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WonderCon: Super Nerds Wear the Yoda Backpack

Ok, this is almost two months late, but it’s worth sharing. Core77 Design Blog recently highlighted the Yoda Backpack. Because, hey, if anything is worth bringing attention to, it’s 1) celebrity crotch shots, and 2) silly, silly backpacks.

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The Yoda Backback. Not intended for use as an actual backpack.

There are only two legitimate excuses for someone owning a Yoda backpack:

  1. You are filming an extremely-low-budget Star Wars parody film in your backyard, and can’t afford a proper Yoda puppet for “Luke Skywalker” to wear on his back during his Jedi training on Degobah.
  2. You have a friend who is w-a-a-a-y too into Star Wars, and you get him the backpack as a gag, to remind him that you and all of his other friends think he is a giant nerd.

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The best place to find a Yoda backpack.

The tall, gawky Asian kid who sat next to me (or, rather, perched next to me, jerking his head to-and-fro like a hyper-active bird) at the 300 sneak preview at WonderCon wore a Yoda backpack. And he very clearly carried it without any sense of irony. It pained me not to club him over the head and drag him home to display in my Exotic Species of Nerdlings trophy case.

I point out he was Asian because I wonder if–unbeknownst to me–furry-creature backpacks have become all the rage in certain pop cultures. Cultures that irrationally worship icons of consummate dorkiness. Icons like Hello Kitty, for example.

That’s right, with no evidence beyond the feeling in my gut, I’m blaming Yoda and other furry-creature-backpacks on Japanese teenagers.

Don’t look at me like that. I’m not racist.

I’m a xenophobe.

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2 comments… add one
  • Rusignola April 28, 2007, 10:11 am

    Oh come on, you know it looks just like this. I bet if you’re nice to the backpack, it even talks geeked out Yoda speak. You’ll need to have your Geordi glasses on to read the teletype, but it’s worth it to see the word “noob” spelled out!

  • Great White Snark April 28, 2007, 12:16 pm

    Unfortunately, there are no legitimate excuses for having Geordi glasses, so that’ll never happen.

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