Kids TV Shows That Were Perverted Behind The Scenes

Behind every kids show are a bunch of adults making the whole thing happen, and even though the show's contents are kept kid friendly the backstage crew setting is generally for mature audiences only.

It may come as no surprise that Full House had some totally raunchy moments going on behind-the-scenes, since Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are funny guys and Stamos is a certified Bad Boy.

But people getting it on and “experimenting” backstage while kids (and sometimes their parents) competed on the beloved game show Double Dare?

That just seems wrong, but in the words of host Marc Summers “There might have been a little experimentation going on there”, note he's using the 80s version of the term “experimentation”.

Read more about 5 Beloved Kids Shows That Were Perverted Behind The Scenes at Cracked (Contains NSFW language)



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A Collection Of Webcomics About Life As A Gamer

Gamers know what it's like to be a gamer, what it's like to obsess, fret and test your mental endurance with marathon gaming sessions.

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But those who have never given in to gaming temptation may be unaware of what it's like to be a gamer, and therefore might benefit from a little comic strip insight.

(Via Jim Benton)

Cheezburger gathered a collection of gamer-centric webcomics for This Collection Of Web Comics Really Explains What It's Like To Be A Gamer. It's a fun way to waste five minutes of your life!



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The Empire Strikes Back Trailer in the Style of The Force Awakens


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The trailers for the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force Awakens have a unique style noted for varied pacing and dramatic narration. They inspired Dan Flesher to edit scenes from The Empire Strikes Back into a new trailer. They make that movie look fresh, even at 35 years old. Compare it to this original trailer for Episode V.

-via Daily of the Day



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Movies That Were Shelved Then Released Years Later

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Hollywood has some strange practices when it comes to releasing movies, and sometimes movie studios will spend months and millions of dollars making a flick only to leave it laying on the shelf.

Sometimes legal reasons keep a movie from being released, like the legal battle over distribution rights between Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks that kept the Eddie Murphy movie A Thousand Words on the shelf for four years.

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Films can also be kept out of theaters by bad test audience feedback, which surprisingly kept director Michael Roemer's film The Plot Against Harry on the shelf for twenty years.

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When Michael went to make a home video copy of his film for his kids the transfer technician laughed, and so did his kids, so he released the film he'd completed in 1969 to a much warmer audience reception in 1989.

Whether most of these movies should have been released at all is debatable, but filmmakers must feel crummy about pouring energy into projects only to have them locked away gathering dust instead of being shown to an audience.

See 15 Shelved That Were Eventually Released Years Later at mental_floss



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"Humanized" Animal Characters From Video Games That Somehow Seem Wrong

Some of our favorite video game franchises feature anthropomorphic animal characters, which creators feel are easier for players to relate to than a normal animal would be.

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But when an animal character is "humanized" they often lose their appeal, and it becomes hard to tell who those human characters are supposed to be, since their animal forms were a big part of what made them recognizable in the first place.

Case in point- Koopalings and Bowser Jr. as humans:

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And then there are those sexy "humanized" versions of animal characters, which are not only less appealing than the original- they're downright creepy if you think about it!

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Who was hoping to see a sexy version of Chica the psychotic animatronic chicken from the Five Nights At Freddy's series? Ummm, maybe you're better off not answering that question...

See 20 Unsettling "Humanized" Versions Of Non-Human Video Game Characters here



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Illustrator Visualizes Mental Illnesses As Monsters

Dealing with a mental illness means identifying and handling that little monster lurking around inside your mind, a monster waiting for the most inopportune time to make an appearance.

Illustrator Toby Allen decided to deal with his anxieties by imagining how they would look as monsters, visualizing these hard to describe (and even harder to understand) creatures that wreak havoc on our state of mind.

We first featured Toby's artwork here on Neatorama a few years ago, and since then he has reworked his original designs a bit and given more mental illnesses a visual life, along with a very internet appropriate disclaimer:

The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more managable as physical entities.

