It’s been 50 years since Star Trek first premiered, and TV viewers boldly went where no man (or sci-fi series) had gone before. Gene Roddenberry’s classic show wasn’t just a fun and exciting look at the future of space exploration. It kickstarted imaginations around the world, and launched a franchise that includes multiple TV spinoffs and multi-million dollar movie series.
Because it’s such a groundbreaking series, there has been arguably more supplemental information released than there is actual content from the Star Trek show itself. Fan theories, fiction, scholarly papers, and countless sites offer up detailed examinations of Roddenberry’s universe. Unfortunately, as you probably know, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet — in fact, there are some well-established pieces of lore that are actually false. Here are five Star Trek facts that are not entirely true.