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Oh, May, you're such a crazy month. According to Lerner & Loewe's Guinevere, May is "lusty" (and we hear she would know these things). Also according to JoCo. The pools open. The schools let out. There's a lot of happiness and chaos in basically equal measure.

  • May 2nd - Free Comic Book Day! Get yourself down to your local comic book shop to partake.
  • May 4th - May the 4th Be With You (aka Star Wars Day). Also, we're looking forward to seeing many of you for our Star Wars Geek Trivia Night at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA!
  • May 5th - Cinco de Mayo and Revenge of the 5th.
  • May 6th - Eta Aquarids meteor shower (technically this lasts from the 5th through the 7th, but it's going to be best seen before dawn the 6th).
  • May 10th - Mother's Day. Celebrate the woman who made you the geek you are today.
  • May 25th - Memorial Day and Geek Pride Day, on which we celebrate
    • 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, <em>Episode IV: A New Hope</em>, 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
  • May 26th - Magicka 2. (It would be wrong to wish for more Lovecraft references, right?)
  • May 29th - 31st - Awesome Con in our own neighborhood!

And what are YOU looking forward to in May that we've missed? Or that we mentioned? We wanna know!


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ThinkGeek Trivia Night

Hands in the air if you're ready for another Geek Trivia Night!

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Geek Trivia Night is happening. On May the Fourth.

Yep, you know what *that* means. Geek Trivia Night, Star Wars style! Is the Force strong within you? We sure hope so!

Join us on Monday, May 4th for Star Wars Geek Trivia Night at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. Compete against your fellow geeks for prizes & the title of Jedi Masters of the Universe! (Plus, have a grand ol' time while you're at it!)

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 10 on Brown Paper Tickets. There is a limited amount, so if it's anything like the previous Trivia Nights, 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. Don't let the Star Wars theme fool you!

Psssst, we'll also have a special prize for "Best Costume" that night. So come in your best Star Wars cosplay!

The Details:

  • Geek Trivia Night will be held on Monday, May 4, 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 until 10:30pm. There will be 4 rounds of questions, 10 questions per round.
  • Tickets are $15 each and go on sale Friday, April 10; they will be sold at a first come, first serve basis. We recommend teams purchase their tickets together.
  • If you're thinking about bringing your youngling, please be aware that everyone must have a ticket, including children. We suggest younglings 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 can match you up, but you must agree to leave your fate up to the almighty Timmy! There will be time at the beginning of the night for you to meet your new team & form new friendships.

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

Think your team has what it takes?! Come out and prove it on May 4th!

Yay, Neurodiversity!

Celebrate neurodiversity!

Autism Acceptance Month is here!

April is upon us, which means it's time to celebrate cranial diversity.

We appreciate all the different shapes & sizes your brains come in. They're what make you YOU. So here at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ, we're all about embracing the differences in neurological configurations. Whether you have been diagnosed with autism or are a "neurotypical," you have ADHD, are bipolar, whoever you are, whatever unique configuration of neurons makes you you, we think you're pretty awesome, just the way you are.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Once again, we've teamed up with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to bring you the Neurodiversity shirt Version 3.0 (also available in Kids' sizes). Until the end of April of 2015, 100% of the proceeds from this shirt (after April $1 a shirt) will be donated to ASAN.

For those not familiar, ASAN is a nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to provide support for people on the Autistic spectrum and to provide a genuinely autistic voice in the world, bringing autistic people to the forefront of community conversation about autism.

Thank you for your brains! All variations of them.

The Omni

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Lesser Known/Forgotten Time Travel Devices!

  1. WABAC Machine from Peabody's Improbable History

    Built by a genius dog to amuse his adopted human son, the WABAC Machine (intentionally spelled to look like ENIAC or UNIVAC) was a time travelling machine the size of a room. Or, more accurately, it's a "should have been machine." As Mr. Peabody (the dog, and shame on you if you don't know the original) discovered, a time machine let you view history, but a "should have been machine" let you interact with it. Oh, and the coolest features is its theoretical (because we never see it) method of return: a horrible pun! (Note: Sometimes, it's spelled Wayback or WAYBACK (as it appears on a sign in an episode or two).)

  2. Max
  3. Trimaxion Drone Ship (Max) from Flight of the Navigator

    Max is capable of faster-than-light travel, so when he collects young David Freeman and zooms home (Phaelon) and back (Earth), the round trip only takes about 4 hours. BUT, due to some nice time dilation, David ages 8 years. Sure everything works out in the end, but that's not important. What is important is Max. Max is like the love child of Pee-wee Herman (and yeah, we know why) and HAL 9000, and that endeared him to our young hearts. Plus, he's a time travel device that actually cares about the person travelling, not just a mindless machine like others on this list.

  4. The Omni from Voyagers!

    Phineas Bogg used this elegant time travel device to (like his fellow Voyagers) repair any errors in time. It looked like a wicked cool pocket watch; but instead of hands, it had a globe in the center and dials around that (for setting travel location and time). Add a red and green light (for checking the time stream for faults), and you have one of the most gorgeous time travel devices ever created. Plus, at the of each episode of its one season run, we'd be reminded that the real way to time travel is at our public library - using books! Thanks, early 80s PSAs!

  5. Timebuster 2000 SUX
  6. Timebuster 2000 SUX from Space Quest 4: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers

    Out of all the Time Pods, the Timebuster 2000 SUX is our favorite (and not just because of the nod to RoboCop). This is the model used by the Sequel Police and "borrowed" by janitor/hero Roger Wilco. It took Roger to such time periods as: Space Quest XII, Space Quest X, and back to Space Quest I (in beautiful EGA). Why do we like the Timebuster 2000 SUX so much? Because of some of its available options: a clock, rear window defogger, rear window, and (most importantly) Mr. Fusion. No roads needed with that option!

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 5-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-4?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Lesser Known/Forgotten Time Travel Devices!

Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

Tax Day is almost here which means only a couple more weeks of fantasizing about somehow getting a surprise monster tax refund to spend on whatever we want! We know it's not realistic, but in keeping with the whole fantasy thing, if you did get back something beyond your wildest expectations and could use it to travel somewhere equally magical...

Where would you visit?

Choose from the places in our list, or add your own in the "Other" field!
(Think your choice is the best? Share your reasons in the comments below!)