The Way Star Wars Should Have Ended

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Mind you, no one is suggesting that the plot be changed, just one detail that would have made it strangely satisfying. I mean really, how many of us watched Episode One: A New Hope (although it really wasn't called that in 1977) in the theater and left feeling like we'd just had the time of our lives?  -via Metafilter



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The Shoeboxus parade

The relatively new New Orleans Krewe of Chewbacchus has sci-fi events outside of Carnival season, too. For Star Wars day on Monday, they staged a parade. This one was called Shoeboxus.

Often the landscape of Mardi Gras is dotted with larger parades helmed by the moneyed and reigned over by the famous; they are slick, professional affairs, with strict rules and big fees.  Shoeboxus brings spectators back to their elementary school days when celebrating Mardi Gras meant making your own miniaturized float á la an empty shoebox, a bit of paint and paste, and lots and lots of beads.

“Part of the ethos of Chewbacchus is to both celebrate and mock the things we love. It's this earnest love of science fiction but we also know that we're a bunch of silly nerds and we do this crazy, homemade parade,” says co-founder Ryan Ballard. “We don't take it seriously whatsoever.”

There were larger vehicles bringing up the rear, like tricycles, but altogether, the Shoeboxus parade with small but showy. You can read more about it and see plenty of pictures at Atlas Obscura. A good time was had by all.

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BB-8 Droid Nails

BB-8 is the name of the spherical droid that appears in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ever since it first appeared on screen for a couple seconds in an early trailer, fans have been fascinated by it.

You can count on nail artist Kayleigh O'Connor to express a pop culture phenomenon on her hands. In the past, she's made nails inspired by Breaking Bad, Futurama, The Lord of the Rings, and more. For Star Wars Day, she made this rounded thumbnail droid that looks like it's ready to roll off her hand.



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The Imperial March on Hard Drives and Floppy Discs

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I started this video and immediately thought my phone was ringing because this is my current ringtone. Arganalth programmed two hard drives and six floppy disc drives to play the Imperial March from Star Wars. And not just a few notes of the theme- this is an entire arrangement! -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Watch Mark Hamill’s Original Screen Test for Star Wars


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Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford sit in the control room of the Millennium Falcon. Their destination, Alderaan, is nothing but radioactive debris. They’re not in costume nor on a proper set. They’re just sitting in chairs and convincingly performing a selection from an early draft of Episode IV. At the 4:01 mark, you can hear George Lucas voicing his approval. Obviously Hamill is the right man to save the galaxy and revive the Jedi Order.

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How To Have The Perfect Royal Baby Party

Princess Kate just dropped a baby like it’s hot, so the time has come for all you fans of the Royals (the British monarchs, not the major league baseball team) to throw your very own royal baby party and get bizarre in the name of Britannia!

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Check out this video by Chris (Simpsons artist) for helpful advice on- how to get Daniel Radcliffe to go to your party, how to tell your mum about the impending party, and the best newborn baby themed games to play at such a posh party.

Follow Chris's advice to the letter and you'll be celebrating the fact that the British royal family is capable of producing offspring in no time!



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Twenty of the Best Multiplayer Games From Your Past

Super Mario Kart | Image: Nintendo UK

Who among you remembers having great times playing multiplayer games with friends, dating back to your childhood (or long past)? Even if you're not a gamer today, you probably have memories of having fun with video games at some point. As technology would have it, those incarnations are long gone. 

This article mentions 20 multiplayer games from "back in the day" that made for hours and hours of entertainment (and sometimes serious player versus player challenges)! See which ones bring back memories for you. I know I loved Mario Kart in various versions; I also played multiplayer Quake until I couldn't see straight. 



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15 Far Out Facts About Space Ghost Coast To Coast

Considering Space Ghost's original run from 1966-67 consisted of only 20 episodes, and less than 90 minutes of animation, Space Ghost should hold his cowled head up high and celebrate the success he had as a talk show host.

Space Ghost: Coast To Coast made it possible for Adult Swim to blossom into the animation juggernaut it is today, and even though he's now a big man on Williams Street campus series creator Mike Lazzo started the show with a budget of zero.

