C-3PO and the Forest of Doom

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.  

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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


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Thomas Lenk Is Back And Just As Fabulously Fashiony As Ever

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.

See 30+ Times Celebrity Outfits Were Hilariously Recreated By Former 'Buffy' Star here


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It's Astronaut Vs. Sentient Melon In Black Holes

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)

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Black Holes is a hilarious and super stylish animated short by Meat Dept. and Noodles Studio which they're hoping to turn into a full fledged animated series...umm, yes please!


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These Dungeons & Dragons Memes Are Sure To Be A Critical Hit With Your Gaming Group

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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.

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Which is why memes and D&D go together like Hot Pockets and Mountain Dew, and RPG memes help us keep the torch fires burning until we next descend into the dungeon depths in pursuit of glory and XP.

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See 10 D&D Memes That Are Critically Funny here


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Eye-Popping Pop Art Painted On Prescription Drug Packages

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.

See more Porny, Provocative Pop-Art Mashed Up With Pharmaceutical Packages at Dangerous Minds (NSFW)


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What Would You Do If You Saw A Sabertooth Tiger Strolling Down The Sidewalk?

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!

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What Happens If You Survive The Apocalypse But Only Have One Pair Of Contacts?

Have you ever seen the The Twilight Zone episode called "Time Enough At Last"?

It's about a guy who just wants uninterrupted time to read, which he finally finds in a post-apocalyptic world reduced to rubble by an H-bomb.

Faced with nothing but time and stacks of book to read the man feels like his life is finally perfect, until he ends up stumbling and shattering his only pair of prescription glasses.

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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.

Read What If You Survive The Apocalypse And Only Have One Pair Of Contacts? at Mental Floss


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What A Normal Kid Would Do In Stranger Things

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.

See What A Normal Kid Would Do In Stranger Things here.


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The Gamers You'll Meet In 2017

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.

See Gamers You Meet In 2017 here


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The Look of the 13th Doctor

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.  

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Lucas The Spider Is The Cutest Arachnid Ever Created

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.  

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Lucas the spider is still in the developmental stages, but hopefully we'll see him starring in an animated series or feature sometime soon!

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Jeff Goldblum Critiques Jeff Goldblum Tattoos

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?

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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.

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An Animated Short About A Cat, A Dog And The Bakery Of Their Dreams

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's Here'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.

Here's the plan - Animated Short Film from Fernanda Frick on Vimeo.

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When Was "A Long Time Ago"?

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.

That pegs the Star Wars story at least at big bang plus nine billion years, but Johnson is just getting started. Read more about the possibilities of the Star Wars timeline in a book excerpt at Wired. -via Uproxx


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November 1st Shows Us How Michael Myers Deals With Post-Halloween Depression

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...

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November 1st is an understatedly funny short film by Fright Rags Film that made me feel a lot better about my post-Halloween depression. Who knew Michael Myers was such a buzzkill?

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Jerk Moves For Winning Board Games

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.

Read Dick Moves For Winning Board Games here


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The Adorable Squid Boy

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.

So take a note from this Dork Tower comic by John Kovalic and dust off that pirate costume so Cthulhu doesn't devour us all!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Movie and TV Show Bars and Restaurants That Exist in Real Life

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.


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The Most Mind-Bending Pixar Shower Thoughts

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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.

-Via StreetratMatt

I've never thought about all the horrifying implications present in Pixar movies, but now I can't help but see the Pixar lamp as a murderer and the Toy Story gang as little plastic corpses.

-Via Mordred912

So if you can't handle being creeped out by your favorite cartoons then you should probably avoid these Pixar Shower Thoughts, but I've found they give me hope for our planet's future.

-Via HipNugget

See The 12 Most Mind-Blowing Pixar Shower Thoughts here


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Footprints in the Sand -The Star Wars Version

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. 

This cross stitch sampler by Etsy seller stitchnanigans features a touch of that classic cross stitch design you expect with a delightfully nerdy twist.


