Fun Things Every Geek Needs to Own

If you love video games, Harry Potter, Star Wars, proper grammar or anatomy, then you officially have a geeky side. We at Neatorama support the geekification of the public and encourage anyone with even one of those interests to check out this fun Distractify article with over 20 awesome things for geeks to bring into their home.

A few highlights from the list include the marauder's map scarf and respect the chemistry spice rack seen above, as well as this Super Mario light and this set of Pokemon gym pins. Of course, this hatching dinosaur candle is pretty lovable as well.


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Pop Culture Characters Share Their Problems With Sigmund Freud

If a pop culture character is properly created, meaning complete with an unique personality and a backstory, fans can predict what that character is thinking and willing to do.

But nobody could have predicted how many perfectly crafted pop culture characters would end up needing psychological treatment!

Cartoonist Lee Gatlin imagines what pop culture characters like Superman, The Hulk and Tarzan would say if they had a psych session with Sigmund Freud, and for most of them one sentence says it all.

-Via io9


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A New Roleplaying Game Where Characters Must Solve Conflicts Without Violence

Killing stuff is a big part of any roleplaying game, and RPG systems generally use enemy kills as the main source of experience points, so it's hard to imagine an RPG system that doesn't involve killing stuff.

It's even harder to imagine a game in which characters are penalized for resorting to violence, but somehow the new tabletop RPG Lotus Dimension makes that concept seem appealing.

Lotus Dimension forces players to figure out how to solve problems and conflict without violence, using powers like "sleight of hand" or "curl up like an armadillo" to peacefully resolve encounters.

The game was created by Scott Wayne Indiana as an interesting alternative to games like D&D, with a character advancement structure based on Buddhism's noble eightfold path and the concept of karma.

And while it probably won't appeal to your power gamer buddies who are all about loot and XP Lotus Dimension will definitely broaden the horizons of gamers who are sick of the same old RPGs.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Cutesy Cartoon Characters Transformed Into The Stuff Of Nightmares

Cartoon characters like Pikachu, Mickey Mouse and the Minions are drawn to be adorable, and we can't help but think happy thoughts when we look at them because of their round shapes and smiley features.

This intentional and inherent appeal makes it hard to turn cutesy characters into something truly nightmarish without causing the character to lose their core essence, but illustrator Disse86 has proven he's up to the challenge.

Disse86 has turned the Minions into grinning mutant monstrosities, Totoro into a scary woodland creature, Pooh into a ghoulish little blood eating bear-thing and poor little Tweety Bird into a fang-faced horror.

And yet each character remains instantly recognizable and somehow manages to retain elements of their original personality despite their gruesome new look.

-Via Nerd Approved


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Elders React To Die Antwoord

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If you don't know who Die Antwoord are then check out the 2015 sci-fi film Chappie and you'll get a good idea of who Yolandi and Ninja are, or who their zef personas are anyway.

Die Antwoord creates niche music, meaning they have a far more select audience than, say, Taylor Swift, and some people say the Die Antwoord sound makes them want to stick pencils in their ears.

But is it the kind of music that makes open-minded Baby Boomers, who tend to like all kinds of music, want to Die? Fine Brothers Entertainment investigates:

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I don't know about you but seeing the guy in the glasses jam out to the beat made my day!


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What Does Stephen King Think About Movie Adaptations Of His Works?

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Stephen King has written about a bajillion stories, and there have been nearly as many movie and TV adaptations made of his works, about one or more a year since the 80s.

With so many of his works being adapted each year there are bound to be some stinkers, but King's opinion on those movie adaptations may surprise you.

He has been up front about his hatred of Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining from the very beginning, stating:

"I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fall flat."

So if he doesn't like an adaptation many people consider to be a classic then which films does he like?

King has stated that he's fond of Cujo, The Dead Zone and Misery in terms of horror, and he loves The Mist because "it's just an all out balls-to-the-wall horror film".

But what about his non-horror stuff? Surely he doesn't hate on those prison classics like he hates on The Shining?

Apparently he approves of The Green Mile adaptation, although he says "The film is a little 'soft' in some ways", but The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me are both Grade A adaptations approved by the Master of Horror.


