Declarations of Independence

Grant Snider of Incidental Comics continues to enjoy and share the intricacies of life with a toddler. It’s astonishing to watch them develop and become distinct personalities, and so many of them follow the same path that other parents can remember and relate. The process of seeing them learn about the world around them and discover their ability to manipulate it is almost magical, but at the same time chaotic and exhausting for parents.   

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Blueberry Pancake and Red Velvet Corn Dogs

Nash Ruin, The Vulgar Chef (content warning: foul language), made corn dogs over the weekend. He's turned this traditional county fair snack into a delicious breakfast. Ruin doesn't provide any details, but it appears that he garbed the dogs in layers of blueberry pancake mix and red velvet cake. Yummy!

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Overlook: An Intricate Modern Woodcut

Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth have been working on a woodcut called Overlook for two years now.

A dense forest huddles tight, with groves expanding outwards, upwards, growing ever further away. The trees move with the motion of a wind, or not; some are rigid & straight, some rustling & reaching. At the middle of the print, the treeline dips down and spreads up and out into a great stretch of rolling fields and forests.

The original artwork is finished, and they are working on carving the “key” woodblock. Next, an additional three or four woodblocks will be carved for the different print colors. Limited edition color prints are available for pre-order from Tugboat Printshop. -via Laughing Squid


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Female Superhero Pinups by Stephen Langmead

   Wonder Woman in her original costume from 1941 

These old-school-sexy pinups of female superheroes by illustrator Stephen Langmead feature them in the very costumes they sported in their first comic book appearances. Drawn with classically shaped physiques and with hair and makeup to match, the pinups are the total package in terms of vintage appeal. Visit Langmead's Art Station site to see more of his work. -Via Design Taxi.

 
  Crystal, 1965 

   Sue Storm, 1961 
   

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Knit Bat'leth Scarf

Have you not heard of the Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold in the winter. So bundle up before slaughtering your enemies. For today is a good day to die, but also chilly. Kimberly Gintar has a knitting pattern that will wrap you in a Klingon bat'leth. So get out your knitting needles and charge. Qapla'!

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An Illustrated Guide To Pulling Off The Perfect J-Turn

The J-turn- an action movie/stunt driving staple, and a manuever cool guys driving muscle cars used to practice in empty parking lots.

If the name isn’t immediately familiar the move will be- driver drives in reverse away from the trouble, say a bunch of cop cars, then the driver swings the car around in an 180 degree turn and keeps going in the same direction.

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It's a flashy maneuver that will make you look like a superstar driver if you ever pull one off in real life, but before you attempt a J-turn you should consult this handy guide from The Art of Manliness.

Memorize this easy to follow guide, illustrated by Ted Slampyak, and you'll be pulling off this maverick driving maneuver in no time, cool car not included. Have fun squealing the tires!

-Via Lifehacker


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20 Things You Might Not Know About Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction was released in the United States in October of 1994. Can that movie really be twenty years old? Why yes, as a matter of fact, it debuted at Cannes in May, and was released in several countries before Americans saw it. Want to know some other cool facts about Pulp Fiction? Here’s a sampling:   

6. THE MOVIE COST ONLY $8.5 MILLION TO MAKE.

Five million went to the actors’ salaries. It made that all back in its first week at the U.S. box office (the film pulled in $9.3 million the first weekend of release).

20.TRAVOLTA DIDN’T REALLY INJECT THURMAN IN THAT SCENE.

The infamous scene in which Mia is stabbed with a very necessary adrenaline shot was stressful enough, so Tarantino took off some of the pressure: the needle was inserted, and then Travolta pulled it out. The scene was reversed in post-production so it looks as if Vincent Vega really is plunging that syringe into her. Movie magic!

The rest of the list is at mental_floss.


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Disney Movies in Chronological Order by Historical Setting












Aish at Disney's New Groove posted this chart of Disney movies in chronological order according to their historical settings. She posted it with the following note:

"(Excludes most of the package films. Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)"

What do you think? -Via Geeks are Sexy.


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Perfectly Timed Photo Shows a Basketball Solar Eclipse

Redditor MDPPatrick snapped this photograph at just the right moment. His brother tossed the basketball into the air. When the camera shutter opened, the ball was blocking out the sun, creating the impression of a solar eclipse.

-via Twisted Sifter

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Vintage Flesh Wound - I Wave My Bloody Stumps In Your General Direction!


