Wherever you go today, don’t forget your towel! Today is Towel Day, a date set aside to remember author Douglas Adams and his works, particularly The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For the occasion, the astronauts of the European Space Agency (ESA) show how they celebrate on the International Space Station. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (previously at Neatorama) reads about the importance of the towel from The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while floating in space. Don’t panic!
When everything goes to hell in the Mushroom Kingdom the denizens of that colorful land will have to kart for survival, or fall to the flying shells.
Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t meant to be a particularly funny film, but add a few visual effects, a few characters and silly sound effects from Mario Kart 64 and you’ve got a wasteland full of laughs.
YouTube user sundbergkr doesn't rely on over-the-top gags or comically misspliced clips to deliver the comedy in Mario Kart: Fury Road, and the end result is a mashup that's simply funny!
-Via The Verge
What if Commander William Riker got his own spinoff show after Star Trek: The Next Generation? It might go something like this fan edit that puts Number One in the star position. It’s the beginning of what may be a continuing series, with the next episode coming in about a month.
Those who occupy a certain strange corner of the internet might recognize this style as the work of Jan van den Hemel, who worked together with fellow video editor Andrew Hussie to make dozens of hilarious The Next Generation edits back in the late 2000s. Riker is the first new TNG video from Hemel in nearly five years, and if you're a fan, you'll be glad to hear that more are on the way.
Arya Stark has been through a lot in her young life, and while some may turn to faith after witnessing their father’s death and watching their family torn asunder by those vying for the Iron Throne, Anya has chosen to put faith in God on her list.
This is all according to the new Game Of Thrones meme Atheist Arya Stark, which was created by Tumblr user halfprincesshalfgoddess, so don’t expect to find much canon material from the show.
What you can expect from this meme is a funny take on what a cocky young Arya might say to those pious Sparrows as she made her way across Westeros, a grand assortment of ha-has for heathens.
Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.
The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.
-via Popped Culture
These are the voyages of the office building NetDragon. Or, rather the flagship offices for the Chinese gaming company NetDragon Websoft. Liu DeJian, the chairman of the company, is allegedly a die-hard Trekkie who got an official license from CBS to design this building to look like the Enterprise. It includes automatic sliding glass doors that hopefully do this:
-via Nerd Approved | Images: Hacktron, CBS
Movies can become fan favorites for a variety of reasons, but chances are if the ending stinks the movie isn’t going to be well liked.
That’s especially true of any movie that uses a surprise ending to shock viewers, but the real shock would have come after watching films like Rocky and Clerks with their original endings!
Rocky was supposed to end with Balboa taking the big payola and throwing the fight against Apollo Creed, and Clerks originally ended with Dante being shot to death by an armed robber. Sometimes a script change is a good thing!
Disney princesses may not be the best role models for young folks, and they might not be the golden goddesses of morality they’re made out to be, but they do one thing really well- represent different stages of our lives.
From the early days of wide eyed babyhood to the jaded, cynical thirtysomething years of drudgery and boredom, there's a Disney princesses that accurately represents every stage of our lives, at least according to cartoonist Paul Westover.
As someone who learned the joys of hermitizing in my thirties I definitely relate to Elsa, and even though I don't have power over the cold my fridge has a built in ice maker!
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released nationwide on May 21, 1980, which is 35 years ago tomorrow. Does that make you feel old? The movie received mixed reviews at the time, but now is considered the best of the six Star Wars films (so far). The problem back then was that it did not have a happy ending, but rather a cliffhanger that made us wait three years for the resolution in Return of the Jedi. That darkness became more appealing over time. And since then, we’ve found out that the finished movie differed in many ways from the original plan. Warning: spoilers ahead.
Leigh Brackett’s first script did not have the Skywalker paternity plot twist. Luke was going to meet up with his father later, who would administer the oath of the Jedi with the help of Minch Yoda and Ben Kenobi. With this plot line, the Luke-Leia-Han love triangle would be a much bigger deal. Thankfully, this was cut when they reconfigured the Skywalker family tree.
Minch Yoda? Yeah, that’s another change in the original plan. You’ll find out plenty of those changes in an anniversary post on The Empire Strikes Back at Uproxx.
David Letterman is leaving the talk show world behind, and thereby leaving a gap in late night larger than the one between his two front teeth that will soon be filled by the supremely talented Stephen Colbert.
But even though Stephen will definitely measure up to Dave in terms of interviewing talent and likeability Colbert will never be able to match Letterman's gift for reinventing the talk show.
From the post interview interview to the talk show host POV camera, the purposely hilarious top ten lists, the stupid funny contests and, my personal favorite, stupid pet (and human) tricks, Letterman added so much to the world of talk shows it's gonna be a crying shame to say goodbye.
Max has walked out of the wastelands once again and brought the apocalyptic action back to the big screen, and audiences are simply mad about Max!
