The Dutiful Son

(Rocky Davies)

It’s always been like this. Ronald upheld the honor of the family while the Joker tore it down. Even when they were kids, it fell upon Ronald to clean up his little brother’s messes. Eventually, he stopped doing it for his brother. Only love and respect for his mother would keep him going. But even that motivation will fade in time.

Artist Rocky Davies drew this drama-packed cartoon. He also designed several t-shirts now on sale in the NeatoShop.

-via Geek Art Gallery



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Everyone Needs A Hair Octopus

John has previously shown us what happens when we turn hair into horses, but what happens when you top it with an octopus? Amazingness. Yes, that's right. Amazingness is what happens when you top your hair with a fancy fancinator that looks like hair that is shaped just like an octopus. That sounds confusing. Just look at the pictures on DeviantArt and know you can get them on Etsy.

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Rap Battle: Hodor vs. Groot

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It’s the perfect matchup- Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Hodor, from Game of Thrones. Who’s the winner? It’s obviously Hodor. I laughed my way through this video before I realized it had English subtitles. Then I had to watch it again, and it was completely different. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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The Identity Of Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady Revealed

The Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady is one of those iconic rock tunes that makes you wonder whether there’s an actual lady behind the reference.

Jimi was surrounded by adoring female fans in his brief yet bountiful life, but one lady in particular rocked the lives of Hendrix and many other musicians in the 1960s, and inspired many of the songs found on the album Electric Ladyland.

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Her name is Lithofayne Pridgon and she's most likely the "lady" Hendrix was talking about in Foxy Lady, as well as the inspiration for "Can You See Me" "Fire" and "Love or Confusion".

Lithofayne not only has an amazing name, she has a list of famous musical friends and lovers a mile long, including Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sly Stone, just to name a few.

Read more about the foxy lady named Lithofayne over at Dangerous Minds



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10 Far Out Kid's TV Shows From The 1970s

In the 1970s kids shows became totally far out in both style and subject matter, full of psychedelic characters and imagery that must've felt just right to the offspring of the Flower Power generation.

Here's a collection of ten kid oriented TV shows from the 70s, which is nowhere near exhaustive and is purposely lacking obvious shows like Sesame Street and The Elecric Company.

As you peruse the list you’ll see the name of two siblings come up on this list many times with good reason- Sid & Marty Krofft have cornered the market on strange kid’s TV shows ever since they brought their own brand of psychedelic TV magic to the small screen with H.R. Pufnstuf (1969).

1. The Bugaloos (1970-72)-

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The Bugaloos flew right into the hearts of kids who loved fantasy when they made their television debut in 1970. Starring a cast of British teens (who were also conveniently a four piece band) the Bugaloos were able to fly in their stylish insectoid outfits, and constantly avoided being captured by the evil Benita Bizarre.

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2. The Wombles (1973-75)-

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The Wombles are the original puppet environmentalists, little pointy nosed critters who collected and recycled trash dumped by humans in order to help keep the environment clean.

This British oddity is based on a series of novels by Elisabeth Beresford, and the Wombles encouraged kids to be more environmentally friendly, thereby becoming the original spokespuppets for going green!

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3. The Secrets Of Isis (1975-77)-

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Before Linda Carter brought Wonder Woman to life on the small screen there was a mighty cool show called The Secrets Of Isis, about a science teacher turned superhero.

Using the power of the Isiac Amulet mild mannered teacher Andrea Thomas transformed into the Egyptian goddess Isis, giving her "the powers of the animals and the elements".

The Secrets Of Isis brought superheroic action into the lives of young girls, and the show also brought them a line of action figures so they could battle their brothers!

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An Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Screen Junkies gave us Honest Trailers for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and now finally, the Hobbit Trilogy finishes up with the Honest Trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies. Whew -it’s about time! -via Tastefully Offensive



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Robert Xavier Burden's Spectacular Star Wars Oil Painting

The 2015 Star Wars Celebration will be happening in Anaheim from April 16-19, and fans are gearing up for the fun. One of the many cool things that will be on display during the convention is San Francisco artist Robert Xavier Burden's beautiful piece of Star Wars-inspired artwork. According to Burden, he spent more than 2,000 hours over the last 18 months working on his oil painting, entitled “The 20th Century Space Opera.” 

The original is priced at $200,000, but Burden is also selling prints for $250 apiece. Click here to see an enlarged version of the art, and visit this link to see the painting broken into thirds and enlarged for an even closer view. Prints can be ordered directly from Burden here. 



