Some Of The Most Distracting Extras In Movie History

Movie extras mill about in the background of our favorite TV shows and movies, paid to act like regular folks doing regular stuff while the main actors deliver their performances.

But hiring regular folks to be movie extras can pose a problem if they're not coached on the concept of blending in, like the crazy "businessman" who tries to steal the spotlight in this clip from Ghostbusters.

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It can be just as hard to make a kid understand how their fidgeting, or in the case of North By Northwest preemptive ear plugging, may detract from a scene's sense of drama when they're visible behind the actors.

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Child extras can also get hurt if the actors aren't careful, which the "Candy Man" almost learned the hard way in this scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Watch as the blonde girl in the bottom right corner of the screen narrowly dodges the counter, and a broken jaw, like a little ninja:

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See 12 of the Most Distracting Extras in Movie History here


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A Collection Of Silly Doctor Who Comics To Make Your Spirits Bright

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For most Whovians the holiday season has been associated with Doctor Who ever since they watched their first Christmas special, and now we have a present from The Doctor to look forward to at the end of every year.

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But if you're tired of waiting for The Doctor to come back on the airwaves, or you're looking for a sure-fire way to keep your sci-fi lovin' spirits bright during the holidays, then look no further!

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These Doctor Who comics are warm and witty, strange and silly and full of references only fans of the show will know, and they won't bust your holiday budget because webcomics are free! Allons-Y!

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Read 10 Silly Doctor Who Comics To Warm Your Heart here

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Fun Facts About Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Can you believe that Robin Hood: Men in Tights is over twenty years old? If you agree that this is one of, if not the absolute, best Robin Hood movies ever created, you won't want to miss this collection of great trivia about the film. For example, did you know that Mel Brooks had already worked on a Robin Hood tv series back in the seventies? Or that Sean Connery was originally going to be King Richard and was going to play him in drag, but that he wanted too much money for the role?

Celebrate those tight -tight tights over at Mental Floss


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My Life as a Background Ravenclaw

This comic from Emily McGovern at Emily's Cartoons sent me down an internet wormhole, but I learned a few things. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is indeed in Scotland. And indeed, it makes no sense that students from Scotland would have to travel to London to catch a train to school. But as the wiki states, "The precise location of the school could never be uncovered because it was rendered Unplottable." Maybe the roundabout route for Scottish students is a way of keeping the location a secret, you think? That may be it. The Hogwarts Express train was inaugurated in the 1850s as a way to transport students to the school without drawing the attention of Muggles.

Could a parent in Scotland just drive their student to Hogwarts? No. According to the wiki, "the Ministry decreed that students would arrive to school on the train or not attend at all." Just like Muggle schools, there are rules that don't make sense. But a dedicated train doesn't conceal the fact that on September first, a large contingent of schoolchildren arrive at Hogsmeade Station in Scotland and are whisked away to the school. Apparently, the folks in Hogsmeade do not travel all that much. Check out McGovern's Tumblr site, where you'll find a substantial series called My Life as a Background Slytherin. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Vintage Photos From The Heyday Of Beat Culture In New York

When people hear the word "Beatnik" they immediately think about berets, striped shirts, bongos, bad poetry and goatees, and the Beatnik subculture is still most commonly associated with the 1960s.

But the heyday for Beats like Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso and Alan Ginsberg was actually the late 1940s through the 50s, because that's when they were busy inspiring a literary movement and subculture at the same time.

The original Beats who inspired the trendy Beatniks in the 60s could be seen hanging out in jazz clubs and coffee shops around Greenwich Village, New York, where they would read poems, dig the tunes or just get dixie fried.

So if you wanted to meet those real gone cats collectively known as the Beat Generation you had to hang at places like the Gaslight Cafe or the Seven Arts Cafe, where every night was a gas and the java flowed all night long.

See 35 Photographs That Capture The Beatniks' Heyday In New York City here


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Marvel Movie Scenes That Were Way More Disturbing In The Comics

Marvel movies have reached a point of complexity with their interwoven plot lines that the comics are actually being adjusted to fit the movie lore instead of vice versa.

