Classic Promotional Vid for Prof. X's School Is So Very 80s


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Are you a kid who's having trouble fitting in? Adolescence can be like that. You're changing and other people are changing around you. You might be changing differently--very differently--than your peers.

Perhaps the right place for you is Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. This private boarding school is the best in the world for bringing out and discreetly developing your unique talents.

This video shows a commercial from 1983 promoting the school that serves as the headquarters of the X-Men. It's a promotion for the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse.

At the end, you'll see a phone number for Xavier's School: 1-800-312-9951. It actually works. You can call and hear a voicemail greeting from Prof. X himself.

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The Worst As-Seen-On-TV Products Ever

Who doesn't need a good pair of Sauna pants? How about hair-colored spray paint? It's amazing what kind of absolute junk that has been sold on late night television in the past. Sure, there are some great products sold on televsion, but when it comes to the bad, it's hard to get much worse than the stuff on this list. But then, I'm sure someone had to think these items were good ideas or they wouldn't have been created in the first place.


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At Her College Graduation, This Woman Reunited with the Cop Who Saved Her Life


(Photos: Alan Chaniewski/Peter Getz)

In 1998, a fire broke out in a house in Hartford, Connecticut. Inside was 5-year old Josibelk Aponte. Officer Peter Getz, a now-retired police detective, responded to the scene. A firefighter put the little girl in Getz's arms.

Her heart had stopped.

Getz carried her away from the building and put her in the back of his patrol car. While his partner rushed them to the hospital, Officer Getz performed CPR on Josibelk.

The little girl survived and thrived. She just graduated from college and Getz was there to see her walk. The Hartford Courant reports:

About two years ago, Aponte contacted him out of the blue through Facebook.

"Every once in a while I get nostalgic and I want to know what happened," Aponte said. "So I did what everyone does: I Googled my name."

Her research turned up an article that identified Getz, and through some "Facebook stalking," she found him.

The two get together regularly, sometimes meeting for lunch. They talk about Getz's kids, his dog, how Aponte is doing in school.

Now, with a degree in accounting and a job at Walston & Ignagni in South Windsor, the conversations have turned to her plans for the future.

"To see the outcome, to see how successful she's been, makes my heart beat faster," Getz said.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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How to Move a City

18,000 people live in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city. It’s a mining town in the Arctic Circle. There’s a lot of interesting things to learn about Kiruna and its charming people, but the big move is the most interesting. Iron mining has turned the ground under the city to Swiss cheese, so to speak. To avoid the entire downtown falling into a sinkhole when it collapses, they are moving the town square and the surrounding buildings two miles away.

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Although the move is still a couple of years away, preparations have been going on for quite some time. It won’t be easy, but there’s really no alternative. The mine is too profitable to close down, the huge operation needs the town to sustain it, and the people who live there love their town. -via Digg  


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Codename: Doctor - Sterling Is Now Seeking A Companion


Codename: Doctor by Harebrained Design

The Doctor received a request from a private detective agency run by one Malory Archer, who sounded a bit saucy on the phone, and the whole thing sounded so odd he just had to check it out. According to Ms. Archer a cyborg recently returned to Earth from a space station was attempting to kill her son Sterling and replace him, so he'd kidnapped Sterling and was now forcing him to have his body cast so it could be replicated. At first the Doctor thought the whole thing sounded mad, but a Time Lord knows madness full well and Malory was not mad, so the Doctor saw the situation for what it really was- a chance to play secret agent without any tag-alongs from Torchwood!

Wear your love of geeky mashups on your chest with this Codename: Doctor t-shirt by Harebrained Design, it's awesome to the Tenth power!

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Fun Photo Series Celebrating The Glory Of Pizza

Cheese, glorious cheese! And the pepperoni grease that slides off the slices and coats the glorious cheese! And all the tasty toppings like pineapples, peppers, mushrooms and mackerel and more!

And the crust, the crispy crusty edges! Well, I could take or leave the crust, but maybe you're a pizza fan too and you happen to like the crust. No biggie, you can have mine.

The important part here is our shared love of pizza, a greasy bed of goodness upon which toppings from heaven lie, and that moment when we crack open the box to look at our pie for the first time.

Photographer Chris Gampat explores this mouth-watering moment in his series "The Secret Order Of The Slice", featuring people making funny faces as the brilliant glory of the pizza pie shines upon them.

-Via design you trust

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The Frog Prince

It’s a familiar tale, with a coda that may leave you a bit sad over the "happy ending." Sometimes one person’s great fortune is a tragedy for the next person. This comic is from Pedro Arizpe of the webcomic Port Sherry. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Helpful Device Helps You Lick Your Cat

Your cat may show you affection by licking you. But some cat owners are uncomfortable licking their cats in response. Don't ask me why, but it's true.

