May 25, 2012

Rheanna Sand

Dammit. Today was the ONE day of the year I could have gotten away with a lightsaber-lab coat-towel combo, and I missed it. Missing the solar eclipse was bad enough!

Today, May 25th 2012, is a tri-fecta of geekdom: it is Geek Pride Day, Towel Day, and the 35th anniversary of the first theatrical release of Star Wars!

As far as I can tell, Geek Pride Day stems from the Star Wars anniversary, but has grown to take on a life of it's own. It's no surprise - according to an annual Modis survey, geek pride is at an all time high. 51% of Americans see geeks as professionally successful, and 54% consider geeks to be extremely intelligent. These numbers are both up from last year, where only 31% considered geeks successful and 45% intelligent. It's easy to credit Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg with such a leap in popularity, but personally, I thank Sheldon.

And Towel Day is an homage to Douglas Adams, who passed away on this date in 2001. The towel is the most important, and really only thing an intergalactic hitchhiker needs aside from the essential Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I would just like to point out that Douglas Adams had another brilliant book that was not in the five-part Hitchhiker's Trilogy, one of my favorite books of all time: The Meaning of Liff. In this fictional dictionary, Adams takes town names from England and North America and gives them purpose, assigning them to the various things and actions that do not yet have names. For example, "Abilene (adj.) - descriptive of the pleasing coolness on the reverse side of the pillow," or "Kirby (n.) - small but repulsive piece of food prominently attached to a person's face or clothing." Awesome.

And what can I say about Star Wars that hasn't already been said? Maybe I'll just paste in a couple of my favorite memes. Enjoy, fellow Geeks!







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