This Adorable Japanese Mascot Drums Like A Heavy Metal God

Metal bands are made up of more than just darkly clad characters these days, and with bands like Mac Sabbath, GWAR and Green Jelly out there it's becoming hard for an ordinary human to stand out.

But the Japanese apple mascot character in this video is such a badass drummer he doesn't need a band!

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His name is Nyango Star, and he's an apple-cat thing from Kuroishi city in Aomori prefecture who really knows his way around a drum set. Here he is absolutely killing it while playing the Slipknot track "Before I Forget":

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Nyango Star recently came to the world's attention when this video of him playing Anpanman's March was shared by Twitter user @ak1225_062708 :

Now every metal band in the world is trying to get Nyango Star to audition, but he's so metal he thinks joining bands is for posers!

Read Japanese Cat-Apple Mascot Is Actually A Killer Drummer, Rocks Out To X-Japan here


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What Minority Report Computers Would Really Be Like

Futuristic movies and TV shows like Minority Report show characters using cool floating computer screens they access by waving their hands in the air while they have a super serious look on their face.

Even cooler- when the floating computer screen is voice activated, and capable of displaying those really awesome looking 3D maps they spin in the air when they're making plans.

But, like most tech that looks really cool on film, the reality would be an annoyingly unmanageable device that makes you look stupid while you use it and makes everyone nearby hate you! (NSFW language)

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-Via CollegeHumor


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A Different Kind Of Spider Man

The words "spider" and "man" are so common they must come together quite often in the world of costumed crime fighting, and Peter Parker can't be the first hero to see how cool those two words sound together.

But, as this comic by Invisible Cat Stories shows, the criminals and villains who face Peter's version are actually getting off easy! Death by thousands of spiders...*shiver*

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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A 1933 Version of New Order's "Blue Monday"

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In celebration of Blue Monday's fifty year anniversary last year, Orkestra Obsolete did a cover of the song using only instruments that were available fifty years before it was released -in 1933. Instruments used include a glass harp, a pump organ, a dulcimer, a zither and a musical saw. The result is surprisingly accurate and entirely unique at the same time.

Via Laughing Squid


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Triple Yoda Battle

DIY Prophacks found animatronic Yodas with lightsabers at 90% off regular price, and bought them all. There were four, but only three responded to his voice as they were supposed to. The fourth was a "doofus Yoda." So he set them up to battle each other!

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Yep, right there is $80 worth of fun. I think the cat enjoyed it, too. He may recoup some of that as the video is doing well, and he's going to make more videos with them, even doofus, if he gets it to work. -via reddit

Update: today he posted "The follow up video everyone was asking for…" 


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The Secret Hell Behind Those PillsDairy Batterboy Commercials

The Pillsbury Doughboy's heart must be made of stone because he has been watching people shove dough in ovens for over fifty years and still manages to teehee about it all.

And, as this parody PillsDairy Batterboy commercial shows, that's one aspect of Poppin' Fresh's life we never stop to consider- the fact that he's helping Pillsbury sell his own doughpeople to hungry humans.

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-Via Cracked


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How Rogue One Should Have Ended

First off: if you have been putting off seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this post contains spoilers. Then again, if you've put it off this long, you probably don't care about spoilers. If you've seen the film, you probably have an opinion on how it ended. So do the folks at HISHE. They've also changed some of the beginning and middle, too.

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Along the way, they have a bit -or a lot- of criticism picking at everything about Rogue One. That's okay, I think the movie is just fine at is. -via Uproxx


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Celebrate Your Solar System With These Stackable Rings

Ever wish you could wear the world on your fingers? Well, why stop there? Why not wear the whole solar system on your hand (including good old Pluto)? 

Thanks to Etsy seller jamincjewelry, you can! The rings are stackable, so you can were as many as you want on each finger.

If that's not your style though, maybe you'd rather experience the phases on the moon hanging around your neck

You can see all of Jamincjewelry's beautiful designs here.

Via Fashionably Geek


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La La Land As Directed By David Lynch

La La Land won all kinds of awards at the Oscars this year, which isn't surprising considering it glamorizes Hollywood and stars Ryan Gosling. But there's one director who was not in attendance this year, a genius filmmaker who has been nominated three times but has never won an Academy Award- David Lynch.

