May The Fourth Be With You!

One thing about American culture that is interesting, to say the least, is the effect of movies on our society. Our ESL students learn a lot from movies and Hancock International College uses many films to reinforce lessons. Today is a day the fans of one of the most impactful movie franchises ever celebrate the movies they’ve loved, some, for 40 years. Today is Star Wars day, apparently Intergalactic Star Wars Day for that matter. Why? Well today is May 4th! Not the day the movie was released but rather because of the easy pun, “May the Fourth be with you!” This refers to the famous Star Wars quote, “May the Force be with you!” albeit with a lisp. Well what I have to say to that is, “And also with you…” To celebrate this worthy cultural phenomenon I have included below a little history about this some facts about Star Wars that I thought were pretty awesome!

I had to resort to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day which says, “Apocryphally, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster says her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying ‘May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.’ …In 2008, the first Facebook groups appeared, celebrating Luke Skywalker Day, with the same catchphrase. While the initial group never received widespread acclaim, the phenomenon spread to college campuses a few years later, and Star Wars Day was born. In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012. …Since 2013, The Walt Disney Company has officially observed the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. …On Star Wars Day 2015, astronauts in the International Space Station watched Star Wars…

The following day, May 5, has come to be called ‘Revenge of the Fifth’, a play on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. On this day, fans join the ‘Dark Side’ by celebrating the Sith Lords from the Star Wars series.”

And now as promised here are my favorite facts I found from a few lists I read:

1. Luke Skywalker was almost a girl

2. Yoda was almost a monkey in a mask

3. Han Solo died in the original script

4. The opening text crawl took 3 hours to shoot

5. The trash in the Death Star garbage compactor scene was REAL

6. It took four men to portray one Vader

7. “I am your father” was the best-kept secret in film

8. It took seven men to portray one Jabba the Hutt

9. In the Empire Strikes Back, a pair of shoes and a potato were used as asteroids

10. George Lucas lost a $40 million bet to Steven Spielberg

Facts from both: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/800077/Star-Wars-day-May-4th-be-with-you-top-10-facts and https://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2016/07/star-wars-facts.html.

Idiom of the Day

See Stars

Meaning: To seem to see flashing lights after receiving a blow to the head.

Example: I saw stars when I bumped my head on the attic ceiling. The little boy saw stars when he fell headfirst onto the concrete.