It never occurred to me as a teenager, but watching the original Star Wars movie again with my own kids, I thought of this exact scene. It must be the mother in me that thought, “Careful, you’ll put your eye out …or something!” Considering what an immature, impulsive kid Luke was, it could have very well all ended before it started, just this way. It’s the latest comic from Jim Benton. -via Geeks Are Sexy
It’s part of Star Wars lore that “Han shot first,” referring to the scene where we first met Han Solo. He gets into an altercation with a Rodian bounty hunter named Greedo and shoots him. We all know now that George Lucas was making up the story arc of the original trilogy as he went along, so later when Solo emerged as a fan favorite and Princess Leia’s love interest, he remastered the scene to show that Greedo shot first -and missed, so that Solo only killed Greedo in self-defense. Star Wars fans who were born after the remastered home video version came out never saw the scene as it was shown in theaters in 1977. The revision was to make Solo a more ethical hero, but the change angered fans who adored Solo even with a murderous streak. Today, the New York Daily News has an interview with Paul Blake, the actor who played Greedo. He confirms what we’ve been telling younger fans.
"Of course, in it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, 'Han shoots the alien.' " Blake told the Daily News. "It's all it says and that's what happened. It was very painful."
Besides, having Greedo fire first and miss from across a table, as has been the case after the original release, is sort of embarrassing.
"He was a bit inept wasn't he?" quips Blake. "He's a worse shot than a Stormtrooper. I don't think Jabba had him under a pension plan let's put it that way.
Blake would like to see the scene eventually restored to its original version. He also tells us how he got the role. Dying early meant it was short-lived, but the retcon gave him a place in history. -via Uproxx
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May the fourth be with you! Daisy Ridley takes the opportunity of Star Wars Day to plug Star Wars: Force for Change, the official Star Wars charity that supports children’s programs all over the world.
The current promotion is a raffle for a trip to Skellig Michael, where the final scene of The Force Awakens was filmed. You can donate and enter here. I can’t think of a better way to recognize Star Wars Day than to join in the challenge. -via Uproxx
When Disney theme parks do well they show their success by improving the park and building new attractions, but when a Disney park fails it fails spectacularly and leaves the colorful corpse to prove it.
Wanna see a dead Disney park?
Check out these wild photos taken by Seph Lawless inside the remains of River Country at Walt Disney World, the first Disney water park.
River Country opened back in 1976 and quickly became a popular part of the Walt Disney World experience, but by 2001 low attendance forced closure, and by 2005 the park was completely abandoned.
Seph honored the 40th anniversary of River Country's opening with his spooky photo series, sharing these thoughts on why he chose the theme park for his shoot:
“Along with Discovery Island, it is one of only two Disney parks in Disney's history to ever close permanently,” says Lawless “Both of the parks were left to slowly decay and to succumb to Mother Nature, leaving behind a beautiful apocalyptic landscape.”
You know when the terms “crazed loner” and “homemade robot” are used in the same sentence you're about to see something strange, but fear not.
Because Japanese Youtuber mansooono isn't a total psychopath, he's just a guy who likes to lick his computer screen as a way to "worship" his favorite anime characters.
But mansooono grew tired of wiping saliva off his screen, so he built a simple yet effective device to do the screen licking for him- a robot tongue.
Using a servo motor, realistic silicone tongue and Arduino circuitry, mansooono built a device that is exceedingly creepy yet effective, a robot tongue that can lick screens for a lifetime.
He also may have inadvertently come up with a convenient new way to paint our walls, look at those clean strokes!
-Via The Daily Dot
Remember that lightsaber swingin' guy they called the Star Wars Kid?
He was one of the first viral video sensations, one of the first people to get the meme treatment, and one of the first to discover how trolls and cyberbullies can ruin your life with their hateful words.
The Star Wars Kid's real name is Ghyslian Raza, and ever since his private video went viral after classmates uploaded it back in 2003 his life has never been the same, but mostly in a bad way.
Ghyslian was mercilessly mocked, lost all of his friends and says he was told he should “commit suicide” on a daily basis, but he overcame it all and grew up wanting to help others who have been bullied online.
Ghyslian is now an attorney specializing in cyberbullying, an area of law sorely lacking in legislation and legal representation, and he excels in this field because he knows what it's like to have your life ruined by the internet.
The Marvel superhero Thor has a hammer called Mjölnir that cannot be picked up by anyone besides Thor, or someone worthy of Thor’s status. That does not include Spider-Man, who is a mortal with spider powers. So what grief could Thor cause a fellow superhero with Mjölnir?
