Summer is Over

Like Mama always said, the end of one phase is just the beginning of another. Don’t be sad about the end of summer, because autumn has so much to offer: brightly-colored foliage, cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes, football games, apple cider, the end of the presidential campaign (whew), and Halloween! This optimistic look forward is brought to us by Sarah Andersen.

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Dry Ice and Slime

The Crazy Russian Hacker just reminded me that Halloween is only two months away. He stumbled upon the perfect party special effect when he added dry ice to a bowl of green slime. And I learned there is such a thing as slime powder.

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The main effect seems to be that the release of gas from the dry ice is slowed down in the slime. This leads to nice round bubbles, sturdy enough to pick up at some points, and easy to see against the colored mess in the bowl. There are also cool-looking vents and eruptions. Looks like a lot of fun! You’d have to lay down some rules about playing with it if there are children around, though. Remember, safety is nubern prerty. -via Viral Viral Videos

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The Creepiest Abandoned Places on Earth

There's nothing like seeing a building, city or shipyard returning to the earth to remind us just how fragile our control over nature really is. Travel and Leisure rounded up some of the creepiest abandoned places on Earth and the collection is as intriguing as it is chilling.

Many of the stories in the article are just as haunting, like the tale of Bhangarh, India, which was abandoned overnight after someone cursed the entire city with death. Even now, visitors are forbiddden from staying after dark. 

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The T-Rex Costume Taking Over the Internet

Move over horse head masks and cat videos, there's a new player on the scene -stupid videos and gifs starring a now legendary inflatable t-rex costume. The costume was released at the same as Jurassic World and has quickly garnered a legion of fans, including a whole sub-Reddit dedicated to the sweet suit.

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The Daily Dot was nice enough to put together a collection of some of the best t-rex costume moments and to include a link to the Amazon page where you can buy the suit and see even more absurd images of the dino in action.

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Man's Penis Bit By Snake In Toilet

Talk about a buttload of nope, a man in Thailand was sitting down to use the restroom when a snake suddenly jumped up and bit his penis. That's right, the python climbed up through the toilet and latched its fangs into his man parts. 

Amazingly, both the man and the snake turned out ok, but the entire toilet had to be dismantled to get the lengthy animal free.

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Snake Costume

This little girl became a snake for Halloween and freaked out everyone who saw her. Redditor beningo83’s wife made the costume for their daughter. The snake body is held up by a hoop skirt-type harness worn underneath the costume when she’s standing or walking.  The eyes are makeup on her eyelids. So how did trick-or-treat go?

She did pretty all right but we didn't get to as many houses as we could have since she was always being stopped to take pictures. Lines started to form behind her so not only did she get candy, she prevented other kids from getting some as well.  

Today, she will virtually freak out people around the world.

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Oliver the Goldendoodle's Halloween Costumes

Eighties sitcom fans everywhere will know and love this absolutely adorable Halloween costume worn by Oliver the Goldendoodle -that's right, it's Alf, the lovable, cat-munching alien.

Oliver is a multi-talented guy though and he also has many interests, which is why he couldn't be limited to just one Halloween costume. Here he is as the adorable and always hilarliously unfunny Fozzie Bear.

You can see more of Oliver's delightful costumes and just revel in his overwhelming cuteness over at his Instagram

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A Coming to America Halloween

Coming to America

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Nov 1, 2015 at 1:15pm PST

We’ve hit the Coming to America trifecta for Halloween this year. First, we saw King Jaffe Joffer in the list of 2015 Halloween costumes. Then we find out that Weiner's Circle in Chicago changed into McDowell’s from the movie.

Now it comes out that Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy dressed as characters from Coming to America for their Halloween festivities. Beyoncé is Queen Aoleon, Jay Z is Prince Akeem, and their daughter is Imani Izzi, the prince’s chosen bride. Next we need to find out who dressed as the flower girls, Extremely Ugly Girl, and Randy Watson. -via Buzzfeed

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Reverse Trick-or-Treating

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Trent Toney and his friend played this classic Halloween gag last night. They carried a door frame up to houses, then knocked on the front doors. When residents came out to offer candy to trick-or-treaters, they found their roles reversed. Toney and his friend pretended to be elderly female homeowners who adored the costumes worn by the little adults who knocked on their door.

