The Origins Of 36 Superheroes, Illustrated

Superheroes often have bizarre and mysterious origin stories that involve freak accidents, alien rays or latent mutated genes that allow the character to manifest super powers.

These origin stories can take a single issue or an entire story arc to explain, but the crafty artists as Pop Chart Lab were able to reduce the origin story of 36 Marvel superheroes to just a few minimalist panels each.

Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium is an infographic like none you've seen before, and while it's wordless save for the name of each character there's plenty of POW! BANG! ZOOM! in each powerful panel!

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Fox And The Whale

Foxes and whales are two creatures that are extremely unlikely to ever meet, but foxes do love to eat fish so they might go wandering down to the shore to satisfy their curiosity and search for an easy meal.

Since foxes are used to life in the forest this oceanside environment might throw them for a loop, but in the end it's the fox's curiosity that got him into trouble and it's his curiosity that will save him.

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Fox And The Whale is a slow moving but beautiful "independently produced and self-financed Animated short film" by Robin Joseph and Kim Leow from Patch Of Orange studio, an animated tribute to curiosity and nature's magical ways.


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10 Criminally Underrated Cartoon Shows

I constantly run into two problems when I discover a new animated series I like- the series is hard to find online, much less on disc or streaming service, and the series was inevitably cancelled after a season or two.

These problems turn an uplifting experience into a frustrating one, and three of the most frustrating experiences I've had involve the early cancellation of Sym-Bionic Titan, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Mission Hill.

Flapjack lived for three seasons but had to die so Adventure Time could live, Sym-Bionic Titan was cancelled after one season and only two episodes of Mission Hill aired before the WB cut it from their lineup.

These shows were all criminally underrated but didn't make it onto WatchMojo's list of Top 10 Underrated Cartoon Series, but Duckman was number 1 on their list and that was one of the greatest cartoon shows ever made!

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These Two-Faced Disney Mashup Drawings Are Quite Magical

The characters who star in Disney movies tend to look nothing alike unless they're siblings like Elsa and Anna in Frozen, and the diversity of the cast is a big part of what makes Disney movies so visually appealing.  

So considering how different Belle and the Beast, Merida and the mama bear and Aladdin and Abu look it's surprising how well their faces go together in these two-faced mashups by Instagrammer dada16808.

A post shared by d a d a (@dada16808) on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:15am PST

Dada16808 is really good at adding detail to her character portraits without dramatically altering their original Disney look, and the split face effect looks cool no matter which two characters she puts together.

A post shared by d a d a (@dada16808) on Oct 22, 2016 at 8:02pm PDT

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Weird Things That Show Up In Every Sitcom

Sitcoms are formulaic by design, and even though the cast, types of characters and settings change the situations that lead to the funny bits stay the same.

Situations like main character falls in love with other main character, main characters have a housing crisis on their hands or main character feuds with neighbor are all commonly found in sitcoms- and so are crazy situations like kids crashing cars into houses.

This sort of thing hardly ever happens in real life, but for some reason virtually every sitcom ever made has an episode where a character (usually an unlicensed kid) crashes a car into a house.

This situation wouldn't be funny in real life, but do you know who are funny in real life yet rarely seen outside of a zoo but can be found in a ton of sitcoms too?

Chimpanzees, that's who, and it's no wonder writers include chimps in so many sitcoms even though nobody ever gets to hang out with them in real life- because the on-screen moments are priceless.

See 6 Weird Things That Show Up In Every Sitcom at Cracked


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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Recut To 'Sabotage' By The Beastie Boys

Han Solo and the Beastie Boys don't have anything in common other than their connection to 80s pop culture, but when you bring these two forces of freshness together they make a pretty good pair, err I mean quartet. Quintet? Yeah, that one.

Anyhoo, the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer felt a bit lacking on its own, but when Chris Galegar of War Starts At Midnight recut the trailer to the Beastie Boys song Sabotage the fans were like "I love you" and Chris was like "I know".

