Little-known sci-fi fact: Kirk never said the famous Trek quote you think he did

When Star Trek fans muster up their best dramatic pause, they often speak a line of dialogue that was never uttered on the show or in any of the movies.

William Shatner's acting style is very ... let's call it distinct. In fact, it's so immediately recognizable that every geek from the '60s on through to the present has their own Captain Kirk impression. And when people choose exactly what they want to say while doing their best Shatner, they often repeat the following:

Beam me up, Scotty.

You can find this quote plastered across all kinds of merch -- T-shirts, buttons, magnets, and on and on. Except Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty."

Here are a few variations Kirk did say:

"Scotty, beam us up." - from The Gamesters of Triskelion and The Savage Curtain

"Beam me up." - from This Side of Paradise

"Beam us up, Scotty." -- from the animated series episodes The Lorelei Signal and The Infinite Vulcan

William Shatner absolutely did recite all of those lines, but "Beam my up, Scotty?" Not once, if you're going by the formal continuity, that is. The only time Shatner did say that particular line was in a Star Trek audiobook, The Ashes of Eden, which was actually written by William Shatner himself.

Now you know the truth. So next time your buddy misquotes Captain Kirk, you can push your glasses up, waggle your finger and correct them. After all, if you're going to quote the captain of the Enterprise, you'd better get it right!

(via Today I Found Out)

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