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6 Ways Having Money Is Just Like Power Levels In Dragon Ball Z

Every anime fan wondered one thing while watching Dragon Ball Z- how do I raise my power level like a super saiyan?

It turns out raising your power level is a lot easier than you think, all you have to do is win the lottery, inherit a fortune or become ridiculously rich somehow and you'll have DBZ-like power at your disposal.

Comic artist JHALL created these illustrated comparisons to show us how rich people are just like DBZ characters, only they don't wear cool costumes, fight to the death or save the planet.

But other than that they're exactly the same!*wink*

See 6 Ways Having Money Is Just Like DBZ Power Levels here


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How To Avoid Ticking Off The Actors In A Haunted House

Haunt season has officially begun, and people across the country are lining up to have the crap scared out of them by actors in haunted attractions designed to terrify and delight.

It takes a lot of preparation and hard work to create and run these horror-themed Haunts, and yet many visitors act like fools when they're inside the attraction, which frustrates the crew.

Maybe they act like fools to hide their fear, or they think a Haunt is the kind of dark place where jackassery is acceptable, but whatever the reason for their behavior it's time they were taught the right way to act in a haunted house.

Don't chat with the actors, even if you know them, and don't take pictures of them or they may actually go mad with anger.

You should likewise refrain from asking the actors out on a date, no matter how hot you think they are, and calling them out before they jump out and scare a group just ruins the experience for everyone.

And speaking of shock blocking- don't ever declare you're not scared while inside a Haunt, or the actors will work twice as hard to scare the living daylights out of you...

See How to Avoid Ticking Off the Actors in a Haunted House here


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Sometimes It Hurts To Give

The world is a cruel and merciless place, and even the purest and most beautiful creations can be torn to shreds by heartless humans who don't place any value in beauty or craftsmanship.

But don't fret about the death of art when you hand that perfectly wrapped present to your boorish friend because, as this comic from Mr. Lovenstein shows, they're unwrapping your vengeance...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Guy Explores "Abandoned" Blockbuster Video Store

There was once a chain of video rental stores called Blockbuster Video, nee Video Library, where people would go and pay way too much to buy snacks and rent a VHS or DVD copy of a movie.

These video stores went the way of the dinosaurs once people realized it would be better to sit at home and have the DVDs sent directly to them, and thus the video rental dino-stores all died off.

Now, as intrepid urban explorer RubarGar reveals in this video, the Blockbuster Video locations that are still standing have become some of the spookiest abandoned buildings in the U.S.

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It's amazing how well preserved those products are after all these years, and seeing all those old titles sure was a blast from the past. I almost forgot there was such a thing as a Wii!

-Via GeekTyrant


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Every Dystopian Young Adult Novel

Why are Young Adult novels so popular with young and old alike these days? Because of the formula- sexy plus pitiful plus surprisingly powerful equals dystopian hero born to save us all.

Add in a dash of the supernatural, some silly yet memorable names and a pinch of peril and you've got a formulaic story for the masses.

Prefer pictures to word problems? You can thank Adam Ellis for his illustrated breakdown of Every Dystopian YA Novel, which he posted on his site Books Of Adam. I wonder how he cracked the code?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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These People Are Totally Fed Up With Pokemon GO

I'm sure anyone who doesn't play Pokémon GO is sick of hearing about it by now, because stories about GO are an inescapable part of internet life these days.

But folks who hate GO should probably keep their opinions to themselves or risk bringing all kinds of Pokéhate from a world full of wanna-be trainers down upon their head.

It appears some people are so fed up with Pokémon GO players they're willing to risk being hated so they can grump and groan about the game they don't understand.

Maybe the haters would be better off simply accepting that Pokémon GO isn't their idea of a good time and letting the hatred GO before they get Frozen out by their Poké-lovin' friends.

See more Pokémon GO haters at Wired and BuzzFeed (NSFW due to language)


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A Star Wars Themed Creperie In Paris

Creperia Nerd, pena que acabei de almoçar. Não vai dar para experimentar desta vez. #paris #odyssey

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Star Wars fandom is a global phenomenon, and at this point it's plain to see the world is just as fond of the franchise as we are here in the United States.

