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ThinkGeek Trivia Night

Attention, geeks!

It's time for another Geek Trivia Night. We hope you've been reading up Geek history and brushing up on all your favorite comic books, shows, and movies!

Join us on Thursday, June 20 for our second Geek Trivia Night at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. There'll be plenty of prizes for the winners, and we've got something special in store for our bonus round. (It may just top our Pi Day pie eating contest from our previous Geek Trivia Night!)

Tickets go on sale 12pm ET Tuesday, June 4 on Brown Paper Tickets. There is a limited amount, so if it's anything like last time, tickets will sell out FAST. We suggest you start recruiting and forming your team of 6-8 people now! Choose your teammates wisely because we'll ask about anything. From science to Star Trek to how many bananas can Timmy eat in one sitting provided they're 2 days ripe and it's a Wednesday?

The Details:

  • Geek Trivia Night will be held on Thursday, June 20, at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. The venue serves food and drink (purchased separately) for you to indulge on while participating in the trivia fun.
  • Doors open at 7pm ET, with the festivities running on until 10:30pm. There will be 4 rounds of questions, 10 questions per round.
  • Tickets are $15 each and go on sale Tuesday, June 4; they will be sold at a first come, first served basis. We recommend teams purchase their tickets together.
  • If you're thinking about bringing your geekling, please be aware that everyone must have a ticket, including children. We suggest geeklings be age 13+ and/or huge trivia buffs.
  • Teams must be composed of 6-8 people. We will be contacting the ticket purchasers later regarding your team name, members, and leader. If you have less than 6 but still want to play, we'll have a meet & greet at the beginning of the night for you to form friendships and alliances with other players. We can also match you up, but you must agree to leave your fate up to the almighty Timmy.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask us in the comments below.

Think you & your friends got what it takes? Come out and prove it on June 20!

Happy Geek Pride Day!

Jedi Timmy is fully prepared for Geek Pride Day. Are you?

How will you be showing your geek pride tomorrow?

Remember, folks, tomorrow is a special day. We show our geek pride everyday, but tomorrow, even more so! May 25 rises geekily above the others because:

Geek Pride Day pin
  • Towel Day, the day two weeks after Douglas Adams passed in 2001, when hoopy froods keep their towel handy;
  • The anniversary of the first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, released on May 25, 1977;
  • Glorious 25 May, the day in Terry Pratchett's Discworld when wearing lilac and hard-boiled eggs (and raising awareness around Alzheimer's research) is appropriate.

And that's why we should celebrate!

Were you one of the lucky ones who picked up a Geek Pride Day pin? If not, fret not: download, print, share, and wear pins with this PDF -- you'll just have to find a way to attach it to yourself. (We suggest the Force.)

Once you've done that, enter below to win Geek Pride Day loot!

Tomorrow, share your photo with your pin along with hashtag #GeekPrideDay anywhere online and share the link with us in the form below. We'll randomly choose 3 mystery box prize winners and 5 runners up who will each win a $42 ThinkGeek gift certificate!

The contest has closed! We've received your Geek Pride Day photo entries and we'll select our 8 random winners soon! We'll be in touch via email if you're chosen to win one of three mystery boxes or one of five $42 gift certificates.

Timmy's ready for NASA Goddard!

Timmy's ready to tour NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center!

It's a very space-filled month for us here at ThinkGeek!

On Tuesday, May 16th, we had the privilege of touring NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Needless to say, we were pretty much geeking out the entire time. Timmy & co. got to see the inner workings of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, Astrobiology Lab, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Facility, Spacecraft Test & Integration Complex (so many chambers and cleanrooms!), and the James Webb Space Telescope! Seeing all the work that goes into creating and testing satellite-servicing giant robot arms and the measures taken to build new satellites was awe-inspiring. We were especially excited to see the James Webb Space Telescope. Watching this telescope launch and come to life will be one for the history books, folks. It's going to be GINORMOUS -- the mirror is 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) in diameter. A mirror this large has never been launched into space! Thank you, NASA Blueshift for hosting us & giving us the VIP treatment.

