The top silver geekiversaries of 2010

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My fellow geeks, we have reason to celebrate.

2010, you see, has been a banner year for silver anniversaries. Not just any silver anniversaries, mind you -- silver geekiversaries.

What qualifies something for a silver geekiversary, you might ask? Well, it has to have happened 25 years ago, of course -- hence the "silver" part of the equation. And it has to be something that created a memory near and dear to the hearts of geeks.

As the end of 2010 approaches, we take a moment to honor seven of the most memorable geek-oriented innovations that turned 25 this year. Some of them have aged gracefully, while others...well, not so much. All of them, though, have earned a permanent place in geek history.

So grab the nearest flux capacitor, compadres, and get ready: It's time to take a trip back to 1985. And I'm sure I don't have to tell you, but where we're going -- we don't need roads.

Silver Geekiversary #1: Back to the Future

Great Scott -- can you believe it's been 25 years since Back to the Future entered our lives? The first Future film sped into theaters (at 88 miles per hour, naturally) during the summer of 1985. It became the top-grossing film of the year, earning more than $380 million and plenty of positive press, too.

Ponder this, though: Back to the Future could have been called "Spaceman From Pluto." It's no joke: The head of Universal Pictures told filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale no one would want to see a movie with the word "future" in its title. He suggested the "Spaceman" name instead, pulling the reference from a scene in which Marty dons a futuristic-looking radiation suit and frightens his teenage father.

But "Spaceman From Pluto"? Seriously? To borrow a certain someone's favorite phrase, whoa -- this is heavy.

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