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Entries in tauntaun (4)


Taunton Gazette reports on Star-Wars-themed Purim celebrations 

From the Taunton Daily Gazette:

Purim is celebrated by observing five religious obligations: The Book of Esther is read aloud from a scroll, charity is given to the poor, gifts of food are sent to friends and neighbors, a certain amount of drinking is encouraged, and naturally there is a Purim Feast.

There is also the Purim skit, or Purimshpiel.

This year, the youth group marked this humorous and festive day with a Star Wars-inspired skit: “Star Wars 5774: The Revenge of Shushan.” The title plays on the Jewish year of 5774, the number of sequels/prequels in the Star Wars series, and Shushan, the town in Persia where the action takes place.

I know, I know, it's "tauntaun" not "Taunton". But still...

Taunton Daily Gazette: Temple Beth El youth group marks Purim with a Star Wars-inspired skit


io9: Luke should have died in tauntaun's belly

io9 examines, at surprising length, the weighty question, Could Luke Skywalker have really survived a Hoth snowstorm warmed only by tauntaun innards? From the piece:

Using Newton's Law of Cooling, we can estimate the time it takes for the tauntaun's body temperature to reach levels detrimental to Luke's survival. Luke is swimming in a sea of blood, bodily fluids, and organs during his time inside the tauntaun.

This is essentially a liquid-like environment, one that will transmit the body temperature of the tauntaun well. To best model this scenario, merging Luke's body with the tauntaun becomes necessary, creating a one body system.

Forensics teams use Newton's Law of Cooling to estimate the time of death of a newly discovered body. Dead bodies will acclimate to the surrounding temperature of the room as the bodies no longer metabolize nutrients or generate heat. By measuring the rectal temperature of the cadaver and temperature of the room, the time since blood circulation ceased (i.e., death) can be calculated. Let's just let the idea of obtaining a Tauntaun's rectal temperature sit with you a moment.

If you can bear any more of this--and there's a lot--follow the link.

io9: Science Proves Luke Skywalker Should Have Died in the Tauntaun's Belly

Oct272011 Star Wars Halloween costumes: get your inflatable Tauntaun

Halloween is just around the corner, but can handle expedited shipping. Head over there now to choose from Inflatable Tauntaun, Inflatable Jabba, Secret Wishes Princess Leia (?) and more. Sorry, the hilariously crappy C-3PO costume is out of stock. Inflatable Tauntaun Adult Costume Jabba the Hutt Inflatable Costume Secret Wishes Princess Leia Costume Adult C3PO Robot Star Wars Halloween Costume


Tauntaun sleeping bag with intestine-print lining

ThinkGeek's got Tauntaun sleeping bags in stock. If you don't know about these, this 2009 story from the New York Times Magazine will fill you in. The bag started as an April Fools Day joke but quickly turned into an officially licensed Lucasfilm product. (What does that tell you?) From the article:

The funny thing about ThinkGeek’s prank products, however, is that sometimes they do get made and sold, basically because the public demands it. The most recent example is the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, which appeared on the site last April 1 as a gag and earlier this month went on sale for real, at $99. The item recalls a scene in the film “The Empire Strikes Back,” in which Luke Skywalker is freezing to death on the frigid planet Hoth, and Han Solo saves his life by slicing open the stomach of a dead Tauntaun (which is a sort of giant, ridable horse-lizard) and stuffing him in among its warm guts. The sleeping bag has a cute Tauntaun-head pillow, and its lining is printed with an intestine-like pattern. It’s absurd, but if you remember the scene from the movie, it’s also pretty much irresistible. Thus a lot of ThinkGeek’s customers, fooled or not, didn’t simply want to appreciate the funny idea of a Tauntaun sleeping bag. They wanted to own one. And said so in tens of thousands of e-mail messages and phone requests.

ThinkGeek Tauntaun sleeping bag