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Star Wars Is Everywhere: Ep. LXXX

Posted By Mike on May 22, 2012

We have quite the list of Star Wars randomness today with topics including SW in pop culture, fan creations, some behind-the-scenes pictures from Empire, fan event coverage, and more. Enjoy!

DailyMail.co.uk brings us a number of fun behind-the-scenes pictures from The Empire Strikes Back.

As you may have heard on the latest edition of the Weekly ForceCast, Modern Family recently featured a discussion between Mitchell and Cam about a Luke Skywalker figure in a "shorty robe." The episode was titled "Planes, Trains, and Cars" and can be viewed at ABC.com. The Luke Skywalker figure conversation occurs around the 13:45 mark and the figure is displayed at approx. 19:20.

Not to be outdone, Star Wars once again popped up on 30 Rock with two separate references. First up, at about the 10:30 mark, Tracy Joran (Tracy Morgan) notes Darth Vader as one of his black role models. Later in the episode (approx. 14:15 mark) Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) twice exclaims "Nerf Herder!" when she thinks her boyfriend has robbed a bank. Check out the full episode here.

As was also noted on last week's episode of the ForceCast, Tina Fey can be found discussing her Star Wars love in a web video from NBC.com.

Behold the Star Wars-themed stamps of graphic artist Stefan van Zoggel that are on display at Wired.com.

The first private rocket to the International Space Station took flight earlier today and an article at Yahoo News indicates both Wars and Trek tie-ins to the flight. Here's an excerpt:

"The Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX launched its Dragon capsule at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT) today (May 22) from a pad here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It blasted off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, a 157-foot (48-meter) booster powered by nine Merlin rocket engines. The space station was flying 249 miles above the North Atlantic Ocean as the rocket lifted off, NASA officials said. [Launch Photos: SpaceX's Dragon Blasts Off for Space Station]

Private spaceship in orbit

The gumdrop-shaped capsule is 14.4 feet tall (4.4 meters) and 12 feet wide (3.7 m), and packed with 1,014 pounds (460 kilograms) of cargo for the space station, including 674 pounds (306 kg) of food and supplies for the crew, as well as student-designed science experiments and a laptop computer.

The Falcon 9 rocket's second stage is also reportedly carrying ashes from 308 people, including actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the 1960s television series "Star Trek," and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper. The ashes were flown under a deal with the "memorial spaceflight" company Celestis, according to ABC News and Reuters.

The SpaceX launch vehicle is named after the Millennium Falcon of "Star Wars," while the capsule got its moniker from the Peter, Paul and Mary song, "Puff, the Magic Dragon."'

Click here for the full read.
(Thanks Daniel!)

Mashable.com presents the "10 Most-Shared Star Wars-Themed Ads on YouTube."

BurnleyExpress.net reports on a recent Star Wars convention in the UK that featured Kenny Baker, David Prowse, Paul Blake, and Barrie Holland.

Our friends at EndorExpress.net present part two of their Rancho Obi-Wan tour by focusing in on Star Tours collectibles.

So, what if Star Wars characters utilized cell phones in stead of holograms and comlinks? Chuck & Beans at ShoeBoxBlog.com gives us an idea of what ANH could have been like.

MacWorld.com.au presents When Darthy Met Siri.
(Thanks Lara!)

Our friend Megan wrote in to spread the word of a couple original Tauntaun and Wampa figures she created. They're available for purchase right here.
(Thanks Megan!)

Yep. Now there are Star Wars rock climbing accessories according to Technabob.com.

TheLantern.com reports on the fun had at a recent Star Wars Night with the Columbus Clippers.

Don't be alarmed, but it seems as though Star Wars has invaded Reykjavik, Iceland.

GeekSugar.com sets their sights on 6 pieces of wacky Imperial Walker merch for "Imperial Army Enthusiasts."

Let's finish with a little computer FX fun between a Star Wars-loving father and his sons...
(Thanks Scott!)

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