Round 1! Astronomers Without Borders

After our visit, one thing that stuck with us was how NASA Goddard works with countries all over the world to develop these satellites. The love of space is something that is shared worldwide! That's why, we've decided to donate $1,000 to Astronomers Without Borders this month. AWB is a non-profit organization that fosters understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through astronomy. Their projects promote sharing--sharing resources, sharing knowledge, sharing inspiration--all through a common interest in something basic and universal: sharing the sky.

Speaking of which, something very interesting was spotted in the skies the other day. WhatTravisSays launched a Space TARDIS into our atmosphere, with a Timmy Jack Harkness hitching a ride. Watch the video below to see Timmy make his way into space! You can also watch the making of and a blooper reel of the project on his channel. Thanks for letting him go along for the ride, Travis!

Thanks again to NASA Goddard, Astronomers Without Borders, and WhatTravisSays for doing what you do. Your love of space inspires us to go out and explore the universe!

Ghostbuster Timmy

If there's something strange, in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbuster Timmy!

Timmy is coming.

To San Diego Comic-Con! Yes, you guessed right, it is that time again.

Calling all knitters, crocheters, stitchers, needle-and-threaders, staplers, paste-eaters, hot gluers, and bedazzlers (just kidding!) to join Timmy's Volunteer Costume Corps! Timmy has no idea what to wear to SDCC in late July and would appreciate you helping a naked monkey out. He's hoping to debut new costumes at the con!

When we started this project 3 years ago, we did not expect the number of costumes Timmy would acquire. A big thank you to all the volunteers who have turned Timmy's closet into what it is today. Words cannot adequately describe how much we appreciate your help in keeping Timmy geekily clothed all year long. (Not everyone finds a naked monkey running around in public entertaining, apparently!)

Think you've got the time and skillzzz to take Timmy's cosplay collection to the next level? Check out his costume wishlist below, take a gander at his existing collection, and sign up below to volunteer!

Our most coveted costumes, with the already taken suggestions struck through:

Fourth Doctor Timmy
  • Batman, Robin, the Joker, Superman, Clark Kent, Harley Quinn, or Poison Ivy
  • Hulk, Iron Man (suit), Tony Stark, Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, or Deadpool
  • Spock, Jean-Luc Picard (w/ teacup!), Riker (w/ chair!), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek version)
  • Minecraft Steve or Creeper
  • Darth Vader, R2-D2, classic Leia, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hut, or Timmy in Carbonite
  • Daenerys Targaryen (w/ dragons!), White Walker, Joffrey, or Ned Stark
  • Captain Mal, River Tam, or Zoe
  • Dexter
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Timmy-size TARDIS, Clara, Rose, Donna, Martha, Cyberman, or Ood
  • Thorin Oakenshield, Gandalf the Grey, Gimli, Gollum, or Legolas
  • Big Daddy, Booker DeWitt or Elizabeth
  • Bowser, Timmy-size Yoshi, or Shy Guy
  • Master Chief
  • Timmy-size Chocobo
  • Tali, Garrus, or Commander Shepard
  • Dean Pelton
  • Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Splinter, the Shredder, or April O'Neil
  • Lion-O
  • Finn, Jake, BMO, Lady Rainicorn, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, or Lumpy Space Princess
  • Aang (w/ Appa!)
  • Domo

We welcome all your ideas and suggestions, too! (We reeeaally want a Darth Timmy, though.)

If you sign up below, we'll be in touch via email to confirm your costume pick to ensure maximum costume efficiency. (Ten people working on the same costume means we'll have to choose favorites and that's no fun.) We also have Timmy clones handy if you'd like to snag one, but Timmy's measurements are below for reference.

Timmy's measurements

Height: 8"; Chest (all the way around): 9"; Neck (all the way around): 8"; Arm (shoulder to end of hand): 3.5"; Shoulder to wrist: 2"; Tips of fingers to fingers across shoulders: 10"; Inseam: 2"; Outseam (hip to bottom of foot): 3.5"; Head (where a hat would fit): 8"; Height (tip of head to bottom of foot): 7.5"; Tail length: 5"; Width of face across nose: 2"; Width of feet (so you can get pants on over them): 1.75"; Neck to hip (for shirts): 3". Pretty sure that's every possible measurement, but let us know if we missed one!