But there's one element that had to be changed so the movie adaptations could receive a PG-13 rating- the brutal and disturbing scenes found in the comics.

These family friendly movies rely on audiences having a great feeling about the heroes and a really bad feeling about the villains, but in the comics the line between good and bad gets a bit blurry.

Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, has a history of domestic violence against Janet Pym, aka Wasp. Mutant siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are so close they once carried on an incestuous relationship.

Oh, and that tame spin put on the beginning of the Civil War in the third Captain America movie?

That was way too family friendly when compared to how it happened in the comics- it all started when a villain named Nitro used his explosive powers to essentially nuke the town of Stamford, Connecticut...

See 12 Marvel Movie Scenes That Were Way More Brutal In The Comics here


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Dialect Coach Breaks Down The Accents 32 Different Actors Use In Movies

The accents you hear in movies aren't typically what you'd call accurate, and this lack of accuracy can be really distracting and detract from the viewing experience.

Of course, having no accent at all can ruin a movie too, just look at how bad Kevin Costner's portrayal of Robin Hood was largely because he refused to use a British accent.

But even though they have dialect coaches like Erik Singer available to help actors master a more realistic accent it seems they'd rather let actors like Brad Pitt and Will Smith do their own thang.

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Dialect coach Erik Singer shows us what the Pitts and Smiths do wrong when they affect an accent, but he also shows us how some actors get it oh so right, like Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of Truman Capote.

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THE DRAWING Is A Fun Horror Short With A Killer Soundtrack

If you find a child's drawing on the street in real life you pick it up and think "how cute!", but if you're in a movie that drawing is usually a sign of bad things to come.

Or, in this case of THE DRAWING that kid's doodle is the bad thing, and it may have been drawn by a less than innocent child...

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The Drawing was created by Micah Roland and Jason Brown for 1A Plate Productions as an homage to classic horror anthology shows like The Twilight Zone or Goosebumps, in other words wait for it...

-Via Bloody Disgusting


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A Cringeworthy Collection Of Awkward Cosplay Photos

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Cosplayers look really cool when they're posing for photos or walking around the Con floor, but nobody considers how awkward they look when they're riding the train to the Con or sitting down for a meal in full costume.

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Many of the pros carry a costume bag with them to the Con so they can avoid these awkward moments, but even a pro will find themselves stuck on awkward speed once in a while.

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Those moments are just part of livin' that cosplay life, and all you can do when awkwardness strikes is keep calm and ask someone to help you get out the door!

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See Cosplayers In Compromising Positions here


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The Horror Movie Actors Behind The Iconic Masks

It must suck to be the star of a slasher flick, because nobody ever really knows your name or your face since you're stuck wearing a mask or makeup the entire time.

The hockey mask becomes famous, the weird William Shatner mask becomes iconic and the skin mask and chainsaw are easily identified by all, and yet far too few know Kane Hodder is the man who played Jason Voorhees in the Friday The 13th movies.

It's common knowledge that Robert Englund played Freddy Krueger in every Nightmare On Elm Street flick, but are you familiar with the name Nick Castle?

He's the guy who played Michael Myers in the original Halloween movies, and yet Nick is way more famous for being the co-writer of Escape From New York than for his chilling portrayal of Michael Myers.

And let's not forget Doug Bradley, the guy who's happy to be called Pinhead because he plays that sinister Cenobite in the Hellraiser movies.

Doug has fully embraced the darkness that comes with playing the head Cenobite, which isn't surprising considering he has been friends with Clive Barker since the two were in secondary school.

Still, without those pins stuck in his head he's hard to pick out of a crowd...

See Horror Movie Characters Behind The Mask here


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Harry Potter Fan Theories That Totally Make Sense

One of the great things about the Harry Potter series is that it is detailed enough to be a great story, but still open enough that it allows for an entire world of fan theories, sequels and other additions. Ranker has collected some of the best fan theories in one place and some of them really are mind blowing. For example, are the Dursleys cruel to Harry because he has a horcrux inside of him and Horcruxes do make people inexplicably angry and hateful? Or were Neville's spells backfiring so long because he chose to use his father's wand rather than using a wand that actually chose him?

