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The Force is strong with Octopus Labs

May 05, 2017

The Force is strong with Octopus Labs

This Thursday – May the fourth - marked Star Wars Day 2017. Many at Labs could not resist the opportunity to show off their favourite Star Wars nerdwear. T-shirt designs ranged from the classic Star Wars logo to “Recycle Your Droid,” “The Emotions of an Imperial Stormtrooper,” and parodies of Lion King and Apocalypse Now designs.

Though it may seem odd to see an office full of Star Wars enthusiasts, The Fourth celebrates a series of films with genuine significance to many Labs employees. “When my brother and I were little we created our own Star Wars home movie,” recalled Tcha Willson, Head of IT. “I played Darth Vader, Yoda, and Han Solo, my brother was Luke, and my Mum was Leia.”

For Paulina Chlewinska, Star Wars reminds her of her childhood, “and that I would like to be a great warrior with powers to protect others.”

According to Wookieepedia, The phrase "May the Fourth be with you” dates back to at least 1979, on the day Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain's first woman prime minister.

Asked what relevance Star Wars has to the work done at Octopus Labs, Tcha responded, “We want to free the citizens of the galaxy from the oppressive nature of bad financial experiences.”