We’ve seen some pretty unusual things that pop up in medieval religious manuscripts. Now it appears that one features a certain Jedi master from long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Julian Harrison of Medieval Manuscripts told NPR:
"The Yoda image comes from a 14th-century manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals," Harrison said, after we reached out to the British Library.
"I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveler," Harrison continued. "It's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson — the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!"
With over 170 episodes, it's understandable that some fans haven't seen all the episodes of Seinfeld no matter how many times they've been syndicated since their original air date. If you've never seen "The Puerto Rican Day" though, you might have missed it due to censorship. In fact, due to complaints about negative portrayals of Puerto Ricans and a burning Puerto Rican flag, the episode was banned completely between its original air date in 1999 and 2002. Even now though, some stations who syndicate the show won't touch it.
And that Seinfeld episode is only one of 27 episodes from popular TV shows that were banned temporarily for one reason or another. Perhaps the strangest of all was the Peppa Pig episode that shows kids that spiders are our friends. It was banned in Australia because the deadly spiders there are most certainly not your friend.
George Takei played Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek television series. He recently sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrity physicist and host of the Star Talk radio show. In their conversation, Takei described his audition for Star Trek and meeting Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the show, for the first time. He shares a funny story about how he responded when Roddenberry mispronounced his name.
Although the rule has not always been enforced, in general, Jedi aren't supposed to be married. They're supposed to live celibate lives of contemplation and service. This came as dismal news to 7-year old Colin Gilpatric. He wants to become a Jedi, but he'd also like to get married and have kids.
So Colin wrote to George Lucas and asked him to alter the Star Wars universe so that Jedi can get married. Lucas responded:
When we saw the first trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, everyone was amazed by the new droid design. We all assumed it was some sort of CGI, but today, he appeared in the flesh, so to speak. Real people got a close-up look at the droid named BB-8 at Star Wars Celebration going on this week at Disneyland, as he was unveiled during a panel discussion with JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. R2D2 was there, too, and had a few words to say to the newer droid.
Jenn of Epbot attended MegaCon this past weekend in Orlando. There, she spotted these great cosplayers who mixed two gems from the 60s: Star Trek and Gilligan's Island. The three hour tour has turned into a five year mission for the Skipper, Gilligan, and Ginger. They've equipped themselves appropriately with the boat's radio as a tricorder, a clamshell communicator, and bamboo phasers. You can see more of Jenn's cosplay photos here.
Last July, Alex shared the gorey image of Steven Speilberg sitting beside one of his newest kills. Animal activists were rightly outraged by the killing of such a rare and beautiful creature. As if that wasn't bad enough, now one Redditor has shared these images of a poor, bound T-rex being towed down the road as though it's just a big hunk of plastic.
Will the madness ever stop?!? End dinosaur cruelty!
Most ladies like to have a purse to carry their things in, but for geek gals, sometimes a simple black bag isn't enough of a fashion statement. For you ladies, may I suggest a dragon's egg purse from Prissy Kitty Designs?
These cool bags come in an array of colors and sizes so whether you're a khaleesi who likes to pack light or one that likes to be prepared, you're certain to find a perfect dragon egg of your choosing.
There's even a fancy one that looks like it's part dragon and part Faberge for those particularly fancy dragon mothers.
If you couldn't tell just by reading the blog, it's fair to say that most of the writers on Neatorama are big fans of Doctor Who. So, like most Whovians, we've been left to wonder what exactly caused the rift between Christopher Eccleston and the producers of the show given that Eccleston says he loved playing The Doctor and he was quite popular among fans.
Well, if you've been wondering the same thing, you can finally put your mind at ease. According to Christopher Eccleston, his choice to play the Doctor with his natural accent (he's from Manchester) was what drove him and showrunner Russell T. Davies apart. The actor claims Northern accents like his are looked down upon and that people consider those with those accents to sound less intelligent. Eccleston wanted to challenge these views while playing what is arguably the most famous character in all of England, but Davies was against it from the start.
Without hearing Davies' version of the story, it's hard to say if this is absolute truth or just Eccleston's take, but it is notable that the writers made a number of jokes about David Tennant's Doctor having a Northern accent after he replaced Eccleston.
