An Honest Trailer for Space Jam

Space Jam is a movie about neither space nor jam that combined Warner Brothers cartoon characters with the NBA stars of the '90s, so it was destined to become a classic among a certain age group. That cohort holds the 1996 film on a sacred pedestal. But here comes Screen Junkies to take it down a notch with an Honest Trailer.

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There's plenty to mock here, and this Honest Trailer makes it clear that to love Space Jam, you pretty much had to be there. If you were, it was perfect. -via Uproxx


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Every Girl Who Grew Up in the 80s and 90s Needs These Lisa Frank Whoopie Pies

I've never been big on vegan desserts, but when they look as magical as these incredible Lisa Frank whoopie pies by Courtisan Cupcakes, I'd be more than willing to give them another shot. Complete with not only vivid rainbow colors, glitter and sprinkles, they even come adorned with a Lisa Frank cake topper. It's like someone transformed my 3rd grade Trapper Keeper and turned it into a dessert!

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"America the Beautiful" in Every National Park

Conor Knighton is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. During the course of 2016, he visited all 59 U.S. national parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. At every park, he stopped and recorded himself singing “America The Beautiful,” and made this compilation video in which you can get a glimpse of them.

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In this segment from the show, he tells us about his tour. You might want to enlarge this one, because the scenery is lovely.

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See beautiful pictures of Knighton's national park visits at Instagram. -via Boing Boing


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This Cat's Post-Rescue Transformation is Amazing

Sinbad the cat is a Persian kitty that belonged to an elderly man in Chicago. Unfortunately, as her owner got older, his mental health declined and the kitty's thick, long hair started matting as he neglected to brush her. When a city worker came to do some repairs and maintenance on the man's home, he noticed the cat's poor condition and called the The Anti-Cruelty Society, who sent an investigation team to check on the kitty. When the team arrived, they asked the man if he would be willing to give up Sinbad and he agreed. 

At the shelter, vets bathed the cat and gave him two rounds of hair cuts -shedding over five pounds of hair from the cat. After he started to look better, shelter employee Elliot Serrano took Sinbad home over the holidays and ended up falling in love with the recovered and loving kitty. Serrano has since adopted Sinbad and the recovering cat is happy to live in a happy home.

You can keep up with Sinbad's exploits on his Facebook and Instagram.

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Super Antics #10

Superman has a lot to say, and he's probably counting the steps until someone wakes up and smells the  ...coffee. You have to wonder how many more "nice things" he had on his list just in case no one called him out on it. This is new material from Kerry Callen. We're just glad everyone got a laugh out of it.  -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Save The Galaxy - Do Real Trees Dance?


Save the Galaxy by Vincent Trinidad 

Rocket may not seem like an ecological type of guy, but it makes sense when you consider he is a raccoon and once lived in the forest like a savage beast. And he's also best friends with a tree man named Groot, so that tends to make him a bit more ecologically minded too. But mostly it's the fact that female mammals love an eco-friendly dude that makes Rocket want to tell everyone he meets to go green, plant a tree and help save the galaxy!

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A History of Pepsi Cola

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Pepsi Cola was originally called "Brad's Drink" and marketed in Bern, North Carolina in the early 1890's by pharmacist Caleb Bradham. Bradham = "Brad's Drink," get it?

By 1898, the name Pepsi was officially adopted. The name "Pepsi Cola" is derived from the pepsin and cola nuts in the recipe. Pepsi was originally marketed as a cure for stomachaches or dyspepsia.

A church across the street from Bradham's drugstore claimed the name Pepsi Cola was an anagram for "Episcopal." But Pepsico, the company that manufactures Pepsi, discounts this theory. (And remember, just because Britney Spears is an anagram for Presbyterians, it doesn't mean this fact has any other significance.)

Pepsi actually fared better than its main rival, Coca-Cola, in its early days. (Coca-Cola was invented a few years earlier, in 1886.) It sold briskly until 1923, by which time Coke had built a huge empire.

Pepsi, meanwhile, went broke. Sugar prices had gone up as result of World War I, and the company couldn't pay to make it's own beverages. Eight years later, the company went bankrupt again.