He could make life miserable. You don’t want to get on any superhero’s bad side, but even in good-natured pranking, an enchanted hammer is truly a secret weapon. -via Tastefully Offensive
Watch enough vampire themed shows and movies and you'll see a fanged character encounter one of the inherent problems of vampire life- the need to feed.
But these shows never reveal how long it would actually take a vampire to bite a victim's neck and satisfy their sanguine thirst.
That's where the physics students from the University Of Leicester come in, because they've figured out how long it would take a vampire to feed before the process became futile.
According to their calculations a vampire could suck 15 percent of a person's blood out through two tiny holes in their neck in about 6.4 minutes, at which point the victim's heart rate would slow thereby making it harder to feed.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out was all about timing and rhythm, and every fighter had a secret pattern which Little Mac could use to take down fighters five time his size, even the legendary Mike Tyson.
Getting the rhythms down meant memorizing every fighter's moves, but nearly thirty years after its release a Redditor named midwesternhousewives discovered a better way to beat each fighter- by looking to the bearded guy in the audience.
In the front row of the crowd about six heads from the left is a little bearded guy who ducks down when Little Mac should punch Piston Honda and finish him off.
This Easter Egg also works against Bald Bull, and back in 2009 late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted there was also a camera flash cue in the crowd to tell players when to throw the knockout punch.
-Via Nerd Approved
Two years ago, Monsieur Caron of BrickFilm made a LEGO Ghostbusters video that was quite amusing. Now he’s back with a new and improved version that tells the movie’s entire story in just two minutes!
You can catch some of the behind-the-scenes images at Instagram, like Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis above, and some other Monsieur Caron projects. -Thanks, Yan!
In the future robots will handle all of our dirty work for us, and may even work in law enforcement so human cops don't get hurt and because people believe they'll do the job more efficiently.
But practical and efficient robots don't really inspire fear in people, and when a bot's job is to break up a riot it should have an intimidating profile.
So that's probably why the engineers from China's National Defense University went with the Dalek look instead of the C-3PO while designing the “intelligent security robot” they call “AnBot”.
The AnBot looks more like a rolling ATM than a security bot, and it's missing the Dalek's awesome eyestalk, manipulator arm and gunstick, so how is anyone supposed to take this thing seriously?
Maybe if they program it to say "exterminate!" in Chinese over and over again somebody will pay attention...
ELEMNT, an art studio in New York City, makes luxury, handcrafted goods with marble and leather. Their Darth Vader helmet, which is pictured above, is covered with python skin. It's available in limited numbers, as it takes up to two weeks to make. Each one costs $3,000. It's the perfect way to make Darth Vader even creepier.
We've seen a litteral Poke Ball Gown before, but if you want to cosplay in full formal style while actually appearing as a character, be sure to head over to RageCostumes' store where you can get your hands on this incredible Venusaur Ball Gown that's sure to turn heads whether worn at a convention, a ball or an upcoming prom. Of course, with skills like this, if Venusaur isn't your favorite Pokemon, you might just be able to ask RageCostumes to custom-make you a Pokemon Ball Gown with your favorite character. Or just get this Princess Leia Gown (previously seen on Neatorama) instead.
There are those who think geeks aren't very sexual, but the reality is that the average person just doesn't understand their special kinks. Fortunately for the geeks looking for hot reading material (and those looking for new pickup lines to catch the geek of their dreams), there's a Twitter account called 50 Nerds of Grey just ready to get you as hot and bothered as an overloaded server.
Best of all for fans of the IT Crowd, the mere fact that it has Moss as the profile picture makes it nearly impossible to read without hearing his charmingly nasal voice in your head.
Via Geek Girls
The man formerly known as The Rock but now known as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not made from the same stuff as you and I, and he's capable of performing feats no normal human could handle.
Most foodies can only dream of scarfing down 4 double dough pizza pies in one day, but that's just how Dwayne Johnson does cheat days.
Wish you could befriend and tame horses so they'll pose with you in pictures? The Rock has been there, done that and has the picture to prove it.
The Rock is also a superhuman caring machine, and between buying his mom a new car, saving his puppy from drowning and visiting a young fan at the children's hospital just to make her day he has definitely earned his halo!
When I visited the Children's National Hospital, I had the great pleasure of meeting Taylor - a very special and awesome girl. Minutes later I had the great displeasure of her beating me in an arm wrestling match in front of the entire hospital. #ThoughtIWasStrong #Nope #TaylorHasThatSuperHeroStrength #MerryChristmasHoney #ThankYouForMakingMyDay #AndForKickingMyButtAtArmWrasslin
In the 1980s Japanese comic artists were just as obsessed with the New Wave music scene as the rest of the world, and their obsession spilled out onto the pages of manga magazines.
Drawing these musical characters in a manga art style magically transforms those famous faces into something fresh and new again, like a caricature only less jarring.