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Classic Monster Cereals for Modern Horror Movies

General Mills's line of monster-themed cereals have never been particular intimidating. Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry seem like fun people to eat breakfast with. But I'm less confident of surviving a meal with these cereal mascots by Kate Willaert. Her Restricted Mills cereals include Shark Mates, Krumpuffs, and Machete Mateys--all terrifying villains from modern horror flicks. You can see more pictures of them here.

-via Geek Tyrant

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Restaurant Turns into McDowell's from Coming to America

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In the 1988 movie Coming to America, Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who comes to New York City in search of the sort of woman he wishes to marry: an independent-minded American woman. Casting aside his royal wealth and position, Prince Akeem gets a lowly job at McDowell's -- a fast food restaurant is that is clearly a knockoff of the McDonald's brand.

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Periodic Table of Jack-o'-Lanterns

In 2007, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society at Clarkson University celebrated National Chemistry Week with this display of the periodic table of elements carved into pumpkins. I wonder if the transuranic pumpkins rotted before the others?

-via Marilyn Bellamy

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Which is the Scariest Costume?

What makes a costume scary is a matter of opinion, but few would be comfortable around a working beekeeper, whether it’s Halloween or not! Still, think long and hard about this idea before you use it for trick-or-treat. This is the latest comic from Eric Erbes at Statistical Fact. -Thanks, Eric!

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Jon Snow White and Other Awesome 2015 Halloween Costumes

Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, many people wore Halloween costumes to work, school, or parties yesterday. Lucky us! Some really good ones have already been posted on the internet. Like the pun costume Jon Snow White.

Redditor mankardo shared a picture of the Game of Thrones/Disney Princess mashup.

Another pun costume is Ash Wednesday. That’s Ash Ketchum from the Pokemon franchise mashed up with Wednesday Addams. Redditor kdanson introduced him to us.  

Everyone loves the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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The House That Gave Sucky Tricks

Homestar Runner is back with a Halloween special! Strong Bad wants to open a haunted house with new and different features that instill a more modern sort of dread. Welcome to St. Cadaverstump’s totally not just an old furniture warehouse Mortuary!

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Pay close attention to the Halloween costumes the regulars wear for this. When it says “end,” it’s not the end. When the credits run, that’s not the end, either.  -via Metafilter

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The Stories Behind Banned Candies

Every Halloween, adults are prompted to reminisce about candies we loved that are no longer manufactured. Most of those are gone because of business decisions: either they didn’t sell well or the manufacturer is gone. But there have been candies that disappeared for more interesting reasons, like consumer complaints or even copyright infringement. You might think the Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar shown here disappeared because it was in bad taste (or tasted bad), but the real reason is much more horrifying.

It came as little surprise to many when a candy called “Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars” was recalled in 2011 for being, yes, toxic. Tests by the California Department of Public Health indicated that many of the bars had "elevated levels of lead"–approximately .24 parts per million, more than double the standard US FDA “tolerance” of .1 parts per million. Of course, lead poisoning can be fatal, especially in pregnant women and children under six years old.

As for the culprit, Indianapolis’ Candy Dynamics sold the candy (they are still in business), but it was manufactured in Pakistan, a country notorious for having lax safety and health standards. Luckily, no one reported becoming sick from the candy. The recall was self-imposed, out of what Candy Dynamics called "an abundance of caution."

Read the stories behind five other candy disappearances in a list at Atlas Obscura. 

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Vote for the Best Horror Movie in this Horror Bracket

What's your favorite horror movie? I'd love to hear your answers in the comments, but if you'd like to vote against other horror fans you'll want to head over to The Daily Dot where you can help vote for the top horror film of all time. Since Halloween is almost here the bracket is almost closed, so you can help narrow things down between Shaun of the Dead, The Exorcist, The Shining and Alien. Which one will win? Only time will tell.

