1982 British Magazine Turned Adam Ant into Comic Book Hero

Once upon a time in the 1980s, there was a British magazine called TV Tops, which wasn't long lived. It's almost impossible to imagine why, when one of the magazine's features was a comic called "The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant."

Who could question this part pirate, part new wave pioneer being fodder for the superhero treatment? With a BANG!, a mighty fist in the air and a quick stop for a minor eyeliner touch-up, Adam Ant was a hero in whom everyone could have faith.

TV Tops also featured articles and comic strips based on popular television shows of the time, including Buck RogersFame and Hart to Hart

See more scans of "The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant" at Dangerous Minds.  




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26 Creative Business Cards That Aren’t Even Cards

A functional bike wrench for a bike repair shop by Rethink Canada.

Little toilet plungers for a plumbing company by Josh Krajina.

A yoga mat for a yoga studio by Bryce Bell.

An ordinary business card helps someone contact you. An extraordinary business card encourages that person to pay attention to you.

Twisted Sifter rounded up pictures of and information about 26 really creative business cards. Many of them are practical tools or fun toys that I would definitely want to keep if someone gave them to me.


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This Dilapidated, Spooky Mansion Sold for One Dollar

This Louisvile, Kentucky building called the Ouerbacker Mansion, after its coffee magnate owner Samuel Ouerbacker, was built in 1860. The Romanesque structure in the once trendy Russell neighborhood is now boarded up, crumbling and has no intact windows.

After Ouerbacker's death in 1922, Reverend George Clement, a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, purchased the mansion and lived there through the 1930s. Then in a neighborhood that was no longer fashionable, a tax business bought the mansion next, only using the first floor. 

By the year 2005, the once palatial home had been abandoned and was in a state of disrepair. The city then took over the house. That year, part of the building collapsed, and the city sunk approximately $100,000 into the structure to stabilize it.

Earlier in 2014, a company called Oracle Design bought the mansion for one dollar. Oracle plans to restore the structure and convert it into apartments. One can see from the pictures that Oracle not only has their work cut out for them, but if they restore the mansion's once grand architectural details, it should make for some beautiful real estate, even when divided. 

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The Man with the Golden Blood

Thomas has a very rare blood type, known as Rhnull. Rh negative blood is only missing the Rh D factor, while Rhnull blood is missing all 61 Rh antigens. There are only 43 people in the world known to have Rhnull blood. Thomas, and others with very rare blood types, are encouraged to donate blood so that it will be available for others with rare blood types who need it, but the logistics of distributing rare blood globally are extremely difficult. For example, a woman with a rare blood type in Nigeria needed heart surgery. The surgery wasn’t available in Nigeria. It would be too expensive in the U.S. The United Arab Emirates could do it, but the country had no blood of her type, and prohibits imported blood. Cameroon could do the surgery, but had no blood to match. Finally, the logistics were worked out to fly in six bags of blood from English donors. The surgery was successful.

The difficulty of shipping blood across international borders is such that it’s easier for donors like Thomas to travel internationally than to ship blood. But donors cannot be paid, even for their travel expenses. And what if the donors, who the world depends on, ever need blood themselves?     

Over tea, he described the impact of his blood on his life. As a child he couldn’t go to summer camp because his parents feared he might have an accident. As an adult he takes reasonable precautions: he drives carefully and doesn’t travel to countries without modern hospitals. He keeps a card from the French National Immunohematology Reference Laboratory in Paris, confirming his Rhnull blood type, in his wallet in case he is ever hospitalised. But one thing that is in his blood – and that of almost everyone growing up in the shadow of the Alps – is skiing. Abstaining seems to have been an option he never even considered.

Read about some extremely rare blood types, and the people who live with them, in a fascinating article at Mosaic. -via Metafilter


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Star Lord's Awesome Mix Tape Is About To Be Released On Cassette

When millions of fans got hooked on a feeling from watching Guardians of the Galaxy they wanted to bring that sweet soundtrack home, so Marvel obliged by releasing the soundtrack on CD and MP3. 

