What Obi-Wan's Ghost Should Have Done

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It’s hard enough to understand why Obi-Wan Kenobi just gave up the ghost, so to speak, and just let Darth Vader kill him off. Sure, he was able to return and give advice to Luke, but he could have taken better advantage of the situation even after death. The folks from Dorkly show us what might have been -what should have been- in glorious pixelated animation.



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Fifty Shades Of Wayne

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Think of an extremely rich, well-connected, and handsome man who has a hidden other life, with a secret lair full of gadgets. A man who likes to dress up in black rubber and frighten people. A double life that no one in his day-to-day business suspects. Christian Grey or Bruce Wayne? They are one and the same in this mashup by Josh Meeter. If the movie Fifty Shades of Grey were more like this, they would have doubled or tripled the ticket sales. The Dark Knight made $351 million in its first two weeks; Fifty Shades of Grey, $137 million. -via Uproxx



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Prankster In A Tuxedo Uses Fake Oscar Trophy To Get Free Stuff

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Every year around this time the entire entertainment industry, and the entire city of Los Angeles, prepares for the onset of awards season, with the Oscars being the granddaddy of them all.

It's not uncommon to see tuxedo clad winners heading out for a night on the town, celebrating their victory with Oscar in hand. But do you actually need to win an Oscar to celebrate like an Oscar winner?

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Prankster/actor Comedian Mark David Christenson proves that you don't need to win an Oscar to get free stuff from star struck Hollywood in this NewMediaRockstars video.

All you need is a winning attitude and a replica Oscar statue (sold on Hollywood Blvd. in souvenir shops for around $19.95) and people will hook you up with all the free crap (and public adoration) you can handle, including a car!

-Via Dangerous Minds



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The Adventure Time Ripoff You've Been Waiting For

Adventure Time is the kind of cartoon show that makes you want to share its greatness with the world, and animators are taking note of the show’s themes, art style and character's personalities and incorporating similar elements into their own shows.

But there's one show in the works that's less "influenced by" and more straight up ripoff. It’s called The Legend Of Lucky Pie, and it’s created in the place where all great knockoffs originate- China.

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According to the show’s creators it was created to “fight the tacky and trite animated shows usually shown in Chinese media”, and their response to whether it’s an Adventure Time ripoff- “kind of, but not really”. I guess judging whether something's a ripoff or not is a matter of opinion...

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Student Creates Batman Armor Suitable For Doling Out Street Justice

Folks who want to follow in Batman’s footsteps will need to be properly equipped, and since they’re made of flesh and blood instead of graphite and ink they’ll probably want to invest in some body armor.

Batman is a martial arts master, but your average wannabe Batsy most certainly is not, so they’ll probably want a suit of armor created to protect you from a flying fist...or a stabbing knife.

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Industrial Design student Jackson Gordon came up with the concept for a badass Batsuit, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign he was able to build the armor and survive a simulated stabbing.

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Five Nights At Freddy's Fails To Terrify Old Folks

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There’s an indie game series out there scaring gamers out of their pants with creepy animatronic enemies and jumpscare deaths. It’s called Five Nights At Freddy’s, and the jumpscares are genuinely startling provided you’re wearing headphones while you play. But is the game really all that terrifying?

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Not really, but how else are you going to advertise a horror game than by playing up the scares? Seeing our elders play Five Nights At Freddy's in this fun video by The Fine Bros. may make you worry it'll scare them to death, but don’t worry- old folks don’t seem to give a crap about Freddy and his freaky crew.

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Doctor Spider-Octopus

Professional cosplay photographer David Ngo attended the Long Beach Comic Expo over the weekend. He snapped this shot of a great cosplayer who blended Spider-Man with Doctor Octopus, one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies. It's an incredible work of craftsmanship!



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A Fan Art Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy's passing has been especially hard to handle, because it not only means a talented musician, artist, writer, photographer and actor is gone, but also that he'll never be in one of my favorite shows or movies ever again.

