Hippo Spotted in London

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Bushy Park, a Royal Park in southwestern London, is a lovely spot with trees, trails, and ponds. In one of those ponds, visitors recently reported seeing a hippopotamus. As hippopotami are terribly dangerous creatures--they kill more people in Africa than any other animal--park officials took notice. But they think that it's probably just a remote-controlled toy. George Odling quotes a park official in the Richmond and Twickenham Times:

He said: "We are unaware of specifically what it is other than we’ve had no reports of a hippo in the park...it’s probably remote controlled!"

Note that they're not saying this with certaintly.

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Out of This World Cosplay

Is there any more appropriate place to wear a Star Trek uniform than in outer space? That couldn’t have been easy, considering the limitations on how many belongings crew members are allowed to bring to the ISS. This is astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian engineer from the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the space station. For this picture, though, she is Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.

She’s pointing to the SpaceX Dragon capsule that was delivering supplies to the ISS Friday, and her text is referring to the coveted espresso machine aboard. They call it the ISSpresso. That is one necessary delivery for an Italian astronaut! -via Uproxx


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Kevin Spacey's Dark Family History

Kevin Spacey is constantly reinventing himself as an actor, tackling new roles with a zeal that proves he's in it for more than just the money- he has a need to succeed that stems from his dark family history.

According to Spacey's older brother Randall Fowler (who also happens to be a Rod Stewart impersonator) he and Kevin grew up under constant threat of assault from their American Nazi father Thomas Geoffrey Fowler.

Thomas allegedly physically and sexually abused Randall but left Kevin alone, and the emotional damage caused Kevin to cut off all ties with his father and take his mother's maiden name of Spacey.

This story first broke ten years ago, shortly after Randall was interviewed by Sharon Churcher and revealed details of his family's tragic history that were previously thought to be nothing but idle gossip.

I'm not sure why this story is making the rounds again but if you haven't heard Spacey's dark backstory it's news to you!

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15 Things You May Not Know About Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg made quite a name for himself with the 1975 blockbuster Jaws. There were big expectations for his next film, which was going to be about aliens from outer space. But before Close Encounters of the Third Kind was produced, the story went through a lot of changes. Would you even recognize it with a plot like this?

Spielberg’s initial story outline involved UFOs and shady government dealings following the Watergate scandal, which became a script entitled “Watch the Skies.” The idea involved a police or military officer working on Project Blue Book, the Air Force’s official study into UFOs in the 1950s and 1960s, who would become the whistleblower on the government cover-up of aliens. There were numerous rewrites—Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader even took a crack at it, penning a political UFO thriller titled “Kingdom Come” that Spielberg and the movie studio rejected—before the story we know today emerged.

The movie he eventually produced put Spielberg into overdrive, as he directed or produced hit after hit in the 1980s. One of them, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, was inspired by the final scene in Close Encounters. Read how that happened and lots more stories about Close Encounters at mental_floss.


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Xena Bunny Costume

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Bernadette Bentley is an actress and a master of cosplay. Most recently, she attended WonderCon in Anaheim, California. She does a great job of portraying the titular character from Xena: Warrior Princess, in part because she looks a lot like the Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena. 


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Hell On Wheels (Version 2) - Ghost Up And Roll Out!


Hell On Wheels (version 2) by The Art Of Randyl Bishop

The Rider had grown tired of his motorcycle, and he was looking for a new set of wheels that would look badass and make the ground rumble as he approached. He tried out a trike, but it didn't make enough noise, and then he spotted a hot rod bristling with exhaust pipes. The rod had the wicked rumble and the demonic speed, so with the wind in his bony face and the pipes belching hellfire flames Ghost set out to tear up the strip..

Supe up your geeky wardrobe with this Hell On Wheels (Version 2) t-shirt by The Art Of Randyl Bishop, it's the perfect attire for a night spent out at the races or at home watching your favorite movie.

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If Pixar Made Furious 7

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The movie Furious 7 has racked up a billion dollars in box office receipts worldwide in only 17 days, which sets a new record. But what if the film had been made by Pixar? We get the answer in this mashup, which uses the audio from the Furious 7 trailer and video from Pixar's Cars, Cars 2, and Planes. The movies must have some similarities underneath it all. And you know that little kids who watched Cars in theaters in 2006 are now buying tickets for Furious 7. -via Uproxx


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Ten Far Flung Facts About Futurama

The future worlds brought to life by our favorite sci-fi franchises are generally either bright and technologically advanced or dark and apocalyptic, and yet somehow Futurama manages to be both.

There are bright elements, like the overabundance of owls on the streets of New New York, and futuristic elements, like signs written in seemingly alien languages and drunken robots like Bender. The dark and apocalyptic? Poplers, Slurm and sewer mutants, just to name a few.

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Simply watching Futurama won't help you discover all the secrets hidden in every episode, you have to do some digging and go behind the scenes of the show to discover all the mysteries hidden in plain sight.

Or you can watch this informative video created by Top10Memes and discover a thing or ten about the fantastic world of Futurama in about eight minutes!

