If Superheroes Did Commercials

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If you're a full-time superhero, you probably don't have time for a regular full-time job. You'll need another source of income. Or perhaps you're already rich, but would like to make more through good merchandising. Either way, celebrity endorsements may be a way for you to make some rent money.

Every week, Comic Book Resources hosts The Line Is Drawn, a theme-based art contest for comic book artists. This past week, the topic was superheroes doing commercials. You can view all of the contributions here, including Thor selling Craftsman tools and Power Girl selling Wonderbras.

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Chocolate Teapot



In the realm of British insults, calling someone a "chocolate teapot" is equivalent to telling them they're useless. Yet with the advent of the U.K. Nestle Product Technology Centre's victory in creating a chocolate teapot that can withstand several minutes of hot tea brewing, the phrase may not be such an insult after all. A group of scientists and engineers got together to make this crucial milestone in chocolate technology.

The design ingredients necessitated dark chocolate with 65 percent chocolate solids, which created a base that wouldn't melt quickly. Molding the base ingredients into a teapot with thick walls gave the end result more delicious stamina. The final product melts just enough per brew to give your cup of tea a light chocolate flavoring. I have a coconut tea that would work nicely. Bring it on!

Read more about the chocolate teapot and see a video of its construction here.

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In an Earlier Script for Frozen, Elsa Was a Villain

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In the 1930s, Walt Disney tried to make a film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen," but never put it into production. It took his company 70 years to complete the project, which culminated in the hugely successful movie Frozen.

I have two young daughters, so it was inevitable that I would eventually watch Frozen. When I finally did, I was surprised to find that the main character is not Elsa, blonde-haired snow queen, but her sister Anna.

In a recent television special about the film, Disney's producers revealed another surprise about Elsa: in an earlier script, they had planned for her to be the main villain of the story. Kirsten Acuna writes for Business Insider:

Elsa's character looked completely different. She originally had light blue skin and short, spiky blue hair. She even had a coat made out of living weasels.

"Elsa was going to be the complete antagonist," says director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee in the book "The Art of Frozen." "They kept calling her the 'villain.' But there came a point where we said, 'We can't use that word anymore.' You care about someone who's been forces to hide who they are. Elsa's not a villain, she just makes some bad choices because she's in a very difficult situation."


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The filmmakers decided to change Elsa after writing her signature song "Let It Go":

"We knew in this moment that she would go through a transformation," said Lopez. "From repressed to letting her powers out ... trying to get away from society and be who she really was."

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The Painted Mosque and Arabati Baba Tekke

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell are living in Macedonia for 91 days, and recently took a sightseeing trip to the town of Tetovo. There they saw the Šarena Džamija, the Painted Mosque. The mosque lives up to its name, with intricate and colorful decorations painted inside and out. The other town attraction is a dervish monastery named Arabati Baba Tekke.

The Arabati Baba Tekke was established in 1538 by Ali Baba, the brother-in-law of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. After his sister had angered the Sultan, Ali Baba was exiled to the fringes of the Ottoman Empire. In Tetovo, he decided to spend the rest of his years as a Bektashi monk, devoting his life to Sufism.

The tekke is still in use by a single dervish: a very tall man with a very long beard, whom we had the opportunity to meet. We saw his quarters, along with the graves of the babas who have led the tekke throughout the centuries. And while German Jürgen was a hit at the Painted Mosque, here it was American Mike’s turn to shine. Flying above the door to the dervish’s quarters was a big USA flag. Perhaps our government helped with funds, or maybe there’s some personal connection — I can’t say for sure, but I sure liked it.

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Wings of Freedom - One Titanic Tee


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The return of the titans was seen as the beginning of the end by many people, and made everyone lose faith in the walls that had protected them for so many years, but when the Special Operations Squad brought the battle back to those grinning behemoths the people began to rally behind them. They rode on wings of freedom, and their Survey Corps training made them more than a match for those man eating monsters. The Survey Corps- humanity's best defense against the return of the titans.

