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May 4th, the day started. All people waiting for this day. But to folks who idolize Han Solo and dream of leading a rebel strike force against Jar Jar Binks, it’s something far more significant. It’s Star Wars Day.

A long time ago (30 years, actually) in a galaxy not so far, far away (right here, in fact) we were treated to the release of what many consider the best sequel ever made: The Empire Strikes Back. In celebration of that achievement and anniversary, Lucasfilm and Del Rey are releasing a new book in October titled Star Wars: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, that goes behind the scenes of the epic space saga in exhaustive detail. And we’ve got your first taste right here.

So, what happens today? Well, instead of saying «May the Force be with you,» devotees of George Lucas say, «May the fourth be with you.» You know, ’cause it’s May the 4th. Get it? Think of it as a secret handshake among the hardest of the hardcore Star Wars nerds, er, fans.

«Star Wars Day» isn’t an official holiday (sadly, you still have to go to work), but it is creating a disturbance in the Search box. Web lookups for «star wars day» and «may the fourth be with you» are both roaring through hyperspace. Also, related lookups on «star wars movies,» «star wars comics,» and «star wars quotes» are all perennially popular.

On Star Wars Day, R2D2 and C-3PO get along rather than bicker like an old married couple. Princess Leia is a bit more patient with that «walking carpet» named Chewbacca. Darth Vader cuts his subordinates a break, Jabba gets an extra-special dessert, and the Millennium Falcon finally gets that long-needed tune-up. It’s Star Wars Day, guys. Grab the nearest Wookie and party.

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