The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan

Haruko Hiratsuka (Raichō), Yoshiko Yasumochi, and Kazuko Mozume founded a women's literary magazine in 1911. It was named Seitō, which translated to Bluestocking, and was targeted to a slowly growing population of educated young Japanese women. Seitō was a hit from its very first printing, and drew widespread interest among the women who bought it and suspicion from their skeptical family members. Although the very idea of a literary magazine for women was radical at the time, the articles were not -at first. But the content evolved to meet the needs of its audience.

Women’s feelings and inner thoughts, however, turned out to be a provocative challenge to the social and legal strictures of this era, when a woman’s role was to be a good wife and mother. The Seitō women imagined much wider and wilder emotional and professional lives for themselves. They fell in love, they indulged in alcohol, they built careers as writers, and they wrote about it all—publicly. The stories were radical enough that the government censored them. The story that prompted policemen to visit the magazine’s office late at night was a piece of fiction about a married women writing to her lover to ask him to meet her while her husband was away.

As they attracted public attention and disapproval, instead of shying away from the controversy they’d created, the editors of Seitō were forced to confront more baldly political questions, and this in turn earned them more banned issues. In the pages of their magazine they came to debate women’s equality, chastity, and abortion. Without originally intending to, they became some of Japan’s pioneering feminists.

The magazine caused outrage when one of the founders wrote about making a cocktail, when several writers visited the brothel, and when they advocated for women's suffrage. Read about the groundbreaking magazine Seitō at Atlas Obscura.


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Everyone Who Meets Pippin The Miniature Stallion Falls In Love With Him

Pippin is a miniature stallion with the heart of a Clydesdale, and he doesn't feel like he's any less of a horse than his bigger cousins because his spirit shines bright and he makes a big impression on everyone he meets.

In fact, most people and horses who meet Pippin instantly fall in love with the little guy, and who can blame them- he's a little shaggy little sweetheart with a super chill temperament and the soul of a lover.

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Mobile Telephone Evolution

You can see in this graphic from Denmark that mobile phones have changed a lot over the years. The first mobile phones in the 1970s were innovative but huge. By the '90s, people were using mobile phones you could hold in one hand. And they got smaller -up to a point. Around the turn of the century, phones started getting larger again. Why? Because they were no longer "just" phones. The miniaturization of tech allowed us to cram an entire range of gadgets into one device, so the addition of a video screen meant it had to be large enough to see. The limit of miniaturization is not tech, but our physical bodies that use it. The growth of the devices since then makes them ever easier to see, while the components inside continue to shrink. Read about the evolution of mobile phones at Blazepress. -via Nag on the Lake


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Cartoons That Got Way Deeper Than We Were Expecting

It's easy to forget cartoons weren't created just for kids to watch, nor were they meant to tell strictly silly-slapstick-nonsensical stories devoid of serious emotion, but animators have never forgotten about their roots.

And it seems no matter how silly the show animators always make sure to include at least one episode that gives us all the feels.

Remember when SpongeBob's snaily friend Gary ran away from home because SpongeBob forgot to feed him?

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The episode was sadly relatable to anyone who has ever had a pet run away, and when SpongeBob sang the "Gary Come Home" song there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Then there was that episode of Rugrats entitled "Mother's Day" that talked about Chuckie's dead mother- this particularly poignant episode was probably lost on the kiddies but definitely left their parents reaching for a tissue.

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And even though Adventure Time has presented us with plenty of emotion-filled episodes the episode "I Remember You" revealed that the Ice King took care of Marceline when she was a kid and thereby made me sob like a little creampuff.

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True Love: A Tribute to The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride has a cornucopia of elements that make it one of our favorite movies. But the overarching theme is true love. Every character has something to say about it.  

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In this cute video that seems shorter than it is, the Gregory Brothers songify the lines from The Princess Bride to make a love song about love..  true wuv. This is their contribution to the celebratio of the movie's 30th anniversary. -via Tastefully Offensive


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A Legend Comes to Life

We all know that the earth is a disc carried on the back of a turtle. There are supposed to be four elephants in there, too, but maybe they are just covered with mud. This real-life turtle is carrying his share of earth, that's for sure! There's even a poem about it.

"See the TURTLE of Enormous Girth"
"On his shell he holds the Earth."
"His thought is slow, but always kind."
"He holds us all within his mind."

You might try to guess how this turtle ended up with the earth on its back, so redditor assa7iq did some digging.

Right? Everyone's just making jokes and I want to learn how this happens. I'm asking my herpetologist friend.