Marvel also teamed up with Mondo to release a limited edition vinyl version, with amazing cover art by Tyler Stout, but fans who wanted an actual mix tape that felt like it'd been handed to them by Peter Quill himself were out of luck- until now.

Marvel has announced that they’re releasing the Awesome Mix Tape in it's original format- on audio cassette, complete with a cover that looks like it was written up by Peter's mother, just like in the movie!

Now those who still have a tape deck can play the awesome mix as it was intended, and youngsters who’ve never even seen a tape deck can stare at the cassette while they listen to the tracks on their MP3 player.

-Via GeekTyrant


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Dash Cam Fails Video Compilation

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Fail Army's dash cam video fails compilation is short on funny and long on terrifying. It's certainly a reminder not to take your eyes off the road for even a second. Some of these crashes looked so serious, I wondered what kind of shape the driver was in, post crash. The dashcam may have been intact, but the cars definitely weren't. -Via Tastefully Offensive


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6 Great Adventure Time Balloon Sculptures


Marceline

Artist Davin Morrow works in many media, including balloons. His gallery includes photos of many of his balloon sculptures in what appears to be a grocery store. I'm particularly impressed by his Adventure Time balloons, such as this detailed rendering of Marceline and her ax bass.

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Clip From ABCs Of Death 2 Shows The Grim Reality Of He-Man

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an extremely popular cartoon show in the 1980s featuring extremely buff dudes battling it out on a far flung planet called Eternia.

He-Man carried a mighty big sword, fought bad guys equipped with all kinds of deadly armaments, and yet nobody ever got killed, maimed or spilled one drop of blood. 

This lack of actual violence was done for the sake of the kiddies, but if He-Man's world actually existed it would be the kind of place where rivers of blood flow across the land and severed limbs fly through the air.

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This clip from the horror film The ABCs of Death 2 shows what happens when kids from an action figure commercial see their wish come true right before their eyes then immediately regret ever having wished at all.

(Contains graphic imagery that may be considered NSFW)

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How to Trap a Cat

Yes, it’s as easy as planting a circle, or possibly a box shape, on the floor. This photo sequence by Guremike has inspired many others to trap their cats in circles. When this and another of Guremike’s sequences was posted at reddit, everyone had to try it out, with varying results. Bored Panda has other examples from the reddit thread and from their readers. But that’s not all: a new subreddit was created just to hold all the experimental cat traps: Cat Circles. Continue reading to see even more trapped cats.

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The Skymaul Catalog Is A Fun Way To Shop For Useless Crap

Are you tired of shopping from a catalog that doesn’t speak to your unique sensibilities? Looking for a new kind of catalog that contains an eclectic selection of goods only a true oddball original can appreciate?

Then you’re in the market for a unique product from the Skymaul Catalog, which features things you never knew you needed, like hot dog alarm clocks, mobile garbage detectors and SantaGard- the ultimate in holiday home protection.

Unfortunately for us (and fortunately for Santa) SkyMaul isn’t a real store with real products, it’s the product of the Kasper Hauser comedy group from San Francisco, collected in a book called SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff.

SkyMaul 2 is a follow up to the 2006 release SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane, and even though you can't buy these crappy products you can buy the books that contain pictures of the fake products, which is virtually the same thing, right?

-Via Boing Boing


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Jason Rental - When It Comes To Customer Service He's A Total Hack!


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When visiting Crystal Lake please be sure to be respectful of the campgrounds, because the Vorhees family has been overseeing the grounds for decades and they don't take kindly to messes! And if you're thinking about heading out on the water you should visit Jason Rentals for all your boating and chaining needs. Jason will be happy to rent you whatever you need, and for a bit extra he'll even take you on a private tour of the grounds, and show you where he left the last group of tourists hanging around...