From Star Trek to the strange mysteries found on In Search Of..., voice over work in Transformers: the Movie and more recently starring as William Bell in the mind blowing sci-fi series Fringe, Nimoy was everywhere I wanted to be.

Here's a collection of fan art created as a tribute to the legendary icon Leonard Nimoy, some created before his passing but most after. May his legacy serve as influence and inspiration ad infinitum.

Cool blue digital illustration of Spock phasing into a new stage of existence, created by MyPseudonym7

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A mixed media tribute to Leonard Nimoy created by contemporary artist Jeffrey Vallance

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Leonard Nimoy- Photographer, captured in Oil on Canvas by Mark Tavares

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Caricature of Kirk and Spock created by famed caricaturist Al Hirschfeld back in 1999

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"It's Always Sunny" Cast Take A Look At Tattoos Based On Their Show

The cast of characters who lurk around Paddy’s Pub are some seriously shady human beings, and not so long ago people with tattoos were seen as shady and untrustworthy by "polite" society.

So it only makes sense that fans of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia would want to commemorate their favorite shady characters Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee and Frank with colorful tattoos!

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The gang from Sunny recently paid Conan O'Brien's show a visit, where they took a look at some interesting fan tattoos inspired by the show before showing off their own regrettable ink stains tattoos. Tattoos based on TV shows never go out of style...until about five to ten years after the show is canceled!

-Via Uproxx



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Going Back to the ‘90s

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Be careful what you wish for, because with great power comes great responsibility. These familiar adages go double for this video from College Humor. You may feel nostalgic for the ‘90s if it was your childhood (otherwise, I just don’t see it), but going back is not the funfest it might seem. Now, if time travel were possible, this scenario puts an entirely different spin on events that we still don’t understand. What if the most senseless events from history were an attempt to stop something even worse? This video contains NSFW language. -via Viral Viral Videos



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Richard Pryor's Short Lived Saturday Morning TV Show

Richard Pryor seems like an unlikely candidate to head a kid’s TV show, but back in the mid-80s Pryor actually made a brief appearance on CBS’s epic Saturday Morning lineup.

Pryor's Place was created by Sid and Marty Krofft and ran for thirteen episodes back in 1984, at a time when Pryor was busy becoming more kid friendly with lead roles in Superman III and The Toy.

Pryor’s Place featured puppets, singing, dancing and comedy sketches, with appearances by classic Pryor characters like the wise wino Mudbone, toned down for younger viewers.

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It's not as entertaining as The Richard Pryor Show, but fans of classic children's TV and all things 80s will definitely get a kick out of this vintage oddity.

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The Great Geeky Rings of Paul Michael Design

It takes a special kind of lady to want a Stargate, Star Wars, World of Warcraft or Doctor Who engagement or wedding ring, but when you find that girl, you'd better hurry up and put a ring on it. As for where to get a ring featuring such symbolism, that's easy -just head over to Paul Michael's Etsy shop where you can buy all kinds of great geek jewelry or even commission the skilled jewelry artist to make you a special geek design for your sweetie.

We've featured plenty of Paul's designs before, but with so many great designs available from the artist, I thought it might just be time to revisit some of his work.

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Your Favorite Superheroes Have Ridiculous Super Powers

Fans of superhero comics know that a suspension of disbelief is required for an enjoyable read, and if you can’t suspend your disbelief then you probably shouldn't be reading comics in the first place.

However, there are some superheroes out there who make suspension of disbelief mighty hard to manage, because their super powers are utterly ridiculous!

Dorkly drawer JHALL is calling out our favorite super folks for having ridiculously overblown super powers, saying what we've been thinking all along- that's a mighty convenient power you have there!

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13 More Fantastic And Fun Star Wars Goodies For Your Home

It was over a year ago when Alex introduced us to 20 amazing pieces of Star Wars furniture over on Homes and Hues. It remains the most popular article of all time on the site. We thought it was time to revisit the topic and have rounded up 13 more fun Star Wars goodies you can add to your home. 