Edit - answers! I asked how this happens-

"Some turtles can hibernate for a year. Not all, but some. Probably long term hibernation. He probably had a little cavern of some sort. And due to the soil moisture it collapsed on him as he was getting out."

Then I asked if there's any good reason to leave all that on him-

"No good reason, no. He probably just woke up and has a tortoise bedhead. (If anything it's bad, because it lowers the amount of surface area is hit by sunlight for basking)"

Tortoise bedhead is more reasonable than the flat earth theory. -via reddit

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Punk Panda - Bamboo Party Tonight!


Punk Panda by Ronn Kools

As animals like pandas become more comfortable with human contact they become familiar with our habits, idiosyncracies and lifestyles as well, and as expected many animals are going punk as a result. The punk lifestyle just makes sense for most animals, since they already make a mess of their homes and bathing is not required, and they really enjoy tearing it up in the mosh pit. Plus they're constantly tearing their clothes with their nails, so they're always gonna sport a punk style whether they like it or not!

Get dressed up for fun with this Punk Panda t-shirt by Ronn Kools, it's the fun way to show the world you're an animal lover without losing your edge.

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Houseplant Humor

We've all been there: Deliver a joke, some little bit of unexpected humor… or so you think. But it falls flat (hey, at least it rhymes). That's bad enough even without the diss that follows. I had to laugh, even though I also felt sorry for Gary. The caption under this comic from Jake Likes Onions is "Gary just wants to be liked."

I don't name my houseplants because I have a bazillion of them. But we had shrubs named Bob and Steve. Bob died last year, so I think his replacement will be named Gary.


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Snooperkatz, the Lost Cat of 1894

Christian Gudebrod ran the The Gudebrod Brothers Silk Company, Inc. at the building now called Bleecker Tower in New York City. The business had a shop cat named Snooperkatz that Gudebrod was particularly fond of. When Snooperkatz went missing in May of 1894, Gudebrod posted flyers offering a one dollar reward for the return of his lost cat.

Unfortunately, nobody returned Snooperkatz. However, every man, woman, and child who saw the flyer brought Christian Gudebrod multiple street cats in hopes of getting the dollar reward.

As The Sun reported on May 11, 1894, within just a few days, the large building was overrun with cats, “raising their voices in a stream of profanity that is dark, deep and strong.” There were “black cats, white cats, gray cats, yellow cats, mottled cats, tomcats, pussy cats, tailless cats, earless cats, whiskerless cats, cats of high caste, and cats of absolutely no caste at all!”

Apparently the people who brought the cats were not too keen on taking them back where they found them. Anyway, the story made the newspapers, and The Sun sent a reporter to interview Gudebrod about the incident. Gudebrod told many tales about the mischievous and often downright devilish Snooperkatz, which you can read at The Hatching Cat. -via Strange Company

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How American Gothic Became an Icon

Grant Wood's American Gothic is more than a famous painting. Sure, it's a great piece of art, but there's more to it than that. When it was first unveiled, the painting wasn't recognized as anything special. But the subject matter made it something worth talking about.   

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In this video from Vox, we see that it was the people who saw the painting that made it special. They saw what they wanted to see in American Gothic. -via Digg

See also: The Story Behind American Gothic.


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5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck

Disney's Donald Duck has been around for more than 80 years, and has appeared in more movies than any other Disney character. Donald and his extensive family have always been ahead of their time. How else would we have so many great things that were first seen in cartoons and comics featuring Donald, his Uncle Scrooge, or his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie? For example, you might recall the 2010 movie Inception. It was considered groundbreaking, but we'd already seen it in the comics.    

In a 2002 comic book, eight years before Christopher Nolan's little dream exploration film, Scrooge got his mind hijacked by the Beagle Boys. The Boys were trying out new careers as dream-thieves and went into Scrooge's mind to steal the secret combination of his vault. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it's because that's exactly how Inception opens up, except you have to replace DiCaprio with talking dogs. Which, incidentally, would probably improve every single one of his movies.

After they're inside Scrooge's mind, the Beagle Boys have trouble differentiating dreams from reality -- again, exactly like the characters from Inception, who need special items, or "totems" in order to tell dream from reality.

When Donald Duck enters Scrooge's dream to help, he has to figure out a way to pry the Beagle Boys out of there. In Inception they use "kicks" to make controlled exits, like how the feeling of falling usually snaps you out of the dream. In McDuck's head, they do, well, the exact same thing.

