In the galaxy that is sci-fi, there has been on television show that has stood the test of time, its existence spanning decades and accumulating the most die-hard of fans. This series, is Star Trek. Here we have an infographic focused on the little-known details (to mostly anyone that is not a Trekkie.) Feel free to add your own in the comments. We dare you.
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Here are most of those facts in point-form
- NASA’s first space shuttle orbiter was named Enterprise after Star Trek fans flooded the write-in campaign.
- The original series pilot had a woman play the ship’s First Officer, and the network didn’t think it was believable for a woman to have a command role, so the series was recast for a man.
- The Original series showed the first interracial kiss on American television. It was between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura in 1968 – the same year Martin Luther King was murdered.
- The first crew was purposely diverse because Gene Roddenberry strived to represent a more utopian future.
- In the original series, crew members wearing red shirts were more likely to die than other colored shirts.
- The 2009 Star Trek reboot made a reference to this by having Chief Engineer Olsen die wearing a red outfit.
- Majel Roddenberry, Gene’s wife, played a role on every incarnation of the franchise. That’s 726 TV episodes over 6 series and 11 films.
- The famous Vulcan Salute was invented by Leonard Nemoy. It was based on the Priestly blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim.
- Zachary Quinto had to glue his fingers together to perform the Vulcan salute when he was cast as Spock.
- The Lake Tahoe Community College offered an online course: “Xenolinguistics: the Anthropology of Alien Languages” in which students studied Vulcan and Romulan, Clingon, and Tribble.
- Trekkies are the only fans listed by name in the Oxford Dictionary.