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What to Know About Geek Pride Day

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Get your geek on

Geek Pride Day is May 25, and here’s what you need to know about the celebration for nerds worldwide.

The date was reportedly chosen to coincide with the first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, which was released on May 25, 1977. The day also marks “Towel Day,” which is celebrated by fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Fans carry a towel in his honor. Lastly, the day also marks The Glorious 25th of May, which fans of author Terry Pratchett’s Discworld celebrate, often with a sprig of lilac.

On Geek Pride Day, which is a worldwide celebration of nerdom, there may be meet-ups or parties to celebrate anything and everything worth geeking-out over. Of course, tech brands are excited:

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The Fat-Shamed ‘Dancing Man’ Who Became an Internet Sensation Attends a Party in His Honor in L.A.

He even appeared on The Today show in New York City

A man who was body-shamed online after an image of him dancing went viral attended a huge dance party in his honor in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Sean O’ Brien from Liverpool traveled to Hollywood for the event, which was organized by two women who had launched an online campaign to find him, reports News.com.au.

More than 1,000 people also attended the party including DJ Moby on the decks and Monica Lewinsky, who has spoken out about her experiences of cyberbullying.

The 46-year-old financier became an Internet sensation after a photo of him dancing was posted online under the caption, “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

The post garnered thousands of responses from people condemning the Internet trolls who had fat-shamed him. The furor inspired writer Cassandra Fairbanks to launch a Twitter campaign under the hashtag #FindDancingMan to locate O’Brien.

According to KCAL 9, the party raised $70,000 for antibullying charities and positive-body-image programs in the U.S. and U.K.

O’ Brien even appeared on The Today show in New City York and threw the first pitch at an L.A. Dodgers game the following day.

[News.com.au]

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On Memorial Day, See New York’s Beaches and Parks From Above

Tobias Hutzler photographed them from a helicopter

Memorial Day 2015 is upon us—and, with it, the unofficial start of the summer season. In New York City, thousands of people will crowd the five boroughs’ beaches and pools, putting behind them the long winter months and their freezing temperatures.

For German photographer Tobias Hutzler, Memorial Day is the perfect example of what makes New York so attractive. “I’m fascinated by the energy of this city,” he says. “It’s pure life.”

Ever since he moved to New York, Hutzler has been documenting how people interact with the city, often shooting from a ladder or a cherry picker to find a different angle.

A year ago, during Memorial Day, he took to the sky, boarding a helicopter to photograph the city’s parks, pools and beaches. “I’d open the door, strap myself, stand up and lean out so I could shoot straight down,” he tells TIME. “I wanted my images to be very graphic, so I shot around noon when the sun was straight up. There are no shadows, so it’s really about the people — the constellations of people.”

Hutzler’s images are devoid of any distracting landmarks or features, concentrating instead on New Yorkers and how they appropriate these spaces. “I like the abstraction of it,” he says. “It’s not about the iconic places. I’m really interested in the people and the energy. My work is a study of the variety of life, and that’s what makes New York City such a great place: this juxtaposition of colors and people. It’s so beautiful and complex.”

To produce these images, Hutzler partnered with the firm NYonAir, which owns a fleet of helicopters. “The pilots know what I’m looking for, they know the visuals I like,” he says. “To get these images, you have to hover at a certain altitude and at a certain angle. I’m working with a very long lens, and I have heavy stabilizers on the cameras as it can be very shaky.”

Hutzler works fast. His subjects often have no idea he’s there, hanging from a helicopter 300 feet above ground. “It’s a quick shot and we’re already gone,” he says. “It’s like shooting on the streets.”

Tobias Hutzler is a German advertising and editorial photographer based in New York.

Kira Pollack, who edited this photo essay, is TIME’s Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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See How This Man Surprised His Wife in the Hospital for Their 57th Anniversary

"I've known her since she was in pigtails"

A Georgia couple that typically enjoys a “low key” anniversary had a high-profile celebration last week.