See more of Toby's mental illness monster illustrations at Bored Panda



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10 Fascinating Facts About Blade Runner

Harrison Ford stars in a Ridley Scott film based on a novel by Philip K. Dick. You can’t beat a pedigree like that. The 1982 film Blade Runner couldn’t help but become a classic of the sci-fi genre. Surely you’ll want to know some of the important facts behind the movie. For example: 

4. RIDLEY SCOTT DIDN’T READ THE BOOK ON WHICH IT’S BASED.

Blade Runner is (loosely) based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. (It’s one of over a dozen movies based on his works.) But Scott didn’t read the book before making the movie: “I actually couldn’t get into it. I met Philip K. Dick later, and he said, ‘I understand you couldn’t read the book.’ And I said, ‘You know you’re so dense, mate, by page 32, there’s about 17 storylines.’”

5. PHILIP K. DICK HATED THE SCRIPT (AT FIRST).

Dick passed away before the film was completed, but he kept up with the script as it went through various permutations. He loathed Hampton Fancher’s original draft, saying he was “angry and disgusted” at the way it “cleaned my book up of all the subtleties and of the meaning … It had become a fight between androids and a bounty hunter.” A revised screenplay by David Webb Peoples brought Dick around: “I couldn’t believe what I was reading! ... The whole thing had simply been rejuvenated in a very fundamental way ... [The screenplay and the novel] reinforce each other, so that someone who started with the novel would enjoy the movie and someone who started with the movie would enjoy the novel. I was amazed that Peoples could get some of those scenes to work. It taught me things about writing that I didn’t know.”

Other bits of trivia address the question of whether Rick Deckard is a replicant himself or not. And there’s more about Blade Runner you’ll want to know at mental_floss.



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If Star Wars Planets Were States

It may have been a long time ago, but Star Wars wasn't necessarily in a galaxy far, far away. If you live in the US, then the events of that great story may have taken place right around the corner. Bryam Dayley of Geek Tyrant argues that the major worlds depicted in the series are analogous to US states. For example, Endor is basically Oregon:

Besides Oregon's geographical similarity to Endor, it also has a cultural similarity. Specifically Portland's culture. Its inhabitants are furry little people completely out of touch with the rest of the galaxy. Sound familiar? Ewoks are just hipsters. Bearded people who want to get in tune with retro styles and the old ways.  They believe in natural remedies, grow organic plants, and irritate the hell out of a lot of people.  I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I went to Portland and a group of hipsters tied me up and planned to sacrifice me to some girl they worship as a goddess. Friggin Ewoks, man. Love 'em to death, but if I had to sit through The Ewok Adventure again, I think I'd kill myself.



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What If Daniel Was Actually The Bully In The Karate Kid?

The Karate Kid seems like a straightforward feel good movie about an underdog overcoming obstacles, an uplifting story meant to inspire kids to never give up and, when in doubt, let loose with a crane kick.

But one fan theory shows that Daniel LaRusso may not have been the victim at all, and audiences may owe Johnny Lawrence a big apology.

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Director and film editor J. Matthew Turner analyzed The Karate Kid and found Danny's behavior less heroic and more like a kid doing the bidding of the demon sorcerer Miyagi.

-Via Laughing Squid



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Remember When You Loved Star Wars?

Target’s new Star Wars ad has no movie clips at all (okay, one tiny one), but will still get you excited about the December premiere of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It relies on nostalgia, with clips of kids (and grownups) all joyously indulging in Star Wars glee.  

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What’s this all about? Well, it doesn’t say in the ad at all, but the new toys and other merchandise accompanying The Force Awakens will arrive in Target stores September 4th. That gives us all plenty of time to clear the stores of Christmas gifts before the movie even opens. That way, it won’t matter a bit whether the film is any good or not. Still, no matter how you feel about merchandising, enjoy the video for what it is.  -via Time



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Photographer Visits China's Abandoned Amusement Parks

China's economic boom created an urban development boom, and all kinds of structures started popping up across the country as hope for the urbanized future loomed.

This development boom proved to be somewhat illusory, so many of these half-built structures have been left to rot by their owners, sad reminders of development dreams past.

