5 Coolest ‘Space Cowboys’ of All Time

Who’s your favorite “space cowboy”? Buzz Aldrin? Well, maybe, but this list deals with fictional characters from movies and TV. Before you try to envision your favorite, here’s the definition used:

It basically means any character from sci-fi (in this case, TV and movies) who flew around in space, but was also pretty much a cowboy. Same ideals and similar aesthetic (albeit a bit sci fi’d out). He is calm, cool, collected, and is generally not one to be trifled with. Often they are usually bounty hunters, but can come in any many shapes and sizes. The fact is, the space cowboy is everywhere, but there are no lists about them (until now, that is). Though there have been many in science fiction, here are five space cowboys are are pretty much the coolest dudes in all the cosmos.

Geeks Are Sexy justifies their picks for the top five space cowboys in pop culture. You may agree or diagree, and there may be a couple you haven’t seen, so there’s a new movie or two in your “must see” list.

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Storm Troopers March in Fan’s Funeral Procession

Gordon Deacon of Llanedeyrn in Cardiff, Wales, passed away at age 58 from pancreatic and liver cancer. He was an avid Star Wars and Liverpool Football Club fan, so his widow gave him the funeral that reflected both interests. His four children and many mourners wore Liverpool shirts, and the horse-drawn hearse was escorted by four Storm Troopers. Deacon’s widow Caroline had asked that mourners wear red shirts for Liverpool or Star Wars costumes, but banned Darth Vader, because the family wanted no one to wear black. See more pictures, and video clips from the funeral procession at Buzzfeed.

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Fifty Shades Of Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi is an incredibly talented actor with the dreamiest eyes in the biz, so it's a shame that producers passed on casting him as Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

But, just like the character Mr. Pink he played in Reservoir Dogs, you can't keep Buscemi down for long, and when you tell Steve he can't let his sexy shine on the screen he sets his smolder to supernova. (Contains NSFW language)

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This trailer recut created by Boo Ya Pictures reveals what Fifty Shades will be missing when it hits theaters- BDSM ala Buscemi!

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Motivational Posters As Written By Werner Herzog

For some motivational posters need soft, fuzzy messages accompanied by images of soft, fuzzy critters, or a slice of life photo accompanied by a quote by a rich and/or dead famous person. These are not the posters those fuzzy loving folks are looking for, even though many of them feature fuzzy critters.

These are motivational posters for people with a bleak view of the world, featuring nuggets of stark wisdom drawn from Werner Herzog's mind and critter pics drawn from some stock photo site.

The Werner Herzog Inspirationals Tumblr contains all the motivational posters a cinematic life could ever need, and they'd look great in a school counselor's office, psychiatric chambers or an AV Club's storage closet.

-Via Boing Boing

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Creative Writing Prompt: And Featuring Sulu on the Drums

I did my best to track down the artist responsible for this image. I was unsuccessful. That's sad because a work of this greatness should earn the highest accolades from the human race.

Now take a seat. You've missed the beginning of the show. The Enterprise D-Lites (Picard on the flute, Riker on the trombone, and Worf on the triangle), but you're in time for the main act.

How does this image inspire you? What story or caption can you write for it?

-via Steven Ross

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Raptor Training

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The folks at How It Should Have Ended couldn’t wait until the movie actually came out to jump on an intriguing tidbit from the trailer of Jurassic World. Chris Pratt's character is training raptors for a show at the park -isn’t that rather odd? Especially considering what happened in the first movie! Based on that tiny part of a scene, they went ahead and speculated on how it should end. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Life Inside Jabba the Hutt

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Documentary filmmaker Jamie Benning has made films on Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as three others on the Star Wars original trilogy. This film is a 20-minute long mini-documentary entitled Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth: Life Inside Jabba the Hutt.