Vintage Flesh Wound by Nemons

There was once a very silly knight who simply didn't know when to quit. He was lively and animated, until his limbs began being forcibly removed, but even though he couldn't walk without legs he kept running off at the mouth! If you happen upon this strange fellow when you're wandering around the forest please tell him to watch what he says to any travelers he comes across, because he's all out of limbs and he's only got one head!

Celebrate your favorite classic comedy flick with this Vintage Flesh Wound t-shirt by Nemons, it's a great way to cover up your flesh wounds and it'll keep you in the spirit until your next movie night.

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Prism Coffee Table



The Prism coffee table, designed by Maurie Novak of MN Design in Melbourne, Australia, is an absolute stunner. The stainless steel frame surrounds strands of brightly colored, loosely woven elastic, perfectly visible through the clear glass top. Like a true prism, one's vantage point determines each unique, beautiful view. Visit the MN Design website to learn more. -Via Lost at E Minor

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Can You Imagine Getting A Massive Hug From A Lioness?

I am not quite sure who this Jay Hawk Daily guy is, but he posts some amazing videos to his YouTube on the regular of him doing stuff that most of us would either love to do, or die in fear and refuse to do. Take, for example, this video of him showing up and hanging out with a lioness who just cannot seem to stop giving him love and hugs. 99% of us will live our entire lives never knowing what a lioness hug feels like (and being somewhat grateful for that), but to see the bond these two obviously have is amazing. She just acts like a giant kitten around him. 

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My rational sense of self-preservation knows better than to be jealous or envy him, but it is still wonderful to see just how gentle and loving wild animals can be towards certain humans. I have said it before and will say it again. I often think humans could take a lesson in humanity away from some animals.

But keep in mind, were this anyone but him, they probably would have been mauled. Never let these vids lull you into a false sense about what these animals can do. Just saying.

Wimp

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A Bay Side Dwelling That Doesn't Block the View

There are plenty of beach shacks out there, but the Window House is pretty unlike anything you've ever seen. This one-person getaway is super cozy -measuring only 10 by 26 feet, so it's not ideal for regular living, but makes a great weekend surf spot. Best of all, the tiny home looks great but doesn't block the view from their neighbors and passersby thanks to the huge windows on each side of the tiny space.

See more pictures at Homes and Hues: A Tiny Seaside Home Just Perfect For Viewing the Waves


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Kanye West Is Now a College Professor

(Photo: Team Kanye Daily)

Rapper Kanye West is already the subject of a college course. Now he's teaching one. In March, he was sentenced to serve 250 hours of community service for beating a paparazzi photographer. To serve that time, he's chosen to teach a course on fashion at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a community college.

Professor West is discreet about his teaching, revealing little about his activities at the college. But a few photos from his students have leaked out.

-via College Insurrection


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35 Totally Magical Disney Tattoos

The Wonderful World of Disney is beloved by children around the globe and many of those kids continue to adore the company and its films as they grow into adults, and some of them even show that adoration in the form of tattoos.

Disney

One man is behind the entire Disney franchise, and this tattoo by Aldona Reyman is a lovely tribute to the man who made it all possible, Walt Disney.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

The castle at the heart of Disneyland is more than just an attraction, it's ultimately an icon for the entire world of Disney and all the magic moments they helped create over the years. This castle was inked by Tom Tait Tattoos and belongs to Kristen Brumpton.

Mickey & Minnie

Mickey might be the most famous animated character on earth now, but that was hard to imagine when he first appeared in Steamboat Willie back in 1928. Here's a tribute to the mouse that made it all possible courtesy of Lucky Dice Tattoo.

Here's a fun Disney fact: the first people who did the voices for Mickey and Minnie ended up getting married in real life. This adorable tattoo of the animated couple was done by Dean Denney.

Princesses

Princesses are some of the most popular stars in the entire Disney lineup. This unfinished piece by Miss Mae La Roux is a fantastic dedication to those royal ladies.

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Color and Contrast

This is a really simple game. You know that is a loaded statement. Just because a game is simple doesn’t mean it can’t be maddeningly difficult to win, or finish. I’m not sure this game even has a finishing, or winning, point. All you do is click the tile that is a different color. But the further you go, the less contrast there is in the tiles. Eventually you will be seeing waves of color and changing tiles, although that’s in your head. How far will you go? I made it to level 23 once, although I stumbled at 18 the first time around. -via Metafilter


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Life Magazine's 1947 Challenge to Comic Strip Artists: Draw Your Characters While Blindfolded

In 1947, Life magazine challenged some of the top comic strip artists of the day to draw their iconic characters while blindfolded. It seemed reasonable that the artists, having drawn their characters so many times, might have established total muscle memory for the task. 