He's got the vision, the stories and the memorable cast of characters, and if David Lynch would have directed La La Land it would've had a totally different vibe.

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This moody mashup is part of CineFix's Trailer Mix series, if you like this one you should check out Tommy Boy recut as a drama and Shawshank Redemption as an upbead romance movie.

-Via Laughing Squid


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What Happens To Cap'n Crunch When He Dies?

Cap'n Crunch used to boast about how he had "corn for crunch and oats for punch" and that he "stays crunchy, even in milk", his secret defense against those cereal killing Soggies.

But the Cap'n never spoke about issues pertaining to his mortality, and he never told a soul that he'd never learned to swim.

So if you were curious about what happens to the Cap'n when he dies you can thank cartoonist extraordinaire John Kovalic for this colorful explanation packed with seven essential vitamins and minerals!

-Via GeekTyrant


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A Small List of the Crimes Committed By The Gang in "It's Always Sunny"

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is delightful to watch particularly because it's fun to see Charlie, Mac, Dee, Dennis and Frank do horrible things and continue to never grow from their experiences. Any fan of the show knows that while Charlie may know some bird law, the Gang as a whole seems to be completely unaware that they are constantly committing crimes -many of which are serious felonies. 

That's why this list of many (though hardly all) of the crimes on It's Always Sunny is so damn entertaining. It even includes the potential sentences for each of the crimes and unsurprisingly, if the Gang was convicted, they'd be spending a whole lot of time behind bars.

You can see the whole (very long) list here.


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The Original Jaws Ride We Never Got To Experience

Everyone who has ridden on the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour has wondered one thing- why isn't there a Jaws ride at the Hollywood theme park?

Well, it may have something to do with the fact that Universal Studios Florida introduced a Jaws ride in 1990 that is now considered the most expensive theme park failure of all time.

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Yesterworld Entertainment put together this fun video which was inspired by this Theme Park Tourist article about the ill-fated first edition Jaws ride that Universal Studios remade into a legendary attraction.


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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Cat Watch Star Wars

You always thought your cat was just begging for love in a pesky, annoying way when he circles around your feet. As this Oatmeal comic proves though, he actually watched Star Wars and believes he finally found a way to take down his oppressors. 

Via Nerd Approved


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Marvel Comics Versus Marvel Movies

Thanks to various licensing issues the Marvel Universe as a whole has been unable to come together on the big screen, which is sad.

It's also sad how many comics you have to buy each month to keep up with the Marvel Universe, and that Spidey has yet to get the perfect movie adaptation he deserves.

Dorkly's George Rottkamp took a stab at defining some of the major differences between Marvel comics and the movies in this strip, proving the difference almost always involves money.

-Via GeekTyrant


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Which One's The Doppelganger?

When a Doppelganger emerges from the shadows and attacks the Original they've replicated that person's world is turned upside down, and they're forced to fight themselves for survival.

Then Somebody Else shows up and tries to tell the difference between the two, and the whole thing turns into a game of "Pick me! No, pick me!" until one gets dropped.

But, as this Maximumble comic shows, if the Somebody Else who shows up is a total bore then death by doppelganger it is!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Last Night's Other Oscar Flub You Might Not Have Heard About

By now you may have already heard about how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a Steve Harvey at last night's Academy Awards and announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner despite the fact that Moonlight actually was supposed to take home the title. But that wasn't the only embarassing mistake at the event -the in memoriam segment also featured a picture of someone who is very much still alive. 

Australian film producer Jan Chapman was shocked to see her image used in the reel rather than the image of her collaborator, Janet Patterson, who died in October. On the upside for Chapman, she is not only alive and well, but also getting a lot of publicity from the mistake. You can read more about the producer at Heavy.

As a side note, If you haven't see the Best Picture mixup yet, you can see the whole trainwreck here (skip to the 1:50 mark to see the frantic faces in the background as the awards staff tries to fix the mistake):

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A Classic Clip Featuring Nirvana Reacting To Critics Of In Utero

People from all walks of life listened to Nirvana in the 90s, and yet it seems some of the fans brought in by the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" sound didn't dig In Utero.

