A Thai restaurant in San Antonio will let you use their wifi, but they're not going to make it easy! Joshua_Glock posted the sign, looking for some help. The top comment at reddit has an answer, but I don't know how correct it is. There are other suggestions in the comments, but we don't know if Josh has tried any of them out yet. -Thanks, John Farrier!
Sesame Street is the one thing we all have in common, because as kids we all loved learning our ABCs and 123s while hanging out on our favorite street full of puppets and puppet-friendly people.
Since the show first aired in 1969 it has grown into a cultural phenomenon, and it's the one show your friend who grew up without a TV regrets not being able to watch as a kid.
But when some people view the show through adult eyes it really messes with their minds, and they start thinking all sorts of messed up stuff about those poor, innocent puppets...which they naturally post online.
Thanks for killing my inner child, internet! Just kidding, he died decades ago...
If you want to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary with a Starfleet Halloween costume, go for it! But if you’re attending a party with die-hard Trek fans, you better be accurate. When Star Trek debuted in 1966, Gene Roddenberry color-coded Starfleet uniforms to indicate service divisions, and added gold braid to denote rank. However, he did not know how long the series would last and how many new iterations would follow. Besides, the production had a very skimpy budget. Starfleet uniforms evolved over the years as Star Trek went to movies and several more modern TV series. And some of the uniform innovations didn’t go over well.
The Star Trek movies that followed the cancellation of the original series, threw most of the original coloring schemes out the window for a cleaner look, which is surprisingly harder to read. In 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which takes place in the mid-2270s), the bright colors were done away with and replaced with white, grey, and beige uniforms.
Here, a person’s position could be determined by the color of the ring behind the Starfleet insignia on their breast. A white ring was used for command, orange and green were used for the science divisions, and red, gold, and grey were used for operations. Rank was now worn on either the sleeve and/or on a shoulder tab. Thankfully, these creamy jumpsuits didn’t last long.
By 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Starfleet (and the film’s production department) had adopted an even more standardized and militaristic look. Taking place around the late-2270s, the second film introduced a standard maroon color that was worn by all officers in jumpsuit and jacket styles.
As Star Trek movies and series proliferated, writers and producers tried to streamline the color-coding and ranks, but time-travel plots further complicated the overall fashion scheme. You can catch up and get an idea of how Starfleet uniforms work in a rundown at Atlas Obscura.
Adulthood sounds really cool to kids who mature faster than their peers, and while they may hear about responsibilities, bills and financial burden it's hard for them to understand how much these aspects of adulthood suck.
If you're resilient or crafty enough to finish the race you will figure out how to get past all the hurdles life keeps putting in your path.
But first you'll have to fall on your face at least a few times, just so you know what dirt, and your own blood, tastes like.
The change that hits us hardest is the space which grows and widens between friends, as kids with plenty of time to hang out with each other grow into adults who hardly have time to stay in touch via text.
However, old friends will meet you at a bar one night then proceed to get so drunk they get kicked out.
And then you'll have to drive them home while praying you don't get pulled over and they don't vomit all over your car. Yay adulting! (Comic by Scott DeWitt)
People often assume Halloweenies are also rabid horror movie fans, but many become obsessed with Halloween because they enjoy making stuff and decorating, and don't like all that blood and gore.
They're definitely a rare breed, but Halloweenies who don't like horror can start to feel left out, wishing they had a movie to watch and get them in the Halloween mood.
Luckily there are plenty of spooky but scaredy-cat friendly movies out there even those who hate horror may appreciate, like the Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice or the stop motion masterpiece Coraline.
Both movies are creepy and surreal, with grim themes and otherworldly settings that will certainly give you those Halloween feels.
There are also many new movies worth checking out if you want chills and supernatural thrills without the gruesome gore, like the vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows starring Jemaine Clement of Flight Of The Conchords.
And if you're looking for a frightfully fun movie to watch with your little ones you should check out Goosebumps starring Jack Black, it's fun for R.L. Stine fans young and old.
A few of the games in the Mario Bros. franchise have attempted to show us what Mario dreams about, and Super Mario Bros. 2 was all a dream, but can we really know what's going on inside Mario's head?
