Famous Songs Written By People You'd Never Expect

Iconic songs tend to stick in our heads, and when we sing along we can’t help but think of them as an inseparable part of a musician’s image/persona.

For instance, no matter who covers “Thriller” the song will forever belong to Michael Jackson, and there is no Margaritaville without Jimmy Buffett. But what happens when you discover that iconic song wasn’t written by the performing artist at all?

Your music loving world is rocked, that’s what, and you’re sure to find a few jaw dropping revelations in this Cracked article 6 Famous Songs Written By The Last Person You’d Expect. (Contains NSFW language)

It exposes the truth about the creator of “Do The Bartman”, the famous showman and frequent Vegas headliner who wrote “Red Red Wine”, and the singer songwriter who put the “F&$k You” in CeeLo Green’s mouth!



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Playing Super Smash Bros. From A First Person Perspective

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When you play a video game like Super Smash Bros. you generally don’t think about the ramifications of your actions, after all the game stars wacky characters brawling in a virtual space.

However, if your actions were made real, and you could see yourself punching a cute little Kirby from a first person perspective, how would you feel about all that smashing then?

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The film nerds at SoKrispyMedia created this fun short film that shows what it'll look like to battle the superstars of the video game world while wearing a VR headset, with player one as Mario.

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A Field Guide To The People You'll Meet At Summer Music Festivals

Attending a summer music festival is a great way to meet some of your fellow fans, get a sunburn with a story behind it, and generally romp around outdoors to live music.

But if you’re going to take in a show this summer you should probably grab a field guide first, so you can identify all the kooks you’ll encounter as the band plays on.

Illustrator and people watcher Robert Brown created these colorful entries for the 7 People You’ll Encounter At Summer Music Festivals, including that sweaty love machine that's waaaay too into jam bands and soft textures:



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The Lies That Movies Tell Us, Chloroform Edition

According to pop culture the chemical known as chloroform is a real knockout- just apply it to a rag and cover someone’s mouth and nose with it and blamo! Your subject is out cold, waking up a little groggy but otherwise okay.

This wonder chemical seems like the perfect way to put your way too drunk friend down for a spell so the party can rage on, so why isn’t chloroform in every household in America?

Because Hollywood has been lying to us all, as you will discover in The Lies That Movies Tell Us, Chloroform edition by Zamboni Grenade and Hamilton 100.

It's a painfully drawn out way to make a point, but it'll show you what you're in for if you ever try to chloroform your buddy! (Don't try to chloroform anyone, it can kill them)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy



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These 30 Fun Fantasy T-Shirts Are Magically Delightful!

Fantasy doesn't have to be all bloody battles and dark intrigue, there are plenty of ways to have fun in a magical world of fantasy, although you should probably keep a battleaxe and a few spells handy just in case.

It's a good idea to get your magical gear at the NeatoShop, where you'll find thousands of fantastic designs and free worldwide shipping on orders over $75!

People think the fantasy genre began with Tolkien

Tolkien On Pipeweed by Grafx-Guy

But it existed well before he took up the pen and sent the Baggins boys on their epic journeys

Straight Out Tha Shire by Aaron Morales

Fantasy originated in fairy tales

Fairy Bow by Purrdemonium

Where we first got a taste of a fantastic and magical place not unlike our own

Between Two Worlds by Olipop

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Mark Hamill Autographs with a Bonus

Mark Hamill has been signing Star Wars photos and memorabilia for 38 years. I’m sure what he puts on them depends on the situation and how much time he has. Some of the bubblegum cards have surfaced with great jokes to go along with the autograph. Hamill no doubt has heard every Star Wars joke ever made, so there are more of these to be found. I particularly like this one.  -via reddit



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Real-Life Disney Dudes Are Seriously Babes

Artist  Jirka Väätäinen (previously at Neatorama) took the liberty of imagining a few of the most famous Disney men as if they were real-life men. As a female Disney fan, I for one want to thank his efforts because these princes and paupers are all serious babes.

Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid even looks like young John Stamos and that somehow seems totally accurate. I can sure see how someone would want to be part of his world.

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The 7 Actors Who’ve Played Batman

Quick -can you name all seven actors who’ve played Batman? There’s Adam West and Christian Bale and… were there really seven? Yes, but some of them were before your time. It started with Lewis G. Wilson in 1943 (pictured above).

Wilson was the first and youngest actor ever to play the adult Batman, and also the least successful. At 23, the unknown thespian donned the cape and the cowl in the 15-part 1943 Columbia serial Batman. While he looked the part of the dashing playboy, his physique was more Danny DeVito as the Penguin. One critic described Wilson as “thick about the middle.” Maybe that was why he wore his utility belt just below his chest. Critics also complained that his voice was too high and that he had a Boston accent. That, of course, wouldn’t be the last time someone complained about Batman’s voice.