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Unanswered Questions About The Donkey Kong Timeline

I've always wondered how two of the most popular characters in the world of video games, Mario and Donkey Kong, found themselves at odds, considering most of the DK games cast him as a hero and Mario is a good guy too. So how did the gorilla and the plumber end up bitter enemies?

It turns out the enmity started in the 1984 Game & Watch title Donkey Kong Circus, in which DK is imprisoned by Mario and forced to perform for his amusement:

This makes sense given the little-known narrative of Donkey Kong (1981) was confirmed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself in a 2016 interview: “Mario kept Donkey Kong locked up, so he escaped with his girlfriend.” Thus, the original Donkey Kong arcade game gets recontextualized. Instead of kidnapping Pauline (or “Lady”) for seemingly no reason, Donkey Kong is seeking vengeance against Mario for his wrongful imprisonment.

So Mario ain't such a good guy after all, which explains why he's one of the bad guys in Donkey Kong Jr., but when it comes to the Kong family the biggest mystery is this- what happened to Donkey Kong Jr.?

While DK Jr. is conspicuously absent from the Country games, early Nintendo Power coverage of Donkey Kong Land—the Game Boy adaptation of the DKC series—suggests he was not entirely forgotten. In a pre-release article from issue 69 (1995) of the magazine, several renders of characters appear who would not be included in the final game. One of these characters is a Kong sporting a fedora. We have no information on who this character is, but we can speculate based on his appearance.

Aside from being the sartorial equivalent of a condescending “m’lady”, the fedora can be used to denote a kind of classic American fatherhood—think Finn and Jake’s dad in Adventure Time. Is it possible, then, that this Kong was meant to be the lost Donkey Kong Jr.? Maybe, or maybe not. But regardless, what happened to Donkey Kong Jr.? If he isn’t the modern tie-wearing Donkey Kong, then where did he go?

Say it with me: Great. Ape. War.

Read The Donkey Kong Timeline Is Truly Disturbing here


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Runaway

Runaway is a fearful word associated with the loss of a child or pet who runs away from home or losing control of a train as it barrels down the tracks.

The latter is less frightening than the former unless you're aboard the runaway train or it's headed right for you, at which point your heart starts to race and your life flashes before your eyes.

That is, unless you're a dumb cow ambling down the tracks without a care in the world, those beef-brained critters never seem to notice when a train is about to slam into their rump roast until it's too late...

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Runaway is a dark animated short directed by Cordell Barker, featuring music by Ben Charest (of Triplets of Belleville fame) and appropriately rendered in a hand drawn style reminiscent of Edward Gorey.


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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked

The Star Trek universe covers several centuries, a lot of outer space, and a bunch of TV shows and movies. In that universe, the icon starship Enterprise gets around. It's been crashed and disabled and shot at and retired, but it always bounces back, often as a new (and improved) ship with the same basic design and the same name. The canon as we know it has eleven versions so far, and a new one has been teased for an appearance in the series Star Trek: Discovery. That Enterprise is not included in a ranking of all eleven Enterprises at io9, but only because we don't know enough about it yet. If you're a Star Trek fan, you'll want to go see if your favorite made #1. 


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Robot-Janitor, What Is Your Destiny?

When our robotic overlords decide to purge the planet of the filthy hairless apes known as humans they will be justified in doing so, because from their (and sometimes our own) perspective humans are the worst thing to happen to planet Earth.

Which is why people are afraid of robots having artificial intelligence and too much control over their own functions, knowing they'll exterminate us like vermin the moment they figure out that we're a bunch of jerks.

This comic by Einstein's Mama is absolutely right- it's probably best we destroy all robots now so we can continue being jerks later!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Original Friday The 13th Filming Location Offering Overnight Camping Experience

If normal camping has lost all of its thrill perhaps it's time to add some mortal fear into the mix courtesy of Jason Voorhees?

I know, camping is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying nature, not running away from a psycho, but Friday the 13th fans who enjoy camping long to stay at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Hardwick, New Jersey where the films were shot.

And yet this Boy Scouts camp is off limits to the public, except for the rare Friday the 13th when they give tours, so fans have always been left wondering what it would be like to camp there like the unlucky victims in the films.

