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15 Things You Didn`t Know About Star Trek [Pic]

With William Shatner”s birthday recently passing at warp speed, we took a deep dive into the show in which he shined the brightest: T.J. Hooker??? NOPE! STAR TREK. With a TV series that”s been on – in one form or another – since 1966, it”s unsurprising that things start to get a little… well, weird.

Captain Kirk never once said: “Beam me up Scotty.”

That”s right. Your favorite quote that you”ve been throwing at your friends for the last 60 years? Never happened. The closest that Kirk actually came to the iconic phrase was “Scotty, beam me up.” Same goes for “Luke, I am your father.” But that”s a totally different mind-blowing fact for another time.

People thought Spock was Satanic

Leonard Nemoy”s character was originally rejected by U.S. Censors because they deemed his pointy ears “demonic”. Obviously, the ears became a trademark to him and his species – although, no one really knows what purpose they serve…

Those awesome Borg robots were almost awesome Borg insects!

In The Next Generation, the Borg were originally supposed to be an evil race of insect beings – but the costs proved to be too expensive, so they were downgraded to boring ol” robots. Luckily, America”s bloodlust for large bugs came to fruition with Starship Troopers.

In 1968, Star Trek featured the first interracial kiss on American television

NBC, nervous about the reaction the kiss would cause in the nation, insisted on shooting alternate takes in which Kirk and Uhura didn”t kiss. Nichelle Nichols received tons of surprisingly positive mail from fans across the country, including a letter that stated: “I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain”t gonna fight it.”

Wesley Snipes originally auditioned for the role of Geordi LaForge

Eventually, the role went to LeVar Burton, saving the rest of America from a TV show starring Wesley Snipes.

Zachary Quinto couldn”t do the Vulcan salute

It”s true. Quinto kinda sucked at being a Vulcan. In fact, they had to glue his fingers together in the 2009 film in order to do the famed salute. Amateur Vulcan alert. Live long and practice bro.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved Star Trek

Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nicols, wanted to quit Star Trek until the civil rights leader convinced her to stay. He walked up to her, told her he was a huge fan, and saved a distressed Nichols from quitting the show.

William Shatner has never seen an episode of Star Trek

From the lips of the great man himself: “I never watched Star Trek. I have not even seen any of the Star Trek movies. I don”t watch myself.” Think that goes for all his Priceline commercials, too? Because those are absolute gold.

Orson Welles narrated the teaser trailers for Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Not the young and hip Orson Welles, but the overweight, ornery cape-wearing Orson Welles. In case you”re wondering, yes it”s absolutely spectacular.

Stephen Hawking was the only person to ever play themselves on Star Trek

It was during a scene in the Holodeck where he plays poker with Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and Data. Better yet: he beats all three of them with one hand. No pun intended… I apologize.

James Doohan was a war hero

Doohan”s very first tour of duty was a little operation called the friggin” invasion of Normandy. He was shot six times – and a bullet to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case. What a boss.

Star Trek Generations was the first film backed by a website

Pretty impressive considering the film came out in 1994, when the Internet was still a little seedling.

Malcolm McDowell received death threats after killing Kirk

After McDowell mercilessly kills Captain Kirk in Star Trek Generations, the actor received death threats from enraged fans. Keep in mind… McDowell didn”t actually kill anybody. Allegedly.

Eddie Murphy was almost in Star Trek

Murphy wanted a starring role in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and a part was even written for him, but he decided to star in The Golden Child instead. His loss?

This is Shatner”s fat-suit

The sole reason Captain Kirk started donning this green tunic-style shirt was to hide the fact that he was gaining weight. That”s right. This green shirt is the equivalent to an intergalactic mumu. Kirk wore it well… as only Kirk can do.

From civil rights leaders to fat-hiding green tunics, here”s fifteen things you probably didn”t know about Star Trek.

