The Last Jedi: A Tribute to Luke Skywalker

Now that Luke Skywalker is an middle-aged Jedi master, with a history that spreads across the entire Star Wars saga, and is the main focus of the next Star Wars film, it's time to enjoy a supercut that's all about Luke.

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Heroes Fan Productions made this short film that rearranges Star Wars footage to tell Luke's story… so far. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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What It's Like To Date A Giant Nerd

Relationship-oriented comics weren't my cup of tea before I discovered the joy of reading a Sarah Andersen comic, and since then many more great relationship comics have been created.

The comics Fishball creates are all about two nerds in love, so on the surface they're just like many of the other comics out there, but Fishball incorporates cartoony gags into her strips and her art style is easy on the eyes.

Fishball and her really tall boyfriend are keeping it real as far as relationships go, which means they're willing to admit when their love is starting to stink.

See more from What It's Like To Date A Giant Nerd here


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The 50 Best TV Themes of All Time

Paste magazine has dared to rank a list of TV theme songs from as far back as anyone can remember to today. They're all there in playable videos for your listening pleasure. You really can't deny that the songs featured are good, but you probably have a favorite that's not included on the list, and of course you can argue about the rankings. Check out the list and let us know of any egregious omissions. Or you can just enjoy them. -via Metafilter, where you'll find links to dozens of egregious omissions.


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The Whaler In This Animated Short Really Puts His Heart Into His Work

There's a common misconception that hunters who work in the whaling industry are coldhearted killers who derive a sadistic pleasure from taking down those giants of the sea.

But they must have felt guilty about their actions at some point in their lives, since it's so very human to care despite our desire to drown our emotions .

Some go a bit mad, others quit the biz or take out their anger and frustration on the whales, but the guy in this animated has a sinister way of dealing with his emotions- he keeps his heart in a box.

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Whale Heart was created by 3rd year animation students from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and I really dig both the morbid theme and stop motion/practical look of the CGI textures.


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The Crazy House of Dalat

You may have seen a picture of the Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam, but you need to see more because it looks different from every angle! It's even changed since we posted about it in 2012. Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell made time to take a tour and see every thing from the roof to the new construction in progress.  

Conceived by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga, the Crazy House opened in 1990 as a guest house. Her creation immediately made a splash on the architectural scene, with its cave-like rooms and organic tree-like passageways (mostly) drawing praise. Throughout its life, the Hằng Nga (as it’s officially known) has undergone continuous renovations and expansions; a new aquatic-themed room was being crafted during our visit.

Read more, and see pictures and video of the Crazy House of Dalat at For 91 Days.


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BBQ Of The Wild - With The Taste Adventurers Adore!

BBQ Of The Wild by Kempo24

Link never learned how to fling a proper spell, and despite his best efforts he was never much of a builder, but there is one thing Link has excelled at since he was but a wee lad- barbecuing critters. His cucco roasts used to be one of the biggest events in the village, drawing people from all over Hyrule with that wonderful aroma and giving Link a rep as a legendary barbecuer well before he became a hero. But these days it's always BBQ for 1, because an adventurer's life is a lonely one, and yet as long as there is breath in his lungs to help start the fire and a critter that tastes good roasted over an open flame Link will continue to prove he's a grillmaster and a culinary hero!

If you're a gamer who has great taste then you're gonna love this BBQ Of The Wild t-shirt by Kempo24, it's the fun way to show the world that you devour every Zelda game that comes out!

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Two Guys Tried To Rob A McDonald's Restaurant Full Of Special Forces Officers

Anybody who commits an armed robbery is either desperate, strung out or crazy, or a combination of the three, so they're usually not thinking straight when they move in with their guns drawn.

But the two men who tried to rob a McDonald's restaurant in Besançon, France had their head on straighter than most, and they would have walked away with over $2k from the till had luck been on their side.

But, unbeknownst to them as they fired warning shots into the air and took the till for all it had, 11 of the 40 people in the restaurant were French special forces officers, from the "Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale, or GIGN - the Gallic equivalent of the SAS".