Ironically, the Great Depression did not bankrupt it a third time. If anything, it helped. Pepsi introduced a 12-ounce bottle in 1934 at the height of the depression. Coke bottles were only half that size, a fact Pepsi capitalized on. Its marketing team wrote the words to the world's first jingle to go on the radio:

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These Donuts Are Inspired By Gourmet Diner Entrees

We've heard of donuts with bacon, but taking an ordinary restaurant meal and turning it into a donut is a whole new level of dessert. That's exactly what New York donut shop The Doughnut Project (previously featured on Neatorama for its bone marrow donut) is doing with the favorite restaurant dishes of its founders, Troy Neal and Leslie Polizzotto. 

Their new creations include one with grilled Nueske's bacon on a peanut butter glaze with a jalapeño jelly filling, based on this dish from Chef Ryan Bartlow's Quality Eats (top); a kabocha squash filled doughnut with a grilled green grape glaze with a fried caper topping inspired by this dish at Chef Michael Anthony's Gramercy Tavern (above); and a pasta-like donut with tomato jam filling, olive oil glaze and pecorino cheese with a guanciale topping that is a nod to the Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Chef Robert Zwirz's Lupa (below).

Lupa's co-owner, Mario Batali, was so touched by the tribute that he plans on offering a mini version of the donut on the restaurant's dessert menu.

Via Gothamist

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The Top 11 Board Games Of 2016

There are so many beautiful looking board games that are really fun to play on the market today that my board gaming hobby has turned into a full blown passion.

But money, or rather the lack thereof, has made it impossible for me to own every single cool looking board game that comes out, and I've been burned by a few duds too.

So I went looking for a "best of" video that fit my taste in games and found this awesome Top 11 Board Games of 2016 video by Druid City Games.

James the host doesn't just show you his favorite games of the year- he tells you a bit about how the game is played, and he gives you a really good look at all the components.

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Here are the games that made James' list:

Honorable Mentions:
Lotus
World's Fair 
Imhotep 
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
Cottage Garden
Arkham Horror LCG
Islebound

Top 11

11) Clank!
10) Inis
9) Adrenaline 
8) Scythe
7) Vast
6) Terraforming Mars
5) The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
4) Roll Player
3) Great Western Trail 
2) Star Wars: Rebellion
1) Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition


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This 19th-Century Book Chronicles Victorians' Strange Cat Fears And Fascinations

Cats, as a group, had a bad reputation in the 1800s. There were so many superstitions centered around cats that many people saw them as downright evil. English cartoonist Charles Henry Ross noticed that books about cats were obviously written by people who didn't know much about them, since they repeated the superstitions. So he wrote one himself: The Book of Cats. A Chit-Chat Chronicle of Feline Facts and Fancies, Legendary, Lyrical, Medical, Mirthful and Miscellaneous, published in 1868. In it, he promotes cats in many ways, including confronting the superstitions head on.

The Book of Cats addresses the wild, popular fears regarding cats—rumors flying that their scratches were venomous and that their breath sucked the life out of infants. In comparison to the smooth cut left from a knife, the thin scratch from a cat’s sharpened nail often festered, leading people to believe their claws were venomous, Ross explains. In addition to avoiding their claws, some would lose their wits at the mere sight of a cat. Conrad Gesner, a 16th-century botanist, documented men losing their strength, perspiring, and fainting when they saw a cat. A few have reportedly fainted after seeing a picture of a cat.

Read about The Book of Cats at Atlas Obscura, where you can see a selection of illustrations, or you can read the whole book at the Internet Archive.


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This Beer Serving Robot Won't Be Replacing Bartenders Anytime Soon

Love them or hate them, at least hipster bartenders know how to make delicious cocktails (even if they are way overpriced) but it's safe to say robots won't be replacing human bartenders anytime soon. 

That's because robots just don't have the finesse and flair to sling drinks, and they make horrible conversationalists because they don't possess an empathy chip.

There are a few robots out there who can effectively pour a pint of beer, but they clearly weren't built by roboteer Simone Giertz- because her beer-pourin' bot can't even set the glass down without shattering it! (NSFW language)

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Sleep Vs. Not Sleep

We're surrounded by devices demanding our attention, the glow of their screens keeping us warm and unafraid when the lights go out.

We can hardly keep our bleary eyes open, let alone focus on anything for long, and yet we continue to watch stuff, look at stuff and read stuff when we should be watching the inside of our eyelids.

