The Simpsons' home is one of the most iconic houses in television history, and the fact that the house is featured so prominently in every episode makes it instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever watched the show.
Which is why the Fox network decided it would make a great grand prize for some lucky Simpsons fanatic out there, so they hired homebuilders Kaufman and Broad (now KB Homes) to make an exact replica of 742 Evergreen Terrace.
The replica Simpsons house was built in Henderson, Nevada in 1997, but when the winner Barbara Howard was offered either the house or $75k cash she took the cash because the house was too far away from her family farm.
The original Simpsons replica home featured rooms decorated to look just like the original, a replica of Bart's Treehouse in the backyard and an El Barto tag on the side of the house painted by Matt Groening himself.
Sadly, the fact that Barbara didn't take the house meant it became just another piece of commercial property, and the new owners took it from totally toon-tastic to bland and boring when it was sold in 2001.
Here's a fun video via AV Club showing pop culture archaeologist Adam The Woo visiting the formerly fun home back in 2015:
Comic book nerds dream of having super powers because we believe these powers will make our lives better in some way, but when we really analyze what it means to have certain powers the cons far outweigh the pros.
Now I wouldn't exactly call bone claws a super power, but I also wouldn't call them a practical thing to have around at the flick of a wrist, especially if you have pets or small children in your home.
Nightcrawler made teleportation look like a really cool power, but there would be too much pressure to get your jumps just right for it to be practical.
Anthony Daniels is 71 years old, and still playing the droid C-3PO in the Star Wars saga. C-3PO is one of the few elements of the series that never changes, since he is mechanical and is as good as new with replacement parts (even if his new arm is red). And while his creator Anakin can grow up, rule the galaxy, die, and then be called "Grandfather," C-3PO is still there to be all fussy about protocol and translate what R2D2 says.
In 1976 Daniels was appearing in a London stage production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and was determined not to take a job on a trivial sci-fi film. Then he saw Ralph McQuarrie’s concept sketch for C-3PO. He saw something in that face. The first three Star Wars films (1977, 1980, 1983), all narrative drive and swashbuckle, still hold up. Fast-paced and funny, they repackaged an archetypal quest for revenge and reconciliation as an outer space western. Good versus evil, dark against light. Simple. R2-D2 and C-3PO are the mismatched comic relief, an intergalactic Odd Couple as Greek chorus: Threepio the neatnik Felix to R2’s slovenly Oscar, reminding the audience what’s at stake and how the principals really feel.
“You need a balance of elements in all these films. It’s a fairy story, it’s a romp. So there’s serious bits, the dangerous bits, whatever, and then occasionally the refreshment of a character who doesn’t really fit into the environment,” Daniels says. “That was another brilliance of George [Lucas], that you come back to the protocol and etiquette thing, these are the last skills ever to be required in a horrible desert surrounded by ghastly people.”
Most children lead very well-ordered lives thanks to the adults who have control over them, and since adults deem kids unfit to make important life decisions on their own we make our children do whatever we think is best for them.
Kids quickly learn to fall in line as they wake up, get ready, go to school, come home and do homework each day, but after years of lining up and doing what they're told some kids just can't help but lose control.
CHILDREN is a creepy animated short by Takuya Okada that reminds me of segments from Pink Floyd's The Wall and makes you think about how regimented the lives of some children can be, and how this can affect their state of mind.
'Ever had one of those friends who was constantly making fun of you for enjoying the geeky side of life?
It's like they're afraid to embrace their geeky side because they might end up looking less "mature", which someone important to them claims to be the most important thing in life.
But, as this For Lack Of A Better Comic comic shows. people who spend too much time worrying about being "mature" and don't stop to have any fun often end up bored, alone and utterly boring to be around. How mature of them!
Living alone can be hard on your head and your heart, as loneliness takes its toll on your state of mind and leaves you feeling like a shadow of your former self.
But it's especially hard during the winter when you long for the warmth and the light provided by the company of another human being, even if you couldn't stand them before they moved away and left you alone with your overactive imagination... (NSFW language)
WINSTON is a creepy yet poetic animated short created by Aram Sarkisian for his senior project at CalArts. The mature storytelling and great looking animation style prove once again that CalArts is a cut above the rest!
It's easier than ever for people to distract themselves and stay distracted by their smartphones and tablets, because looking around means facing the fact that the world is becoming more dystopian by the day.
But you can only hide from the truth for so long, and if you spend too much time hiding your head in the digital sand you're likely to miss the moment when you go from being a flesh and blood human to a tech zombie.
