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Bryan Young

Contributing Writer

Bryan covers history, pop culture and all things Star Wars for HowStuffWorks. He's worked as a filmmaker, journalist and novelist, and continues to do so. He does a Star Wars podcast called Full of Sith, wrote a book about a presidential assassination and lives in Salt Lake City.

Recent Contributions

A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

His name is Caroll Spinney, and he's been bringing these beloved 'Sesame Street' characters to life for nearly 50 years.

Ridiculous History: When an X-wing Pilot Was Questioned After Kennedy's Assassination

After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the FBI left no stone unturned during its investigation. At one point, the investigation led to a most unlikely place.

Why Bugs Bunny Is Spectacular

He's one of the most iconic cartoon characters ever. But why?

Donald Glover Loves the Social Message in 'Solo'

Donald Glover is totally having a moment.

Casting Han Solo Was Harder Than Blowing Up the Death Star

Harrison Ford was never a sure thing for the role of Han Solo. It could have been Al Pacino. Or even Freddy Kruger (aka Robert Englund).

The First 'Killer Robot' Was Around Back in 1979

With the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots heating up, we step back a few decades to look at the first human death by robot.

Were the Flintstones Neanderthals?

"The Flintstones" were a modern Stone-Age family, but were they early predecessors of Homo sapiens or Neanderthals?

'The Last Jedi' Leaves No Time to Mourn Han Solo

'The Last Jedi' picks up immediately after the shocking events of 'The Force Awakens,' which doesn't leave much time to mourn the loss of everyone's favorite smuggler.

8 Times 'The Last Jedi' Nods to the Classic 'Star Wars' Trilogy

Though 'The Last Jedi' is firmly rooted in the present of 'Star Wars,' it references a lot of elements from the original three films.

7 Times 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' References the Prequels

Think "The Last Jedi" only references the original "Star Wars" trilogy? Think again. If you pay attention, you'll see that it's also full of prequel nods.

The Cast of 'The Last Jedi' Remember Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, who plays General Leia in 'The Last Jedi,' made an indelible mark on every one of her cast mates.

5 Things We Learned at the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Press Conference

The international press conference for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was a secretive affair, but we were on hand and boiled it down to the five most important points.

Why Thanos Getting the Infinity Gauntlet Is Really Bad

Thanos, the purple bad guy hinted at since the very first 'Avengers' film, is finally going toe to toe with the heroes of the Marvel Universe. This can only end poorly.

Why Would Luke Want to End the Jedi?

New "Star Wars" movies always bring about more questions. And the biggest question facing those who follow the mythology is why a Jedi Master like Luke Skywalker would want to end his order.

How the Mighty Thor Busted Into Comic Books and the Big Screen

With Greek and Roman gods so much more well-known, what made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wade into Norse mythology when they created Thor?

Who Wants to Build Their Own R2-D2?

Because a $100 Droid Inventor Kit may allow you to do just that.

Why Do 'Star Wars' Fans Complain So Much About 'Star Wars'?

To some, 'Star Wars' is akin to a religion, and, like any religion, the debate over dogma and membership is fierce

Why 'Star Wars' Chose YouTube for Its New Series 'Forces of Destiny'

Why would a cinematic giant like 'Star Wars' go digital first with its newest stories?

5 Times Directors Were Replaced and the Movie Still Crushed It

When Ron Howard took over the new "Star Wars" film, people wondered how often this type of switcheroo happens. Turns out it's a lot — and it doesn't always end badly.

How Barbie's Boyfriend Ken Became an Accidental Gay Icon

The 1993 case of Earring Magic Ken shows how marketing and focus groups can inadvertently create a kitsch classic. Mattel found this out the hard way when they asked little girls to offer input.

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