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Today in Nerd History | January 17

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 17th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

BEVERLY HILLS NINJA | 1997

In 1997, Beverly Hills Ninja premiered in theaters. Beverly Hills Ninja is a comedy film about an clumsy white orphan who was raised by ninjas and tries to solve a murder mystery in California, starring Chris Farley.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Christian Bale, when asked what his favorite movie was, named this as his favorite comedy, though he’s only ever watched it twice.
  • Chris Farley was so disappointed in this movie that he cried on his manager’s shoulder after the first screening.
  • Chris Farley performed most of the martial arts stunts himself, but he was injured on the set while doing one of his own stunts, when he tried to hide like a ninja and jump through the wall.

THAT’S SO RAVEN | 2003

In 2003, That’s So Raven premiered on the Disney channel. That’s So Raven is a comedy series about a teenage girl who has psychic visions and uses them to get into hilarious situations with her friends and family.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show was originally called Absolutely Psychic and Raven-Symoné auditioned for the role of Chelsea, the best friend of the psychic main character.
  • Raven was the youngest and first Black woman to have her name in a comedy series title.
  • The school set of That’s So Raven was the same one used by Saved By the Bell. Raven even kissed a character who looked like Zack Morris in one episode.




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