Your deadline, should you choose to accept it

Timmy and his entourage will leave ThinkGeek HQ on July 16th, and they'll need sometime to organize and get his bags packed. So the deadline for your costume to arrive at the HQ is July 1, 2013.

Where to ship your creations

Please address your costume to: Timmy's Volunteer Costuming Corps, ThinkGeek, 11216 Waples Mill Road, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Where will Timmy wear your work?

All over the world! At conventions and geeky gatherings, fundraisers, and premiers. He'll debut his new costumes at SDCC this July, though. We also display all of his costumes in our conference room, and in our Timmy costume Flickr album where you'll be credited so that others may bask in the glow of your stunning artistry forever.

That's it! If you have any questions or need more details, please comment below and we'll update this post with the necessary information.

We are already so excited! Thank you, everyone!

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks are a pair of sisters from Portland, Oregon who play cello, guitar and ukulele and write songs that are all at once snarky, geeky and sweet.

The Doubleclicks and ThinkGeek are teaming up once again!

The Doubleclicks Summer tour 2013 is their biggest yet - it's spanning across the States and even venturing into northern territory (Hello Canadia!); some tour dates will even include special guests like Marian Call and Joseph Scrimshaw. Best of all, they'll be playing right here in Fairfax, VA at our HQ!

Enter below by 5pm ET Thursday, 5/23 for a chance to win a ThinkGeek goodie bag and a pair of tickets to the sold out Thursday, 6/13 show at TG HQ! Once the contest closes, RandomBot will select a winner and contact them via email. If you missed seeing them at last year's show, then you don't want to pass this up again. The show may be sold out, but we've saved a pair of tickets especially for one lucky winner & friend. It starts at 8pm, but doors will open at 7, and there will be tours of our office happening between 7-8.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to hang out with this nerd sister duo & the ThinkGeek monkeys! Enter & praise be to RandomBot that he chooses you.

The contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Our winner, Tina M. from Fairfax, VA, has been contacted via email; if that sounds like you, go check your inbox!

The Doubleclicks tour dates!

A dragon gate fit for House Targaryen

A dragon gate fit for House Targaryen.

Get out from under there! Tsk tsk, what have you been doing? Look at all the links you missed out on this past week!

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

Thanks for sharing space with us, Commander! (YouTube)

What happens when you let your 8-year-old niece watch Aliens.

What happens when you let your 8-year-old niece watch Aliens. (Imgur)

Join us in seeing Star Trek Into Darkness next week! (ThinkGeek)

Riker Sits Down: How have we not noticed this before? (YouTube)

Savvy bird watchers know this specimen by its repeated song: "Allons-y! Allons-y!" (Pinterest)

We see your TARDIS dress and raise you a TARDIS control panel. (Tumblr)

Lord of the Strings. (Facebook)

The Internet summed up. (Make Use Of)

Binder clip bag can hold lots of things, not just paper! (Peter Bristol)

I R 2 FABULOUS. (Flickr)

Nathan Fillion stabbing Link and stealing Zelda. IT HAPPENED. (Imgur)

A little help here? (Tumblr)

In other news, Disney has backpedaled on its Merida makeover! (Dork Tower)

Shower... or Dalek?! (Nerd Approved)

BABY DUCKLING SLEEPING. Altogether now: "d'aww." (YouTube)

Mind = blown. CBS logo from front & side.

Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue. Just listen. (YouTube)

Just looking for a place to fit in. (Facebook)

Mind = blown. CBS logo from front & side. (Deviant Art)

Joss Whedon has joined another 'verse: Twitter! (Twitter)

And the winner of the world's smallest movie goes to... (YouTube)

COULSON LIVES. New trailer for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (YouTube)

Release the Quacken! (This is Colossal)

The Quacken, defeated. (CNN)

Geek Prom!

Will you be attending Geek Prom at Phoenix Comicon next weekend?

Kids Need to Read

Our favorite pastime when we were wee monkeys? Hands down: reading. Getting lost in a book and letting our imaginations run wild was the most fun we could have.