One of the saddest kinds of scrapped project structures is the abandoned amusement park, where the promise of familial happiness has gone to die.

Photographer Stefano Cerio visited some of China's most famous abandoned amusement parks, including Wonderland Amusement Park, for his photographic series Chinese Fun.

Chinese Fun plays out like an eerie tour of the park, with Stefano playing tour guide and showing off all the wonderful buildings and attractions that are now nothing more than a collection of crusty curiosities.

See more photos of abandoned Chinese amusement parks at Juxtapoz



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An Online Exploration Of Second Life's Virtual College Campuses

When the massively multiplayer online gaming trend was in full swing in the early to mid 00s a game called Second Life appeared with promises of “a 3d virtual world where you can be whoever you'd like and build and sell whatever you can imagine”.

However, most MMO players found Second Life's virtual world to be a bit too much like real life, which is exactly what those few remaining SL "residents" are looking for- a virtual life to live in addition to their own.

This realism even drew the attention of various colleges and universities, who built virtual campuses in Second Life hoping to take higher education where it had never gone before.

Fusion's Patrick Hogan took a trip into Second Life to see what's left of these virtual campuses, and his findings don't hold out much hope for the avatar based collegiate experience.

Read "We Took A Tour Of The Abandoned College Campuses Of Second Life" here



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Celebrities Looking Sad At Disney Parks

Celebrities used to try a lot harder to maintain an image while out and about, putting on a happy face for the cameras that would occasionally want to take their picture.

But nowadays celebs are constantly hounded by paparazzi and therefore don't even bother trying to keep up appearances, and the paparazzi love nothing more than catching celebs looking crestfallen.

Apparently one of the easiest places to see a sad celeb is at a Disney Park, where dense crowds, crying babies and people constantly taking their picture makes even the happiest celeb a bit cross.

See Celebrities Looking Sad At Disney Parks here



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The Wondrous PC Creations Found At Germany's CaseMod Competition

PC case modding is serious business, with international competitions held and lots of money to be made by crafters who can turn drab desktop towers into unique works of art.

Case modding has also become a big part of many computer and video game conventions, where you don't have to be a household name in the case modding community to show off your skills.

The 14th German CaseMod Championship (DCMM) recently went down at Gamescom 2015, where the entries were broken down into five categories:

regular CaseMods, self-planned and self-constructed cases (CaseCons), consumer electronics recreated with a twist (CE Mods), Cases on the Move (Mods with moving parts), and the 24-Hour Challenge, where "two-member teams spend 8 hours a day, for three days, building a case from the same parts at the show."

The big winner was master modder Ali Abbas, who created the wonderfully complex "Ragnar's Revenge" CaseCon, which he shows off in this very comprehensive video:

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Explore The Wondrous Creations Of Germany's PC Casemod Competition at Polygon



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A Day In The Life Of A Witcher 3 Village

When you visit towns in most roleplaying video game you're able to interact with a bunch of drones that are programmed to give a response to a few choice questions and wander about looking busy.

The game designers behind the Witcher series are working hard to bring the entire fantastic world the game is set in to life, including every person in every town, and Witcher 3 promised to deliver the most realistic experience yet.

But Kotaku UK's Rick Lane wasn't convinced, and after spending nearly 100 hours of playtime in game he decided to “dedicate an entire in-game day to walking around a single village, observing the population without interacting directly, and keep a detailed account of what I saw. “

Rick saw a good many strange things about the non-player populace in Witcher 3, including one thing that made him a bit concerned:

I don’t think children in The Witcher 3 sleep. Ever. They just sit and stare blankly at the wall, all night, every night.

Read A Day In The Life Of A Witcher 3 Village here



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An Honest Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

What can Screen Junkies tear apart in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road? In this Honest Trailer, they are stretched pretty hard to find much to nitpick about. Well, there’s the fact that Max himself is pretty much superfluous to the film.  

