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The Illogical Fighting Style of James T. Kirk

Fighting sports analyst Jack Slack takes a look at the TV series Star Trek: TOS and the many fights of Captain James T. Kirk. The Captain managed to punch someone or other around in just about every episode.  

Among all the qualities required to command a ship and its crew, undoubtedly the most important is an officer's ability in hand-to-hand combat. You don't know where you'll be, or what you'll be doing, when your phaser gets knocked out of your hand and goes skidding across the floor. Or when diplomatic discussions and love-making with an alien race will fall through, and you'll have to fist fight for your life.

No man understood this as well as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Throughout the 2200s, Kirk captained his ship to countless unknown worlds and met a perhaps difficult-to-believe number of hostile civilizations. Often complex political dealings would boil down to a test of Kirk's fighting prowess and he was forced to battle in the knowledge that his failure could leave his crew in jeopardy. Or worse than that—dead.

And since Kirk got into fistfights so often, the producers had to change it up to keep the action sequences from getting too boring. Therefore, we see numerous methods and tricks for disabling the latest antagonist whether he be alien or human. Slack goes over the axe handle strikes, the head scissors, the grappling, and other fighting moves that work so much better on TV than they do in real life. Read about them all at Vice’s Fightland site.  -via Digg



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Ten Of The Best Thanksgiving Themed Episodes From Animated Shows

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It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for kids of all ages to sit down in front of a screen and watch an animated tale of turkeys, families and craziness unfold before their eyes.

TV fans can’t wait to see their favorite animated friends go on a Thanksgiving themed adventure each year, making viewers feel like they're along for the ride with their extended animated family.

Here's a review of ten great Thanksgiving themed animated TV episodes:

1. The Simpsons- Bart Vs. Thanksgiving-

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Bart runs away from home and finds himself on the wrong side of the tracks, making him consider how much he has to be thankful for, even his Neanderthal father Homer.

The Simpsons have always approached holiday themed episodes with a fresh perspective, and this episode from season 2 manages to both poke fun at and show the true meaning of the holiday.

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2. Aqua Teen Hunger Force- The Dressing-

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The food monsters next door celebrate Thanksgiving a week later than everyone else, when suddenly a robotic turkey called Turkitron shows up and spins a yarn about traveling back in time to save the great, great grandfather of Goblox, the leader of the turkey rebellion.

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3. American Dad- There Will Be Bad Blood-

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The Smiths aren't your typical American family, but that doesn't mean they don't deal with the usual problems.

Take Stan's half-brother Rusty for instance- he's more American than Stan because he's Native American, and he's got more money than Stan and his family will ever make in their lives. So how does Stan deal with a family problem like Rusty? With a little lifestyle switcheroo, of course!

4. Bob's Burgers- An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal-

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Bob puts down the spatula and picks up a baster in this Thanksgiving themed episode full of deception, dirty little secrets and dinner theater.

Bob is hired by his landlord to cook a Thanksgiving meal, but this catering job comes with a price- Bob must let Linda and the kids pretend to be Mr. Fischoeder's family. Can Bob keep it together long enough to pull off this turkey day trick, or will he crack up before dinner is served?

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History Teacher Explores Historical Accuracy Of Skyrim

Video game developers typically have some sort of time period in mind when they’re creating the look and feel of their world, a historical reference point which is easy to spot in the fantasy genre.

Fantasy is all about swords and sorcery, castles and dungeons, and kingdoms at war, so there has to be some historical truths behind our favorite fantasy games, right?

Destructoid community member and History Teacher RedHeadPeak asked himself this question with regards to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,  and decided to explore the reality behind in-game elements such as wolves, weapons and armor, and the abundance of books you see everywhere.

It’s a fascinating read that may make you see things differently when you play your next fantasy RPG. Read RedHeadPeak's Skyrim analysis here



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The L.A. Locations Where Famous Horror Films Were Shot

Horror movies are rarely set in Los Angeles, preferring to use fake city names like Springwood and Cuesta Verde, and yet the vast majority of them are filmed within a hundred miles of Hollywood.

Making viewers believe that they’re seeing a location from Anywhere, U.S.A. is all part of movie magic, but when you discover the real life locations scattered around the City of Angels Google maps replaces magic.

Take a snapshot tour with LA Weekly as they reveal The L.A. Spots Where Your Favorite Horror Movies Were Filmed, including this famous bridge from the 80s classic The Lost Boys. 

With a little storytelling, and an audience's willingness to believe, these everyday locales across Los Angeles transport the viewers to another place and time, but isn't it surprising how mundane most of these locations are in real life?!



