There's A New Squid-Faced Cryptocurrency In Town

Cryptocurrency “brands” are trying their darndest to become as likeable as greenbacks, using characters like Doge that appeal to the target audience, and since the whole thing is bordering on becoming fantasy funny money anyway it’s rather appropriate to use fictional characters as the spokesthings.

The latest cryptocurrency incarnation bears the horrifying, squid-faced visage of the Great Old One Cthulhu, and this crypto currency is guaranteed to drive those foolish enough to accept it mad with greed!

Here’s some of the strange rhetoric Cthulhu Offerings is using to get people to join their monetary "ritual"-

As the equinox approaches we begin the ritual; four weeks and five days long it builds until Cthulhu awakens and one worshipper is rewarded greatly!
The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us. Join us in our ritual.

Will you join in this monetary ritual, or let your dead presidents, and your sanity, stay safe and sound right where they are?

-Via io9



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Batman Jumping the General Lee over a Canyon

In this Dukes of Hazzard mashup by David Branstetter, the Dark Knight has found the ultimate Batmobile. It's sturdier than the Lincoln Futura and prettier than the Tumbler. The Gotham PD will never catch up with him and the Joker will never escape him now. But he should probably change the horn from  playing"Dixie" to something more daunting.

This image was Brandstetter's contribution to Comic Book Resources' celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary. You can see contributions from other artists here.

-via Geek Tyrant



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Life Lessons We Can Learn From Video Games

Contrary to what those anti-gamer curmudgeons will have you believe, video games are more than just a source of mindless entertainment, or something to keep your thumbs and eyeballs busy.  

In fact, you can even discover good advice in video games, life lessons that ring true whether you're playing a godlike warrior, or an average human trying to survive in a horrifying post-apocalyptic world:

Julia Lepetit from Dorkly has created a collection of illustrated life lessons gathered from hit games like The Last of Us, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Minecraft, lessons that may inspire you to seek wisdom from whatever game(s) you're currently playing.

-Via Laughing Squid



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The Biology of the Sarlacc According to a Real Biologist

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Today, several scientists and science journalists published in-world scientific descriptions of Tatooine, the homeworld of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.

Joe Hanson holds a doctorate in biology and hosts the PBS show It's Okay to Be Smart. For his contribution, Hanson examined the cutest creature on the planet: the Sarlacc. He describes his expedition, during which he was accompanied by a terrified C-3P0. Hanson writes about the likely morphology of the creature:

At its posterior end, deep beneath the sand, extend many feeding tentacles, drawing and storing nutrients from the surrounding soil like a taproot. To my knowledge, this hybridized organ arrangement, both plant and animal in nature, has never before been reported. Reports of sarlacc longevity extend to 50,000 years, although isotopic analysis has yet to verify these claims due to the extreme danger involved in collecting even the smallest tissue sample.

Despite that, the sarlacc’s supposed longevity and plant-like external morphology are reminiscent of Earth’s 2,000+ year-old Welwitschia, a desert-dwelling plant whose tentacle-like leaf extensions attach to a deep central taproot core, owing to its longevity in Earth’s own harsh desert environments.

The complete absence of subterranean waste in local soil and groundwater samples suggests that the sarlacc may lack an anus, and combined with the observed anterior mouth morphology and radial body symmetry, the closest terrestrial species useful for anatomical comparison might be the sea anemone, suggesting that the sarlacc either shares a common ancestor, or displays a convergent body plan with the terrestrial phylum Cnidaria.

Here are other articles in the series about the science of Tatooine:

Why a Bunch of Science Writers Are Writing About a Fictional Planet – Matt Shipman

Tatooine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – David Ng

Functional Anatomy of Tatooine Megafauna (Hyperspace Transmission Received) – John Hutchinson

Science of Tatooine: Water – Adrienne Roehrich

Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine — David Shiffman

The Limits of Animal Life on Tatooine — Maggie Koerth-Baker

Tatooine’s tangled bank – plants evolve in a galaxy far, far away — Malcolm Campbell



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Ten Overused Sci-Fi Tropes That Should Be Vaporized

Tropes like "aliens are always way smarter than we are", "humans are good guys, aliens are bad guys", and "humans only use ten percent of their brain power" come up way too often in our favorite sci-fi media, so isn’t it about time we give these tired tropes a rest?!

