Some people celebrate Hanukkah with age-old traditions, and some prefer to put their own spin on the holiday with dreidels and menorahs that pay tribute to geek passions from "Star Trek" to "Doctor Who." Here's a selection of some of the geekiest DIY menorahs and dreidels we could find, including ones made from toy dinosaurs, Legos, and even test tubes. None are for sale, but click through our gallery and maybe you'll get inspired.
Brick by brick, this Lego menorah resembles a traditional design, but has a child-like influence.
MIT's Test Tube Menorah, which dates back to the '70s, "was born out of the unique MIT Hillel spirit of connecting MIT's passion for science and technology with Judaism," according to the MIT Hillel Web site. The design incorporates an old-style, wooden, two-level test tube rack with various styles of test tubes. The tubes partially are filled with vegetable oil and topped with a wick.
It's only logical to celebrate Hanukkah with this "Star Trek" menorah worthy of the USS Enterprise. "Joyce and Kaufman sent in this truly fantastic 'Star Trek' Pez LED menorah that they modded with one of our Deluxe LED Menorah kits," EvilMadScientist.com wrote on its Web site.
Combine a dreidel with an R2-D2 astromech droid from "Star Wars," and you have the Hanukkah Droidel you're looking for. Just print out this papercraft PDF and glue it to thin cardboard (like from a cereal box). Cut out the design, glue or tape the flaps, and add R2-D2's dome to the top. Then take it for a spin.