On Friday April 13th and Saturday April 14th, 2018 the camp is offering an unique overnight experience, so Friday the 13th fans can finally see what it's like to stay at Camp Crystal Lake, without all the fear and murder, of course.

As an added bonus actress Adrienne King, who played Alice in Friday the 13th 1 and 2, will be attending the camp as well, so the campers can ask her what it's like to be chased through the woods by a masked madman!

-Via Bloody Disgusting


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Can't Find The Perfect Boyfriend To Share Your Life? Print Your Guy

It seems like the lonelier some people get the more they pine for the "perfect person", and they start to develop unrealistic standards that make it easy to turn down all the potential daters they meet as they wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to arrive.

But what if biotech could allow those lonely people to print out their perfect partner so they could skip all the awkward dates with awful peole who don't live up to their lofty standards?

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Print Your Guy was created by a team of talented animators led by Alwin Leene, and even though this type of technology will never exist lonely guys and gals may someday soon have a "perfect" robot to chat with. Not really the same thing though is it...


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Buddhist Monks In Thailand Are Grappling With The Meaning Of Video Games

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Video games seem like no big deal to those of us who grew up gaming, and aside from the occasional parental or religious controversy over innappropriate content video games are a fairly innocent form of interactive entertainment.

But Buddhist monks in Thailand are having a hard time reconciling the tenets of their religion and the addictive joy of video gaming, and smartphones are at the center of the conflict.

VICE reporter Robert Rath photographed a poster at a Buddhist temple in Hanoi, that says people who "waste time in playing games" will be "hardly reborn into human life", meaning if you space out too much in this life you're doomed to be a spaced out zombie in the next.

Curious to discover more about how Buddhists feel about video games Robert headed to Thailand to speak with three monks at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand and see how games interfere with a Buddhist life:

“Video games distract junior monks, [they] cause problems,” answered Veerayuth Pongsiri, a former monk who has continued serving the temple as a layman.

“This [period in the monkhood] is their time to practice meditation,” he says. “If the junior monk pays attention to a game two hours a day or five hours a day, that’s less time for learning Buddhist teaching. He cannot manage the time.”

However, Pongsiri also points out that it can also be a problem of personal conviction. In Thailand, the monkhood is not a lifetime commitment. In fact, most novices will eventually leave the monkhood. And a large number—particularly boys from the rural villages—join because it’s a chance at an education. For talented scholars, the monkhood can open a path to a master’s degree or a PhD, not just in Buddhist studies but also in English. These education-minded novices, he says, are more interested in the practical benefits of the temple life than any sort of religious journey.

“They study the Buddha a little bit. They use the Buddhist religion as a stairway to other education,” he says. “They do the chanting and the sitting meditation but do not understand.” Such novices, he claims, are more likely give into temptation and open Realm of Valor in between classes.

Read In Thailand, Buddhist Monks Grapple With The Meaning Of Video Games here


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Pixel Art Game Scenes Based On Popular Movies And TV Shows

It's funny how much cooler scenes from movies and TV shows look when we picture them in our minds, because our imagination and memory fill in the blanks and put characters together even if they don't appear in the scene.

We typically picture these scenes as a wide or full shot showing the entire surroundings and every character rather than the series of cut-together shots we actually saw on the screen.

So when you picture a scene from Seinfeld, The Empire Strikes Back or The Walking Dead you probably picture something like these video game-inspired pixel art scenes created by Argentinian artist Gustavo Viselner, only less pixelated and without subtitles.

Gustavo's awesome pixel art renditions capture the mood without bogging our eyes down with all that fine detail, and they're so retro fresh I wanna see more pop culture scenes through Gustavo's eyes!

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Every Reason Bruce Banner Hulks Out On The Classic The Incredible Hulk TV Series

There's a big difference between the Hulk in the Marvel movies and the one from the classic TV show The Incredible Hulk, and that difference is Lou Ferrigno- the mighty man who portrayed Bruce's angry green alter ego.

Lou Ferrigno really brought the Hulk's rage to life, and he made the scenes where Bruce Banner Hulks out exciting to watch, as viewers sat wondering what he was going to smash next.