Take a trip to the dark side with this Jason Rentals t-shirt by WereAllMadDesigns, and whatever you do make sure you return your rentals on time, because Jason's late fees will cost you an arm and a leg!

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Internet Trolls – The Halloween Musical

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What’s the scariest monster you can think of? That’s right, online trolls! And to add to the horror, they now have their own Broadway-style musical number, courtesy of AVbytes. As you’d expect, they are fairly proud of the chaos, discord, and misery they leave across the web. The lyrics to this song are posted at the YouTube page. You can enjoy the song, but remember, don't feed the trolls! -via Laughing Squid

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When Technology and Travel Combine, Everyone Wins

The Bluesmart suitcase is the ultimate combination of tech and travel. The suitcase uses Bluetooth connectivity to ensure your bag is tracked if you check it and that it is light enough to be used as a carry-on if you so choose. The reinforced materials protect laptops and tablets and the suicase even features a battery so you can charge your portable electronics while you travel.

Read more about the impressive new design and how to get your own over at Homes and Hues: The Future of Travel Might Be Smart Luggage


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Creepy Crawlies of the Nikon Small World 2014 Competition


Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got some teeny tiny horrors that would make your skin crawl… if they were large enough to see, that is! We're talking about the images in the category of Creepy Crawlies from the Nikon Small World 2014 microphotography competition. Go on, take a peek, they won't hurt you!
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LED Minnie Mouse Stickman Costume

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Last year, Roy Hutain created an internet sensation when he created an LED Stickman Costume for his toddler daughter Zoey. This year, Zoey is a year older and the costume is more elaborate. Her “Glowy Zoey” LED costume changes color in response to sound, and has Minnie Mouse ears for her trip to Disneyland! This version is a prototype, but you can buy the basic Stickman Costume at Glowy Zoey. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Bacon Cheeseburger-Filled Donut

Behold the Bacon Cheeseburger D’oh Nut! This is the same kind of innovation and daring that sent America to the moon. It resides among the chefs at PYT, a restaurant in Philadelphia. Their sweet and salty wonder is a donut stuffed with ground-up cheeseburger, sprinkled with bacon bits, and glazed with sugar.

I would like to take two of these donuts and use them as buns for a cheeseburger. That would be true love because, PYT tells us, “A burger is when a bun gives meat a hug.”

-via Incredible Things

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Stories Behind Beautiful Colors in Artistic Masterpieces

Burial of Atala / Anne-Louis Girodet (1808)

Artists have experimented with color in myriad ways for centuries. As art evolved, descriptive names for colors were created, often based upon the elements used to mix them. Author Victoria Finlay has a new book to be released on November 1 entitled The Brilliant History of Color in Art. The book provides backstories of how these colors came to be named, as well as how they were made and the artists who frequently used them.

One toxic example is the color "lead white," as seen in Burial of Atala by Girodet, pictured above. Lead white was so named because it was made from lead. It was also used as a cosmetic by upper class, fashionable women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The lead makeup killed women such as Maria Gunning, the Countess of Coventry, who died in 1760 at age 27.

Lead white was made by stacking containers of vinegar and lead and applying manure to the tops of the containers. After months of this process, the lead acetate converted to lead carbonate, eventually creating flakes of the substance. The color was frequently used in 17th century Dutch portraits.


Read ten more (abbreviated) backstories of beautiful colors in art here. Finlay's book, with the stories in full, can be purchased here. 


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Infuriating Mouse Design Requires Full-Body Movement to Use a Computer


(Photo: Govert Flint)

Some people hate the cubicle lifestyle and the sedentary work of computer-centered jobs.

After I graduated from college, I worked in a warehouse for 3 years while attending graduate school. If I was ever susceptible to this perspective, 3 years of manual labor permanently inoculated me from it. Sitting down in an air conditioned office for 8 hours is totally awesome.

