Cosplayers look really cool when they're posing for photos or walking around the Con floor, but nobody considers how awkward they look when they're riding the train to the Con or sitting down for a meal in full costume.
It must suck to be the star of a slasher flick, because nobody ever really knows your name or your face since you're stuck wearing a mask or makeup the entire time.
The hockey mask becomes famous, the weird William Shatner mask becomes iconic and the skin mask and chainsaw are easily identified by all, and yet far too few know Kane Hodder is the man who played Jason Voorhees in the Friday The 13th movies.
It's common knowledge that Robert Englund played Freddy Krueger in every Nightmare On Elm Street flick, but are you familiar with the name Nick Castle?
He's the guy who played Michael Myers in the original Halloween movies, and yet Nick is way more famous for being the co-writer of Escape From New York than for his chilling portrayal of Michael Myers.
And let's not forget Doug Bradley, the guy who's happy to be called Pinhead because he plays that sinister Cenobite in the Hellraiser movies.
Doug has fully embraced the darkness that comes with playing the head Cenobite, which isn't surprising considering he has been friends with Clive Barker since the two were in secondary school.
Still, without those pins stuck in his head he's hard to pick out of a crowd...
One of the great things about the Harry Potter series is that it is detailed enough to be a great story, but still open enough that it allows for an entire world of fan theories, sequels and other additions. Ranker has collected some of the best fan theories in one place and some of them really are mind blowing. For example, are the Dursleys cruel to Harry because he has a horcrux inside of him and Horcruxes do make people inexplicably angry and hateful? Or were Neville's spells backfiring so long because he chose to use his father's wand rather than using a wand that actually chose him?
I'm sure you've seen side-by-side comparisons that show how shockingly similar Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber look, but you'd be surprised just how many male celebs look like female celebs and vice versa.
Actually, it's not that surprising considering Hollywood loves actresses with a distinct jaw line and actors with slightly androgynous faces, but some celebs look so similar they could almost be the same person.
And then we have to start asking ourselves- when was the last time you saw Maria Shriver and Willem Dafoe in the same room?
That has to be a coincidence, right? But how can we explain away the shockingly similar face shared by Scarlett Johansson and young Christopher Walken?
The periodic table is a work of art in itself, but putting a generic poster of the elements on your wall is a little uninspired. If you're looking for a particularly attractive way to display the elements, this Instructables creation is far more appealing.
You can even make your own lamp over by following the instructions, but it's not particularly easy -and you're going to have to spend some serious time and effort to get samples to fill in the jars. In fact, the one in the tutorial only has 20 samples so far.
But being indestructible is not without its drawbacks, and when you live in a world where evil seems to triumph at every turn this power doesn't make you feel any more secure about your place in the world.
And if you end up shooting your mouth off like Deadpool then villains will spend all their time and effort trying to figure out how to make you stay down for good.
It's enough to make you as blue as Doctor Manhattan, who found that immortality breeds apathy and nihilistic tendencies, and Galactus' has learned that immortality leads to soul crushing loneliness.
Of course, it doesn't help that Galactus is older than the Big Bang and has to eat planets to survive, both of which are total deal breakers for most potential dates.
There are so many things to love about the 1980s it's hard to fit them all into one project, but if you're going to properly pay homage to that radical decade your project has to include a shopping mall.
Malls were like microcosms of American life in the 80s- they were the place where you could see all the latest styles, trends and tech, or all the noisy new games in the video arcade.
Comic strips wouldn't be the same without that (typically last panel) twist ending, and even though this last panel reveal is a well known part of the medium there are still plenty of strips out there that can still surprise you.
Toon Hole is one of those comic strips, and their black comedy coupled with the eye pleasing artwork makes Toon Hole the strip you need to brighten up our dark days.
Because you can't go wrong with a comic strip like Toon Hole that delivers the funny without fail strip after toon-tastic strip!
Asian companies have been creating bootleg versions of American merch and media for decades, and in that time they have become masters of making knockoff products that are just different enough to avoid a lawsuit.
But when they decided to rip off mega hit Mad Max they didn't care how much their film resembled the original, and this attitude shifted Mad Shelia from bootleg to full blown parody film.
