You may have heard the news that William Shatner has died. FAKE NEWS!!! He's still alive and doing well. Facebook has been taking a beating lately with many people leaving because of perceived privacy issues and this won't help.

Have you seen those "sponsored links" where it shows the passing or demise of a celebrity and then you click on the story and the story is different then the headline. Shocker, I know.

That's what happened to William Shatner. A "sponsored link" chowed up and claimed that Shatner had been found dead. A fan sent it to The Shat himself and he replied that he was in fact alive.

Facebook removed the ad and Shatner replied with "Thank you, I'm not planning on dying so please continue to block those kinds of ads.

So let's celebrate the birthday of Star Trek's first Captain. William Shatner as he turns 87 today (3/22). It's hard to believe this show was on for three years in the mid-sixties and is still relevant today.

Big Bang Theory talks about the Star Trek all the time. The boys play Klingon Boggle. Sheldon invented a game called 'Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock' and the boys always choose Spock.

So we know the boys of Big Bang are Star Trek fans. How do you know if Star Trek is taking over your life? Here are the signs:

You say "Make It So" in casual conversation.

You own Spock ears.

You have a everyday and dress Starfleet uniform. At least you would have something in common with Leonard

You understand and play Klingon Boogle.

You know that "Beam Me Up, Scotty" was never actually said on the original series but it doesn't stop you from saying it......all the time.

Star Trek and Big Bang have crossed over into reality too. Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny on the show, plays his daughter in a series of commercials.

William Shatner has been asked if he would ever appear on Big Bang Theory. He said he would be interested in a cameo if the writers came up with something interesting for him.

You know what I say to that? MAKE IT SO.

Happy 87th birthday to William Shatner and we are thrilled to hear that you're not dead yet.

[via William Shatner Twitter/Wikipedia]