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Photos of Puppies Underwater

In 2007, Seth Casteel photographed shelter dogs to help them find good homes. Since then, he's found his niche: dogs underwater. We've previously featured her series of dogs trying to catch balls underwater. More recently, he photographed puppies as they were dropped into pools. This was an opportunity for him to get some great shots. But, as he explained in an NPR interview, it was also an opportunity to teach dogs how to swim:

No. 1: swimming pool safety — super-duper important for all the listeners out there with their pets. So many people forget that our swimming pools, as much fun as they are, they are a danger, and they can be a danger to our children and to our fur children. And they will learn. I mean, a lot of these puppies I work with — for Underwater Puppies I worked with over 1,500 — all it took was just a few times, putting them in the water and teaching them where the exit is, and they figured it out.

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Conan O' Brien Sings Monorail Song As "Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl"

It is rather mind-blowing to try to think about the talent who have come and gone from the Simpsons studios over their stories history. From writers and voice-actors to celebrity guests, it is the longest running comedy show in history for good reason. Because it has been a consistently driving force in entertaining people for well over two decades now. But most people who love the Simpsons cannot help but think back to its golden age. The golden age of the Simpsons, for those who don't know, are when Conan O' Brien used to write for the show. Well, two nights ago "Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" happened, and for those who don't know, one very special man showed up and did a very special song he had written for the show, many seasons ago. The monorail song, sung by none other than Conan O' Brien. Sorry the footage is a little shaky, but that is what happens to your hands when you are trying to film pure magic.

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So let me sum this up for you. Two nights ago at the Hollywood Bowl, people got to see Conan O' Brien (among many others) sing songs from the Simpsons live. Mark that one under: things I will forever wish I went to see live. I cannot be the only person feeling that right now.

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Little North Korea: A Concentration of North Korean Refugees in London

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Communities of Korean immigrants can be found across the world, but few of them from North Korea because it's hard to escape from that country-sized prison.

About 20,000 Korean immigrants live in New Malden, a suburb of London. Approximately 600 are from North Korea, which is among the highest concentrations of North Korean refugees anywhere in the world. In Europe, New Malden is the closest thing to a "Little Pyongyang." Roxy Rezvany of Vice visited New Malden and interviewed several of the North Korean residents. 

(Photo: a North Korean/South Korean vocabulary crib sheet)

One of the more interesting parts of Rezvany's article was about the Korean languages--plural. Since the country was divided after World War II, North Korean has become noticeably different from South Korean. She quotes Joong Wha:

“In North Korea we used a lot of foreign words from Russia, Japan, and China,” he said. “But there was a [regime] movement called the ‘Making Our Own Language Alive’ movement. Through that we got rid of all the foreign-influenced words. All the words [North Koreans] use now are ‘pure Korean,’ so my generation learned these pure words. Therefore, when I converse with South Koreans and they use these words influenced by English, I sometimes don’t understand what they mean.”

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Montreal Comic Con Cosplay

Finally, a comic convention came to the doorstep of our Canadian friend Kiltak at Geeks Are Sexy, and he got the pictures to prove it! See a gallery of some the best cosplayers from the three-day Comic Con Montreal/Le Comiccon de Montréal, which is just now wrapping up. There will be more pictures tomorrow. Glad you had so much fun, Kiltak!   

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Tattooed People Who Will Make You Feel Better About Your Life Choices

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For every person who has made a bad tattoo decision in their life there are dozens of people making even worse tattoo decisions every day, people who are still somehow able to look at themselves in the mirror without shame:

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These reckless body ink recipients make us feel better about our choices in life, and serve as a reminder that tattoos will last a lifetime, but your love for the Insane Clown Posse probably won’t last past your twenties:

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Getting a tattoo representing something you’re passionate about means less to regret later on in life, getting a tattoo of something you’re only passionate about when you’re baked is bound to leave you full of regret when you sober up:

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Spa Day for Elephants

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These adorably relaxed elephants are enjoying full spa services at Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard, located  in Guruvayuron, Kerala in southern India. The elephants are honored in an annual event each July, as they are central to a ritual temple procession that month. July is considered a month of rejuvenation for both animals and humans. The center shown here can pamper up to 59 elephants at once. Via Viral Nova.