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Oh, the movie isn’t perfect, but it was so much fun that even an Honest Trailer had to admit it was altogether a badass flick. The credits, full of puns and pop culture references, are the best part. -via Tastefully Offensive



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Sliced Deadpool Table

Instructables member Britt Michelsen is a chemical engineer specializing in computational fluid dynamics. She's also a fangirl with incredible crafting skills. In the past, we've seen her edible Harry Potter wands, pixelated trashcan, and dead Kenny doorstop. Now she presents to the world a table that looks like it's levitating. Deadpool has cut straight through 2 legs, but it's still standing. In fact, an adult can sit on it without difficulty. That's because the 2 cut legs are decorative. The table stays up because the other legs have metal reinforcements that connect to a plate beneath the rug.



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Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens

On the mean streets of Coruscant, people can hear a revolutionary new sound. It is sweeping away the old order. Secretly, the electronic music duo of Darth Vader and Boba Fett are luring people over to the Punk Side of the Force. In this vibrant video by Infectious Design, they challenge a Jedi gang to a dance-off.


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The Strange Origins Of Seven Pop Culture Franchises

Knowing the origin of a pop culture franchise probably won't change the way you feel about the franchise, but if you're as obsessive about your favorite stories as I am then you'll probably do some digging.

Researching will uncover simple roots for many franchises, but then there are franchises like Predator, Super Mario Bros., A Nightmare On Elm Street and Gilligan's Island that have some pretty unusual origin stories.

The 'shrooms that make Mario grow up big and strong in Super Mario Bros. look just like amanita muscaria, the hallucinogenic mushroom, so the game could be seen as one big 'shroom trip. Gilligan's Island also has a fairly simple origin- the islanders represent the seven deadly sins.

A Nightmare On Elm Street started with a news story about a deadly nightmare killing young men in southeast Asia during the 1970s and 80s.

Wes Craven read a news story about a bunch of young men who died of SUDS (sudden unexpected death syndrome) in their sleep, combined that with a bully from his childhood and Freddy Krueger was born.

And last but certainly not least there's Predator- the Rocky sequel we never knew we wanted until we saw it in theaters. Predator started as a running joke in Hollywood that said Rocky would have to fight an alien in Rocky V to top Rocky IV.

Read the Cracked Classic- The 7 Most WTF Origins Of Iconic Pop Culture Franchises here



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The Sad Truth About Today's World, Illustrated

Some people make societal and political statements with music, videos or the written word, but Steve Cutts makes these statements with comic illustrations.

But don't let the word “comic” fool you, because the artwork Cutts creates is less silly slapstick statement and more cutting commentary.

These are illustrated images for the disenfranchised, the down on their luck crowd with a dreary outlook on life.

Steve is an animator, illustrator, sculptor and cake maker, but he doesn't let those positive elements of his life blind him to the harsh realities of the modern world, because he feels bringing attention to these sad truths is the best way to initiate change.

See more of Steve Cutts' scathing artwork here



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Mad Max Ancient Mythology

Just what we needed- Mad Max: Fury Road rendered in ancient Egyptian-style! This work, called Complete Mad Max Mythology, is from Japanese artist Takumi. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recognize elements all over this “wall,” accompanied by runes that may or may not be hieroglyphs. See his drafts in black and white for a clearer study. -via Uproxx



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Celebrity Feuds That Lasted Entire Careers

The life of a celebrity seems really far removed from the norm, and that detachment from normalcy makes it easy to assume celebrities have their own tight knit club of rich people who entertain normal people for a living.

But celebrities are often battling for the same spotlight, which can lead to rivalries and bitterness towards their fellow celebs, so friendship is the last thing famous people want from other famous folks.

They're also trying to maintain a carefully constructed image, one which is hopefully scandal free, so some celebs end up feuding with their own family members just to distance themselves from their sibling's scandals.

Read about 5 Celebrity Feuds That Lasted Entire Careers at Cracked (Contains NSFW language)



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They Recycle Everything But The Badgers In The Big Field

What do you get when you combine pastoral images of the English countryside, cheap props bought on Ebay and a selection of audio snippets sourced from TV and old tapes?

You get a rather strange video called Badgers, part one of the "Big Field" series by Darren Dutton and Jonny Roberts.

