Sneaky, Nerdy Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day
Star Wars Day is a unique gift to both Star Wars fans and wordplay fans, giving us the opportunity to wish friend and foe alike, “May the Fourth be with you.”
Even if you live here on Earth and not in a galaxy far, far away, there are still ways to make sure that the Force is strong with you this May the Fourth. Maybe you incorporate subtle references into your day at the office, or change your speech habits. Maybe you just throw a #StarWarsDay into your preferred social media venue. And there are always lightsaber battles.
To get you on your way, here are thirty-one ways to feel the Force flowing through you this #StarWarsDay.
1 Show up to work as Darth Vader. Or, if you’re not the boss and don’t want to appear insubordinate, a stormtrooper. Those bucketheads fit right in in the workplace.
2 Don’t have a helmet handy? Try a slightly more subtle costume. For example: black vest over a white shirt, tan jacket with khakis, khakis and white v-neck, or brown bathrobe.
3 Insert a random, irreverent gif into a work email. For example:
4 Put blue food coloring in your milk. It may not be from a Bantha, but even Jedi need their calcium.
5 Get Han Solo legos and freeze them in ice cubes for a carbonite cocktail. If you’re ready for commitment, you can even buy an ice cube tray with that scoundrel’s outline already built in. Just don’t let Boba Fett get to him first.
7 Listen to John Williams’ score to boost your mood while you sit at the computer. Need a bigger boost? Listen to Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes play the Cantina song on loop for ten hours. Repeat as needed.
8 Try not to speak English for a full day. Some alternate language ideas:
- “Utinni!” (Jawaese for “Wow”)
- “Wee now kong bantha poodoo.” (Huttese for “Now you’re bantha fodder.”)
- “Huuguughghg raaaaaahhgh huuguughghg uughguughhhghghghhhgh huuguughghg huurh aarrragghuuhw.” (Shyriiwook for “That was a scintillating presentation.” Get your own Wookiee translations here.)
9 Still not satisfied with a subtle costume? Check out some of the cosplay creations from the Star Wars Celebration a few weeks back. You never know—Salacious Crumb just might be a major help in the office.
10 Everyone likes the gal or guy who brings food to work. Especially pastries. Especially sticky buns shaped like Princess Leia’s hair.
11 Work “I have a bad feeling about this” into casual conversation. Or, if things get really rough, “it’s a trap!”
12 You never know where in the galaxy you might have a secret father, sister, or other relative, so get your DNA tested with 23andMe. If you find any new relatives, make sure you reveal your relationship after having a brutal Force battle and cutting off their favorite limb.
13 Ride a tauntaun to work. Snow lizards not native to your habitat? No problem. Take a broomstick, an alpaca mask, and some ram horns, stick them all together, and you’ve got your transport. Just remember: they smell bad on the outside, but the inside is worse.
14 If someone gets on your bad side, diss them good with one of these classic Star Wars insults:
- Slimy piece of worm-ridden filth
- Nearsighted scrap pile
- Walking carpet
- Mindless philosopher
- Overweight glob of grease
- Slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler
- Malfunctioning little twerp
- Stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder
15 If you want to get out of doing something, say “But I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”
16 Change all your passwords to THX1138.
17 Refer to anyone subordinate to you as “Padawan,” and call your superiors “Master,” “Lord,” or (preferably) “Grand Moff.” If you call your boss “Emperor,” just prepare for the repercussions.
18 Set the Imperial March as your ringtone.
19 You can have a lightsaber battle with any number of everyday objects. For example:
- Rolled-up yoga mats
- Actual lightsabers. Maybe, just maybe, that’s in the realm of possibility.
20 Find (or become) a mentor. Star Wars is all about making connections with people (or aliens), learning how to forge your own path, and occasionally lifting rocks with your mind while you’re upside down. If you’re picking a mentee, just make sure you do a quick midichlorian count first.
21 Drape a brown sheet around yourself and pick up trash on the side of the road. Bonus if you can find droid bits in a sandlot.
22 Feeling unproductive? Blame it on having a bad motivator.
23 If you’re a Star Wars someplace where it’s cold, build a snow fort. Not everyone gets to celebrate Star Wars Day on Hoth.
24 Read How Star Wars Conquered the Universe. It’s a history of the franchise, an encyclopedia of the Star Wars galaxy, and a fan’s dream come true.
25 Try your hand—and your telekinesis—at “vadering.” (If you’re in the workplace, maybe make sure you get consent first).
26 Watch the fan-made version of A New Hope, a YouTube masterpiece that breaks the original movie into thirty-second chunks and features hundreds of artistic approaches to retelling the story. Between the trash-can R2-D2s, glued-on Obi-Wan beards, and fan-created animations, it’s pretty much a new art form.
27 Start (or continue) your countdown to Episode VIII. As of May 4, it’s 224 days until December 15.
28 On a similar note, watch the trailer for The Last Jedi. A few hundred times. Dissect every moment. Post your predictions on fan boards. Check your countdown: rats, it’s still 224.
29 Change your email auto-signature to MTFBWY.
30 Tough project at work? Let Yoda inspire you: “Do, or do not. There is no try.”
31 May the Fourth not enough for you? In some circles, tomorrow is known as Revenge of the Fifth. It’s an opportunity to join the dark side and celebrate all the Sith Lords doing their best to exploit the power of the Force for their own gain. Just don’t be seduced by the dark side. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Plus, May 6 is just a normal day.
Star Wars Day may happen only once a year, but remember: the Fourth will be with you. Always.