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Playing Grand Theft Auto V Without Breaking Any Laws

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)

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BuzzFeed employees Sydnee Goodman, Crystal House and Garrick Bernard gave it a shot while playing Grand Theft Auto V, and unsurprisingly they discovered it's virtually impossible to play a GTA game without breaking the law.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Awesome Stranger Things Fan Art

Stranger Things came out less than a week ago and most of us obsessed with the nostalgic charm of the show have already streamed the whole new season. If you are trying to figure out how to pass the time until season 3 comes out (presumably in another year), you might want to consider making some fan art to pass the time.

For some inspiration (or just for some fun) you won't want to miss this Thrillist list featuring some of the coolest Stranger Things fan art around.


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The Horrifying Easter Egg Everyone Missed In Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

The Indiana Jones movies are full of Easter eggs and small background details many people missed until they were pointed out online, but in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade there's a moment that we all saw but didn't quite register.

It has to do with the scene where Indy avoids a saw blade trap by falling to his knees then rolls out of the way of a second blade like an archaeological ninja.

So why is this scene so horrifying? I'll let Cracked's Jordan Breeding explain:

In one section of the cave, Indy is told "Only the penitent man will pass." Knowing this is some sort of Biblical riddle (and that apparently faith makes you better at solving riddles), Indy struggles for an answer before, at the last possible second, he realizes he must literally kneel down "before God" and ... do a kickass forward somersault?

Why would a penitent man also be a skilled tumbler with lightning-fast reflexes? Is the 11th Commandment that one must become an expert in P90X so you may answer the call? And how the heck did Indy even know that would happen? The answer, it appears, is that he would have been fine if he'd just knelt -- the second blade would whip in front of him, though close enough to graze his knees. So what's the point of it?

Let's put it this way: If your idea of being penitent before God looks like this ...

... you'll be fine. But if it looks like this:

That blade will lop your f$%#ng head off. It makes perfect sense if you notice the title of the film, and the fact that the ancient knights protecting the grail (including the one who'd been magically kept alive by it for centuries) were from the First Crusade -- that is, a war to retake the Holy Land from the Muslims who'd captured it more than four centuries earlier. So our Crusaders were forward-thinking enough to ensure that only true Christians would get through, and that intruding Muslims would be killed on the spot even if they figured out the riddle.

-Via Cracked


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Horror Movie Sequels That Are Better Than The Original

Even though many terrible horror movies have been made I'd say about 50% of the horror movies made are good, or at least decent, but their sequels almost always suck.

However, a number of sequels have been made that truly rival the original film in terms of quality and viewing enjoyment, a few of my faves being Friday the 13th Part 2, Evil Dead II and A Nighmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Friday the 13th Part 2 is the first appearance of adult Jason, Evil Dead II sets up the franchise nicely for all the Deadite fun to come, and Dream Warriors has the most creative dreams, and kills, in the series.

But why stop there when Wes Craven's New Nightmare had Freddy IRL hunting the creators of the series? And let's not forget Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers, aka the flick that brought ol' Mikey back with a vengeance.

See 18 Horror Movie Sequels That Are Better Than The Original here


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John Malkovich As David Lynch's Most Iconic Characters

John Malkovich has played an extremely wide range of characters over the years, from the meek and mentally disturbed to the violent and full-blown psychotic, but his most important role was when he played himself in Being John Malkovich.

That's the role which prepared him for his second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth most important roles- playing the most iconic characters created by David Lynch.

Malkovich really captures the oddball feel of Lynch's characters, and it's really too bad he was busy with other projects or he could have easily taken over for the dearly departed Log Lady in the new season of Twin Peaks.

These images were taken from a series of vignettes directed by Sandro Miller which were shared on PlayingLynch.com, including this extra disturbing portrayal of The Lady In The Radiator from Eraserhead.

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See John Malkovich Reenacts Some Of David Lynch's Most Iconic Characters here


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You Can't Go Wrong With A Tom Hanks-Themed Halloween Costume

Halloweenies often choose a genre, type of visual media or a pun as the inspiration for their Halloween costume, but why go through all that when you can just base each year's costume on a famous actor?

If you agree with that statement then the hard part is over, and now comes the moment when you decide which actor to dress up as, may I suggest Tom Hanks?

Tom has played some of the most iconic roles in Hollywood, from Forrest Gump to Chuck Noland the Castaway to coach Jimmy Dugan from A League Of Their Own, so you have plenty of outfits to choose from.

