So far Kylo Ren hasn't been the most interesting Sith in the Star Wars universe, and his angsty and whiny personality leaves a lot to be desired.
Kylo's so annoying, in fact, that the whole thing may be an act used to drive his enemies crazy and get his captives to confess. Maybe he's perfecting some sort of whine-based ASMR technique to use on any Rebel scum he captures?
World 1-1, aka the first level in Super Mario Bros., is one of the most iconic levels in video game history, and even those who have never played the game know how the level looks.
Mario comes bouncing in, smooshes a Goomba then starts punching bricks, discovering tiny Mario can't break through the brick blocks until he eats a mushroom that makes him tall.
This iconic level has been recreated by artists and game designers many times before, but this is the first time World 1-1 has been recreated in augmented reality, allowing designer/coder Abhishek Singh to play in Central Park.
Wil Wheaton has had to come to terms with the fact that no matter what else he does as an actor he will always be known for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But at least he's known for playing a good role on a legendary show, so he can be proud of the role he's best known for, and Wil has definitely embraced his TNG past and ain't afraid to revel in his gloriously nerdy roots.
A few years back he was reunited with the original sweater he wore on the show back in 1987, and now he has been reunited with Wesley's actual uniform from the show.
It doesn't fit, but it sure was cool to see and hold Wesley's acting ensign uniform for the first time in 30 years. pic.twitter.com/C4sJDThyWd
It's not always a bad thing for a movie or TV series to leave us with a head full of questions, and it can be fun to speculate and answer these burning questions by imagining our own storylines that solve the mystery.
But many of these mysteries already have answers that were included in the show so subtly viewers may have missed it- like the mystery of why a film crew is following around Dunder-Mifflin employees:
Shortly before the events of The Office, a Dunder Mifflin employee committed suicide. This was revealed during the show's second season. In the episode "Performance Review," Michael Scott cleans out a suggestion box that's been gathering dust for years. In the box is a suggestion from a man named Tom that the office should provide better counseling for depressed workers. Michael doesn't know who that is, and so another character mimes blowing her brains out.
That's why the camera crew is there: A man killed himself, and the filmmakers wanted to document how his friends were dealing with it. The really sad part is that no one really seems to care. According to the writers, Ryan the temp was hired almost immediately after Tom's suicide, because death or no death, Dunder Mifflin is a business that cannot shut down, or even slow down, just because someone lost a battle with depression. Huh, you know, maybe The Office was more realistic than we gave it credit for.
Another enduring pop culture question that has an answer- why didn't the Good Witch tell Dorothy she could use the ruby slippers to return home if she supposedly knew the whole time?
That's because the book features two Good Witches- Glinda, the Good Witch of the South and Locasta Tattypoo, the Good Witch of the North met by Dorothy in Munchkin Country.
In the book Locasta tells Dorothy how to use the ruby slippers, since Glinda doesn't have a clue about the shoes, but in the movie the Good Witches were merged and an inconsistency was born.
Brandon Alinger takes Star Wars fandom more seriously than the average fanatic. He started building his own Star Wars props when he was 12, and at 17 talked his family into vacationing in Tunisia, where he got to see the Tatooine movie set. Alinger studied film in college, worked at the Prop Shop, and worked his way into Lucasfilm. All that time, he collected Star Wars props and memorabilia. Alinger found some internet fame in January when he appeared on Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest and reunited the actor with the original light saber prop he used in Return of the Jedi. Alinger gave an interview to explain his amazing journey to the apex of Star Wars prop collectors. Here's a sample:
Collectors Weekly: Why did Mark use Obi-Wan’s old lightsaber in the third movie instead of the original made from the Graflex flash gun?
Alinger: Luke had to use a different lightsaber because he lost the weapon when he lost his hand in “The Empire Strikes Back” fight with Vader. Howard Kazanjian had a lot of the production photos for “Jedi.” When we were researching the book, we found a contact sheet with photos from the very first day of filming “Jedi.” One image showed Mark Hamill on the sandstorm set—for a scene was cut from the movie—and he’s holding the lightsaber prop from “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” I don’t know exactly what happened. But it sure seems to me like someone brought out the old “Empire” lightsaber and then a decision was made right then and there that they needed a new prop because the “Empire” one fell into the Cloud City air shaft with Luke’s severed hand.
Bobby Hill may not be the most physically attractive, physically fit or physically capable kid in Arlen, and he ain't exactly a smartypants neither. But there is no wiser or more tuned in kid than Bobby Hill, Texas's answer to the Dalai Lama.
Okay, that may be overstating it a bit, Bobby's more like Buddha, Pooh Bear and Curly from the Three Stooges all rolled into one lovable cartoon character.
And yet Bobby Hill seems so real, like someone we've all known and cheered for as they take on the world, unafraid to be an adorable oddball in a world full of bullies.
Nintendo doesn't just make games and consoles that change our video game lovin' lives- they make consoles that are built to last a lifetime, and it's not uncommon to hear about gamers who own NES consoles that still work.
