April 21st, 2011
12:22 PM ET
You might want to watch out for laser-wielding robots today.
As fans of the "Terminator" film series and TV show can tell you, the U.S. military defense system portrayed in "Terminator" called "Skynet" - which was a trending topic for the past couple of days - became "self-aware" on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
That means that "Judgment Day," the start of a nuclear holocaust caused by the machines who then wage war on humanity, is upon us: it's scheduled for today's date, as seen on the short-lived TV series, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
The important dates in "Terminator" lore were even acknowledged on Twitter by James Cameron, director of the first two films.
Judgment Day was supposed to take place on August 29, 1997, as seen in the original films, but obviously that had to change in the 2008-2009 TV series when Sarah and John Connor traveled through time and postponed it 14 years.
Cameron mused about it in a statement to TMZ: "Now instead of nuclear war and the machines taking over, we need to worry about global climate change. And the machines taking over. With everybody going through their lives bent over their Blackberries all day long, you could even argue the machines have already won."
"Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker also tweeted about it: "The Connors may have not defeated FOX but WE have defeated SKYNET. Live Long and Prosper past today: JUDGEMENT DAY."
Many others on Twitter are having fun with the fictional doomsday, like the official FunnyorDie.com account: "The greatest trick Skynet ever pulled was convincing the world it didn't change its name to Google."
And Kevin C. Tofel chimed in with, "Just realized why Skynet didn't take over as planned: it couldn't afford the mobile broadband costs to connect all of the machines."
Are you doing anything special for the big day? (Being especially nice to your computer, perhaps?) Share your comment below.
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