It's May the fourth! And May the Fourth be with you! Here's ten fun facts about Star Wars that I always thought would be useless information to know, until May 4th became Star Wars day!
1.) George Lucas "saw" a hamburger with one bite out of it and an onion sliver sliding out to the side. This gave him the idea for the final look of the Millennium Falcon.
2.) In the original drafts of Return of the Jedi, the second death star was originally intended to be built in orbit of the Wookie planet Kashyyyk.
3.) The original concept for wielding a light saber was to treat the high energy weapon like a two handed, heavy broadsword.
4.) In Episode II : Attack of the Clones, each stormtrooper has a red LED on the rear of their helmets reading THX1138, George Lucas's first film, but this reference remains illegible in the film today.
5.) E.T. is part of the Star Wars Universe and can be spotted in the senate hearing during Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
6.) The film E.T. referenced Star Wars when Elliot introduces E.T. to his Star Wars action figures.
7.) Darth Vaders' chest piece was based on a breast plate worn by Jewish High Priests, which contains 12 precious stones and was used to communicate with Yahweh.
8.) Paul Hirsch is accredited to saving Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope in his editorial decisions.
9.) Among many other pop culture references, the Mos Eisley Cantina scene b-roll footage was often used as a cut-away or punch line in the animated series "Muppet Babies".
10.) The final three installments of Star Wars were originally intended to contain a plot device known as "The Journal of the Whills" which would serve as a connection between the Star Wars Universe and the real world we live in today on Earth.
Happy Star Wars day!