Needless to say these special forces officers weren't about to let those two punks get away with their brazen crime, so they waited for their chance to spring into action:

Edwige Roux-Morizot, the local prosecutor, said: “During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything. It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”

The highly trained and battle-hardened officers were able to pounce on the first of the two robbers when he tripped on his way of the outlet without firing a shot.

However, they were forced to shoot the other in the abdomen when he pointed a gun at them as he sought to make his getaway with the cash, ignoring their orders to drop his weapon. 

The two robbers, both in their early 20s and from the local Mombéliard area, were taken to Besancon hospital for treatment.

-Via The Telegraph


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The Top Five Pizza Delivery Guys in Movies

The pizza delivery guy is a trope in porn films, but in mainstream movies, TV, and music videos, he gets little respect. But how can you not love them fellows who bring a delicious, hot, tasty pizza right to your door? And the few that have names or lines seem to fall into tough luck to further the movie plot. Who's your favorite pizza delivery guy from the movies? Can you think of any at all? You'll remember them fondly when you see this list at TVOM. With video evidence provided.


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Simple Yet Effective DIY Hacks For Your Workshop

Keeping your workshop or studio clean and organized helps your builds go faster and makes your life as a maker go much more smoothly, because wasting time searching for tools or supplies can be frustrating.

But keeping the right stock of supplies around can be just as important as an organized space, and you'd be surprised how useful things like rubber bands, whisks, foam pool noodles and magnets can be in your shop.

Glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer and you'll never lose those nails again. Foam pool noodles can be cut into segments and sliced to make some cheap yet durable paint brush holders.

Rubber bands have a million uses in the shop, they can even be used to remove stripped screws, and a whisk can be used to mix concrete, plaster or pretty much any dry mix in a pinch.

See 10 Toolbox Hacks For Your Next DIY Project here


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Cream by David Firth

You might know animator David Firth as the creator of the legendary Salad Fingers, or from the memorable music video we posted a few years ago. He has now posted an eerie new short film that's an ad campaign parody for a product called "cream."     

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The promises of the product start out mundane, but quickly escalates into the bizarre. Cream is not only a cure-all, it performs miracles! You'll start to wonder how the story can get any weirder, and then it does, again and again. -via Metafilter


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Eerie Photos Taken Inside The Abandoned Nara Dreamland Amusement Park

The now defunct and destroyed Nara Dreamland was built as a Japanese version of Disneyland in 1961, a lofty endeavor launched by Kunizu Matsuo who later helped Disney build Tokyo Disneyland.

But Nara Dreamland didn't have a cast of franchise characters to populate the park, and even though much of the park was built to look virtually identical to Anaheim Disneyland the park never had the same pull.

And when the real Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 people stopped going to the imitation, which led to a steady decline until Tokyo DisneySea and Universal Studios Japan opened in 2001 and killed Kunizu's dream.

The park was abandoned in 2006 and demolished in 2016, but before it disappeared photographer Romain Veillon took a look around and shot some eerie photos that show what the death of a theme park dream looks like.

-Via Boing Boing


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Students Dump Paper to Celebrate Last Day of School

Seniors at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, toss paper down the stairs to celebrate the end of school. It's more paper than you imagine.

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Senior Jordan White captured the video, which went viral on Twitter. Witty_Squirtle is the class valedictorian, and created a reddit account to explain what's going on in the video.

Hi, student at Basha High School, a.k.a the school seen in the video above, here, created a Reddit account just to explain to you guys what's going on because Twitter is a firestorm and Reddit is usually better at that sort of thing.

This is known as the Paper drop, a very long time school tradition at Basha where all the seniors gather in the F Building stairwell after the second bell of C lunch on the last day of school and toss every paper, yes every paper, that they have saved up over 4 years of attending the school. Each year students bring trash bags full of paper to the school and dump them all at once. The "waterfall" you see in the video was only a little of a probably 5-10 minute drop of paper.

Afterwards, seniors slide down the stairs and go outside to where they take pictures, say goodbye to teachers, and say goodbye to the school for one last time as graduation is done at Arizona State University. While the seniors are reminiscing, underclassmen from across the school, as well as a teacher that brings a leafblower every year, gather the papers up into trashbags to be RECYCLED while the janitors talk and watch along with everyone else.

