Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Six Surprising Klingon Moments In Real Life

Starfleet's Commodores usually rally the troops in Star Trek TOS. By the time Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise hit our tv sets, the term Commodore had fallen into disuse. I can't help but wonder why? The Captain is always the last man to leave a starship in crisis but which Star Trek commodore makes a lasting impression? Which of these Commodore names was a pseudonym that Gene Roddenberry used when he wrote for 'Have Gun' 'Will Travel' while working as a LAPD police officer?

I'm guest posting for Maurice Mitchel at the Geek Twins today so beam on over to find out!

I have a special guest today, Maurice Mitchel from GeekTwins has written about Six Surprising Klingon Moments In Real Life. Its great to have you here, take it away Maurice..

I'm Maurice, one of The Geek Twins. SpacerGuy has given us the opportunity to post on his blog!

The most popular Star Trek villains are the militaristic Klingons. Surprisingly enough, the Klingons have left the movies and television screen and found their way into reality. Read on for six examples of the Klingons in real life.

1. Klingon Cures Dyslexia

When 50-year old British man, Jonathon Brown, started working
for the global "Klingon Language Institute" he found a way to work
through his Dyslexia.

The learning disability can make reading difficult and give the person
a hard time recognizing names. "Dyslexia is not something you get over,
you live with it. It's not necessarily a hindrance, you just learn
different ways to pick things up." Jonathon said.

"Working on the translation has helped me understand where
I've been having problems all my life with languages, I realised I'd
been trying to remember the words in the name part of my brain and
because I can't remember names, I can't remember the words.

"With the Klingon language games used on the CD, I tended to
put words into a different place and it went into my long term memory.

"I've still got a long way to go to speak it fluently, but
there are many people who do."

2. Father Raises
Son As A Klingon

One man took language therapy a little too far. d'Armond Speers spoke
only Klingon to his child for the first three years of its life.

"I was interested in the question of whether my son, going
through his first language acquisition process, would acquire it like
any human language," Speers told the Minnesota Daily. "He was
definitely starting to learn it."

Speers isn't a Star Trek fan. He has a doctorate in
computational linguistics and this was an experiment for his company,
Ultralingua, which develops language and translation software. In the
end, thankfully, the child learned English and promptly forgot the
Klingon when he started school.

3. Klingon
Beauty Pageant

While most people don't call Klingon women hot, every year there's a
beauty pageant called Miss Klingon Empire. Created by Eric L. Watts in
1999 and presented at Dragon*Con, the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty
Pageant judges the contestants on beauty, talent and personality.
Here's an example of the talent portion as one of them sings "One Way
or Another."

4. Klingon

In 1997 a couple had a Klingon themed wedding. Besides the great
costumes, they also had a Klingon battle of honor between rival

5. Rosario Dawson Speaks

One of the most surprising examples of Klingon geekery comes
from closet geek Rosario Dawson. The beautiful
Rosario broke out as a huge fan Star Trek fan on Conan O'Brian. It
turns out she can speak a few words and uses them with her brother.

6. The 1979 Klingon Happy

Back in 1979 McDonald's had a Star Trek Happy Meal to coincide
with the release of Star trek: The Motion Picture. This was actually
the companies first use of the Happy Meal as a movie tie-in. The
commercial featured a "Klingon" talking about how his sons enjoy their
Happy Meals in Klingonese with a helpful interpreter. I'm no Klingese
expert, but I'm pretty sure he's just shouting garbage at the screen.

From curing diabetes to inspiring weddings, the Klingons have
left a permanent mark on our culture. As Worf says, "Perhaps today is a
good day to die!" That, or just have a Happy Meal.

Thanks again to Spacerguy for the chance to visit his blog. If you'd like to visit our site we feature Star Trek on a weekly basis. Not as deeply as Spacerguy, but it's always fun. Head over to The Geek Twins today!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't know Star Trek was the first Happy Meal movie tie in! Cool that one guy is working through his dyslexia with Klingon.
I live close enough to attend Dragon Con - I should go check out the Klingon beauty pageant!

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew any of those, a kling on wedding?..hahahaha too funny.

Spacerguy said...

Thanks Alex and Pat. Kapla! Who would have figured Rosario Dawson speaks klingon.

You really have to watch these Klingon vids to enjoy them. One guy runs up to the klingon beauty contestant and tucks a few quid down her front!

Klingons are a proud people who value honor and combat but thanks for showing off their fun side Maurice, which isn't always evident. If I didn't know better I'd swear you were Klingon! Kapla!

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