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Batman vs. Darth Vader

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It’s the ultimate showdown of badass fictional characters in black! Never mind the odd crossover of the Disney and DC universes -at least there’s no problem with the style of music for these two. Who will win when the Caped Crusader goes against the Sith Lord with light sabers? Enjoy this Super Power Beat Down video from MachinimaPrime. -via Gamma Squad



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Ten TV Episodes People Pretend Never Happened

When TV show creators get multiple seasons of a linear storyline under their belt the issues of continuity and retaining world integrity arise.

It's part of the creator’s job to keep track of everything that happened during the previous seasons in order to keep the storyline on track for future seasons.

This continuity is especially important in extremely linear genres like sci-fi, fantasy and drama, so what is a show creator to do when an episode goes against the show’s established storyline?

Generally they pretend that episode never happened and move on, and we’re left wondering what the creators were thinking when they came up with such a game changing episode!

io9 put together a collection of 10 TV Episodes That Everybody Pretends Never Happened, which includes the episode where Buffy is actually a mental patient and not a vampire slayer after all, my pick from the list for ultimate WTF TV moment.



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Here's What Non-Human Cartoon Characters Would Look Like As Humans

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Animation fans often wonder what their favorite non-human cartoon characters would look like as humans, and artists who grew up loving cartoons can't help but give the transformation a try, just to see what happens.

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People present them in all kinds of styles, from realistic human to totally toonified, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a collection as large, or diverse, as this list of 25 Non-Human Cartoon Characters As Humans, presented by the staff at Dorkly.

You get to see classic toons like Bugs Bunny, new school toons like Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show, and this extremely strange envisioning of a handsome human Squidward. Okay, maybe we should leave these toons alone after all!

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Apparently Richard Pryor Invented Black Metal

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Have you ever wondered where those Black Metal bands got their signature spikes and face paint style?

KISS seems like an obvious source, or King Diamond or more recently Marilyn Manson, but according to this video footage from 1977 they should all thank Richard Pryor for teaching them how to be truly hardcore.

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Pryor’s short lived NBC series The Richard Pryor Show featured a sketch where Pryor plays the lead singer of a band called Black Death, who puts on a wicked metal show that really knocks the audience dead!

Was Richard Pryor able to see the state of metal over twenty years later like some sort of precognitive musical genius? Nah, he probably just thought theatrical metal bands like KISS were super silly and bound to get even sillier, and boy was he was right! -Via Dangerous Minds

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Let It Go, Bruce

So, did Batman watch Frozen, or did he become familiar with the entire story by osmosis, like I did? I finally saw the movie, or most of it, about a month ago. This comic is from DeviantART member nebezial. And there was a great comment underneath:

:iconbatmanplz: :iconsaysplz:Clark? :iconmusicnotesplz:Do you want to save the planet? Come on lets go today. We don't save people anymore, come out the door, and up up and away. We used to be best allies, but now we're not and it's all DC's fault. Do you want to save this planet? It doesn't have to be this planet.:iconmusicnotesplz:

:iconsupermanplz::iconsaysplz:Go away Bruce.

:iconbatmanplz::iconsaysplz::iconmusicnotesplz:Okay bye.:iconmusicnotesplz:

-via Geeks Are Sexy



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Ten Television Characters Who Were Never Fully Revealed On Screen

In the television world there are characters like Kramer or Gilligan who keep the slapstick humor alive on a show, and then there are those wonderfully compelling mystery characters.

These characters never fully appear on screen, and yet they have a big impact on the lives of the main characters as they give them guidance and help them learn a lesson, without revealing too much about themselves, of course.

We can only guess what Wilson from Home Improvement or Norm’s wife Vera on Cheers actually look like, but there’s no denying they make the entire TV program that much more entertaining to watch.

Check out this list of The Best TV Characters Who Never Actually Appeared On Screen and explore one of television's most enduring, and least abused, tropes- the faceless mystery character!



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Friends of the Galaxy

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Robert Jones brings us a mashup of the TV show Friends and the film Guardians of the Galaxy! Yes, it’s the every-so-familiar intro to Friends re-edited with selected relevant clips featuring Peter, Gamora, and Rocket celebrating their friendship, despite how different they are. -Thanks, Robert!  



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Artist Reveals How Superheroes Are Celebrating Movember

We’re in the midst of Movember 2014, when guys grow out their facial hair for the sake of spreading awareness about men's issues, like prostate cancer, and raising money for charity.