And now with the release of the Switch they've changed the world of gaming once again, giving us the hybrid console of the future we didn't know we needed.
Along the way there were some misses like the Nintendo GameCube, later improved by the Panasonic Q, which was basically a GameCube with remote that can play DVDs.
The Q was only released in Japan and was a commercial flop, so Nintendo discontinued it two years after it was released.
There is still one thing I've always wondered about the NES and the original Japanese version the Famicom- why didn't the NES have cool controller holders like the Famicom?
Disneyland may be the "happiest place on earth for visitors," but for employees, things are different. Over on Reddit, past Disney park employees recently discussed the most outrageous things they ever saw on the job. For those who think the Mouse represents a squeaky clean image, you might be surprised what those employees have seen. For example:
I worked on a ride where there was a holding area before the main room and ride. One night before close, apparently a guest had taken a shit in the holding room and everyone else tracked it through out whole queue and ride. We had to close early and every inch of our whole ride was sanitized that night. A guest seriously asked me, "There's poop on my flip flops... what do I do...?"
Many employees start off innocent when they come in, but then things like this change that:
[My] manager that told me I wasn't happy or cheerful enough so I should come in early to do a line of "pixie dust" before work. I showed up early to be a smartass, walk into her office and found her and a server doing lines of cocaine off the counter. I transferred as soon as I could but it was the same stuff in all the other areas as well. Disney still holds the title of most exciting job I've had. Over those 6 years I was assaulted, groped, bribed, spit at, whored out, and drugged. It was my sex, drugs, rock and roll experience.
People have made all kinds of comics, short films and cartoons about the mighty Link and his quest to save Hyrule, and they're all great fun to check out- but they're also all missing a little something.
So which magical element of the Legend Of Zelda games do the artists paying homage to the games nearly always forget to include? The activity I spend hours doing every time I play a Zelda game- smashing pots for rupees.
Animator Callegos Yavolitak created this fan film for the pot smasher in all of us, which focuses on the greatest pastime in Hyrule and shows us we're not alone in our obsession to destroy and collect gems.
When people hear "artificial lifeform" they think of robots or androids, but technically any magically animated object could also be considered an artificial lifeform and would therefore have a lot in common with robo-sapiens.
But the odds of a factory built robot and a farm scarecrow ever meeting is a million to one, except for at outdoor music festivals apparently, where the two strange beings are free to be themselves.
Robot & Scarecrow was written and directed by Kibwe Tavares for Factory Fifteen, and I must say they did a really good job of blending the 3D robot character in with the live action footage, it looks so real!
Sometimes comic book covers are paintings created by guest artists, other times the covers feature finely detailed full color pen and ink panels, but they don't do nearly enough baloon sculpture covers.
Or I guess you would call it a "photo of a balloon sculpture cover", but at any rate these recreated covers by Phileas Flash made me smile.
His whimsical recreations of classic covers of issues like The Fantastic Four #1, Batman: The Killing Joke and Superman vs. Muhammad Ali are surprisingly detailed and very pop.
Here's more from Phileas on his "Balloon Heroes" project:
Over the last few months, I have been recreating classic comic book covers whenever I had time. These balloon sculptures are larger than life (fitting in a 10 foot by 10-foot space) and take many days to make. I even made had to make one in two sections (Superman vs Muhammed Ali) to allow me to visit New York in the middle of making it.
After I finished the main sculpture I use photoshop to add in the lettering (which are un-inflated balloons with wire inside). I'm just learning the program, so forgive any mistakes. I tried to keep digital manipulation to a minimum, so what you are seeing is mainly just latex and air (renewable resources). The balloons I use are all biodegradable and responsibly disposed of, so these sculptures were also super environmentally friendly.
It's virtually impossible to read any article about the Joel Schumacher film Batman & Robin without hearing mention of the nipples added to the costumes, which some have referred to as "nipplegate".
The choice to add this bit of anatomical correctness to the Dynamic Duo's costumes was seen as questionable by pretty much everyone, and for years people have been asking who thought that would be a good idea.
[The costume] was made by Jose Fernandez, who was our brilliant lead sculpture. If you look at Batman and Batman Returns, it was the genius, Bob Ringwood that created those suits, so by the time we got to Batman Forever, the rubber and techniques had gotten so sophisticated. If you look at when Michael Keaton appears in the first suit, you’ll notice how large it is. It was brilliant but the best they could do at the time. By the time Batman Forever came around, rubber molding had become so much more advanced. So I said, let’s make it anatomical and gave photos of those Greek status and those incredible anatomical drawings you see in medical books. He did the nipples and when I looked at them, I thought, that’s cool.
Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.
Just imagine how the Bat-Nipples would have looked in 3D!
It's no surprise most movies made for geeks feature a nerdy relationship far too good to be true, since roping the audience into the storyline of a movie is a textbook tactic to make viewer's feel invested in the film.
But movies also reduce real life to black and white generalizations, so their portrayal of nerd culture makes us all seem like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, which is an insult to nerd diversity.