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Dark Lord Funk

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Voldemort, the bad guy from the Harry Potter series, is out with his version of “Uptown Funk.” Elijah Thomas is Voldemort, and the cast includes musicians, dancers, and a group of cosplayers from Brigham Young University. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. -via The Daily Dot



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Princess Leia as the Starbucks Siren

The mysterious artist Sleevebucks doodles on coffee cup sleeves that he gets from Starbucks. The iconic Siren becomes the Bride of Frankenstein, Heisenberg, Maleficent, Snape, and other characters from popular culture.

I really like this one of Princess Leia that fits so well with the pre-existing shapes in the logo. It's appropriately called Café au Leia.

-via Landa Calrissian



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William Shatner Hints That He's a Brony


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In a recent Twitter exchange with a fan, William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, hinted that he's a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

He even has a favorite pony:

Shatner pushed back against a bronyphobe who showed up:

Welcome to The Herd, Captain.



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LEGO Jurassic Park

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This LEGO stop-motion video is an abridged version of Jurassic Park with all the major action scenes plus a few snarky bits of humor thrown in. The sets are huge and ingtricately-detailed, and the special effects are cool (note the skeleton in the electic fence scene). Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizards and his 8-year-old daughter Hailee started working on this project over Christmas vacation, and enlisted all their friends to contribute their talents. The story of how they did it is in the behind-the-scenes video. -via Metafilter



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The Ultimate Mod Skyrim Game

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A few years back, I wrote a Neatorama article featuring some of the weirdest and coolest video game mods out there. Many of the best mods were on Skyrim, which continues to be one of the best selling (and most epic) games of all time, but at the time, it seemed unlikely that anyone would be mad enoug to combine all of these outrageous mods to make Skyrim into an outrageous and hilarious world of mayhem. This video shows what happens when someone does just that. Be prepared for Thomas the Tank, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Master Cheif, Sonic the Hedgehog and more madness. 

Warning: Language is definately NSFW, but the commentary is utterly hilarious, so leave it on if you can get away with listening to that many curse words.

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13 Pieces of Home Decor Inspired by Video Games

I don't know about you guys, but I still have a special place in my heart for old school games. My personal favorites are for Pac-Man and Bubble Bobble, but like most retro gaming fans, I also enjoy a good Mario or Tetris game. 

Those that share an adoration of old school gaming will love our newest Homes and Hues article, as it features 13 home decor designs inspired by classic video games.

Whatever your favorite game and no matter what type of decor you're looking for, we're willing to bet that there's something in the list that will tickle your fancy so don't miss the full list at Homes and Hues: 13 Fun Pieces of Classic Video Game Home Decor



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The Art of the Boulder Scene

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The character Indiana Jones was first introduced to us as he was looting a sacred cave and ends up having to run for his life. That told us the basics about the character in an almost-wordless sequence while we were being entertained at the same time. Cinefix gives us an inside look at the scene’s background and the reasons it works so well. The soundtrack, cinematography, production design, and special effects all had to mesh perfectly to create the scene we all know and love that opens the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. -Thanks, Daniel Portolan!



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Nude Character Spotted In Kiddie Cartoon Show Causes An Uproar

Cartoons for kids are carefully edited and reviewed to make sure mature content doesn’t make it on the air, but sometimes the censors miss something inappropriate, causing a cartoon crapstorm to kick up on the interwebs.

Recently an episode of Nickelodeon’s Oggy and the Cockroaches aired containing a different kind of easter egg- this image of a topless cartoon character hanging on the wall in the background:

I went ahead and edited the image so as not to incur the wrath of any parental units, so if you want to see the unedited scene containing the nude you'll have to click here or the link below.

The episode was immediately pulled from circulation, and now some smutty Nicktoon animator has some 'splainin' to do!

-Via Boing Boing



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Batman Is a Time Lord

Comic book artist Stjepan Sejic is a great resource for comic book readers. He frequently explains why certain tropes in comic books take place even though they don’t make sense. For example, last year, he explained why women’s body armor can be so skimpy, yet totally effective.

In another short comic, he explains how Batman seems like a biologically normal human, but appears to have superhuman abilities. The answer: he’s a Time Lord from Doctor Who! Read the whole thing. It’s funny and totally makes sense.

-via Geek Tyrant



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Video Game Characters Have Their Attractiveness Ranked By Science

Judging whether someone is attractive or not used to be thought of as wholly subjective, but scientists have discovered that there is a particular facial feature layout which people across the globe find most attractive.

That’s not to say there isn’t any subjectivity involved in judging someone attractive or ugly, because sometimes factors like personality, voice and personal hygiene habits can throw textbook attractiveness in the trash.

Speaking of trash- who do you think of as the most attractive character in video game history? If you said Pac-Man you might need glasses, but if you said the rad mutant Gob from Fallout 3 then chances are you meet a lot of your dates in or around dumpsters!