You might find it dorky when your friend grows a grizzly adams beard, or a handlebar moustache, but there’s nothing dorky about superfolks like Wolverine, Ghost Rider and Dr. Manhattan growing out their manly facial hair for a good cause. 

Illustrator James Bousema has created three heroic portraits that reveal what some of our favorite superheroes would look like with facial hair, the first in a new project he's working on to beard 'em all.

Wolverine is usually depicted sporting a pair of mutton chops, but seeing him with a long beard and moustache kinda makes him look like a hobo in disguise.

Dr. Manhattan went the hipster handlebar moustache route, of course, since he was superpowered way before it was cool, but the biggest surprise reveal of all is Ghost Rider- who knew his beard would be made out of flames! -Via GeekTyrant



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Bizarre Totino's Pizza Rolls Advertising Campaign Created By Tim & Eric

Comedy duo Tim and Eric are known for their bizarre characters, public access television inspired sketches and a generally strange sense of humor, and now they can add Totino’s Pizza Rolls spokesmen to their eclectic CV.

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Totino’s is obviously trying to add some net cred to their brand by bringing T&E on board, hoping to catch on with consumers the same way Old Spice and Axe did by changing their ads to a comedic format.

And if you pay the website totinosliving.com a visit you'll find all sorts of pizza roll inspired weirdness, as they've apparently given T&E full control of their snack food kingdom.

Doesn't this darling image make you hungry for pizza flavored snack nuggets? Nothing says delicious like true love!

-Via A.V. Club



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6 Organization Tips to Make A Geek Girl's Life Easier

Geek girls have a unique set of organizational needs -combining all those girly possessions like hair ties and makeup with all those geeky items like electronics and gaming goodies. Over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up six handy tips that can help us nerdettes store our stuff in simplicity.

From using convention badges to hold up your hair accessories to organizing your unused cables with empty toilet paper holders, these handy dandy tips might be useful for some girls and some geeks, but for most geeky girls. Have any other organization tips for the nerd gals out there? Share them in the comments here.

Check out the full list of tips at Homes and Hues: 6 Geek Girl Organization Tips 



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The Empire

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What if the BBC remade The Office using Star Wars characters? That’s the premise of this parody by Carl Whiteley. You’ll see the best-known scenes from The Office as they would be portrayed by Darth Vader, Luke, Leia (and forget they are related; this is the workplace), Chewbacca, C3PO, and more. It’s long, but worth it to see Leia twerking and security video of Storm Troopers in the toilet. And yeah, all your favorite Office tropes and catchphrases are there somewhere. -via Laughing Squid



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Guardians of the Galaxy Dance-Off

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The movie Guardians of the Galaxy really should have had more dancing in it. It could have! In this clip from the film’s blooper reel, the characters don’t fight, but instead have a dance-off. The pros have nothing to worry about from these guys, but the movie, as goofy as it was, could have used this bit of goofiness well. -via The Mary Sue



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Family Of Guardians Fans Created This Amazingly Detailed Groot Swing

What is a geeky family to do when their collective love of Groot cannot be contained indoors? Why, build a life sized Groot swing, of course!

A family in the UK built this amazingly detailed Groot swing for an upcoming show called Super Fans Super Builds, and now their kid is the luckiest junior grade geek in the entire galaxy!

Their awesome creation captured the attention of director James Gunn, who shared their masterpiece with the world via Instagram...for a few hours at least, until it mysteriously disappeared from his account. 

Why are the creators trying to keep the Groot swing under wraps when it might just be the coolest Groot themed fan creation ever constructed? Most likely because the show has yet to air. Too late to take it back now, guys!

-Via Yahoo! Movies



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Fan-made Millennium Falcon

Thomas Richner is a Star Wars fan. A crafty Star Wars fan with some spare time. He spent 140 hours building an elaborate replica of the Millennium Falcon out of cardboard, internal structures and all, and it look just like the real thing. He even photographed it in front of a green screen so he can add effects! Oh, you say the “real thing” is a cardboard model in front of a green screen? Well, then of course this is exactly like the real thing! See a series of photographs that follow the build process.   



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Car Mechanic Leaves Note for Whovian Car Owner

What makes your car run? Well, it's hard to explain. Your car engine is a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. If it breaks, take the car to your neighborhood auto mechanic and TARDIS technician. Tumblr blogger Traci took her car to one, who, after seeing all of the Doctor Who-themed paraphernalia inside, left an appropriate note.


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The reference to the "thingy that goes ding" is from this scene in "The Day of the Doctor."


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"Round things" is a reference to another scene in that same episode.

