“May the Force be with you.”
It’s an iconic phrase, and everyone who knows anything about American pop culture knows Star Wars, at least since Episode IV: A New Hope was first produced in 1977. (Can you imagine a world without Star Wars? I can’t either.)
Did you know there’s a day, unofficial though it may be, that people annually celebrate Star Wars in all its space-opera-y goodness? I give you: Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you! There are even eCards for the occasion.
I don’t know if the play on words translates well into other languages, but in English, “May the 4th be with you” has been around since 1979. If you want to dive into the Star Wars rabbit hole, appropriately named Wookiepedia (another play on words), just make sure you have enough time on your hands because you won’t be coming up for air any time soon! Also, check out all the great Fan Films on TheForce.Net, including the Top 10 List. Number 1 is an almost-professionally made mashup of Star Wars and the TV show Cops called “Troops”—watch it below.
The phrase “May the Force be with you” itself is first used in Episode IV by General Dodonna after he explains the plans to attack the first Death Star to the pilots of the Red and Gold X-Wing Squadrons. The phrase is more famously known as Han Solo’s way of telling Luke Skywalker “Good luck” before the pilot heads out with the Red Squadron to destroy the Death Star later in the film. (Shortly thereafter, the Gold Squadron was almost completely wiped out; the Red Squadron boasted Luke Skywalker as Red Five and Wedge Antilles as Red Two and managed to complete their trench mission and successfully destroy the Death Star. A lot of good it did them, though, because Darth Vader just flew off into space and then comes Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.)
PS: I am a firm believer in the fact that Han shot first! Are you?