The nerds at Dorkly used a facial attractiveness analysis tool called Anaface to rank 10 different video game characters from +10 to -999 Charisma, and you’ll never guess which character ended up on top!

See 10 Video Game Characters Get Their Beauty Ranked By Science here



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8-Bit Cinema Presents The Walking Dead

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If the AMC series The Walking Dead were a retro arcade game instead of a TV series, it would look like this. You’d spend your time shooting zombies, or driving them over with a vehicle, shooting people, or running, instead of getting to know folks who are going to stab you in the back or do something incredibly stupid anyway. In this version, there are no poor parenting decisions, no adultery, and no laundry. In other words, no Lori. In case you’re avoiding spoilers, this sequence only covers seasons one and two. -via Uproxx



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Fifteen Fun Facts About Rocko's Modern Life

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The 90s were a heyday for Nickelodeon Studios, who introduced the world to a batch of shows they called Nicktoons that would quickly become our favorite animated fare.

In my opinion Rocko's Modern Life is the best show Nickelodeon ever released, a show about a wallaby just trying to make his way through the insane world of adulthood that is both charming and relatable.

Rocko’s Modern Life aged like a fine scotch, and just like scotch I didn’t fully appreciate the taste until I was all grown up, which is the true beauty of the Rocko show.

With a theme song by the B-52s, a talented staff that included Steve Hillenberg (creator of SpongeBob), actor Carlos Alazraqui (of Reno 911 fame) as the voice of Rocko, and Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) as Rocko's pal Heffer, it's no wonder Rocko's Modern Life still feels fresh when so many other 90s cartoons have begun to feel dated.

Read 15 Fun Facts About Rocko's Modern Life over at mental_floss



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9 Of The Strangest Animated TV Shows From The 1990s

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In the 1990s animated TV shows were freed from their Saturday morning shackles and allowed to entertain older kids, adults even, leading to a change in industry attitudes toward the medium of animation.

Companies like Disney claimed TV cartoons were just for kids and should be kept "wholesome" so they don't warp young minds, then along came a show called Ren & Stimpy to dispel that myth.

Ren & Stimpy changed the cartoon game by bringing elements of the surreal and utterly bizarre to the mainstream, as well as a renewed appreciation for old timey "noodle limb" style character animation.

As you peruse this collection of 10 of the strangest animated TV shows made in the 1990s you'll definitely notice some similarities to Ren & Stimpy, and lots of shows that are simply one-of-a-kind!

1. Life With Louie (1994-98)-

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Louie is just like every other kid on the playground, except for the fact that he basically looks like the little person version of Louie Anderson, complete with the comedian's hairdo and sense of style.

Louie comes off as the child equivalent of Garfield the Cat, and despite the fact that his show may have singlehandedly led to the current obesity crisis (I kid, I kid) it had a lot of fans and lasted four seasons.

Life With Louie was endearing, strangely relatable, and full of delightfully surreal moments, like the time Louie was inspired by his conversation with a cow (skip to 17:30):

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2. The Brothers Grunt (1994-95)-

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The Brothers Grunt is about five (albino?) humanoids who run around in their underwear, make strange grunting noises and eating cheese while they search for their lost brother.

The Brothers Grunt didn't do so well from a critical standpoint, and didn't last long as a result, but it did help launch the career of Ed, Edd n Eddy creator Danny Antonucci, so it wasn't all bad!

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13 Things You Might Not Know About Super Mario Bros 3

Super Mario Bros 3 quickly became a fan favorite when it came out in 1988 because of one main thing- the Tanooki Suit! The addition of a suit that allowed Mario to glide through the air and look like a cute raccoon at the same time made gamers grin with glee, and gave Mario a unique sense of style he never had before.

The Frog and Hammer suits are pretty cool too, but did you know Mario was originally going to have access to a Centaur suit?

Apparently the game designers felt Mario dressed up like a raccoon and a frog was all the horsing around gamers could handle! *kneeslapper*

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Homemade Star Wars Speeder Bike

Adam Woodworth built this little Star Wars Imperial speeder bike, complete with a Storm Trooper, camera, and quadcopter maneuverability!

I got into FPV (First Person Video) multi-rotor racing a few months ago. The fast, low level flying instantly reminded me of the Endor chase scene from Return of the Jedi. This project was an obvious choice to combine my interest and experience in RC (remote control) flight with my love of Star Wars stuff. I like always having some strange project on the work bench and this one was next in line, an attempt to build a version of the Imperial Speeder Bikes from the movie that I could “get into” and fly around myself.

Woodworth used a 1999 Hasbro speeder bike and designed a quadcopter that would lift it without looking too obviously like a helicopter. A Storm Trooper action figure was too heavy, so he made a more lightweight body and used the action figure’s armor and helmet only. The helmet can be quickly replaced by a camera when you want to record from the vehicle itself. Read about the project at Make, and watch this thing in action below.

