Canada's Bob and Doug take off — eh! — on social media with SpaceX rocket launch
Canadians familiar with famous fictional Canadian brothers have fun with SpaceX Bob and Doug astronauts
Some people on social media say Saturday's SpaceX rocket launch is a beauty for Canada, eh!
On Saturday, the rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to fly to the International Space Station with two Americans on board: Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
The irony of two men named Bob and Doug taking off into space was not lost on social media, where people — many Canadian — celebrated two fictional brothers famous for satirizing Canadian culture in the 1980s: Bob and Doug McKenzie.
Take off, eh? Bob and Doug just went to space. Godspeed, hosers. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SpaceX?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SpaceX</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StrangeCrew?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StrangeCrew</a> <a href="https://t.co/mwg1ZHavpu">pic.twitter.com/mwg1ZHavpu</a>—@tojolaw
The characters were created by comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas to meet Canadian content demands. But they eventually became Canadian icons with their thick accents, stubby beer bottles, plaid shirts and tuques.
Can the Canadarm open a beer?
In one segment, Bob and Doug McKenzie discussed whether the Canadarm could open a beer in space.
They also used uniquely Canadian expressions such as "hoser" for someone with limited intelligence, "beauty!" for anything good, and "take off, eh!" to admonish someone.
Fans on social media celebrated Saturday, noting that Bob and Doug had achieved the ultimate take-off by launching into space — even if only by name.
Dear Bob and Doug,<br><br>Please take off, eh! <br><br>Yours,<a href="https://twitter.com/CAFinUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CAFinUS</a> <a href="https://t.co/gu48YsfBYj">pic.twitter.com/gu48YsfBYj</a>—@CAFinUS
Go hozers go! <a href="https://t.co/hN07yzJZIu">pic.twitter.com/hN07yzJZIu</a>—@TheMediaJack
Whose idea was it to send up astronauts named Bob and Doug , eh?—@CraigWReynolds
Bob and Doug statue Downtown Edmonton. Canadian cultural icons. Now they're going to space... Beauty, eh! <a href="https://t.co/Woq7kW1ddD">pic.twitter.com/Woq7kW1ddD</a>—@cjzandbergen
Saturday's SpaceX flight marked a new era in space travel. It's the first time NASA has launched astronauts in a private spacecraft and the first time NASA has launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade.
Ever since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian rockets launched from Kazakhstan to take U.S. astronauts to and from the space station.
Liftoff! <a href="https://t.co/DRBfdUM7JA">pic.twitter.com/DRBfdUM7JA</a>—@SpaceX
On Saturday, the Canadian Space Agency sent out a map that shows when and where the International Space Station may be visible from Canada.
With files from the Associated Press