But if those are all too played out for you then go for my personal pick- Joe Banks from Joe Versus The Volcano.

All you need is a tux and a lei and you're all set, but don't forget to say "Thank you, Chief" so people can figure out who you are!

See more Tom Hanks Halloween Costumes here


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Making Fun Of Unwanted Halloween Costumes

Halloween is such a big business that companies around the world churn out hundreds of different types of costumes each year to satisfy consumer demand, even though many of them are costumes nobody ever asked for.

Because these companies make so many cheap and crappy costumes a lot of them end up hanging on the clearance rack until they're thrown away or donated to a thrift store, unwanted costumes waiting for Jenny Nicholson to make fun of them:

Amongst this funny fashion show was a boy’s Scorpion King costume, a sexy “One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater“, a fun Plo Koon Costume (Star Wars) and a rather ill fitting vampire costume, just to name a few.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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This Russian Dude Takes Low Cost Cosplay To A New Dimension Of Ridiculousness

It appears Thailand's Lowcostcosplay has a rival in Russia who also creates crappy costumes made using stuff he finds lying around his house- like his dog.

Moscow-based manager Alexander Kravets calls his version of cosplaying on a zero budget "suitable cosplay", and even though it's similar to Lowcost on the surface Alexander's cosplay looks explore deeper levels of geekdom.

So what makes Alexander's suitable cosplay different than the looks created by Lowcost?

Alexander is all about accurately recreating scenes from movies and TV shows, no matter how hard it is to achieve this goal with the stuff he has at his house.

Alexander shares his household cosplay creations with the outside world via his Instagram account, where his cosplay creations will wow you, kapow you and make you grin from ear to ear.

See more Passion For Cosplay: How A Russian Manager Imitates Hollywood Heroes here


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The Cabbage Patch Kids Scandal That Was Swept Under The Rug

Cabbage Patch Kids are one of the most iconic toy lines from the 1980s, right up there with Transformers, He-Man and Strawberry Shortcake, and kids still love the whole "adopt a doll" gimmick o this day.

But did you know the soil where the Cabbage Patch Kids are grown is sown with bulls#$t?

What I mean to say is- the Cabbage Patch Kids are a rip-off, and the credit for the original concept should go to Martha Nelson Thomas, the gal who Cabbage Patch "creator" Xavier Roberts ripped off back in the 70s.

Martha began making her Doll Babies in the early 70s, and aside from their striking resemblance to the Cabbage Patch Kids they also came with an unique outfit and were "adopted" rather than merely bought.

Martha's husband Tucker says Xavier Roberts "adopted" a few of Martha's Doll Babies at a craft fair and started selling them out of his own gift shop, but Martha was unhappy with how much he was charging for them so she took them back.

Roberts then said he'd start making his own if she wouldn't let him sell her Doll Babies, and a few years later the Cabbage Patch Kids were released, prompting Martha to file a lawsuit in 1975:

Roberts admitted that dolls were inspired by Nelson Thomas's creation, but claimed the design was his own. She had never filed a copyright on the design, but in 1975 she did file a lawsuit.

It took 10 years to actually make it to trial, but it finally settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in 1985. Mendes said that "She couldn't tell us what the settlement was but she said her children would go to college."

Thomas said, "we didn't want the conflict to go on forever. That's not a good way to live." While they never had the financial success of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Thomas says he was happy with his life as it was. He said, “Martha and I had a wonderful life together. It wasn’t elaborate but it was wonderful. I’m not going to trade in that life for a few dollars.”

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-Via Throwbacks


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Crazy Cool Ads From Old School Video Game Magazines

Video game magazines like Nintendo Power, Game Informer and Electronic Gaming Monthly kept gamers informed, hip to secrets found in their favorite games and hyped on new releases, plus you could share them with your friends.

The game secrets were awesome, the interviews with game designers were inspiring, but the ads were worthy of tearing out and pinning on your wall.

Game companies like Midway, Nintendo and Konami knew their audience well, so they made sure their ads caught the reader's eye and stayed fresh in their minds when allowance day came around.

See full Video Game Magazine Nostalgia gallery here

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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