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Today in Nerd History | January 11

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 11th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

MYSTIQUE | 1978

In 1978, Mystique first appeared as a cameo in Ms. Marvel #16, later fully debuting in issue #18. Mystique is a mutant who can shapeshift into any person or animal, and has been both an ally and an enemy of the X-Men through the years.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • She is much older than most people think. She was born in the late 19th century and has lived through many historical events. She can slow down her aging process thanks to her shapeshifting powers.

  • She adopted and raised Rogue, who she found as a runaway. She trained her to be a spy and a thief, and later sent her to infiltrate the X-Men.

  • She has been enhanced several times by different sources, such as radiation, Apocalypse, and the High Evolutionary. These enhancements have given her new abilities, such as mass manipulation, night vision, and poison resistance.

MONDAY NIGHT RAW | 1993

In 1993, WWF Monday Night RAW premiered on USA. Monday Night Raw is a weekly professional wrestling television program and is the flagship show of the WWE, featuring several sports entertainers.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The name Raw was suggested by Basil DeVito, a long-time confidant and minority owner of WWE, who wanted the show to feel raw, uncut, and uncensored.

  • The first episode of Raw was broadcasted from the Manhattan Center in New York City, which was chosen by Vince McMahon for its elegant and upscale vibe. However, the venue proved to be inconvenient for fans and production, and Raw soon moved to different arenas across the country.

  • The most watched episode of Raw was on May 10, 1999, which drew an average of 8.1 million viewers. The main event was a six-man tag team match between Steve Austin, The Rock, and Vince McMahon vs. The Undertaker, Triple H, and Shane McMahon.

THE WAYANS BROS | 1995

In 1995, The Wayans Bros. premiered on the WB. The Wayans Bros is an American sitcom television series that starred real-life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans as two siblings who share an apartment in Harlem.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • It was the first show to feature a classic hip-hop track as its theme song. For the first two seasons, the opening title used “Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest.

  • The show was loosely based on the real lives of Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who are the youngest siblings of the Wayans comedy family. Their parents, Howell and Elvira Wayans, had ten children, five boys and five girls.

  • It was canceled in 1999, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans went on to make Scary Movie a year later. In the movie, Shawn’s character breaks the fourth wall by saying “The Wayan’s Brothers was a good… show! And we didn’t even get a final episode!”





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