So why is it so surprising to see a Star Wars themed creperie in Paris?

#starwars #themedrestaurant #paris #geek

A video posted by Anemie MissCrafty (@missanemie) on Feb 27, 2016 at 2:29pm PST

Because we're talking about Paris, the city seemingly too fashionable, gourmet and highbrow to play host to a theme restaurant, much less one based on a geeky franchise like Star Wars.

But Odyssey creperie, nicknamed Cafe Nerd, is every bit as Parisian as the rest, and according to visitors the sci-fi themed crepes and ice cream sundaes they serve up are dangerously delicious.

Odyssey is located on Rue Dante near Notre Dame, and even though the decor is totally Star Wars their menu is sci-fi inclusive, with nods to Star Trek, Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica.

-Via That's Nerdalicious


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Could This Stranger Things Fan Theory Be True?

The plot of Stranger Things seems pretty straightforward to me, and yet there are quite a few questions purposefully left unanswered, which fans are happy about because that means we get a second season.

But one question remained on my mind well after I finished binge watching the first season- what is Eleven's relationship to the monster the kids call the Demogorgon?

This fan theory video from the UPROXX series IN THEORY may explain it all. (Contains spoilers)

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Hopefully this fan theory doesn't make the Duffer brothers change gears because the show has been great so far!

-Via GeekTyrant


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The New Star Wars Canon Presents a Fascinating Paradox of Storytelling

Everything changed when Disney bought Lucasfilm and all the Star Wars properties. At first we were excited, because that meant that we’d get more Star Wars movies, while feeling apprehensive, because we didn’t want it to turn into Mickey Mouse. Then Disney announced that the "expanded universe" of novels, games, and fan fiction up to that point were not to be regarded as canon, which startled fans. What were they thinking? They were thinking of unifying all Star Wars lore. And that in itself raises many questions.

When Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney, the decision was made that anything that advances the Star Wars story would become part of the same singular canon. Books, comics, games—they’re now as definitive as TV and film. Anything you pick up related to Star Wars adds to the whole; there’s a group of executives called the Lucasfilm Story Group whose sole job is to make sure all of these moving parts come together in a cohesive way.

As a Star Wars fan, I can’t think of anything more exciting than it all having a purpose. The amazing fact that we’re finally finding out what happened to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo (RIP) after Return of the Jedi is just the icing on the cake. Now, every single bit of Star Wars out there gives us another piece of the puzzle. You can go to the store, pick up Marvel’s Star Wars comic, and read crucial pieces of Star Wars history. Did you ever wonder how Darth Vader would’ve reacted between when he realized Obi-Wan Kenobi hid his son from him? Well, that happens in the comics—and it was a result of Luke Skywalker meeting Boba Fett, if you can believe it.

At the same time, longtime fans are having a time shifting from a malleable fictional universe to a concrete universe, and newer fans wonder if you really have to buy all those comic books to learn what’s going on. The pros, cons, and questions about Disney’s new approach to Star Wars are laid out for your reading pleasure at io9.


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How Old School ROM Game Cartridges Actually Work

Growing up with cartridge-based gaming meant dealing with cartridges prone to all sorts of little problems, so gamers were introduced to the basics of loading, using and cleaning ROM cartridges.

But most young gamers had no clue how those ROM cartridges actually functioned- we knew the “golden fingers” had to contact connectors inside the slot, but beyond that the function was a mystery.

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The 8-Bit Guy created this video to show us the inner workings of an old school game cartridge, comparing their function to floppy disks and revealing how memory expanded by cartridges helped improve graphics.


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This VHS Board Game Supercut Will Bring Back Geeky Memories

In the 1980s gamers were introduced to a new kind of interactive game-VCR board games, the games you played while sitting in front of the TV.

VCR board games were seen as cutting edge by some, a weak comparison to console video games by others, but every kid who liked board games had to try out a VCR game at least once, to see what all the buzz was about.

The difference was immediately apparent, as a live action game master on the tape guided their gaming experience by yelling at them, telling them what to do or simply by adding some video scene flavor to the game.

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This supercut compiled by Found Footage Fest pays homage to those strange niche VCR games of the 80s and 90s, check it out and see if it brings back any good or bad board game memories!

