Ah, the humble Transporter! The most ubiquitous and well-known technological innovation of the Star Trek universe…better known than even phasers or warp drive. It’s not just Trekkies and sci-fi nerds who know the Transporter: You can say the phrase “Beam me up, Scotty!”to anyone on the street, and they’ll know immediately what you’re talking about–despite the fact that those words were NEVER uttered in that order on the show. If the random person you say this to points out that Kirk always said “Scotty–beam me up!”, congratulations: You’ve found a fellow geek. Go get some coffee and debate Kirk vs. Picard.

Developed by the original Trek writers as a way to get around the budget problems of landing the ship each time an episode took place on a planet, the Transporter has been the source of some of the franchise’s most interesting stories, and raises a number of fascinating philosophical questions: Like, who REALLY comes out on the other side? A Transported person is reduced to atoms, sent instantaneously to another location, and then reassembled…But is that really YOU? Or is it an exact duplicate that has all your memories and believes it’s you? There’s no way to be sure. You could have died when the beam dematerialized you…and NO ONE WOULD EVER KNOW!

Well, now that I’ve ruined your day, take a look at ten delightful, innovative, thought-provoking, and sometimes disturbing examples of how the Transporter can be more than just a means of getting from point “A” to point “B”. Including ways the infernal machine can really piss in your Cheerios.


Sad Fatality at Comic Con

We’ve got less than twenty-four hours till the start of the year’s biggest comic convention and we already have some tragic news.With 150,000 or more people expected to be attending the San Diego Comic-Con (ourselves included), the Comic-Con Twitter page issued a small warning for individuals:

Please do not line up for Hall H, set-up is not complete. Read the complete line-up guidelines: #SDCC #twilight

This was back on Monday, when fans of the Twilight franchise began lining up early to partake in the panel for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2. It’s going to be a hard panel to get in to and normally we’d be joking about this, but now is nowhere near the time.

It has been brought to our attention that a 53-year-old Twilight attendee has died prior to the opening of SDCC.

Gisella, like many others, was heading for Twilight panel line up when, according to reports, she was struck by an oncoming vehicle while trying to cross at Fifth and Harbor in San Diego. Police were contacted at 9:20 a.m but when the ambulance arrived, the victim had suffered severe head trauma and was bleeding profusely. The driver that struck Gisella stayed on the scene the whole time and Gisella was taken to the hospital, but sadly succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

This poor soul died on her way to seeing people she idolized at a time that should have been the happiest she’d ever been. This is no way anyone should enter the next life and we here at Nerd Bastards offer our condolences to Gisella’s family and friends, as well as everyone who was witness to the unfortunate scene. An online Twitter petition is being passed around asking for a moment of silence at the panel to honor Gisella.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings and please safe out there this week, everyone!

*EDITORS NOTE: Earlier this article ran under a different, regrettable title. It was not our intent to upset people or make light of the situation but we did and we apologize for offending our readers and vow to be more sensitive in the future regarding these matters.

Source: Blastr