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Is USA Today Trolling 'Star Wars' Fans With 'Star Trek' Graphics?

The front-page story on the hit film was surrounded by Star Trek images.
USA Today found multiple ways to plaster their front page with "Star Trek" references on Monday, despite the lead story being
USA Today found multiple ways to plaster their front page with "Star Trek" references on Monday, despite the lead story being about "Star Wars."

Don't let the "Star Trek" graphics confuse you -- USA Today's lead story on Monday was about "Star Wars."

The newspaper found multiple ways to plaster its front page with "Star Trek" images, including a massive Vulcan salute -- the forked hand gesture that's often accompanied by the phrase "live long and prosper" -- that partially dominated its banner.

Directly below the blue and black Trekkie gesture ran the graphic-starved main headline: "'Star Wars' smashes opening records."

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, had his face on Monday's front page twice. His inclusion was part of an article on
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, had his face on Monday's front page twice. His inclusion was part of an article on celebrities who died this year.

Whether the Vulcan graphic's selection was the result of mixed-up sci-fi symbols or pure intergalactic trolling wasn't entirely clear.

Directly beneath the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" article, which trumpeted the seventh movie's record-breaking box office weekend, the front page also contained a political op-ed by former “Star Trek” actor George Takei.

The face of fellow "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, is also not once, but twice pictured as part of a tribute to celebrities who died this year.

CNN editor Alsha Love expressed conviction that there's a Trekkie afoot.

"There's definitely a Trekkie at @USATODAY trolling all the Star Wars fans," she tweeted with a photo.

USA Today did not immediately return a request for comment.

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