With interviews of Jabba's primary puppeteer Toby Philpott, the film traces Jabba's "life" after his initial creation as one of the most expensive puppets ever made. Interviews are interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage of Return of the Jedi that show how Jabba's movements were accomplished. Viewers are also treated to anecdotes such as the following:

"George Lucas wasn't as impressed by [Jabba]. I think he would have liked to have done it by CGI, even then, but the technology wasn't there yet, and I'm not sure he was entirely convinced by a three-dimensional puppet. He wasn't satisfied that Jabba couldn't walk around for instance, where I quite like that fact that he obviously was a gigantic slug who rarely goes anywhere and when he does, people carry him, I guess."

-Via Gizmodo

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Frozen Paid Tribute to Awkward Family Photos

If you didn't know already, it's safe to say that everyone here at Neatorama loves Awkward Family Photos -and apparently we aren't the only ones. The creators of Frozen also love the site and the proof can be seen in the new Frozen short, called Frozen Fever, which happens to include the above picture that creators outrightly stated was inspired by AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.

If you love easter eggs in movies, you'll want to keep an eye on this short, which will be released before Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie in March.

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The 10 Most Extreme Substances On Earth

Remember in Aliens how the xenomorph's blood was acidic enough to burn through the ship? Yeah, well that's not even as bad as fluoroantimonic acid. If the aliens had fluoroantimonic acid in their blood -well, it would dissolve their whole bodies, but if it managed to stay in their bodies until they were shot, it would not only eat a whole through the thickest panels in the ship, but the potent vapors would also kill pretty much everyone on the ship.

While fluorantimonic acid is the most acidic substance on earth, it's only one of the ten crazy substances included in this TopTenz list of over-the-top insane substances. What's the most deadly poison? How about the most flammable substance? Or the most radioactive material? You'll have to find out at the link.

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Real Star Trek Currency

They're not Federation credits or gold-pressed latinum, but if you're in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, you can use these coins as legal tender. On one side of each dollar coin is the face of Elizabeth II, the Queen of Tuvalu. On the other is either Captain Kirk or the USS Enterprise. The Perth Mint of Australia offers these collectible coins made of almost pure silver.

-via Tor

P.S. If you know of a bank that will exchange quatloos for US Dollars, please let me know promptly. I need a good rate or I'm going to take a big hit unloading these thralls.

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PlayStation Controller Table

That's a real PS3 controller resting on a perfectly crafted replica that serves as a table. It's not functional, but it will certainly impress gamers who visit your home. Scott Blackwell, a woodworker in South Carolina, made it. He's offering the table for sale on Etsy.

We've previously featured other work by Scott Blackwell: this twisted bookcase. That's the dominant theme in his work. It's especially effective in this bookcase that takes inspiration from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax.

-via Nerd Bastards

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I Would Have Gotten Away With It Too If It Weren't For You Meddling Kids!

Cartoon criminals met their match when groups of teenagers joined by talking dogs, ghosts or anthropomorphic vehicles started looking for clues and solving crimes in 1969.

These meddling kids changed the face of Saturday Morning Cartoons, bringing a bit of mystery and supernatural imagination to an otherwise slapstick world, and kids ate up the meddling kids formula like a great big bowl of Ghost Goulash.

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The group's dynamic formula was pretty simple- a Fox and a Stud were joined by a Doofus and the Nyah Nyah to hilarious effect. These crime solving groups were perfectly balanced, visually appealing and teenagers could actually relate to the characters in the group, which meant these shows appealed to a wider audience.

Let's take a look back at ten groups of meddling kids from cartoons past, celebrating their differences while smirking at their sameness.

1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969)-

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Scooby-Doo and the gang are the ones who started it all, the first pack of teen detectives to take on the tough cases no standard investigators would touch, and their crime solving abilities helped give birth to the classic line "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

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2. The Funky Phantom (1971)-

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The teenage crime solving game took a turn for the strange in The Funky Phantom, because these intrepid teens were accompanied by two real life ghosts- Revolutionary War era coward Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore and his snickering cat, Boo.

Despite the fact that a ghost is part of the main cast the supernatural baddies still turned out to be nothing but criminals in disguise, how's that for funky?!

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3. Jabberjaw (1976)-

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Jabberjaw took the teen crime solving formula deep underwater, and far into the future.