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23 Responses to 15 Things You Didn`t Know About Star Trek [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    March 26, 2014 at 8:18 am
    Link: 15 Things You Didn`t Know About Star Trek - From civil rights leaders to fat-hiding green tunics, here`s fifteen things you probably didn`t know about Star Trek.
  2. Profile photo of CodeJockey
    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2014 at 10:22 am
    I`m sorry but, scratchin` with a prayer scroll was gold.
    If he had been in the movie, it would have been more stilted than walking around SF in costume.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

    The Shat`s birthday was last weekend. March 22.

  4. Profile photo of ultimakewl
    ultimakewl Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2014 at 11:10 am
    nemoy couldnt do the vulcan salute either so who the drat cares?
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    Escarban Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2014 at 11:41 am
    Is there an option to avoid the autoplay thing? It is annoying.
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    March 26, 2014 at 11:52 am
    @Code, that`s my favorite part of The Golden Child. I love that movie.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I said I-II-IIIIII-I, want the knife.....
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Wait...Shatner directed Star Trek V and he still didn`t watch a Star Trek movie?
  9. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I don`t think the green tunic thing is true. They just wanted the Capt. to have a stand-out uniform, I guess to make him an easier target for Klingons to aim at.

    Shatner was still thin after star trek and into TJ Hooker. Sometime after that he buried his emotions in pie.
  10. Profile photo of TheZigRat
    TheZigRat Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    The Actress who played T-Pal in the Episode Amok Time couldn`t do the Vulcan hand sign either they had to use a stunt doubles hand for it.
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    TheZigRat Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    "Wait...Shatner directed Star Trek V and he still didn`t watch a Star Trek movie?" That explaines alot
  12. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    G0T0Guy Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    Didn`t Joe Piscopo play himself in STNG? Or was he not actually named
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    March 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    @ Gerry: "Shatner was still thin after star trek and into TJ Hooker. Sometime after that he buried his emotions in pie."

    LOL. Mmmmm. Pie.
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    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    When you said "15 things you didn`t know", I didn`t realise you were including key plot developments - A spoiler alert would have been nice for dying characters! (Original series only one I haven`t finished yet, I know, not a true trekkie)
  16. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Joe Piscopo played an unnamed holographic character based on "the funniest comic of the 21st century" so clearly not playing himself.

    Here`s the list of finalists for the roles on Star Trek Next Gen.

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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm
    "Stephen Hawking was the only person to ever play themselves on Star Trek"

    LOL, I read "Stephen Hawking was the only person to ever play with themselves on Star Trek"
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm
    people sent death threats to malcolm mcdowell? first, hes malcolm motherdrating mcdowell. hes like, the greatest mother fcuker of all time. drat gary oldman, drat john malkovich, drat who ever you think is the best, its clearly malcolm mcdowell. the man is a goddman god or something. you see gangster number 1? ok im done hyping malcolm mcdowell i dont even remember why im doing it.
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    avail9988 Male 18-29
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    March 27, 2014 at 3:39 am
    Seriously auto play sound, not impressed.
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    tiedyed Male 40-49
    324 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Autoplay sound? WTF?? Don`t ever do that poo again.
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    MattyP Male 18-29
    197 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm
    I wonder what it`s like to get shot six times and live. It`s gotta be like, "damn I`m shot" followed by "oh not good, shot again" and then "ok I`m dead" only to be shot three more times where it`s probably more like "seriously? I`m f*cking dead already" and then "oh come on! I`m not even moving anymore leave me alone". Then he passes out and gets shot yet again. That sucks. I salute you sir.
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    Howler81 Male 30-39
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    March 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm
    No. Autoplay sound is bad. No. You stop that. You stop that right now. Bad i-a-b. Bad.

    Seriously, just no. That`s some 1998 Geocities poo. No.
  23. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

    A lot of people don`t know Scotty is missing a finger. {It got shot off.} The middle finger on his right hand. They usually made him hide that hand behind a prop.

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