How The Force Awakens Should Have Ended

The folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned their eyes upon Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And it’s about time. They’ve had a month and a half to second guess screenwriters JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Need I say it? This contains massive spoilers.

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But this is more than just how it should have ended. They go through various scenes throughout the movie and improve the logic and dialogue as they go. As far as the ending goes, this makes more sense, but would have prevented us from enjoying endless sequels. Oh yeah, when you think this video is over, there’s more. Several times. -via Gamma Squad


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Matt the Radar Technician Tattoo

First there was the skit, then the t-shirt, then the action figure. Now tattoo artist Bill DeNovio unveils his artwork of Adam Driver’s SNL character Matt the Radar Technician. This character is giving Kylo Ren a run for his money! You have to think that Driver will be invited back to Saturday Night Live to reprise the character soon. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Awesome Alternate History Artwork By Jakub Rozalski

Alternate history stories are compelling to read or watch, and they also make for really fun video games, but creating alternate history art seems hard for an artist to do well.

For one thing the viewer would have to know which historical period or event the artist is referencing, and then the whole thing would have to be rendered realistically enough to visually tell the tale for you.

Jakub Rozalski's paintings have all of the elements of a perfect alt history art piece in place,  visually transporting us to another time that never truly existed, at least not in our dimension.

For instance- what would Poland's January Uprising of 1863 against Russian rule have looked like if the Polish insurgents used mechs to help them fight for freedom?

See more of Jakub's alternate history artworks here


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Some Of The Wackiest Urinal Designs From Around The World

When an establishment decides to go with an overall theme they like to make sure the theme runs through the entire place, including the bathrooms.

Making the bathroom fit the theme might entail hanging some fun pictures on the walls, or adding dispensers and other machines to give the place that arcade feel.

Or you can just install a urinal shaped like that guy who lurks around and creeps everybody out, like this monstrosity spotted at Universal City Walk in Osaka, Japan.

Maybe your bar is full of musicians and band geeks rather than circus folk?

Install a urinal they'll remember, like these brassy basins found in the Bell Inn in Sussex, England, and patrons will be tooting their horns to everyone they know about your awesome urinals.

And you can still convey a strong theme without going too crazy with your urinal budget, like this guillotine setup found in Rheinfels Castle, Germany that makes you appreciate all that you still have in this world.

Take A Pee(k) At The World's Weirdest Urinals here


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A Cringeworthy Collection Of Questions Asked On Yahoo! Answers

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Information sites like Yahoo! Answers are meant to serve as community driven forums where people can ask any question and receive an insightful answer, and by any question I mean absolutely anything, no matter how obvious or ridiculous.

Want to know if you can uncover your husband's infidelity based on the smell of his flatulence? Ask the fine folks who contribute to Yahoo! Answers.

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Some questions read like pure trolling, while others make you pity the person who posed the question because they clearly didn't pay much attention in school. Or maybe in this case we should pity their child...

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And people wouldn't see Yahoo! Answers as an eternal source of educational entertainment if it didn't contain answers to some of the most important questions ever asked.

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See 21 Yahoo Questions That Are Too Horrifying To Stop Reading here (some content borderline NSFW)


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Jedi Elvis

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This is Eric Cajiuat, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, as well as master of the Force. You can almost hear the midi-chlorians in his music. Like any Jedi, he's built his own microphone and he knows how to use it. He can kill with it, but like the original King, he's here to conquer the Empire with love and music.


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The Adorable Kylo and Darth

#calvinandhobbes #starwars #mashup #kyloren #darthvader

A photo posted by briankesinger (@briankesinger) on Feb 6, 2016 at 9:13am PST

About a month ago, we steered you to Disney artist Brian Kesinger and his delightful Star Wars/Calvin and Hobbes mashups. The new ones he’s done since then are so funny, we have to share them with you!

Too soon lil kylo...too soon. #calvinandhobbes #starwars #mashup #hansolo #kyloren

A photo posted by briankesinger (@briankesinger) on Jan 24, 2016 at 7:41am PST

See his artworks that span many fandoms at his Instagram page, and continue reading to see the latest from “Kylo and Darth.”

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Star Wars Hangover

It’s been six weeks since we first saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And that was after a year-long buildup of hype. Some of us went way overboard, overdosing on Star Wars to celebrate a decade without a movie. For some, this may call for an intervention.