Are You Lost In The World Like Me? is a dark and disturbing animated music video drawn in an old timey style by the amazingly talented animator Steve Cutts, created for the song by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir.
If you've never played a "civilization" game but you enjoy games like SimCity, Roller Coaster Tycoon or The Sims then I encourage you to check out one of the original Sid Meier's Civilization games and see what you think about building an empire from scratch.
But, as this Arcade Rage comic shows, you should know you're gonna wait for hours for units, resources and structures to be built- until your carefully constructed kingdom is destroyed by invading armies in mere minutes. But then you get to start all over again so...yay?
Cosplayers become ever more resourceful as they master the art of costuming and fabrication, and as their skills progress they discover shops in town are full of materials that can be used to create badass costumes.
Cosplayer Nina Mkhoiani has all the skills but few of the supplies available in her home town of Tbilisi, Georgia, so she has to craft her costumes out of whatever is available at her local "construction material shops or shoemaking markets".
Her ability to use odd materials like insulation foam covered in magazines, paper mache and PVC scraps to make such amazing looking costumes and props is an inspiration, proving where there's a will there's a way- even in cosplay.
These guys got a little too excited when they found new lightsabers for sale, so they had to take it outside. And the fun was only beginning! But they kept getting hassled. It turns out that "We're making a YouTube video" doesn't excuse everything.
People who are obsessed with sports like to think of themselves as something other than geeky, but the truth is anyone who is obsessed with something to that degree is a geek.
Geeks are proud to be geeky, while sports fans act macho and make fun of geeks even though they also dress up in costumes, cry when their favorite character leaves the show.
They also can't perform any of the feats they see on the screen, even though they really wish they could- just like an anime geek.
If you know a rabid sports fan who is in denial about their geeky nature show them this comic strip by Charles Higson and convince them once and for all there's very little difference between their nerdy passion and yours.
Working as a security guard in a museum seems like a sweet gig, and if the Night At The Museum series has any truth to it spending the night inside an empty museum can also be quite a magical experience.
But when some holier-than-thou do-gooder sneaks into your museum and tries to censor the artistic nudes your magical mystery shift turns into a night in hell.
There's more to saving the galaxy than delivering your lines. If you're going to be in a Star Wars film, you're probably going to have to fight someone at some time. That requires physical stamina, choreography, and lots of training.
In this behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega, and Adam Driver talk about the extra time they had to put in just getting ready for the more physical scenes in The Last Jedi. So we know who's going to do the fighting, although that's not what you'd call a surprising spoiler. Don't miss Ridley whacking herself in the head with her staff. -via Tastefully Offensive
When my sister was a kid she used to have a hard time finding real life friends to come to her tea party so she would sit down with her stuffed animals and the cat, which was a good enough guest list for her most of the time.
My dad and I were available if she insisted on having a human at her tea party so she never had to use the Dark Arts to summon guests, which was lucky for us because brimstone stains are really hard to get out of the carpet! (Comic by War And Peas)
In some ways Chucky can be seen as the little brother to all the older and more experienced slashers, and if he had to choose two big brothers to guide him down his bloody path he'd probably choose Freddy and Michael Myers.
And since these two bloody idols have never tangled on film it's possible that they're long lost brothers, the perfect fiendish fellows to show a shrimpy little creep like Chucky how to cut grown-ups down at the knees.
Emojis are either a really cool feature for messaging apps or a dumb and useless gimmick depending on who you ask, but the fact that we're all using smartphones these days means we see emojis all the time.
And even though people love to argue about discuss what certain emojis actually mean they should really be discussing why each phone company has to have a different look for their emojis.
Don't they know their interpretation of these emojis will only end up fueling further debate about what each emoji actually means?
Here are two examples that show how some companies (mainly Samsung) seem to miss the point entirely with their versions of popular emojis:
Even though Will, Eleven, Dustin and the rest of the Stranger Things crew have proven they're way tougher than the average tweens they're also a bunch of cuties, which makes them the perfect subjects for a line of toys.
And even though a line of Stranger Things Funko Pop and action figures have been released these toys fail to capture the characters' cuteness as well as these concept models created by Venezuelan designer Chocotoy.
The Chocotoy version of Dustin is so adorable you just wanna pinch his cheeks and give him a big ol' hug, just like the real life version, and even though Eleven looks a bit bizarre her bitchin' nature still shines through.
