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May 4, 2014

I’m surprised Hallmark hasn’t grabbed on to this one yet…

by Janie Jones

“May the fourth be with you!”

Today is Star Wars Day.

Yes, you read that right.  A day has been specifically designated for celebrating the Star Wars franchise.

Don’t believe me?  Check it out on Wikipedia.  Also, according to Holiday Insights, the origin of the holiday began with a German mistranslation of the franchise catch phrase “May the force be with you” as “We are with you on May 4th.”

If some how you have lived at any point in the last 30+ years and not seen a single episode of the Star Wars saga, take some time today and honor the holiday by doing so.  I recommend combining your viewing with a drinking game to enhance your ability to forget Hayden Christensen’s horrible representation of Anakin and totally obliterate any memory at all of Jar Jar Binks.  Or better yet, just skip the “first” three (Episode I: The Phantom Menace,  Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) and stick with the original “middle” three (Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) which rocked a generation.  While Luke’s whining is a bit tedious at first, the original three are a “force” of culture you shouldn’t miss.  And, they have something for everyone; action, romance, and a star cast including a snarky, young, attractive Carrie Fisher for the guys in the house, a handsome, if arrogant, young Harrison Ford for the ladies, and “muppets” for the kiddies.

Don’t have time to watch the movies?  Check out Weird Al Yankovic’s “The Saga Begins,” or “Yoda.”  For a combined total of approximately 10 minutes you can get a good idea of what you’re missing, and enjoy a good Weird Al tune to boot.

Happy May 4th, and may the force be with you!