Spring, when a young droid’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love! R2D2 falls head over heels for a pretty postal service drop box. She’s a bit shy, but our favorite Star Wars character is determined to win her over. Will there be a happy ending for our mechanical friend? -via Geeks Are Sexy
I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Interstellar yet, but I don’t mind spoilers, and this Honest Trailer certainly has them. I did see Contact. However, if you’ve seen the movie, you will no doubt get more humor out of the video. And I got enough even without seeing the film! Honestly, I have no qualms about okra going extinct. -via Tastefully Offensive
Disney Studios have been busy creating live action adaptations of their most beloved animated features, and they’ll continue to do so until movies no longer exist or they run out of money, whichever comes first.
We know live action adaptation of the films that star humanoid characters are coming, such as Snow White and Peter Pan, but what about the animated features with an animal protagonist? How would Disney’s live action adaptation of an animal flick like Bambi play out?
SNL provided the answer with a little help from host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who dared to don the deer makeup and throw down in one of the most ridiculous SNL sketches of all time.
-Via Huffington Post
Jess, an artist in Indianapolis, redrew the iconic Starbucks siren as the twelve incarnations of the Doctor (minus the War Doctor, of course) as well as the villainous Time Lord Harold Saxon, AKA The Master. She sells them at her Etsy shop. You can view more of her work, including more Doctor Who and Sherlock fan art, at her DeviantArt page.
Thumb wars are fun and all, but sometimes they just aren't enough. When you want to really up your thumb game, it's time to bring out the Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling Kit. Now even your fingers can weild a lightsaber and even experience the sights of various Star Wars settings. Just don't tell your other fingers -they're bound to get jealous.
Many men seem to be firmly seated in one of two camps: pro or anti bow tie. I've seen women who wear bow ties as well, particularly when they're sporting an androgynous look. For those who appreciate a fun bow tie, here is a collection of 25 ties designed to appeal to geek culture enthusiasts. See all of them here. The styles in these photos can be ordered at Little Corner Creation on Etsy.
The gang from Greendale Community College recently made their triumphant return to….wait, they’re not on broadcast TV anymore, are they?
Nope. New episodes of Community are being shown on Yahoo Screen, but aside from that little viewing dilemma the new season is shaping up to be pretty good.
Paget Brewster and Keith David have joined the cast, the budget is still big enough to afford plenty of the fantastic fantasy segments we’ve come to expect from the show, and Dan Harmon is back in the driver’s seat.
And speaking of Dan Harmon- do you know who got him back at the helm after that nasty dustup with the Sony execs? Jeff freakin’ Winger himself Joel McHale that’s who! Joel insisted Dan come back after a failed fourth season left everyone wishing they had Changnesia.
Find out more cool stuff about your favorite show set in a community college with 20 Things You Might Not Know About Community over at mental_floss. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m late for Creative Cheese class.
Here’s a pun on the Iron Throne from the TV series Game of Thrones that I haven’t come across before. Direct Golf, in collaboration with Dead Beats Create, used their surplus supply of 300 irons, as in golf clubs, to create a throne of irons. Pretty clever. They also posted the process of making it, with pictures.
Once completed the Iron Throne measures 6ft tall at the top of the back rest and the 3ft high seating position will allow you to run the rule over all your subjects.
Needless to say the completed Throne is a fairly substantial structure, the exact weight is yet to be determined (we haven’t yet found a suitable set of scales) however you will need around four people to move it unless you happen to have Gregor Clegane at your disposal.
What would you use this for? How about installing it at a golf course, and anyone who lands a hole-in-one gets to sit on it for pictures! -Thanks, Gurpreet Singh!
We all know that Japanese artists and designers create some of the strangest stuff on the planet, and that their creative efforts make the world a much more colorful place to live. Their whimsical and eyecatching designs seem to shine brightest when they're brought to life in toy form, and then we not only get to look at their wacky designs- we get to play with them!
Here are ten weird and wonderful toys created in the Land of the Rising Sun-
1. Pachi Pachi Clappy-
One handed clapping is now ridiculously easy thanks to the Pachi Pachi Clappy toy, the toy that does all the clapping for you!
Pachi Pachi Clappy has two "big soft squishy hands" on top and a funny lil' face in front, so you can carry your own private cheering section around with you wherever you go!
2. Jaws-Kun Puppet for Toothpaste Guidance-
Teaching kids how to properly brush their teeth is hard since we don’t have flip top heads, and that set of plastic choppers sitting on your dentist’s desk is downright creepy, so a puppet with a full set of teeth makes sense.
But did the final product have to be so creep-tastically adorable? I don't know if I want to brush its teeth or burn it with fire!
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Heres more info from the company's website, courtesy of Google translate-
I am very active in leadership with the impact in the big mouth of width 24cm. I can learn Shine difficulty of back teeth with vertical guidance and Shine "cheek".
3. Fat Cute Soldiers-
Remember those little green soldiers who patrolled the toybox when you were a kid? Well, I think these Fat Cute Soldiers ate those little green troopers and still had room for dessert! Part social commentary, part throwback toy, the Fat Cute Soldiers are 8 kinds of awesome!
Upon which I call dibs. This mansion in Westlake, California has 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms within its 15,835 square feet. There’s also a tennis court and a pool. The interior rooms, beyond the one designed to look like the planet Hoth from Star Wars, include other marvels . . .
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)-
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.
2. The Wombles (1973-75)-
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!
3. The Secrets Of Isis (1975-77)-
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!
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.
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
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.
.@CalfCorset I could be a brony— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 20, 2015
He even has a favorite pony:
Shatner pushed back against a bronyphobe who showed up:
.@leohoratio What are you talking about? Friendship is Magic!— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 20, 2015
Welcome to The Herd, Captain.
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
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.
Via Nerd Approved
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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.
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)-
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):
2. The Brothers Grunt (1994-95)-
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!