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Today in Nerd History | March 6

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 6th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

OREO COOKIES | 1912

In 1912, OREO cookies first hit the shelves. Oreo cookies are chocolate sandwich cookies with a sweet cream filling that were introduced by Nabisco as an imitation of the Hydrox cookie, eventually overtaking Hydrox as the most popular brand.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The origin of the name “Oreo” is unknown, but some possible theories are that it comes from the French word for gold, the Greek word for mountain, or the Latin word for fine.

  • Oreos are sold in over 100 countries and are the best-selling cookies in the world.

  • Oreos are so addictive that a 2013 study suggested that they activate the same brain regions as cocaine.

  • Oreos have 90 ridges, 12 flowers, 12 dashes, and 12 dots on each cookie.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI | 1998​

In 1998, The Big Lebowski premiered in theaters. The Big Lebowski is a cult comedy film about a laid-back slacker who gets involved in a kidnapping plot after being mistaken for a wealthy businessman with the same name.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The word “dude” is used 161 times in the movie, 160 spoken and once in text. The Dude says “man” 147 times in the movie, nearly 1.5 times per minute.

  • The movie’s budget was $15 million, and it made only $17 million at the U.S. box office. However, it became a cult hit on home video and DVD, and has since grossed over $46 million worldwide.

  • The movie has spawned its own festival, Lebowski Fest, which has been held in various cities since 2002.

WATCHMEN | 2009​

In 2009, Watchmen premiered in theaters. Watchmen is a film based on a graphic novel of the same name, set in an alternate 1985 where a group of retired superheroes investigate a murder that leads them to uncover a global conspiracy.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Jackie Earle Haley, who played Rorschach, was the only one of the main cast who was already familiar with the graphic novel. He actively campaigned for the part of Rorschach.

  • All of the U.S. flags in the film have 51 stars, because in the film’s alternate history, Vietnam became the 51st state after America won the Vietnam War.

  • The opening credits sequence of Watchmen is a mesmerizing montage, showcasing several key events in the alternate history of the Watchmen universe. It took three months to create and cost $12 million.

AUNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT | 2015​

In 2015, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiered on Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy series about a woman who starts a new life in New York City after being rescued from a doomsday cult.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • NBC feared the show’s failure and sold it to Netflix, which gave the writers more freedom and creative space.

  • The show was originally titled Tooken and was written with Ellie Kemper in mind.

  • There was supposed to be a fifth mole woman, an FBI agent named Clarisse, who was written out of the show.

ONWARD | 2020​

In 2020, Onward released in theaters. Onward is an animated movie about two elf brothers who embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie is inspired by director Dan Scanlon’s personal experience of losing his father at a young age. He and his brother received an audio tape of their dad saying “hi” and “bye”, which became the basis for the film’s storyline.

  • The movie also pays homage to fantasy games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. The cards of the Quests of Yore game resemble those of Magic: The Gathering, and the gelatinous cube is a nod to the oozing cube from Dungeons & Dragons.

  • Onward was the first Pixar film to be released on Disney+ only a month after its theatrical release, due to the widespread closure of theaters caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was also made available for digital purchase on March 20, 2020, well short of the typical 90-day theatrical run.

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