"If you’ve been on the internet anytime in the last five years, you’re no doubt aware of theStar Wars brand free-for-all that is today, May 4th. Dubbed Star Wars Day, it’s a time for fans to celebrate their love for the biggest movie series of all time — and for cartoon bears to dress up as Rebel princesses in an awkward attempt to sell you more toilet paper. But despite the barrage of tie-ins and awkward corporate tweets, or the years of fast food restaurants, candy makers, and car manufacturers co-opting beloved imagery, there’s actually something noble at the heart of it all. Because unlike some over-commercialized Hallmark holidays, Star Wars Day wasn’t simply cooked up by companies to drain you of your cash."
"They’ve escaped the Kyln, defended Xander and controlled an Infinity Stone. Next up for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, they may be taking over one of Disney’s most recognizable theme park rides, The Twilight ZoneTower of Terror.'
"There are ways to get in trouble with the law for just about everything: smoking weed, theft, horse theft, stealing a horse and teaching it to smoke weed, and even shouting “fire” in a crowded not-on-fire stable full of stoned horses. But numbers are pure and theoretical and definitely exempt from legal action, right?'
"John Carpenter’s 1988 They Live is set in a dystopian version of Los Angeles where aliens are covertly controlling every aspect of human life. It stars a professional wrestler (Roddy Piper, who passed away last year) and contains one of the most epic fight scenes ever. Naturally, it’s a cult classic. But did you know ..."
"For the past several years, doctors have been sounding the alarm about the overuse of antibiotics. For all the concern, however, no one quite knew how much of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States were unnecessary—until now. And the problem goes even deeper than suspected. "
"Researchers just uncovered an incredible fact about liquid water on Mars. It’s not just flowing; it’s also boiling. And that discovery also solves one of the major mysteries about the surface of the red planet. "
"A first-of-its-kind space rock filled with pristine material from the formation of the Earth itself has returned to the inner solar system, after billions of years in the cosmic boondocks. And it could help us piece together our planet’s origin story."
"Remember how Fox showed footage from Deadpool at Comic-Con last year and a pirated version showed up online? Well, that’s not going to happen this year. Because Fox won’t be giving would-be footage bootleggers the opportunity.'
"A tiny mammal has reportedly brought the world’s largest scientific experiment to a halt. The Large Hadron Collider suffered a power outage last night, after a luckless weasel decided to chew on a 66-kilovolt power cable. "
"Some weeks can leave you feeling like you don’t want to live on this planet anymore. For one hour and 34 blissful minutes you can move to the marshy forests of Dagobah, and leave your earthly problems behind you.'
"Merging biology with electronics isn’t a question of if, but when. Some enterprising biohackers have even decided that the time is now. Google-parent Alphabet appears to be preparing for our cybernetic future with a new patent for electronics that can be injected onto your eye.'
"A proposed change to the ‘Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure’ issued yesterday by the United States Supreme Court will allow federal judges to allow the FBI to hack multiple computers at once, including machines of people who haven’t been suspected of a crime. It can even hack people the FBI knows to be innocent."
"Both D&D and Magic: The Gathering have told stories about multiverses and alternate planes of reality, but they’ve never used that conceit to link two of the most iconic games around into one space. Until now, that is, thanks to the release of a free D&D sourcebook to plan out adventures in one of the many planes of Magic.'
"The Devil of Hell's Kitchen (the place in NY, not the Fox show...) has some advice for HBO's Game of Thrones character Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams. If Arya had twitter then Game of Thrones would be a much different show, but Maisie Williams on the other hand is in the Twitterverse and can at least appreciate the lesson.'