H.P. Lovecat

The essence of comedy is the incongruous, the discovery of something that doesn’t fit into the world as we know it. The new blog H.P. Lovecat marries two of the biggest memes on the internet: cats and the horror of H.P. Lovecraft. The inherent incongruity of these two things is so delightfully odd that you have to laugh.  

Because there exists no method known to man, more terribly suited to expose the cosmic meaningless of existence than pairing the words of H.P. Lovecraft with seemingly delightful and charming pictures of adorable kittens

Yeah, what he said.

-via Everlasting Blort


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Visual Guide to Marvel Movie Rights



Marvel Comics has been selling the rights to make films based on their material since the 1990s. Thus, the rights to involve certain Marvel characters in screenplays are restricted according to which studio owns them. The creation of Marvel Films in 1993 (now known as Marvel Studios) allowed for Marvel to do a reaquisition in some cases.

The issue seems complicated, but The Geek Twins simplified things with their graphic that explains which studio owns what. What crossovers can take place, allowing for who to fight whom?

Visit this page to see their graphic in three sizes, read a listing of studio rights, see The Geek Twins' references for their undertaking as well as to view other graphics they've created. 

Via Design Taxi | Image: The Geek Twins


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What REALLY Killed Google Glass?

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Google is no longer selling Google Glass, but insists that the company is committed to the product, which will be retooled and eventually launched in a different form. That’s not very helpful to the people who already bought one, as they will no longer receive software updates. What happened? If you watch this video, you might think it’s telling you that forces from beyond the grave caused the failure of Google Glass, but I believe the point is hidden in the simple fact that these guys couldn’t manage to summon porn with it. -via b3ta


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The Most Extreme Stadium Skybox Is Bigger Than Your House

Clark Hunt owns the Kansas City Chiefs, a professional football team. So it’s not surprising that he owns a private skybox at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs’ home. What’s amazing is that his recently renovated skybox is a luxurious mansion. Leaked photos indicate that it’s 3 stories tall and has 6 bedrooms. It’s so huge that the only thing that it’s missing is an inside tram service to carry people from one end to the other. You can see more photos of it at Core77.


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Being Snorlax - The Full Time Job Of Your Dreams


Being Snorlax by Licunatt

Living the life of a pocket monster isn't all it's cracked up to be, but there's one particular monster that seems to have a pretty sweet life- the Snorlax. They spend their day snoozing, dreaming of arena battles won and lost, and when they wake up they chow down, because all that dreaming tends to make a monster mighty hungry! They may not be the most energetic breed, or the most physically attractive, but ask any trainer and they'll tell ya- there's nothing like snuggling up with a Snorlax!

Care to try living like the lazy Snorlax? Slip this Being Snorlax t-shirt by Licunatt on and watch the Zzzzzzzs roll in, it's guaranteed to change your life from busy to one of total leisure.

Visit Licunatt's Facebook fan page and official website, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

Tic Toc Doctah The Legend Of Zhelda Initiative Hold Me Chokobo Dragon Cuteness

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Tattoos by Expanded Eye



Expanded Eye consists of London-based artists Jade Tomlinson and Kev James. The duo not only custom create the tattoo designs seen here from stories told to them by each client, but they also make prints, street art and other original artworks, which are exhibited in galleries and available for purchase at The Vaults Gallery in London.

Art lovers can spot influences of cubism in Tomlinson and James' tattoo designs, which often carry over from one section of the body to another. The use of geometric shape, contrast and multi-perspective viewpoints seems an homage to artists such as Picasso and Braque. 

See many more photographs of Expanded Eye tattoos and artwork at their website and check them out on Facebook. 

Via Laughing Squid | Images: Expanded Eye


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Medieval Fantasy Lord Vader Armor

Prince Armory makes custom handcrafted armor, costumes, and leather products. They’ve made quite a few mashups of pop culture characters in the form of medieval armor. Their latest project is a full suit of medieval armor in the style of Darth Vader! It’s a little bit science fiction, a little bit fantasy, and a whole lot of impressive. Get a good look at this armor from all angles at Geeks Are Sexy.


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Astronomers Discover Ring System around Distant Planet That’s So Huge That It’s Bigger Than Saturn’s

(Image: Artist’s Conception of the ring system by Ron Miller)

Star J1407 is about 400 light years away from our solar system. 2 years ago, scientists discovered that one of the planets orbiting it has a ring system, just as Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune do. This was the first known ring system outside of our own solar system.