While the results were said to be far under the expectations of those who suggested the blindfolded art challenge, to me they seem pretty much what I would expect. What do you think? -Via Dangerous Minds 


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One Night Cough Syrup

Back in the day, medicine didn't fool around, not even for a cough. This picture shows the alarming active ingredients in One Night Cough Syrup. I’m sure anyone that took this got their money’s worth. It would certainly stop your cough, or at least make you forget you had one. It’s nice that they assured us the alcohol was less than 1%, as if that was the scariest ingredient.

I found a legal case from 1934 involving this cough syrup, in which the FDA ruled that the claims of its therapeutic properties were misleading, and a few dozen bottles that had been shipped across state lines were destroyed.   

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Unsettling Trivia About Popular Movies

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is largely considered to be a movie classic; a cautionary tale about ill-mannered children, among other things. While the story occasionally dips into darker territory, such as the harsh punishments for the childrens' infractions, mostly the sweetness of Charlie's relationship with his grandfather and the happy ending keep the overall picture light.  

Yet amazingly, the principals in one of the darkest chapters in history— Hitler and the Nazi party — affected not only the casting of the film, but supplied one minor cast member. 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was shot in Munich, Germany in 1970, almost 25 years after the fall of the Nazis. The producers and director wanted to cast dwarves as the Oompa Loompas, but they soon learned that their plan would be problematic. There were few dwarves left in Germany due to Hitler's wartime policy of murdering people born with birth defects which, according to his demented mind, meant all manner of people, including dwarves. There were so few dwarves to be found locally that when it came time to cast the film, the casting director was forced to search all across Europe. Many of the little people eventually hired were not professional actors and therefore could not dance or sing. In fact, even in the final cut of the film, some of the Oompa Loompas appear not to be singing or not to know the words of the songs. This was because a number of them couldn't speak English.

More bizarre is the announcement in the film, via a television news report, that the last golden ticket has been located by a South American businessman (later to be revealed as a forgery). The photo that the news anchor holds up, supposedly of the businessman with the golden ticket, is of Hitler's real life personal secretary, Martin Boorman. Boorman was a top Nazi official, said to accompany Hitler everywhere he went.

Read more unsettling facts behind popular films here.  

Images: IMDB, Paramount Pictures


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The Wonders of The Blue Ball Machine

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Do you ever find yourself looking at something, and somehow just losing yourself in its intricacies? It can be artwork, or a moment glimpsing at the sky, but it just grabs you, and in that moment, nothing else exists? That is how I feel about the Blue Ball Machine. I think that title sounds a little off-color, so we I will avoid using that expression again.

Just trust me. Click the above link, and be prepared to be sucked in. A couple of pieces of advice before you do go there. It may seem old-school and overwhelming at first, but the way to find a flow to it all is watch just one ball is it runs its journey through the machine. Before you know it, you are sitting there, glued to your screen at this mesmerizing display.

It may look old-school, and may seem archaic, but who cares? Once you get enraptured by the machine, little else will matter. At least for a minute or two, anyway.

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Blood and Ice Cream - A Big Screen Scream


Blood and Ice Cream by Tom Trager

Simon served his own brand of leading man justice across three radically different films, smashing pints along the way, and in the end we were left with a multifaceted portrait of the man. He's a lover, a drinker, and he's no stranger to both giving and receiving a smackdown. He's a loyal friend, no matter how drunk he is, and aside from a few freakouts he stands brave in the face of unspeakable evil. He's quite the hero, ain't he?!

Celebrate your favorite actor's finest films with this Blood and Ice Cream t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's the perfect attire to wear during movie night or a night spent fighting zombies and alien invaders...

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TARDIS for Little Time Lords

Vanja Vinter made this stroller that is perfect for a Gallifreyan baby. Both the outside and the inside (the latter of which is larger) are stylishly decorated in the colors and patterns you'd expect from a Whovian.

So take your baby out in the pram. It's chilly out, so wear a bonnet. Bonnets are cool.