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With Dinosaurs, Nazis, and Cavewomen, David Hasselhoff's New Music Video Is 1980s Perfection

It's got dinosaur attacks, kung fu Nazis, robotic transforming arcade cabinets, primitive video games, and beautiful women dressed in animal skins. Therefore it is perfect.

David Hasselhoff's new music video "True Survivor" takes the form of an action movie in which our hero confidently takes on the world. The special effects and combat scenes are gloriously over-the-top. It's precisely what you would hope for from The Hoff--the man who made the 1980s so 1980s-ish.


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Young Lando

The cape, the loose collar, the ‘stache. It must be 1980! And Lando Calrissian is ready to welcome you to Cloud City. This young man’s picture is from a collection of Star Wars Celebration cosplay pictures at ComingSoon.com. There are 75 photos. Star Wars Celebration Continues through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention center.

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Scythe Versus Weedwhacker

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For thousands of years people have been mowing their overgrown fields and reclaiming the land with a little help from their trusty scythe. The scythe made reaping, mowing and cropping plants a breeze, and it was so stupidly simple to use that anybody capable of swinging a scythe could help out with the yardwork. 

Along came the string trimmer, also known as the brushcutter, weedwhacker or weed eater, which failed to fully surpass the scythe in terms of functionality and gave us a new set of problems we didn't have with the scythe.

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This footage from the 2010 South West Annual Scythe Festival proves three things- weedwhackers suck at whackin' weeds, a British Scythe Champion earns his title the hard way, and we should go back to using scythes because they look way cooler and they're way more efficient! 

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The Ribbon Chapel

(Photo: Koji Fujii)

The Ribbon Chapel is a wedding chapel in Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects designed it. The structure is contained within two separate staircases that intertwine as they ascend until they meet at the top. It's a great symbol of marriage that provides practical solutions for human movement during complex and well-attended weddings. The opaque staircases also provide shade from the sun that shines in through the full-length windows. You can see more photos of it at Design Milk.

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Bonnie the Recently Rescued Chihuahua Won't Eat Without Her New Pal Clyde

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Bonnie is a Chihuahua who was recently rescued and is thrilled to finally be part of a family. She's so happy hanging with her new pack that her human says she wouldn't dream of eating without canine brother Clyde. As soon as Bonnie's food is put down, her first order of business is to move her dish so that she can be next to Clyde before she digs in. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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The Funniest Internet Reactions To The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Whenever a trailer for an upcoming movie is released online, especially if it's part of a geeky franchise, the Internet's populace posts a response.

Sometimes it's a tweet or two sharing thoughts about the trailer, sometimes it's a response video which will inexplicably get thousands of views, but whatever the method of delivery the responses are typically chock full of funny.

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The online community has gone gaga over the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and as you'd expect those who surf the interwebs have had plenty of hilarious responses to the trailer, with plenty more to come.

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See The Internet's Funniest Reactions To The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer here


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R2-D2 Airplane

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This B787-9 Dreamliner jet is a collaboration between the Star Wars franchise and the Japanese airline ANA. This baby is no overweight glob of grease. It's surely able to project holograms as passenger entertainment and fix itself of any malfunctions in-flight. -Via Gizmodo


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A Massive Collection Of Hilarious Protest Signs

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Just because you’re out fighting for what you believe in doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun with the whole thing, and there’s no better way to bring the funny to a protest than by making a funny sign.

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These signs not only lighten the mood at a time when tensions are high, they also get lots of attention from online media sources and therefore bring more attention to your cause.

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22 Words has put together a massive collection of 54 funny protest signs sure to entertain even the staunchest supporter of super dry political humor. It's a multi-page article, which makes sense considering how many images are included, but believe me the laughs are worth all the clicking!


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Catholic Priest Watches New Star Wars Trailer

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Father Roderick Vonhögen is a huge Star Wars fan. He wrote a book called Geekpriest, and has a podcast. Here, he records his reaction while watching the new teaser trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It’s two minutes of pure joy and excitement. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Goofiest Shoes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’ve mentioned before my earnest wish to visit New York City if for no other reason than to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which must be the greatest art museum in North America. Messy Nessy Chic has given me yet another reason to go: the Met has a collection of the weirdest shoes in the world, including this grassy sandal made by Beth Levine in the early 1990s. It's called “Barefoot in the Grass.” You can see a selection of other eccentric shoe designs owned by the Met at Messy Nessy Chic.


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Stayin' Derp - The Nonchalant Need Not Apply


Stayin' Derp by Bohsky

It's easy to stay angry, happy, dopey or sleepy, but stayin' derp- now that takes skills. You gotta be one cool cat to see life in a way that nobody else does, and be willingly give up your too cool feline image for one that's a little more silly. The worst thing about stayin' derp is keeping your kooky kitty cool when the fur starts flying around you, a skill that'll come in handy when your kitteh derpiness inevitably leads to internet fame and bitcoin fortune. And the best thing about living a derpy kitty lifestyle? All the social media upvotes and the fact that nobody will ever see you crying over spilled milk!