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Classic ABC Afterschool Special Warns Parents About Kids Who Go Punk

Parents are always trying to keep their children from becoming like some group society has deemed undesirable, like the Hare Krishnas in the 70s or the Juggalos today, but for my money there has never been a group more reviled than those rotten punk rockers.

With their spiked hair, tattered clothes and general F-off attitude it’s no wonder parents didn’t want their kids growing up to be punks, and parents are still afraid of their kids succumbing to punk syndrome to this day.

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This legendary ABC Afterschool Special from 1987 was created to help parents and kids avoid making bad punk-related decisions in their lives, such as dying their hair radical colors or wearing too much jewelry.

The Day My Kid Went Punk is a warning to all parents- keep your kids away from that evil punk rock music or suffer the consequences!

-Via Dangerous Minds



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SNL Shows Why You Shouldn't Let The Internet Help You Write A TV Show

When people reach out to the internet community for help on a project it rarely ends well, and as more and more people offer up suggestions the entire online community created project slowly turns into total rubbish.

Saturday Night Live recently made fun of internet community contributed content with a sketch called Meet The Dudleys, which introduces the family Twitter users helped create.

The cast of The Dudleys is constantly changing to fit Twitter user suggestions, and the result is a ridiculous mash-up of political correctness, satire and the latest trends, all co-starring Woody Harrelson!

It's a hilarious look at what television productions might look like in the future, when writers stop trying and simply hand the whole production process over to the people, in other words must not see TV!

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The Top 50 Video Games Of All Time, Ranked

If you want to provoke an argument, just try to tell someone that their favorite video game didn’t make the top 50. Business Insider took that chance, and presents a ranked list.

We did have some parameters, however, when choosing the games: This list includes console video games, spanning from the 1980s to today, and includes only games from more-modern consoles (sorry, Atari and ColecoVision fans!). In most instances, we chose an entire franchise or series of games, rather than just one, as our favorite.

We also took into consideration Metacritic scores, user reviews, as well as our own personal experience to choose the games on this list.

Not being much of a gamer myself, I don’t have specific quibbles with the list. The games at the top (which are at the bottom of the page) are long-lived franchises that people still play like crazy. The comments at the post, of course, contain angry gamers pointing out the omissions. You might have some opinion on the list yourself.    

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Crack Master- The Sesame Street Short Deemed Too Scary For Kids

Sesame Street isn’t known for having edgy or scary content, it’s a show with friendly content for the little uns and therefore tries to keep the tone of the show fun and upbeat.

However, back in the good ol’ BE (Before Elmo) days Sesame Street featured some far out psychedelic animated shorts that definitely had some edge to them.

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Things weren’t totally shiny and happy in these animated worlds, but the message was always one of triumph over fear and learning to rely on your wits in time of danger.

Cracks (aka Crack Master) is an animated short from 1975 deemed too scary for kids, shown only eleven times before disappearing into the cracks in our minds. Now, thanks to the YouTubes we can see what all the fuss was about:

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Didn’t seem very scary, did it? Definitely not any scarier than this psychedelic trip they played on Sesame Street when I was a kid- Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home. What the heck was that kid on?!

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-Via Dangerous Minds



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Two Twisted Remakes Of "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"

Laura Numeroff’s classic children’s book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie isn’t a frightening or disturbing book in any way, in fact it’s tame even by children’s book standards.

The simple tale deals with a mouse who doesn’t seem to know when to stop asking for stuff, and the comically circular tale can, at most, be seen as a warning against unending desire and greed.

If you go with an extremely moralistic, and totally bleak, view of Numeroff's tale you might end up with something that looks like the Gritty Reboots version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, a version sure to give kids nightmares:

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But if you like your mouse themed fare a bit more lighthearted then you'll enjoy Anne Droyd's modern mouse-terpiece If You Give A Mouse An iPhone, as narrated by Fred Armisen.

If You Give A Mouse An Iphone warns readers about all the fun and adventure you'll miss in real life while you're staring at your iPhone screen all day:

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What Are The Worst Comic Book Character Names Ever?

Comic book characters are generally created with fan appeal in mind, and therefore everything from their outfit to their signature catchphrase is tailor made to appeal to readers.

There’s one thing the creators don’t seem willing or able to spend enough time on, one superheroic failure that often makes an otherwise cool character seem a bit campy, and that one thing is their name.

When superhero names aren’t utterly uninspired they’re downright dumb, like Paste Pot Pete or Matter Eater Lad, and terrible names tend to take the wind right out of those superfolks's capes.

io9 asked readers What's The Absolute Worst Name Of Any Comic Book Character Ever? and readers responded with some real gems like Codpiece, the guy with a cannon attached to his crotch, and Turner D. Century, who rides a bike through the air like a real dandy!