This Owlturd comic suggests getting plenty of not sleep, but take it from a borderline insomniac and sleep while you can!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Some Of The Best Foreign Horror Movies You May Have Missed In 2016

It's really hard to catch every horror movie that comes out in a year, and even harder to hunt down great new films when you have to hack your way through so many crappy horror flicks to find the choice cuts. 

Add the international releases and the search becomes way too bloody tough, so rather than going mad reading movie reviews you should check out this list of 10 Horror Movies You Missed In 2016 and go global.

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There you'll find trailers for the scary cool crossover THE RING VS. THE GRUDGE, where vengeful spirits Sadako and Kayako get to "fight in the ultimate battle for supremacy". 

You'll also see a trailer for a real corker of a film from Australia called Scare Campaign, about a prank video gone horribly wrong. (NSFW language)

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If you like nihilistic horror movies and suspenseful storylines then you may enjoy ATAÚD BLANCO: EL JUEGO DIABÓLICO (White Coffin), a dark film from Argentina that will stay with you after viewing.

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Lastly we have Train To Busan, which didn't make their list but really should have, because this South Korean zombie apocalypse flick looks deliciously dark.

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See Around the World In 10 Horror Movies You Missed In 2016 here


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The Schwiftiest Rick And Morty Fan Art

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Rick and Morty is set to return to screens sometime soon, so fans need to prepare their eyeballs for all the muliverse madness, all the Meeseeks mayhem, and all those surprising twists that make us yell "WTF?!" at the TV screen.

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Because there's never been another TV show, animated or otherwise, like the Rick and Morty TV show, and fans tune in to have their minds blown out of their skulls by all the madcap plots Harmon & Roiland create.

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So until that cartoon show of your sci-fi lovin' dreams comes back with new episodes you've gotta catch all the episodes from season 1 & 2 and get your mind ready to receive more Rick & Morty!

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Surfing Under the Northern Lights

Photographer and filmmaker Chris Burkard records surfers and other extreme adventurers. Surfing in Iceland is definitely an extreme adventure. In this video from The Big Story, Burkard talks about what he does and about how a severe storm in Iceland led to an amazing opportunity to photograph a surfer under the Aurora Borealis.  

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Burkhard's Iceland trip is the subject of the upcoming documentary Under an Arctic Sky. -via Laughing Squid


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Times That People Destroyed a Priceless Attraction

People are people as the old saying goes and that means sometimes people do stupid things and on rare occassion, those stupid things result in priceless pieces of art, historical artifacts and amazing natural formations being destroyed. This Travel.alot artilce details 10 such tales, ranging from people making totally understandable mistakes to mindblowingly stupid behaviors that make you just hate people. For example:

Goblin Valley State Park is named for its goblins or "hoodoos"—rock formations that look like enormous boulders sitting atop tiny perches. The rock itself is 170 million years old, and it took some 25 million years of erosion to carve the shapes as they appear today. Boy Scout leaders Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor, and Dylan Taylor filmed themselves toppling one over, claiming it was a "safety hazard." The three men were kicked out for violating the Scouts' "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" precepts, and were given a year's worth of probation and fines.

A year's probation? That's nothing for destroying a priceless natural formation!

So check out the full list here.


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Follow Your Fate - The Crossover Crossroads


Follow Your Fate by Karen Hallion

She'd always known that in order to get where she wanted to go in life she would have to follow her fate and let the path which had already been set for her guide her to her heroic destiny. But she found it very hard to follow this path because a blue police box kept blocking her way! Merida was wary of the box at first, but since she was a brave and curious soul she couldn't help but wonder how the box kept appearing in her path, and what was inside the box. One day she finally worked up the nerve to knock on the door and see if anybody would answer, and to her surprise somebody did- an oddly dressed man who carried a magic wand the likes of which she'd never seen before, who called himself The Doctor...

Get geared up for adventure with this Follow Your Fate t-shirt by Karen Hallion, it's a fun and imaginative design that will make your fellow Whovians drool with delight!

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The Empire Scratches Back

That one scene we all remember so well from The Empire Strikes Back is now available with an all-cat cast! Pasdidée set up the frame and then had to be very patient for his two cats to get their parts right. Here the human version and cat version are shown side-by-side, or rather, top and bottom, as it were.

