Five Geeky Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

If William Shakespeare hadn't died in 1616, he would be 446 years old today. In honor of the occasion, Geekosystem presents some things you can do to celebrate.
Though Shakespeare’s influence tends to be thought of in the context of academics and books, he’s also had a steady influence on geekdom. After the jump, five geeky ways you can bring in the Bard’s birthday:

1. Watch Star Trek.

If you watch closely, Shakespeare has an enormous influence over Star Trek: Star Trek wiki Memory Alpha has a very comprehensive list of influences over the years. Lots of Trek titles are Shakespeare references, Captain Picard loved to recite The Bard, and oh — William Shatner is a classically trained Shakespearean actor.


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If he hadn't died in 1616, no doubt he would have died sometime within the span of a normal human life.

Too bad he isn't around today, though. We coulda hooked him up with an Apple iPad, and see what kind of limericks he'd write.
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Another great and famous writer that died (although was not born) on 23rd April 1616 was Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author of Don Quixote.

And apparently, another writer (although I didn't know about him until now) is the Peruvian writer Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
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"If William Shakespeare hadn’t died in 1616, he would be 446 years old today."

I've read lines like that so many times, but for some reason today was the first time I found it hilarious. As if we were actually entertaining the thought that it might be possible.
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