Those who have seen the latest movie will tell you that the costuming is amazing, the cars are incredibly cool, and the sets/backgrounds are stunning to behold on the big screen, but before all these apocalyptic elements were made real they were part of a concept artist’s workbook.
Concept art was such an integral part of Fury Road that illustrator Brendan McCarthy received a co-writing credit for his work on the film, which is only fitting considering he didn't even have a finished script to work from when he came up with these amazing designs.
Brendan's incredibly cool concept art is collected in the new book The Art Of Mad Max: Fury Road, released by Titan Books.
It's rare to see a concept artist play such an integral role in the overall development of a feature film, but in the stylized world of Mad Max it actually makes sense to build the storyline around the art.
Many Marvel movie fans dream of bringing the action home, but unless they’ve got a few billion dollars lying around, or access to an unsecured gamma radiation lab, those dreams remain in slumberland.
However, some dreamers aren’t content to leave their superheroic aspirations in the Land of Nod, so they take it upon themselves to make those dreams into a geeky reality.
Xing Yile is a middle school teacher from Zhengzou, China who wanted to bring the Hulkbuster armor worn by Tony Stark in Avengers Age of Ultron to life, so he found an underground parking garage and went to work.
Two months later he and a friend completed construction on an eleven-foot-tall replica of the Hulkbuster suit, which is made of "over 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic components" and looks intimidating enough to stop the Hulk dead in his tracks.
The funny part is- Xing had only seen the trailer for the movie when he started building the suit. Imagine how much more impressed he'll be with his build when he gets to see the whole movie!
Did you know that there was once a possibility of a sequel to E.T.: The Extraterrestrial? In 1982, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who wrote E.T.) came up with a 9-page treatment for a film called E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears. In it, Eliot would be kidnapped by evil aliens, and E.T. has to return to rescue them.
It is now time for Elliott to be questioned. The aliens show no mercy when he replies with the truth. The questioning process intensifies when they learn from his memory that he has dealt directly with Zrek. The pain is tremendous for Elliott and he breaks down and begins screaming for E.T.'s help. Elliott black out but the echos of his last cry can be heard from a distance. At this point we follow, upward, the echoing cry for E.T. into the cosmos where the painful cry seems to die.
Adam Savage has been building all sorts of cool stuff for Hollywood and otherwise for decades, and his skills in the shop are respected by builders and makers the world over.
Of course, it helps that Adam is also a diehard geek, because when you build stuff based on the shows you love the end result is that much more enjoyable.
Here we see Adam’s labor of love brought to life- a perfect looking, and fully functional, replica of Kirk’s Captains Chair from the original Star Trek series.
It has all the sound effects, the swivel motion, and Adam looks oh so right sitting in it! We salute you and your amazing skills, Captain Savage!
-Via Laughing Squid
What would the Indiana Jones movies be like with a female Indy? If it were anything like this skit, Dr. Jones would have just as much snark, but she’s be treated a bit differently.
Anna Kendrick stars in a video produced for NBC’s version of Red Nose Day, a charity telethon coming up May 21st. -via Tastefully Offensive
Photobombs are a hilariously unpredictable part of our image obsessed lives, and even though some photobombers ruin a perfectly good pic most make that captured moment much more memorable.
Photobombing began way before the camera phone, and celebs are so used to being photographed that it's only natural for them to want to photobomb their fellow famous folks
Decades later the most underrated Beatle could still be seen carrying on the tradition of Mod photobombing by sticking it to the Bieb from behind his back...wait, that doesn't sound right?!
Of course, most photobombers aren’t famous, despite their efforts to insert themselves into as many pictures as possible, but you don't have to be famous to feel like a million bucks
For his final project in an After Effects class, Christopher Haley made a speculative title sequence for a Black Widow movie. I hope he got an A in the class. I love the way it evokes a James Bond spy film and separates Black Widow from the normal Marvel style to makes it something unique. The song is “Sour Times" by Portishead.
Cut off one head, two more shall take it's place. . . For this speculative title sequence of a Black Widow film I decided Black Widow's villain would be. . . Black Widow. Yelena Belova, to be specific. Belova believes herself to be the superior Black Widow, and in some ways she is right. Swift and ruthless, Belova is the most talented assassin to graduate from the Red Room--and now she is Hydra's most deadly weapon. At Belova's side is a super-soldier of her own, Alexi Shostakov--the Red Guardian, who also happens to be Natasha's former lover. When the new heads of Hydra make a play for the power of the infinity stones it is up to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top agent to stop them.
There are a lot of post-apocalyptic stories out there ranging from zombie attacks (The Walking Dead) to diseases (12 Monkeys). While the end of the world is a fascinating story setting, the reality would be more depressing than practically any of us could remember -that's because nuclear disasters, fire, floods, disease, malnutrition and more would actually leave everyone dead within a short span of time. Survivor stories aren't exactly all that interesting when there aren't any survivors and this TopTenz article explains why there's a good chance that any disaster on this scale would wipe out all humans -not just most of them.
