Geek Pride Day 2013 is May 25, along with Towel Day

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comMay 24, 2013 

The grand opening of the Chattahoochee Valley whitewater course isn't the only thing to celebrate on Saturday, May 25.

It's Geek Pride Day, a holiday that coincides with the anniversary of the first film released in the "Star Wars" saga. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" was released May 25, 1977.

Curious about the origins of Geek Pride Day? A Spanish blogger started the effort in 2006, according to Wikipedia.

This year, Southerners have an even greater reason to celebrate Geek Pride Day. Atlanta is apparently the No. 1 best city for nerds in the U.S.

The distinction comes courtesy of research conducted by the Movoto real estate blog. Atlanta's honor was based on factors like the distance to the nearest Renaissance faire and the number of annual comic book, video game, anime and sci-fi/fantasy conventions.

But wait...the fun doesn't stop there.

Towel Day falls on May 25, too. The event has nothing to do with the local whitewater course. Instead, it's a tribute to Douglas Adams, who wrote "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Adams died in 2001.

Fans of "The Hitchhiker's Guide" are likely familiar with a belief that a towel "is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." Towel Day was first celebrated "two weeks after Douglas Adams' untimely death, on 25 May 2001," according to the event's website.

How do you celebrate? Carry a towel on May 25. So maybe you'll inadvertently celebrate if you go whitewater rafting.

Oh more thing.

Saturday also marks the Glorious 25th of May, a homage to Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series. Learn more here.

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