So how was the first episode made? With a tape-to-tape VHS editing system and a Radio Shack mic, the episode consisting of clips from a Denzel Washington interview on CNN and old Space Ghost clips. The show has such a high quality look that you can hardly tell!

Read 15 Things You Might Not Know About Space Ghost Coast To Coast at mental_floss



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37 Star Wars Facts in Honor of Star Wars Day


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To continue the Star Wars Day party, linked below is a lengthy list of facts about the franchise. One story has to do with Sir Alec Guinness. His attitude toward the material and the series was poor, to understate things. He was quoted as saying that Star Wars was “fairy-tale rubbish,” and made it clear he had no interest in participating in The Empire Strikes Back.

Lucas and the other principal filmmakers were able to get Guinness to come around, yet not without granting him the strict conditions he imposed for his involvement. Guinness would work one day only, a day consisting of exactly 4.5 hours of work, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In exchange for his 4.5 hours, Guinness would be paid one-fourth of a percent of the total gross of the movie. Thus, Sir Alec made out like a bandit with millions of dollars for a half day of his time. 

Read thirty-six other Star Wars stories here.  



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Star Wars Day Cosplay Portraits

Photographer Antti Karppinen put together a gallery of Star Wars cosplay portraits specifically for Star Wars Day (all with light sabers). Most were taken at Cardiff Film & Comic Con 2015 in March. See Karppinen’s portraits of other awesome cosplayers from the Welsh con here. And May the fourth be with you.  -Thanks, Antti Karppinen!



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10 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day

If you somehow missed everyone talking about it on the net, today is Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth Be With You. While we all have our own ways to celebrate the big holiday (including buying sweet Star Wars tees), if you aren't sure how to get your Forth on, this Information Week article can give you some ideas.

Of course, if you really want to celebrate the big holiday in a big way, you can always get a tattoo like this epic one on Flickr user Teri Solow.



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Here's How Fifteen Celebrities Dressed For Prom

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Prom season is upon us once again, which means it’s time for parental units to stress out about their child's safety, time for teens to stress out over making the most of their night, and time for school officials to stress out over the whole affair.

But those lucky teens who were destined to become famous adults didn't stress out about prom night- they were all cool and aloof, looking like everything was alright, alright, alright in the world

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And those fearless and fashion forward teen divas who knew they were destined for greatness showed up to prom ready to work it!

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See How These 15 Celebrities Prepared For Prom here



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A Look At The Vehicles From Mad Max: Fury Road

Vehicles have played a major role in Mad Max folklore from the very beginning, and the sheer variety of vehicle types and apocalyptic modifications make the vehicles feel like they're another character in the story.

The latest installment, Mad Max: Fury Road, is continuing the tradition of giving these amazing apocalyptic vehicles center stage, and there are more vehicles in the new film than all other Mad Max films combined.

In fact, Fury Road features over 150 real life vehicles driven by real life stunt drivers, all of which were dreamed up by production designer Colin Gibson and constructed by Kennedy Miller Mitchell.

Here’s a look at ten of the more notable vehicles from the film, courtesy of Car And Driver. They'll make car mod fans go ooh, fans of the apocalyptic genre go aaah, and any critters that live around Fury Road go eek!

-Via Laughing Squid



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Elders React To Mortal Kombat X

The first Mortal Kombat arcade game debuted in arcades back in 1992, when those who are considered senior citizens nowadays were full grown adults.

That means many of them don’t get the appeal of video games, much less a video game where you finish your opponent by ripping their spine out or tearing their still beating heart from their chest.

The latest entry in the series Mortal Kombat X features the goriest and most depraved fatalities yet, so what will elders who already don’t get the appeal of gaming think about this stepped up level of violence?

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Surprisingly, some of them seem to really get into the gore in the latest video by REACT, and even though they couldn't pull off any fatalities their competitive natures make them call out for the blood of their opponents!

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You'll Be Cozy and Warm With These Cool and Creepy Gloves

Pan's Labyrinth was a gloriously strange yet beautiful film that was equal parts creepy and magical. These amazing knit gloves by Redditor k80k80k80 are a perfect tribute to the memorable style of the film. 

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The Most Ridiculous Gadgets Used By Batman

Batman has taken a dark and gritty turn over the years, evolving into the Dark Knight we all know (and many of us love) today, but even when he has a bad attitude Bats can be a bit of a goofball.