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In fact, they may have even switched roles in the middle, but it's hard to tell. Even for the director.   -via reddit

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These Wiener Pics Will Get You All Worked Up

No.... not that kind of wiener you pervert.

These wieners are so great, you won't be able to look the other way. In fact, you might just fall in love.

You may never have seen weenies like these and you'll be glad you looked.

So head over to Buzzfeed, where you can see 19 wonderful weenies that will melt your heart. 

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Possible Consequences of Writing Poetry

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

compiled by Tenzing Terwilliger, Improbable Research staff

Poets, since ancient days, have suffered (and in some cases, also celebrated) a reputation for being sufferers. Several researchers have tried to assess how, what and whether poets suffer. These four studies present compelling evidence for or against the prevailing beliefs.

Possible Pathology for Poets
“Poetry or Pathology? Jesuit Hypochondria in Early Modern Naples,” Yasmin Haskell, Early Science and Medicine, vol. 12, no. 2, 2007, pp. 187–213 (http://dx.doi. org/10.1163/157338207X194686). The author, at the University of Western Australia, Crawley, explains:

In their didactic poems on fishing and chocolate, both published in 1689, two Neapolitan Jesuits digressed to record and lament a devastating ‘plague’ of ‘hypochondria’. The poetic plagues of Niccolò Giannettasio and Tommaso Strozzi have literary precedents in Lucretius, Vergil, and Fracastoro, but it will be argued that they also have a real, contemporary significance. Hypochondria was considered to be a serious (and epidemic) illness in the seventeenth century, with symptoms ranging from depression to delusions. Not only did our Jesuit poets claim to have suffered from it, but so did prominent members of the ‘Accademia degl’Investiganti’, a scientific society in Naples that was at odds with both the religious and medical establishments.

Possible Immunity for Poets

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New Jersey Man Arrested After Owing Over One Million Dollars in Tolls

New Jersey is well known for its toll roads, but while the small fees are normally a minor annoyance to most drivers, one man is actually facing jail time for owing over one million dollars in tolls. Of course, he didn't drive all those miles on his own -Lester Morales owns a trucking company in the state that sends more than 100 trucks through the tolls more than 100 times a day. 

When he was arrested for theft of services, Morales was about to board a flight to Aruba, although his lawyer says he was only going to go on a short vacation and wasn't fleeing the country to escape his bills. 

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The Official Hostess Power Rankings

Lucas Peterson at Lucky Peach made us all a graph that sorts Hostess snacks by not only taste, but by how easily each one's name can be given to a pet. As someone who named a cat Marshmallow*, I heartily approve. -via Digg   

*Someone in my family actually suggested SnoBall.

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What Really Happens When You Don't Turn Off Your Cell Phone On A Plane

Passengers get really annoyed every time a flight attendant tells them to turn off their phones and devices while the plane is taking off or landing, but they begrudgingly comply.

Some angry phone addicts will even argue they read an article online that said they don't really need to turn their phones off anymore, because there is a picocell on the plane.

Well, they're right as long as they're on a plane equipped with picocell technology, but chances are they're being told to turn their devices off because the plane does not have a picocell.

And maybe if passengers understood that cell phone signals bounce off multiple towers, which makes it hard for pilots to clearly communicate with control towers, they would comply without all that grumbling!

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-Via Travel + Leisure


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7 Weird But Real Jobs

Most of us end up doing something for a living that we didn't plan for as kids. But there are jobs out there that are rare, odd, and probably difficult to get into unless you just happen to fall into them. Can you imagine majoring in French literature and then getting a job as a professional bridesmaid?

Most people believe that in order to be a bridesmaid, you must be close friends with a bride. This is not the case. There is a company called Bridesmaids For Hire, where the bride-to-be can hire a woman to be her bridesmaid. Some women don’t have many women friends, which can make the wedding party uneven. Some women don’t have responsible friends. The bride needs a bridesmaid who is willing to do the work on the big day. She needs someone there to handle problems when they arise and to make her day easier. If a bride doesn’t have any friends who can handle the job, she can hire a bridesmaid. Bridesmaids For Hire offers a variety of packages, and the cost ranges from $300 to $2,000, depending on the package that you choose.

Yes, it's a real job, but it might not be a full-time position. Read about more Amazing Jobs You Had No Idea Were Real at Uncoached.

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Who's That Tapping At My Window?

