter universe world of the Weaponers, foes of Green Lantern

19. Daxam: Planet -- introduced as the home of Mon-El from the Legion of Super-Heroes

20. Sinequen: Drug -- antidepressant and pain medication (doxepin)


20 -- You're either a huge drug addict or a huge nerd; either way, get help!

15-19 -- Ming admires your knowledge and offers you a place in his oppressive organization.

10-14 -- Ming tells you to study more and has you thrown out.

6-9 -- Ming scoffs and tells you to go back to school. He also calls you a ludicrous nonentity, which seems a little excessive. Then he has you thrown out.

1-5 -- Ming sends you to work in the mines. If you do well there, you might win a scholarship to flunky school, and ultimately get punched in the jaw by Flash Gordon. So there's that.

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