Klingon to Run for House

John Hertzler, a Ulysses (NY) Town Board member, has announced that he will run as a Democrat hoping to win New York’s 23rd Congressional district from incumbent Tom Reed (R). Hertzler previously appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon Martok. Making his run stranger, Hertzler has stated that he will run for Congress partly in the persona of Mark Twain, who spent several years living in Elmira, which is located in the district.
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Wonder Woman Out at UN

In October, the United Nations announced that Wonder Woman would be used as an ambassador to girls around the world. Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, both of whom have portrayed Wonder Woman, attended the kick off event. The announcement met with protests against using a fictional character with close ties to a specific country as an ambassador for worldwide female empowerment. The UN has now announced the end of the relationship with Wonder Woman, effective on Friday, December 16. A UN Spokesman denied the campaign was ending early, stating that it was meant for a limited duration.
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Star Trek Corn Maze

Richardson Farms, located in Spring Grove, IL, near the border with Wisconsin, claims to have the world’s largest corn maze and each year the maze is planted with a theme. This year’s maze will be themed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The maze contains more than 11 miles of trails and will feature the likenesses of Kirk, Spock, the Enterprise, and the Star Trek logo. The maze will be open from September 3 to October 31.

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Stamp Sets Out-of-This-World Record

A 1991 US Postal stamp depicting Pluto with the caption “Unexplored” has been identified by Guinness World Records as the stamp which has traveled the furthest. The stamp was placed on board the New Horizon space craft and has flown more than 5.25 billion kilometers. The stamp continues to accrue mileage as it continues on its journey to 2014 MU69, 1.6 billion kilometers beyond Pluto.
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Turkish Court Considers Gollum Case

A Turkish doctor compared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gollum, using pictures of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings films juxtaposed with pictures of Erdogan. The doctor, who has already lost his job over the posting, is now waiting for a court to rule if comparing Erdogan to Gollum is an insult, bringing in two academicians, two psychologists and a movie expert to testify. If the court determines it is an insult, the doctor could face two years in prison.
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Spokane Klingon Attack

Months after the Worldcon was held in Spokane, a local man faces charges for attacking his neighbor with a Klingon bat’leth in a dispute over garbage cans. Carlo Morris Cerutti, who does not appear to have been a member of Sasquan, brandished the weapon at his neighbor on November 14 and is now facing assault charges.

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Darth Vader Statue Unveiled in Odessa

Following the passage of a law to remove symbols and insignia reminding the country of its communist past, a statue of V. I. Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine has been transformed into a statue of Darth Vader. Vader, and other Star Wars characters, is extremely popular in Ukraine, with members of the Pirate Party of Ukraine frequently adopted their appearance and names when running for office.
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Back to the Future Two Steps Closer

With the Cubs defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game play-off and getting closer to the World Series and Pepsi announcing a limited edition of Pepsi Perfect in a futuristic bottle, it appears the world is moving a little closer to the October 21 predicted in Back to the Future II. Pepsi Perfect will be available at New York Comic Con and then released on-line on October 21. The 16.9 ounce bottle will retail at $20 and only 6,500 will be produced. Nike is also trying to release self-tightening sneakers before the end of the year.
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Councilman Resigns…in Klingon

David Waddell, a city councilman in Indian Trail, N.C. (pop. 33,518) announced his resignation from the town council with a four line letter written in Klingon, ending with the Klingon phrase for “Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.” Waddell, who is midway through his first term on the council, has said that he can be more effective as a citizen attendee and also needs more time mount a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat. His resignation becomes effective on January 31, 2014.

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