Geek Prom swag

When we heard there were schools and libraries across the country that did not have access to books, we wanted to do something to change this. That's when Kids Need to Read came to the rescue. Their mission statement: "create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children." (It doesn't hurt that one of our favorite browncoats, Nathan Fillion, supports KNTR, too.) Reading inspired and let us dream of all the endless possibilities we could create for ourselves; it helped develop us to who we are today. This is something that we would not want to deny our future generations.

To support their cause, we've donated a ton of ThinkGeek goodies giveaway at their Geek Prom. (Pictured left.) This is a geeky soiree hosted at Phoenix Comicon where attendees get dolled up in their geekiest attire and dance the night away! All the ticket proceeds from this event go directly to KNTR.

We hope all the prom attendees have a grand ol' time next week. And thank you Kids Need to Read for doing what you do!

Happy Mother's Day!

Swordfights with mom are always the best.

Thank you, Moms!

Doorways for women and families

We hope you've planned something special for your Mother of Dragons this weekend. Perhaps you picked up one of our geeky bundles for her or you're planning a fancy meal. (The dragons will come in handy for that, but please keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.)

Here at ThinkGeek, we wanted honor all the mothers out there.

In the spirit of the season, we've donated $1,000 to Doorways for Women and Families, a local-to-ThinkGeek charity. Doorways provides housing, supplies, and supportive services to protect mothers and their children from domestic abuse and homelessness. Doorways imagines a future where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. We hope you'll consider volunteering or donating to their cause!

So thank you, moms, for everything that you've done for us. Whether it was by teaching us our first tabletop game, explaining why the sky's blue and how stars only seem to flicker, or just keeping us safe and warm, thanks for shaping us into the adults--and geeks--we are today.

Star Trek Into Darkness

The time is nigh.

Star Trek Into Darkness is coming out May 16, and we want to watch it with YOU! We're so excited for the release of this film that we'd love to see it with our fellow geeks once it's playing in theaters.

UPDATE: The long wait is over. Movie times have been announced! We'll be watching the 7:45pm showing on 5/22. You can purchase your ticket in advance: http://j.mp/14pqnjP or be a risk-taker and purchase it at the theater on the day of.

Regardless, we hope to see you all there!

Join us Wednesday, May 22 to watch Star Trek Into Darkness at Rave Motion Pictures Fairfax Corner in Fairfax, VA. (Hooray for $5 Wednesdays!) Movie times have not yet been announced, but we plan on watching it Wednesday evening around 7-8pm ET. Once we have selected a specific showing, we will update this post and let you know! Movie times have been announced! We'll be watching the 7:45pm showing: http://j.mp/14pqnjP

After the movie, we'll be waiting in the theater lobby, ready to hand out Star Trek goodies. If you dare to test your luck with the Gom Jabbar, be sure to stick around for your chance to win!

Hope to see you there!

ThinkGeek & the Super Art Fight team!

The ThinkGeek staff & Super Art Fight team join forces to create one awesome night!

Care for a drink with Stormtrooper Timmy?

How was your Star Wars Day? We hope it was amazing because nothing has topped ours! With almost 200 geeks in attendance, the ThinkGeek & Super Art Fight team up at Jammin Java was a great success.

If you were there, you know that you're now part of a super secret circle of inside jokes and "you had to be there" moments. For the rest of you: TOO BAD. ...Okay, fiiine. If you insist!

For those of you not familiar with the magic of Super Art Fight, they are the self-proclaimed "Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe." Super Art Fight artists (a.k.a. "fighters") battle it out on stage with their art. The topic of the round may be decided beforehand, but throughout the battle, the artists are given new topics, chosen by the WHEEL OF DEATH, that must be incorporated into the picture. Winners are then chosen based on audience applause. Adding in the commentary and witty banter from co-hosts Marty & Ross, the assistance of Chalmers, the referee, and the ThinkGeek staff with raffles and prizes (like the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag and Chewbacca Robe), this was the perfect recipe for an epic show.

ROUND 1: Original vs. Prequel Trilogy

Ashley "MarkerMancer" Katz vs. Jamie "Brawlin'" Baldwin

Round 1!