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How to Keep Your Cat, c. 1470

One of the adages I grew up with is that when you move to a new house, you should rub butter on your cat’s paws. Mom said it made sense, because it would keep the cat busy. That advice is older than I ever thought possible, having been published in medieval times.

"If you have a good cat and you don't want to lose it, you must rub its nose and four legs with butter for three days, and it will never leave the house."

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This trick will certainly prevent your cat from running away. It's less clear whether the cat will stick around because of adoration or poor traction.

That’s an entry from Ask the Past, a blog by Johns Hopkins history professor Elizabeth Archibald. She quotes advice from old books, often very old books, whether it’s good advice or not. Mostly not. Here are some other example posts.

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How to Fart, 1530

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How to Play with a Cat, 1658

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Amazing Water Trick and the Science Behind It

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The arrow seen here appears to reverse due to refracted light. The light must travel through the air, glass, water, back of the glass and again through the air before landing on the arrow. When light passes from one material into another, it is refracted. The arrow appears to reverse itself because the glass of water acts as a magnifying glass. When light shines through a magnifying glass, it bends toward the center. The point in which the light appears to join together is the focal point. Past the focal point, the image appears to reverse, because the bent light rays pass each other. The light on the right side is now on the left and vice versa, thus the arrow appears reversed. Via Science Dump.


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26 Amazing Horse Costumes


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If your horse is going to be well-dressed for the Halloween party, it's time to start making plans. Avery Clements of Distractify has 26 photos of costumed horses that may give you a few ideas. They include a John Deere tractor, Gary the Snail from SpongeBob SquarePants, Batman, and Gene Simmons from KISS.

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Ancient Greek Vase Animation

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Steve Simons takes the images on ancient Greek vases and makes them move! Some of the vignettes he creates tell stories from Greek mythology, the Olympics, or everyday life. This one, however, puts those ancient characters into a modern setting as they stage a short dance battle. The story was conceived by the students of Maiden Erlegh School, who did the storyboards for it. You can see more of Simon’s ancient Greek vase animations at his YouTube page and read about what went into this project at his website. -via Everlasting Blort


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Galactic Plumber - Definitely Not The Droid You're Looking For

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That little R2 unit has been hiding a great big secret from the world for years- he's not really a droid, he's a plumber in disguise! Anyone who has ever wondered how that droid came to be so smart, and have such great comedic timing, now has their answer. There's one big problem with Mario's master plan- he's now stuck in a galaxy far, far away from the Mushroom Kingdom, unable to return home until they make a crossover game where wars in the stars and the battle against Bowser collide...

Fans will find a different take on D2's identity on this Galactic Plumber t-shirt by Firebeard, wear this shirt around town and watch people's faces light up over this startling discovery!

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Did You Know God Hates Shrimp?

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There are few things out there as funny as religious fundamentalism. The idea that people like to use the concept of God or religion as an excuse to attack other people, sects, or beliefs is insane. While there are so many examples of it out there, I would like to take a moment to point out the website God Hates Shrimp to you all. I am pretty sure you can figure out who the site is satirizing, and it makes it all even more laughable.

You see, this site is here simply to prove how asinine the ideas of places like the Westboro Baptist Church are. Sites like this exist to show us that, sometimes, in our own narrowed mind, there can be huge gaps. The truth is, while we cannot prove or disprove the existence of God, and will like you no matter what your belief system is, the reality is, he or she would not likely hate shrimp. Or anyone or anything else that is different, for that matter.

