bill-swift - May 5, 2012
Tomorrow may be Cinco de Mayo, but today is "May the Fourth be with you" also known as Star Wars Day. It is one of the biggest days on Geekdom's "Girl Cylons of Battlestar Gallactica" calendar. It's even become a popular day for the nerds that have found someone to have sex with to get married.
All over the world, nerds will don their dad's old brown bathrobes, belt a plastic lightsaber to their waist, and head to the comic book store to meet up with their buddies. Then perhaps they will have a marathon viewing of Star Wars accompanied by 2 liter bottles of root beer and Sam's Club brand pizza bites. Will they stick to the original trilogy or include the prequels? And if they see only the originals will it be the theatrical releases or special editions? Expect an argument...and a plastic lightsaber duel.
Someone figured out a few years ago that May the fourth kind of sounds like "May the Force", at least if you pronounce it like Sylvester the Cat. It's a pun and not even a very good one. Still, it has become huge on the interwebs. Expect many a Facebook status update and Tweet about this. It's popularity is one reason why May the Fourth is becoming less of a thing with truly diehard Star Wars fans: it brings out the poseurs. This is just the sort of thing that people who aren't really geeky but want to pretend they are latch on to, (hipsters I'm looking at you). Unlike when I was a lad and really was a total friggin' nerd, being a geek is cool now. Or, at least the appearance of geekiness. Come on, you know Zooey Deschanel wasn't really an unpopular nerd in high school.
Article By Jack Tomas