He often relies on his gadgets too much to truly call himself a superhero, and those gadgets are like the comic book equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of his cowl, in other words way too convenient.

Need a spray that keeps female super villains away? Batman's got a can full of Bat-Female-Villain-Repellant on his utility belt for just such an occasion:

Maybe he'll whip up a special kryptonite based spray formula for Supes in the upcoming film?

See The 8 Dumbest Gadgets Batman Ever Used at Dorkly



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Forget Ad Block, This Software Blocks The Kardashians

Tired of Kim and her annoying family breaking your internet? You're not alone. In fact, one brilliant man named James Samir Shamsi has taken to eliminating the problem for us all. That's right, Kardblock is here to help you block all news stories and referrences to the only family in America that's more annoying than all SPAM messaegs combined.

Unfortunately, the app is not yet a reality, but in the process of recruiting developers. So if you're a coder, please visit the site and help contribute to the anti-Kardashian cause.

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This Architect's Basement is a LEGO Lover's Paradise


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Architect Jeffrey Pelletier's 250,000-piece LEGO collection is impressive, but what's more impressive is the manner in which he organizes it and the fantastic basement space that houses it. Pelletier's neon-colored house covers an incredible basement complete with nine-foot ceilings and a hidden screen for movies. This is one tricked-out LEGO/man cave and it looks like a ton of fun, even if the kids turn out not to like LEGO. -Via Nerd Approved



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Captain America: Civil War as a Martial Arts Flick


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Beat Down Boogie, the genius filmmakers who previously brought us two Super Mario Bros. war films, jumps into the Marvel Comics Civil War storyline that will hit the big screen next year as Captain America: Civil War.

Kung Fu Avengers: Civil War shows the story as a 70s-era Hong Kong martial arts film, complete with grainy visual resolution, English-language dubbing, and over-the-top combat scenes.

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Fun Behind-The-Scenes Seinfeld Stories

It's hard to believe that Jerry Seinfeld just turned 61, but iit's true. In celebration of his birthday, the Huffington Post rounded up a great collection of 11 facts about the show that made him a legend. If you're a fan of the show, you may have heard a few of these trivia tidbits (the Festivus and Junior Mint facts have been circulated for years), but chances are that at least a few will be new to you.

For example, one of the most legendary episodes, where Elaine showed off her sweet dancing skills, was opposed by both Larry David and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Also, the Soup Nazi episode really peeved off the chef who inspired the character -to the point where Jerry Seinfeld had to send his girlfriend to get him soup afterwards because he would no longer serve Jerry.



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Amazing Cosplayer Portraits By Antti Karppinen

Fan cons often become known for the caliber of cosplayers who attend the convention, and thereby receive more online press when talented cosplayers attend because people love a good picture.

The Cardiff Film and Comic Con is the latest fan con to rise in popularity, mostly due to the fact that a strong contingent of cosplayers have been capturing the attention of cosplay enthusiasts around the world.

This series of amazing portraits by Antti Karppinen serves as a showcase for the talented cosplayers who attended the Cardiff Con, showing off their incredibly detailed costumes without all the background noise.

The cosplayers at Cardiff Con are fully committed to their roles, and without a sea of convention attendees in the background it's much easier to see all the little details they've put into their costumes.

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Turning Real Women Into Disney Princesses

Animators and character designers need to take certain liberties with the human forms they draw for animated features, stylizing and modifying the figure to give the characters more visual interest.

That’s why real life humans shouldn’t be held to the beauty standards of your average animated humanoid, and why most cartoon characters would look absolutely horrifying as flesh and blood folks.

The lovely ladies at BuzzFeed decided to undergo a lil' Photoshopping to show the world what they would look like as real life Disney princesses, and the results are eye opening...literally!

This Is What Real Girls Would Look Like As Disney Princesses



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Don’t Meep. Meep and You’re Dead!

It’s a Meeping Angel from Doctor Who! Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead.

Krypton Radio has a Beaker action figure that only the Doctor (specifically, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew) can defeat. Don’t underestimate him. Beaker moves incredibly fast when he wants to.