Mad Shelia looks like it might be the most enjoyable ripoff movie ever made, and the studio who made the film already has two sequels in the works, so the Mad Max crew better get to work or they risk being run over!
The Bee Movie is hardly considered a classic film, but it's still one of those movies that everyone knows about, even if they've never seen it. And even without watching it, you probably know that they say "bee" a thousand times over. This ridiculous clip shows what happens when yo speed up the movie a little bit every time someone says "bee." It's seven minutes of insanity that's a lot more enjoyable than the original 95 minute film.
The technology of the future seems to be designed to make us paranoid, and technophobes are often terrified when they discover what artificial intelligence software can say and do nowadays.
But the new Adobe audio software VoCo isn't artificial intelligence software- it's an editing suite designed to help people warp and modify audio tracks in any way they can imagine.
It just so happens to have one very cool, very AI feature that can simulate a person's voice after listening to them talk for about 20 minutes, allowing users to type out whatever they want that person to say.
This software seems like a good idea that will inevitably be used for evil, but Adobe tech Zeyu Jin says they're working on ways to tell the real voice apart from the fake:
“Don’t worry,” Jin said. “We actually have researched how to prevent forgery. Think about watermarking detection. As we’re getting the results much better, making it so people can’t distinguish between the fake and the real one, we’re working harder trying to make it detectable.” He then gave a thumbs up and grinned.
We all know the Queen loves corgies and has a massive pack of them -so this image showing the queen lost among her sea of pups is entirely appropriate as far as hidden pictures go. This adorable image was created by the fashion website Stylight for Elizabeth's 90th birthday.
Ever since Disney started making tons of money with their theme parks they've been funding research in the field of robotics in order to improve the animatronics and effects they use on their rides.
And all of that money and research has led to the creation of the most realistic animatronic robots to date- the Na'vi characters which will appear in the Pandora attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
Character designers know a character's basic shapes, silhouette and the overall use of smooth vs sharp shapes help give the character personality, but color scheme is (arguably) the least important element of a character.
Color schemes can be messed with during paintovers as designers see fit without "breaking" the character, and the proper application of shading and highlights can give a flat character a bit more appeal.
Cartoon paintovers are also a fun practice exercise for artists, challenging them to enhance the look of the original characters while keeping their personalities intact underneath the digital paint job.
Arguing about fictional franchises is a great way to jaw about the media we love and prove we know the franchise inside and out, but an arguer should always do their homework first so they don't lose face in front of their fellow fans.
Because imagine how embarassed you'd be if you claimed Groundhog Day was purposely written without an explanation of how Phil got stuck in the time loop, only to find out about the second draft of the script.
The second draft spells out that Phil's ex girlfriend Stephanie Decastro put a curse on the poor guy and that Phil is actually supposed to be stuck in the time loop for 10,000 years.
And speaking of things that are spelled out in the script but never made it onto the screen- the contents of the mysterious FedEx box in Cast Away was originally supposed to be revealed to be this:
In the third draft of the script Chuck decided to open the box after he'd been on the island for 1,000 days, and inside he discovered two bottles of homemade salsa verde and a note from a woman begging her husband to come back.
Etsy seller Nerdy Soaps sells exactly what their name says -nerdy soaps. Among their many soaps are designs including video games, superheroes and horror movies, but their Star Wars designs are what really stand out -particularly this awesome Admiral Akbar soap. Who wouldn't want to scrub up with Jabba or Kylo Ren?
It reveals the references found in episodes like Something Ricked This Way Comes (fairly obvious references there), Lawnmower Dog (again, pretty obvious reference) and Auto Erotic Assimilation (okay, that one's not as pervy as it sounds...)
Beloved author, fighter pilot, spy and all around interesting guy Roald Dahl may be best known as the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, but he also wrote macabre adult stories that would scare the wits out of a kid.
Most of the short stories Dahl wrote in his parallel writing career were perfect for anthology TV, since they're often cautionary tales with a surprise ending.
So when CBS network producers were under the gun to fill the spot left behind by Jackie Gleason's epic failure of a talk show You're In The Picture they called Roald Dahl.