-Via mental_floss


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Inspirational Quotes From Fictional Mentors And Teachers

People love to share inspirational quotes from famous folks online, and since so many of these quotes are either incomplete or attributed to the wrong person we might as well make up our own.

Better yet, let's use famous quotes from fictional characters as inpiration, it's the same difference considering a quote is just a sentence or two meant to make us think or give us hope.

And wouldn't you rather quote a fictional character you know is actually cool rather than some pumped up historical figure who may or may not have been a total jerk?

This infographic featuring 30 Inspirational Quotes From Fictional Teachers and Mentors was created by the folks at playgroundequipment.com, so kids can learn who they should quote when they're young.

See full sized infographic at Geeks Are Sexy


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A New Clothing Line Inspired By That Vintage Disney Look

Old timey Disney is the best kind of Disney, and even though they've moved away from their old look and feel in many ways Disney characters are timeless and forever influencing art, design and fashion.

And speaking of Disney inspiring fashion- Unique Vintage released a new line of old timey Disney inspired clothing for cool chicks called “The Happiest Collection On Earth”.

The collection features outfits inspired by older Disney classics such as Alice In Wonderland and Snow White, newer features like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, and of course the mice who started it all.

-Via The Daily Dot


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Hilarious Captain America: Civil War Gag Reel

The actors who play superheroes in the Marvel movies are not superheroic in any way- they're average humans with the very human ability to fail hard.

And even though we see perfection when we watch their on screen performances there's a bunch of bungling, fumbling, cursing, cracking up and bloopering that happens during takes that wound up on the cutting room floor.

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Marvel Entertainment released this hilarious gag reel to promote the digital HD DVD and Blu-Ray release of Captain America: Civil War, just in time to get us in that Marvel movie mood again before Doctor Strange comes out on November 4th.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Fan Theory: All Adam Sandler Movies Are Connected

Fan theories about pop culture franchises are like adding candy to movie theater popcorn- fun and easy to digest in small quantities, gobble up too much and you may end up feeling sick.

But when a fan puts as much work into their theory as Shawn Kohne has put into his Adam Sandler-based “Sandlerverse” theory you've gotta bite and take a look.

Shawn's “Sandlerverse” theory ties together every project Sandler has ever worked on, including the stuff he did for Saturday Night Live and his musical albums, and as bats#$t crazy as that sounds Shawn makes it work.

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In case you're on the fence about watching this eight minute long video here's a taste:

In Happy Gilmore (1996), Chubbs (portrayed by Carl Weathers) falls through a window, presumably to his death. But four years later in Little Nicky, Chubbs reappears in heaven. What does Reese Witherspoon have to say about Chubbs? She tells Nicky that he used to be a golf pro (Chubbs’ job in Happy Gilmore) but now he’s known in heaven for being the dopest dancer. Likewise, sportscaster Dan Patrick seems to play the same cop in The Longest Yard (2005) and in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007).

-Via Decider


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Why It's Important To Pay Attention When The Apocalypse Begins

Ever have one of those days where you're too caught up in your daily routine to notice the world is falling apart all around you?

Then you'll probably find this short horror film Lasiurus by Marcus Alqueres to be disturbingly relatable, and keeping your phone charged will probably become a top priority.

Lasiurus from Marcus Alqueres on Vimeo.

Shopping at the grocery store at 3 a.m. feels a bit post-apocalyptic, but in a good way!

-Via io9


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Fifteen Things You May Not Know About Batman's Butler Alfred Pennyworth

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Alfred Pennyworth is the most underrated character in the Batman universe, because there would be no Dark Knight, and no billionaire Bruce Wayne as we know him, without Alfred's guidance.

Alfred has proven time and again he's no ordinary valet/butler- he's a tactician, a hacker, a makeup artist, an actor, a medic and Bruce's counselor/father figure.

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The Alfred character started out as Alfred Beagle, a bumbling detective with a portly character design clearly inspired by Oliver Hardy.

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But the creators liked the way William Austin looked as Alfred in the 1943 Batman film serial so much they decided to change his look and his name, and Beagle became Pennyworth.