Gamma Squad put together a list of 10 Overused Sci-Fi Tropes That Should Be Jettisoned Into Space, in honor of the upcoming movie Lucy, which is about a girl who gets dosed with a drug that allows her use more than ten percent of her brain, aka yet another trope based sci-fi film.

Sci-fi fans are sure to find tropes they're tired of seeing worked into storylines on the list, and maybe if we all call attention to these tired tropes they'll finally be laid them to rest!



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How Superheroes Shave

Superheroes have to maintain their appearance, for the sake of public relations, so the guys gotta stay shaved unless a beard or moustache is part of their superheroic outfit/identity.

Some guys have built-in shavers, or keen-edged accessories, but for those who don’t have a convenient and cool looking implement handy shaving can become a real pain.

Take it from your friendly neighborhood webslinger and Brazilian comic artist Dragonarte- get yourself a proper Spider-Man brand shaving razor, because trying to wax your face with webbing is a horrible idea!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy



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Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man

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He's Spider-Man. Did you think that was just a costume? Nah, man. He was bitten by an actual spider. If you want to survive, you should have gotten caught by Charles Xavier. And you really don't want to get caught by Assassin Bug Man.



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Japanese Cosplayers Who Strive For Maximum Accuracy

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Cosplay has evolved from faithful adaptation to original creations by cosplayers that make their way into the pages of comic books, the students truly having become the masters.

Creativity is key, and there’s plenty of room for interpretation in the cosplay world, and yet there are many cosplayers who strive to look exactly like the original work that inspired their costume.

(Image Via RockTheFuture)

Japanese cosplayers have been posting side-by-side comparison shots to Twitter, showing off how close they can come to looking like the source material, and needless to say they nailed it!

(Image Via ayaran67)

Check out more of these incredibly accurate Japanese cosplayers over at Kotaku



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Adorable Superman and Wonder Woman Wedding


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'Baby, you're my Wonder Woman.'

'Honey, you're a Superman to me.'

Reinesha and Devan must feel this way about each other because they had a superhero-themed wedding with Reinesha as the Princess of Themyscira and Devan as the Man of Steel. The entire wedding party was dressed appropriately for the event, including Wonder Woman eye makeup, Superman socks, and wedding rings for both of those characters. Reinesha and Devan are clearly DC superfans and deeply in love.

You can see more photos of their wedding here. I suggest that you do because the level of detail that they went to is really impressive.

They don't show the departure from the wedding, but we can safely assume that it was in an invisible jet heading for the Fortress of Solitude.



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The Guide To Spoiler Etiquette

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Navigating the internet without being exposed to spoilers can sometimes seem like an impossible mission, especially if you’re a passionate fan who genuinely hates to have your favorite media ruined for you by uncaring users/article writers.

So what actually constitutes a spoiler? Are some people being a bit too touchy about spoilers, or do they have a valid argument?

Screen Junkies host Hal Rudnick tackles this touchy subject with the help of actor Steve Byrne, journalist Devin Faraci, and Screen Junkies own Dan Murrell.

They discuss spoiler boundaries and try to put together a "spoiler bill of rights", tune in and see if you agree with their spoiler rules.

-Via Laughing Squid



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Six Ways Movies Are Wrong About Space

Space is still the final frontier for us earthbound human beings, and our fascination with what awaits humanity in the largely unexplored cosmos is still going strong. 

Movies have brought this cosmic interest back time and time again, most recently with the film Gravity, proving that people still can’t get enough of movies set in space.