From lights to kitchen accessories (like the coffee maker above), there's enough Star Wars goodies out there to bring a little bit of a galaxy far away into every room of your home. Best of all, some of the items are even DIY projects, so you don't have to spend a fortune to make your home delightfully nerdy.

So if you love Star Wars and just can't get enough Darth, Han, Leia and the rest in your home, then head over to Homes and Hues today: 13 More Marvelous Star Wars Home Goods



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This Is What Happens When The Cast Of Frozen Meets The Thing

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If you’re as sick of Frozen mania as I am then the prospect of an alien critter running amok in Elsa’s frozen wastes probably sounds like a good thing.

However, if you’re still stuck on Frozen then you should avert your eyes from the screen as this claymation short by Lee Hardcastle will most likely destroy your inner child.

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Lee’s claymation short FROZEN- Blood Test Scene is a plasticine bloodbath that will (arguably) warp your kids a lot less than the soundtrack of Frozen, and hopefully it'll help the addicted finally Let It Go! (Contains language and clay figure violence that is NSFW)

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See Uhura Do Ballet in Rare Behind-the-Scenes Star Trek Photos

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Nichelle Nichols is the actress who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek. Prior to running the communications systems on the Enterprise, she attended the Chicago Ballet Academy. She sometimes found work as a dancer, including as a background performer in the 1959 film version of Porgy and Bess.

Nichols kept up with her dancing skills. The Geek Twins has a collection of behind-the-scenes photos of uncertain provenance showing Nichols in costume on the bridge set demonstrating how flexible she is.



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Eight Of The Worst Fad Toys From The Last Forty Years

The latest batch of fad products roll out every year around Christmas, when people spend way too much money and act like animals just to get their hands on the must-have product of the year.

A lot of really bad fad toys have been released in the last forty years, but the fad toys on this list epitomize the love it now, couldn't care less tomorrow core of what makes most fad toys a total waste of money!

1. Pogo Bal-

The pogo stick was rendered obselete by the release of the Pogo Bal in 1986, which didn't mean much because kids had given up their pogo sticks in favor of skateboards and scooters long ago.

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The good thing about Pogo Bal was every kid on your block had one, so you could all look ridiculous trying to bounce around together.

The bad thing about Pogo Bal- it rapidly deflated and cracked when left out in the sun, and only really worked as advertised when fully inflated, so most kids let it become part of the backyard.

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2. Cabbage Patch Kids-

Cabbage Patch Kids sprouted out of the ground all cute, clothed and ready for adoption, and kids have never wanted to eat their vegetables more than when they saw those dimple cheeked Kids on toy store shelves.

The Cabbage Patch Riots of 1983 showed how far some parents were willing to go to get their hands on those dolls, which at the time were being mass produced rather cheaply by Coleco.

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The good thing about Cabbage Patch Kids is their dollyness-  they have plenty of outfits and accessories to keep kids (mostly girls) entertained for years to come.

The bad thing about Cabbage Patch Kids is the cloth material used to make the body got dirty fast, and if you tried to wash them they turned into lumpy Cabbage Patch freaks. Likewise their decal eyes rubbed off if the dolls were played with too roughly, which left them looking so sad:

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What Star Wars Characters Are Called in French

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Millénium Condor? That totally would have worked, even in English. And Chewie is a Chico for sure. But Jabba the Woodsman? Maybe the French version has a different backstory for him.

Cartoonist James Chapman publishes many cartoons showing how different words and expressions are conveyed in languages other than English, including the sound of frying bacon and how to answer the phone. In a recent production, he took us back to il ya longtemps dans une galaxie lointaine, très lointaine.

-via Blame It on the Voices



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Nintendo Toaster Console

Finnish artist Jarno Kotavuopio makes custom Nintendo consoles. He's made 2 in the form of toasters, including this beauty that features polished chrome fixtures, internal lights, and glowing buttons. As you can see in this video, it's completely functional. 

