Scarecrows and crows are sworn enemies, and as you can guess by their name scarecrows are created in order to scare crows away from the crops, which means the scarecrow's life depends on them keeping the farm crow free.
But what is a scarecrow to do when their terrifying appearance no longer scares the birds? They can't just hang around hoping the crows will go away, they've got to get creative and find ways to make those crows leave the farm for good...
The holidays can get a bit nutty even if you don't have a large family and a gang of in-laws flying in from all over the country, but no matter how crazy the holidays get for humans they're far more horrible for sentient walnuts.
They can walk, they have faces and arms and sometimes they can talk, too, and yet people still use their nutcrackers on them, cracking them open and devouring their tasty meat like they would any ordinary non-walking walnut.
The thing is- ordinary walnuts don't emote while they're being cracked open, and they can't scream...
Despite the problems it creates on the return trip I can't travel abroad without visiting a local record store and buying an LP or ten, and these records become both new additions to my collection and mementos of my trip.
But it can be hard to find record stores in every town I visit, even with a little help from the internet, which is why I'm super jazzed about Discogs new global record store mapping project called VinylHub.
VinylHub features an interactive map that lets you find a record store near you no matter where you are in the world, and their goal is simple:
Our mission is to document every physical record shop and record event on the planet. With your help, we can create an accurate listing of all record shops & record events, useful to diggers and travelers everywhere.
There are so many 30 day challenges out there it's hard to keep track of them all, but if you've got a black metal heart and a fetish for facepainting the only one you should care about is the 30 Day Corpse Paint Challenge.
And if you want to see a prime example of how to do this challenge right you've gotta watch Modern Valkyrie's "metalhead fantasy-nerd" Lady LeananSidhe kill it with 30 different dark looks that will keep you up at night.
Movie monsters typically resemble real-life animals in some way, or in the case of movies like Kong: Skull Island they look just like giant-sized versions of real critters, making them terrifying in a more realistic way.
Viewers assume movie monsters screech, scream and roar like their normal-sized cousins, so filmmakers keep their voices pretty much the same, but according to scientists these creatures would make a sound like you've never heard before.
This video by The Verge examines the sound that should be coming out of a giant movie monster's mouth with a little help from paleontologists Dr. Thomas Williamson, David Weishampel and Dr. Stuart Sumida and biology professor Philip Senter.
It must be fun for photographers to take photos for stock photography sites, because they get to set up and shoot hundreds, if not thousands, of different shots just to make sure they're supplying stuff for every possible demand.
And since they're fulfilling a visual media need stock photographers get away with shooting stuff no other photographer could, like pics of smoking babies, suicidal Santa fans and teens posing for assault rifle selfies.
How much do you pay a baby to pose for photos anyway? Do you pay them more if they bring their own cigarettes?
Practitioners of the Dark Arts utilize the skills they've learned in various ways, from casting spells to scrying to communicating with the dead, but only the bravest black magic users attempt a ritual of summoning.
Summoning opens a doorway to our world and there's no way of knowing what sort of creature will come storming through that doorway, but Claire the witch knows exactly what kind of demon she wants to import. If only she hadn't run out of troll fat...
Robert Crumb is a comic art pioneer, a trailblazer in the world of indie comix and one of America's most famous illustrators, but before he became the Big Cheese R. Crumb had to join the rat race just like everyone else.
At nineteen Crumb's art skills landed him a job designing cards at the American Greetings company in Cleveland, Ohio, where he met Harvey Pekar and other artists who inspired him to get out there and try to get paid for his comics.
Crumb's cards feature his signature art style minus all the pervy and drug-themed material found in his underground comix, and even though he didn't really dig the job the experience helped shape him as an artist:
Of all the big cities I’ve been in, Cleveland’s about the deadest or something. But that’s only in certain ways. In other ways I really like Cleveland, ya know? It’s like the lowest common denominator or something. Like you can get right down to basics here or something. Like in Chicago, Milwaukee, or Detroit or Denver or a lot of other towns, I can get a lot of attention from people who appreciate artists. Like I get a lot of ego build-up that way, but Cleveland’s a big dumb town.