Chris Hadfield is an astronaut who knows a thing or two about outer space, and he’s sick and tired of watching movies that seem to get space wrong every time.

Chris says space will kill you in mundane ways, like when Luca Parmitano came close to drowning in space when his water supply leaked into his helmet, but going to the bathroom in space is awesome, which is something they never show in the movies, for obvious reasons.

He shared these factoids and more with Cracked in 6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong, and (spoiler alert!) Hollywood movies are typically all wrong about space!



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'Strange Wonderful' By Stephanie Swart

One of the great things about animation is that everyone has their own unique style, both in terms of character/background design and the movement found within their work, so you never know what you’re gonna get when you check out an indie animator’s keyframed creation.

However, this animated short by Stephanie Swart kinda gives you a hint about what to expect right there in the title- Strange Wonderful.

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This surreal short is certainly strange, and very sketchy in places, but the understated storyline shows that embracing the strange can be a wonderful, albeit somewhat lonely, experience.

-Via Cartoon Brew



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A Colorful Guide To The Worst Viruses In Computer History

Exploring the history of computer viruses tends to make readers a bit paranoid, especially if they’ve been struck by one of these malicious programs in the past.

But if you’re curious about the dark side of computing you can explore the ghosts of viruses past, complete with awesome graphic addition, at the Computer Virus Catalog, “an illustrated guide to the worst viruses in computer history”.

There you can read about the LSD virus, a DOS based virus that "overwrites all the files in the current directory and then displays a druggy video effect", or the Madman virus, a DOS virus that infects .exe files- "Whenever you hit CTRL-ALT-DEL the virus displays an ASCII picture of an angry red-faced amigo. Hit your keyboard again and the virus displays the creepy message: 'Nothing can save you here, friend - you're in my world now!'_"

For some this site will be informative, but for those who practically live on their computers (like I do) this information makes for a downright terrifying read! *shivers*



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Ninja Versus Apocalypse, With Zombies

Ask some people who would win in the battle of ninja versus (insert noun here) and the ninja will always come out on top.

There’s something about those masked martial artists that makes them really popular despite their murderous inclinations, and they seem virtually invincible when you see them on the big screen:

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Well, they’re definitely destructible, as the video series Daily Ninja proves by throwing them out in front of oncoming traffic, or in the path of a shorebound ferry:

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The wacky video series was created to help promote the upcoming release of Ninja Apocalypse, a post apocalyptic flick directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett that has something to do with magic, ninjas and zombies, not necessarily in that order:

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Ninjas and zombies and magic, oh my! (May contain content considered NSFW)

-Via Geek Tyrant



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What Your Favorite Batman Says about You

Last month, comedian Steve Patrick Adams delved into our psyches with an analysis of the significance of our favorite Bill Murray movies. Now he shows us the importance of who we address as Batman. You can see a larger version here.

It's unnecessary. There is only one Batman: Kevin Conroy, AKA "Real Batman." What does this say about me? Adams writes:

You enjoy surprising people with your unconventional taste. You also enjoy explaining your preferences for an unbearable length of time.

Well, um, I can't really argue with that. Once again, Adams's grasp of the human mind is stunningly perceptive.

-via Pleated Jeans



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Star Trek With Camera Shake Removed - Turn Down For What Edition

The original Star Trek show was filmed when all effects were practical, as opposed to digitally created special effects, and adding camera shake meant literally shaking the camera.

Star Trek: The Next Generation was made in the late 80s/early 90s, when digital effects were more widely used in television productions, so effects like camera shake were digitally added in post-production, with a little help from the actors, of course:

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Nowadays digital effects make it easy to simulate camera shake via software, but when you use the same software to remove the camera shake effect you're left with nothing but amazing performances.

Add the catchy DJ Snake and Lil Jon track "Turn Down For What" to those performances and you've got pure comedy gold on your hands, courtesy of some dude named Danny Rogers and his mashup "Turn Down For Spock".