The guy has eaten so many mushrooms I doubt he knows his own mind anymore, and all that warping, morphing and fighting can't be good for his brain.
But as this comic by Andy Kluthe shows us the Mushroom Kingdom resident you've really gotta look out for is Toad- because he's clearly not getting enough love.
Superheroes are a sexy bunch, there's no doubt about it, but having sex with a superhero seems like a task best left up to other superfolks.
For our normal human bodies are fragile, and probably wouldn't be able to withstand a physical encounter with some super strong, super fast and/or super thick skinned individual.
But if you're trying to get down and dirty with The Thing you might find him too embarrassed to return your advances- because the jury's still out on whether he has functional genitalia in his non-human form.
On the other hand, Rogue of the X-Men is anatomically correct, but touching her bare skin can cause power loss, permanent memory loss or death. She's hot but she ain't that hot!
Read The Creepy Downside Of Sex With 6 Superheroes here (NSFW language)
Does Batman seem like a very forgiving or understanding guy? Of course not, because the Bat don't take no mess from no man, Super or otherwise.
And any punk who dares mess with his Batstuff, especially the Batstuff with his Batname on it, will be punished to the fullest extent of the Batlaw.
So heed this visual warning by Dragonarte and leave ol' Batsy's stuff alone, or he'll make you pay...
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Saturday morning cartoon show theme songs are the songs that played in our heads when we were kids, the catchy and well crafted tunes that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Just thinking about shows like Muppet Babies, Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Thundercats, Hong Kong Phooey or Josie and the Pussycats makes the theme song come to mind, demonstrating the power of the cartoon theme song.
In 1995 MCA released an album called Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits featuring The Ramones, Sublime, Liz Phair, Helmet and Reverend Horton Heat covering cartoon theme songs, and those childhood tunes were changed forever- in a good way.
The album also came with this full length home video, featuring all of the music videos for the songs on the album as well as Drew Barrymore and her friends reacting to each video while looking all alt 90s.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Since this rule has proven to be true time and again it's no surprise that Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory has been the subject of porn and fetish parodies.
But fetish video company TaylorMadeClips chose to make some really strange videos based on an odd scene from the movie- the scene where Violet Beauregarde is transformed into a giant blueberry.
TaylorMadeClips has created a bunch of "blueberry inflation" videos featuring a woman being transformed into a blueberry out of the blue, and surprisingly only a few of them are overtly NSFW.
And while these videos aren't exactly porn there's definitely something sick and smutty about them, so if you ever meet a self-professed fan of "blueberry inflation" tell them "You get nothing! Good day sir!"
-Via Boing Boing
Only superfans know every single thing Jim Henson created during his storied career, but in this case ignorance is a good thing- because it gives the rest of us an excuse to look into his lesser known creations.
You may remember the Swedish Chef endorsed Cröonchy Stars cereal released in the late 80s, but I had no idea the cereal was actually created by Henson and art director Michael Frith.
Jim wasn't averse to working in advertising, and early in his career he was asked to create a series of ads for Wilkins Coffee starring Wilkins and Wontkins, two of Henson's earliest puppet creations.
Although he's best known for his puppets Jim started out as a cartoonist, and some of Henson's earliest illustrative work can be seen in his comic strip Pierre the French Rat, which was printed in his high school yearbook. (See full sized image here)
Henson was a huge fan of comic strips, so he helped create a pilot for a TV adaptation of the popular Parker and Hart strip The Wizard of Id, but networks took so long to pick up the series Jim had already moved on to making Sesame Street.
Marionettes aren't known for their musical skills, because if their arms and legs can't stop flopping around they can't really play an instrument, now can they?
Well, as talented puppeteer and street performer Ricky Syers shows in this video, there is one instrument those floppy armed puppets can play pretty well- the drums.
It's really impressive to see how much expression Ricky is able to put into little Chopsy's performance of Rush's "Tom Sawyer", and I'm really surprised Chopsy hasn't been offered a recording contract yet!
