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Today in Nerd History | January 23

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 23rd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

MYTHBUSTERS | 2003

In 2003, MythBusters premiered on Discovery. MythBusters is a science entertainment television program that tests the validity of various myths, legends, and rumors using scientific methods and experiments.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The MythBusters once tested a combination of common materials that made an extremely powerful explosive. They deleted the tapes and swore to never release the information, then contacted DARPA and warned them about the possibility of misuse from the combination.

  • Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman both worked at ILM in San Francisco on numerous films, including the Star Wars prequels. Savage worked on Attack of the Clones, building models for the film, as he did on many other productions, such as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Hyneman is one of the designers behind the Wavecam, an aerial robotic system that works on a cable and is often used by swimmers and surfers.

  • Christine Chamberlin and Jessie Nelson were two of the ‘mythterns’ – mythbusting interns – who worked on the show. Chamberlin won a contest promoted by the Discovery Channel and joined the crew in season two. Nelson joined the series in 2006 and was known for her welding skills.

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT | 2004

In 2004, The Butterfly Effect premiered in theaters. The Butterfly Effect is a movie about a college student who can travel back in time by reading his journals and tries to change his traumatic past, but faces unintended consequences in the present. The actual “Butterfly Effect” is a concept from chaos theory that suggests that small, seemingly trivial events can have large and unpredictable consequences in complex systems.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie was one of the most widely read unproduced scripts in the industry. It wasn’t until Ashton Kutcher signed on as an executive producer of the movie that it was greenlit.

  • During one of Evan’s flashback scenes, he can be heard reading part of Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder.” In this story, a group of people travel millions of years into the past to hunt dinosaurs. One of them accidentally steps on and kills a butterfly, which dramatically alters the future.

  • The movie has four different endings, depending on the version you watch. The theatrical release has Evan erasing himself from Kayleigh’s life by telling her to stay away from him as a child. The director’s cut has Evan killing himself in his mother’s womb by strangling himself with his umbilical cord. The other two endings have Evan meeting Kayleigh in the future and either walking away from her or talking to her.

PICARD | 2020

In 2020, Star Trek: Picard premiered on Paramount+. Star Trek: Picard is a science fiction television series that follows the retired Starfleet Admiral Jean-Luc Picard in the next chapter of his life, in serialized seasons with new characters and old friends.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show is set in the year 2399, 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, the last movie to feature the Next Generation cast. The show explores the aftermath of the destruction of Romulus, the home planet of the Romulan Empire, by a supernova, and the ban of synthetic life forms by the Federation, following a rogue android attack on Mars.

  • The show is the first Star Trek series to be named after a character, rather than a starship or a location. The show is also the first Star Trek series to be streamed exclusively on CBS All Access in the US, and on Amazon Prime Video internationally.

  • The third and final season is the first and only one to feature the entire main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as some recurring characters from that series and others, such as Ro Laren, Professor Moriarty, Tuvok, and the Borg Queen.





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