Find out what happened to Wilson after his Batman role, as well as the other six actors who took on the part. Ben Affleck is not counted as one of the seven, because we haven’t seen him in action yet. You’ll find the roundup at Den of Geek.



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A Photographic Trip Inside The Blade Runner Model Shop

Blade Runner is a groundbreaking science fiction film based on the groundbreaking Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and when the film adaptation was released in 1982 it changed the face of sci-fi forever.

Even though Blade Runner didn’t live up to expectations at the box office, this techno-noir thriller set new standards for sci-fi special effects thanks to the master model makers who brought Syd Mead’s concept art to life.

A gallery was recently uploaded to Imgur by minicity featuring rare photos from inside the Blade Runner Model Shop, showing the model makers hard at work on their amazing props, including the iconic Spinner police car.

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Darth Pikachu

"Pika? Pika Pika. Pika!"

Okay, I admit that it sounded a lot better in the original Shyriiwook.

Cosplayer Nana Bear, whose vast repertoire includes Storm, The Riddler, Princess Bubblegum, and She-Hulk, offers this fresh and original take by combining two of the most dangerous creatures in the multiverse.

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Woody Harrelson's Father Was A Hitman

Woody Harrelson has great range as an actor, able to convincingly play a farmboy from Indiana one minute and a full blown psychopathic killer the next.

They say inspiration often stems from our life experiences, and if Woody had known his father was a hitman it might have helped his acting career.

But Woody's dad left to live the hood life when he was seven years old, and Woody didn’t learn the truth about his dad until many years later, when he heard news on the radio about the murder trial of one Charles V. Harrelson.

Read more about Woody Harrelson’s Hitman Father at mental_floss



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Awesome Nibbler Cosplay

This is Sir Francis Bacon. As you can see, he is an adorable little Boston terrier. He is also quite the wonderful Nibbler impersonator. 

While few dogs will be able to pull off this look as well as little Bacon here, you can at least try to mimick the look since his owner was kind enough to add an Instructable on how to make your own.

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The Most WTF Inducing Bosses In Video Games

Bosses are generally the most iconic characters in a video game, and whether players succeed in taking them down, or lose a life trying, they’re not likely to forget those foul faces anytime soon.

Games that feature prominent boss battles can sometimes feature the most bizarre character designs for these big baddies, which games like Batman:Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy X and Silent Hill 2 use to bring the story to a dark and wondrous place.

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PlayStation Access breaks down the 7 Most WTF Bosses In Video Games, including those who scarred our minds (PyramidHead), those who blew our minds (Sin) and those who messed with our minds (Scarecrow). (Contains some NSFW-ish material)

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Pippi Longstocking Is Back, And This Time She's Dishing Out Crimson Justice

Pippi Longstocking is a redheaded powerhouse in pigtails, and although she looks a bit like the Wendy’s girl her superhuman strength and self sufficiency prove she's not your average nine-year-old.

And yet she has been left by the wayside in the world of pop culture, deemed outdated and unworthy of a reboot in an age when they’re making movies about everything from board games to sharknadoes.

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Thankfully Clint Howard and Funny Or Die heard our pleas for a newfangled Pippi reboot, and he wants to bring Milla Jovovich on board to play a grown up Pippi in Pippi Longstocking: Crimson Justice. Sounds like a worthy reboot to me!

-Via Nerdist



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Videos Revealing Every Change Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy

George Lucas caught a lot of flak from fans when he decided to add a bunch of CGI scenes to the original Star Wars trilogy.

He caught even more heat when he decided to do away with the original versions in favor of his updated editions, leaving future generations thinking Jabba looks like this:

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Unless you’ve scrutinized all three versions of the original trilogy you probably didn’t catch all the changes Lucas introduced into each film, because there are so many it's hard to keep track of them all.

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Film fan Marcelo Zuniga has created a set of exhaustive side-by-side comparison videos showing all the changes made to the original trilogy, including the updated Hutt horror.

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See Every Change Ever Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy here



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Scare Your Kids Into Learning The ABCs With David Lynch's The Alphabet

Sometimes it’s hard to teach kids their ABCs and make the lesson stick, since they have a hard time remembering all 26 letters of the alphabet much less the rest of that cute little song.

Kids need something to help them visualize each letter, imprinting it in their minds for life, and what better way to leave a permanent mark than with a bit of terror?

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David Lynch created the perfect video tool for teaching your kids the ABCs back in 1968, the appropriately entitled experimental film The Alphabet.