In fact, our favorite New Wave heroes look oh-so right when rendered in that sometimes cute, sometimes creepy manga style.
These amazing illustrations are from a 1980s magazine called 8 Beat Gag, a magical manga mag where we can see Robert Smith transformed into some sort of yeti and Siouxsie Sioux beating Girlschool in a footrace.
Auralnauts have re-dubbed the lines from Kylo Ren scenes in The Force Awakens, giving him the depth of character that you suspected all along in a young emo Sith wannabe. The movie could have used a bit more humor, after all. And it reveals a connection to another popular fantasy world you didn’t know about.
They packaged this video as Kylo Ren outtakes, but it’s much funnier than just flubbed lines and breaking character. There’s even a musical number slipped in the middle. -via Geeks Are Sexy
The cast of the Harry Potter movies have moved on to the next phase of their lives (meaning adulthood), and those eight movies are now just a fond memory and an entry on their IMDB page.
But for some those movies gave them a stigma they've been fighting to shake off ever since, as they try to prove how grown up and manly they are now.
Daniel Radcliffe admitted to a drinking problem and took multiple roles that required him to get naked, and Jamie Waylett, who is pictured above playing Vincent Crabbe, was arrested for participating in the 2011 London Riots.
And what about Josh Herdman, the guy who played Draco Malfoy's other cronie, Gregory Goyle?
The 28-year-old Herdman is now trying his hands in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, battling like a badass to prove he's not just "that kid from the Harry Potter movies".
Do you love Disney theme parks so much you wish you could live in them?
Six year old me would totally agree, but nowadays I'm not so sure I could handle dealing with all the people who visit Disney theme parks on a daily basis.
However, if you're someone who wants to live like a Disney Cast Member without having to work then you'll love Disney Golden Oak, the new gated community located inside Walt Disney World in Florida.
The designs for the 290 single-family homes at Disney Golden Oak are inspired by Caribbean and Mediterranean architecture, because when you pay at least 2 million dollars for a home it had better not look like ToonTown.
I’ve always subscribed to the idea that real Star Wars fans hate Star Wars, and they live to pick apart everything George Lucas ever did. That is apparently transferring to Disney. Now that the warm glow of a new Star Wars film has worn off, and critics all over have their hands on the home video, we get to hear about everything possible they can pick at. Hang on to your seats, the critique of The Force Awakens takes a whopping 19 minutes.
Cinema Sins found quite a bit to criticize, while the best part of the video is just reliving those moments we recall from the first theater experience of Star Wars in years. -via Tastefully Offensive
I think that Captain Mal Reynolds is more likely to be chaotic good, or possible chaotic neutral (he did kick a guy into a running engine). But I agree that you shouldn't cross him when he's equipped with his pretty floral bonnet.
Geek and Sundry, which previously created Dungeons & Dragons character sheets for Harry Potter characters, now brings Firefly into the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Here you can find stats for Jayne, Inara, and Kaylee.
-via Nerd Approved
Conspiracy theories don't come much more cold blooded than the Reptilian Elite theory, which states that members of an ancient reptilian bloodline secretly rule the world.
The theory was posited and popularized by former BBC sports writer turned “son of God” David Icke back in 1999, and now an estimated twelve million Americans believe lizard people are pulling the strings.
Believers don't agree on where the Reptilian Elite came from (some say a distant planet, others say they've been on Earth since before mankind), but they all agree the Reptilian Elite are the scaly bastards behind the New World Order.
When pop culture characters become a part of our lives we wish they were real so we can hang out with them, knowing full well they'll never make the leap into our real 3D world.
But imagination is what brought these characters to life, so perhaps a bit of imaginative thinking is all it takes to bring them out of the land of 2D, well, that and a little digital image compositing.
A bunch of Russian artists have been contributing amazing composite images to a community page called 2D Among Us, and their creations are nothing short of spectacular.
Their shared images run the full gamut of fandom, including live action movies, video games and, of course, classic 2D animation, all of which looks right at home in the real world.
When gamers discover Easter Eggs hidden in their favorite video games they expect to find homages to pop culture, self referential jokes the game's developers put in for hardcore fans to find and perhaps a punny joke or two.
However, finding perverted Easter Eggs just doesn't seem possible in a game like Pokemon or Legend Of Zelda, you know, games that are almost always rated E for everyone.
But some game designers try sneak naughty stuff into any game they can, which is why they made young trainers battle the Pokemon equivalent of human genitalia in HeartGold And SoulSilver and included hippo boobs in the Japanese and European versions of LOZ: Link's Awakening.