In 1993 MTV News visited St. John's University and asked students to take home Nirvana's In Utero on CD and give it a listen, then they met up with the students the next day to get their reaction.

A little while later Nirvana stopped by the MTV studios to react to the students reacting to In Utero, and...man, life was so much simpler back then, wasn't it?

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Can Buzzfeed Guess Where You Live Based on What Show You Like?

Where you live may not determine what you like, but there's no denying that people who live in certain areas tend to like some shows more than people who like other shows. For example, the map above shows where Duck Dynasty is most popular. The New York Times did a whole article with these charts, revealing trends among TV viewers across the country. 

It's hard to say if this BuzzFeed quiz is based on the Times article, but they do use a lot of the same shows and the results were at least accurate for me. So was the quiz able to guess where you live based on your favorite shows or are you an anomaly? And while we're at it, did the NYT article line up with your tastes?


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The Best Bounty Hunting Hat in the Galaxy

The Force is with this epic bowler hat designed to add a perfect level of geekiness to your fancy dress or steampunk ensemble. Etsy seller The Blonde Swan makes this brilliant design from handstitched leather. Of course, even with this incredible level of detail, for $600, I'd want a jetpack (or at least a blaster) to come with it.

Of course, that's far from their only geeky hat. The Geeky Swan offers over 100 designs, including this cool Harley Quinn motorcycle cap and the Deadpool top hat below.

Via Technabob


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The Most Awkward Moments At The Oscars

The 89th annual Academy Awards are on, and seeing as how things are a bit tense in America at the moment there are sure to be lots of tense and awkward moments as Hollywood celebs accept their Oscar and speak their mind.

But will this year's awkward moments measure up to the absurdly awkward moments of the past?

Like the time Bjork laid an egg on the red carpet, and everyone around her was like "don't look down, it might be poop." Or the time Travolta made a pass at Scarlett Johansson in the oddest way possible, proving he'd lost that Saturday Night Fever sizzle.

And who can forget the time Seth McFarlane made us all feel dirty with his song "We Saw Your Boobs"? The Oscars don't get much more awkward than that! (best reactions at :13 and :46)

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See 12 of the Most Awkward Oscars Moments Ever here


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Can A Hydraulic Press Crush Wolverine's Claws?

Wolverine's most identifiable features are his claws which, along with his entire skeleton, have been coated in the virtually indestructible metal adamantium.

This advanced alloy is strong enough to stand up to a good smashing from an angry Hulk, so it's no surprise that an hydraulic press doesn't do much of anything against Wolvie's claws.

Still, there's something delightfully geeky about watching the press smash down on Wolvie's claws as they sink into the steel base like hot butter. (NSFW due to language)

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This Hydraulic Press Channel video is a clever way to advertise the new Marvel movie Logan, which is in theaters March 3rd, and it's a good example of how to do an online promo the right way.

-Via Nerdist


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Take A Trip Into The Monster-Filled Depths Of The Dark Dark Woods

You've heard this tale many times before- a princess is bored of the royal life, so she decides to go out and find some adventure outside the castle walls, where dire circumstances in a dark forest help her grow up fast.

The animated short Dark Dark Woods is kinda like that, only in this story the dark woods come to the princess...

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Dark Dark Woods was created by third year students from The Animation Workshop in Denmark, and hopefully it won't be long before this short is turned into a feature length movie!


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Invasion Of The Insectoid Tchotchkes

The porcelain tchotchkes of the past were so boringly innocuous they felt out of place in a haunted house, dungeon or starbase, but these insectoid replicant figurines by Curious Cryptid Curios fit right in!

They were crafted by Miss Mantis to fit in with the rest of the snobbish porcelain statues on the shelf, but their heads reveal their true nature and make stuffy statue collectors recoil in horror.

Miss Mantis has also created an amazing series of Altered Authors, starring writers Louisa May Alcottontail, Jane Austern, Salmon Rushdie and the mysterious Neil Gaimantis.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Better Get Some Earplugs if You Wanna Cuddle With This Little Mandrake Root

In the world of Harry Potter, mandrakes can be used in some powerful potions, but they are also incredibly dangerous to replant. In other words, don't let this little doll's cute (but grumpy) face fool you, it just takes one ear-piercing scream to kill you. 

If you have some well padded earmuffs and a great planter to store him in though, you can get your hands on this delightful, one-of-a-kind amigurumi on TheTinyGeek's Etsy store.


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This Betty Boop Makeup is Unbelievable

Betty Boop is one of those awesome characters that is nearly impossible to cosplay right because her portions are just so off. 

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That being said, this Betty Boop cosplay by Jbunzie is one of the best we've ever seen. Of course, that's not just the makeup, which she shows you how to do for yourself in the video, but also her perfect expressions and movements when she imitates the classic cartoon vixen. It really is like Betty Boop crawled off the screen and into real life.m

Via Fashionably Geek


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Actual Old Man Logan

Wolverine will be a badass until the day he dies, and he'll probably spend his golden years slashing and slaying his foes like he did when he was a pup, but the Old Man Logan storyline tells a different story.

And if that wasn't confusing enough the new Marvel movie Logan tells yet another story about the mighty mutant's later years, so which story is to be believed?

This video by The Warp Zone seems like the most realistic interpretation to me!

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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An Exploration Of What Made The Ren & Stimpy Show So Unique

The Ren & Stimpy Show made a strong impression on young minds (and probably warped a few too), but John K.'s incredible cartoon show wasn't made to be watched by kids alone.

And for the most part kids didn't get why Ren & Stimpy was such a special show, one that inspired the animation industry to give up safety for the sake of artistry and visual delight- they just liked the visual gags.

The Nerdwriter Evan Puschak grew up watching Ren & Stimpy in the 90s, but as he rewatched the series he started to appreciate all the amazing and groundbreaking elements that made The Ren & Stimpy Show super special.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Five Moments That Prove Batman is as Insane as the Joker

Comic book heroes can be great fun, but when they are perfect, they can get boring over time (see: Superman). Batman has no superpowers, but all the money, gadgets, skills, and ethics he ever needs -which got boring over time. But sometime after I quit reading comic books, DC introduced flaws in Batman's psyche. Psychological problems made the character all the more interesting, although some may argue that the idea has occasionally been taken too far. His nemesis the Joker was always portrayed as criminally insane, but there have been a few times that Batman himself was shown to be more mentally troubled than even the Joker. Check out five of those times explored at TVOM.  


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How An Old Camera Flash Became The First Star Wars Lightsaber

Most people are familiar with the iconic look of the side mounted Graflex flash, the one that's always attached to those bellow-bodied folding Graflex cameras in old movies and TV shows.

This bright flash was often used as a comedic element, something that would blind the characters and deliver a laugh, but did you know it was also used to make movie history?

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This video by DigitalRev In-Focus reveals how crafty prop builders used the battery tube from the Graflex flash to create the iconic lightsaber Obi Wan passed on to Luke and inadvertantly made movie history.

-Via Boing Boing


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Interesting Facts About The Secret Of NIMH

The Secret Of NIMH might not be Don Bluth's highest grossing film (that honor goes to Anastasia), nor is it his most popular film of all time (that's split between An American Tail and The Land Before Time).

But the animated adaptation of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was Don's first film after he, John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman left Disney in 1979 to form Don Bluth Productions, and it totally blew 80s kids away.

The Secret of NIMH had suspense, intrigue and mice in mortal danger. There were sword fights, an old wizard and a magic amulet, and the characters are so sympathetic viewers can't help but hiss at the wicked rats led by Jenner and root for the Brisby family.

Speaking of the Brisbys- their name in the book is "Frisby" but Wham-O, makers of the Frisbee, made them change the name because it was too similar.

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There's also the matter of Jenner's reluctant sidekick going nameless in the film, and since he's the one who puts an end to Jenner he deserves his name to be known, so here's to you Sullivan!

But what's up with the name NIMH? It stands for National Institute of Mental Health, which was only mentioned by the Farmer's Wife once in the film, but explains a lot about those rodents going psycho!

Read 12 Facts About 'The Secret Of NIMH' at mental_floss


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