One thing you can say about Star Wars is that it brought us the coolest weapon ever in the laser sword they call a lightsaber. Both high-tech and medieval, it's perfect for hand to hand combat and for slicing your enemy in two. And they come in cool colors! Walt Hickey and Rachael Dottle researched all the lightsabers mentioned in both the Star Wars canon and the Expanded Universe and plotted them by how common the colors are. This chart made me want to see a turquoise lightsaber, but I was really curious about a black lightsaber. Read about the research that went into this chart at FiveThirtyEight. The links there are liable to send you down a Star Wars rabbit hole. -via Digg
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