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Star Wars turns 35: Five real-life inventions from a galaxy far far away


Do you feel a disturbance in the force today? As as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror when they realized the first Star Wars movie is turning 35 years old — and were suddenly silenced?

Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways and claim you were actually there on May 25, 1977: Star Wars opened on a whopping 32 screens on that date, eventually growing to 43 by the end of the weekend as theater owners realized they had a surprise hit.
But if you want to celebrate the milestone, try using one these today.


blue_milk.jpgBLUE MILK: Luke Skywalker’'s Aunt Beru was big on blue milk back at the moisture farm on Tattooine. Today, you can make it adding blue fruit punch mix to soy milk.

LANDSPEEDERS: Wired magazine reports that an Israeli company has worked since 2008 on a vertical-take-off-and-land airship called the AirMule, which resembles Luke's family truckster. We’ll wait for the Prius version.

DROIDS: Your smart phone probably can't find the main control to the power beam that’s holding the ship here, or make the precise location appear on the monitor. But give it a few more years, and your Motorola cellphone can probably turn off all the garbage mashers on the detention level.

LIGHTSABERS: Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, a lightsaber was an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. (Man, I can quote this movie all day long.) These days, you can find one at, starting at about $50.

THE FORCE: If you don’t believe in one all-powerful Force that surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together, then this is not the blog item you were looking for.


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