I was here off and on for three or four years. I came here when I was nineteen after I left home to look for a job and to live with my friend Marty Pahls, and I was here like two weeks and got a job with American Greetings doing color separations. So I worked in the color separations department for about a year and then I was promoted to the Hi Brow department for about a year and then I got married and went to Europe and came back and worked American greetings again for about two months and then I decided to f@#k Cleveland and went to New York to try to make it big in New York.
I was there for nine months and I said f@#k New York and came back to Cleveland. Worked in Cleveland for about another eight months or something and then I went to San Francisco.
The boss kept telling me my drawing was too grotesque. He got me to draw this cute stuff, which influenced by technique, and even now my work has this cuteness about it.
Really, what did you expect? We knew Star Wars was made for the merchandizing industry when they designed the Ewoks specifically for the Christmas toy market. Selling out to Disney should have been another clue. But the furor over the video game Battlefront II has the internet up in arms… well, a large portion of it, since there's a big overlap between gamers and Star Wars fans. This is the latest comic from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save. Thanks, Jeff, for the most concise explanation of the controversy I've seen yet -otherwise, thinking of how to explain it to non-gamers was giving me a headache.
This weird LEGO stop-motion video portrays the Ewoks sacrificing C-3PO in a religious ceremony. Looks like they figured out he wasn't a god after all. But it's not Return of the Jedi, it's actually that horrifying scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, with original audio. Altogether, this is pretty creepy.
What's the point? You'll see that this story explains one of those things that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because there is no detail in the Star Wars universe too small to be examined and made into a fan film. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Celebrities aren't always trendsetters or fashionable at all, but when they are fashiony the way they wear those clothes that are different than regular people clothes makes them look extra cool in their cool clothes.
That's why celebrity outfit recreations are all the rage among clothes-wearing people who used to be famous, want to pretend they're famous, or simply want to stun when they enter a room.
And speaking of stunning and used to be famous here's Tommy Lenk, a guy who used to be on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and is obsessed with the recreation of celebrity outfits but isn't willing to actually buy new clothes.
Tom stares at pictures of fashiony celebrities and models in clothes for a long time before he decides whether their outfit passes his rigorous screening process, and once it's approved he recreates it with gusto.
The life of an astronaut ain't all rocketships and moonbeams ya know, they see things out in the cosmos that would make most people run home crying to their mommy, strange things, scary things, super icky things.
If you don't believe me ask Astronaut Dan about it and he'll tell you all about what life is like when you live in a space suit and are stuck doing space stuff all the time. Oh, and Dan will also tell you why you should never trust a genetically modified melon... (NSFW)
Dungeons & Dragons sessions tend to be pretty lighthearted affairs, and even when the stakes are high and the pressure is on to roll that critical hit (or at least refrain from rolling a critical fail) players are still happy to be gaming.
So many people are on prescription drugs that pharmaceuticals have become as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, and the prevalence of prescription drugs in our society has become a common theme in pop culture and pop art.
But prescription drugs aren't just a theme in the works of Australian Pop artist Ben Frost- their packages are the very canvas on which Ben paints his provocative, eye-popping and borderline pornographic art pieces.
Ben's works are equal parts playful, sexy and reverent, as he channels Pop art masters like Lichtenstein and Rosenquist while painting the proper image on each drug's package.
It would be strange to see a sabertooth tiger strutting around a modern city, since the science behind Jurassic Park never became mainstream. And yet when people spotted a sabertooth walking in L.A. back in 2012 they somehow managed to keep their cool.
Maybe they're so jaded by the magic of Hollywood that nothing makes them trip out anymore, or maybe they knew they were on camera so they tried to save face.
Either way folks were way too calm and collected when that amazing looking life-sized robotic model created to promote the Ice Age Encounters exhibit at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum went walking by.
But this kid had the right idea when he posed for a photo op with the robo-tiger.
Personally I would have followed that amazing creation all over town, and I probably would have asked its "handlers" for a job application!
As a nearsighted fellow this episode has always made me wonder what I would do about vision correction after the apocalypse, and apparently it triggered something in Mental Floss' Nick Greene too.
After the flames finally stop raining down and the world has settled into an ashen plain of sorrow I come to a startling realization: My glasses are at home and I’m wearing monthly disposable contact lenses.