But before Bruce could turn into the Hulk he had to be provoked into having a full-blown Hulk Attack, and the reasons Bruce Hulked out were often pretty ridiculous:

  • Receiving a lethal injection, and then having the person say, “Oh. I just gave you a lethal injection. Sorry, David.”
  • Wandering around in the service ducts of a hotel (predating Bruce Willis) only to accidentally yank several of the pipes loose and get a full blast of hot steam
  • Being tied up and fed soup by an elderly Japanese woman who doesn’t
    understand words like “You’ve GOT to cut me loose!”
  • Being thrown under a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade float by a mean guy in a gorilla suit who gives David a few kicks for good measure
  • Receiving a speeding ticket
  • Wandering around inside a carnival funhouse, only to have someone turn on the machinery so that David is somehow caught in a rolling tumbler and flipped over a few times and then thrown down a convenient slide

Producer and creator of The Incredible Hulk, Kenneth Johnson, compiled a list of all 131 reasons Banner Hulks out in the series and posted it to his blog under the title Incredible HULK Provocations or "Ways To Make Dr. David Banner Angry". Here are a few more that made me laugh:

107.  Tied up by the Japanese mob in San Francisco and thrown in his bathtub with the shower blasting scalding hot water on him (why he doesn't simply get out of the tub is a mystery)

92.  Being trapped in the middle of a forest fire so that burning branches keep falling on him and setting him on fire, and a giant, burning tree falls directly on him as the last straw (Different from last forest fire predicament)

56.  Somehow getting himself into a bellfry and then realizing that a bell is there, just as it strikes the hour

47.  Being stuck in a cab in New York rush hour traffic - "You don't understand, I have to be there by 4:00!" - "Hey, mac, it's rush hour, we ain't gettin' there til five, so relax." - "BUT I HAVE TO BE THERE BY FOUR!!!"

52.  Locked in a drunk tank with a crazy person who insists he is Ernest Hemingway and then beats the stuffing out of David

-Via io9


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The Bagheads Get Trashed

I used to trip out on how cool the Unknown Comic looked when he came out on The Gong Show and did his stand up while wearing a paper bag over his head.

It was avant-garde performance art, it was edgy in a "he might be in the witness protection program" kinda way and it made me want to become a Baghead.

But after watching this animated short created by D.R. Beitzel for Cartoon Hangover called "The Bagheads: Get Trashed" I'm starting to think the Unknown Comic's bag was actually a mask of shame.

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Classic Pop Culture Romances That Were Doomed After Credits Rolled

When Valentine's Day rolls around our minds turn to thoughts of romance, and before you know it spring has arrived and love is everywhere you look, from the birds to the bees to the stray dogs in the streets.

Real life romances can go on for decades, but in the fictional worlds of movies and TV shows our favorite characters are often involved in romances that are doomed to end really badly, after the credits have rolled of course.

Thinking about the tragic fate that awaits our favorite pop culture characters may make you feel a bit blue, but don't let their doomed love get you down- let it remind you how good you've had it with your loved ones.

After all, you get to snuggle up in front of the fireplace with your loved ones- instead of hanging out on the wall above it!

See 20 Classic Romances That Were Doomed After Credits Rolled here


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Interview With The Vampire

According to the myths and movies vampires cast no reflection in mirrors because they have no soul, making it easy to identify any bloodsuckers hanging around your house.

But this part of the vampire myth has always made me wonder- do vampires see a reflection when they look in the mirror, or do they see an empty frame like normal humans do?

That sucks for them if they can't see their reflection in the mirror because, as this Random Crab comic shows, vampires are hardcore pranksters so mirrors probably factor into a lot of their pranks.

Maybe that's why so many vampires carry parrots around on their shoulders...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Artist Reimagines Maps Of The UK's National Parks In J.R.R. Tolkien's Style

The maps of Middle-Earth J.R.R. Tolkien created for The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings are among the first examples of a fantasy author creating original maps to go along with their novels.

These iconic maps are elegantly simple, with just enough so the reader's imagination can fill in the rest and beautiful hand-drawn lettering that has become an intrinsic part of the world of Tolkien. 