We’re not surprised that being born a mutant is a shortcut to superhero status. But I read mostly DC comics when I was young, and am not as familiar with the Marvel pantheon as I could have been, so I was surprised at how many characters they used as both X-Men and Avengers. Some superheroes just get around! And even more surprising was how characters can go from evil to hero (and back again). Take Quicksilver, for example.
In Avengers #16, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did, at the time, the unheard of. The legendary fathers of the Marvel Age replaced the current roster of Avengers with an entirely new team, mostly comprised of former villains. Joining Captain America on the team were Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and mutant speedster, Quicksilver.
Before he joined the Avengers, Quicksilver was a member of the Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He was a reluctant villain whose main motivation was protecting his sister from Magneto’s machinations. When he and his sister joined Cap on the Avengers, a cohesive history between the X-Men and the Avengers began.
And he’s not the only one. Read the backstories of 14 characters who were both X-Men and Avengers at on time or another, at Den of Geek.
She's not a cinnamon bun. She's a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission. But it would be hard to tell when she's wearing her iconic hair buns. Nadia Lungo, a food artist that we've featured previously, offers this minimalist but totally effective depiction of the gunslinging hero from Star Wars.
Well, almost. You could also include Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1, Space 1999, among others. This is a highly customizable concept. But if you don't want to go through the work of building your own clock, you can buy this one from Etsy seller Trish Mercer. It comes with a key to decipher it if you are (to your justifiable embarrassment) struggling with some of the numbers.
-via Nerd Bastards
There are many factors involved in a franchise becoming a precious part of our nerdy lives- nostalgia, preferred genre and identification with characters all play a part in deciding which franchises will become our faves.
Geeks have an unspoken bond that begins when we realize we're not alone in our love of a franchise like Star Wars, and our shared fandom becomes a bond that unites us through the power of imagination.
The wonderfully imaginative paintings of Craig Davison capture the feeling of being a young fan and recreating scenes from your favorite franchise (in this case Star Wars) on the playground with your geeky pals.
They're wonderfully stylistic, very relatable and a real blast from the past for those who remember playtime that didn't involve apps and a Wi-Fi connection.
But George Lucas wasn’t about to let just anyone use his characters for commercials, at least not at first, so if you wanted some Star Wars action in your ad you had to settle for a shameless rip off.
This hilariously cheesy video comes from a long, long time ago (1978 to be exact), created by Bill Stokes Associates for Taylor Wines as a promotional infomercial that proves they're a cutting edge winery.
Nothing says cutting edge like "Shorty" and "Metal Man" bustin' a move to some groovy disco tunes, and talking about the 80s in the late 70s!
Every parent has a different notion about what is an acceptable level of punishment for their child's bad behavior, but for some those acceptable levels can be a bit extreme.
The father who shot this (barely NSFW) video gave his son three weeks to fix his failing grades or he would lose his gaming privileges the hard way- by being made to smash his gaming consoles with a sledgehammer.
It’s hard to tell if the dad in this video took things way too far, or if his son actually deserved such an extreme form of punishment, without knowing all the facts, but one thing is certain- that poor kid’s gonna have a lot more time for homework without his consoles!
(Photo: Chris-Rachael Oseland/BBC)
With a clever pun, Chris-Rachael Oseland, AKA the Kitchen Overlord, devises a great treat for Doctor Who fans. Keep your eyes on the deadly Weeping Angel inside this cake. She made them in a Bundt cake pan that highlights the Gothic architecture that appeared in the famous episode “Blink.” Don’t eat. Eat and you’re fed.
Need some excitement on a Saturday night? Ultron will funk you up. Filmmakers Angie Griffin and Chad Nikolaus, who are known as the Screen Team, offer this parody of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." The hit movie Avengers: Age of Ultron is now about an unstoppable dancing robot. If you look carefully, you'll see Hawkeye appear . . . somewhere.
-via Nerd Bastards
Biggs Darklighter was a rebel fighter in the movie Star Wars. He was Luke Skywalker’s friend from Tatooine and his wingman during the attack on the Death Star, who came to an unfortunate end. He had little screen time, but still ended up with a fan following. What you might not know is that Darklighter originally had a bigger role that was ultimately cut from the final film.
Jamie Benning tells that story in his new documentary Blast it Biggs! Where are you?!, with deleted scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope and an interview with actor Garrick Hagon, who played the role of Darklighter. Along the way, we learn more tidbits about the filming of Star Wars, like the forbidden horseback rides and a glimpse of the rebel pilots wearing flip flops to beat the heat. -via The Daily Dot