Basha High School is a fantastic place that's had its ups and downs, but this one event brings together everyone from geek to jock into one, single, Basha Bear student body.

The seniors will graduate tonight. -via reddit


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Desensitization

Most people think we become desensitized when we watch too many violent movies and TV shows or play too many violent video games, using shocking acts of violence in the news to prove their theory.

But if that's true then why do I still get super upset when an animal is killed in a show even though I've seen those ASPCA commercials a million times? And why do I feel so guilty when a video game requires me to slaughter scores of innocent virtual animals?

The drawer of Sadcomic knows that feel, and we both agree- it's super sad when animals are killed in stories and shows and stuff!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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12-Year-Old Ventriloquist

America's Got Talent returned for season 12 last night with a lineup of first round acts that delighted the audience. One was 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer, who managed to sing a song without moving her lips and operated a puppet at the same time. In the old days, we called this ventriloquism.

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She got a golden buzzer for that one! There were also some other acts you may be familiar with (since we've posted them here) include Puddles the Clown and Jokgu the piano-playing chicken. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Artist Installs Pug Peeing Statue Next to Fearless Girl Statue

Remember when the creator of the Wall Street bull threatened to sue the city of New York and the creators of the Fearles Girl statue because he thought it made his artwork look bad? Well today artist Alex Gardega made a strong point about how one artwork can affect another by installing a peeing dog statue beside the Fearless Girl. 

Unsurprisingly, critics complained that his work was sexist, but Gardega defended his work as a critique of the corporate sponsor that was responsible for putting up the Fearless Girl statue (yes, she wasn't made by a pro-woman artist, but as an advertisement by Wall Street corporation State Street). 

"I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull," he added.

Gardega took down the statue less than a day after putting it up, noting that he didn't even bolt it to the ground and that viewers damaged the dog's leg. He says he intends to put it back up after repairing it and that he eventually plans to sell it on his website for $10.

You can read more about the dog statue on Gothamist and Refinery 29


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The Final Beatles Concert

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

The Beatles were coming to the end of what was to be their last tour. The date was August 29th, 1966. And if any date ever earned the title "the end of an era," this truly was it.

At 5:27 pm, the Beatles plane arrived in San Francisco. The Fab Four had a clear destination and a mission to fulfill.

After playing over 1,400 gigs together, John, Paul, George, and Ringo all knew that they were going to play their final concert that night. (Note of clarification: John, Paul and George had played over 1,400 gigs together, since 1958. Ringo, not having joined the group until 1962, played fewer.)

The 1966 tour hadn't been easy on the boys. They'd been physically assaulted in the Philippines by mobs of angry citizens after their unintentional "snubbing" of presidential spouse Imelda Marcos, faced outrage in Tokyo by playing rock 'n' roll music at the consecrated Budokan, and there were still harsh reverberations stemming from John Lennon's "We're more popular than Jesus" comment, which had shook up and infuriated much of the western world.

Another by-product of the Beatles concerts was the sad fact that the boys were worsening as musicians. The screaming fans' deafening shouts had all but completely obscured any actual music being either heard or played. John would often deliberately change a song's lyrics, just for sport ("I want to hold your gland," etc.). Poor Ringo Starr couldn't hear what was being played and had to watch his bandmates rear ends swinging back and forth to get the beat of the song.

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Eleven The Strange - Why Does Everyone Keep Calling Me Emily?


Eleven The Strange by DeepFriedArt

Eleven was biding her time waiting for the second season to start filming when she realized something huge- she had awesome psychic powers that allowed her to survive in the Upside Down, so why was she sitting around being a good girl when she could be raising hell? So off she went down a rabbit hole of pranks, thievery and demogorgon rampages which would have ended in the deaths of innocent people if Barb hadn't appeared out of the blue, her nose bleeding and the air around her crackling with energy...

Show some love for your favorite psychic stranger with this mesmerizing Eleven The Strange t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's the coolest thing to happen to your wardrobe and will surely make your fellow fans flip out!