Of course, including dirty content in a game rated T for teen doesn't make it any less wrong as Final Fantasy VII proved with a scene that finds Cloud stuck in a bathhouse dressed like a woman and surrounded by perverts.
Read 6 Oddly Sexual Easter Eggs You Missed In Famous Video Games here (contains NSFW language)
The 1979 movie Alien launched a franchise that now has five movies and another on the way, and that’s not even counting the two Alien vs. Predator movies. Why so many sequels? Because the second movie, Aliens, was so good that it rivaled, or even eclipsed, the first one. James Cameron directed the 1986 sequel, which brought back Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, who has to battle the xenomorph once again. None of the later movies could compare. Let’s learn what went on behind the scenes of Aliens.
1. CONAN THE DESTROYER HELPED IT GET MADE.
The movie, not the guy. Based on the strength of his script for The Terminator (then in pre-production), James Cameron was approached by 20th Century Fox to write an Alien sequel. But the outline he came up with for Alien II got a lukewarm reaction at Fox, and the idea was put on hold for the time being. Then, as luck would have it, the start date for The Terminator was pushed back nine months so that Arnold Schwarzenegger could make Conan the Destroyer, the sequel to his 1982 hit (in which Conan had been merely a Barbarian). This extra three-quarters of a year gave Cameron time to write three-quarters of a full screenplay for Alien II, not just an outline. (He also co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II during this time, by the way.) The Fox bosses liked what they read. Cameron was told that if The Terminator proved successful, he could write and direct the Alien sequel.
6. THE SET WHERE THE ALIEN NEST IS FOUND SHOWED UP IN TIM BURTON’S BATMAN.
It was a defunct power station, called Acton Lane, and it had the right atmosphere for Aliens. It later appeared as Axis Chemicals, which is where Jack Napier falls into some acid and becomes Joker-fied in 1989's Batman. Parts of the alien hive were still there when Burton and his crew came in, which must have freaked them out a little.
There’s more that you don’t already know about Aliens at mental_floss.
Kirk, Spock, and McCoy discover the Batmobile from the 1960s-era Batman television show. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin find the Galileo II shuttlecraft from Star Trek.
YouTube user SpockBoy presents this perfectly edited mashup illustrating a crossover that should have been. Just imagine the Penguin teaming up with the Klingons to rob a bank and/or obliterate Gotham City!
A few months ago, Instagram member lollypoplocks held a contest inviting people to style their hair with Star Wars images. This helmet hair by Anya Goy was the winner. Goy, an expert on hair coloring, presents the bounty hunter Boba Fett as a fashion icon.
You can see more submissions to the Star Wars hair contest here.
-via Offbeat Home
Nowadays it's really easy to tell the difference between worthwhile Disney themed fan art and the stuff that belongs in the trash bin, and generally that worthwhile or not decision is based on originality.
We've seen “Disney princesses as...” to death, and enough “Disney animal characters as humans” to fill a people zoo, but I can't recall seeing fan art as cool as the works of Instagram user johnram27 in a long time.
To be fair, johnram27 is a fan and a Disney story artist/theme park designer, so his “fan art” is naturally going to be a cut above the rest.
But his clever placement of classic Disney characters in quintessentially Japanese
Anyone who is thinking about having a Prince memorial party and celebrating his musical legacy by playing Prince songs all night should know that's the wrong way to go.
Because if you want to celebrate Prince the right way you've gotta party like Prince by playing his party playlist, along with your favorite Prince jams, of course.
Prince sent his ultra funky playlist to the producers of Fox's New Girl before his guest appearance on the show back in 2013, but now that Prince has gone to where all the Purple Rain comes from his playlist belongs to the people:
“City in the Sky,” The Staple Singers
“Country John,” Allen Toussaint
“Fire,” Ohio Players
“Happy House,” Shuggie Otis
“Higher Ground,” Stevie Wonder
“I Was Made to Love Him,” Chaka Khan
“Listen to the Music,” The Isley Brothers
“The Lord is Back,” Eugene McDaniels
“Lost in Music,” Sister Sledge
“The Pinocchio Theory,” Bootsy Collins
“Rubber Duckie,” Bootsy Collins
“Skin Tight,” Ohio Players
“We’re Gettin’ Too Close,” The Soul Children
“Wild and Free,” Curtis Mayfield
“After The Love Has Gone,” Earth, Wind & Fire
“Back in Baby’s Arms,” Allen Toussaint
“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” The Isley Brothers
“Don’t Take My Sunshine,” The Soul Children
“How Could I Let You Get Away,” The Spinners
“I’ll Be Around,” The Spinners
“Push Me Away,” The Jacksons
“Stay With Me,” Shirley Brown
“The Thrill Is Gone,” Aretha Franklin
-Via Boing Boing