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Badgers was created using only the finest recycled audio clips and funkiest props in order to maintain its unique flavor, and just when you least expect them the badgers finally appear...talk about your twist ending!

-Via Boing Boing



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It's Hip To Be Square When You're Wearing One Of These 30 Pixel Perfect T-Shirts

They all said pixel art would become a thing of the past, a relic of the gaming industry left to gather dust with the cartridge consoles.

But pixel art is still alive and just as square as ever, with gamers happy to play a game with pixelated graphics in-between sessions of their favorite amazing looking Next-Gen game.

Whether you're a lover of retro style, an old school gamer who still remembers those 8-bit days fondly, or you're simply a fan of super square art styles then the NeatoShop has a pixel art shirt for you!

A long, long time ago

Shots by Thomas Orrow

On a planet full of geeks called Earth

Pixel Space by DaleTheSkater

Artists started organizing an array of different colored squares into eye-pleasing shapes

3D Fury by Bomdesignz

Then brought those squares to life with scripting

8-BIT DOG HUNTS DUCK by Mudge

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The Best Books Assigned in High School

Ernest Hemmingway is a great author, one of the handful of writers commonly assigned to high schoolers that I actually enjoyed reading. I'm sure many of you other heavy readers feel the same -books are great, but assigned reading isn't always so good. That's why I love this great list of the best books assigned in high school. I personally would add Catcher in the Rye, but as all these things are subjective, I know not everyone agrees. That's why I'm curious to know what you guys think -what's the best book you were assigned to read in high school?



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Amazing Cosplay From Japan's Comiket 2015

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The Japanese have elevated cosplay to the level of fabrication artistry and attention to detail we know and love today, and even though the rest of the world is now on board Japanese cosplay is still a cut above the rest.

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Cosplay is everywhere in Japan, and it seems like every town and corporation has their own amazing looking mascot in Japan these days. But if you want to see the heart of Japanese cosplay you have to hit a fandom convention like Tokyo's Comiket (Comic Market).

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The cosplayers at this year's Comiket didn't disappoint, and it's interesting to note how much more “mascoty” their cosplay is when compared to the rest of the world.

See more of Japan's Best Cosplay Of Summer 2015 at Kotaku



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Star Wars Warship vs. Manhattan

The Super Star Destroyers are enormous warships operated by the Empire. Although not invulnerable, they are terrifyingly huge and easily capable of individually destroying vast Rebel naval assets.

It's hard to get a sense of how massive they are from just watching Star Wars. Redditor movielover278 created this helpful digital image overlaying a Super Star Destroyer and the island of Manhattan.



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Kid Turns Family Vacation Footage Into A Rap Video

Some parents still have a problem with their kids listening to rap music, and they don't see the appeal of those rap videos full of nothing but fancy vehicles and fast women.

So it comes as no surprise that a parent who doesn't appreciate rap would absolutely despise being put into a rap video without their consent.

But what's a kid supposed to do when he shot all this family vacation footage featuring his mom being a buzzkill and constantly shouting “slow down!”?

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You edit the footage into a trill rap video set to the tune of Clyde Carson's “Slow Down”. Mom hates the video, of course, but she should appreciate that her son Travis Henning has some serious video editing skills!

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The Facts Behind Disneyland Urban Legends

We've featured a whole lot of Disneyland facts, but one thing we haven't yet discussed are the many urban legends surrounding the park. This great LAist article tackles the subject, and reveals that some of the strange stories you may have heard about the Happiest Place on earth are, in fact, true. 

For example, the park is home to a large quantity of feral cats and people have been killed in multiple attactions across the park (though most were only declared dead at the hospital, which is the normal operating procedure for most hospitals -not a consipiracy on the part of Disneyland).



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Jurassic World in 90 Seconds

BrotherhoodWorkshop condensed the movie Jurassic World down to only 90 seconds and rendered it in LEGO blocks and minifigs. Yep, the whole movie. And in the process, they made it into a comedy!

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I guess I should warn you that this contains spoilers, duh. But I never saw the film, and this condensed version didn’t show me anything I didn’t already know about Jurassic World. -via 22 Words



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