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The 20th-century War on Women's Swimwear

In the 19th century, train travel and then the automobile enabled people to take trips to the beach. But while men stripped down to their body-hugging swimwear and went right in, women were supposed to cover up their foems, even in the water. Elaborates costumes were designed for beachwear that were barely less than a woman would wear on city streets. That wasn't good for swimming, or even staying afloat. But some woman pushed the boundaries, and gradually styles changed. See a timeline of photographs of women's swimwear as it evolved over the last hundred or so years at The Week.


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What Goth Culture Looks Like Around The World

The goth subculture may have began in the US and UK but nowadays there are goth kids in practically every corner of the world, with each group adding their own cultural spin on the standard goth styles.

In Brazil the goth subculture is thriving in night clubs, and the attire is understandably cooler and less formal.

Canadian goths are big on Steampunk, which makes sense since their climate is suited to heavy fabrics and layering.

Cuba has a small but slowly growing goth scene, and some Cuban goths seem to be going all out with their looks.

Many of the goths in France sport a romantic Victorian Vampire look, which makes sense considering Paris is home to one of the oldest goth scenes in Europe.

Meanwhile, Kenya is home to one of the youngest goth scenes, and in Kenya goths smolder in their studded leather.

See What Goth Culture Looks Like Around The World here


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An Honest Trailer for Catwoman

Wonder Woman opened in theaters this weekend, and both audiences and critics love it. Screen Junkies decided that it was a good time to look back at a really bad superhero film designed around a woman: the 2004 Halle Berry film Catwoman. This will be like shooting fish in a barrel.

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Once you've relived the horror that was Catwoman, you'll be aching to see the critically-acclaimed Wonder Woman. -Thanks, Lacey!


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The Hardest College To Get Into In Each State

Harvard University has always had a reputation for being one of the toughest colleges in the world for students to get into, so it's no surprise Harvard tops the list of colleges with the lowest acceptance rate in Massachusetts.

But this map of The Hardest Colleges To Get Into In Every State, put together by Business insider, has a few surprises- Baylor beat out by Rice in Texas, California Institute of Technology beat Stanford, Berkeley and UCLA and, well, that's about it.

Duke, Yale, Vanderbilt, Brown, Clemson, Princeton, Georgetown and BYU are all tough to get in as expected, but the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology is surprising, considering it sounds like a trade school.

As it turns out New Mexico Tech is one of the "best small science and engineering schools in North America", so you don't have to major in mining!

-Via Business Insider


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Will Robots Take Your Job?

More and more occupations are being automated, first manufacturing jobs, then engineering careers, and now more and more service jobs. The future is wide open, as computer hardware and software are enabling machines to do jobs previously reserved for think and breathing people. An interactive site called Will Robots Take My Job? invites you to enter your occupation and find out what the future holds. There's a 10% chance that a robot will take your radio announcing job, but that's mainly because the automation revolution happened there years ago. How about a blogger? It didn't even recognize that as a job! Check out your career here.  -via The Daily Dot
 


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Hilarious Moms Explain Why Bathing Suits Are Total BS

Wearing a bathing suit to the beach or while you swim in the pool shouldn't be that big of a deal, but unrealistic standards of beauty and pressure to have a perfect body have made many people feel insecure about their swimsuit bods.

And then there's the double standard that says guys are fine wearing board shorts and a tee to the beach but women get grief if they aren't rocking a swimsuit, which the gals from IMOMSOHARD think is total BS.

So they created this hilarious video to show how stupid it is that ladies are forced to wear bathing suits that make it hard to access coolers and put something on top of something without having a nip slip out.

-Via Scary Mommy


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7 TV Characters Killed Off Out of Spite

TV characters come and go from shows for many reasons, but in some cases, the character is unexpectedly killed off so that there's no chance of them ever coming back. If a character is just suddenly dead with no warning, and you know the actor is not, it may have been a "creative" way of firing the actor for any or no reason. In some cases there is still speculation about the real reasons years later.

From 1989 to 2000, voice actor Maggie Roswell portrayed the prim and proper wife of devout family man Ned Flanders on Fox’s The Simpsons. Then, in a highly-publicized episode, Maude was killed when a T-shirt gun propelled her off a set of bleachers and to her death. According to the Los Angeles Times, Roswell claimed she was fired from the show for asking for a raise, from her typical $1500 to $2000 per episode to $6000; Fox argued she quit because she no longer wanted to commute from her home in Denver to the voiceover sessions in Los Angeles.

