Leonard Nimoy Explains the Origins of Mr. Spock’s Famous Vulcan Greeting Hand Gesture on ‘Star Trek’

In 2014, actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away yesterday, explained to the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project how his idea for Mr. Spock‘s Vulcan hand gesture came about during a Jewish ceremony, how he incorporated the greeting into the Star Trek series and how it quickly became an international symbol throughout the world.

5 or 6 guys got up on the bimah – the stage in front of the congregation. The get their tallit over their heads and they start this chanting, I think it’s called Dukhanen, and my father said “don’t look”. So everybody’s got their eyes covered with their hands, their tallit over their faces or turned away, turned their back to these guys and I hear this strange sound coming from them. They’re not singers, they were shouters and dissonant – it was all discordant. …It was chilling, something major is happening here, so I peeked. And I saw them with their hands stuck out from beneath their tallit like this toward the congregation and I thought “wow”.

Here’s the full 2014 interview during which Leonard Nimoy speaks Yiddish and tells the story of his family origins.

Astronauts Bid A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, Noting the Profound Effect That Mr. Spock Made on Their Lives

NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano bid a touching farewell to actor Leonard Nimoy, each noting the profound effect that his famous Star Trekcharacter Mr. Spock had on the lives of scientists, engineers and astronauts around the world.

And as we at NASA along with our international partners explore the moon, Mars and beyond, will take the spirit and energy that Leonard brought to his character Mister Spock along with us -Live Long and Prosper


Rangers shut down Edgar Olmos due to shoulder impingement

The Rangers recently picked up pitcher Edgar Olmos on a waiver claim from the Mariners, but they’ll have to shut him down. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the left-hander has a shoulder impingement.

Olmos, 25 in April, has had a busy offseason. In November, he went to the Mariners from the Marlins on a waiver claim, then was picked up by the Rangers earlier this week. And now he’ll be on the disabled list.

Olmos made his major league debut in 2013 but racked up only five innings. He spent last season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, compiling an aggregate 4.06 ERA with a 60/30 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings across 51 relief appearances. Olmos has a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and certainly could become a useful reliever if he can stay healthy.

The Pittsburgh Pirates issued a statement about “Jihadi John” wearing their cap

We live in weird times.

This . . .


Leads to this official statement from the Pittsburgh Pirates:

“The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride,” the statement read. “It is absolutely sickening to everyone within the Pirates organization, and to our great fans, to see this murderer wearing a Pirates cap in this old photo.”

I’m not going to go back and check, but I am fairly confident this is the first time since the advent of baseball that a club has felt the need to distance itself from an actual terrorist like this.


Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek’, dead at 83

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film’s most revered cult series.

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Rajon Rondo reportedly ‘extremely unlikely’ to re-sign with Mavericks

Rajon Rondo was suspended for Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, which came in the wake of at least two heated exchanges that the Dallas Mavericks point guard had with head coach Rick Carlisle. Will the tension ultimately lead to the end of their working relationship?

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports that Rondo is “extremely unlikely” to re-sign with the Mavericks when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Apparently the disagreements between Rondo and Carlisle have had to do with who should be calling offensive plays. Rondo believes his track record speaks for itself and that he should be able to call plays as the team’s point guard, while Carlisle — one of the best offensive minds in the game — has been hesitant to give a player who has been with him for less than one season that much control.

MacMahon notes that Carlisle had similar issues with Jason Kidd several years ago, though never quite as public as the spat between Rondo and Carlisle. The Mavs went on to win an NBA Championship a few years later with Carlisle and Kidd working together.

Dallas gave up a first-round pick, a second-round pick and three players for Rondo. Mark Cuban and company would not have given up that much for a one-season rental, but it’s hard to ignore the shouting match Rondo and Carlisle had on the court earlier this week.  The tension apparently spilled over into the locker room area after the game.

On Wednesday, Carlisle admitted that his communication with Rondo needs to improve.

“The incident last night was born in large part out of poor communication between him and I,” he said. “That’s on both of us. We had a long talk about the situation today, and we both agreed that we need to communicate more frequently.”

It has long been rumored that Rondo did not get along with Doc Rivers and was one of the reasons Rivers ultimately chose to leave the Boston Celtics. The veteran guard certainly isn’t one of the more coachable players in the NBA.

An Animated Short Narrated by Bill Gates About the Possibility of Eradicating Many Infectious Diseases by 2030

After discussing the future role of genetically modified organisms in the global economy, tech mogul turned philanthropist Bill Gates has returned to The Verge for another animated discussion, this time tackling the potential eradication of many global diseases like polio by the year 2030.

The system has had a tendency to get vaccines out to rich kids, who are less at risk for getting a disease and not get them out to the kids who need it most.

Josh Hamilton reportedly confesses to cocaine relapse

Josh Hamilton met with MLB Wednesday about a “disciplinary” issue, according to reports, and a new report says the Angels outfielder confessed to having a relapse with cocaine.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the news:



here was little information given about Hamilton’s meeting with MLB, but this provides some context. So did the report from FOX’s Ken Rosenthal which said the issue was “worse than PEDs.”

Because of Hamilton’s background as a drug addict, having a cocaine relapse could be considered worse than cheating the game. Hamilton was thought to have been clean for several years since being suspended by MLB from 2003-2005, but he did have an infamous alcohol relapse in 2012.

Hamilton is rehabbing shoulder surgery he underwent last month. He reportedly has been staying at a friend’s ranch in Houston rather than remaining at the Angels’ spring training complex in Arizona, an arrangement that the LA Times considered to be odd.

Hamilton, 33, is set to earn $35 million this season, though the Angels would not have to pay him while he is suspended if that ends up happening (though it sounds like he will avoid that for now). He is also guaranteed to make $32 million in both 2016 and 2017.