-Via Elite Daily



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Thor Is About To Become A Disney Princess

The mighty God of Thunder has undergone some changes over the years, from new looks and new attitudes to that time Loki turned him into a frog, but now Thor’s about to go where many male characters in the Marvel Universe have gone before- full blown female.

It’s quite refreshing to see Thor in this light, and just like when Loki took over the body of Sif for a minute these guys don’t lose a bit of their mighty attitudes when exploring their feminine side.

The only problem with this transformation is spelled out in this tweet:

And you thought Mulan and Merida were tough!

-Via Kotaku



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Game of Thrones Theme at Buckingham Palace

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YouTube member Omer Barnea caught the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace last week and was surprised to hear the Queen’s Guards playing the theme from Game of Thrones. They did a good job, although it would have probably been easier on the audience if the musicians had all been facing the same direction. -via Viral Viral Videos

See also: The Guard playing The Imperial March.



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Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Toilet Lid

No worries: he will not be permanently damaged. The Empire will compensate you if he dies. At least, until Jabba sits on him. That probably voids any warranty offered by eBay seller derbycovers, a maker of custom toilet lids. This airbrushed wood lid shows Captain Solo's full horror at the sight of you naked.

-via Technabob



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The World Of Futurama Beautifully Rendered In 3D

Futurama was presented to our eyeballs via image projection devices that only transmit two dimensional visuals, and even though the projected images are strictly reruns these days there is still a lot of fan love out there for the Adventures of the Galaxy Express gang.

If those image projection devices were able to transmit the show’s visual code in 3D it probably would have looked a lot like these amazing CGI Futurama visualizations by Alexy Zakharov, with lots of fine details and shiny bits.

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But since the show was created by Matt Groening, a guy who appreciates the value of super flat characters, two dimensional character art was a given.

The fine humanoids who worked on the show rendered the buildings, vehicles, and some of the space effects in 3D, using a technique called Toon Shading to make the 3D models look more like 2D drawings, but their CGI looked nothing like Alexy's incredibly realistic version of Futurama!

-Via Gamma Squad



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Pop Up Restaurant In Tokyo Serves Food Shaped Like Pikachu

When Ash and his friends travel the world trying to catch all the Pokemon they can they're not hunting for their dinner, and most Pokemon don't look like they'd make for a very good meal.

However, a new pop up restaurant in Tokyo, Japan seems to think one particular Pokemon looks good enough to eat, and they're serving up colorful dishes shaped like Ash's pal Pikachu:

You won't find Lightning Rat Stew on their menu, just friendly faced food like the Pika Burger, the Pika Parfait, and the totally tasty Pika Rump Dumpling:

The Pikachu Cafe was created to promote the upcoming Pokemon the movie XY, and they'll be serving up these cute culinary critter shaped courses until August 31st, so if you're in Japan catch 'em while you can!

-Via DesignTAXI



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USS Canterprise Is Delivering an Emergency Shipment of Cheap Beer

Etsy seller Neal Sasser of La Grange, North Carolina made this impressive model of the Enterprise using 70 Natural Light brand 24-ounce beer cans. He describes it as his masterpiece and the flagship of his crafting operation. What are its dimensions? Sasser says, "Specs = AWESOMENESS." That really does tell you all that you need to know.

I'm especially impressed with Sasser's realistic depiction of the shuttlecraft bay doors. 



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Awesome Snow White/Boba Fett Cosplay

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"Put the Evil Queen in the cargo hold. She's worth a lot of money to me."

Here's Amber Arden cosplaying as the fairest bounty hunter in the land. The huntsman tried to kill her, but he changed his mind when she changed him into dust. You can see more photos at her Facebook page.

-via Nerd Bastards



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New Trailer For Blade Runner Created Using Anime Clips

Blade Runner is such an amazing and beloved film that it just wouldn’t be right to bring it back with a new cast and cutting edge CGI effects because it looks amazing just the way it is, but if you're going to give it new life you have to recreate it as an animated feature.

