WTF of the Day: ‘Star Wars’ Tourists Warned About Possible ISIS Attacks Near ‘Tatooine’

Favorite
geek news tatooine isis attack warning
- -

They’ve ruthlessly murdered scores of innocent people, destroyed priceless artifacts, and bulldozed ancient cities.

Now ISIS recruits are passing through Luke Skywalker’s home planet on their way to Libya, and Star Wars fans are being warned to stay away as the danger escalates in the region.

Obi-Wan Kenobi said it best: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

The planet Tatooine from “Star Wars” was inspired by the real city of Tataouine in Tunisia and parts of the country were used as a backdrop for various scenes in the films.

Fans have been flocking to Tunisia for years to visit the locations, but now they’re being warned against it as the Islamic terrorist group ISIS expands in the region.

Over the past month, authorities have found numerous weapons caches – including rocket launchers – and arrested several men on their way to cross the border and join ISIS in Libya, according to CNN. ISIS also recently claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis which killed 23 people.

The British government has issued a travel warning for the area citing “a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.”

Short Film of the Day: 'Wanderers' Imagines Future in Space

Favorite
- -

A new short film by Swedish artist Erik Wernquist uses audio from Carl Sagan's 1994 book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space" and original animations to visualize what life might be like after Earth.

Wernquist based all of his images on real scientific ideas and concepts from NASA, which you can read more about on his site.

According to the description:

The title WANDERERS refer partly to the original meaning of the word "planet". In ancient greek, the planets visible in the sky were collectively called "aster planetes" which means "wandering star". It also refers to ourselves; for hundreds of thousands of years - the wanderers of the Earth. In time I hope we take that leap off the ground and permanently become wanderers of the sky. Wanderers among the wanderers.