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Trying to Capture a Halloween Cat Photo

Chris Poole wanted to take pictures of his cats Cole and Marmalade in their Halloween costumes. Cole is Batcat and Marmalade is Supermarm. He even made an elaborate backdrop for the pictures. But cats don’t like to cooperate with anything a human comes up with. If you get them to look at the camera, they immediately jump at it. If you distract their attention away from the camera, all you see is the rear of the cat. So it goes.

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Cats do much better in video form, where you can watch their movements ranging from graceful to disgraceful to hilarious. -via Tastefully Offensive  

See also: more from Cole and Marmalade.

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Beautiful, Pneumatic, Articulated Feather Wings

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Alexis Noriega of Tucson Estates, Arizona makes amazingly detailed and precise costumes and clothing using feathers. At her Etsy shop, Noriega says that she's already booked through November. I'm not surprised! Her craftsmanship is incredible.

In this video, Noriega shows off a pair of wings that almost look natural. They're pneumatically controlled with the push of a button, spreading and contracting. On Facebook (auto-start video), she explains that they cost about $2500 and that she hopes to put up a video tutorial about them soon.

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"No Thanks!" Little Girl Nopes Out of Weird Trick-or-Treating Encounter

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The little girl, who appears to be dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, sees the animatronic monster in front of the house. She realizes that she's not in Kansas anymore and decides that she wants no part of trick-or-treating at this house. I don't blame her. As she says, "That's freaky."

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Cinderella: Rags to Riches Costume

The question is, should you be Cinderella or a Transformer for Halloween? Or maybe a better question is, should you be Cinderella before meeting your fairy godmother, or after? Why not both? Just say, "Bibbity-bobbity-boo!"

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Bumbly Bee is a costume designer and cosplayer. She designed, made, and modeled this award-winning Cinderella transformation. It's downright magical! -via Buzzfeed

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8 Easy Last Minute Halloween Decorations

For those of us who wait all year for the spookiest of holidays, it's hard to believe that Halloween is finally almost upon us. But if you're a bit of a slacker and still haven't finished decorating, don't worry, there's still time.

In fact, there are some downright delightfully spooky additions you can make to your decor in no time. We even did you the favor of roundin up quite a few clever, quick a creepy ideas you can do today and tomorrow to make sure your home is ready for all the ghosts and ghouls visiting over the weekend. So don't miss the full article at Homes and Hues: 8 Super Easy Halloween Decorations You Can Make Last Minute

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Exploding Thermite Pumpkins

A video from The Royal Institution explains in a very calm, subdued, British way what happens when you burn iron oxide and aluminum powder inside a pumpkin. The visual effects are quite impressive.

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It’s also quite dangerous, so don’t try this at home. Please. Thermite is nothing to fool around with.  -via The Daily Dot


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Horrible Halloween Costumes Available on Etsy

This "Walter White" mask is one part meth-dealer, one part Leather Face and one part just-plain-no. And it's only one of the many WTF costumes Flavorwire discovered are available for sale on Etsy this year.

While it might be a little too late to have an item delivered on this list to your house in time for Halloween (though I don't know why you would though) you can at least get the PDF instructions to make this terrible Lady Gaga lobster hat.

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Duck Gets a Halloween Costume

You remember Nibbles the Duck: he’s the one who couldn’t wait for his boy Jonny to get home from school. Now Nibbles is modeling his Halloween costume. He’s a Lobster!

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You could say the costume is, um, daffy. What makes the video is the infectious laughter. Nibbles is quite a trooper. He’ll put up with anything for his beloved, if somewhat wacky, family. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Digger for Hire: Halloween Special

Kurt Richter took this picture of the construction site near his home. The heavy equipment crew has a sense of humor! Let's get a closer look.

Their simple Halloween decoration is tasteful, subdued, and really appropriate for the scene. Incidentally, I would advise springing for the deluxe service. -Thanks, Kurt!