Check out the full list of theories over at Ranker


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Male And Female Celebrities Who Look An Awful Lot Alike

I'm sure you've seen side-by-side comparisons that show how shockingly similar Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber look, but you'd be surprised just how many male celebs look like female celebs and vice versa.

Actually, it's not that surprising considering Hollywood loves actresses with a distinct jaw line and actors with slightly androgynous faces, but some celebs look so similar they could almost be the same person.

And then we have to start asking ourselves- when was the last time you saw Maria Shriver and Willem Dafoe in the same room?

That has to be a coincidence, right? But how can we explain away the shockingly similar face shared by Scarlett Johansson and young Christopher Walken?

See 17 Male And Female Celebrities That Look Terrifyingly Similar here


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You Need This 3D Periodic Table Lamp

The periodic table is a work of art in itself, but putting a generic poster of the elements on your wall is a little uninspired. If you're looking for a particularly attractive way to display the elements, this Instructables creation is far more appealing. 

You can even make your own lamp over by following the instructions, but it's not particularly easy -and you're going to have to spend some serious time and effort to get samples to fill in the jars. In fact, the one in the tutorial only has 20 samples so far.

Check out how to make make your own here.


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The Most Indestructible Superheroes And Villains

We normal humans tend to be quite envious of the powers possessed by superfolks, but the one we envy most is the power of invulnerability or indestructibility.

That's because we all fear death, and if we knew we couldn't be killed by any normal earthly means we could stop worrying about dying and adopt a devil may care attitude about life.

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But being indestructible is not without its drawbacks, and when you live in a world where evil seems to triumph at every turn this power doesn't make you feel any more secure about your place in the world.

And if you end up shooting your mouth off like Deadpool then villains will spend all their time and effort trying to figure out how to make you stay down for good.

It's enough to make you as blue as Doctor Manhattan, who found that immortality breeds apathy and nihilistic tendencies, and Galactus' has learned that immortality leads to soul crushing loneliness.

Of course, it doesn't help that Galactus is older than the Big Bang and has to eat planets to survive, both of which are total deal breakers for most potential dates.

See The 12 Most Indestructible Comic Book Characters here


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MALL 84 Is An Animated Love Letter To The 80s

There are so many things to love about the 1980s it's hard to fit them all into one project, but if you're going to properly pay homage to that radical decade your project has to include a shopping mall.

Malls were like microcosms of American life in the 80s- they were the place where you could see all the latest styles, trends and tech, or all the noisy new games in the video arcade.

MALL 84 from Gervart on Vimeo.

Gervais Merryweather created this wonderfully eye pleasing animated short as "a love letter to the 1980's..", then he got Mitch Murder to create the soundtrack and make MALL 84 an instant classic!

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Looking For A Great Comic Strip With A Wicked Twist? Head Down A Toon Hole

Comic strips wouldn't be the same without that (typically last panel) twist ending, and even though this last panel reveal is a well known part of the medium there are still plenty of strips out there that can still surprise you.

Toon Hole is one of those comic strips, and their black comedy coupled with the eye pleasing artwork makes Toon Hole the strip you need to brighten up our dark days.

Because you can't go wrong with a comic strip like Toon Hole that delivers the funny without fail strip after toon-tastic strip!

See 10+ Cartoons By Toon Hole That End So Unexpectedly It Will Make You Laugh here


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Mad Shelia Is The Chinese Mad Max Ripoff The World Needs Now

Asian companies have been creating bootleg versions of American merch and media for decades, and in that time they have become masters of making knockoff products that are just different enough to avoid a lawsuit.

But when they decided to rip off mega hit Mad Max they didn't care how much their film resembled the original, and this attitude shifted Mad Shelia from bootleg to full blown parody film.

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Mad Shelia looks like it might be the most enjoyable ripoff movie ever made, and the studio who made the film already has two sequels in the works, so the Mad Max crew better get to work or they risk being run over!

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The Bee Movie Sped Up Every Time Someone Says "Bee"

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The Bee Movie is hardly considered a classic film, but it's still one of those movies that everyone knows about, even if they've never seen it. And even without watching it, you probably know that they say "bee" a thousand times over. This ridiculous clip shows what happens when yo speed up the movie a little bit every time someone says "bee." It's seven minutes of insanity that's a lot more enjoyable than the original 95 minute film.