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YouTuber Chris Kessler agrees, and he put together a trailer using clips from various anime series like Bubblegum Crisis and AD Police, with audio from Blade Runner, which is quite entertaining to watch and Blade Runner-y in all the right places.

If Hollywood filmmakers would stop turning cartoons into live action movies and flip the adaptation process around we might see some animated remakes of movies like Blade Runner that'll be worthy of those high box office prices!

-Via Gamma Squad



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5 Nerdy Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

We all know the best way to beat the summer heat is to stay indoors, playing video games and sucking down cold canned beverages, but if that’s not an option then Dorkly’s got you covered.

They’ve come up with 5 Nerdy Ways to Beat the Summer Heat, and their ideas require way too much effort and sometimes a bit too much money.

In fact, disregard this comic and simply go back to the original plan, it’s much cheaper in the long run and won’t get you arrested for kidnapping!



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The World’s Biggest Star Wars Fan

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Who’s the bigger Star Wars fan: Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart? They battle it out in the promotional video for the raffle at Omaze in which the prize is a role in Star Wars VII! Yes, it will cost you to enter, but proceeds go to support UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs.  -via Viral Viral Videos



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Pokemon Pick-Up Lines You Should Probably Avoid

With San Diego Comic Con about to begin, and the possibility of geek love in the air, it’s a sure bet that geeky pick-up lines are being rehearsed, tested and rewritten so they're ready to be unveiled at bars and clubs around the big event.

Conversations are already going to be awkward, so why not make them even more awkward by infusing your pick-up lines with Pokemon references?

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Why not? Because those lines don't sound as funny when spoken aloud as they do in your head, as demonstrated in this hilarious video by Nacho Punch.

Chances are the Pokemon fan/cosplayer/trainer you’re exposing to these horribly niche flirtations has already heard every line from “Star you single?" to "Are you a cat that shoots out random gold coins? Cause you got a pretty Meowth", so you might as well give up the hunt now before you take a critical hit.

(NSFW due to language)

-Via Topless Robot



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Fourth Annual Robot Film Festival


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The 4th annual Robot Film Festival, now in its fourth year, acknowledges robots in film. The festival will be presented on July 19th, 2014 at Bot & Dolly studios in San Francisco. This year's theme is “Telepresence & Identity: Human-Machine Integration.” Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite. From their promotional literature,

"The Robot Film Festival is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony.

The first and only event of its kind, the Robot Film Festival was founded in 2011 to inject both artistry and playfulness into traditional robotic engineering and to explore the frontiers of the human-machine relationship."

Learn more at the film festival website. Via Laughing Squid.



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Real Life Peter Griffin Spotted In Allentown

Attendees at the Allentown, Pennsylvania Comic Con were treated to an impromptu performance by a real life cartoon character, a man who looks, sounds and (kinda) acts like a real life Peter Griffin from that Family Guy cartoon show.

This spot-on cosplayer also happens to be from Rhode Island, he has a Facebook account where he has proclaimed himself to be the Real Life Peter Griffin, and guess what- nobody’s arguing with him, because this is clearly the role he was born to play!

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Thankfully someone caught the whole thing on video, and even though the audio is pretty terrible, and really hard to hear at times, you kinda get the picture...oh, and he’s not punching a giant chicken so it’s not terribly exciting. Still, real life Peter Griffin you guys!

(May contain language that is NSFW)

-Via Nerd Approved



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8-Bit Character Sprites Made Real

It's safe to say video game sprites weren't meant to faithfully represent what the characters would look like in real life, game designers were just doing the best they could with so few pixels while trying to keep their characters visually interesting.

Sprites are better off in 2D, and as illustrator Scott Johnson demonstrates when you try to bring those 8-bit sprites into any sort of three dimensional space you end up with a total horrorshow:

It would have been mighty hard to root for characters that look like they just crawled out of a radioactive swamp, although there's still something cute about little misshapen Link.

-Via Nerd Approved



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