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If you hear tap-tap-tapping at your window and creaky cracking sounds go turn on your heater and steel your nerves- because you've got an ice ghost outside your window looking to chill you to the bone. 

Ice ghosts are hard to spot until they're fully formed, but the photo above should help you spot that spirited chunk of ice before it breaks in and wraps you in death's cold embrace.

And if you're thinking about doing some barbecuing during the winter months but your barbecue has been sitting outside you'd better call an exorcist first...

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-Via Boing Boing


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Bunny Plays Jenga Like A Boss

All those cute videos people post online make rabbits look like really fun pets, because they're playful, silly and affectionate, not to mention super cute and fairly easy to care for.

However, I've owned three rabbits at different points in my life and this has not been my experience, because all three bunnies were bitey, skittish and wanted nothing to do with humans. 

I'd given up on being a bunny daddy before I saw this video posted by Foinz showing their bunny Simba playing Jenga like a little champ, and now I need all the bunnies!

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Mom And Son Install Neighborhood Pantry Box In Their Front Yard

Neighborhood food pantries are a novel idea that's catching on in big cities around the world, and some small towns have also begun sharing by installing pantry boxes in the town centers.

But Maggie Ballard and her 6-year-old son Paxton of Wichita, Kansas have decided to bring the concept home with them- by installing a "Blessing Box" in their front yard

Now their neighbors in need have access to free food from a food pantry close to home, and those who want to directly help their neighbors can share food knowing it will go to somebody who lives nearby.

 

But the Ballards aren't the first people to install a pantry box in their neighborhood, as NPR reports:

Similar "yard-based" food pantries have gone up across the country, in states like Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Florida and Minnesota. Much of it seems to trace back to Jessica McClard, who created what she calls the "little free pantry" in northwest Arkansas.

"The products that are stocked are put directly inside the pantry and turnover is in about 30 to 45 minutes," McClard says. "The frequency of the turnover and the fact that other sites in town are also turning over that frequently, it suggests to me that the need is tremendous."

See Inside Wichita's "Blessing Box", A Micro Food Pantry here


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Demon Of Morgoth - Somebody Get This Guy A Breath Mint!


Demon of Morgoth by Dr.Monekers

The hobbits were definitely tough little guys who were able to handle a lot more than anyone thought they could, and both the dwarves and the elves proved they had nerve and mettle to spare. But do you know who's the toughest character by far in Middle Earth? The wizard Gandalf, that's who, because the guy came face-to-face with a balrog and didn't even break a sweat! If anyone deserves to be thought of as a hero it's Gandalf, the guy in the pointy hat and robe who helped save the world time and time again.

Declare your love of classic fantasy creatures with this Demon Of Morgoth t-shirt by Dr.Monekers, it's one fiery design that's sure to blow your fellow fantasy fans away!

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These Felted Dragons Are Utterly Fantastic

Dragons are still capturing the imagination of adults and children alike after centuries of breathing fire and battling armored knights, and yet artists often have a hard time coming up with original dragon designs.

This means most of the dragon-shaped stuff that comes out looks like the same olde same olde, but the felted characters created by Russian artist Alena Bobrova are fantastically unique. 

Alena's dragons have lots of scales and spines and such growing out of their backs, and some are even sprouting 'shrooms because they're just that lazy. 

The best thing about Alena's felted dragons is that each one's totally unique, with a very distinct color scheme and personality, so the humans who adopt them know their dragon is theirs and theirs alone!

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A Walking Dead Themed Photo Shoot Starring Kids Is Causing Controversy

The Walking Dead has accomplished something few other TV shows ever could- the mainstreaming of extreme horror. 

No horror TV show has a demographic as wide as The Walking Dead, which is great for the people involved with the show but is seen as a problem by censorship groups who are afraid young children will be exposed to the show. 

These groups naturally freaked out when Alana Hubbard of Mother Hubbard Photography posted pics online from a Walking Dead themed photo shoot starring children re-enacting scenes from the show. 

Alana says "all of the parents are 100 percent supporting me and love the pictures", and most of the photos look like kids horsing around, a bit violent perhaps but nothing too crazy...until you get to photos like these:

Maybe knowing what happened on the show is what makes this pic seem so creepy, but it's still a shot of a kid putting a revolver to the back of another kid's head execution-style, so it's easy to see why there'd be controversy!

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