15 Things You Didn't Know About Star Trek


The first Star Trek program hit the airwaves in 1966 and had one of the largest impacts on popular culture and science than any other franchise in history. More than 40 years later it is still going strong and influencing the world we live in.

NASA's first space shuttle orbiter was named Enterprise after Star Trek fans flooded the write-in campaign.

The original series had a women play the ship's First Officer.

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 TV. 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.





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In the original series, crewmembers wearing red shirts were more likely to die than the other colored shirts.

The 2009 Star Trek reboot made a reference to this phenomena by having Chief Engineer Olsen die wearing a red outfit.

Meaning of the uniform colors

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Next Generation

Majel Roddenberry, Gene's wife, player 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 Nimoy. 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 played Spock.

The Lake Tahoe Community College offered an online course: "Xenolinguistics: The Anthropology of Alien Languages"

Students studied:

Vulcan & Romulan



Star Trek fans are called Trekkies / Trekkers

"An admirer of the U.S. science fiction television programme Star Trek; hence, a space-traveller; one interested (trivially) in space travel."

Trekkies are the only fans listed by name in the Oxford Dictionary.

The U.S. Census receives thousands of forms where people claim to be a Star Trek race.

In 2006, William Shatner sold his kidney stone to GoldenPalace.com, a collector of oddities, for $25,000.

The money went to Habitat for Humanity.

George Lucas's visual effects company, ILM, worked on seven Star Trek films... including 2009's Star Trek which was also the most pirate film of the year.

The famous line, "To boldly go where no man has gone before," was taken almost verbatim from a 1957 White House booklet on exploration.

This is on of the most famous examples of a split infinitive and is grammatically incorrect.

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15 Things You Didn't Know About Star Trek

shared by maggie on Mar 18, 2011 in Entertainment

15 Things You Didn't Know About Star Trek

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