Since Tolkien is an intrinsic part of UK history illustrator Dan Bell found a natural connection between Tolkien's maps and the map of the UK's national parks, so he is reimagining the UK parks maps in Tolkien's style:

To start his maps, Bell says that he works from an open source Ordnance Survey map, and begins drawing by hand. “I try to emulate his typeface as closely as possible, but have modified his mountains in an effort to develop a little bit of my own style.” He adds in additional details, such as forests, Hobbit holes, towers, and castles.

Presently, Bell has adapted a handful of the UK’s national parks, as well as places like Oxford, London, Yellowstone National Park, and George R.R. Martin’s Westeros, and has begun offering them for sale on his site. Once he’s done with England’s parks, he says that he’ll move on to converting the national parks of Wales, Scotland, and eventually, more of the US’s parks.

-Via The Verge


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Love Potions Are Nothing But Trouble In "Werebeast"

Some guys try so hard to impress women they end up looking worse than if they'd just been themselves and asked the girl out normally, and the truly desperate think clothes, colognes or potions will get them a date.

The truth is tricks aren't the way to truly win someone's heart, and using magic to manipulate minds will only bring out the wickedness in the people whose minds you tried to warp. But some guys have to learn these lessons the hard way...

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Werebeast was created by Welsh animator James Lancett for the Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program 2014/15, and even though James hasn't turned it into a series yet he certainly has a good foundation!


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Outrageous Lies Celebrities Thought They Would Get Away With

Celebrities have a habit of letting their fame go straight to their head, thinking their status makes them untouchable, so they lie, cheat and steal even though they know their life is constantly being analyzed by the press.

Sometimes the lie just proves how hungry the actor is for a role, as was the case when Mila Kunis claimed she was turning 18 so she could be on That '70s Show when she was actually only fourteen-years-old.

Others tell huge lies because they're starving for attention, like pretty much any member of the half-baked Kardashian clan:

One of the weirdest lies told in recent history was told by Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes- they claimed they were brother and sister when they were actually a married couple. Jack is one of the most talented guitar players out there, so why rely on a gimmick to sell your band?

See 17 Outrageous Lies Celebrities Thought They'd Get Away With at Cracked


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A Boy, A Robot And A Turkey Explore A Trash Planet In Ramblers

When you're planning to hop aboard a rocketship and take a trip across the galaxy to some far off planet you'd better pack lots of survival gear, a handy robot and your adventurer's sash- and leave the turkey at home.

That's because turkeys are total buzzkills once they leave the safety of planet Earth, and when you're exploring a planet for the first time the kid in you just wants to have fun, especially if that planet is made of trash.

Ramblers is a kooky animated short created by Morghan Fortier and Brett Jubinville for Nickelodeon Studios, featuring the voice talents of Tara Strong and George Takei, and watching it earns you one "Wasted Time In The Best Way Possible" badge!


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All The Reasons Why Ross Is The Worst Of The Friends

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Of all the friends from Friends I'd want to hang out with Ross the least, because his anal retentive nature and sniveling would make me want to mash him. Plus I'd probably want to hang out with Phoebe the most and they're practically polar opposites.

Thankfully the Friends are fictional so we don't really have to worry about which one we'd hang out with, but according to 22 Words I was right about Ross being the worst of Friends.

Added to my list of reasons- because he lords his intelligence over everyone, overthinks everything and is prone to emotional outbursts that make everyone, including his own sister, want to slap him.

And finish it off with that whole "will they, won't they, why did he cheat on her?" thing he had going on with Rachel, that really rubbed me the wrong way, Ross! You deserve to be alone with your dusty old bones!

Why do you hate Ross Geller? Yeah, me too. *hugs*

See 25 Reasons Ross From 'Friends' Is Someone You'd Never Want To Be Friends With In Real Life here


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Jack Black Singing K-Pop = South Korean Game Show Gold!

Jack Black is an entertainer extraordinaire-he sings, plays guitar, dances, writes music, plays roles both comedic and dramatic, plus he's one hell of an interview, which is why he's constantly invited to go on shows all over the world.