It's the year 2076 and Jabberjaw, a fifteen-foot-tall shark named Jabberjaw (who's seems to be the reincarnation of Curly from the Three Stooges) helps teenage songsters The Neptunes solve crimes and defeat any evil villains who threaten the undersea world.

It's more sci-fi than horror, and most of the villains look like they should be hanging out with Ming the Merciless, and as usual teenagers totally rule and the old bad guys look like fools.

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NES Power Glove Transformed Into A Powerful Animation Tool

From a visual standpoint the NES Power Glove will always represent the technological shift that took place in the 1980s, but from a gamer’s perspective the thing was a piece of junk.

It only worked for a handful of games, it most certainly wasn’t one size fit all, and by the time the SNES rolled around gamers had forgotten all about that gimmicky glove gathering dust in the back of their closet. 

Many Power Gloves were sold thanks to a movie called The Wizard, starring Fred Savage, but you know who’s a real wizard? Animator Dillon Markey, the guy who figured out how to transform that cheesy Power Glove into an awesome tool for the creation of stop motion animation.

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Dillon's upgraded Power Glove allows him to control animation software via Bluetooth connection, so he can do things like shoot still frames and play back shots all while moving freely about the studio. Now that's how you animate with Power!

The documentary Playing With Power by Ava Benjamin showcases Dillon's ingenious upgrade for the Power Glove, and the numerous ways it aids him in creating stop motion scenes for the Adult Swim show Robot Chicken. 

-Via Cartoon Brew

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The Ultimate Walking Dead Recap

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This recap takes you through four-and-a-half seasons of The Walking Dead to get you ready for the show’s return this Sunday. Does it contain spoilers? It should, since its a recap, but I’ll have to say no, because any details you actually pick up from this video will be -how do I say this- wrong. Fans of the show will definitely find more laughs than someone who might try to follow the logic here. Just like The Walking Dead series itself, there is no logic in this video. You can thank College Humor for that. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Depressing Epilogues To Four Reality Shows

Reality shows are depressing enough to watch as it is, but they become way more depressing when you learn a bit of the cast's backstory, or if you look into what happened to those “stars” after their show was cancelled.

TV networks love to run those reunion specials and get the reality crews back together, but what about those after stories the networks don’t want you to know about?

Remember when a little lady named Tila Tequila had her own gimmicky dating show on MTV?

I don’t blame you for wanting to forget, but Tila isn’t done grossing out the world with her tackiness just yet, and she came back into the spotlight for a second when she wrote a blog post called "Why I Sympathize With Hitler". The old sympathize with Hitler tactic, eh Tila? And I bet you thought she couldn't go any lower than her dating show!

Read the rest of the 4 Depressing Epilogues To Popular Reality Shows here (Contains NSFW language)

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Snow Star Wars

This colossal snow sculpture is the centerpiece of the Sapporo Snow Festival, which opens today in Japan. The Star Wars-themed sculpture was sponsored by Disney, approved by Lucasfilm, and built by the 11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force based in Hokkaido. You can get a look at the process of building it in a series of pictures at Quartz.  -via Digg

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Fan Gets Radical Facial Surgery To Look Like Red Skull

Comic book fans express their love of the medium in many different ways, but these expressions are generally quite simple, like a bit of cosplay or a tattoo of their favorite character(s). One guy went a bit further and subjected his face to over a dozen surgeries to look more like Superman, but he looks like the Clark Kent of comic book fandom compared to this guy:

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His name is Henry Damon of Caracas, Venezuela, and he voluntarily took his face from perfectly normal to extraordinarily ugly to look more like Captain America's arch nemesis, the Red Skull.

He had the front end of his nose removed, bumps and a coil implanted in his forehead, his brow ridge enhanced and his skin tattooed dark red to complete his vision of the Red Skull look in real life. 

I'm not sure I see the Red Skull in his new look as much as Etrigan the Demon, maybe he would've had more success capturing that authentic Red Skull look if he'd dipped his face into a vat of acid?

