Today has been 50 years in the making -- we've reached the golden anniversary of "Star Trek." Even with all that advance notice, though, you may still be scrambling to come up with the perfect way to celebrate the groundbreaking sci-fi series at the last minute. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to show your respect without any preparation.
If you thought ahead and already have your favorite "Star Trek" episodes queued up for a viewing party, we salute you. Today is definitely the day to bust out your franchise merchandise and admire your collectors' items if you have them. However, the fun isn't just for die-hard Trekkies. The cultural impact of "Star Trek" is widespread, and we should all honor the series in some way.
How can you celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek" if you didn't plan your mission ahead of time? Here are five easy ways.
Get involved in the "Star Trek" 50 conversation.
Fans are celebrating "Star Trek" on virtually every social media network out there. Adding your thoughts and reading those of others will help you appreciate the series' incredible legacy all the more.
Use Facebook's "Star Trek" reaction.
Facebook's reactions got even better today with the addition of a "Star Trek" one. Have fun taking advantage of it while it is around.
Quote the series at every opportunity.
You probably have at least one "Star Trek" quote stashed away, so go to town during the series' 50th anniversary. "A madman got us into this, and it's beginning to look like only a madman can get us out."
Remind everyone to "live long and prosper."
Whether you want to send the message out via a selfie on social media or tell it to people in person, there's never been a better day for the Vulcan salute.
Take a moment to pretend you're under attack.tweet about pretending you're on a ship under attack by swaying from side to side at your desk is pretty funny. Bonus if you can get your co-workers to do it too.
It'll be a long time before a "Star Trek" anniversary this momentous rolls around, so get out there and enjoy it now. Live long and prosper!