-via Nerd Approved


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Groot's Grooves - Coming To An Arboretum Near You


Groot's Grooves by Emilie Boisvert

Guarding the galaxy doesn't really pay much, so when Groot is between missions he likes to flex his twiggy fingers and spin some deep roots grooves. He might not say much, or rock the mic like his boy Rocket, but when he lets his leafs down and gets the party started you'll discover another one of Groot's powers is the ability to make peope want to dance the night away!

Add some fresh superheroic flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Groot's Grooves t-shirt by Emilie Boisvert, and guard your wardrobe against the forces of boring fashion!

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Stephen King's Novels Summarized In 140 Characters Or Less

Stephen King is one of America’s most beloved authors, and his fan base has bridged the gap between horror aficionados and mainstream readers like nobody has before.

But what about those who are new to King’s dark world? It could take them years to read every book King has ever written, and who has time to read full length books?

Author and columnist Max Booth III took a note from Twitter and summarized each book in the Stephen King library using 140 characters or less, so people with short attention spans can catch up on their reading in about five minutes.

Now you can tell your King fan friends that the plot to Carrie is actually "The tale of a brave girl with telekinesis taking the Ice Water Challenge during prom", and that The Shining is simply a story where "A writer fights his family". It's so easy!

You can read all of Max's perfectly concise summarizations over at LitReactor


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Pop Culture Action Figure Dioramas by Wake

An artist who goes by the name Wake takes custom action figures and creates entire 1/6 scale scenes from movies and TV shows to showcase them. Some are pretty near indistinguishable from the source material!

Wake posted many pictures of his dioramas at the action figure forum Sideshow Freaks. You’ll find an index with a photo from many of his collections here, and you can follow the page numbers to see more of each collection. However, as the forum thread grows, the page numbers are a bit skewed, and you may have to look around a bit to see them all. Because there are a lot of pictures.

-via the A.V.Club


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Dogs That Look Like Someone (or Something) Else

Dog looks like Richard Branson

Bored Panda asked their readers to submit photos of dogs who look like someone (or something) else. Here are some of the submissions they received. There's the old adage that dogs begin to resemble their owners... but who could anticipate them looking like their owners' favorite venture capitalist, cartoon character or most oft-used bath towel? Are these people just seeing things? See the remaining photos to be the best judge. 


Greyhound looks like Sid from Ice Age

Dog looks like Vladimir Putin

Dog looks like Dumbo the elephant

Pug looks like Jabba the Hutt

Shar Pei looks like a fluffy towel 

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Childish Priorities

(Chris Hallbeck/Minimumble)

As a parent, it can be hard to remember that my kids aren't miniature adults with appropriate values. I must be patient with them. Eventually, they will come to appreciate my online personal branding.


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Pretty Crabby

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Caspar Babypants makes music for children. “Pretty Crabby” is the first song from the new album Rise and Shine. The video is a wonderful stop-motion animation featuring yarn crafts, by Charlotte Blacker and Mark Taylor. About the song:

This one started out as a really abstract song called PRETTY SPARKLE and I was trying to capture the wonder of being alive in a song. It turned out to be too abstract so I gutted it and made it about this wee crab that I met on the beach on an island a little while ago. It seemed like it was having a bad day and wanted to get me but it was also an amazing creature with its intricate shell. In the end you can listen to this song if you are feeling crabby and maybe it will cheer you up!

Well, it worked for me! -via Tastefully Offensive

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34 People Having Fun with Statues

It's a beautiful and grand statue that you walk by every day. You ignore it until it settles into the background of your life. But other people see great opportunities for hilarious photos. Abraham of 22 Words rounded up 34 pictures of people playing around with statues to great comedic effect.

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Classic Legend Of Zelda Artwork By Katsuya Terada

The original version of The Legend of Zelda on the NES became a classic because of the fun action gameplay, the lengthy RPG storyline, and the many hidden secrets gamers delighted in uncovering as they played through the game.

It didn’t become a classic because of the in-game artwork, because at the time of its release the 8-bit color palette was so limited that the game designers were simply doing the best with the amount of pixels they were given.

However, Japanese illustrator Katsuya Terada was creating all kinds of simply beautiful artwork based on the Legend of Zelda universe, which could be found in game booklets, magazines like Nintendo Power and various art books released in the late 80s.

These amazing illustrations show the land of Hyrule, and the adventures of a brave boy named Link, as they would've looked if games like The Legend of Zelda and A Link To The Past were released today.

You can see a great collection of Katsuya Terada's artwork created for The Legend of Zelda here

-Via Slightly Warped


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