You can read seven stories of characters killed off because of conflicts with the actor at Mental Floss.


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$22 Date Vs. $100 Date Vs. $1160 Date- Which Is Better?

Dating shouldn't be all about how much your date spends on you- it should be about getting to know each other better and discovering ways to have fun together. So there shouldn't be a big difference between a $22 date, a $100 date and a $1160 date except for the inflated price, right?

That's what I thought too, but when daters Helen and Ryan went out on three dates with three different price points the $22 date felt too friend zone, and the $1,160 hot air balloon ride hype was nothing but hot air.

However, the hundred dollar Escape Room date helped them build a rapport, proving if you really like someone and have a connection then do something unique you'll both enjoy and the sparks may start to fly!

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Black Bear Attack Caught On GoPro

You'll hear one thing stated a dozen different ways when you visit parks in bear country- steer clear of bears, or you might end up mauled or dead.

This warning is enough to keep visitors on their toes and keep the timid from visiting parks in bear country at all, but some people act like it will never happen to them and roam around like they own the park.

The hunter who captured this bear attack footage on his GoPro camera is clearly one of those guys, because he thought he could take down a black bear with a lvl 1 archery skill!

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This wild footage was captured by Richard Wesley while he was out bow hunting in Fire River, Ontario, and Richard seems pretty happy the bear didn't dine on his innards:

I am so happy after this confrontation with a black bear during our spring hunt. No wounds except a bruised elbow and ego where the bear threw me down. Genuinely happy that this was a non fatal or tragic outcome. Proving that the black bear is a wild and unpredictable animal. Again so happy with the outcome.

-Via Esquire

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Our Six Favorite Fictional TV Athletes

TV is full of real, talented athletes that bring in millions of dollars for the networks. But fictional athletes come with backstories, flaws, and lives outside of the arena bestowed on them by professional storytellers. You probably have a soft spot for some favorite characters whose athletic background you may have even forgot about, like Sam Malone of Cheers. Refresh your memory in a list of favorite fictional athletes from TV at TVOM.  


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It's Dangerous To Go Alone Retro - The Cutting Edge Of Old School Gaming

It's Dangerous to Go Alone Retro by Don Corgi

It's the line that launched a dozen Legend titles, the line uttered by an old man in a cave who was just hanging around waiting for a hero like Link to show up and claim the sword for his own. That's when our lives full of gaming adventures began, and we set out on a quest to find more games that gave us as big a thrill as Zelda, typically without success. But first that "It's dangerous to go alone..." line was the first geeky inside joke we shared with our fellow gamer friends, as we wandered through our days just waiting for a chance to plug in to our NES consoles again...

Sport the line that started it all in style with this It's Dangerous To Go Alone Retro t-shirt by Don Corgi, it's one sharp looking shirt that's sure to fill heart containers wherever you go!

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Three-Year-Old Dresses Up As Famous Women In Honor Of Her Grandma

Three-year-olds look adorable and precious no matter what they're doing, but when they dress up and pretend to be famous people they ought to be in pictures!

The little poser in the pic above is Scout, and she has more star power at three than many celebs working in Hollywood today.

Scout began posing for these fun pics when her grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer-her mom Ashley felt the project would be a good way to keep Scout's mind off her Nonnie's illness and take some cute pics for Nonnie at the same time.

Now Nonnie is cancer free and posing for pics along with her soon-to-be famous granddaughter, and Scout is learning what it means to be a strong woman from two generations of strong women in her family.

See Our 3-Year-Old Dresses Up As Famous Strong Women, And She's Seriously Cute here

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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How Crystal Rose Candy is Made

Look at this beautiful candy! Each piece looks like an antique glass paperweight with a rose blossom inside.  Gregory Cohen of Lofty Pursuits (previously at Neatorama) shows us how they are made. While this batch of candy is cherry-flavored, later batches produced rose-flavored candies.

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A lot of work goes into these, so I don't think you'll be making them at home. But while we watch the magic unfold, Cohen keeps us entertained by talking about everything under the sun. You can buy the candy at Public Displays of Confection. -via Laughing Squid

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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