April 27: This day in sci-fi history

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Apr 29, 2017, 7:33 PM EDT (Updated)

On this day in 1975, Death Race 2000 premiered. Think of this as basically The Hunger Games with cars and the 70’s. Basic plot: after the country devolved into chaos in 1979, the dystopian American government chose to line up a road race to the death that stretches across country.  The more destructive the better. They called this movie satire, but are we that far off, honestly? Sylvester Stallone plays a guy named Machine Gun Joe and once again, watching what 1975 thought the year 2000 would look like is a glorious thing.

Day of the Triffids premiered on this day in 1963 and while it is a pretty great movie, the 1951 novel is flat out spectacular. Basically, the world goes blind, and a species of man-eating plants take over. Written by John Wyndham, the book was a massive hit and has spawned numerous radio adaptations, the film version, several TV mini-series and a game. Trust us on this – if you’re looking for summer reading - the triffids are worth it. 

Today also happens to be Morse Code Day. You’re welcome to suggest brilliant moments of movies and TV that use Morse Code in the comments below, but we’re going to bet that you’re not going to beat those adorable kids in , or that time the Bloodhound Gang used the code to save one of their own after she was locked in a steam room. Also, a handy guide.

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