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10 Surprising Facts About Star Wars

10 Surprising Facts About Star Wars

With the recent record-breaking release of Star Wars:The Force Awakens audiences around the world have been drawn back into the universe created by George Lucas nearly 40 years ago. Perhaps you are aware of the stories and characters, but with a franchise of this size some things are not well known.

So for your sci-fi pleasure here are 10 Surprising Facts About Star Wars.

1. Alien Languages? Not So Much

Sometimes it just easier to take what already exists and reuse it. Remember Greedo (the one Han shot first at the Mos Eisley cantina)? He was speaking Quecha, a native language from South America. Oh, and if you speak Zulu you can likely understand Jawaese, it’s the same language, just faster and higher pitched.

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2. E.T Shows Up

Did you see the movie ET: The Extra Terrestrial? Did you also see Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace? Then you saw ET’s people. In the Galactic Senate scene there is a short cameo of the Asogian delegation…and ET was an Asogian. The cameo was the result of a promise made to Steven Spielberg. In exchange for a Yoda toy appearing in ET George Lucas put ET’s people in The Phantom Menace.

3. Chewie is Bigfoot?

Some filming for The Empire Strikes Back was done in northern California. It is a beautiful area well known for towering redwood trees. But it’s also suspected Bigfoot country (if you are a Bigfoot believer). Actor Peter Mayhew was asked to not go through the forest in costume…to keep from being shot by Bigfoot hunters.

4. Southpaw Storm Troopers

Did you notice something odd about the Storm Troopers in various Star Wars movies? They mostly appear to be left handed. You could blame this on the fact that their ammunition magazines are on the left…or that the Latin word for left is “sinister.” (Of course the fact that they are clones might play a role.) Can’t trust those sinister lefties.

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5. Bad Feelings

In every one of the (now seven) Star Wars movie the same phrase keeps appearing. Someone always says a variation of “I have a bad feeling about this.” You can see each one at the Star Wars Wikia.

6. Yoda is a Muppet?

The voice of Yoda was provided by Frank Oz. Oz is also famous as the voice of Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggie, Animal and Sam Eagle on The Muppet Show. In addition he is also credited for voicing Cookie Monster, Grover and Bert on Sesame Street.

7. One Famous Dog

Back to Chewbacca. His look was actually based on George Lucas’ dog. The dog also has a Harrison Ford back tie in. Ford played Han Solo in Star Wars and Dr. Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones movies. Jones was named after the dog…Indiana. Oh, for you Indiana Jones fans they actually make a joking reference to this in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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8. Homage to a Birthday

Until The Force Awakens came out on December 18, 2015 every Star Wars movie was released within 10 days of May 14. May 14 just happens to be the birthday of George Lucas, who created the Star Wars universe and severed as screen writer on the first six films.

9. Welcome to the United Kingdom

Technically Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a British movie. Of course much filming occurred in the United Kingdom, but according to reports there were significant tax breaks given by the British government. This has apparently caused them some embarrassment.

10. It’s All in a Name

In the Sanskrit language the word for warrior is Yodha. This is the origin for the name of Luke’s trainer and the Jedi Master, Yoda.

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I hope that some (or all) of these facts were new to you. Also if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens you might want to check it out. It is just as entertaining as the original trilogy. A thoroughly enjoyable ride!

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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