So I would flip out if I walked into my office and found one of Govert Flint’s Dynamic Chairs. Margaret Rhodes of Wired of says that using it “is like attending a new-age Pilates class.” You’ll get quite a workout:

Scroll around by shifting your body’s weight from side to side. Sensors in the seat detect the pressure and angle of your tush and communicate that data to three accelerometers that measure that movement on an axis, and translate it into activity on the computer’s screen. To click, kick up your right leg. Sensors will detect that motion too. For the time being, arms and hands are unencumbered, for typing, but Flint imagines plenty of future possibilities there. (That’s why the video that accompanies Flint’s thesis shows actors using their arms.)


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The movements of ballet dancers inspired Flint’s design. Their hip movements in particular are ideal:

Flint also spoke with a physiologist at the ballet who pointed out that human hips weren’t designed to stay rooted in a chair. There’s a lot of cartilage in there that’s meant to allow walking, hence the hip rotations that let users scroll.

I’m curious about any productivity studies conducted on these chairs. As previously noted, treadmill desks may make you healthier, but can impair the accuracy of your work.


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Costco To Start Carrying 93 Inch Bear Next Month

Image Credit: Claudia Augello, Johnny Sanchez, Scott Yamamura / Seattle Children’s Hospital

As if walking out of Costco with your giant tub of mayo wasn't weird (yet practical) enough, now you might find yourself walking out of Costco with a bear that almost 100 inches tall. I know this is weird, but like, how can you even be mad? Those bears are going to make whoever gets them very happy (as long as they don't live in a studio apartment) and they are only $179.99.

I do realize one hundred eighty dollars may sound steep for a stuffed bear, but would you think that if said bear was being given to a sick child, or being used to re-conciliate a marriage?

If you look at it that way, that is quite reasonable, actually. And don't even act like your face wouldn't light up if someone got you one of those, because we all know it would. All of ours would.

That is what makes it so awesome.


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What to Do When You See Something on the Internet You Disagree with

Occasionally, as you surf the internet, you may encounter thoughts and opinions that are different from your own. You should have a plan in place so that you can respond properly at the time. Some people feel a duty to correct faulty assertions. What will be the outcome of such an encounter? Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly offer an interactive game on the subject.

Personally, to prepare for such a disaster, I keep a large supply of ponies just one click away.


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Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday

This Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, the moon will pass in front of the sun without totally blocking it out. This partial solar eclipse will be visible to almost everyone in the United States and Canada.  

On the left is an animation showing the view from above the Earth, looking down on the U.S. during the eclipse. The curved line sweeping around clockwise is the terminator, the day/night line. The big gray distorted circle is the physical shadow of the Moon. You can see that over time it moves roughly eastward and southward, the combination of its motion and the Earth’s spin. If you live anywhere inside the path of that shadow, you’ll see an eclipse. The closer you are to the center of the shadow, the more of the Sun will be blocked.

Phil Plait has more on the eclipse, and some safety advice on how to observe it at Bad Astronomy. It looks like I’ll be able to see it, just before the sun sets over the western horizon.


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Titan Attack - He's Hungry For Human!


Titan Attack by Pacalin

Play the game where the fate of a kingdom lies in your hands...do you have what it takes to take down the Titans? It's Titan Attack, only in the Isayama Entertainment System. Players will take on the role of an elite Survey Corps member armed with three dimensional maneuver gear and a deep-seated hatred of all Titans. Will you be able to cut them down in time, or will the Titans breach all three Walls and destroy the empire? You decide when you take the fight to the giants in Titan Attack! Rated T for Titanic.

Advertise the greatest old school video game that was never made with this Titan Attack t-shirt by Pacalin, it's gamer-iffic!

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Man Falls off Pier While Taking a Selfie

A reporter from a Lebanese news program is interviewing a man standing on a pier. Behind him, another fellow thinks this is a great time to take a selfie with his smartphone. Or he's trying to record the scene in front of him. Anyway, he's not watching where he's walking and goes for a swim.