Now those poor souls have a solution: the Licki Brush. It's a long, plastic, tongue-like object that fits inside your mouth. You use your head to brush it across your cat or the person sitting next to you on the bus. The soft bristles on the tongue groom and soothe the recipient of the licks. You can see a video demonstration here.

-via Geekologie

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How Much It Costs to Make a Single Episode of Game of Thrones

You only have to look at a still image from the HBO series Game of Thrones to know that it’s an expensive production. The cost per episode in 2011 was estimated at about $6 million. But episodes for season six are up to $10 million! Where does the money go? We can assume that the actors are paid well, and it’s a huge cast. Location expenses are understandably high. And as the series goes on, there are more and more special effects. You might think that computer-generated effects are a bargain, but that’s only in comparison to practical effects. There’s no way that practical effects could replicate what Game of Thrones is doing now, no matter what you spend on them. And CGI is not exactly cheap.

The CGI industry acts as an assembly line with a team of 10-12 who processes shots through several stages: Modeling, Tracking, Animation, Dust Busting, BgPrep, FX, Compositing, Lighting, etc. The average time for this process within the team is at least four weeks if not more. This equates to around 1,600 man hour at a minimum without overtime. At $50 per hour, per person, that equates to a minimum of $80K per shot. If a Game of Thrones episode has 10-minutes of CGI, which equates to $800,000.

But that cost pales in comparison with computer resource time, which can take 12 hours per frame. Read about the expenses involved in the production of Game of Thrones at Money, Inc. Meanwhile, you might want to tell your kids about those $50 an hour graphics jobs.


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Transgendered Animals in Nature

With all the controversy around the transgendered bathroom issues, one thing that keeps coming up is the idea of whether or not it is "natural." In this matter, there really shouldn't be much argument. Aside from the fact that there are ample humans born intersexed, the idea that transexualism isn't prevelant in nature is wrong. 

This TopTenz article discuses ten animals that demonstrate examples of transexualism, whether through animals acting like members of the other sex (like garter snakes) or actually changing gender (like clownfish). The fact is, transgenderism is entirely natural and common in nature.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Grandpa Winner and Other Pro Wrestlers

Children’s book author Sean Leahy introduced his three-year-old daughter to the world of professional wrestling a few months ago. He asked her to name wrestlers from the Golden Age of wrestling in the US, the ‘80s and ‘90s. She came up with some gems! The last two made it clear that eight is enough of this game.

He tried it again this month. Yeah, it’s obvious that there was some creative license taken between daughter and father and Twitter, but the end results are still funny. These names are at least as good as the nicknames they got from the WWF, and more memorable to those outside the wrestling world. -via With Spandex


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Laugh In The Face Of Fear With These Scary Funny T-Shirts

Homeyphobia by Boggs Nicolas

Everyone has something they fear in life, be it abstract or unnervingly real, but just as we're told not to wallow in our tears we shouldn't swallow up our fears- we should let them out and expose them to the sunlight on a NeatoShop t-shirt.

That way we can share them with each other and laugh at how small they really are in the grand scheme of things.

The fears that lurk in our minds are very real to us

Another Scary Clown by Mari Kari

And very hard to ignore

Scary Terry V3 by Demonigote

But if you think of the things you're afraid of in a different light they won't seem so scary after all

Cute Kid by Hillary White

And then you can say "I ain't afraid of no oogety boogety old fear!"

Nightmare Busters by Beware 1984

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Such a Happy Chewbacca!

There are some people in the world that have a gift for spreading happiness. Candace Payne is just sitting in her car, talking about a purchase she just made. The purchase will make you laugh, but Candace will make you laugh even more.

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She streamed this slice on life on Facebook live yesterday, and it has 25 million views already! Mark my words, she'll be on The Ellen Degeneres Show next week. -via reddit

Oh, by the way, if you want to make the same purchase, it's available online.


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Some of the Most Controversial TV Episodes Ever

Sometimes TV shows are intentionally tasteless and scandalous, but sometimes semi-innocent shows still end up having truly shocking episodes here and there. Zimbio rounded up  some of the most controversial episides of all time. It shouldn't be surprising that Married With Children and Game of Thrones show up on the list, but Seinfeld and Downton Abbey also have a place there.


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That Other Superhero

The following article is from Uncle John’s Funniest Ever Bathroom Reader.

At the top of the superhero list, you’ve got your Superman, your Batman…and then way, way down the list, you’ve got these.

Shamrock

In 1982 artists at Marvel Comics—tasked with creating an Irish superhero—came up the most stereotypically Irish lass possible. Shamrock (Molly Fitzgerald) is the daughter of a militant IRA member and has long red hair. Her superpower: extremely good luck.