But Jack's musical and comedic skills in particular are why the South Korean game show Infinite Challenge asked him to be one of their celebrity guests, and his spot-on imitation of a K-Pop song ensured he'll be asked back.

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Feed Your Head Some Sven Stoffels Cartoons And Get High On Animated Life

Sven Stoffels is an animator with some serious illustration skills and a seriously warped mind, which made him a natural fit for the Comedy Central series TripTank, which "showcases animated shorts so volatile they should come with a recommended dosage".

When you tune in to a Sven Stoffels cartoon your head may start to feel a bit funny, or depending on your state of mind (or the mind-altering substances you're on) you may feel even more fine. However, it's worth noting before you watch that neither Sven nor Comedy Central are responsible for what may happen to your psyche after you tune in.

But if you're anything like me then feeding a bunch of dark and ridiculously funny cartoons to your head will make you feel all warm and squishy inside, like a kid who needs to poop but refuses to leave the TV until the commercial break! (NSFW)

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Alternate Versions Of The Joker You May Not Know About

The Joker is one of the most enduring characters in the history of comic books, and his name is so recognizable most people can picture his grinning face whenever his name is mentioned- even if they've never read a comic in their life.

But to really know the Joker's story you have to study every dimension of the character, including all the different versions from alternate dimensions, shows, movies and extended comic universes, all of which are truly Jokers at heart.

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This Screen Rant video exposes 10 Alternate Versions of The Joke You Didn't Know About to the light, including the reality warping Emperor Joker, the madcap wanna-be Duela Dent and the half Joker-half Sabretooth hybrid Hyena.


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'Raised By Zombies' Is The Most Chill Zombie Apocalypse Series Ever Created

The whole zombie thing is starting to make fans groan, but if you dig around a little you'll find that fresh visions of a zombie infested world have been out there all along, hiding out in all the unusual places.

Raised By Zombies was written and created by Guy Collins back in 2013, and while it isn't a reinvention of the subgenre it presents lots of fresh and interesting ideas in a simply eye pleasing style. In fact, it might be the most chill zompocalypse story ever told!

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10 Times SpongeBob SquarePants Went Too Far

It seems odd that someone would make a list of times SpongeBob SquarePants went too far, because his bizarre jokes and slapstick brand of comedy seem to go too far on every episode.

But apparently WatchMojo went through every episode of SpongeBob to show us that the wacky cartoon about a little burger flipping buffoon sometimes goes even farther than too far, the skits becoming a bit too unsettling.

There was the time Squidward got off on murdering papier mache versions of SpongeBob, the time Plankton wore Sandy's discarded "pelt" as a suit, and the time SpongeBob popped Mrs. Puff, making her unable to puff up again- which made her want to murder him.

These episodes made me crack up, but the target audience's parents were probably less than thrilled to find their kids watching such sick and twisted toons!

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This 70-Year-Old Cosplayer Makes A Killer Chun-Li

People say "you're never too old..." about things most seniors don't want to do, but when it comes to cosplaying the cliche is true, because you're never too old to dress up like one of your favorite pop culture characters.

Just ask Shirley Chua from Singapore- Shirley is 70 years old yet she started cosplaying as Chun-Li from Street Fighter and her other favorite characters in 2011, right after she told her son "Mama would like to cosplay".

Since then Shirley has embraced the art of cosplay and even loves to make her own costumes, and as you'll see in this video from The Good Guyde she fits in with the Con crowd just as well as any young cosplayer.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Crabby Day

Kids love to check out all the cute little crabs when they go to the beach, but you'd better keep a close eye on your little ones when you're at the shore- or else they may learn crabs are clawful jerks the hard way!

That being said, it is fun to see their wheels turning as they watch those strange little sea creatures scuttle around, and I'd give anything to know what kids are thinking about when they see a crab for the first time.

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Crabby Day is a super animated short by Sara Ho that captures the imaginative fun kids have when they hit the shore, but it also teaches parents a good lesson- keep an eye on your kids or their imagination may get them into trouble!


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