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Today in Nerd History | February 2

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 2nd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

G.I. JOE | 1964

In 1964, the G.I. Joe toy line launched, created by Hasbro. The original G.I. Joe toy line was a series of 12-inch realistic action figures that celebrated the armed forces.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The term “action figure” was coined by Hasbro to market G.I. Joe to boys who might not want to play with dolls.
  • In 1974, Hasbro introduced the “Kung Fu Grip” feature, which allowed G.I. Joe to hold weapons and accessories more securely.
  • In 1982, Hasbro relaunched G.I. Joe as a smaller (3.75 inches or 95 mm) toy line with a diverse cast of characters and a comic book series by Marvel.
  • In 1993, hundreds of Barbie and G.I. Joe toys had their voice boxes switched, resulting in Barbie saying “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in G.I. Joe’s voice.
O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? | 2001

In 2001, O Brother, Where Art Thou? released in theaters. O Brother, Where Art Thou is a comedy-drama film loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, following the adventures of three escaped convicts in 1930s Mississippi. The movie is highly praised for it’s soundtrack, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • George Clooney’s uncle Jack helped him with his accent by recording the script in his Kentucky dialect.

  • The Coen brothers never actually read the Odyssey, they used the comic book version as a reference.

  • The title is from a Preston Sturges classic, Sullivan’s Travels, which is about a comedy director who wants to make a serious film called O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

STAR TREK ONLINE | 2010

In 2010, Star Trek Online released on PC. Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Star Trek universe, where players can command their own starship and crew, explore strange new worlds, and encounter various factions and celebrities from the franchise.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The game allows players to customize their own starships, uniforms, weapons, and even species. There are over 50 playable species to choose from, including Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, Cardassians, and more.

  • The game features voice acting from many actors who appeared in the Star Trek franchise, such as Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, Jeri Ryan, Tim Russ, Chase Masterson, and more.

  • The game has over 160 episodes, or story missions, that span across various eras and locations of the Star Trek universe.

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