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Today in Nerd History | February 13

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 13th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

HBK LOSES HIS SMILE | 1997

In 1997, Shawn Michaels “lost his smile” on February 13, 1997, when he vacated the WWF Championship due to a knee injury and personal issues, in a controversial and emotional speech on Monday Night Raw.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The speech was widely seen as a work (a staged event) by many fans and wrestlers, who believed that Michaels was exaggerating his injury and personal issues to avoid losing the title to Bret Hart.
  • Michaels later admitted that he was addicted to drugs at the time, and that he was unhappy with the direction of his character and the company.
  • The speech is considered one of the most memorable and influential moments in WWE history, as it led to the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Attitude Era.
THE FINAL PEANUTS COMIC STRIP | 2000

In 2000, the final Peanuts comic strip was published in newspapers. The final strip was a farewell message from Charles Schulz to his fans, featuring a collage of his beloved characters and a heartfelt thank you note.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Linus, Charlie Brown’s best friend and philosopher, did not speak for the first two years after he was introduced in the comic strip.
  • Peanuts was the first comic strip to feature a black character, Franklin, who befriended Charlie Brown at the beach in 1968. Schulz added Franklin despite some resistance from his editors and some newspapers.
  • Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”; it is considered to be the grandfather of slice of life cartoons.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS | 2014

In 2014, What We Do in the Shadows premiered in theaters. What We Do in the Shadows is a New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film that follows the lives of four vampire flatmates who struggle with mundane problems like paying rent, getting along, and adapting to the modern world.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Clement and Waititi wrote 150 pages of script for the film, but they did not show it to anyone involved in the production. They only gave the actors and the crew a rough idea of what each scene was about, and let them improvise most of the dialogue.
  • The film and subsequent TV series are both based on a short film made by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi in 2005, called What We Do in The Shadows: Interviews With Some Vampires.

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