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New Adobe Software Can Make You Say Anything After 20 Minutes Of Listening

The technology of the future seems to be designed to make us paranoid, and technophobes are often terrified when they discover what artificial intelligence software can say and do nowadays.

But the new Adobe audio software VoCo isn't artificial intelligence software- it's an editing suite designed to help people warp and modify audio tracks in any way they can imagine. 

It just so happens to have one very cool, very AI feature that can simulate a person's voice after listening to them talk for about 20 minutes, allowing users to type out whatever they want that person to say.  

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This software seems like a good idea that will inevitably be used for evil, but Adobe tech Zeyu Jin says they're working on ways to tell the real voice apart from the fake:

“Don’t worry,” Jin said. “We actually have researched how to prevent forgery. Think about watermarking detection. As we’re getting the results much better, making it so people can’t distinguish between the fake and the real one, we’re working harder trying to make it detectable.” He then gave a thumbs up and grinned.

Read After 20 Minutes of Listening, New Adobe Tool Can Make You Say Anything here


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Hogwarts Versus Real High School

We all know Hogwarts has very little in common with the average high school, but when the differences between the two are spelled out for you Muggle life pales by comparison.

High school students are picked on, sorted into dozens of cliques and stereotyped according to their differences and style of dress by their fellow students.

Meanwhile at Hogwarts students are required to dress the same, but they're only sorted into four different cliques, so that's different.

Oh, and every meal at Hogwarts is a mouth-watering feast, while high schoolers wash down bread with cartons of milk.

But there are some similarities between Hogwarts and Muggle high school- students get bullied in both places, and jocks tend to rule the school.

George Rottkamp drew up this magical side-by-side comparison comic strip for Dorkly so we can all see what we missed by attending our simple Muggle schools. 

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Can You Spot the Queen In A Sea of Corgis?

We all know the Queen loves corgies and has a massive pack of them -so this image showing the queen lost among her sea of pups is entirely appropriate as far as hidden pictures go. This adorable image was created by the fashion website Stylight for Elizabeth's 90th birthday.

Can't find her? The Daily Mail has the answer for you.

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Disney Reveals Their Newest And Most Eerily Realistic Animatronic Robot

Ever since Disney started making tons of money with their theme parks they've been funding research in the field of robotics in order to improve the animatronics and effects they use on their rides.

And all of that money and research has led to the creation of the most realistic animatronic robots to date- the Na'vi characters which will appear in the Pandora attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.

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It appears our robotic overlords will be built by Disney Imagineers...

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Our Favorite Cartoon Characters Look Even Cooler After A Classic Paintover

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Character designers know a character's basic shapes, silhouette and the overall use of smooth vs sharp shapes help give the character personality, but color scheme is (arguably) the least important element of a character.

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Color schemes can be messed with during paintovers as designers see fit without "breaking" the character, and the proper application of shading and highlights can give a flat character a bit more appeal.

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Cartoon paintovers are also a fun practice exercise for artists, challenging them to enhance the look of the original characters while keeping their personalities intact underneath the digital paint job. 

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See 20 of Your Favorite Cartoons, Reimagined here


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Hotly Debated Questions From Movies And TV Shows That Have Answers

Arguing about fictional franchises is a great way to jaw about the media we love and prove we know the franchise inside and out, but an arguer should always do their homework first so they don't lose face in front of their fellow fans.

Because imagine how embarassed you'd be if you claimed Groundhog Day was purposely written without an explanation of how Phil got stuck in the time loop, only to find out about the second draft of the script.

The second draft spells out that Phil's ex girlfriend Stephanie Decastro put a curse on the poor guy and that Phil is actually supposed to be stuck in the time loop for 10,000 years. 

And speaking of things that are spelled out in the script but never made it onto the screen- the contents of the mysterious FedEx box in Cast Away was originally supposed to be revealed to be this:

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In the third draft of the script Chuck decided to open the box after he'd been on the island for 1,000 days, and inside he discovered two bottles of homemade salsa verde and a note from a woman begging her husband to come back. 