There are other inconsistencies in Alfred's backstory, but a few things remain constant- he received British Army training, he doesn't have a problem using firearms, and he enjoys breeding roses.

Read Alfred Pennyworth: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Batman's Butler here


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This Guy is the Best Disney Cosplayer Ever

Cosplayer Richard Schaefer, aka theofficialariel, may be a man, but he was born to be a Disney princess. His female cosplays are not only unbelievably charming, but also perfect enough to appear on a live-action Disney film. 

We previously featured his work before, but with so many amazing Disney cosplays, we can't resist sharing more of his gorgeous creations.

Via Fashionably Geek


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The Fidget Cube Is A Fun Way To Keep Your Hands Busy

Sitting at a desk for hours at a time can lead to fidgeting, and some people swear they think more clearly when their hands are kept busy.

Until recently that meant fidgeting with office supplies and stress balls, or some expensive piece of desk jewelry that looks really cool but doesn't satisfy that fidgety feeling.

But now there's the Fidget Cube by Antsy Labs- a fun little vinyl desk toy featuring an assortment of ways to stay fidgety on its six faces.

The Fidget Cube looks like hours of fun for your fingers, and the creators stand by its power to clear the mind and promote creativity, so it's not just a toy- it's an investment in your desk-bound career.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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An Honest Trailer for Captain America: Civil War

The Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War is available on Blue-Ray as of today. Perfect time for an Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies. This is the movie where a bunch of new Marvel superheroes are introduced because the Avengers are split into teams to fight each other, right?

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From this video, I also learned that it has an incomprehensible plot that no one cared about because they wanted to see superheroes fight. And it has a lot in common with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Heads up- the Honest Trailer is quite a bit shorter than the video. -Thanks, Paul Panday!


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If Other Video Games Had An App Like Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has been slowly but surely turning smartphone gamers into zombified "trainers", who wander around the world with their eyes glued to the GO screen searching for Pokémon hot spots.

Thankfully, Pokémon GO is a pretty harmless game, but imagine if games like The Legend Of Zelda, Mario Party, Super Smash Bros and Fallout had similar apps. The world would be doomed!

If Pokémon GO players aren't careful they're liable to find themselves joining roving gamer gangs, teaming up to hunt down and catch all the Pokémon no matter where they hide.

Of course, trainers turning against each other in the quest to catch 'em all seems like a more realistic scenario...

Comic artist extraordinaire JHALL has illustrated six alternate GO app scenarios to satisfy our curiosity, demonstrating how good Pokémon GO actually is and how bad other GO style apps could be!

See If Other Games Had "GO" Versions here


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D.C. Will Hide Banned Books Around the City

September is banned books month and in celebration of all the great banned books that later were recognized as classics, the Washington D.C. library set up quite a clever scavenger hunt. Hidden in businesses around the city are copies of once-banned books -find one and it's yours. It's not just a matter of finding a free book of course, the program is a great way to look back on the history of censored books and each title will be wrapped in a cover that explains why the book was challenged. Clues to finding the secret treasures can be found on the library's Twitter account.

Via Washington Post


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No Playing Star Wars

Getting kids to stop playing Star Wars after watching the movies is like getting them to stop making messes or breaking stuff, in other words impossible.

And when they see those cute little critters pretending to fly the Millennium Falcon around the house or having a lightsaber battle in the living room their parents can't help but play along.

This Lunar Baboon comic is dedicated to those grown-ups who refuse to stop acting like kids- even after they've had children!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Time Alice Cooper Appeared On Gene Wilder's Sitcom

Alice Cooper and Gene Wilder don't seem like they have much in common aside from the fact that they both became superstars in the 70s.

But back in the mid-90s this unlikely duo appeared together in Wilder's sitcom Something Wilder, with Cooper playing himself and moving in next door to Wilder's character Gene Bergman.

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Episode 14 entitled “Hangin' With Mr. Cooper”, was the second to last episode of Something Wilder to air on NBC, at a point when the producers were trying to save the show by introducing zanier storylines.

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I can't help but wonder if the show would have been cancelled so quickly if they'd cast Alice as the neighbor from the beginning, because Wilder and Cooper have surprisingly good comedic chemistry.

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-Via Dangerous Minds


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