With cartridge covers that look like actual toast, he'll have to be careful that no one tries to cook breakfast with one of his consoles!



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Can't Relate To Human Beings? Puppets Understand

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Being a flesh and blood human being can be hard, especially when you really don’t feel like talking to people, looking at people or being a sociable part of human society.

If you've ever found yourself feeling less like a human and more like a hand puppet then you’ll definitely relate to this delightful music video by Kate Micucci and Tony Thaxton entitled “Puppets Understand”.

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However, if you’re one of those lucky folks who feel comfortable in their own skin, love being around people and find puppets lame/dorky/creepy then you should go back to your actual conversations and positive human interactions while the rest of us sulk...

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Street Fighter/Star Wars Mashup Cosplay


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DeviantART member Malicious Cosplay merged the worlds of Star Wars and Street Fighter with these two costumes. The bounty hunter Boba Fett is also the British brawler Cammy. Chun-Li wears her own colors mixed up with Princess Leia's iconic slave outfit from Return of the Jedi.

UPDATE 2/26/15: Rebecca Denfip, the model playing Cammy-Fett, stops by to identify herself. Thanks, Rebecca!



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Florida Man’s Obituary Lists His Cause of Death as “An Uppercut from Batman”

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If you have to die, die in such a way that will be memorable—in a good way! You don’t want to be remembered as the guy who died in a fatal blogging accident or someone who was beaten to death by a Girl Scout after trying to steal her cookies. Die in a way that will make men of quality envy you: death by Batman.

Stephen Merrill, 31, of Winter Haven, Florida passed away last week. The cause of his death was unknown at the time when it was necessary to write an obituary. So his friend Brandon Moxam suggested “uppercut from Batman.”

(May each of us be so fortunate as to have a friend like Brandon Moxam.)

Merrill’s fiancée, Stephanie Vella, consented. ABC Action News quotes her as saying, “He would have been honored to have died by an uppercut from Batman.” As would we all.

Initially, the newspaper The Ledger would not agree to publish such a lighthearted obituary. But it eventually relented and published it. You can read the full obituary here.

Merrill’s family and friends remember him as a funny guy who loved comics. His memorial service reflected this. ABC Action News describes it:

His friends and family all wore superhero shirts to honor Merrill's love for comics.  The celebration also included a Captain America's shield made from flowers and a quote on the program from one of his favorite movies, 'The Avengers.'

Vella says Merrill had qualities similar to Captain America. “Captain America was about helping others and so was Stephen. He left an impression on people if you ever came in contact with him, he was your friend.”

I will inform my wife that if I die and she is not under suspicion as the perpetrator, then she should list of my cause of death as “wedgie by the Wonder Twins.”

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How Every Mario Bros. Game Ties Together In Chronological Order

The Mario Bros. franchise has come a really long way from the days of two tiny Bros flipping and kicking turtles and crabs and such down in the sewer.

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The Mushroom Kingdom, and everything to do with the Super Mario Bros. universe, has been expanded by dozens of titles and tons of peripheral content which has brought every bit of that colorful world to life.

Fans have suspected for a while that the entire Super Mario Bros. franchise could be linked together into a somewhat cohesive storyline, but where would this tale trail begin?

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According to this comprehensive and lengthy video by Scorpigator Films the story didn’t start with Mario Bros. but rather on Yoshi's Island, and there's still plenty of room for expansion in the story of the Bros.

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Fun And Furry Facts About Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon began his comic book career as a Beatles song inspired critter named Rocky, but over the years he has come into his own as a leading mammal, bridging the generation gap like few before him.

Rocket's rise to fame is mostly due to his appearance in the hit movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but his longevity in comics stems from the fact that he's an animal character with depth. He has skills, an interesting backstory complete with weird science origin, and an adorable space otter girlfriend named Lady Lylla.