There's more to the story about Inception, plus several other ways that the Ducks were either prescient or else they inspired something that came after. Read about five of them at Cracked. -Thanks, Tim!


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DIY Projects That Will Change Your Cat's Life

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Cats tend to get really bored hanging around the house all day, so unless we want shredded couches and torn curtains we have to provide sources of entertainment for our feline family members.

And when our cats get bored of their trees, toy mice and little feathered things on strings we have to give them a new amusing thing to swat at, pounce on or rub themselves against, like this self petting station made from toilet brushes.

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The best stuff you can give your cat is the stuff you make yourself, because you know your cat well enough to know whether hanging (or swinging) around in a cool kitty trapeze all day will be a lifestyle upgrade.

You'll also be able to make toys both you and the cat can enjoy, like this treat dispenser puzzle that makes your lazy kitty work for their vittles while you laugh at their futile attempts. There ain't no treats in there, ya dumb cat!

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Why 3 Man-Sized Cages Hang From a Medieval German Church Steeple

The Catholic Church ruled both the spiritual and physical lives of Europeans during the period of the Holy Roman Empire. Then Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, leading to formation of the Lutheran Church. Other breakaway groups founded other denominations with theologies that wandered further from Catholic doctrine. In some places, that led to war, because one's salvation was not to be trusted to free will, and neither was political power. In the city of Münster, a gruesome artifact reminds citizens of those dark days.

Visitors to St. Lambert’s church in Münster, Germany may notice something odd about the building’s facade. Three gleaming iron cages, 7 feet tall and a yard wide and deep, hang empty from the church spire. Once home to the mutilated bodies of three revolutionaries who shaped one of the strangest chapters in the Protestant Reformation, the cages have hung there for nearly 500 years. They remain on the spire as a testament to their former occupants’ experiment in religious utopia—and the tremors they sent through German religious and political life for years after their occupants' deaths.

The citizens of Münster held relatively liberal religious views in 1530. To the local bishop, their tolerance of Protestants was radical and even heretical and, worst of all, threatened his power. The Lutherans moved in, and then the Anabaptists, and neither takeover was peaceful. Over the next six years, the city was a battleground between the sects. The war took odd turns with forced baptisms, polygamy, famine, torture, prophesy, and violent battles. Read an account of the bizarre war in Münster that ended with the public cages that still hang there, at Mental Floss.

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Walt Disney's Personal Tragedy Is Reflected In His Movies

Many of Walt Disney's early movies feature a common theme of the main character losing, or having already lost, their mother- Bambi's mother was shot, Dumbo's mom was locked up and Cinderella's mom died before the film's storyline began.

These themes, like many others present in Disney films, weren't included simply to cause an emotional reaction, they were included as a nod to Disney's own life.

Walt Disney was doing so well with his animation studio by the 1940s that he bought his parents a new house, allowing them to share in his success.

But when it was discovered that the home's furnace was in need of repair Walt sent one of his studio hands over to fix it rather than calling a professional, which would prove to be a fatal act of frugality.

The housekeeper arrived one day to find Disney's parents unconscious on the floor, poisoned by a gas leak. She pulled Walt's parents outside as quickly as she could, which saved Elias Disney's life, but sadly his mother Flora was already dead.

Disney never forgave himself for making such a terrible mistake, and the theme of a dead or missing mother became a common tragic thread that connects most Disney films.

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Learn to Play Cat

In the newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic, Simon Tofield and Nicky Treverrow talks about how cats play, and the best ways for us to play with them. It starts with how to train kittens in recognizing the proper toys.

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Even after a lifetime of playing with cats, even I learned some new tips in this video. It has a Simon's Cat cartoon tagged onto the end, in which we see the cat having a ball with that elusive red dot.


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Now You Can Enjoy Wine In A 40 Oz. Bottle

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Wine was considered an everyman's drink for centuries, but somewhere along the way the elitists in the world decided wine was an upper class quaff and unsuitable for broke folks.

But, as the number of wine makers grew and the drinking of wine became a daily affair once again, the prices came down and good wine became affordable for all as it should be...and then things got weird.

Now from the makers of Forty Ounce Rosé comes Forty Ounce Red- 40 oz. bottles of red wine for people who want to drink like an OG but don't like malt liquor.

Each one holds about 1.5 regular bottles of wine and costs about sixteen bucks, but if someone asks you to play Edward Fortyhands with these 40s just say no!

