May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day!

Why is today Star Wars Day, you ask young Padawan? Well, today is May the 4th which sounds remarkably similar to the “May the Force” portion of the iconic Star Wars quote “May the Force be with you.” The similarity in sound of these two phrases has prompted fans to go around wishing people on this day, “May the 4th be with you.” Over the years, Star Wars Day has become an unofficial holiday of Star Wars fans worldwide.

Star Wars Day fun fact: When Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister of Britain on May 4, 1979, the Conservative Party took out an ad in the London Evening News announcing, “May The Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

Star Wars Day fun fact: In 2005, Star Wars creator George Lucas himself was being interviewed by German television news channel N24 when he was prompted to utter the iconic phrase. The translator, obviously not a Star Wars fan, mistranslated the phrase for the German viewers as “Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen” which translates to “We shall be with you on May 4.” The German late night comedy show TV Total aired a clip of the goof and can be seen here. It’s in German, but you will still get the idea.

EDIT: fixed broken link. You’re welcome, my love. -The Nerdista

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