-Via CBR

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Mjolnir Purse

“Whoever holds this purse, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Thor is now, by the way, a woman. So it’s appropriate that she equip herself for battle. Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, takes the form of a practical purse in this creation by Meryle Idzerda. It’s made around a cigar box and covered with lambskin leather that has a gunmetal finish.

-via Fashionably Geek

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Patrick Stewart As Every Passenger You Hate On A Plane

Patrick Stewart is no ordinary actor- he’s a captain, a superhero, a man of mystery and a guy who has embraced social media in the most hilarious way possible.

Sir Stewart proves the fun doesn't have to end after fifty, and he's such a skilled actor that every role he plays comes to life right before your eyes, including stupid funny bit roles in comedy sketches. 

Jimmy Kimmel Live! asked Sir Patrick to use his uncanny acting skills to bring Expedia's list of the most annoying types of airline passengers to life, and boy did he deliver!

His performances are imbued with so much dramatic brio that you'll really believe you're watching Chatty Charlie, the Stinky Snacker or the nefarious Seat Kicker annoy his fellow passengers.

Aw, who are we kidding? He's too darn charming to annoy anyone, which means these are the toughest roles he's ever had to play in his actorly life.

-Via Nerd Approved

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Walker Stalker Con Cosplay Winners

Guess which one of these Walking Dead characters is actually from the show!

Only one of these guys is from the show, too.

The Walker Stalker Con was held in San Francisco over the past weekend. It’s mostly for fans of The Walking Dead, but all fans of zombies, horror, and sci-fi were welcome. You can check out the various events, attendees, and celebrity appearances at the con’s Twitter feed. What really impressed me was the winners of the cosplay performance competition. The cosplay group Reel Guise recreated the final scene of the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead. I put the pictures on the next page, as they contain massive spoilers for those who aren’t current with the series. However, those who are current will believe one is a screenshot from the show.

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Car Smashing Bonus Stage From Street Fighter In Real Life

Remember smashing up cars in between smashing opponents in the classic arcade brawlers Street Fighter II and beyond?

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In real life it doesn't make sense for a fighter to risk their career by beating up on an old car and possibly breaking their hands and feet, but the premise does make for really fun to watch auto destruction videos.

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These real world tough guys don’t believe in car insurance, and their smashing videos demonstrate how hard it is to actually take a car apart with your bare hands. If they survive the bonus round they can look forward to enough bonus points medical bills to last a lifetime!

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-Via Nerd Approved

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35 Fun Cosplay Pictures From the 2015 Portland Wizard Con

The Portland Wizard Con may not be as big as Comic Con or even their Anaheim incarnation -Wonder Con. Even so, there was tons of great cosplay at the convention -giving Zeon and myself a great excuse to take a work vacation up to the Rose City. Here's some of the best cosplay we spotted throughout the weekend.

One of the best events of the whole weekend was the children's cosplay contest. There we were treated with cuties ranging from Sally and Oogie Boogie to...

head strong Harley Quinn. The contest was great because it was sponsored by anti-bullying charity The Stewart-Beavers Institute.

Not that anyone would ever dare to bully Rocket Raccoon.

The kid's contest was packed with cuteness, so it really would have been impossible to pick a best costume.

So it wasn't all too surprising when the judges announced that everyone was a winner and could collect a prize.

I mean really, would you want to be the one to announce to tiny Rick and Daryl that they were any more or less awesome than balloon boy?