-Via Thrillist

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Colin Furze's Driveable Hot Tub

Insane inventor Colin Furze (previously) has built such a reputation that now he's being paid to bring ridiculous tech to life. In his latest stunt, he covered a BMW with a lawn (artificial turf), sealed it up and filled it with water, and installed a barbecue grill on the back. Silly? Yes, and a lot of fun. The car is an ad for Google, so they provide Furze with the raw materials for the hot tub car.

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Watch Furze drive around, splashing his bathwater all over the road. Oh yeah, the interior also has water jets, to which he adds bubble bath soap! Now try to imagine what happens when they grill burgers behind a bubble bath. This is the "fun" video. In case you are wondering exactly how he sealed the car so well that it could be driven filled with water, this video shows the process, and this video covers the other accessories. -via Laughing Squid


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TotoroooOOOooo - Awww, He Looks Even Cuter In Costume!


TotoroooOOOooo by Vinny Palmer

Some people get geared up for Halloween earlier than others, but every day is Halloween for Totoro so this pic was taken on a Tuesday in April. Totoro does get really excited about the Thirteen Days of Halloween though, because it's a special time when he and the rest of the spooky critters who hang out in the forest can walk among humans as themselves. So if you see someone in a Totoro costume look for a zipper- because you might be looking at a real life forest guardian instead of a costume!

Get ready for Halloween the fun way- with this TotoroooOOOooo t-shirt by Vinny Palmer, featuring a spook-tacular design that will make people smile wherever you go!

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How to Get the Instant Dad Bod -the Hairy Beer Belly Fanny Pack

These days the world expects men to have the perfect figure just as much as women -only six packs are out and dad bods are in. But the dad bod isn't obtainable by everyone. Some skinny men will never be able to put on those sexy curves.

But now there's an alternative for those who can't get their own hairy belly and it even provides you with storage space as well. Unfortunately, the Dadbag isn't available yet, but it soon will be and finally it will make your dreams of a DiCaprio-style belly a reality. 

In the meanwhile, you can get an eyefull of these brilliant accessories over on the Dadbag's Instagram.

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The Top Five Homeless Characters in Movies

Chronic homelessness is terrifying, and temporary homelessness is something that more and more Americans experience at least once in their life. It's a humbling experience. The older you get, the more likely you are to know someone who had to sleep outside, in their car, in a shelter, or with friends or family members for a time. With the rise of homelessness in the 1980s, Hollywood recognized the phenomenon and set about making movies that show how normal or even extraordinary people are among the homeless. Check out clips from movies built around homeless people at TVOM. I haven't seen all the movies, but if I know anything about Hollywood, I would bet that they all have homes by the end of the film.


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Hilarious Powerpoint Presentations People Will Never Forget

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It helps to add a bit of humor to your presentation if you want to make it more memorable, and adding funny slides and sayings will definitely make your speech go over better with your audience.

Just make sure the audience is laughing at your jokes and not cracking up at your dumb slide full of stupid work phrases spelled out in hideous fonts.

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Making sure the joke matches the subject matter is always a good way to get a laugh, and college professors truly excel at creating Powerpoint slides their students will never forget.

But Powerpoint presentations aren't just for high school and college students anymore, check out this howling good slide created by a third grader for a presentation on wolves:

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New Hermit Crab Does Not Switch Shells

Hermit crabs live inside armor built by other species, usually a seashell after the death of a mollusk, or in any found object it will fit into. As the crab grows, it needs to find a larger shell to accommodate its body. A newly-discovered species, though, has found a workaround. Diogenes heteropsammicola takes up residence inside a living coral. As the crab grows, the dome of coral grows, too, so they can stay together for life.

But although they may be new to us, these hermit crabs have been living symbiotically with coral for a very long time. The crab’s long, thin tail and spindly arms are well suited to fitting into the coral’s cavity, which is usually inhabited by a marine worm that also shares a symbiotic relationship with the coral. Hermit crab hind ends usually spiral to fit shells, but these crabs are more symmetrical, to fit well in the coral. There are advantages for the coral, too. In the journal article, published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe how the crab “carries the host coral and prevents the coral from being buried.”

This symbiotic relationship is called obligate mutualism, as both species benefit from the arrangement. Read the original research report at PLOS-One.

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Parrot Away

According to pop culture pirates love parrots, and even though real life pirates kept all kinds of birds as feathered status symbols the parrot will always be associated with pirates thanks to Long John Silver from Treasure Island.

So now that parrots are eternally connected to pirates it's about time someone opens up a parrot shop that caters to pirates, one which is on an island so they can sail right up, grab a bird and go.

