Bizarre Things That Happened On The Set Of Star Trek

Bizarre Things That Happened On The Set Of Star Trek

No other television show has boldly gone quite so many places as Star Trek. The series may have only been on the air for three seasons, but there’s some really entertaining stories about the shenanigans that happened on set. Here are some bizarre things that happened on the set of Star Trek.

Tinnitus plagues 50 million Americans, and it’s one of those things that’s a lot worse than it sounds. Tinnitus is the medical term for a ringing in the ears that never goes away, and some special effects caused two key Star Trek cast members to experience it. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were both standing too close to a special effects explosion during the filming of the first season Star Trek episode “Arena.”

For years, both men suffered from tinnitus, but it was especially debilitating for Shatner. The actor wrote:

“There were days when I didn’t know how I would survive the agony. I was so tormented by the screeching in my head I really thought I would not be able to go on.”

He eventually found relief with what’s known as “tinnitus retraining therapy,” which requires patients to wear a noise-generating device that teaches the brain to ignore the ringing sound. The therapy worked, and Shatner says he no longer suffers from the disorder.

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