Madame Fatal

In this 1940s title, Richard Stanton is a famous actor whose daughter is kidnapped. To get her back, he dresses up like an old lady and uses his “acting skills” to fool the kidnappers into complacency before beating them up and rescuing his daughter. Thus was born Madame Fatal, the butt-kicking old lady who is really a man.

Zsazsa Zaturnnah

By day, Ada is the meek owner of a beauty salon in a small town in the Philippines (where the comic originates). At night, he eats a piece of “magic rock” (whatever that is) and transforms himself into Zsazsa—a muscular, curvaceous, crime-fighting woman.

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Casbusters - I Ain't Afraid Of Busting Cute Little Ghosts


Casbuster by Kempo24

When Casper first came to town busting ghosts involved holding a seance and dispelling spirits using knowledge of the mystical arts, but nowadays those annoyingly friendly little ghosts can be zapped into a pile of ectoplasmic goo with science. That little round headed spirit seems friendly enough, but it's a well known fact that he consorts with teenage witches, giant mutant ducks and the devil himself, so busting him is the only way to keep your neighborhood cartoon free.

Show the world how friendly ghosts should be handled with this Casbuster t-shirt by Kempo24, people will be busting up when they see you wearing this fun shirt!

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Don't Skate in the Street

It was a very impressive grind--flawless, really. The landing and flip were also spot-on. But it was still a close call for this skater who didn't post a lookout before riding into the street.

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Simon’s Cat Logic: Why Cats Love Boxes

Cats love boxes so very much, just ask Maru. Simon Tofield has four cats, so he knows that well. In this episode of Simon’s Cat Logic, Nicky Trevorrow from Cats Protection explains the allure of the simple cardboard box.

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This includes the Simon’s Cat cartoon called The Box. -via the A.V. Club

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Glowing Banana Lamps

Last year, Studio Job (warning: auto-sound) in Belgium produced a series of lamps shaped like peeled bananas. Five of the models lie in various reposed positions and the sixth is a hanging pendant. The gold-plated peels reflect the LED-generated light from the fruit itself.

The project was inspired by pop art of the 60s, especially that of Andy Warhol. Dezeen quotes the Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery:

"Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world... a nice reference to the other icons of the Pop Art, the Marilyns, the Campbell's Soups, the Dollars signs, Coca-Cola... distilling the beauty out of the popular is an art form itself," said a statement from the gallery, which also cited former artist-in-residence Keith Haring as a reference for the exhibition.

-via Fubiz


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The Future of Work in 5 Charts

The Cooper Review explains the realities of work with a flow chart, pie chart, scatterplot, and a couple of other graphs that are mainly about how nothing gets done because we have too many meetings. The meetings are to get updates, so you better get an update ready for the meeting. Maybe that’s why Neatorama functions so well, as we never have meetings. In fact, I’ve never “met” anyone who works here. We tried updates, but they didn’t get many pageviews, so that’s history. See the rest of the charts at The Cooper Review.


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Finally! A Stroller for Adults

You know what's awesome? Sitting. And the older I get, the more I appreciate a good sit. If there's anything better than a good sit, it's a good lie down, but those are few and far between.

Infants and toddlers have it easy when it comes to getting a good sit. They get to be pushed around in strollers. Do we grown-ups? No--until now.

Coutours, a producer of babycare products, thinks that the ergonomics of the stroller experience are speculative for parents because they're not actually sitting in a stroller getting pushed around. So the company produced a duplicate of one of its strollers, scaled up to accomodate a full-sized adult.


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A Personal Wall of Fame

JBreezyBaby fulfilled a lifelong dream by attending the 2015 Star Wars Celebration and paying to have photos taken the the Star Wars actors. He says he spent his entire tax refund doing it. But these aren’t just fan pictures. He’s re-enacting scenes from the movies! He posted a story for each actor in the gallery at imgur.

Anthony Daniels is the man! The most friendly and gracious actor I had my photo with. He was totally on my level...
Anthony : That's a great shirt
James' brain : oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god!!!
James' mouth : Mr. Daniells it's a pleasure to meet you. For this picture can I be your counterpart?
Anthony : excuse me?
James' brain : f***, you're blowing it
James' mouth : can I be R2D2 and you C-3P0?
Anthony : nobody has ever asked that before, why not!
As I knelt down I wanted to ask him to put his hand on my head in the classic droids pose, but I got too nervous. But then he just did it! No prompting. We shared a laugh about it after, and we'll share a dream about it forever.

The picture with Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary is the best one of all. You have to read the story behind it. And what did JBreezyBaby do with all these photos? He framed them all to display in an honored spot of his home.

See his photos with Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, John Ratzenberger, and Ian McDiarmid as well at imgur.  -via reddit


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Wolverine Takes Xialis for His Adamantium Dysfunction. You Should, Too.