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Some down time between Star Wars frenzies is in order, but we'd better get that downtime started. After all, Star Wars: Rogue One will be here in December, and Star War Episode VIII is scheduled for December of 2017. What happens when the Force won’t stop awakening? It’s time to let it go. Did I say let it go? This is going to be worse than Frozen. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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A Coke Bottle Gatling Gun That Fires Arrows

When you drink a lot of soda you end up with a bunch of bottles lying around, and since we're not post-apocalyptic scavengers, we chuck them in the recycling bin without a second thought.

But the crafty keep a few of those bottles around in their workshop, because they're great for holding little stuff like nuts and bolts but won't shatter under the weight like glass jars.

And when weapon maker extraordinaire Joerg Sprave from The Slingshot Channel saw those bottles laying around, he chose to get to crafting, Fallout style, repurposing them into barrels for an arrow shooting minigun.

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Elegant Starship Enterprise Is Masterpiece of Woodworking

The result of 2 years of labor by a master craftsman is this majestic model of the Enterprise from the original Star Trek series. Kretschmer Kreativ shaped this extraordinary duplicate of the 11-foot model that prop masters built for the series and now housed at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. You more images and detailed descriptions of the build process here.

It must be absolutely awe-inspiring in person.

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The TARDIS Awakens

It’s a testament to the quality of the first trailer for The Force Awakens that so many video mixmasters use its style to promote other things. We’ve seen the original Star Wars movie done this way, and Masters of the Universe, too. Even the US Navy put themselves into it. Now let’s see how well it works with Doctor Who.  

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YouTube member VG934 looks back to 2005, when Doctor Who was rebooted for a modern audience. He used the trailer for The Force Awakens to make a trailer for Doctor Who Series 1, when Rose Tyler met the Doctor. Makes you want to watch it right now, huh? -via Laughing Squid


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Subtitled R2-D2 is Bitterly Sarcastic


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As it's been said before: droids are slaves. C-3PO is too cheerful about the experience, but R2-D2 isn't. He lets the biological characters know what he thinks about them all the time. They just can't understand him, which is probably a good thing. R2 takes all the risks, does all the work, and gets little of the credit. It's no wonder that he eventually snaps.

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Jedi Belle and Lumière the Lightsaber

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Cosplayer Elizabeth Rage, whom we last saw putting a Slave Leia take on Belle from Beauty and the Beast, now takes that character into a different role in the Star Wars universe. Rage made and wore this Jedi knight outfit at the CosLosseum convention in San Diego.

Normally Jedi make their own lightsabers. But in this case, prop masters Dude Jay Cosplay and Jamison Bond built this light-up sword that looks like Lumière from the classic Disney film.

-via Fashionably Geek


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Marvel Superheroes Meet Up With Their DC Comics Equivalents

It's not surprising that Marvel and DC Comics, the two biggest comic book companies in the world, have characters that are very similar to each other, on purpose or otherwise.

But whoever creates the original character the imitator is based on gets bragging rights because their character came first, even if the imitation ends up outshining the original by a mile.

Darren Rawlings makes their equivalents meet up in his series "Little Friends", and even if you can't decide which character is cooler in each image you'll most certainly agree that Darren's drawings are quite charming!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Knitted BB-8

Katie Freeman knitted this adora-ball BB-8 droid! When word gets around, she’ll have to make more and more of them, or else go through it again to write down the pattern. Everyone is going to want one! -Thanks, Katie!


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All The Strange And Wonderful Things We Love And Miss From The 1990s

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Those of you who were alive and over 5 in the 1990s will remember how many things were seen as normal then would be considered quite bizarre nowadays, like the group OMC who made the hit song "How Bizarre".

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And even if you don't miss OMC there are bound to be plenty of things from the 90s you do miss, like the pleasant sound of a floppy disk whirring in the drive. Computers are too darn quiet nowadays!

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We miss the sound of 90s slang, which was a lot like 80s slang only more Valley Girl inspired thanks to movies like Clueless, and the smooth sound of Bob Barker telling someone the rules of the game on The Price Is Right.

Why, here's a contestant now, come on down Aaron Paul!

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If you're as nostalgic about the 90s as I am then you should check out these entertaining roundups guaranteed to get you in the mood for some Shark Bites fruit snacks and an Orbitz.

Read 12 Things From The '90s That Don't Exist Today, Despite Our Heart's Deepest Desires here

Read 90 Things We Miss From The 90's here (Contains NSFW language)


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Why is Deadpool So Ugly?

The Marvel movie Deadpool opens February 12. You might not know all that much about the character if you haven’t been reading comics. He’s not exactly a superhero as we understand the term, although he does have powers.  