Scientists at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands and the University of Rochester in the US have learned more about this system. It’s huge—much, much larger than that of Saturn. Phys.Org reports:

"This planet is much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and its ring system is roughly 200 times larger than Saturn's rings are today," said co-author Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester. "You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn."

-via David Thompson


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Hero Cat Donates Blood to Zombie Cat

Bart, the cat who returned from the dead, is recovering from his surgery at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. A day after his operation, Bart was found to be anemic, and received a blood transfusion. The blood donor was another cat at the shelter, Draco, who is waiting for a forever home. In return he was featured as Pet of the Day yesterday. Let’s hope Draco is rewarded with a new home and people who appreciate him.

(Image credit: Krista Sparkman)

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Celebrities Banned From Hosting Saturday Night Live

Many celebrities consider hosting Saturday Night Live to be a career highlight, a personal achievement that means they’ve really made it as an actor or comedian, and then there are those who just don’t give a damn.

They’re the rogues of the hosting world, the celebs who become outcasts by acting inappropriately, using foul language during a live taping or by simply being too hard to work with. They’re all part of an exclusive club of celebrities who have been banned from hosting SNL.

That very exclusive club includes Steven Seagal, who had the worst sketch ideas ever and was dubbed “Worst Host Ever” by Lorne Michaels, and Martin Lawrence, who delivered an unedited and filthy monologue about feminine hygiene that knocked the network censors off their office chairs.

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Babies Going Through Tunnels

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It’s not unusual for the parent in the passenger seat to record video of the baby in the backseat. This compilation of clips proves that there’s a universal reaction to riding through an unexpected tunnel for these little ones. “Hey! The world changed!” Or something like that. The totally unrelated music in this video only adds to the surrealism. Metafilter has a string of puns and jokes about what’s going on in their heads, including the title of their link post: OMG, it's full of cars!

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There Are 5 Other Flags Hidden inside the Norwegian Flag

This clever ad for Norwegian Airlines by M&C Saatchi shows you just a few places that you can travel to: France, Thailand, Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands. Sorry, Bhutan travellers—you’ll have to change flights somewhere along the journey.

-via Gizmodo


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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread! - Twaggies

We've teamed up with Dailymotion and will be bringing you animated Twaggies cartoons each month. Today we've got a great, new episode featuring the brilliant @ScottLinnen.

And don't forget to follow us @Twaggies!

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Man Karate Chops Flaming Boards, Plays Electric Guitar


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In his Life of Julius Caesar, the Greco-Roman historian Plutarch described a time when the future dictator of Rome read a biography of Alexander the Great. It saddened Caesar because he felt he had accomplished so little in his life compared to Alexander:

. . . when he was at leisure and was reading from the history of Alexander, he was lost in thought for a long time, and then burst into tears. His friends were astonished, and asked the reason for his tears. "Do you not think," said he, "it is matter for sorrow that while Alexander, at my age, was already king of so many peoples, I have as yet achieved no brilliant success?

Surely even the greatest among the living today must feel the same upon seeing this man chop through boards that are on fire while simultaneously playing an electric guitar.

-via Technabob


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Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls



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For the first time ever, a person has scaled Niagara Falls while it's in a frozen state. Ice climber Will Gadd braved the treacherous, unstable climbing conditions to complete the stunt. He explained the challenges of his frozen feat:

"The ice is formed in layers. That means there's a layer of ice, then snow (with a lot of air), then another layer of ice. It's unstable, for sure."

Gadd used ice axes, crampons and a specially-designed ice hook to climb the falls. Read a more detailed account of Gadd's climb here.  

Images: Christian Pondella

 


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Minion Beauty - She Drives Men Bananas!


Minion Beauty by IdeasConPatatas

Gru had quit his job as supervillain to reevaluate his goals in life and rediscover the American dream, but every time he took a nap he saw that sexy little minion falling into a pile of bananas. The image was disturbing to say the least, but Gru blamed it on the Banana Juice he had been drinking in excess every day, and yet, despite all logical thought, he found the banana dream oddly a-peeling...

Add some geeky gorgeousness to your wardrobe with this Minion Beauty t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas, it's sure to make your fellow minion fans go bananas!