Two of my picks for worst name also happen to be utterly failures at supervillainy- Trapster, the guy who traps people with his trapping devices and paste gun, and Egghead, the evil mastermind with the egg shaped head who died Elmer Fudd style when Hawkeye shot an arrow into his energy pistol, causing it to explode.

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Have any picks of your own for worst named comic book character? Include them in the comment section below, superfriends!



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Why So Strangely Yoda Speaks

Any Star Wars fan will recognize an imitation of the Jedi Muppet Yoda even in text because of his peculiar syntax. But is it really so peculiar? There are plenty of examples from history -many from Shakespeare- of the same rearrangement of subject, object, verb, and sentence clauses.

When you bring a later part of the sentence to the beginning, it's called fronting. You can front just a noun or prepositional phrase — "Jackets we hang here, ties we pile over there"; "The life of Riley, you live"; "For $5 you came here?" — or you can front a verb with it as well, as long as you keep a conjugated verb (such as an auxiliary do or have or will) at the end — "Likes it hot, he does"; "Park in my spot, will he?" Sometimes we even leave off the verb at the end, when we start with a shortened sentence and then clarify: "Makes a lot of money, your friend?"

Furthermore, Yoda’s syntax varies from movie to movie, because the scriptwriters were different. Read about how Yoda’s distinctive way with words is perfectly understandable to us because it’s not that new or different, at The Week.



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Amazing! This Bird Sounds Just Like R2-D2


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This is Bluey, a parakeet owned by Carli Jeffrey. Bluey loves to imitate sounds, including human voices, laser sound effects, and kissing sounds.

Jeffrey played a video of R2-D2 from Star Wars. After hearing it about 4 or 5 times, Bluey was ready to offer this perfect imitation of the droid.


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You can compare Bluey's imitation with the original sounds of the foul-mouthed droid in this clip from Episode III. Bluey is ready to be a voice actor!

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Man Walks 5,600 Miles across Australia in Stormtrooper Armor

Now this is obviously a good idea. But Scott Loxley is doing more than being cool by dressing as a stormtrooper from Star Wars. He's a member of the 501st Legion, a charitable organization operated by Imperial stormtroopers. Loxley plans to walk around the entire coast of Australia--that's almost 10,000 miles--to raise money for a children's hospital.

So far, Loxley, 47, has traveled about 5,600 miles in a year and a half. He hopes to finish his journey by July of next year. He has raised about $19,000 (USD) for Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne, which will open in 2016. Loxley hopes to get as much as $87,000 (USD) by the end of the project.

It's hard journey, but Loxley is committed to it. Jenni Ryall writes for Stuff:

He has gone through more than 20 pairs of shoes, eaten roadkill and slept in a swag by the side of the road. […]

It is an amazing story of survival in the harsh Australian outback, where he says his own company is the enemy but to get through he thinks of the children he can help. "You are fighting a mostly mental battle. Some days you wake up and don't want to get up, and you think why I am doing this," he said. "Before I started I went and visited the kids quite a lot of times, I dwell on that a lot and think of those kids on my bad days. Their bad days are worse than this."

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25 Things You Might Not Know about Harry Potter

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In this week’s mental_floss List Show, John Green tells us some interesting things about the Harry Potter books and movies. Find out the inspirations and models for J.K. Rowling’s characters, what happened when all those children were on a movie set together, and quite a few details that carry spoilers, so avoid this if you plan to read the books sometime in the future. Who are you kidding, anyway? If you have put off reading the Harry Potter books this long, you probably won’t get around to reading them anytime soon. So enjoy the video!



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Comic Artist Russ Heath Shares His View Of Lichtenstein's Appropriation

Many artists feel appropriation is a perfectly reasonable form of artistic expression, and Pop Art superstars like Warhol and Lichtenstein had no problem incorporating other people’s artwork into their own.

But what happened to the artists from whom inspiration was drawn, those artists who created the original piece the Pop Art world turned into a valuable commodity?

This is the story of one of those artists left behind- Russ Heath, aka the guy who drew the comic book panel in DC’s All American Men Of War #89 Roy used in his painting entitled Whaam!

Russ created this comic to share his experience with Lichtenstein's appropriation and spread the word about The Hero Initiative, a charity that helps comic industry professionals in their time of need.

If you ask me Russ handled the appropriation pretty well, but Roy really should have hooked Russ up with a wine of the month club membership at the very least!

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