-Via Laughing Squid
Halloween parties have changed quite a bit over the last decade due to the mainstreaming of geek culture, and now instead of a few fanboys and fangirls dressing geeky for the party every Tom, Dick and Harry comes as Clark Kent.
This geeky costume overload tends to make nerds rage, but they get their revenge by showing up in a clever costume that stands out in a sea of Harleys, Deadpools and random comic book movie characters.
So if you head out to a Halloween party this year don't be surprised if you see lots of the same super suits and trendy pop culture costumes, but if you want to stand out don't dress up at all!
(Image via Sol_Getnews)
For some, cosplay is all about becoming the character they're portraying through costume and attitude. But a select segment of the cosplay community tries to create perfectly accurate interpretations of the source material.
These amazingly accurate cosplayers are sticklers for detail and strive for realism, and the end result is a cosplay dream come true!
Whether they're trying to bring the character to life in a realistic way, like this Piper from Fallout 4 cosplay by ladylorethia.
Or they're trying to preserve the look of the source material, like this Foxy from Five Nights At Freddy's cosply by Cryptic-Enigma
An amazingly accurate cosplayer makes a big impression on Con attendees, like this M. Bison cosplay by THE SMOKE
Leaving them haunted by the encounter (Mystique cosplay by Yukilefay)
It’s been a while since we’ve heard a Pogo remix, so it’s extra-special that his new one is Star Trek themed! It’s a remix of sounds from Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Brent Spider as Data. Even though it’s rendered as nonsense, you’d recognize those voices anywhere, wouldn’t you? And we even get to see Pogo!
From the YouTube page:
The track opens with the Klingon Victory Song, followed by a remix of Data singing Che Gelida Manina in the episode 'In Theory'. This episode was the first ever to be directed by Patrick Stewart and I didn't realize this until after the track was finished.
I sourced the Ben Nye makeup that was used to turn Spiner into Data, and a replica of the iconic Star Fleet uniform. Unfortunately I couldn't get the contact lenses in and I could only get the uniform in red, so I spent a huge amount of time changing the colour of my eyes and uniform in post.
Pogo is the professional name of Nick Bertke, whom we’ve featured many times before. -Thanks, Øystein Dale!
The thousands of frames that make up a TV show are edited together into an episode in order to tell a cohesive story to the audience, so it's not really fair to make assumptions about the show based on a single frame.
But the internet is full of people with really strong opinions about shows they've never seen, and if you post a single frame screenshot from a show and ask them to explain what's going on they'll answer.
And sometimes their responses actually sound like an episode of the show, which means these people are lying when they say they've never watched the show or the show was written via algorithm.
The human body is like a supervillain's laboratory, and once you figure out how to keep the fluids from exploding everywhere you start to realize what that walking lab of yours can do.
It creates fearsome imagination monsters to keep us up at night, hormones that turn hairless kids into shaggy beasts, and various unpleasant substances which can be used as girlfriend repellant.
Once we've learned how to use our labs to further our plans for world domination we're hit with another villainous twist- lab rental fees, energy costs and the debt incurred when we decided to expand our lab's database.
Illustrator Caldwell Tanner presents The 6 Supervillains You'll Fight at Every Stage of Your Life, an ageless tale of superheroic life changes starring you!
Nicolas Cage is a hero created by the people for the people, and whether you're a fan or a super fan you have to admit one thing- Nic Cage is quite a character both on and off the screen.
Nic's latest fictional life will play out in the new movie Army of One, in which he stars as Gary Faulkner- an unemployed weirdo who hears the voice of god telling him to go capture Bin Laden. (Barely NSFW due to language)
Army of One is loosely based on the true story of "Rocky Mountain Rambo" Gary Faulkner, who claims he went to Pakistan eleven times to hunt Bin Laden before being arrested by Pakistani police. Sounds a little too sane for a Nic Cage role...
When you hear the word "slasher" you probably think about Jason Voorhees, the silent but deadly star of the Friday the 13th film franchise.
Jason's flicks set the standard for all slasher flicks to come, and even though a new Friday the 13th film hasn't come out in about 7 years Jason's bloody star continues to rise.