Jamie "Brawlin'" Baldwin's naked Emperor won the crowd over in this round, and she was declared the victor! Ashley "MarkerMancer" Katz put up a good fight, but the Original Trilogy will always reign supreme.

ROUND 2: Who shot first?

Jamie "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi vs. Chris "The Impact" Impink

Round 2!

Two veterans were put against each other in this round; they were asked the age old question: WHO SHOT FIRST? It was a close round, but Jamie "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi came out on top! Looks like diabeetis was too much for Pizza the Hut.

ROUND 3: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

"The Nicest Man in Art Fight" Brandon J. Carr vs. Red Erin

Round 3!

The final round of Super Art Fight plotted fandom vs. fandom: STAR WARS OR STAR TREK? To everyone's surprise (and the Trekkie fans' amusement), the representative of Star Trek, Red Erin, went home the winner. It's no wonder she's undefeated! "The Nicest Man in Art Fight" Brandon J. Carr definitely did not go down without a fight.

Star Trek winning at a Star Wars event is unheard of. This definitely calls for a rematch! We had so much fun that we hope to team up with Super Art Fight again in the future. Perhaps even some ThinkGeek monkeys will duke it out next time!

Until then, we'll look back and always have fond memories of Eworf, the Naked Emperor, Pizza the Hut, AT-AT Walker Texas Ranger, Storm Poopers, and Slave Llama.

Wounded Warrior Project

Heroes. Whether super, in our everyday lives, fighting, or have fought for us, heroes hold a very special place in our hearts.

Wounded Warrior Project

With the release of Iron Man 3, we're reminded of our love and respect for them, and how we should celebrate all that they do! That's why we've decided to donate $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project this month. WWP is a nonprofit organization with a mission to "honor and empower wounded warriors" and envisions the possibility of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in United States history. They wish to raise awareness, and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.

With the help of WWP programs, these returning heroes are provided with advanced technology and care to help them readjust to the world around them. We're so happy to be part of an age where not only does technology create heroes (we dream of having our own Iron Man suit one day), but it helps our existing ones stay strong as well.

Thank you for all that you have done for us, heroes!

Corgis LARPing.

Corgis LARPing. Because reasons.

So many links pass you by in a week. We don't want you to miss out on the awesome. Here is newly released ThinkGeek Link Update v2000 just for you!

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

MC Escher lizards parquet floor

Should've seen it coming. Superman & Batman discuss telephone booths. (Text From Superheroes)

Wonder what the stairs look like?? (Blogspot)

That's no moon! (The Force)

Oh, Grumpy Chemistry Cat. (Society 6)

Little girls are better at designing superheroes than you. Yep. (Better Supes)

And the winner of the laziest TARDIS cake goes to... (That's Nerdalicious)

Not cool, Batman. (Imgur)

Which Hogwarts House are you?

Which Hogwarts House are you? (Gemvara)

Enterprise in disguise. (Deviant Art)

DNA on your hands never looked so good. (Etsy)

Most delicious resignation letter ever. (Twitter)

Also, if you're in a TARDIS, unlimited refills. Time travel FTW! (NBC Los Angeles)

Can you name all the geeky references? (Imgur)

I see what you did there. (Buzzfeed)

In case you haven't seen it, the official Thor: The Dark World trailer is out! (YouTube)

The lord of Mordor sees all. Oh wait. CANNOT UNSEE. (Lunar Baboon)

Hear, hear! Mr. Wil Wheaton on why it's awesome to be a nerd. (YouTube)

Half library, half slide, 100% awesome.

If this is the wedding cake, what was the rest of the wedding like? (Cake Central)

Be a superhero in the kitchen. (Comics Alliance)

Can we have an adult version, please? (Houzz)

Patton Oswalt's Star Wars filibuster. Completely improvised. (YouTube)

DIY TARDIS pinata. But who would want to destroy it?! (Instructables)

Your move, cupcakes. (Tastefully Offensive)

Half library, half slide, 100% awesome. (Contemporist)

What are you doing May the Fourth? Tickets for ThinkGeek & Super Art Fight are still on sale! (Brown Paper Tickets)