Star Trek Random Facts

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A collection of random and surprising star trek facts produced on behalf of moneygaming.com to celebrate the release of the 2nd film with the new cast.
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STAR TREK RANDOM FACTS Following the popularity of the 1957 Western, Wagon Train, Star Trek was marketed under the original title 'Wagon Train to the Stars.' Patrick Stewart refused to unpack his suitcases for the first six weeks of shooting because he believed the show would fail. In the pilot episode the First Officer was played by a woman. The network had the role recast as they though it wasn't believable for a female to be in charge. "Beam me up, Scotty" The famous "Beam me up, Scotty" line was never delivered in the original film or series. The closest Captain Kirk came to saying this was: "Scotty, beam us up" Zachary Quinto was unable to perform the salute when he played Spock in the 2009 film, so had to have his fingers glued together. Leonard Nimoy invented the Vulcan salute based on a Jewish blessing. Leonard Nimoy's Spock character was originally rejected by TV bosses, as they feared his pointed ears would appear satanic' and would upset viewers. The original Star Trek showed the first ever interracial kiss on US TV, between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura in 1968. The flip open communicator used by the crew to contact the Enterprise was credited as an early design model for the mobile phone. In the 2009 film, the sound of the Enterprise automatic doors was actually a toilet flushing on a Russian train. Red shirted characters are famous for being killed off in the original series. Director J.J. Abrams paid tribute to this in his 2009 film having Chief Engineer Olsen die in a red suit. After a huge response from Star Trek fans the first NASA space shuttle orbiter was named Enterprise. Star Trek fans are dubbed 'Trekkies' and are the only fans to be listed by name in the Oxford Dictionary. As well as spawning 12 feature films and over 700 episodes, the Star Trek franchise has also been adapted into board, video and slot games as well as toys, clothes and even a Sulu cologne. US President Barack Obama is a Star Trek fan and gave the Vulcan salute when meeting Leonard Nimoy in 2008. Ashes of Star Trek creators Gene Roddenberry and James Doohan have been taken into space aboard NASA rockets. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER