A Children's Book Adaptation Of Game Of Thrones- Goodnight Westeros

Few parents would let their young kids watch more than about five minutes of Game of Thrones, because the nudity, gore and terrifying thematic elements are strictly for mature audiences.

But let's play devil's advocate- what would a children's book based on the Game of Thrones universe look like? Probably a lot like this killer kiddie book from Mashable entitled "Goodnight Westeros".

It's full of delightful illustrations by Vicky Leta and a dark storyline sure to give kids nightmares if you read it to them before bedtime, but we all know kids don't care for stories about Hodors and traitorous whores, right?

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Read Goodnight Westeros in its entirety here



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The Ultimate Star Wars Troll

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"Mesa so popular" -Jar Jar Binks

Yes, that's right one intrepid editor took the initiative to correct the new Star Wars trailer so that every scene contains everyone's favorite character from the franchise -Jar Jar Binks. It's about darn time they resurrect ths beloved creature.

Via Geekologie



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Cersei Lannister as Slave Leia

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Cosplayer AlyCat looks almost exactly like Lena Headey's depiction of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones. She's left aside the queen's normal garb for Princess Leia's famous slave outfit. She doesn't have a chain with which to strangle Jabba, but only because she has a more painful end in mind for him.

-via Kotaku



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Don't Make the Hulk Busy. You Wouldn't Like Him When He's Busy.


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Dr. Bruce Banner has a lot to do. And I'm not talking about laboratory work. Like any other functional adult, he has a long to-do list of daily chores. It makes him irritable. It brings out the Hulk in him (like the rest of us). In this animated short by Fox ADHD, the Hulk must quickly and brutally get through the mundane details of life.

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The LEGO Walking Dead

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Monsieur Caron (previously at Neatorama) brings us a LEGO video starring Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead. In fact, he named this video “Daryl Dixon // Smoke,” so we may see more Walking Dead brickfilms in the future. Here, he fights his way through a group of zombies to rescue a man so he and his family can make their escape in a heavily-modified RV. -Thanks, Yan!



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What’s Your Fantasy?

When you indulge in your fantasies, it might be prudent to remember who is asking about them, and why. But don’t let that get in the way of your fun!  

This interlude is from the highly-recommended Pie Comic by John McNamee.



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Star Trek: 57 Bits of Trivia About the Original Crew Films

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Between Star Trek I through Star Trek VI there are countless items of trivia of interest to fans. The article linked below aims to please even the nerdiest of Star Trek nerds with its list of 57 bits of trivia. For example, in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: 

"31. Hello computer?!? The Apple Mac wasn't supposed to be in the factory, and the original Commodore Amiga model was originally supposed to be in its place. Commodore Business Machines refused to send a sample machine for filming and simply told the film crew that they had to buy one. Apple just sent a machine and a member of staff to help out. Commodore also stated it didn't want to be associated with Star Trek. Facepalm..."

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country:

"42. Boom! Cue the 'Praxis Wave' (aka the 'Praxis Effect')! Not only an ear splitting and audience awakening moment, but one that resulted in an iconic special effect being created by Industrial Light & Magic, which would be re-used in other future productions, most notably for the destruction of the Death Star in the special edition of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope."

See all 57 bits of Star Trek film trivia here.



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The Carbonite Maneuver (1985)

You don’t really notice how movie trailers evolve over time until a lot of time has passed and then you see the old ones again. Seeing the original Star Wars trailer from 1977 is a shock to the system, and then you remember that was 38 years ago. And Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered only two years later.

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SonOfSpork gives us a Star Trek/Star Wars mashup that feels right for 1985. See Captain Kirk and his crew encounter Darth Vader and his Imperial forces! Watch the USS Enterprise do the trench run on the Death Star! A cosmic spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen before! -via Uproxx



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Amazingly Detailed Star Wars Scenes Formed from Single Sheets of Paper

Marc Hagan-Guirey is the Paper Dandy—an artist who specializes in cutting paper in precise, 3-dimensional forms. It’s an art form called kirigami. In the past, we’ve seen his renderings of famous horror movie moments. His most recent project, dubbed Cut Scene, shows immediately recognizable slices from Star Wars. Hagan-Guirey describes his work to CNN:

He picked some of his favorite scenes from the original Star Wars movies and carved them out of 8.27 by 11.7-inch sheets of paper: "I use an X-acto knife and I'm never frugal about saving fresh blades. A metal ruler and a cutting matt. That's it really. Oh, and a few skewers to pop out small sections."

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Eleven Unforgettable Television Cliffhangers

Watching an entire television series requires an investment from viewers- an investment of time, of mental energy, and sometimes an emotional investment in the characters we come to know and love/hate.

The creators behind our favorite shows know full well about viewer investment, and they like to toy with our interest by leaving us dangling from one season to the next.

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They employ the time tested cliffhanger tactic and delight in watching us squirm as we struggle to figure out how the next season will begin, and what the return will be on our investment.

From the shooting of a fictional oil tycoon to the shooting of an animated billionaire that poked fun at the cliffhanger trope, these are the mysteries that had TV viewers talking and gave rise to the idea of spoilers.

Read 11 Unforgettable Television Cliffhangers at mental_floss



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Arnold Schwarzenegger Reenacts Most Of His Movies In Five Minutes

Arnold Schwarzenegger is far from the most diverse actor in Hollywood, and aside from Twins and Jingle All The Way his IMDB page consists of pretty much nothing but action flicks, but he has played some pretty iconic roles during his 40 years in the biz.

From the Terminator Model 101 to the merc Dutch who took a mudbath to save humanity to the totally chill Mr. Freeze, Ahnold definitely knows how to play a man of action, but can the mighty muscleman reprise every role he’s ever played in five minutes?

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With a little help from James Corden, the former Governor of California proves he's still got what it takes to awe an audience and deliver quoteworthy one-liners like a total boss!

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The Shoeboxus parade

The relatively new New Orleans Krewe of Chewbacchus has sci-fi events outside of Carnival season, too. For Star Wars day on Monday, they staged a parade. This one was called Shoeboxus.

Often the landscape of Mardi Gras is dotted with larger parades helmed by the moneyed and reigned over by the famous; they are slick, professional affairs, with strict rules and big fees.  Shoeboxus brings spectators back to their elementary school days when celebrating Mardi Gras meant making your own miniaturized float á la an empty shoebox, a bit of paint and paste, and lots and lots of beads.

“Part of the ethos of Chewbacchus is to both celebrate and mock the things we love. It's this earnest love of science fiction but we also know that we're a bunch of silly nerds and we do this crazy, homemade parade,” says co-founder Ryan Ballard. “We don't take it seriously whatsoever.”

There were larger vehicles bringing up the rear, like tricycles, but altogether, the Shoeboxus parade with small but showy. You can read more about it and see plenty of pictures at Atlas Obscura. A good time was had by all.

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BB-8 Droid Nails

BB-8 is the name of the spherical droid that appears in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ever since it first appeared on screen for a couple seconds in an early trailer, fans have been fascinated by it.

You can count on nail artist Kayleigh O'Connor to express a pop culture phenomenon on her hands. In the past, she's made nails inspired by Breaking Bad, Futurama, The Lord of the Rings, and more. For Star Wars Day, she made this rounded thumbnail droid that looks like it's ready to roll off her hand.



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Watch Mark Hamill’s Original Screen Test for Star Wars


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Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford sit in the control room of the Millennium Falcon. Their destination, Alderaan, is nothing but radioactive debris. They’re not in costume nor on a proper set. They’re just sitting in chairs and convincingly performing a selection from an early draft of Episode IV. At the 4:01 mark, you can hear George Lucas voicing his approval. Obviously Hamill is the right man to save the galaxy and revive the Jedi Order.

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How To Have The Perfect Royal Baby Party

Princess Kate just dropped a baby like it’s hot, so the time has come for all you fans of the Royals (the British monarchs, not the major league baseball team) to throw your very own royal baby party and get bizarre in the name of Britannia!

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Check out this video by Chris (Simpsons artist) for helpful advice on- how to get Daniel Radcliffe to go to your party, how to tell your mum about the impending party, and the best newborn baby themed games to play at such a posh party.

Follow Chris's advice to the letter and you'll be celebrating the fact that the British royal family is capable of producing offspring in no time!



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Twenty of the Best Multiplayer Games From Your Past

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Who among you remembers having great times playing multiplayer games with friends, dating back to your childhood (or long past)? Even if you're not a gamer today, you probably have memories of having fun with video games at some point. As technology would have it, those incarnations are long gone. 

This article mentions 20 multiplayer games from "back in the day" that made for hours and hours of entertainment (and sometimes serious player versus player challenges)! See which ones bring back memories for you. I know I loved Mario Kart in various versions; I also played multiplayer Quake until I couldn't see straight. 



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15 Far Out Facts About Space Ghost Coast To Coast

Considering Space Ghost's original run from 1966-67 consisted of only 20 episodes, and less than 90 minutes of animation, Space Ghost should hold his cowled head up high and celebrate the success he had as a talk show host.

Space Ghost: Coast To Coast made it possible for Adult Swim to blossom into the animation juggernaut it is today, and even though he's now a big man on Williams Street campus series creator Mike Lazzo started the show with a budget of zero.

So how was the first episode made? With a tape-to-tape VHS editing system and a Radio Shack mic, the episode consisting of clips from a Denzel Washington interview on CNN and old Space Ghost clips. The show has such a high quality look that you can hardly tell!

Read 15 Things You Might Not Know About Space Ghost Coast To Coast at mental_floss



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37 Star Wars Facts in Honor of Star Wars Day


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To continue the Star Wars Day party, linked below is a lengthy list of facts about the franchise. One story has to do with Sir Alec Guinness. His attitude toward the material and the series was poor, to understate things. He was quoted as saying that Star Wars was “fairy-tale rubbish,” and made it clear he had no interest in participating in The Empire Strikes Back.

Lucas and the other principal filmmakers were able to get Guinness to come around, yet not without granting him the strict conditions he imposed for his involvement. Guinness would work one day only, a day consisting of exactly 4.5 hours of work, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In exchange for his 4.5 hours, Guinness would be paid one-fourth of a percent of the total gross of the movie. Thus, Sir Alec made out like a bandit with millions of dollars for a half day of his time. 

Read thirty-six other Star Wars stories here.  



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10 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day

If you somehow missed everyone talking about it on the net, today is Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth Be With You. While we all have our own ways to celebrate the big holiday (including buying sweet Star Wars tees), if you aren't sure how to get your Forth on, this Information Week article can give you some ideas.

Of course, if you really want to celebrate the big holiday in a big way, you can always get a tattoo like this epic one on Flickr user Teri Solow.



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Here's How Fifteen Celebrities Dressed For Prom

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Prom season is upon us once again, which means it’s time for parental units to stress out about their child's safety, time for teens to stress out over making the most of their night, and time for school officials to stress out over the whole affair.

But those lucky teens who were destined to become famous adults didn't stress out about prom night- they were all cool and aloof, looking like everything was alright, alright, alright in the world

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And those fearless and fashion forward teen divas who knew they were destined for greatness showed up to prom ready to work it!

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See How These 15 Celebrities Prepared For Prom here



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A Look At The Vehicles From Mad Max: Fury Road

Vehicles have played a major role in Mad Max folklore from the very beginning, and the sheer variety of vehicle types and apocalyptic modifications make the vehicles feel like they're another character in the story.

The latest installment, Mad Max: Fury Road, is continuing the tradition of giving these amazing apocalyptic vehicles center stage, and there are more vehicles in the new film than all other Mad Max films combined.

In fact, Fury Road features over 150 real life vehicles driven by real life stunt drivers, all of which were dreamed up by production designer Colin Gibson and constructed by Kennedy Miller Mitchell.

Here’s a look at ten of the more notable vehicles from the film, courtesy of Car And Driver. They'll make car mod fans go ooh, fans of the apocalyptic genre go aaah, and any critters that live around Fury Road go eek!

-Via Laughing Squid



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Elders React To Mortal Kombat X

The first Mortal Kombat arcade game debuted in arcades back in 1992, when those who are considered senior citizens nowadays were full grown adults.

That means many of them don’t get the appeal of video games, much less a video game where you finish your opponent by ripping their spine out or tearing their still beating heart from their chest.

The latest entry in the series Mortal Kombat X features the goriest and most depraved fatalities yet, so what will elders who already don’t get the appeal of gaming think about this stepped up level of violence?

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Surprisingly, some of them seem to really get into the gore in the latest video by REACT, and even though they couldn't pull off any fatalities their competitive natures make them call out for the blood of their opponents!

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The Most Ridiculous Gadgets Used By Batman

Batman has taken a dark and gritty turn over the years, evolving into the Dark Knight we all know (and many of us love) today, but even when he has a bad attitude Bats can be a bit of a goofball.

He often relies on his gadgets too much to truly call himself a superhero, and those gadgets are like the comic book equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of his cowl, in other words way too convenient.

Need a spray that keeps female super villains away? Batman's got a can full of Bat-Female-Villain-Repellant on his utility belt for just such an occasion:

Maybe he'll whip up a special kryptonite based spray formula for Supes in the upcoming film?

See The 8 Dumbest Gadgets Batman Ever Used at Dorkly



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Forget Ad Block, This Software Blocks The Kardashians

Tired of Kim and her annoying family breaking your internet? You're not alone. In fact, one brilliant man named James Samir Shamsi has taken to eliminating the problem for us all. That's right, Kardblock is here to help you block all news stories and referrences to the only family in America that's more annoying than all SPAM messaegs combined.

Unfortunately, the app is not yet a reality, but in the process of recruiting developers. So if you're a coder, please visit the site and help contribute to the anti-Kardashian cause.

Via The Daily What



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This Architect's Basement is a LEGO Lover's Paradise


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Architect Jeffrey Pelletier's 250,000-piece LEGO collection is impressive, but what's more impressive is the manner in which he organizes it and the fantastic basement space that houses it. Pelletier's neon-colored house covers an incredible basement complete with nine-foot ceilings and a hidden screen for movies. This is one tricked-out LEGO/man cave and it looks like a ton of fun, even if the kids turn out not to like LEGO. -Via Nerd Approved



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