It's common knowledge that actors often have to gain or lose a few pounds depending on the roles they are cast in. But when they have to gain 30 pounds or more for a role -often in only a handful of months, the weight gain gets seriously intense. In fact, it seems that many of them resort to chugging melted ice cream just to get as many calories in as quickly as possible (though why Jared Leto thought it was neccessary to add olive oil and soy sauce into the mix is a mystery). The worst part is how often it doesn't even pay off. In fact, many actors went through all this suffering only to see their movies fail and be panned by critics and poor Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds for the movie The Lovely Bones only to get fired since he didn't clear the weight gain with director Peter Jackson beforehand.
Read more about actors gaining weight for their roles at Mel Magazine.
Parents just don't understand why kids go crazy for Pokémon, but when the card game first came out parents found one element of the game made perfect sense- the high cash value of certain cards.
These rare cards were randomly placed in booster packs, giving every kid the chance to score big when they opened up a pack, but those cards are worthless compared to the rarest of them all- the Japanese promo Pikachu Illustrator card.
The Pikachu Illustrator card was given to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest in Japan back in 1998, and since only 20-39 of these cards were ever made they sell for a small fortune.
Even if you're a reasonably good speller, you probably periodically need a little help and Google is a great place to get it. Since everyone uses a Google search for spelling help now and again, it's not surprising they eventually compiled the data and made a fun chart out of it showing what words each state needs the most help with.
Here in my native California, we apparently need a lot of help with "desert," which is hardly surprising considering everyone is worried about the drought all the time. So what words does your state misspell the most?
For a while there it seemed like everyone wanted to become a Pokémon trainer, but now that Pokémon GO has lost its luster the casual fans have filtered back into normal society.
However, the Pokégeeks play on, many of whom have been Pokémon obsessed since they were kids, and if their fictional creature filled dreams ever come true they'll get to see what it feels like to evolve like a Pokémon.
But since dreams rarely come true these Pokégeeks will just have to settle for a trip down evolution avenue courtesy of this comic strip by Andy Kluthe, it's kinda the same thing, right?
Superman is one of the original comic book superstars, and he set the standard for superheroes to come with both his array of mysterious powers and his strict moral code.
Ironically these crucial character elements caused his storylines to become stagnant, because seeing him win or act like a golden boy for the millionth time just isn't very fun to read.
What is fun to read is the story of young Private Atticus Kent of the Union Army, who discovered he was Superman after being shot with a cannonball, or seeing Kal-El become a force for Communism because he landed in Russia instead of the U.S.
Kitty Cosplay understands that Will is the most iconic character in Stranger Things, so when she decided to do a cosplay based on the Netflix show, she decided to go as Will while he was trapped in the Other Side and communicated with his mother. The decision to throw the Demigorgon's arm through the wall really sells the terrifying side of the show. I have to wonder if she was inspired at all by this previous Stranger Things wall cosplay.
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Back in the days of coin op arcades games like Pac-Man had low bit theme songs designed to lure players to the cabinet from across a noisy arcade, and those silly little songs really got stuck in your head...like for the rest of your life.
Even though I haven't slipped a quarter into a Pac-Man arcade machine for well over a decade I can still bring that classic 8-bit tune to mind whenever I want because I once had a serious case of Pac-Man fever.
And now I've got that feeling once again thanks to Dave Wave's delightful ten different style rendition of the Pac-Man theme song!
Billy On The Street is the absolute best thing happening on the sidewalks of New York these days, and his abrasively candid game show stars people who don't know what to expect when Billy shoves a mic in their face.
He gets yelled at, questioned and flat out ignored, but Billy runs on until he finds a participant who's awake and aware enough to answer his questions sometimes strictly for our amusement.
And speaking of amusing- Seth Rogen, he's an amusing guy, and Billy found out that some New Yorkers genuinely cared when they heard Seth had passed away...while others had no clue who he was.
Good thing Seth was there to film their reactions!
And let's not omit the adorable Adipose, the cute and crittery Tivolians and the hard as nails Judoon, because they prove not every alien species on the show is out to kill the Doctor and his companions.