So illustrator JHALL created this cute comic strip to show all the ways the movies get nerd love wrong, from the epic Con adventures to the male chauvinist friends to the drama of moving in together.
I doubt Adam West knew what an impact he would make on pop culture when he played Batman on the original TV show, but the outpouring of tributes after his death shows us his contribution to geek culture is timeless.
And here's the thing about Adam West's Batman- big name celebs were lining up to be on Batman even though the network wasn't sure if the show was even worth making, all because of Adam West.
The best place to spot celebs on the old Batman TV show was during the "Batclimb" segments, where random celebs would pop out of a window and react to Batman and Robin climbing up the wall.
And thanks to this old video by YouTuber A. Pennyworth you can see all the celeb Batclimb cameos in order of airing in one Bat-tacular compilation video!
Most people saw RadioShack as little more than a place to buy new batteries or a cheap RC car to give as a gift, but the Shack's main reason for being was as a store that sold supplies for electronics hobbyists.
And for a long time RadioShack was the only place to go if you were a CBer, computer user or basically did anything involving a soldering iron and a circuit board.
And for the ultimate RadioShack nerds out there who have fond memories of shopping in the store and admiring their unique wall art there's this RS Logo In Hurricane framed print, so the memories can live on forever:
Kawaii characters are so cute we can't help but think of them in a positive way, and when we see an image of a kawaii character we picture them doing pleasant things and speaking with a syrupy sweet voice.
That's why one of my favorite stylistic mashups is the meeting of "kawaii cute" and "violently bloody" because it doesn't seem like a combo that would work but the two really do go well together.
Case in point- Bloody Bunny, a series that's so kawaii it will give you cavities yet so bloody it might give you nightmares, plus frenetic martial arts mayhem!
It's hard to imagine anyone else besides Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman, but as it turns out, he wasn't actually Burton's first choice. Instead, John Lithgow was his first choice. Lithgow turned down the role (as did Jack Nicholson at first), but now he regrets it, saying he had no idea the role would be so big. I'm sure it also didn't hurt that thanks to a profit-sharing agreement, Nicholson earned an amazing $50 million from the film.
Some people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee, feeling like a zombie until they kick-start their brain by sipping on some warm java.
Coffee becomes an even more valuable commodity in an office full of employees who need that cuppa joe to stay awake all day, since their job is so boring they'd fall asleep at their desks without coffee.
But something tells me no coffee is needed to stay awake in an office where people are battling in the hallways all day long...
Surrealist art is harder than it looks to create because if the piece is too subtle viewers won't get those magical mystery feels, and if it's too strange viewers will dismiss it as incomprehensible.
So Wroclaw, Poland-based photographer Konrad Bąk has chosen to keep his surreal portraits simple and elegant, with just a hint of the bizarre.
Konrad's beautiful portraits bridge the gap between fashion photography and fine art, and each one tells a tale that's open for interpretation by the viewer:
“In my opinion, the camera lens should express feelings, tell stories,” he says. “In my photographs, I try to capture the fleeting beauty, the mood of the moment. In my images, I try to capture the sensuality of the female body, the uniqueness of feminine beauty, fluctuations in moods, The possibility of showing it all in a durable form is “that something” that drives me to arrange my photoshoots,” says Konrad.
Eclectic Method turned the 1997 movie The Fifth Element into a song! The French production, filmed in England with American and British actors, was a visual treat, and this remix highlight those spectacular visuals for three minutes of rhythmic weirdness.
Saying It's easy to get pinched when you ride public transportation in the big city is a true statement no matter how you interpret the word, because there are just as many handsy creepers on the trains as there are thieves.
But in this instance we're talking about pinchers, aka the pickpockets who prey on their fellow riders by letting their sticky fingers loose on a train full of unsuspecting marks.
Those who pinch pretend they don't care about the crimes they commit or the sadness they cause the victims, but they inevitably steal from the wrong person which forces them to take a long, hard look at themselves. (NSFW language and material)
The people of the internet love fighting over stupid things that have no definitive answer, particularly things like if dogs wore pants, how would they wear them? Along the same lines, but even nerdier is the question of if xenomorphs wore hats, how would they wear them? Twitter user Ray :D offers some interesting options in the illustration above, but he does miss the double hat option provided by Nerd Approved:
Luigi is one half of a team of Super Bros who have made video game history time and time again, and yet everywhere he goes people say "Luigi who?" because Mario has stolen his time in the spotlight.
His permanent number two status has made Luigi feel like an unappreciated guest in Mario's games, and even though Luigi has starred in a few of his own games they didn't sell as well as any game with Mario in it.
So Luigi has become a violent and greedy sociopath, and he will stop at nothing to make Mario pay for overshadowing him.
OMNI was a "science and science fiction" magazine consistently ahead of its time, and it featured great stories from Harlan Ellison, William S Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, George R. R. Martin and the mighty William Gibson, just to name a few.
There are many unbelievable things about Captain America's character, but if you can believe there's a metal called Vibranium and a Super Soldier Serum then the electromagnetic action on his shield should be no big deal.