But would Jason be where he is today if he'd been named Josh? And would audiences have fallen so hard for Jason had he continued to wear the burlap sack he wore in the first two films?
This frightful factoid video by Looper reveals what could have become of the Camp Crystal Lake killer, and how all of the iconic pieces such as the mask, the spooky sound and the mommy lovin' backstory fell into place.
-Via Laughing Squid
Everyone loves a pinata -they're one of the only things in life that reward you for smashing them into bits. Oh, and they're symbols of innocent childhood fun. No matter what you love about pinatas, this pinata rug for sale on Etsy is sure to brighten your heart as it spruces up your home. Of course, in this case I don't recommend smashing it open, but that's ok because the body is already pre-squished for you.
Our phones have been urging us to catch 'em all, telling us to GO and not to come back until we're proper trainers.
But why have we been out there searching for cool critters when the coolest critter is hangin' at home in the comics page?
I'm talking, of course, about Garfield, the fat orange cat who could probably be lured into a pokeball with a tray of lasagna.
Garfield has been my favorite cartoon cat since way back when, so when I saw cartooner Shawn Bowers had been busy putting Pokemon through a Garfield-ification I finally felt the urge to GO catch 'em.
Shawn's Garfemon series is forever orange with black stripes, forever strange and forever gonna make me hungry for more.
Poor Luigi - he's been a Mario Bro since the very beginning, and yet he's still overshadowed by his brother Mario and looked down upon by everybody else in the Mushroom Kingdom.
You'd think his honorary status as one of the Super Mario Bros. would make him a more popular character, but instead his name is forgotten, his manhood is questioned, and he ends up looking for love in all the wrong places.
It's not Luigi's fault that he's one of the most underrated and misunderstood characters in video games, the developers at Nintendo never seem to know what to do when a game involves Mario and Luigi too.
But if they keep pushing Luigi he's liable to do something rash...
All gamers wonder what it would be like to live inside a video game world, but the truth is most game worlds would be too grim, dangerous and/or downright terrifying to live in for long.
For instance, the settings for the Grand Theft Auto games seem a lot like the real world, only with more rampant violence, more inept cops and way more terrible drivers causing deadly collisions.
So why wouldn't a gamer want to spend time in that slick and hyperviolent world? Two words- Trevor Philips. (NSFW language)
The short film GTA VR by Corridor shows why living in GTA V world would really suck, especially when modders start screwing with the place and you realize there's no escape from the mayhem.
-Via Meme Base
As a rule superheroes don't kill unless it's absolutely necessary, and writers have been using this moral dilemma to their advantage from the very beginning.
In fact, so many story arcs would have ended before they even began if superheroes would just kill the bad guys and get it over with, but heroes are more likely to kill one of their own than their wicked foes.
Wolverine is often seen as a savage fellow and therefore has no problem killing his foes, but one kill definitely weighs heavy on his conscience- the time he had to kill Jean Grey.
Jean Grey was resurrected by the Phoenix Force hoping to become Dark Phoenix once again, but this time Jean was prepared to fight the Phoenix- with a little help from Wolverine.
Logan was forced to kill the woman he loved over and over again, weakening the Phoenix Force so Jean could separate herself from it, and all he knew was murdering Jean Grey was the only way to save her from that cosmic force.
Wolverine isn't the only superhero who has killed a loved one- Namor the Sub-Mariner was also forced to kill his lady love for the greater good.
But Wolverine isn't the only hero who had to kill the love of his life for the greater good- Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner
It seems his beloved Marrina's alien DNA had a very strange reaction when she became pregnant with Namor's child- the pregnancy transformed her into a gigantic sea creature.
Namor was forced to do the "right" thing by using the Black Knight's Ebony Blade to slay Marrina, which may have contributed to Namor's anti-hero conversion.
Suspension of disbelief has its limits, and movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have such ridiculous plot elements that viewers can't help but be put off by these oversights.
Let's start with The Avengers- why did Loki enlist the services of an alien army with soldiers wearing armor normal arrows can go right through and gigantic creatures Hulk, Iron Man and Thor crush with ease?