Blending surreal animation with nightmarish visuals and a “catchy soundtrack” that features the sound of David Lynch’s daughter crying, The Alphabet is a visualization of a time when Lynch's wife's niece "was having a bad dream one night and was saying the alphabet in her sleep in a tormented way."

Looks like she was learning her ABCs the Lynch way- through her nightmares!

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Interesting Facts About Pop-Culture Pets

Who was the first character cast in the Harry Potter movies? If you guessed Hedwig, you're right. And that's not the only fun fact about magical and otherwise imaginary creatures from this great TopTenz list

Here's another great trivia tidbit -adorable little Gizmo from the Gremlins was originally supposed to become the antagonist, but Steven Speilberg decided (rightly) that fans would prefer to see the adorable little creature as much as possible in the movie and wouldn't want to root against him. Just imagine what a different movie it would be if little Gizmo was the enemy.



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Ten Of The Most Inappropriate Rock Songs That Became Huge Hits

It’s easy to sing along to your favorite songs, never really paying much mind to what the lyrics are actually saying.

But if you listen a little closer you’ll find that many of your fav rock & roll hits are chock full of raunchy and wrong.

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My Sharona sounds innocent enough, but when you discover that The Knack’s Doug Fieger wrote the song for sixteen-year-old Sharona Alperin when Doug was around 25 years old it kinda sheds a different light on the lyrics.

"When you gonna give me some time, Sharona?" How about when I've graduated from high school, you adult pervert.

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But My Sharona is part of a rock tradition of singing about young gals, and songs like Ted Nugent’s Jailbait, KISS’s Christine Sixteen, and Stray Cat Blues by the Rolling Stones all feature lyrics about underage girls. It's enough to make you wonder- can't rock stars find good women their own age?

See Jailbait Jamboree: Top Ten "Inappropriate" Songs That Were Somehow Hits at Dangerous Minds



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The Most Ridiculous Outfits on Star Trek: The Next Generation

You’re a law enforcement officer on the rough and tumble world of Edo, where every crime is punishable by death. This is how you dress to intimidate.

Is it effective? Well, it was enough to intimidate Wesley Crusher. That tells you everything that you need to know.

Alyssa Favreau of Quirk Books rounded up screenshots from days when the costumers were feeling just a bit too creative. Here, you can find the most outlandish outfits from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Ridiculous Celebrities Who Are Secretly Money Making Masterminds

Celebrities who have adopted a goofy professional persona, or those who became famous for ridiculous reasons, are hard to take seriously.

And yet they’ve achieved far more monetary success than most of us can even dream about in our less than famous lives, so they’ve gotta be on to something!

Take Carrot Top, for example- goofy prop comic and burly body builder combined into one mighty peculiar package has earned over $75 million dollars performing in front of around 100,000 people a year in Las Vegas.

How ya like ol’ Carrot Top now?

Read 6 Stupid Celebrities Who Are Secretly Business Geniuses at Cracked (contains NSFW language)



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Superman is Dayman, Champion of the Sun

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Personally, I prefer Batman over Superman, but this great Always Sunny In Philadelphia/Batman Vs. Superman mashup makes a great case for why Superman is better. After all, he is a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

Honestly, I think this looks like a more entertaining movie than the actual Batman Vs. Superman film, though I still don't want to see anyone pay a troll toll to get into a boy's hole.

Via Nerd Approved



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Nearly Identical Movies That Came Out At The Same Time

Hollywood movie promotions like to sell their movies as being “like nothing you’ve seen before” or “a fresh new take on blah blah blah”, but the more they make these claims the less original the film.

Many motion picture companies are tapped out of ideas, and they’re always looking around for new ideas to imitate or just plain rip off.

That’s why mainstream movies seem so familiar, because you’ve probably seen a movie just like it before, but sometimes the similarities are as hard to ignore as a talking pig wearing a tie and a pair of shades.

Two talking pig movies released within a few months of each other? When pigs fly or, more precisely, back in 1995.

See 11 Weirdly Identical Movies That Were Released At The Same Time here



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Tony Iommi And His Fingers Bloody Fingers

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi is one of the undisputed gods of heavy metal, and during his nearly fifty years in the biz he has experienced many intense and crazy moments on the road.

But nothing can compare to that one time he literally lost the tips of two of his fingers to heavy metal.

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This animated recount of Tony Iommi’s tragic accident is part of VH1's The History Of Heavy Metal, and reveals how Tony "made a good thing out of a bad thing" like a real heavy metal hero!

-Via Boing Boing



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The Legend of Zelda Theme with Lyrics

You didn’t know the Legend of Zelda theme had lyrics, did you?