Of course, now there are fans complaining that they can't understand a word that the very Scottish Peter Capaldi says, so I guess there's just no pleasing everyone.
The show Jimmy Kimmel Live! staged a celebrity version of The Family Feud starring the actors who portray the Avengers in Marvel’s movie series. Watch Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth square off against Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner. Yes, they split into the teams of “stars I recognize” and “stars I don’t recognize.” The actors weren’t very good at the game, but that doesn’t matter because they don’t need the prize money -as if there were any. -via Tastefully Offensive
If you recall the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, you’ll recognize “Galaxy Song.” That was far from the only incarnation of the tune.
“Galaxy Song” was previously included on the 1989 album “Monty Python Sings”, and included in the 2014 reissue of the album, “Monty Python Sings (again)”, in its original form - sung by Eric Idle - to coincide with Monty Python’s record breaking “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go” run of 10 live shows at The O2, London. On film during the live shows, Professor Brian Cox berated the scientific inaccuracy of the “Galaxy Song » lyrics before Professor Stephen Hawking knocked him to the ground. Hawking then began reciting the “Galaxy Song” lyrics as he lifted off to journey through outer space. It is this unique rendition of “Galaxy Song” which is now available as a single.
And of course, available as a new video that includes scenes from Monty Python's live shows (on and off stage) and footage of Hawking in action. There’s a video game to accompany the song, in which you play Asteroids as Hawking and shoot at members of Monty Python.
You have to sign in with social media to play. -via Boing Boing
The geeky food blog Sweet & Geek used a giant chocolate Easter egg (translation) to recreate what I suspect is the space slug scene from The Empire Strikes Back. The interior of the asteroid is filled with sponge cake, creamy frosting, and butter cream shaped to look like grass or tentacles. If you do not have the original Millennium Falcon available, you can use a chocolate version, as Sweet & Geek did.
Are you counting the minutes until the new season of Game of Thrones airs? Well, I can't make that happen any sooner, but I can make you giggle in the meanwhile. This set of charts on Buzzfeed will only make sense to Game of Thrones Fans, but if you get them, you're bound to enjoy them.
Do you love retro video games, but find them too easy to play after all these years? Maybe if you played them all at the same time, it would be more challenging. That’s what Pacapong does: it combines Pac-Man, Pong, and Space Invaders into one game that will put your concentration and dexterity to the test.
To increase your score-bar in Pacapong you simply collect as many pills as possible within the time limit. Once fired your Pacman can be controlled to a small degree, but will always be inclined to heading towards your opponents side. To make things a little trickier (and more awesome) you also have to contend with ghosts, hit them and you’ll lose a chunk of your score bar (unless you pick up a power pill). To make things yet even more trickier (and indeed more awesome), you also have to contend with Space Invaders who descend your side of the screen whenever your opponent collects them – with some careful manoeuvring you can even shoot them with the pills you collect with Pacman.
As it has been done many times for more innocuous TV shows, George R.R. Martin was easily convinced to take his very adult stories from Game of Thrones and spin them off into an animated version aimed at children. Luckily, it will most likely only be one episode, as it was produced by Team Coco. Contains adult subject matter and mild spoilers if you know the characters. Honestly, this is not for children. -via Uproxx
Chris Piers of the pop culture blog The Robot’s Pajamas runs a regular feature called “Star Trek Problems.” It highlights the painful reality that Trekkies must face: many aspects of Star Trek: The Next Generation don’t make sense. You can view them all here.Warning: be prepared to lose the next hour because you won’t be able to stop yourself from reading them all.
Warning: The video has language that's NSF and, obviously, spoilers
Game of Thrones is returning on Sunday and just because Key & Peele are on vacation doesn't mean these two nerds were going to miss out on the chance to geek out over the show. Their valet characters are a perfect pair for summing up the first four seasons in the most ridiculous way they know how.
The Sixties will always be known as an extremely exciting and interesting era, and with all the interesting and exciting things going on in the world kid's TV shows tried to keep things interesting as well.
Some shows played on the world's obsession with space, others embraced psychedelia and rock music to keep things thoroughly mod, but above all kid's TV shows were stranger in the 60s than they'd ever been before!