You'd think feuding with his brother would have given Loki some insight into the kind of army he'd need to beat his bro's squad, but maybe he just didn't feel like putting in the work?
But the winner of the "WTF kinda plan was that?" award goes to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, who had the chance to kill Batman once and for all but decided to give him the old "let's see you get outta that one!" routine instead.
Apparently Bane's hell bent on the destruction of Gotham, but he won't push that button before he gives some speeches and properly builds suspense!
Gamers think about lots of things while playing Final Fantasy IX, things like "when will I level up?", "where can I find some phoenix downs so my party doesn't wipe?" and "how do you pronounce that name?".
But nobody ever wonders how the poor townspeople feel about our heroes waltzing in to their homes and places of business and brazenly ripping off their hard earned Gil.
Maybe this comic by Julia Lepetit will make gamers stop and think about how those poor NPCs feel when we steal from them...just kidding, who gives a crap about those digital losers!
When kids sit down to play a video game they have little to no expectations, no goals in mind and no emotional attachment to their save file.
As gamers grow older they become more serious about gaming, and the innocent fun of youth is transformed into a more tense and regimented form of fun.
So why do video games stop having the same effect they had on us when we were kids?
Mark Serrels of Kotaku Australia was inspired to write about the merits of child's play by his son's enthusiasm for all things Mario, and his hilarious account really makes you think about the way we adult gamers play.
"I have learned a lot about video games from my three-year-old son who loves Super Mario 3D World more than I love any non-sentient object in this universe. Some of it is actually interesting.
The way children consume things is otherworldly. You or I — adult people — are content to play or watch something once – two or three times if we’re big fans. But there’s a diminishing return here. You don’t get the same pleasure the third or fourth time. At the very least it’s a different experience."
Bizarre and Scientology go together like Hare Krishnas and tambourines, but if you think Tom Cruise and John Travolta were better off after they joined the Church of Scientology then you won't like the rest of this post.
Because we're gonna gaze at the ridiculous engram-implanting images found in the 1994 Scientology Handbook and have a good laugh, which is the only sane reaction to these pics when they're viewed out of context.
I'm sure there's a simple, or overly complicated and super sci-fi, explanation for each image contained in the Scientology Handbook, but we don't have the time or money needed to fully understand these "truths".
So we'll just continue to imagine what the hell these images mean, and since imagination is a key component of Scientology that's sorta like being a full-fledged member of the Church, right? *wink*
Pixar movies like UP, Toy Story and The Incredibles aren't quite as whitewashed and G-rated as their Disney cousins, but they're still kept family friendly and pure to maximize box office revenue.
They accomplish this by simply omitting any content that could be construed as mature and change the rating, such as Mr. and Mrs. Incredible's morning ritual of fooling around before breakfast.
If that scene had been included in the film parents would've had to discuss this delicate issue with their kids on the way home, and we can't have cartoons forcing parents to give the sex talk, now can we?
But humans aren't the only ones who get edited in Pixar films, check out this deleted scene from UP showing Dug's romantic side.
That scene would have been too disturbing for all viewers, so it's a good thing we can still look at Dug without thinking about him humpi.....never mind, that illustration by Paul Westover has taken away Dug's innocence, now hasn't it? Sorry Dug!
The castaways on Gilligan's Island claim to have kept no secrets from us or each other, but even the innocent looking star of the show has been hiding a secret all these years- because his name was originally supposed to be Willy Gilligan.
The name Willy never came up in the show, and Bob Denver insisted Gilligan's first name was Gilligan forever after the show, but Sherwood Schwartz named the character "Willy Gilligan" in the original treatment.
Schwartz came up with Gilligan's Island while at college, and originally intended the show to be a "social microcosm and a metaphorical shaming of world politics in the sense that when necessary for survival, yes we can all get along.”
Even the name of the ship was meant to make a statement, as the S.S. Minnow was named after the head of the FCC- because show creator Sherwood Schwartz hated him and felt like he was sinking the entire television industry.
Who says a silly TV sitcom can't have depth and make a bold statement?