Deadpool's basic character arc revolves around the question of whether he will ultimately become a hero or remain an anti-hero mired in senseless violence. From the beginning, he openly longs for redemption but feels he can't earn it because he's done too many bad things in his life, that he's fated to be a "monster." But the number of bad things Deadpool has done generally pale in comparison to the bad things that have been done to him.

Oh, and apparently he doesn't look all that good under his mask. An article at The Daily Dot explains that and the character’s comic book background, to get us all up to speed for the movie.


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Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" As Sung By Cookie Monster

Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" is one of those songs that tends to evoke a romantic or maudlin feeling in the listener, and the song was definitely crafted to evoke all those feels.

But when somebody sings a song their way they should try to bring a whole new feeling to their rendition, like the way Catman Cohen's version of "Fade Into You" makes you feel like you're being serenaded by Cookie Monster.

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A wiseacre called hairwizz on the YouTubes edited together this compelling video evidence that Catman Cohen may actually be Cookie Monster disguised as a human. Somebody check his pockets for cookie crumbs!

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Star Wars as a Grindhouse Film

Mashable remixed the original Star Wars to more resemble a Grindhouse movie. While the effect is jarring, this trailer makes the movie look like pretty much any other science fiction film from the mid-1970s. In fact, it’s not all that different from the original Star Wars trailer.

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Lucky for us, the actual movie was so much better than its trailer. And holds up better forty years later. -via Metafilter


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Why You Should Pay Attention To Reflections When You Post Pictures Online

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There are lots of factors involved in taking the perfect photo, most of which are ignored when someone is simply reaching out an arm (or stick) to snap a selfie.

But that doesn't mean you should throw all photo prep out the window, because reflections in the background might end up revealing more about your selfie shoot than most people care to see.

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So save yourself from embarrassment and humiliation and make sure those mirrors and windows aren't revealing more than you'd like to let on about what you were doing when the pic was taken.

Of course, if a reflection enhances the photo then by all means shoot and share, so your friends and followers can admire all of your hard work!

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See These Embarrassing Reflection Fails That Will Remind You To Pay More Attention here. Some images are NSFW.


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Leonardo DiCaprio Met The Pope, Coolness Levels Rose In Rome

Like many fans my feelings about Leonardo DiCaprio the actor fluctuate according to his roles, with the intense loves (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Wolf Of Wall Street) counterbalanced by deep hates (The Beach, The Man In The Iron Mask).

But no matter how high the highs or how low the lows Leo keeps proving he's just a downright cool human being when he's not on set, generally making the news for good reasons rather than bad.

But let's face it- if it came down to a battle of who's the coolest Pope Francis would win by a mile.

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DiCaprio recently met up with His Holiness at the Vatican to discuss climate change, but first Leo tried to prove how cool he is by greeting the Pope in Italian.

Not wanting to knock down the debonnaire movie star, Francis let Leo's rusty Italian language skills slide, and the two kept their coolness emanations to a minimum, so as not to contribute to climate change.

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Maybe Leo's secretly preparing to play the Pope in an upcoming biopic?

-Via Harpers Bazaar


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TARDIS Kilt

This is excellent! Besides being stylish, kilts are also practical wear as they permit natural ventilation into the, uh, Heart of the TARDIS. And there will be no need to go on a diet. No matter what you weigh, you'll look slimmer in this kilt by Kilt This.

Like any proper utilikilt, it comes with 2 large pockets, 3 additional containers, an apron sporran, and D-rings for your gear, such as screwdrivers--sonic and otherwise.

-via Fashionably Geek


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Video Of A Young Vin Diesel Showing Off The Street Sharks Back In 1994

The Street Sharks arrived at the end of the mutant animal craze started by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and yet their character designs had just as much appeal and longevity as the TMNT.

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Many budding artists watched the animated TV show and played with the toys only to have their later artwork inspired by those gnarly shark-human hybrids.

As it turns out a budding actor had his life changed by the Street Sharks too- Vin Diesel, who proudly demonstrated Street Shark toys at Toy Fair in 1994, back before he became Fast, Furious or Chronicled.

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This video was filmed four years before Vin appeared in Saving Private Ryan and seven years before The Fast And The Furious, and it made me realize that Vin the nerd is way cooler than Diesel the furious.

-Via GeekTyrant


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Medical Insurance in Dungeons & Dragons

When putting together an adventuring party, it's important to include a cleric to heal injuries along the way. A high-level cleric may not offer great combat abilities, but is essential to keeping the party effective on dangerous missions.