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The Haunting Of Meatloaf Will Leave A Cheesy Taste In Your Mouth

Meatloaf isn't the first name that comes to mind at the mention of horror and the supernatural, unless you're a big fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and adore his performance as Eddie.

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But Meatloaf's association with the supernatural doesn't begin or end with Rocky Horror, because while he and Todd Rundgren were recording the iconic album Bat Out Of Hell Meat met a ghost.

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Meatloaf revealed his brush with one of the afterlife's resident spooks on the Lifetime Movie Network show The Haunting Of, and the tale is every bit as cheesy at it sounds.

It goes like this: One night, Meatloaf saw a ghostly woman in white walk past his window. “And I went, ah, man ... Todd Rundgren groupie!” Meatloaf explains. (There’s absolutely no mention as to whether or not Meatloaf, who eventually had a well-documented drug addiction, was on anything at the time.)

Read more about The Haunting Of Meatloaf at io9

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How Long Would it Take for Vampires to Annihilate Humanity?

If a vampire must feed on human blood, how long would it take a certain number of vampires to wipe out the human population? And if those human victims then turned to vampires, how soon would vampires outnumber humans? Mathematical modeling turned to the world of the supernatural as a surprising number of researchers have tackled the complexities of human and vampire coexistence. A 1982 paper by Richard Hartl and Alexander Mehlmann titled "The Transylvanian Problem of Renewable Resources" took a look at how vampires would affect the human population.  

In doing so, they divided vampires into three categories: the "asymptotically satiated vampire," the "blood maximizing vampire," and the "unsatiable vampire." Regardless of the type of vampire, though, they found that bloodsuckers can't help but face diminishing resources:

    "[W]e are facing a typical consumption-resource trade off. The vampire society derives utility from consumption of blood but in sucking the blood of a human being and in turning him to a vampire the resource of human beings is reduced whereas the number of vampires is increased. Both of these effects diminish the resource of humans per vampire curtailing future possibilities of consumption."

However, a 2007 article modeled a vampire apocalypse and concluded that “vampires would eliminate humans within three years.” Which provoked a refutation in 2008. More research has been done, but the results vary according to which vampire mythology one ascribes to. Are the vampires in Bram Stoker’s universe more dangerous than those in Anne Rice’s universe? What about the vampires in the worlds of Twilight or The Historian? Read an overview of the available research at Atlas Obscura.

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17 Totally Over-The-Top Halloween Costumes

Last year we brought you some easy last minute costumes and this year we also had some ideas for simple DIY kid's costumes, but if you're looking for something a little more inspirational -even if it's only to awe at, we've got you covered there too.

Photo Strip

I'm willing to bet not many of you have seen someone pull off a costume like this. Brooklyn resident Serra used a lot of ingenuity to get this costume together, but the end effect was delightful and entirely unique.

Dragon Dog

This dragon dog is just about as epic as epic can get -he almost looks like he's ready to breathe fire.

Batman in the Batmobile

Wheelchairs often provide dedicated costume-makers with so much more to work with. Need proof? Just check out this amazing Batmobile that Connor's mother Karen made out of his wheel chair.

Hiccup and Toothless

For more proof of just how much a wheel chair can add to a costume, check out this amazing Toothless wheelchair created for little Hiccup by the non-profit Magic Wheelchair.

Cinderella in her Carriage

When a little one is of a certain age, sometimes you just don't want to take him or her trick or treating without a stroller -but it kind of ruins the effect of a Cinderella when you put your princess back in a modern-day stroller. That's why Danielle of La Port City, IA opted to turn her simple stroller into a magic coach fit for a princess.

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Horrifying Killer Snail Makeup Tutorial

These killer snails are no masks, but they are certainly more than makeup. The Swedish duo called ellimacs sfx, which is makeup artist Ellinor Rosander and photographer Macs Moser, go through all the steps of making a pretty model look disgusting for Halloween.

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The results are truly disturbing. But the process of making it can be disturbing, too, because this is not something you’d just throw together at the last minute. These guys have some skills! -via The Daily Dot, where you’ll also find some simpler Halloween makeup tutorials.

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