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The Simpsons in Pixel Art

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Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon designed an opening sequence for The Simpsons that puts Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie into a retro video game world. All the basic elements are there, plus a trippy long scroll sequence and the appropriate chiptune music with video game accents by Jeremy Dower. It's billed as a "tribute" to The Simpsons, but Fox should snap this up for a real couch gag, don’t you think?  -via Viral Viral Videos

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New Jurassic World Trailer

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In case you were busy watching the Shrek marathon or The Walking Dead and missed the Super Bowl, you also missed a new trailer for Jurassic World. In it, we find that Chris Pratt is training velociraptors! Sure, that’s probably for some show for the tourists, but when it all hits the fan, he has a loyal army of “good” dinosaurs to help him fight the “bad” dinosaurs, which are led by the genetically-modified Indominus rex. You could say that scenario is a little far-fetched, but we’re already talking about a theme park of cloned dinosaurs. -via Uproxx

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Visual Guide to Marvel Movie Rights

Marvel Comics has been selling the rights to make films based on their material since the 1990s. Thus, the rights to involve certain Marvel characters in screenplays are restricted according to which studio owns them. The creation of Marvel Films in 1993 (now known as Marvel Studios) allowed for Marvel to do a reaquisition in some cases.

The issue seems complicated, but The Geek Twins simplified things with their graphic that explains which studio owns what. What crossovers can take place, allowing for who to fight whom?

Visit this page to see their graphic in three sizes, read a listing of studio rights, see The Geek Twins' references for their undertaking as well as to view other graphics they've created. 

Via Design Taxi | Image: The Geek Twins

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Medieval Fantasy Lord Vader Armor

Prince Armory makes custom handcrafted armor, costumes, and leather products. They’ve made quite a few mashups of pop culture characters in the form of medieval armor. Their latest project is a full suit of medieval armor in the style of Darth Vader! It’s a little bit science fiction, a little bit fantasy, and a whole lot of impressive. Get a good look at this armor from all angles at Geeks Are Sexy.

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Indominus Rex

The upcoming movie Jurassic Word has a theme park website, featuring a map, park features, and a link to the company behind its creation. Some of the pages are disabled, or rather marked as “coming soon” because the park isn’t yet open, but you can follow the countdown of the days until it is. They do have pages on the dinosaurs, including the new genetically-modified monster they call Indominus rex. It’s forty feet long and has a scream that can reach 160 decibels.

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.

At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Gigantosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

The conceit here is that real dinosaurs that we know about aren’t scary enough, so they had to create one even more dangerous. From the silhouette icon, it appears that I. rex has an advantage over T. rex in that its arms are long enough to reach out and grab a movie star. And its teeth, while capable of tearing a movie star to shreds, do not meet properly. Whether that’s a glitch in the genetic modification technique or not, it could well make the creature angry enough to lash out at its creators. Jurassic World is due in theaters in June. -via Gamma Squad

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Ten Lesser Known Tools Used By Ninjas

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The ninja has become such an archetypal figure in the world of pop culture that ninjafans assume they know all there is to know about the shadowy assassins in black because they've seen all the movies and read all the books.

However, most of those books and movies leave out all the real cool ways ninjas used elements in their surroundings to their advantage, and the nifty little gadgets that aided them in their stealthy pursuits.

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Need to cross a moat or pond in a hurry? Historians believe ninjas strapped pontoon like devices to their feet called Mizu Gumo (Water Spider), which folded up nicely and helped aid in their escape.

Shuriken are cool and katanas slice real nice, but there’s nothing like silently delivering a dose of poison via hairpin, or scratching your way to victory with the Neko-Te (cat’s paw) weapon used primarily by the kunoichi (female ninja).

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Want to learn more about the tools found in a real ninja’s arsenal? Check out 10 Stealthy And Dangerous Ninja Tools You Didn’t Know Existed and you'll gain a better appreciation of the ninja's crafty nature.

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Cartoons Paused At Just The Right Moment Makes Them Seem Oh So Wrong

Have you ever sat around pausing movies or television shows hoping to land on just the right moment so you can have a good laugh at the out-of-context hilarity on the screen?

That’s the comedic power of the pause in action, and no matter the format those paused moments make the show look just plain wrong!

The Soup has put together a collection of screenshots that make innocent cartoons look like total smut, and they've come up with a rather catchy name for these pausal peccadilloes- Bad Pause. 

Take a gander at their collection Bad Pause: Cartoon Edition, but only if you're ready to laugh at how easy it is to totally ruin your favorite cartoon shows from childhood with a perfect pause!

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