-via Nerd Approved



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This Coffee Table Is a Working R2-D2 Pinball Machine

Excuse me, sir, but this coffee table is in prime condition. Inside its molded body that looks like the colors and lines of the original R2-D2 are the guts of a Star Wars pinball machine from 1991. It has external lights and sound effects from our favorite droid, as well as a light that resembles Artoo's holographic projector.

It's made by ALTAR Furniture, a company that gives new life to old pinball machines by placing them inside stylish coffee tables. It's on sale for about $13,000.


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Photos of Mark Hamill’s Family Visiting the Set of Return of the Jedi

Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker, brought his family to the set of Return of the Jedi in 1983. His wife and his son had a lot of fun with the props and costumes.  Hamill recently displayed the photos at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim.

Young Nathan Hamill found that R2-D2 offered a great hiding spot and that Yoda’s hut was just the right size for him. You can see more photos here.

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An Assortment Of Sinfully Strange Subcultures

Strange subcultures are constantly rising to the surface amidst the sea of people floating through life in Mundania, but only a select few become an island of individuality.

Most subcultures spring up around a particular kind of music, era of history or style of dress, but the internet has brought a whole new level of strangeness to subcultures.

For instance, there’s an entire group of people with their own website dedicated to every single thing this guy does:

And if you spend enough time online you might come across the colorful kooks who are part of the Ship Of Fools, the self proclaimed "magazine of Christian unrest" who are obviously big fans of Ned Flanders

See the rest of the 25 Insane Subcultures You Won't Believe Actually Exist here



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The Shining as a Retro Atari Game

Let’s Play: The Shining is an Atari-style video game by Pippin Barr. Drive up to the Overlook Hotel, take a walk through the maze, bounce things off the wall because you’re bored, deal with writer’s block, ride your Big Wheel down the corridors, and defend yourself against an axe murderer.



I can’t say the gameplay is all that exciting, but it’s certainly faithful to the film. You can read about the game development in a couple of posts at Pippin Barr’s blog. -via Daily of the Day



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Cool Facts You Might Not Know About Disney Parks

We at Neatorama love Disney and have featured a lot of trivia about the Disney parks, but even with all the coverage we've done, I was happily surprised to see that this cool Travel and Leisure article actually had quite a few facts that even I hadn't read about yet.

For example, did you know that the clothing worn by the presidents in the Hall of Presidents not only looks period appropriate, but were even made in a period appropriate manner? Or that the Disneyland Railroad is ran on French fry oil? And as for those pesky wait times:

Cribbing a page from airlines’ standard operating procedure about flight times, posted wait times for rides are intentional lies. According to a Walt Disney World cast member on a seven-hour Backstage Magic tour, management overestimates by five or 10 minutes so that guests are "pushed" at different areas while also coming away from rides with a warm impression of exceeded expectations. 



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10 Mind Blowing Facts About AKIRA

No animated feature ever made can compare to AKIRA in terms of illustrative detail, mature storyline and originality.

Now that might just be my humble opinion, but it’s an opinion shared by many fans of animation (and more specifically anime), and AKIRA has become much more than just a fine example of early anime- it has become the standard by which an animated feature’s style and story are judged.

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Katsuhiro Otomo created the AKIRA manga as homage to artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, but by the time it made it to the big screen it had definitely taken on a life of its own, 160,000 single shots of vibrant, animated life.

Read 10 Fun Facts About Akira at GeekTyrant



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What Game Of Thrones Characters Should Look Like, According To The Books

The makers of Game Of Thrones have tried to stay as faithful to George R. R. Martin's books as possible, but some changes simply must be made when a book is translated into a visual medium.

Characters are often changed to make them, and their appearance, more visually appealing to viewers, which is why that imp Tyrion Lannister is still a sympathetic character:

“Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran from above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.” —A Storm of Swords

And some characters have their overall look radically altered just so their flamboyant style will flow with the overall color scheme of the show, such as the radical decolorization of Daario Naharis:


“Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same color as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold. His clothes were all shades of yellow; a foam of Myrish lace the color of butter spilled from his collar and cuffs, his doublet was sewn with brass medallions in the shape of dandelions, and ornamental goldwork crawled up his high leather boots to his thighs.” —A Storm of Swords

See What Game Of Thrones Characters Look Like In The Books here



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