State of the Web: Llamas, lighting and ‘Live Long and Prosper’

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Several news stories — some silly, some serious — overtook the Internet on Friday, Feb. 27.

A wild llama chase

Two domestic llamas escaped in Sun City, Arizona, and ran through the streets, evading capture and becoming Internet sensations.

The black llama was lassoed first, but the white llama put up more of a fight as police officers and bystanders worked together to bring him into submission, according to azcentral.

Both llamas have been returned to their owners and will likely remain forever ignorant of their 15 seconds of fame.

The dress that divided the world

A proud mother-of-the-bride only wanted a nice dress to wear to her wedding. What she got was a dress that ruins friendships, causes headaches and requires scientific explanation to make sense.

Scottish musician Caitlin McNeill told Business Insider that her friends received a picture of the dress the bride’s mother was planning to wear, and they couldn’t figure out what color it was. McNeill, who was playing in the wedding band, posted the picture to Tumblr, asking for help, and the story exploded.

The dress can be seen as white and gold, blue and black, or some combination of the colors, depending on how the viewer interprets small nuances of color, CNN explained.

Communities have formed, separating those who see white from those who see blue. According to an unofficial Buzzfeed poll, people tend to see white and gold much more often.

Brands and corporations have even gotten in on the action, using #thedress to market their products, including our very own BYU Store.

Photos taken at the wedding today seemed to settle the debate once and for all: the dress actually is blue and black. However, people tend to trust what they can see, and the actual colors of the fabric don’t matter as much as the original photograph, which continues to appear to be different colors to different people.

Leonard Nimoy’s last journey through the stars

On a much more somber note, Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in the TV cult series “Star Trek,” died today at age 83, Fox News reported.

Fans around the world are mourning the pop culture icon and have taken to social media to express their regrets.

Nimoy, who starred in all three seasons of “Star Trek: The Original Series” and eight “Star Trek” films as the half-Vulcan, half-human starship officer, struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during the year preceding his death.

The character of Spock has become an American cultural cornerstone, and Nimoy discussed how the character influenced his life in the autobiographies “I Am Not Spock” and “I Am Spock.” By voicing parody Spocks on various television shows like “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “The Big Bang Theory,” he showed how large of an impact the character had on the science fiction community and on television in general.

The Space Foundation gave Nimoy the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in 2010 for his work inspiring “people around the world to explore the wonders of science, space, and technology.”

Fans have showed their respect for the man and the character by using the hashtag #LLAP, which stands for “live long and prosper.” The phrase, a Vulcan salute, and the accompanying hand gesture have become a calling card for not only “Star Trek” fans but all pop culture enthusiasts.

Nimoy’s  legacy will not be soon forgotten by those whose lives he touched.

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