Jim Russell surprised his wife, Elinor, on their 57th anniversary on May 20 by showing up to her hospital room wearing a tuxedo and carrying flowers and chocolate, ABC reported last week. The story had first gone viral after their granddaughter shared photos of the special moment on Twitter, eventually amassing over 60,000 favorites:

The tuxedo Jim wore was the same one that he’d warm to go ballroom dancing with Elinor, whom he has “known since she was in pigtails.” Afterwards, they watched their two favorite shows — Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy — while dining in the hospital room.

“Being in a hospital bed, you get bored, ” said Elinor. “So when they came in, it made me smile, like the younger days when we were dancing.”

[ABC]

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This Father-Son Duo Has the Star Wars Cantina Song Down

Relive the theme from the 1977 film

Pianist Brian Lockard and his son teamed up to play an original arrangement of “Cantina Band” from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), which they posted online Sunday.

Lockard appeared on America’s Got Talent with his brother, Anthony, back in 2009, and has posted several other piano arrangements on his YouTube channel. The cantina theme video is the first to feature his son, who clearly has no problem keeping up with the fast-paced tune.

Watch it below.

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The Star Wars References in This Graduation Speech Are Perfect

"The Force is strong with you all"

When the students of the University of Pennsylvania law school sat down to hear their commencement speech from Cass Sunstein, they probably didn’t think they were in for a dissertation on Star Wars.

“Graduates, faculty, family, friends—our topic today is Star Wars,” the legal scholar and former Obama Administration regulatory official opened his May 17 speech. “It’s not the most usual topic I know, but it’s not completely random. The Class of 2015 has the astounding good fortune of graduating in the very year of Star Wars‘ rebirth.”

And from there he was off, drawing thematic lessons from the movies that he said hold lessons for both graduates and their families.

But his closing line was the best: “The Force is strong with you all. May your ships make the kessel run in much less than 12 parsecs. Congratulations to the Jedi Knights of 2015!”

Watch the full speech below.

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This Woman Proposed to Her Girlfriend Just Moments After Ireland’s Gay Marriage Vote

It's the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote

One Irish couple wasted no time after the country became the first in the world to legalize gay marriage through popular vote.

Billie, 41, proposed to her girlfriend of six years, Kate Stoica, 26, in Limerick, Western Ireland on Saturday, just minutes after the referendum was passed, Mashable reported. Watch the video of the proposal below:

Read next: 20 Other Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide

[Mashable]

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J.K. Rowling Had the Best Response to Ireland Legalizing Gay Marriage

She summed up her feelings by tweeting a meme to a fan

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been tweeting up a storm since Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a national vote.

When an Irish fan tweeted to the best-selling children’s book writer with the hope that Ireland’s vote would make wizards like Albus Dumbledore feel more welcome in the country, Rowling tweeted back a photo of Keanu Reeves with the caption “WHAT IF DUMBLEDORE AND GANDALF WERE GAY TOGETHER.” (The meme is inspired by the horrified look on Reeves’ face in the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and in this case references Dumbledore, the headmaster of wizard school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, and Gandalf, the heroic wizard from The Lord of the Rings.)

Rowling revealed in 2007 that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay, though his sexuality was not stated in the books.

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Toddler Throws Tantrum in Front of President Obama

The President handled it like a pro

Well, someone’s not very happy about meeting President Obama.

A toddler visiting the White House in April for Passover dinner had a fit and threw herself down on the Red Room’s carpet – right at Obama’s feet.

The Commander-in-Chief handled it like a pro, gamely mugging for the camera as young Claudia Moser, daughter of journalist Laura Moser, wailed in front of him.

Though the picture was taken nearly two months ago, it only surfaced on Thursday, when Claudia’s uncle, New York Times columnist Benjamin Moser, Tweeted it out.

“This really might be the best picture ever: my niece Claudia throwing a fit at Passover,” he wrote.

“My daughter is an Internet meme!” Laura later Tweeted, also sharing the photo.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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