87 SciFi Facts About Star Trek For the Hardcore Trekkies

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51Klingon language

The Klingon language was first developed by James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty). He devised the language's basic sound, first few words, and phrases.


52. The "Vulcan nerve pinch" concept on Star Trek (1966) was invented by Leonard Nimoy when he and the series' writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.


53. Deforest Kelly (Dr. McCoy on Star Trek) didn't speak to Shatner for almost 2 years because Shatner laughed when he told him his dog died


54. Without the composer's knowledge, Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics to the original Star Trek theme in order to claim a 50% share of the music's performance royalties


55. John Chambers, the makeup artist portrayed by John Goodman in the movie Argo, not only won the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit for his role in helping rescue American embassy personnel from Iran, he created the pointed ears worn by Leonard Nimoy as Spock in Star Trek.


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56Arena episode

During the filming of the Star Trek episode "Arena", William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy stood too close to a special-effects explosion; they have both had tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ever since.


57. Denise Crosby (AKA Tasha Yar, Star Trek TNG) is Bing Crosby's granddaughter. And she appeared in Playboy.


58. Geordi La Forge of Star Trek: The Next Generation, played by Levar Burton, was named after a Star Trek fan who died from muscular dystrophy.


59. Teleportation was used in Star Trek because the budget didn't allow for expensive shots of spaceships landing on planets


60. James Doohan (Star Trek's original Scotty) helped a suicidal fan turn her life around by calling and asking her to attend a convention


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61Captain Kirk

Star Trek's Captain Kirk was named after the explorer of the Pacific, Captain Cook and that the title of the pilot episode was an homage to one of Cook's diary entries: "ambition leads me ... farther than any other man has been before me"


62. Cheryl Gates McFadden goes by Gates McFadden for her acting (e.g. Star Trek), and Cheryl McFadden for her choreography.


63. Stephen Hawking guest starred in an Episode of Star Trek, as himself, playing a game of poker with Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and Data.


64. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few has no classical history. It was first spoken by Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


65. Star Trek: The Next Generation's original uniforms were one-piece jumpsuits, designed one size too small to stretch and look smooth on camera. They were painful to wear, and after Picard's chiropractor warned that actors risked permanent injury, the show gave them two-piece uniforms.


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66Zachary Quinto's trip

Actor Zachary Quinto who plays Spock in the new Star Trek went on a spiritual retreat to Peru to take ayahuasca with a shaman. He considers ayahuasca a medicine and not a drug.


67. Most of Brent Spiner's (Data on Star Trek: TNG) fan mail came from women who wrote to his character: "He's a really accessible personality. He's vulnerable and innocent, and there's a feeling that he's somebody who would be kind." Some fans could not accept that Spiner was really human.


68. In early concepts for Star Trek: The Next Generation Deanna Troi was supposed to have 3 breasts.


69. X-Men and Star Trek had a crossover


70. The Back to the Future DeLorean and the Star Trek Enterprise were designed by the same man


71Star Trek stereotype

Negative stereotypes about Star Trek fans have existed for a very long time. A 1975 newspaper article mocked them as fat junk-food eaters obsessed about show trivia.


72. A hardworking character named "Lt. Leslie", appeared in more episodes of Star Trek than Sulu or Chekov even dying once and still showing up for work in the next episode.


73. Warp Factor in Star Trek refers to a cubic function of the speed of light, so while Warp 1 is the speed of light, Warp 2 is 8 times the speed of light, Warp 3 is 27, and Warp 10 is 1000 times the speed of light.


74. In an early script for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk was set to fight Jesus on the bridge of the Enterprise.


75. Klingons from Star Trek are actually based off Japanese people.

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