May the Fourth be with you

May 4, 2011

From a reporter:

It’s May 4, and you know what that means.

No, it’s not the celebration of Will Arnett’s birthday (1970), or the acknowledgment of Margaret Thatcher’s becoming the first female British Prime Minister (1979). Rather, it’s Star Wars Day, which has ties to the latter event, when Margaret’s political party took an ad out in the London Daily Times proclaiming, “May the Fourth be with you.”

Other than that, the date really has no significance in “Star Wars” history. But it gives dweebs (myself included, although I’m not to the point yet where I’ve made my own Stormtrooper costume – more on that later) yet another reason to proudly parade their geekiness. That being said, here are seven ways I suggest you celebrate Star Wars Day:

1. Start scraping together your pennies to buy the series on Blu-ray. Lucasfilm used Star Wars Day as a means to announce the details of the series’ Sept. 16 release in the high-def format. Of course, if you go to the official site, it makes you jump through a bunch of hoops to get information, so I suggest reading a regurgitated press release with all the details here. FYI, Amazon’s current pre-order price for the nine-disc set is $89.99 (suggested retail is $139.99).

2. All day, speak like Yoda. Diction, you shall reverse. Throaty, your voice must sound. Annoyed, your friends and co-workers will be, yes, yes.

Want more?
E-mail John Serba: jserba@grpress.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/johnserba

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