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29 facts about 'Star Wars' you probably didn't know
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29 facts about 'Star Wars' you probably didn't know

29 facts about 'Star Wars' you probably didn't know

29 facts about 'Star Wars' you probably didn't know

It's the movie that spawned an empire ... not to mention its own lexicon.

'Driods. Lightsabers. May the force be with you.

But with J.J. Abramson now directing the seventh film in the series, here are 29 facts about "Star Wars" that you probably didn't know.

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