Visit IdeasConPatatas's Facebook fan page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more beautifully geeky designs:

Chimichangas American Cookie Game Over Give A Little Whistle

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Lion Reunion

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Here we have a rare video from Kruger National Park in South Africa that doesn’t involve any blood, death, or mutterings of “that’s nature’s way.” A lioness had somehow gotten separated from her pride -for three days. She hid in the brush and sadly called out for them. Then on the third day, here they come down the road! She wants to make sure its her pride, but as soon as she recognizes them, the party is on. -via Arbroath


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Knife with a Jawbone Handle

Now that's a knife! Eetu Summanen, a blacksmith in Finland, made this Damascus steel knife. The handle is made from the jawbone of a roe deer. You can find more of his blacksmithing work here.

-via The Soul Is Bone


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Awkward Family Photos: 13 Cringeworthy Pet Portraits

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Just when you think the awkward family portraits bar has been set, someone goes and sets it a little bit higher (or, rather, lower). One has to wonder if these thirteen misguided pet owners regret their portrait concept in retrospect (or whether they were serious in the first place). Only one thing is certain: the animals are trapped in a shame spiral. -Via Distractify

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An Obituary for a National Treasure

Australian novelist Colleen McCullough, who wrote The Thorn Birds, died on Thursday at age 77. Her obituary at The Australian (warning: auto play video) began with this paragraph:

COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”

Fans and non-fans alike were struck that, after a lifetime of accomplishment as both a scientist and an author, McCullough’s obituary would begin with her appearance and then her relationships with men. The reaction was immediate, as pointed out by The Guardian. New Zealand’s Stuff reacted by composing similar obituaries for renowned male authors. Twitter users mocked The Australian by using the same style for their own obituaries under the hashtag #myozobituary.

-via Metafilter


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How to Make Drunken Oreos

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From PBJ to BYO Oreos! The folks at Foodbeast TV give a video demo of how to take your Oreos from sober to drunken in a few easy steps. I noticed that some readers on other posts of this video commented that they thought the filling should be either left on or mixed into the drunken filling. Hey, that's the perfect excuse to make a second "compare and contrast" batch! -Via Foodbeast

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These 30 Music Inspired T-Shirts Totally Rock!

Everybody loves music- it's the sound that soothes our savage souls, the beats we dance to, the ringtones in our phones and the rhythms we hear as we make our way through the world. Everywhere you go people are groovin' to their favorite tunes because hearing a great song puts the world in a groovy mood!

Music and geekdom make a perfect pair, and in the NeatoShop you'll find all kinds of cool designs that combine your favorite geeky subject matter with musical flair, most of which are only available in the rockinest online store- the NeatoShop!

Clockwork Orange Singin' In The Rain by Dutyfreak

Music inspired mashups usually start with great cover art

Galactic Empire-The Trooper by Markwelser

Iconic art that comes to define the band, and their signature sound

Jokers Gotham Tour 1989 by Demonigote

Fans like their favorite art to reflect their taste in music

Old School Rock N Roll Skull by Mudge

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Indominus Rex

The upcoming movie Jurassic Word has a theme park website, featuring a map, park features, and a link to the company behind its creation. Some of the pages are disabled, or rather marked as “coming soon” because the park isn’t yet open, but you can follow the countdown of the days until it is. They do have pages on the dinosaurs, including the new genetically-modified monster they call Indominus rex. It’s forty feet long and has a scream that can reach 160 decibels.

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.

At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Gigantosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

The conceit here is that real dinosaurs that we know about aren’t scary enough, so they had to create one even more dangerous. From the silhouette icon, it appears that I. rex has an advantage over T. rex in that its arms are long enough to reach out and grab a movie star. And its teeth, while capable of tearing a movie star to shreds, do not meet properly. Whether that’s a glitch in the genetic modification technique or not, it could well make the creature angry enough to lash out at its creators. Jurassic World is due in theaters in June. -via Gamma Squad


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Real Breakfast Cooked in a Tiny, Functional Kitchen


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The Japanese toy line Konapun includes scale model kitchens that people can use to make food. In the past, the food has been fake. But the company also manufactures a stove so realistic that you can cook a proper, albeit very small, meal on it.

In this video, YouTube member AAAjoken prepares scrambled eggs, sausage, and coffee using Konapun utensils and a stove. He serves them on two plates and cups on a tiny kotatsu.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Ezra Pound's Kickstarter Plan for T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot was poised to be the top poet of his generation. But first he had to be rescued from his day job.