Want to learn more about the cutest toughest and fuzziest most heroic raccoon in the Marvel Universe? Read 10 Facts About Rocket Raccoon Proving He Is The Most Interesting Guardian Of The Galaxy here



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Dead Man Dresses as the Green Lantern at His Funeral


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Here lies, er, stands Renato Garcia. He passed away at the age of 50 in San Jose, Puerto Rico. He once found a uniform for the Green Lantern Corps in a bag of donated clothes. Though he lacked an Oan power ring, Garcia felt inspired to wear the uniform for several weeks. When he died, his family thought it appropriate to bury him in it.

Posing bodies for viewings is becoming a popular funeral custom in Puerto Rico. The New York Daily News reports:

Posing embalmed bodies at wakes and funerals is nothing new in Puerto Rico, where the practice has taken off. Georgina Lloren, 80, was posed in her favorite rocking chair after her death in San Jose last year.

The last wish of another man, Angel Pantoja Medina, was to stand at his own wake so in 2008, family members abided.

Christopher Rivera, a professional boxer, was stood up in the corner of a boxing ring and dressed up in his pugilists gear after his murder in 2014. Another murder victim, David Morales Colon, was propped up on his motorcycle after he 2010 death.

This is a great practice! And I have just the right idea for a suit for my own funeral.

-via Geek Tyrant



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Kid Writes Letter to Batman, Batman Writes Back

Redditor I_Say_ writes, "My son wrote a letter to batman about a week and a half ago. Today he got his 'response'." You can view a larger version here.

Before you get too excited: Yes, Batman is real. But, no, he doesn't respond to letters. I_Say_ wrote this letter for his/her son. It's a fine job, though it does make Batman look a bit boring. I suppose that Batman doesn't have a lot of time to devote to fan mail. If he had only 3 minutes or so to devote to writing to each child, he's bound to resort to tedious platitudes that can be rattled off quickly.

-via Blame It on the Voices



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8 Classic Movies That Nurtured Us Into Geeks

Was there a certain movie that you watched as a kid that turned you into a real fan? One that opened up a whole new world to you, be it sci-fi, fantasy, tech, or something else? The ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s were full of classic films that tied together a generation of geeks that now run the internet. Geeks Are Sexy lists eight of those movies for your nostalgic pleasure. If you are of a different age, you may have a different list. Personally, I would include Planet of the Apes (1968), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Time Machine (1960), and The Andromeda Strain (1971). Because I’m an old geek.



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What I Would Do If I Were Batman

Chris Brennaman, like many people, has thought about how cool it would be to be Batman: Attractive millionaire by day, terrifying crime-fighting hero by night. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Except, I wouldn’t be awesome.

Not really. No one would be. If anyone were in fact Batman, that would mean we would have access to all the resources that make Batman, well, Batman. And having access to all that and opting to put on a cape and a cowl and patrol the cities at night in the most badass vehicles ever is probably the most irresponsible thing a person could do, especially if what that person wants to do is make real change.

What could the character do in the real world that would be more awesome than being Batman? A lot of stuff, if he weren’t so stuck in the rut of playing the hero and protecting his secret identity. Read about four major ways Bruce Wayne could be more effective than Batman at Forces of Geek.
 



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New Furby Looks Like Chewbacca

Furbacca looks cute. But he hates to lose and has been known to rip people's arms out of their sockets when he does. So play nice, pet him, and let him win.

He's Hasbro's latest Furby electronic toy. He turns, responds to you (in a friendly way), and displays Star Wars-related images on his eyeballs. Mashable describes him:

There are sensors on his head, under his stomach, mouth and tail, so if you give him a little scratch between the ears, he'll love you even more. If you pull his tail, he gets cranky — you can see the anger building in his LCD eyes. Depending on his mood, Furbacca's eyes can populate with pictures of X-Wing Fighters and Imperial Star Destroyers.

-via The Mary Sue



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