I would be at a competitive disadvantage should I ever have to enter "survival mode" without the aid of glasses or contacts. Even the smallest and weakest of children who happen to be blessed with normal eyesight would leap above me on the food chain. I would be susceptible to naturally occurring apocalyptic hurdles and booby traps —a comically obvious net placed on the ground could very easily be my downfall.
He explored the quest for vision correction in a post-apocalyptic world at length, including how long a pair of contacts would last, how to clean them in a filthy world without fresh water, and how long those new pairs waiting to be plundered would last.
Well well well, looks like I'm in business. A pair of factory-fresh lenses will last around three years, so I should be okay until civilization is rebuilt. When that time comes, I can visit my optometrist for a long-overdue checkup.
The kids in Stranger Things are far from normal because they face perilous situations and monsters from another dimension with a brave face on while normal kids, and most normal adults, would beat feet at the first sign of trouble.
They see Eleven slaughter a squad of soldiers with her mind and think "yay, happy ending!" instead of "OMG I'm about to have a serious case of PTSD, after I puke my guts out".
But, as you'll see in this comic by Jacob Andrews, the biggest difference between real life kids and the Stranger Things gang is responsibility and reliability, two words that are not part of a normal kid's vocabulary.
These days gamers come from all walks of life, from the stuffy suits of the business world to the jobless slackers who live in their parents' basement, and yet according to this JHALL comic they can still be categorized by gaming style.
The Nintendads choose speed and substance over flash, posting their dope speed runs on Facebook where nobody cares, while the Hipsters think they're changing the virtual world by making games reflect their "unique style".
They care way too much about style for their games to ever have any substance, and yet our morbid curiosity makes us want to see what they come up with next.
The Mobile Minecraft Minors are the newest breed of gamer, and yet they manage to log so many hours on their parents' tablets and smartphones they'll need their own data plan before kindergarten.
Jodie Whittaker will portray the 13th incarnation of the Doctor when the TV series Doctor Who returns. The first woman Doctor is under a lot of pressure to live up to fans' expectations, so costume designer Ray Holman knew he had to get the look just right. To do that, he referenced past Doctors and incorporated details from many of them into the new costume. Also, one cannot help but imagine that he put some thought into how cosplayers will study each detail to recreate them themselves. Holman also designed the dress of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi's characters. Fans have a mixed reaction, with many pointing out that the rainbow stripe reminds them either of Mork from Ork (Mork and Mindy) or Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Metafilter has a roundup of reviews of the new costume. Jody Whittaker's debut on Doctor Who is expected to happen during a special broadcast on Christmas Day, with the series returning sometime in 2018.
(Image credit: Steve Schofield/BBC Worldwide Creative)
Very few people actually think spiders have cute faces, and even fewer will admit they do because they know people will give them trouble and act like they're crazy for thinking something so creepy is cute.
But you don't have to be crazy to think Lucas the spider is cute because animator Joshua Slice designed Lucas with maximum cuteness in mind, and then Joshua sealed the deal by having his nephew Lucas voice the little scamp.
Jeff Goldblum rates a solid "10" in my book, and whether he's turning into a human-fly hybrid, proving Earth Girls Are Easy or talkin' 'bout how "Life, uh, finds a way" Jeff Goldblum makes a movie better just by being in it.
It's clear that I'm a fan of his work, but how does Jeff Goldblum feel about the characters portrayed by Jeff Goldblum? And what does he think about people tattooing those characters on their skin?
GQ asked Jeff Goldblum to critique real tattoos based on the characters he has portrayed, rating them from one Goldblum to ten Goldblums, and in the process we learn how much Jeff appreciates seeing body art featuring his face.
Working towards your goals and striving for success are both admirable pursuits in life, but it's easy to get so caught up in achieving your goals that you lose sight of the other things in life that are just as important- like our loved ones.
In Fernanda Frick'sHere's The Plan an ambitious young critter couple dreams of opening a cupcake bakery, only to have their dreams, and their love, put on hold when the oven breaks.
The story is touching and relatable, the symbolism relevant, but most of all your eyes will delight in the appeal of the fantastic animation.
The Star Wars saga takes place “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” which should put it completely out of the reach of human interference. But fandoms don't work like that, particularly one as large as the Star Wars fandom. Geeks gonna geek, and now Georgetown University assistant physics professor Dr. Patrick Johnson is speculating about the "when" of "A long time ago." In his new book The Physics of Star Wars, Johnson creates a timeline from the beginning of the universe.
