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Today in Nerd History | February 6

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 6th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

GOLFING ON THE MOON | 1971

In 1971, Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first (and only) person to play golf on the moon, using a makeshift club and hitting two balls. The first landed in a nearby crater. The second flew for hundreds of meters in the low gravity.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • He used a makeshift club made from a 6-iron head attached to a lunar rock sampling tool.
  • He claimed that the second ball went “miles and miles and miles” but later admitted that it was an exaggeration.
  • He smuggled the club head and two golf balls into the spacecraft without NASA’s knowledge.
  • The location of the balls and the divot were identified in 2021 using high-resolution images and modern image enhancement techniques.
JORDAN’S AMAZING DUNK | 1988

In 1988, Michael Jordan scored a Slam Dunk from the free-throw line. In a Slam Dunk Contest, Michael Jordan amazed the crowd and defeated Dominique Wilkins with a spectacular free-throw line dunk that earned him a perfect score of 50.In 1988, Michael Jordan scored a Slam Dunk from the free-throw line. In a Slam Dunk Contest, Michael Jordan amazed the crowd and defeated Dominique Wilkins with a spectacular free-throw line dunk that earned him a perfect score of 50.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Jordan and Wilkins both got perfect scores of 50 on their first dunks in the final round, but Wilkins was given a 45 on his second dunk, a two-handed windmill that many thought deserved a higher score. Jordan admitted to Wilkins that he probably won the contest, but the home crowd in Chicago influenced the judges’ decision.

  • Jordan’s iconic free-throw line dunk was inspired by Julius Erving, who told him to go the length of the floor and take off from the free-throw line.

  • Jordan became the first player to repeat as slam dunk champion, and also won the MVP award at the All-Star Game the next day.

CORALINE | 2009

In 2009, Coraline hits theaters. Coraline is an animated dark fantasy horror film about a girl who discovers a parallel world behind a secret door in her new home, where her Other Mother tries to keep her forever.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie was based on a book by Neil Gaiman, who got the idea for the name Coraline from a typo he made while typing Caroline.
  • The movie took four years to complete, and each second of the film required 24 frames of stop-motion animation.
  • Coraline’s outfits were hand-knitted, even the underwear that is not visible in the movie.

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