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-via Geeks Are Sexy



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Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?

The Doctor has been assisted by some mighty fierce female companions over the last five decades, and Doctor Who has helped make strong female characters into a sci-fi staple. But does Doctor Who, with all of his powerful female friends, pass the Bechdel test?

The Mary Sue’s Sarah Barrett decided to find out how the 21st century episodes of the show rate according to the Bechdel test, and not surprisingly it scored a pretty darn high 80%!

Graphic One contains data per series, per writer, per showrunner and per companion, while Graphic Two contains data color-coded data per episode (click links to see full size versions)

The Bechdel test is an extremely simplified way to determine whether a show or movie contains gender bias, but it’s an entertainment type test used on entertainment type stuff, so just go with it!

Read more about Doctor Who's Bechdel test results here



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Spock Helps Kirk and McCoy Forget the Star Wars Prequels

I saw Episodes I, II, and III when they came out. But I barely have any memory of them. I don't think that I could even describe the general plot. This is as a result of intense therapy over several years. It would gone a lot faster if I had access to Spock's mind meld abilities. Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy did in the episode "Spectre of the Gun." It saved their sanity and their lives, as demonstrated in this mashup video by Drew Krotz.


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12 Fluffy Facts About Disney's Version Of Winnie The Pooh

He’s a willy, nilly, silly old bear with an extremely diverse group of animal friends who lives in a dark and foreboding forest called the Hundred-Acre Wood. He’s Winnie The Pooh, and ever since A.A. Milne brought his son's stuffed bear to life in a wonderful series of stories every kid who meets him instantly falls in love with him and his sugary sweet tales.

Our old pal Stacy Conradt put together a rather interesting collection of fluffy facts about Disney's version of that honey lovin' little bear, including this tasty tidbit- Winnie the Pooh has his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! Not bad for a bear with a head full of fluff!

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Developing the 2015 Macbook

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Armando Ferreira described this video he posted as “an Apple engineer explains how they developed the new 2015 Macbook and the day Tim Cook saw it for the first time.” Since it’s in Spanish, you’ll have to rely on the brilliant subtitles.

If you understand Spanish, you will probably have to watch twice, to keep the subtitles and the actual story straight. If you can neither read English nor understand spoken Spanish, you will still laugh because everyone else does.

This concerns me a bit. I need to figure out which laptop to send my kid to college with. It should have the features she needs without going overboard. In other words, what other students are using. Any suggestions? -via Viral Viral Videos



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10 Awesome Good Guy Robots from Movies

I went to see Chappie yesterday. It was exactly what I expected: Robocop meets Short Circuit with the feel of District 9. I quite enjoyed it. Chappie is such a likable robot, it inspired our friends at Geeks Are Sexy to revisit some of the great robot “good guys” from older films. There are those you know and love, and some you may not have thought about in a while- all with video clips so you can enjoy them again.  



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R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series of fantasy novels, passed away today at the age of 66. He was at home, “with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family.” Pratchett had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed in 2007. His publisher released a statement that said, in part:

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Pratchett’s family broke the news through a series of tweets that framed the news in fantasy fiction style. -via reddit

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A Line Of Bags And Backpacks Straight From Toonsville

Animation lovers (or more likely the animation obsessed) are constantly looking for ways to make their lives feel cartoony without actually abandoning their flesh and bone body for one made of ink and paint.

Generally this means wearing clothing and accessories featuring their favorite cartoon characters, and maybe the occasional pair of Mickey gloves or puffy slippers shaped like Minnie’s shoes.

Now, thanks to this incredible new line of bags made by Jump From Paper, we’re one step closer to a total toonification of our lives.

The SS 15 collection looks like the kind of bookbag our favorite schoolbound cartoon stars would carry, with strong contour lines, simple shapes and bold colors that make these bags seem too toony to be real!

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The Strangest Dragon Breeds In The D&D World

The creative folks behind the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game system have a knack for blending their own original content with that of their mythological influences. They’re able to take creatures from mythology such as elves, dwarves, demons and, of course, dragons and create new breeds/races/types that fit right in with their mythic counterparts.

Dragons are still the most popular and enduring species in the game, and although most campaigns don't involve fighting a dragon the addition of a draconian presence can quickly change a group's tone from "we own this quest!" to "we'l! never survive this encounter!"

Add one of the bizarre breeds that made io9's list of The 16 Strangest Dragons in Dungeons & Dragons to your campaign and watch player characters flee with terror when faced with the mindless horror of the Brainstealer Dragon or the undying stench of the rotten Zombie Dragon!



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