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Well, it didn’t, until ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def) made some up. They are pretty descriptive, however. It explains quite a bit about the game that I, as a non-player, knew until just now. -via Geeks Are Sexy 



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Darth Vader Adopts a Highway

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People and organizations often adopt stretches of road, promising to keep them clean and free of litter. This is a great way to contribute to the well-being of local communities and possibly get some good publicity from it.

So it’s no surprise that Lord Vader, who always wants to maintain the good reputation of our loyal Imperial forces, has pitched in to help. He’s adopted a section of US Highway 460 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Occasionally standing in for him will be Henry Wakley, a local resident and loyal supporter of the Emperor. He wears a copy of Lord Vader’s helmet while picking up trash. News 10 reports:

Wakley had to pass several standard guidelines, including two highway clean ups, before VDOT would agree to the sign. He convinced the agency the sign was not a joke, and he intended to take care of the highway and draw attention to the adopt a highway program.

“We’d love to have more people follow Mr. Vader’s example and help us keep the highways clean,” Clarke professed.

Drivers could soon see more than just a sign. Wakley plans to clean up his portion of the highway in his Darth Vader costume later this month.

Wakley is an example to us all to stand together so that we may crush the rebellion and restore order in the galaxy.

-via Tor



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Teamwork

Lunarbaboon takes a minute away from drawing his family life and chronicles the continuing exploits of the Avengers, now featuring superhero Ant-Man! Everyone has their unique talents, and everyone gets an appropriate assignment. Oh yeah, the family does make a small appearance, after all. 



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Actors Who Aren't Big Fans of Their Own Performances

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Johnny Depp has millions of adoring fans from across the globe. But you know who isn't a fan? Johnny Depp. In fact, he not only refuses to watch his own films, but he's even been reported to vandalize movie posters with his face on them because he doesn't like seeing his face staring back at him.

If you think that sounds silly, consider this: Peter Dinklage doesn't watch Game of Thrones for one simple reason -he doesn't have HBO. 

If you aren't a big fan of videos, you can read this whole list over at TopTenz.



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How Female Video Game Characters Would Look With Realistic Body Shapes

No matter where you stand on the topic of sexism in pop culture one thing is for certain- the female body is most often portrayed in an idealized form in visual media such as comic books and video games.

Sometimes this idealized form ties in well with the character, like when the character is an athlete in peak physical shape, but a lot of times they’re just drawn that way because creators think it will help them sell their product.

It’s not meant to be a slight against “average” women, and yet it’s hard to deny the impact these unrealistic body shapes have on young women.

Which is why treatment oriented website Bulimia.com created their own versions of female video game characters with what they describe as “average American body shapes”.

I agree with some of the makeovers but I don't think they put enough thought into the characters they chose for the project, because why would a Special Forces officer/pit fighter who trains constantly be overweight?

-Via Polygon



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The Arcade Superstars Of Saturday Supercade

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From 1983 to 1985 America's video game obsessed youth had a good reason to stay home on Saturday mornings- the Saturday Supercade, an animated series on CBS that featured many of our favorite video game characters.

The legends of the arcade and console were brought to life in colorful 2D animation segments, and when the Supercade hit the airwaves we realized the story behind our favorite arcade games didn't stop at the kill screen.

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Characters like Donkey Kong and Frogger seemed fairly slim on storyline in the games, but when they appeared in their own 11-minute long animated episodes kids couldn't wait to watch...and play all the games afterwards!

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Leaping in-between cars across a busy intersection was just the beginning for young Frogger, an intrepid reporter for the Swamp Gazette.  

Frogger had a crime solving mystery kids vibe and a much deeper storyline than you'd expect given the simplicty of the game, and yet young Frogger still found time to play in traffic in almost every episode.

Watch a clip of the show here

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Back before he went exploring the world with his son Diddy, the giant gorilla named Donkey had his own segment on the Supercade, featuring comedian Soupy Sales as the voice of Donkey Kong.

Donkey has escaped from the zoo, and it's up to Zookeeper Mario and his gal pal Pauline to bring him back, except criminals keep getting in their way!

Donkey always helps put the criminals behind bars, proving he's a good gorilla, but he can't resist kidnapping Pauline every chance he gets either!

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Imagining Disney World in Ruins

Photographers love to explore abandoned amusement parks and many others love to look at those pictures and read about them. But one place you probably won't be seeing abandoned pictures of anytime soon is perhaps the world's most popular amusement -Disney World.

Since we probably won't be seeing pictures like this in reality (at least not for a long time), DeviantArt user eledoremassis02 took the liberty of imagining the apocalyptic visions of the current happiest place on Earth. The series is fascinating for both disney-lovers and haters who wonder what Disney World would look like long after the magic has left the kingdom.

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