Keep your stray cat style totally geeky with this Stayin' Derp t-shirt by Bohsky, it's the best way to spread the word about the adorable power of derpiness!

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14th Century Yoda

We’ve seen some pretty unusual things that pop up in medieval religious manuscripts. Now it appears that one features a certain Jedi master from long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Julian Harrison of Medieval Manuscripts told NPR:

"The Yoda image comes from a 14th-century manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals," Harrison said, after we reached out to the British Library.

"I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveler," Harrison continued. "It's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson — the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!"

The monks who spent their lives hand-copying books can be forgiven for letting their creative juices flow, but none of them would have ever guessed that their art would be so entertaining to us in the 21st century. Read more about the 14th-century Yoda at NPR. -via Daily of the Day


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The Horror of Washing Dishes


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You've had a long day. But the house is a mess, so it's time to get to work. Eventually, you promise yourself, the work will be done. There will be a last dish. Then you can pop a beer and watch Daredevil.

But there's always one more dish. Oh, you think that you've found the last one? You're wrong. 

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A Contender for the Most Demanding First Birthday Invitation Ever



Redditor razz32 obviously saw the entertainment value in this email invitation he received to the celebration (?) of a one-year-old child's birthday, as he posted it to Reddit. The email leaves no question as to pretty much any move that anyone planning to attend could make. If someone showing up at this party has an itch, it's a good bet that a protocol has been devised by these parents as to how it should be scratched.
 
As you can see, the image above is only a portion of the requests included in this gracious invite. See the missive in its entirety here. -Via Mashable

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Man Pulls Driver to Safety from the Edge of a Cliff

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According to witnesses in Lewiston, Idaho, Matthew Sitko began driving erratically, then lost control of his SUV. He ran off the road and barely stopped before slipping over the edge of a cliff. He might have fallen down, were it not for a mysterious man who pulled him out of the window to safety. After securing Sitko from the truck, he disappeared. Local residents later identified him from the photo. The hero told police that he was trying to avoid attention.


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The Day Charmander Took Over

If you went to reddit at all on Wednesday, you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a post about Charmander. Now, Charmander is the name of a Pokemon, but this is a little different from what you’re used to. A guy got a tattoo of a Pokemon he called Charmander, but it was actually a poor imitation of the work of Vaughn Pinpin (Hat Boy), who did a series of Pokemon in the style of Tim Burton. See his Charmander, which was obviously the inspiration for the tattoo.

Redditors laughed at the tat, and then started using the design for their own ends. Before the day was over, there were t-shirts, cups, animations, a packet of coffee, jewelry, and toys made in the design of what became known as “shitty Charmander.” See a roundup of them at Dorkly. I had considered doing a roundup myself, but other duties got in the way. See even more of them at Kotaku.

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Weightlifting Skateboards

Misha Petrick, an animator in Moscow, made these clever skateboard designs called Strongboards. They make effective use of the visual forms already present in overturned skateboards.

-via Colossal

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Official Teaser Trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice



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Here we have the official teaser trailer to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the release of which was moved up by three days after a blurry, pirated version was leaked yesterday. The trailer was posted by director Zack Snyder on Twitter. There is an IMAX trailer still to come, which Snyder says will be different. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and others making up a star-studded, ensemble cast, is due to be released on March 25, 2016. 


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Red Hot Ball Of Nickel vs. Jawbreaker

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YouTube member carsandwater continues to drop his Red Hot Ball of Nickel on random things to see what happens, this time on a large jawbreaker. He's found a volatile combination here. What you get is a volcano, complete with tremors, smoke, steam, and a lava flow of hot, sticky sugar! That’s going to be a mess to clean up. -via Viral Viral Videos


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A Gallery of Passports from around the World

The investment company Arton Capital created a world passport index. It shows the covers of what appears to be every legally recognized passport in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. You can sort them by location, alphabetical order, or color.

The site also includes a ranking of passports by “power.” This means the number of countries that a passport permits a bearer to travel to without special authorization. The United States and United Kingdom rest at the top with 147. The bottom tier is a tie between South Sudan, the Solomon Islands, the Palestinian territories, Sao Tome and Principe, and Myanmar at 28.

-via David Thompson


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Goalkeeper Cat

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Eberti Inacio recorded his son  Pedro Henrique playing soccer with their cat, Sid. Sid is a gifted goalkeeper! The original video is here. Then it was remixed with sports commentary about Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, because Sid is that good. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Hayao Stars - Dreams Of An Animated Evening


Hayao Stars by Wirdou

Miyazaki went through an impressionistic period that didn't appeal to fans of his animated features yet drove art critics around the world crazy with glee. Hayao has always enjoyed painting, and he holds the natural world in great esteem, but people know him best for his amazingly detailed character designs and incredibly magical storylines, so he decided to drop the painterly approach to animation for the sake of Studio Ghibli. And it's a good thing he did, too, because where would his fans be without their favorite wild princess, grinning Totoro neighbors and magical moving castles that spirit our imaginations away?

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