What is a dung beetle? According to Wikipedia, in Ancient Egypt Mythology, dung beetles (known as "scarabs") were linked to Khepri, the Sun "God". And i quote:
"The ancients believed that the dung beetle was only male in gender, and reproduced by depositing semen into a dung ball. The supposed self-creation of the beetle resembles that of Khepri, who creates himself out of nothing. Moreover, the dung ball rolled by a dung beetle resembles the sun."
...Yeah. So back to Futurama. Thanks to the comments section below, we have figured out that Fry in "Roswell that Ends Well" is also a supposed self-creation (like Khepri), being his own Grand Pa and all. The dung beetles or scarabs perhaps make a reference to that quality of his. See also Season 1, episode 7 "My Three Suns" where Fry became the emperor of Trisol, the planet of the three suns. In essence, Fry was a Sun "God", just like Khepri... profound! The dung beetles in Professor Farnsworth's family tree were in fact refer to Fry's pseudo-divinity. Why were there seventeen dung beetles? Could it be that Fry is 17 generations away from Professor Farnsworth??? Let's find out. If you take the time difference from Fry's origin and divide it by 17 (minus the Professor's age) it looks something like this:
|Fry as Emperor of Trisol|
3000 yrs - 2000 yrs = 1000 years - 170 years = 830 years (divided 17 beetles) =
This doesn't make any sense. I'll be honest, i don't know where i'm going with this. If any of you want to turn this into a meme or continue with this goofy analysis be my guest. My initial intention was just to post some pics of the scene and give some of my thoughts. See the full size image below. Can YOU count the dung beetles? Turns out there are indeed seventeen of them! If you have ANY idea why all of you are so interested in searching for these dung beetles, please let me know in the comments section below.
UPDATE: Thanks to an anonymous follower and Javoec (see comment section below) we have figured out the answer to Fry's question: Like Khepri, Fry was also supposedly a self creation, he being his own Granpda and all ("Roswell that Ends Well"). The dung beetle correlation fits perfectly in this context. What's with the 17 dung beetles? Season 1, Episode 7 or S01E07, that is 1-7 or 17, the number of beetles that fell on Fry's head. The irony of the dung beetles falling on Fry's head is actually ironic because it points to Fry's greatness as a previous Emperor ^_^.