Read 7 Hotly Debated Movie Questions That Totally Have Answers here (NSFW language)


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This Admiral Akbar Soap is Not A Trap

Etsy seller Nerdy Soaps sells exactly what their name says -nerdy soaps. Among their many soaps are designs including video games, superheroes and horror movies, but their Star Wars designs are what really stand out -particularly this awesome Admiral Akbar soap. Who wouldn't want to scrub up with Jabba or Kylo Ren?


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The Must Know References In Rick And Morty

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are equal opportunity parodists on their animated series Rick And Morty, and they include a squanchillion references to pop culture into every episode of the show. 

Now you could watch and rewatch every episode to catch all the references, but who the hell has time for all that when there are Mr. Meeseeks to boss around and peace among worlds to spread? 

So instead of wasting your life watching TV you should waste a little less of your life watching this fun video of Must-Know References by Wisecrack! (NSFW-ish bits)

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It reveals the references found in episodes like Something Ricked This Way Comes (fairly obvious references there), Lawnmower Dog (again, pretty obvious reference) and Auto Erotic Assimilation (okay, that one's not as pervy as it sounds...)

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Roald Dahl Once Hosted A TV Show Similar To The Twilight Zone

Beloved author, fighter pilot, spy and all around interesting guy Roald Dahl may be best known as the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, but he also wrote macabre adult stories that would scare the wits out of a kid.  

Most of the short stories Dahl wrote in his parallel writing career were perfect for anthology TV, since they're often cautionary tales with a surprise ending. 

So when CBS network producers were under the gun to fill the spot left behind by Jackie Gleason's epic failure of a talk show You're In The Picture they called Roald Dahl.

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Roald naturally jumped at the chance to bring his strange and creepy stories to life on a TV show, and thus the series Way Out was born.

It aired right before The Twilight Zone for one season in 1961, and Roald provided the intro and epilogue much like Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock did on their shows, only smokier.

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Strangely, only the first episode "William & Mary" was written by Dahl, even though the producers initially wanted to base every episode on one of Dahl's macabre short stories.

Read In 1961, Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Version Of "The Twilight Zone" at Atlas Obscura


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The Disgusting Ways Actors Gained Weight

It's common knowledge that actors often have to gain or lose a few pounds depending on the roles they are cast in. But when they have to gain 30 pounds or more for a role -often in only a handful of months, the weight gain gets seriously intense. In fact, it seems that many of them resort to chugging melted ice cream just to get as many calories in as quickly as possible (though why Jared Leto thought it was neccessary to add olive oil and soy sauce into the mix is a mystery). The worst part is how often it doesn't even pay off. In fact, many actors went through all this suffering only to see their movies fail and be panned by critics and poor Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds for the movie The Lovely Bones only to get fired since he didn't clear the weight gain with director Peter Jackson beforehand.

Read more about actors gaining weight for their roles at Mel Magazine.


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The World's Most Valuable Pokémon Card Just Sold At Auction For Nearly $55k

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Parents just don't understand why kids go crazy for Pokémon, but when the card game first came out parents found one element of the game made perfect sense- the high cash value of certain cards.

These rare cards were randomly placed in booster packs, giving every kid the chance to score big when they opened up a pack, but those cards are worthless compared to the rarest of them all- the Japanese promo Pikachu Illustrator card.

The Pikachu Illustrator card was given to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest in Japan back in 1998, and since only 20-39 of these cards were ever made they sell for a small fortune.

How much is a small fortune you ask? A Pikachu Illustrator Card just sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills for $54,970, making it the most expensive Pokémon card ever sold.

-Via Nerd Approved


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What Word Does Your State Most Often Misspell?

Even if you're a reasonably good speller, you probably periodically need a little help and Google is a great place to get it. Since everyone uses a Google search for spelling help now and again, it's not surprising they eventually compiled the data and made a fun chart out of it showing what words each state needs the most help with.

Here in my native California, we apparently need a lot of help with "desert," which is hardly surprising considering everyone is worried about the drought all the time. So what words does your state misspell the most?

You can see the whole graphic on Google's Twitter.

Via Mental Floss


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