(Image credit: Flickr user Seth Anderson)

In 1921, suffering from a “nervous disorder,” T.S. Eliot took a three-month hiatus from his day job. The 33-year-old had been working as a clerk in the London sub-basement of Lloyds Bank for four years. But with the luxury of time, the part-time poet focused his attention on completing his magnum opus, “The Waste Land.”

Released in 1922, Eliot’s haunting and defiantly oblique work is a landmark of modernism; even at its most impenetrable, one reviewer admitted that Eliot’s work possessed “the music of ideas.” Ezra Pound, too, was impressed. Convinced of Eliot’s genius, Pound reckoned that the grunt work was smothering his creativity. “Some of us consider Eliot’s employment in a bank the worst waste in contemporary literature,” Pound bemoaned.

Of course, financing poetry is a problem as old as poetry itself. For Emily Dickinson or Lord Byron, the answer was simple—being born into the right family relieved them of the worry. Others turned to hack writing to stock the till. Walt Whitman penned a temperance tract while guzzling cheap wine. Edgar Allan Poe cranked out newspaper filler like “Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement?” When William Wordsworth landed a decidedly unromantic job as a tax collector, he could take comfort in the knowledge that Geoffrey Chaucer had been a customs comptroller in the 14th century. “There’s no money in poetry,” Robert Graves once observed, “but then there’s no poetry in money either.”

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Be Careful or Suffer an Embarrassing Death

(Steve Patrick Adams)

Your family deserves better than the chuckles and whispers that will follow from an icicle death on a warm day. Find a better way, such as a fatal blogging accident or being crushed to death under your collection of My Little Pony toys.


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SHORT GUYS NEED LOVE TOO! - One Ridiculous Romance


SHORT GUYS NEED LOVE TOO! by OhHeyDJ

Mac is the littlest guy in the World Video Boxing Association but he has the biggest heart, and in his colorful virtual world that counts for more than mere muscles. He doesn't have the flashiest outfit, or a ridiculously cool looking finishing move, but Little Mac has the power of the controller wielding Console Overlords behind him and a smile that drives the girls wild! When he met his main squeeze Samus it was love at first sight, that is after she took off the helmet, but Mac doesn't like being the weak link in the relationship, especially when he once had to punch out Tyson...

Share your love of classic console gaming with this SHORT GUYS NEED LOVE TOO! t-shirt by OhHeyDJ, wear it and watch yourself transform into a total knockout!

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SUPER...LUIGI GALAXY? BLONDES AND BLADES SEATED MEDITATION...KIND OF DAMAGE DEALERS

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Landscapes of Finland by Mikko Lagerstedt

Divided
Meri-Pori, Finland,
 2014

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt is more proof that "self taught" photographers can reach the same level of excellence as those with formal training. Lagerstedt's fabulous landscapes are a mixture of techniques; he sometimes uses compositing of differently timed exposures. He describes his process in detail, as well as giving tutorials, on his website.

See more of Lagerstedt's work both at his site and on 
Instagram.  I highly recommend his blog for photography enthusiasts as well. -Via Colossal

The Whole Universe Surrenders
Emäsalo, 2015


Pathway
Tuusula, Finland, 2014

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Fried Rattlesnake and 9 Other Strange American Foods


(Photo: Alice Echo News Journal)

If you're preparing to visit the United States for the first time, you might want to read up on traditional American cuisine. You can probably find some burger joints scattered throughout the country to keep you fed. But to experience true American food, you should get away from the tourist areas and eat like the natives.

When on Earth has a helpful guide to 10 American foods. They are commonplace in American restaurants and supermarkets, but foreigners often think of them as strange. Try them! You'll enjoy fried rattlesnake, bull testicles, pickled pigs' feet, and akutaq, which is a Native Alaskan dessert consisting of polar bear fat, seal oil, snow, and berries. Dig in!

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Happy Birthday, Akua!

This adorable little girl is Akua. She lives in Ghana and is celebrating her birthday. The guy in the picture said, “What do you want for your Birthday, Akua?”

She replied, “I want to say Hi to America!”

So the guy’s friend posted the picture to reddit. Akua certainly charmed everyone, and received thousands of comments wishing her a happy birthday. See some of the responses posted in images.

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