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Today in Nerd History | September 26

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 September 26th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

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“A THREE-HOUR TOUR”

In 1964, Gilligan’s Island premiered. This classic sitcom is about the comic adventures of seven castaways who are stranded on an uncharted island after a stormy 3-hour boat trip.

Nerdy Fact:The Coast Guard received letters from viewers who asked them to rescue the castaways, thinking that the show was real.

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THE BRADY BUNCH

In 1969, The Brady Bunch premiered. This sitcom is about a large blended family of six children, with three boys and three girls, who face various comical situations after their parents get married.

Nerdy Fact: The Brady kids shared one bathroom that had no toilet, because showing toilet bowls on TV was prohibited at the time.

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KNIGHT RIDER

In 1982, Knight Rider premiered. This popular American TV series features a crime-fighting duo of a former cop named Michael Knight and his high-tech car named KITT, who could talk, drive, and perform amazing feats.

Nerdy Fact: William Daniels, the actor who voiced K.I.T.T., did not meet David Hasselhoff, who played Michael Knight, until six months after the show started. They only communicated through their lines and never saw each other’s faces until the show’s Christmas party.

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NINTENDO 64

In 1996, the Nintendo 64 released in the US. It was the first console to use a 64-bit CPU, which enabled it to produce advanced 3D graphics and gameplay. It was also the last console to use cartridges as its primary storage format.

Nerdy Fact: The Nintendo 64 controller was the first to have an analog stick, which enabled more precise movement and control in 3D games. However, some games, such as Mario Party, required players to rotate the stick so fast that they would get blisters on their hands. Nintendo had to offer gloves to players who complained about this issue.

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WA-HOO!

In 1996, Super Mario 64 released in the US alongside the Nintendo 64. This classic 3D platform game features Mario exploring a large open world inside Princess Peach’s castle, collecting Power Stars and fighting Bowser. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative video games of all time.

Nerdy Fact: Super Mario 64 has a glitch that allows players to skip most of the game and reach the final boss with only 16 stars instead of the required 70. This is done by exploiting a bug in the game’s collision detection system, which lets Mario clip through walls and doors.


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