Just make sure the shop appeals to gross and grimy pirates, because ugly parrots need love too!

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Parrot Away was created by third year animation students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, but it seems like it was made by veteran animators- because it's entertaining from beginning to end!


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The Great Escape

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How a video game broke all the rules and made art out of physics

In 2005, seven students at DigiPen Institute of Technology —a for-profit university that teaches video game design— dutifully showed up at their school’s annual career expo to show off their senior project. Their expectations were reasonably low.

Sure, they knew a few big-shot game designers would attend. DigiPen, after all, was located in Redmond, Washington, home to Microsoft and Nintendo, and representatives would likely be there. But the students certainly didn’t expect folks from Valve —the company behind Half-Life— to stop by their booth, play their game, Narbacular Drop, then leave business cards.

When the students called Valve hoping to get feedback from experts, they were shocked by the response. A few weeks later, they found themselves in a corporate meeting room. “We took the game there and we were thinking, ‘Oh, we’re going to show it to two or three people,’ ” Kim Swift, one of the DigiPen seven, told Forbes. But people kept piling into the room: 20 to 30 of Valve’s top programmers, artists, and executives— including Gabe Newell, Valve’s legendary co-founder. It was like having Steven Spielberg show up to a screening of your student film.

Less than 15 minutes into the Narbacular Drop demonstration, Newell stopped the proceedings. He had a question for the twenty-somethings. “So, what're you doing after graduation?”

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Pack Your Lunch

Yeah, you can save money by bringing your lunch to work instead of buying it from a restaurant or fast food outlet. But after you buy the groceries, then you'll need something to carry your lunch in. You'll probably need some Tupperware containers, too, and some chill-packs to keep your food freshly cold. Or maybe a Thermos, if you don't have a microwave at the office. Or you could do like I did when I actually went to work: keep a box of crackers and a jar of peanut butter in your desk (because the kids were using my Thermos and all my Tupperware in their lunches). Better yet, get a job working from home! This is the latest comic from Dami Lee at As Per Usual. Now, if you'll excuse me, I suddenly feel the need for a midnight snack.


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Star Trek Medley

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The Warp Zone performs a a cappella medley of the themes from all five Star Trek TV series, for serious Star Trek fans. They'll have to tag this with a theme song from the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, as soon as they learn it. -via Tastefully Offensive    


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Pugboat

One of the perks of owning a boat is getting to name it with the most ridiculous pun you can think of. In this case, a punny name is quite appropriate, considering the passengers. The top comment was quite clever, too:

They're all good buoys!

Of course they are.

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Things Scottish People Can't Say

Many Scottish people speak three different languages at home- Gaelic, English and Scots, a Germanic language spoken in Lowland Scotland and parts of Ulster.

Since English is the newer of the three languages spoken by Scots they often have trouble pronouncing English words, a fact which the Brits love to tease them about incessantly.

YouTuber WeeScottishLass bravely submitted her mouth to the challenge to see if she could prove the sterotype wrong by perfectly pronouncing those English words that supposedly give Scots trouble, starting with the name "Carl". Is Rick Grimes Scottish?

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Serene-ity - For Some Reason She Handles Like A Car Now...


Serene-ity by Truly Madly Geekly 

Captain Mal realized there was something wrong with Serenity the minute he got his ship back, and he didn't even have to look her over to realize she was not the same gal he'd been flying through the 'verse for the last twenty years. But that was to be expected, since the Reavers don't steal ships without modding them all to hell, and Mal had taken his sweet time getting her back so they had time to do some pretty deep mods. And yet hearing Serenity talk to him in her own sultry and smoky voice, and having her stare at him with big ol' cartoon eyes and smile at her with that newly installed cheesy grin of hers, well that was too much for Mal to handle! Wash, on the other hand, saw the mods as a dream come true...

Show your unique love for the greatest cancelled sci-fi show of all time with this Serene-ity t-shirt by Truly Madly Geeky, it's sure to make your fellow fans smile wherever you go!

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Lara Croft: Photoshop Disaster

There a remake of the Tomb Raider movie coming out in 2018, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. You can see the trailer here, and in it you can tell that Alicia Vikander is a real woman -unlike the image in the movie's poster, which was released this week. What's going on with her neck? Where does it connected to her skull? The over-editing of the picture is a consequence of trying to get her into that pose, the one where a woman who is the star of a movie must show face, boobs, and butt all in the same picture. This time they've gone too far. Bodies just don't work like that. -via The Daily Dot


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