A site like God Hates Shrimp just reminds us how skewered some people's views are, and does so in hilarious fasion.


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Mari the Shiba Inu Doesn't Suffer Fools Gladly

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Mari the Shiba Inu has a silly man repeatedly in her face, talking nonsense. After all, she's not fluent in Japanese, she just knows select words here and there. So why bother her with meaningless dialogue? Anyone who does will be put in their place by Mari in whatever way is most convenient. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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15 International Menu Items from American Fast Food Restaurants

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Fast food is a booming industry, not only in our country, but all over the planet. Now, you have fast food chains like McDonalds and Pizza Hut moving themselves to as many different locations as they can in the world. One thing they seem to notice is, there needs to be area specific food for wherever they are putting up a new chain, or the place just will not succeed.

This means, you have McDonalds in different countries serving things that they would never serve here whilst also making sure they still have some American standards available for their varied customers. While the above lobster roll may be familiar to some New Englanders and Canadians, that is not necessarily the case for every other location. Most chains have never carried it, and that is just one example of many. Heck, that example is mild. How about a pizza stuffed with barbecue sauce and cream cheese? Yeah, this gets pretty odd.

Mental Floss put together a cool list of 15 items you can get at other fast food places around the world. Some of the food is familiar, some of it, not so much. Burger King's pumpkin burger being a prime example of just how WTF some of this stuff gets. But remember the old saying: one man's yuck is another man's yum. Sorry, I just made that up, but it stays.

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Happy Great Dane

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Abbey Doo the Great Dane is not only happy, she knows it, and she’s ready to show it! -via Daily Picks and Flocks

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Cosplay from KantaiCon--The Con on an Aircraft Carrier

The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is an Essex-class aircraft carrier launched in 1943. It's now a museum ship in Charleston, South Carolina. The Yorktown is berthed near the USS Clagamore and USS Laffey, a World War II era submarine and destroyer, respectively. Together, the three vessels host KentaiCon, an annual anime convention.

The filmmakers of Beat Down Boogie were on site last weekend to film some of the impressive works of cosplay. Attack on Titan cosplayers were asked to man the wall cannons to guard con-goers against titans.


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Top 10 Movie Monologues

Don't you wish life gave us as many opportunities to monologue as the movies seem to give people? Just that perfect opportunity when the room is quite right after something awesome (or troubling) happened or is about to happen? That moment when we can stand up, and just inspire (or scare) everyone into awed submission? Believe me, I have tried forcing monologues and it does not go over well.

Thankfully, WatchMojo put together a list of the top movie monologues. So, essentially, you can watch these and take notes, knowing just the right time to bust out that perfect speech to floor everybody. Just a quick warning, though. You are not Sam Jackson, so do not try to monologue like him. It just wont work. That screaming, preaching style seems to work really well with him, but makes other people look silly. Just warning you.

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I will tell you, as awesome as the list is, it made me really happy to see the speech from Jaws in there. Part of me thinks that should have been number one, but that might just be me.


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11-Year Old Boy Has Run Marathons on All 7 Continents


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This is Nikolas Toocheck of Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. He's only 11 years old, but has already run a marathon. In fact, he's run several of them all of the world, including 2 in Antarctica. He's the youngest person to have run marathons on every continent on Earth.

He earned that title earlier this month after running a marathon through the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. Only 450 people have also run "seven on seven" and most of them are in their 40s or 50s.

Nikolas started running when he was 6 and his father was training for the Air Force Reserve. He jogged with his father, then ran 5k races with him, then full marathons.

He runs because it's fun, but Nikolas also raises money for Operation Warm, a charity founded by his grandfather in 1998. This non-profit donates coats to needy children in the United States.

