May 25, 2012 - Geek Pride Day

According to the Los Angeles City Council, today is Star Wars Day—because the first Star Wars movie was released on this date in 1977.

But most of us we already celebrate May the Fourth (be with you) as Star Wars Day. So many people suggested that today be a more universal, much-needed, celebration of Geeks and Nerds everywhere.

Even the Geeks who don't particularly like Star Wars!

Geek Pride Day is today not only because of the Star Wars connection, but because of the connection of May 25th to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and to Discworld.

(Three Geek dates on the very same day in May???Coincidence? Well—yes!)

Today is Towel Day, a tribute to Douglas Adams, who was the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide “trilogy,” a very funny series of five books. To celebrate Towel Day, carry a towel everywhere you go! And to learn more about Towel Day, check out this earlier post. 

In Terry Pratchett's humorous Discworld novels, which parody fantasy cliches and much, much more, May 25 is the date of the Glorious Revolution of Treacle Mine Road, a day when people fought and died for truth, justice, and hardboiled eggs. To celebrate this day, many fans wear lilac and, I presume, eat hardboiled eggs. On a more serious note, fans urge people to donate money to research on Alzheimer's disease, which Pratchett suffers from.

Celebrate your inner geek!

So, lot's to do today: watch Star Wars: A New Hope (again!), carry a towel, wear the lilac, donate money to Alzheimer's, re-read your favorite Adams and Pratchett books (or discover new Adams and Pratchett books), hmm...what else?

How about checking out Geek & Sundry, Felicia Day's latest project? 

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