(This list is far from comprehensive, so please feel free to tell me about any shows from the 60s that I left out and I'll include them in a follow-up article.)
Space Angel centers around Captain Scott McCloud and his crew, who are agents working for the Interplanetary Space Force aboard the spaceship Starduster.
They battle extraterrestrial enemies such as the Anthenians and the Evil Queen Of Space, and with a little help from McCloud's alter ego Space Angel they're able to defend Earth one static panel at a time.
Compositing video footage of a talking human mouth over traditional animation is a practice that is seen as silly and hoaky to this day, but adding talking mouth footage to illustrations by legendary comic book artist Alex Toth- now that's just plain criminal!
Awww, look at the cute little extraterrestrial sock critters! The Clangers are a family of mousey aliens who live on, and inside, a faraway planet. They're called clangers because of the clanging sound made by the trash can lids that cover their burrows, which help protect them from meteor strikes.
They eat Blue String Pudding and soup provided by the Soup Dragon, encounter strange flora and fauna on the planet's surface, and solve problems while under the protection of their dad, Major Clanger. They're cute and, like, totally far out, and if you watch one episode you're sure to fall in love! -Thanks Skipweasel!
The Game of Thrones character Jon Snow may have his life and all his body parts (so far in the series), but horrible things happen to him anyway. They all add to his melancholy, which should make his character totally depressing if Kit Harrington weren’t so cute behind all that sorrow. Ygritte was famous for saying, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” And that phrase pretty much explains everything that happens to the character, and has become a catchphrase among Game of Thrones fans.
You have to be a true fan to complain about Star Trek being interrupted to show the moon landing -live! This week’s mental_floss List Show looks at stories from different fandoms, from the world of Jane Austen’s fiction to the TV shows of the 21st century. These fans gained a lot of power when the internet allowed them to come together in numbers, and they aren't afraid to use that power. Is your favorite group of fans represented here?
The choice of which Avenger fills the role of which Immortal isn't just random. For example, He Xiangu is Black Widow, which is appropriate because "He Xiangu is the only female among the Eight Immortals, as Black Widow is among the Avengers. She is often seen with lotus flowers.”
This man sports an impressive full-back tattoo that shows Star Wars characters in a style reminiscent of a Japan from long ago. Darth Vader battles Luke Skywalker in what appears to be their climactic duel at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. Princess Leia appears to be reading plans for the Death Star while R2-D2 looks on.
Characters from other shows appear, as well. Ignigokt and Err from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and a sandworm from Dune are on the right arm.
If you're scared of snakes then you certainly wouldn't be a big fan of the Titanoboa -the largest snake in history. This creepy critter stretched out 40 feet in length and weighed up to 2,500 pounds. The Titanoboa appeared right as the dinosaurs started to disappear, which left it a great niche to fill as a top predator. I've heard rumors of man-eating snakes, but all of those have proven to be fictional -on the other hand, this guy could easily munch down on a man.
The Avengers will be back in the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron premiering on April 13, then going nationwide May first. To get you ready, Cinefix brings us some trivia about the group of superheroes and the movie franchise they inhabit.
In this video, Special Effects Supervisor George Gibbs tells the story of that bridge scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They could only do it once, so it had to be perfect. Well, I guess they could have redone it if they had to, but that would add days and dollars to the film shoot. Oh, and in case you're wondering, a Bailey bridge is a temporary bridge. I knew that, because when the bridge in my hometown collapsed around 1970, a Bailey bridge was the only way through for a good ten years. -via the A.V. Club
This weekend, professional cosplay photographer David Ngo attended WonderCon, a fan convention in Anaheim, California. He took shots of great costumes worn by visitors, including this one that shows Adventure Time's Princess Bubblegum as Princess Leia and Marceline as Han Solo. At the end of every day, he uploads his best photos onto his website. You can view more top-notch cosplay from WonderCon here.
To honor the late actor Leonard Nimoy, Andrea Nyilas made this wooden table. Nyilas is skilled in marquetry, which is the art of using wood inlay in surfaces to create images and patterns. For this piece, Nyilas used walnut, maple, ash, chestnut, and root. You can see process photos at her Hungarian-language blog (translation).