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Today in Nerd History | March 28

Greetings, pop culture enthusiasts and history buffs! March 28 is a date bursting with memorable moments that have tickled our geeky sensibilities across the worlds of animation, professional wrestling, and video gaming. From the debut of a beloved sci-fi comedy series to the final match of a wrestling legend, and the launch of a charmingly crafted Nintendo game, let’s dive into the details and fun facts that make today a day worth celebrating in nerd history!

1999: Futurama (Fox)

Blasting off into the 31st century, “Futurama” made its grand debut, giving us a hilariously skewed vision of the future through the eyes of a 20th-century pizza delivery guy named Fry. Created by Matt Groening, this animated series combined satire, science fiction, and slapstick comedy to explore the adventures of Fry, Bender, Leela, and the rest of the Planet Express crew.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Voice Versatility: Billy West, the voice behind Fry, is also the voice of many other characters on the show, including Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan, showcasing an impressive range of vocal talent.
  • Mathematical Mischief: “Futurama” is known for its complex mathematical jokes and theories, contributed by the show’s writing team, which included members with advanced degrees in mathematics and science.
  • A Cult Classic: Despite being canceled and revived multiple times, “Futurama” has maintained a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim, proving its enduring appeal and influence in pop culture.
2010: Shawn Michaels’ Final Match (WrestleMania XXVI)

March 28 marks the date of “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels’ emotional farewell to the WWE ring at WrestleMania XXVI. In a storied career that spanned over two decades, Michaels faced The Undertaker in a “Streak vs. Career” match, a sequel to their acclaimed bout from the previous year, ending with Michaels’ retirement from in-ring competition.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • An Iconic Career: Shawn Michaels is often regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, known for his charismatic performances, athletic prowess, and headline-making matches.
  • End of an Era: The match with The Undertaker not only marked the end of Michaels’ in-ring career but also solidified the WrestleMania legacy of both performers, with The Undertaker extending his streak to 18-0.
  • A Legacy Lives On: Despite retiring from active competition, Shawn Michaels has remained involved in the wrestling world, including a role as a trainer and on-screen personality in WWE’s NXT brand, influencing the next generation of wrestlers.
2019: Yoshi’s Crafted World (Switch)

Yoshi’s Crafted World hopped onto the Nintendo Switch, offering players a delightfully inventive platforming adventure. Set in a world made entirely of household items and craft materials, this game stands out for its creative design, engaging gameplay mechanics, and the undeniable charm of its titular character, Yoshi.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Flip It and Reverse It: One of the game’s unique features is the ability to “flip” stages and explore the world from a new perspective, revealing secrets and hidden paths in Yoshi’s crafty environment.
  • Co-op Creativity: Yoshi’s Crafted World supports cooperative play, allowing two players to team up as Yoshi characters of different colors, making the adventure twice as fun and accessible for players of all ages.
  • A World of Imagination: The game’s levels are designed to look like dioramas, created with a mix of everyday objects and crafting supplies, such as cardboard and yarn, inspiring a sense of wonder and nostalgia in players.

So there you have it, a trip down memory lane filled with the highs of futuristic comedy, the heartfelt goodbye of a wrestling legend, and the playful creativity of a video game world crafted from imagination. March 28 truly is a date to remember for fans of all things nerdy, showcasing the diverse ways in which pop culture can inspire, entertain, and even tug at our heartstrings. Happy Nerd History Day!

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