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As he got older, Wolverine found it harder and harder to deploy his claws when he was in the mood for some action. That's why he started taking Xialis for his adamantium dysfunction. Now his metal claws spring to readiness when he needs to demonstrate his vigor. Some mutants might feel too embarrassed to take pharmaceutical help, but Wolverine knows that there's nothing wrong with seeking a little boost.

Nerd City presents this parody of commercials for Cialis, an erectile dysfunction medication.

-via Laughing Squid


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Self-Esteem

Sometimes you feel like you’re on top of the world, like maybe you’ve got this whole “life” thing finally figured out. But that doesn’t last long, and soon you’re in the depths of self-doubt and misery. By the time you reach rock bottom, things start to get a little better, but you know by now that any confidence or pride will be temporary. There's always something around the bend ready to smack you back down.  Sarah Andersen knows those feelings well, as she illustrates in her latest comic.


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Edible 6-Pack Rings Feed Marine Life Instead of Killing It

(Image: We Believers)

People throw away 6-pack rings. Then they get tangled around the bodies of turtles, fish, birds, and other animals. They can maim or strangle those helpless creatures.

The Saltwater Brewery of Delray Beach, Florida was founded by and for surfers, fishermen, and other people who love the sea. They wanted to make sure that their 6-packs of beer help rather than hurt marine life. So they worked with the ad agency We Believers to develop a 6-pack ring that is edible.

The 3d printed 6-pack rings are made of byproducts of the brewing process, including wheat and barley, that are biodegradable and edible by marine life. And if no one nibbles at it, it simply dissolves, freeing any creature trapped inside. Discover magazine reports:

The company 3-D printed a test batch of 500 holders in April, according to AdvertisingAge, and it plans to scale up production to meet its current output of 400,000 cans of beer a month. While the edible holders are more expensive to make, Saltwater Brewery wants set an example for other beer producers and encourage them to adopt the idea. They say if their edible holders become commonplace, they could potentially be as cheap as the regular plastic rings.

-via Telegraph


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25 Facts About The Indy 500

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The annual auto race known as the Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend. The race is 500 miles long, and it’s in Indianapolis, which means it was named properly, because the best names confer important information. Otherwise, there’s a lot about the famed race you don’t know. John Green is here to fill you in on the less-important but still interesting information about the race in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.


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Skipper's Boat Tours - No Refunds Or Guarantee Of Safe Return...Have Fun!


Skipper's Boat Tours by APSketches

When you pay for one of Skipper's boat tours you're paying for way more than just a three hour tour- you're paying to watch that bumbling first mate Gilligan muck everything up! But if you should ever sign on to take a tour and you notice there's a movie star, a millionaire and his wife, a professor and a Mary Ann on board you'd better cancel your ticket and go home, because it might be your last chance...

If this Skipper's Boat Tours t-shirt by APSketches was the only article of clothing you owned while stranded on a desert island, well....at least your torso would be covered in style!

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Elsa/Rey Cosplay

The sand glows brown on the desert tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
An empire of isolation,
And it looks like I'm the queen.

Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is ready to let it go, right after she beats a few First Order troopers into submission. Redditor darthassbutt made this amazing costume for her daughter. It mashes up Rey from Star Wars with Elsa from Frozen.

You can see more photos of her at Wizard World Comic Con here, including one showing a lightsaber duel that she had with Anna.

-via Amy Ratcliffe


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The Trees of Literature

Atlas Obscura is highlighting trees all this week in what they call, appropriately, Tree Week. Among posts about living trees and historical trees, they also pay tribute to trees in fiction. It’s only natural, as literature has been dependent on trees for a thousand years. They bypassed the most obvious choices (The Giving Tree) and introduce us to some literary trees you might not have thought of, like the Tree of Heaven from the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

The so-called Tree of Heaven grows outside the window of Francie Nolan, a second-generation Irish-American girl coming of age in Brooklyn at the turn of the century. Just as Francie and her family struggle against the odds to make a life for themselves, the tree too manages to prosper without water, light, or care. Francie grows from a girl to young woman under the harsh conditions of tenement life, enduring poverty, assault, loneliness, and betrayal. Through it all, she maintains a deep and abiding inner strength. Like Francie, the tree that grows out of the cement in Brooklyn is tough, tenacious, and blossoming against all odds. It’s the kind of tree you root for.  

Read about six other literary trees at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit:  Tao Tao Holmes)


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The Delightful Automata Created By Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

There's nothing like watching an automaton put on a simple mechanical show for you, and even kids who stare at screens all day long get a kick out of watching automatons move.

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One particular group of makers who call themselves the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre like to build ridiculous yet marvelous crank operated machines which they then film in action and share on the interwebs.

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The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre's minimalist machines both fascinate and inspire, showing future makers how simple it is to build an analog device that moves in perfectly pleasant ways.

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Read more about The Delightful Automata Of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre here


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