Apr 16 2010 3:30pm

Tribbles Week: Tribbles and Altos Contest

Now that Tribbles Week has come to an end, we know what you’re all thinking: I want one! Well we are more than happy to oblige, and give you not one, but two chances at a tribble of your very own, handmade by me. This is one of two contests; the other is here.

The Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” revealed several things about Klingon history: one, that something happened between Kirk’s time and the then-present to permanently alter the appearance of Klingons; and two, that Mr. Scott beaming over those tribbles at the end of “The Trouble With Tribbles” irrevocably changed Klingon history.

In Worf’s words: “[Tribbles] were once considered mortal enemies of the Klingon Empire. [...] They were an ecological menace, a plague to be wiped out. [...] Hundreds of warriors were sent to track them down throughout the galaxy. An armada obliterated the tribbles’ homeworld. By the end of the 23rd century they had been eradicated.”

To which Odo responds sarcastically: “Another glorious chapter of Klingon history. Tell me, do they still sing songs of The Great Tribble Hunt?”

Your Task:

Leave a comment on this post with your Klingon song about The Great Tribble Hunt.  The Klingons were mighty fond of operas, but you aren’t restricted to that medium (though attempts are encouraged...I think). Musical accompaniment and video or audio of you actually singing it are welcome and encouraged. You will be judged on your originality, creativity, and understanding of Klingon culture. Also, sheer awesomeness.

You have until Monday, April 26th at 12pm EST to enter.

The Prizes:

One lucky winner will receive all three of the items below:

1.   Two tribbles, handmade by me (Torie)

(Click to enlarge)

These little guys were lovingly handcrafted by moi. I am not an expert craftsperson but I think they came out rather well, and it’s my way of thanking all of you who have read and continue to read our little blog series.

The tribbles are made from faux fur (one camel-colored, one white and gray), stuffed with polyester fiberfill, and hand-stitched together. They do not trill, unfortunately, because I am not that talented. But they are very soft and cuddle-able.

2.   The Best of Star Trek on DVD

This DVD includes four episodes: “Balance of Terror,” “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “Amok Time,” and, of course, “The Trouble With Tribbles,” so that you can pop it in whenever you need your tribble fix.

3.   Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, edited by David Gerrold and Robert J. Sawyer

The official blurb: “Trekkies and Trekkers alike will get starry-eyed over this eclectic mix of essays on the groundbreaking original Star Trek series. Star Trek writers D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold, science fiction authors such as Howard Weinstein, and various academics share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, discuss the show’s enduring appeal and influence, and

examine some of the classic features of the show, including Spock’s irrationality, Scotty’s pessimism, and the lack of seatbelts on the Enterprise. The impact of the cultural phenomenon on subsequent science-fiction television programs is explored, as well as how the show laid the foundation for the science fiction genre to break into the television medium.

Contributors include: Michael A. Burstein, Don DeBrandt, David DeGraff, Melissa Dickinson, D. C. Fontana, Eric Greene, Paul Levinson, Robert A. Metzger, Adam Roberts, Norman Spinrad, Allen Steele, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Howard Weinstein, and Lyle Zynda.”

We will also be choosing four (4) runners-up, and each of them will receive two of my tribbles.

Read the rules carefully: only registered users who are legal residents of the United States age 18 and over are eligible. Make sure you’re logged in! The contest ends on Monday, April 26th, at 12pm EST.

To those of you who are unfortunately ineligible, all is not lost! After the contest is over, I will create a how-to post on the tribbles that includes a) instructions for how to make your own and b) a random giveaway open to all.

And that should do it! Engage!

*Special thanks to the incredibly talented Jamie Stafford-Hill for the Klingon picture that leads this post!

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. To participate in the “DS9 Tribbles” contest, post your Klingon victory song in the comments for the blog post, beginning Friday, 16 April, 2010 at 2:30PM and ending on Monday, 26 April 2010 at 12:00PM ET. Winners will be selected on the basis of creativity and overall quality. Open to registered users of who are legal U.S. residents 18 years of age and older. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. For complete Official Rules, go here. Sponsor:, a division of Macmillan, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

Winners announced here.

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Ursula L
1. Ursula
FYI, the link in the last paragraph to the complete Official Rules is broken.
Torie Atkinson
2. Torie
@ 1 Ursula

Whoops! Should be fixed now.
Marcus W
3. toryx
This is admittedly weak, but I had to give it a try. Thanks a lot for Tribble week!


Sung to the music of "Go Down Moses" or "Oh!" Let My People Go."

Ah! Let the Klingons Kill!

When Tribbles came to Qo'nos, Kahless cried! Let the Klingons kill!
They eat so much and breed so many, Let the Klingons kill!
Go down, Koloth,
find their homeworld
raise the bat'leh,
Let the Klingons kill!

Koloth gathered his men and gave the call, Let the Klingons kill!
They traveled the galaxy, in constant search, Let the Klingons kill!
Go down, Koloth,
seek them out,
bathe the bat'leh,
Let the Klingons kill!

When at last, their homeworld found, Let the Klingons kill!
Disruptors blazed, seas boiled hot! Let the Klingons kill!
Go down, Koloth,
Burn them all,
raise the bat'leh high,
Let the Klingons kill!
justin Castillo
4. justin Castillo
Tribbles have nothing on Alf and Ewoks.
Lord knows they can't just talk.
Balls of fur, hair of galactic softness.
It's too bad for us they're never a hot mess.
Let them roll like Critters and burrow from hitters
I still can't find one online that twitters.
Diane Mullen
5. Lorindol
The Great Tribble Hunt
(set to Model of a Modern Major-General, Pirates of Penzance)

This is the very model of a battle that was glorious,
never was there any doubt that we’d emerge victorious,
against a foe that is both horrid and notorious,
the fight was long, some found it quite laborious,
but many Klingons fought and most emerged meritorious,
the enemy was vanquished and was found to be inglorious;
Tribbles may be small and cute, but do not underestimate,
how they can eat and their capacity to replicate,
just as Koloth learned of their ability to consummate,
his poisoned quadrotriticale it was their joy to masticate;
Oh, never was there any doubt that we’d emerge victorious,
This is the very model of a battle that was glorious.

You know the mythic warriors, Kahless, Kang and Kor,
You name off battles Klingon all glorious wars by the score,
but the Hunt of all the Tribbles, really helped our esprit de corps,
storage bins and cabinets, none of these could we ignore,
empty every one, so we would know what was in store;
the end it was in sight - one world left that was in blight
to clean it we knew we had to get this prescription right
Tribbles by the millions we knew had to dis-invite
When day was done, they were gone, much to our delight.
Oh, never was there any doubt that we’d emerge victorious,
This is the very model of a battle that was glorious.

by Diane Mullen
With thanks (and apologies) to Gilbert & Sullivan
justin Castillo
7. Bob Robertson
Sorry, it's not what you were looking for, but it is related!

Perhaps the Klingons would at least appreciate this song!
justin Castillo
8. Bob Robertson
I only posted a link to the video above. I forgot to post the lyrics
Here they are to the tune of "Yesterday" by the Beatles:

Yesterday, all my tribbles seemed so far away
Now they've gorged themselves on grain all day
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, Station K7 is the place to be
Sherman’s Planet is counting on me.
for Quad-ro-trit-i-ca-l-e

Who is Cyrano Jones, I don’t know, but I will say
He did something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Tribbles stray straight to the Jeffery’s tube where they will stay
I just wish that they would go away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Who is Cyrano Jones, I don’t know, but I will say
He did something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, Nilz Baris was a world away
I’ve had my fill of Klingons for today
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm

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