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Celebrate 'Alien' Day With 10 Ways The Sci-Fi Classic Permeated Pop Culture

By Jodi Smith | Lists | April 26, 2016 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | April 26, 2016 |

The 1979 sci-fi/horror/thriller/bad-ass female-led gamechanger Alien was released 35 years ago (as of June 22, to be precise). Today, however, gets to be Alien Day because it is 4/26, which matches the number of moon LV-426, which is where Ripley and her crew first encountered Xenomorphs.

Ta-da! A day for Nike to release shoes celebrating Alien, charging $180 for them, and only making them in men’s sizes, proving that they don’t give a fuck about anything but making money.

Anyway, much like the disgusting Xenomorph babies, Alien climbed inside the pop culture consciousness and grew into a separate life form. Here are 10 instances of Alien references throughout its 35 years of influence.

1. Spaceballs

2. “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song” - The Simpsons

3. Nik Naks crisps commercial

4. Toy Story

5. Planet 51

6. “Cat Orgy” — South Park

7. Borderlands 2 — Zer0’s Alienati0n Head

8. Uncanny X-Men Volume 1 #143


9. “Aliens Meet The Jetsons” — Robot Chicken

10. “Pilot” — Firefly

The gun Mal uses is a Weyland-Yutani.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.