Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jean-Luc Picard is my Hero!

Okay, I love my family. Love them to pieces. Seriously. But they're a little out of control in the way of nerdiness. I would dare say every single member except my sister and I could be squarely classified as what one would call a "trekkie." Just in case you don't know, "trekkie" is a term used to classify those obsessed with all things Star Trek.

Indeed, my trekkie family has star trek paraphernalia, magazines, books, all 178 Star Trek: Next Generation episodes, and pretty much all Star Trek movies ever filmed. In fact, taking my family's lead, I'm thinking of starting another blog which will function as a tribute blog to Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Okay, not really. Just a bit of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm for ya there.

But instead, I will offer up some random, but incredibly stimulating Star Trek facts:

1) The Star Trek: Next Generation franchise has made over $500,000,000

2) Commander William Riker was called Bill in two episodes only

3) Casters origionally wanted Sidney Poitier to play Geordi LaForge

4) The show brought in roughly about 20 million viewers weekly

5) Patrick Stewart's birthday is July 13, 1940

6) Because Spock was only half-Vulcan, he had green blood (T-negative)

7) There is a model of the Starship Enterprise at the Smithsonian

8) Q was named after Janet Quarton, a British fan

9) Next Generation was the first series to be nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama

10) In 2370, Deanna Troi learned that she had an older sister who had drowned when Deanna was just a baby

And in case you're hungry for some more Star Trek tidbits, Klingon is actually a real, honest-to-goodness language. Here are some Klingon basics that I hope you'll try out at your next party. Trust me, it'll really impress your friends ;)

What's happening?
qaStaH nuq?

Where is the bathroom?
nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'

We are Klingons!
tlhInqan maH!

Your mother has a smooth forehead!
Hab SoSlI' Quch! (This apparently is a strong insult)

Still hungry for more Klingon language info? Visit the Klingon Language Institute here.

Okay, time for me to Sujatlh 'e' yImev...


Dave said...

Okay! Okay! Enough of all this teasing .... when can I join your family??? I swear I have watched EVERY episode of every series of Star Trek ..... Twice or more over! Except for DS9... Just could never get into that one. Now I don't dress like a klingon or any other species for that point but I do enjoy the shows though I have recently tired of them ... Now I am a Battlestar Gallactica New Series fan!

P.S. Don't worry, I am not that far gone!! :-)

April said...

I love nerdery. I'm not into Star Trek, but Heaven knows I have enough nerd-alert habits of my own. :) *still owns New Kids On the Block memorabilia*

eleka nahmen said...

Trekkies seriously scare me. I just don't understand the joy of getting into something that isn't real. And learning Klingon? Such a waste of time. Of course, they'll prolly be the first ones the government calls when the aliens invade-an honor certainly worth preparing for!

Andrea Jolene said...

Uh - I had no idea you were a trekkie! That's pretty sweet yo - I'm a trekkie as well and knew probably more than half of that trivia you posted. IN fact, I just watched the episode where you find out about Troy's sister. :) I'm a big Next Generation buff rather than original though - I'm sure I'd like it to though if I watched it. I need to see the original movies - time for a Trekkie party I guess. Engage...

heidikins said...

:o) You are such an adorable dork! Love it!