The first galaxies were formed around a billion years after the big bang, so that cuts out a billion years. The films depict many star systems with mature planets and intelligent life. It took the solar system about 500 million years to form, and it formed 4.6 billion years ago, so it’s reasonable to assume that Star Wars is about 5 billion years after the formation of the first galaxy1. There are also fully formed multicellular creatures of many different shapes and kinds. It took about 2 billion years for single-celled organisms to evolve into multicellular organisms, and another billion years before those took the form of life that we could recognize as creatures.
Although it took billions of years for life to evolve on Earth, that does not mean the process would always take billions of years. The first eukaryotic cell is thought to have formed from a bacterium entering a prokaryotic cell and living symbiotically rather than being destroyed by its host cell. This was a random fluke that took millions of years to happen. If that event had happened on the first day of prokaryotic life, it could have shaved off a significant chunk of time for evolution.
October 31st becomes an important day in your life when you look forward to Halloween all year long, one which leaves you with post-holiday depression as November 1st rolls in and you realize you've got 364 days left until next Halloween.
Imagine how bad that depression must be for Michael Myers, the guy whose entire franchise revolves around Halloween night...
I love playing board games with my nerdy friends by I can't stand it when they become overly competitive because that takes all the fun out of it for me- plus those bastards always cheat.
These Type A gamers need to be put in their place, which is where these Dick Moves For Winning Board Games by Nick Douglas of Lifehacker come in handy.
Want to crush your buddies while playing Settlers Of Catan?
Block a road in the middle
You can chop up another player’s road with a settlement, breaking it into two smaller roads and potentially making it ineligible for the “longest road” bonus. Even though this is covered in the rules, players regularly ask about it on the /r/catan subreddit.
Make the robber count
If you can, use the robber against the player to your right. If you hit a hex that only they benefit from, the robber will sit there all round. When their turn finally comes, if they get revenge, you’ll be able to respond immediately.
If Risk is more your speed then here are a few tips to help you conquer the world:
Feint toward an ally
Don’t immediately build up forces on the border that faces your next target. First build up near someone you could intimidate, but don’t actually want to invade. Then cut a deal with them, and move your armies over to ambush your actual enemy. If you play this right, you’ll be two steps ahead: Your enemy won’t be ready for you, and your new ally will owe you something just for doing what you secretly planned to do already.
Hand over Australia
Australia is the easiest continent to take over in the early game, but it’s very hard to expand from, and its bonus is pitiful. If you can grab a bit of Australia early on, and pretend you care about it, you can “give it away” in exchange for something more valuable. Be careful: This takes some careful negotiation, and other experienced players won’t fall for it.
Due to the commercialization of geek culture way more boys and girls wore Cthulhu costumes for Halloween this year than ever before, a trend which may result in the end of the world as we know it.
For it seems the fools who created the costume clearly don't realize that dressing kids up like Cthulhu is the fastest way to awaken the Great Old One from his slumber- because Cthulhu doesn't like puny humans impersonating him.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name -and while that would much more likely happen in a neighborhood bar you frequent regularly, it's hard not to envison the welcome smiles of Sam and Dianne when you enter the Cheers bar, which actually exists in Boston.
If you prefer a slice of cherry pie and some damn fine coffee though, you might prefer to visit the Double R Diner, which actually goes by the name of Twede's Cafe and is located in North Bend, WA. These two locations are only some of the many real life restaurants and bars made famous in television shows and movies. You can read about more of them (and start planning your visits) over on Travel and Leisure.
Pixar movies have made our geeky minds race like no other animated features, and aside from the far out fan theories movies like Toy Story, Cars and A Bug's Life have spawned they have also inspired some deep shower thoughts.
We've all seen those classic cross stitches with the message about there being one set of footprints in the sand because Jesus carried them when things got the hardest. But if you're a geek, you might see a set of single footprints in the sand for a different reason.
Crime is the main theme of the Grand Theft Auto series- it's in the title, it's an inescapable part of the in-game missions, and this theme is the main reason parents try to keep their kids from playing GTA games.
But is it possible to play GTA V without breaking any laws when the very title of the game is a crime? (NSFW language)