23. An Episode of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Was Banned In Ireland
In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The High Ground,” Data mentions that Ireland was unified by terrorism in the year 2024. Seeing as how trouble was still very much brewing in Northern Ireland in 1990, the year the episode first aired, the BBC cut the line. Ireland’s RTE channel went even further, banning the episode altogether.
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22. Ship Facts
The USS Enterprise owes its registry number NCC-1701 to Matt Jeffries, the art director for Star Trek: The Original Series, who was inspired by his service as a bomber pilot during WWII. “NCC” refers to twentieth-century aircraft registration codes, with the “N” representing an aircraft registered in the United States and the first “C” representing a civil aircraft (Jeffries added the second “C” because he thought it looked “neat”).
In the Star Trek universe, NCC stands for Naval Construct Contract, while USS is United State Ship. Jeffries’ reasoning behind the NCC designation was that in the future, any major space projects would likely be a combined international effort. As for the number 1701, it was chosen for two reasons: the first (01) ship of a 17th federation cruiser design, and the fact that the digits were unlikely to be misread like a 6 or 9.
21. Vulcan Anatomy
The most obvious differences between Vulcans and humans are the pointy ears and superior physical strength, but there are a number of other anatomical variations that separate Spock’s people from homo sapiens. First off, they have different teeth, such as anterior tricuspids. Their eyes also have built-in UV defense in the form of inner eyelids, which offer protection from the intensity of Vulcan’s sun. Speaking of heat, Vulcans can also survive days without water, an adaptation necessitated by their planet’s hot, arid climate. Additionally, the Vulcan heart is located where a human liver would normally be and also beats hundreds of times a minute. Oh and Vulcans don’t have an appendix.
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