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

CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL | 1991

In 1991, Clarissa Explains It All premiered on Nickelodeon. Clarissa Explains It All is a classic Nickelodeon teen sitcom where the titular character, Clarissa Darling, directly addresses the audience to explain adolescent life challenges.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Clarissa had a pet alligator named Elvis, which added a unique element to the show.

  • The show was known for its lead character’s funky and eclectic fashion, which became iconic for many ’90s kids.

  • Before creating Clarissa, Mitchell Kriegman wrote for National Lampoon, The New Yorker, and Saturday Night Live. His performance art and work on shows like Rocko’s Modern Life and Rugrats influenced the sitcom’s style.

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO | 1994

In 1994, Super Street Fighter II Turbo released in arcades. Super Street Fighter II Turbo is a landmark fighting game that introduced super combos and the secret character Akuma, enhancing the series’ competitive legacy.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Players can play as versions of characters from the original Super Street Fighter II by inputting a code for each character, with subtle differences in their gameplay.

  • It was the final arcade game in the Street Fighter II series to use the original CP System hardware and was distributed as an upgrade kit for Champion Edition printed circuit boards.

  • Super Turbo is still played competitively and is the oldest fighting game with an active international tournament scene.

THE HUNGER GAMES | 2012

In 2012, The Hunger Games premiered in theaters. The Hunger Games is a dystopian film where 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society are selected to participate in a televised fight to the death.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Jennifer Lawrence’s hair transformation into Katniss’s dark auburn locks cost $30,000, involving the use of expensive lace wigs to avoid damaging her natural blonde hair.

  • The film sparked a significant surge in interest in archery, particularly among young girls who wanted to learn how to use a recurve bow like Katniss.

  • Jennifer Lawrence experienced temporary partial deafness in one ear due to multiple ear infections from filming underwater scenes during Catching Fire.

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