Redditor LinkGrajo13's character got hurt and needed a quick healing job. And so:

My friend came into our weekly session with a new cleric. When I asked him to heal me, he handed me this

This is, by the way, only the first form. The cleric in question showed up in the discussion thread with a complete list of the forms, which you can download and use--until there is a regulatory change that requires you to start over.

-via Nerd Approved


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Road Rage Incident Turns Into Full Blown Battle In The Street

Where there's commuting and lots of traffic there's road rage, which erupts into violence when drivers who simply can't contain their disdain for the way other people drive get out of the car ready for battle.

Fist fights, yelling and verbal threats are all normal elements of a road rage eruption, but I don't remember the last time I saw a scrapper swinging a big ol' wooden pole around like Casey at the bat. (Video is NSFW)

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This road rage incident took place in Austin, Texas, where some folks are living by Teddy Roosevelt's saying "speak softly but carry a big stick"... but without the speak softly part.

Since the big guy with the even bigger stick seems hell bent on showing off his swordsmanship skills it's only natural that he received the lightsaber remix treatment:

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-Via Huffington Post


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The Time Debbie Harry Guest Starred On The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show played host to many of the greatest entertainers in its day, but one episode has always stood out as just a bit better than the rest- season 5 episode 9, the episode with Blondie's Debbie Harry.

Debbie Harry was so charming and exciting to watch in the episode that even as a kid I remember loving every minute of her interaction with The Muppets.

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She sang "Call Me" and "One Way Or Another" with a little help from various Muppets such as Mulch and Robin, and then Debbie Harry did something extraordinary- she sang Rainbow Connection with Kermit! *happy tears*

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-Via Dangerous Minds


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10 Hidden Details in The Force Awakens

By now you’ve probably seen The Force Awakens as many times as you planned, otherwise this video contains spoilers. As you can imagine, a lot of work went into the small details of the movie, and many of those details could have easily flown over your head even on your third, fourth, or fifth viewing. Screen Rant clues you in so you can look for them on your next trip to the theater.  

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While those tiny details are neat to know, they also make you wonder about all those long-time Star Wars nerds who worked on the film. I imagine them placing bets on how long it would take the biggest fans in the audience to spot them and spread the word. Who knows? There may be many more easter eggs no one has noticed even now. -via Tastefully Offensive

P.S. Here's the story behind the droid R2KT.


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The Hastily Produced History Of The Ashcan Copy

An "ashcan copy" is the entertainment industry equivalent of "calling dibs" on a franchise by slapping together a crappy, low budget production simply so they can prove they own the rights.

The practice of creating ashcan copies began in the Golden Age of comics, when publishers would slap together a few copies of a comic in order to retain rights to use characters, titles, etc. by proving they're doing something with it.

This proof of use has become increasingly valuable in Hollywood, where licenses are hoarded by big companies even if they don't actually intend to create a show based on the franchise.

Recently, a low budget TV adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy classic The Wheel Of Time aired late at night on FXX, which amounted to half an hour of awfulness hastily created to prove ownership of rights.

Here it is complete with commercials:

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It's unclear when the first ashcan copy of a movie or TV show was made, but this practice dates back to at least 1966, when producer Bill Snyder teamed up with animation director Gene Deitch to secure the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit:

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Read about The Weird History Of The Ashcan Copy at mental_floss


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Watch This Guy Show Off His Slinky Kung Fu Skills

The Slinky was kind of a dumb toy, unless your house was full of staircases and that's where you liked to hang out all day, but the guy in this video somehow makes the Slinky seem cool.

Of course, give nearly any object to a practitioner of kung fu and they'll make it look like the coolest weapon ever, a fact which surprisingly even applies to a rainbow colored Slinky.

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The act aired on Chinese national television, where the guy's moves were called out by the announcer just like any normal kung fu competition, which leads me to believe the Slinky may be the next big fad in the world of martial arts.

-Via FAILBlog


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Stop Motion Short Summarizes 40,000 Years Of London History In 3 Minutes

History books are seen as dry by some, incredibly interesting and exciting by others, but as those history themed TV shows and movies have shown us historical events are often quite interesting when properly presented.

So if you want to learn about 40,000 years of London history quickly and enjoyably you need to check out this awesome stop motion animated short, which looks like it was made out of the very same paper they use to make history books.

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National Geographic's video team drew inspiration for the short from the thousands of historical artifacts discovered below London last year when construction began on the new Crossrail system.

-Via ScoopWhoop


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