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GoPro Video of Some Crazy Pool Shots

GoPro videos seem to be the new go-to video if you want to experience something from a perspective you thought you never would be before. They have risen in popularity over the last few years as the rigs themselves have gotten less and less expensive. Though I did GoPro an afternoon of writing once, not too many people were too impressed, as they can live that themselves, any day. But a GoPro video of a master pool player sinking crazy shots from a bunch of great perspectives, including mounted to the cue itself?

Yeah, that is some great use of the technology, and shows just how impressive some of these shots really are.

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Truth is, you don't even have to be a fan of pool to be sucked into this one. There is just something mesmerizing about watching the fluidity and physics of some of the balls he sinks. Almost makes pool look easy for a minute. That is the thing about most GoPro videos. They trick you into thinking you can do it, too, for a second. Just for a second, though.

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Artist Creates Replicas of Complex Machines Using Wood

Pictured above is a replica of an airport security checkpoint. It's at a museum, not an airport. Roxy Paine is currently exhibiting it at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. His exhibit, which is entitled, "The Denuded Lens," consists of three replicas of complex machines made with wood. Paine finds machines fascinating because they represent, to him, both control and a lack of it. In an interview with It's Nice That, he explains:

Machines act as industrial agents, but also as a physical manifestation of a mechanism of control. My machines utilise and contradict rules and norms of the factory and mass production. All of them seek to locate the moment in time and the place where control becomes non-control and where control becomes randomness. They also seek to find the place where sameness and uniqueness blur and become indistinct. Establishing a systematic language composed of certain fixed absolutes and certain variable entities.

Click on Continue reading to view another incredible work by Paine entitled The Machine of Indeterminacy. His craftsmanship is amazing.

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Battlecat Is Now Ready For Battle!

Cat strikes epic pose, with a little help from his owner.

Cat looks fierce and determined in spite of the fact that the massive rodent army is approaching.

Cat is transformed into Battlecat, ready to do battle with his battleaxe, battle shield and sweet, kitty-sized suit of battle armor!

This magical feline transformation is brought to you by Redditor OLKD, who reminds us that with the power of Photoshop on your side anything is possible!

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Cthulhu The Animated Series - Squidfaced Superhero Show


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When that most famous Great Old One arose from his slumber he had only one thing on his mind- syndicated television programming. He knew that the fastest way to people's minds would be to broadcast his own animated show that beamed the message straight into the viewer's brain. He gathered a team of Chthonian animators and started creating a show that would blow people's minds, a show starring that squid faced Master of R'lyeh himself- Cthulhu!

Help spread the madness with this Cthulhu The Animated Series t-shirt by adho1982, it's a great way to show your allegiance to Cthulhu and your love of animated television shows at the same time!

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Delicious-Looking Larvae Are Actually Realistic Gummy Worms

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Akai Tento no Koohii Ten's grubs are so realistic that you probably wouldn't be surprised to see them crawl around your plate. But be prepared for disappointment: they're actually just fruit-filled gummy worms

The coffee shop operates from a market stall in a small seaside town in Japan. But it has a national reputation for its production of gummy larvae that look completely real. Like real grubs, it's the soft guts which taste really good. But these are filled with blueberry jam instead of insect entrails.


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The Wedding Photo at Ground Zero

Lesley University assistant professor Elizabeth Stringer Keefe came into the possession of a wedding photo that was picked up in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the buildings collapsed on 9/11. Every year for 13 years, she posted the photo on the internet, hoping to find the owner of the picture. This year she posted it on Facebook and Twitter.

Keefe told the story to Boston magazine.

She had hoped this year would be the year, but as the anniversary of the September 11 tragedy came and went, still, she heard nothing back.

“I have always said to myself about the photo that I try not to think about what the story behind it is, and that I just want to get the photo back,” said Elizabeth Stringer Keefe.

However, the photograph went viral in Twitter and then on reddit, and the next day, Fred Mahe saw it -and responded.

In fact, it was Mahe’s picture. It was on his desk on the 77th floor of Tower Two. Read the entire story of the wedding photo at Boston magazine.  -via Buzzfeed


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