Star Trek is everywhere. This week in The Great Links we got a Trekified car, Kirk getting on the available list, Trek con men not getting respect, a Trek MacGyver, Worf helping out Readers Digest with some history, Star Trek The Motion Picture helping out the US Navy, Trekkie politicans. Check it all out below.
A Federation Prius?
A California man has converted his Toyota Prius into a Federation shuttlecraft, as reported by Edmunds. Sporting an NCC-1701A/4 decal and a Trek-themed screen display and sound effects setup, the shuttlecraft “Zhang Heng” isn’t ready for space travel, but for a Trekkie, it’s the next best thing.
is Dilithium green?
Kirk’s Still Swingin’
When he wasn’t exploring strange, new worlds (and sometimes even when he was), James T. Kirk was seeking out new lifeforms of the opposite sex. Kirk’s frequent romantic escapades have landed him in eighth place on MSN TV’s list of 10 Most Swingin’ Bachelors.
He did it all for the nookie.
Trek Grifters and MacGyvers
Our friends at io9 are just not buyin it from Trek’s favorite rogues. Three characters from the Star Trek universe (Harry Mudd from TOS, Quark from DS9, and Ardra from TNG’s “Devil’s Due”) have made io9’s list of the Weakest Con Artists of the Distant Future. However, io9 did give Trek its props in its list of Greatest MacGyver’s of Science Fiction which included Scotty, the resourceful engineer of the original Enterprise (we’re sure Geordi, Trip, B’Elanna and Chief O’Brien were honorable mentions).
io9 ain’t buying it Harry
Pledge allegiance to Worf
This month’s Reader’s Digest features a "Test Your America IQ" quizand for the "Who Said It?" question, famous quotes are run through online translation websites to make the questions more challenging with one quote translated to Klingon.
US Navy goes to final frontier
The back cover of this months The Naval Reservist Magazine has a very familiar looking ad from the USN Reserve, with the tagline "Your Navy Adventure Is Just Beginning"…I wonder if Paramount is going to sue? Maybe not…would hate to see the studio get strafed by some F/A-18s.
- Someone over at OSNews wants to know what Star Trek race you would want to be. Don’t ask us why.
- Science fiction works like Star Trek will be the subject of Cal State Fullerton’s upcoming philosophy symposium, according to the Daily Titan.
- Newsday reports on a group of Connecticut politicians have their own "Trekkie Caucus’
- In an interview with MSNBC’s CosmicLog, TNG & VOY writer Nick Sagan (son of Carl Sagan) discusses how close we are to developing technologies created in science fiction shows like Star Trek
Answers to the Readers Digest Quiz: a) Benjamin Franklin, b) Abraham Lincoln, c) FDR, d) Patrick Henry
Thanks to Mary Jo Tenuto and LCDR Chandler Archibald, US Navy for the magazine scans (we will let you guess which one sent in which scan)