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20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was broadcast from 1990 to 1996, and featured the catchiest opening theme of its era. When you look at the acclaim its star Will Smith has achieved in the field of acting -25 feature films so far- it’s hard to believe he was ever a greenhorn. But going into the sitcom in 1990, no one could predict what would happen in the future. Here's a little of what did happen then:

1. Will Smith only agreed to star in the show because he was in serious debt to the IRS.

Smith gained widespread fame as the rapper The Fresh Prince, and with that fame came a significant jump in income. Unfortunately, Smith didn't manage his money wisely or pay enough in income taxes, and he owed the government a whopping $2.8 million. The IRS seized most of his belongings, including his income. The Fresh Prince almost declared bankruptcy—until producer Quincy Jones picked him to star in a new series, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was born.

2. And he had to pay up.

The IRS forced Smith to pay them 70 percent of his salary over the first three seasons.

3. He was almost a total novice.

Smith only had one other TV production under his belt—as a t-shirt salesman on an ABC after school special—when he accepted a role on The Fresh Prince, and is embarrassed by his earliest performances on the show. He had never been formally trained as an actor, and—in some cases—his lack of experience was painfully obvious. "I was trying so hard," he said. "I would memorize the entire script, then I'd be lipping everybody's lines while they were talking. When I watch those episodes, it's disgusting. My performances were horrible."

There are a lot more great tidbits in the list of 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at mental_floss, such as Geoffrey’s full name, the inspiration for the Carlton dance, and the show’s various guest stars.


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Geek Singularity: Benedict Cumberbatch Dressed as Sherlock, Looking at a Poster of Himself as Star Trek’s Khan


(Photo: Robert Viglasy)

Obviously this should inspire a crossover in which Sherlock Holmes enters the Star Trek universe to hunt down Khan, who has escaped from his cryogenic pod.

Or, alternately, Khan enters the Sherlock universe, and switches places with Holmes. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins must determine who is who.

-via The Mary Sue


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Banksy's Vermeer



Banksy
 recently took on Dutch master of light Johannes Vermeer in this new work near the harbor in Bristol, England. See more shots of Banksy's nod to Girl With a Pearl Earring, called Girl With a Pierced Eardrum, at Juxtapoz.

Look for an upcoming HBO special called "Banksy Does New York" on November 17th. 

 


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IKEA Ad Recreates Danny's Big Wheel Ride from The Shining

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This commercial for IKEA Singapore reproduces the scene from Kubrick's The Shining in which Danny rides his Big Wheel through the Overlook Hotel and runs into twin trouble. Don't look now... I think one of the twins needs a shave. -Via Laughing Squid


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How Little Girls See Barbie

People worry that Barbie dolls with their unreal figures present an unattainable ideal for a woman’s appearance, which can be stifling to a young girls’s ego. But the kids who really play with Barbies are typically between 3 and 7 years old. I can totally relate to this. Relatives would buy my daughters Barbies left and right, and my kids would cut their hair, paint them, draw tattoos on them, amputate a few limbs, and they even made one into a male because they didn’t have enough Ken dolls. This story is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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The Fifty Weirdest Movies Ever Made

James Woods and Deborah Harry in Videodrome

Flavorwire assembled a list of their nominations for the fifty weirdest films in existence. While "weird" is subjective, I think it's safe to say that the films they listed would pass the weird test of most people out there.

One of the more mainstream titles is David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Certainly a film I will never forget watching for the first time. Seeing James Woods catch on to the Videodrome secret was shocking, somewhat repulsive and great, all at the same time. 

See the list of all 50 films here. Weigh in with your opinions of their selections in comments, if you're so inclined. Do you have any other suggestions?

Image: Criterion


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The Modern Monster Mash

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The Key of Awesome brings us an update to the classic song “The Monster Mash,” with Frank lamenting the current state of monster movies. Too violent, too shocking, too gross! Modern horror characters show up at the party, including Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger, and the Human Centipede. Concerning that last one, the video contains NSFW language and subject matter. -via Tastefully Offensive

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