Fandom conventions are such a big deal these days the internet can't stop buzzing about them all, and if you look at all the pics online you'll start to believe these Cons are magical affairs where a nerd's dreams can come true.
But as soon as you arrive at your first major convention you realize the crowds and the lines are going to kill most of your time- and kill your drive to attend another Con.
The stories also claim Cons are a great place to meet your favorite comic creators, but you know what happens when "we discover that our idols are very ordinary men and women".
This colorful comic by JHALL will show you what to actually expect when you're Con bound, and while the expectations hardly ever match the reality you'll still love that Con feel if you just embrace the pain.
Some comic strips make a little too much sense, with observations that hit the nail right on the head and give us those "that's what I was thinking!" moments, but sometimes a straight up silly comic is just what we need to unwind.
And no comic serves up simple silliness and radical ridiculousness quite like Nathan Bulmer's strip Eat More Bikes, because Nathan leaves the astute observational humor to the astuter observers and just points out the obvious.
Nathan has worked for Dreamworks, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network so you know his drawing skills are tight, but he doesn't need tight skills to create Eat More Bikes, he just needs to keep coming up with silly jokes that blow us away.
MMOs come in all kinds of different play styles, genres and artistic looks for the character designs but they all seem to have two things in common- too many dungeons that require a group and too few female players.
This lack of a female presence makes the male gamer masses go crazy every time they think another player is a girl, which makes the game annoying for females to play and therefore continues the cycle of male domination in MMOs.
So if you're like me and feel MMOs could use more female players then please encourage your buddies to stop acting the fool when they encounter a girl in game, because MMOs could use some new blood and a fresh female perspective! (Comic by Rustled Jimmies)
The web series NPC Man has been showing us how strange the world of video games can be for quite some time now, and since there are five seasons of the series it's easy to miss an episode or two, even though each episode is less than five minutes long.
But Viva La Dirt League, the creators of Epic NPC Man, don't expect their audience to jump through hoops and go on long and agonizing quests to find every episode- they'd rather serve up some full season supercuts so you can watch it all with ease!
It always makes me feel weird when people say "someone up there is looking out for you" because I never know who they're talking about and I'm afraid to ask because I don't know if they're religious or not and I don't want to start a whole thing.
But if they're not talking about God then who is "up there" and why is he or she "looking out for you"? That's a fair question, right? I mean, what are they getting out of the deal?
This Cyanide and Happiness comic come to life has an explanation, but you're probably not going to like it...
Passengers expect to ride in comfort when they take the train, especially when it's going to be a long trip, but they also expect other passengers and attendants to make the trip a bit less than peaceful.
But should you ever take a railroad trip and discover yourself all alone on the train save a lone attendant you may want to consider getting off at the next station- or you may be in for a long, strange trip of self exploration...
We don't earn experience points by going about our daily lives, nor are we guaranteed to have lots of adventures and earn lots of gold in our lifetimes because, like it or not, life is mostly mundane.
But if you want to feel a sense of accomplishment in your dull life you can create an "epic tasks" checklist every day and pretend you're completing quests as you cross stuff like "put on clean clothes" and "heat up leftovers" off your list.
Just try not to make the list too long or too unrealistic, or you might end up stuck at level 1 for the rest of your life. (Comic by Optipess Comics)
Animals are born with a devil-may-care attitude, so we humans who have been taught to be polite for the sake of a civilized society find their brash and boisterous attitudes both enviable and endearing.
That's why videos of cats who knock stuff off counters go viral, and why our favorite cartoon animals are always sassy and brazen jerks who love to tell humans to get stuffed.
When it comes to zombies most people don't think to draw distinctions between dead people of different genders, races or ethnicities, because they're all an abomination and need to be destroyed immediately.
Some zombies would be easy to put down, and a shotgun blast to the head would be doing them a favor, but trying to take out a British zombie could be a bit tricky.
Because, as this comic by Julia Lepetit shows, British zombies are just too polite to blow away!
The fact that the main heroes in Stranger Things are kids is really important to the storyline, and since the show pays homage to 80s movies like E.T., The Goonies and Stand By Me having a group of kids as the heroes just looks right.
If you want to see how wrong Stranger Things would look if the main stars were adults watch this short by Devin Super Tramp entitled Stranger Things Meets E. T. In Real Life Parody! and LOL at the ridiculousness of it all.
It's stupid funny, and Gaten Matarazzo makes an appearance, so Stranger Things fans are sure to love this short!