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Laser Day

maimanToday they’re on everything from our pens to the heads of villainous frickin’ sharks, but before 1960, lasers were just a dream. In that year, Theodore Harold Maiman invented the laser using a pink ruby, proving that diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they won’t remove that regrettable tattoo. Maiman was born today in 1927, and to say his work at Hughes Research Laboratories changed the world is an understatement. Lasers have revolutionized medicine, electronics, communications and, of course, pop culture. Without lasers, could you have the idea of a lightsaber? Or a phaser?

Maiman created his own company around his invention in 1962, and continued to be a major part of the high technology world until his death in 2007. Celebrate his creation today by digging out the laser pointer and entertaining the cat.

National Cereal Day

cerealstartrekWhether you’re in favor of Boo Berries or bran, cereal has been an essential part of our complete breakfast for more than 100 years. For a certain number of us, Saturday mornings with the Road Runner weren’t the same without a big bowl of cereal so sweet, it made your eyeballs vibrate. Cereal has gone through a lot of phases since those first boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes hit stores as a health food in 1895, but they all break down to variations of oats, rice, wheat or corn.

Not that exciting? Think back to your days as a kid, bouncing down the cereal aisle looking for Tony the Tiger, Ribbit the Frog, or Lucky the Leprechaun. If you were fortunate, you scored a box of Cap’n Crunch. If not, Mom slipped a box of Life in the cart. (‘But Mikey likes it!’ fooled no kid ever.)

Thanks to savvy marketing, the cereal aisle has also seen its share of movie and TV tie-ins, with various bowls of breakfast named after Xena, Batman, Star Trek, Star Wars, E.T., Gremlins, the Hulk, Indiana Jones, Pokemon, Mr. T and even Urkel.

Celebrate today with a bowl of your favorite crunchies in some milk and check out Mr. Breakfast, an amazing site featuring cereal history. All your favorites are there, so save the heart-smart box for another day and rip into those Froot Loops for old times’ sake.

 

Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker

Valentine, Schmalentine…Let’s Go Full Werewolf

Star Wars Holiday Special Day

It only appeared once, but that was enough.

On this day in 1978, this televised holiday special followed Han Solo and Chewbacca to the Wookiee home planet Kashyyyk for a LifeDay celebration, and to imply that things get weird is an understatement.

This special included Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman, and no Star Wars fan should see it without a blankie and the phone number of a good therapist. On George Lucas’ personal list of Things That Never Should Have Happened, this ranks way ahead of Jar Jar Binks. Even more frightening is the thought that this show could be topped by a future Disney project.

It still floats around the Internet in bootleg form, if you have a free evening and feel the need for some emotional trauma. (Hint: YouTube.)

It’s Towel Day. But wait, there’s more!

Don’t forget your towel, and don’t panic! Towel Day celebrates the work of author Douglas Adams, who wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Feel free to celebrate any way you want, you zarkin’ frood—read a book, show off your “42” tattoo or lay down in front of a demolition if you’re feeling very brave and somewhat stupid.

This is also Geek Pride Day, a chance to wear your dice bag out in the open or argue over the virtues of Apple vs. Linux.

Of course, this is Star Wars Day, the annual celebration of the first movie’s release date in 1977, which was really the fourth movie and the official first movie was released fourth. Confused you are? It all makes sense in a galaxy far, far away.

Finally, May 25 marks a tongue-in-cheek serious note ( like there’s any other kind with Discworld fans.) This is Wear the Lilac Day, which mixes a fictional holiday with a real cause in true nerd style. Originally written into the Discworld mythos by Pratchett as a day to remember those lost in the Glorious Revolution of Treacle Mine Road, it’s now also a day for fans to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Disease, which Pratchett now suffers from.

This day is the holidapocalypse for geek celebrations—pick one, or get creative with the costuming and go for all four. Personally, we think that a towel-toting Jedi with a lilac corsage and duct-taped glasses would sweep any costume contest held today. No matter how you celebrate, enjoy being the awesome geeks you all are!


Photo credit: Flickr/markbult

Robot Day

Give your Roomba the day off; it probably has tickets to see Shimon the jazz robot with your espresso machine, unless R2D2 and C-3PO have invited it over to the big birthday bash for George Lucas, who turns 68 today. After the party, they’ll pour a quart of biodegradable oil on the ground for their lost homie, Skylab, who was first launched today in 1973.

Free Comic Book Day

Today is devoted to bringing new fans into the comic book scene, and the range of free comic books is stunning. Depending on the store, you can pick up anything from a comic book re-telling of “My Favorite Martian” to Smurfs to Lady Death. For the full list of free comics offered today, visit the official Free Comic Book Day site.

Of course Spiderman and the other major stars of ink and paint will be available, but the most sought-out freebie just might be the Star Wars/Serenity dual issue by Dark Horse Comics. While the free comics are excellent, be a good geek and buy some comics too. Not every comic store owner lives on tuna like Stuart from “Big Bang Theory,” but they all will appreciate your business.

There will also be special events and signings in many stores, but if you can’t make it to a comic shop near you, ComiXology is holding a cool 99-cent sale on many digital titles.

No matter how you get your comics today, take pride in reading and sharing your geekitude today!

Star Wars Day

It’s Star Wars Day! Why? Because the only thing geeks love more than free comic books (which is tomorrow, by the way) are puns. May the Fourth Be With You is the day’s traditional greeting, so consider this your personal “Take a Jedi to Work” Day and whip out your light saber during a long, boring meeting.

In addition to driving your co-workers crazy today, you can also celebrate by watching the nifty video above from the folks at Lego which condenses the original trilogy in just over two minutes.

5 Geeky Alternatives to Valentine’s Day

If you’re tired of candy, dead flowers and backstreet massacres on Valentine’s Day, try out another holiday on Feb. 14!

Too cheap to buy a Valentine's Day card? Send this as an ecard with the link above.

The Geek Gift Hint List

Have clueless relatives who wouldn’t know a Browncoat if he stole their pretty floral bonnet? Friends who don’t understand why you cackle hysterically when you talk about how many slots a toaster has? Help them understand your nerdy gift needs with this handy list!

Clip & save for your bizarrely normal friends, or send it as an e-card!