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Today in Nerd History | January 10

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 January 10th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

BLACK WIDOW | 1964

In 1964, Black Widow first appeared in Tales of Suspense #52. Her first appearances were as a recurring, non-costumed, Russian-spy antagonist in the feature “Iron Man”.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Black Widow’s real name is Natalia Romanova, but she changed it to Natasha Romanoff when she defected to the United States.

  • Black Widow has a serum that slows down her aging process, making her much older than she looks. She was born in Stalingrad before it became part of the USSR.

  • Black Widow is a master of time travel and manipulation. She once used a time machine to save her team from death and alter history without anyone noticing.

THE SOPRANOS | 1999

In 1999, The Sopranos premiered on HBO. The Sopranos is a TV series that follows the life of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mob boss who struggles with his family, his business, and his mental health. He seeks therapy from Dr. Jennifer Melfi, who helps him cope with his anxiety and depression. The show depicts the complex and violent world of the Mafia, as well as the personal and moral dilemmas of its characters.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Livia Soprano, Tony’s mother, was supposed to die in the first season, but the actress who played her, Nancy Marchand, asked David Chase to keep her working until she passed away from cancer.

  • James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano, used to hit himself in the face or stay up all night to get into character and show his anger and exhaustion.

  • Many of the actors who played mobsters on the show also appeared in the movie Goodfellas, including Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, and Frank Vincent.

  • The show’s finale, which ended with a controversial cut to black, was inspired by a poem by Edgar Allan Poe called “Dream Within a Dream”.

THE MINISH CAP | 2005

In 2005, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap released on Game Boy Advance. It is part of the Zelda series and tells the story of Link, a young boy who must save his friend Princess Zelda from the evil wizard Vaati. Along the way, he meets a talking hat named Ezlo, who gives him the ability to shrink to the size of the Minish, a race of tiny people who live in a hidden world.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The game received critical acclaim for its graphics, gameplay, music, and story, and is considered one of the best games in the Zelda series.

  • The game features a cameo appearance by Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Wario as figurines that Link can collect. There are also references to other Nintendo games, such as Metroid, Kirby, and Fire Emblem.

  • The game has a hidden dungeon called the Palace of Winds, which can only be accessed after completing the main story and fusing all the Kinstones in the game. The dungeon is a homage to the original The Legend of Zelda, as it uses the same graphics and music.

  • The game has a secret ending that shows Ezlo returning to his original form as a Minish sage. To see it, the player has to beat the final boss without dying or using a fairy.





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