The Quest for the Holy Grail Meets Parkour

A group of Knights Templar are on a quest to "liberate" the Holy Grail from the fortress of the Frenchmen who have it in their possession. They'll have to harness their best weapons skills and ability to leap tall buildings! Oh yeah, and a little bit of trickery, too. It's violent, alright, but not too bloody.

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This is what happens when you give Devin Supertramp a television production budget and access to a French castle. Its a promotional film for the History Channel series Knightfall. And it's pretty durn good. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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The LOLcats of 1911

LOLcats are much older than the internet, and even older than current copyrights. The children's book Kittens and Cats: A First Reader (1911) was written by Eulalie Osgood Grover. The simple captions tell the story of a cat throwing a party for all her friends.

The images are attributed to the Rotograph Company, which lead us to believe they were the work of a young Harry Whittier Frees before he began selling cat pictures under his own name. His talent for posing cats in clothing would develop far beyond what is contained in the 1911 primer.  



See more cats from the book at The Public Domain Review. -via Metafilter

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Ugly Princess Sweater - Fashionably Ghibli


Ugly Princess Sweater by Soulkr

Humans who live in the woods long anough give up their fancy duds and only start wearing clothes again to keep warm, because the campfire only lasts so long and the wolves won't give up their pelts without a ferocious fight. But the wild princess liked wearing clothes because they reminded her of her time among the humans and helps her fit in when she's trying to avoid more bloodshed at any cost.

Dress up for a wild winter with this Ugly Princess Sweater t-shirt by Soulkr, it's a fantastic way to show love for Ghibli films and the feral Mononoke wherever you go!

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Popular Super Powers That Are Actually Totally Impractical

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Comic book nerds dream of having super powers because we believe these powers will make our lives better in some way, but when we really analyze what it means to have certain powers the cons far outweigh the pros.

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Now I wouldn't exactly call bone claws a super power, but I also wouldn't call them a practical thing to have around at the flick of a wrist, especially if you have pets or small children in your home.

Nightcrawler made teleportation look like a really cool power, but there would be too much pressure to get your jumps just right for it to be practical.

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And the classics super speed and super strength seem like they'd be handy on paper, but the human body isn't built to handle that kind of stress so using your power would mess you up but good.

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Read the AskReddit thread "What is a popular superpower that would actually be quite impractical if you tried using it in the real world?" here

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The Personal Assistant Robot

Wait, what? It was enough of a shock to realize that I am talking to the robot instead of the guy, but the underlying implication of that last line is a bit ominous. Am I one of those friends he finds boring? Does that explain the contrast in happiness lately? And here I was, getting a bit jealous because I don't have my own personal assistant robot. Now I just want to go sulk. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble. 


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Rockin' Out On A One Dollar Guitar

Talented musicians have a way of making any and all instruments sound better than expected, but making a crappy little toy guitar from a dollar store sound good seems like an impossibility.

However, as we've learned many times before Rob Scallon is a musical wizard, and when he wraps his hands around a cheap toy guitar from Dollar Tree he somehow manages to make it sound like a million bucks.

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it's safe to say Rob got his money's worth!

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Carjacked Infant Found, Honey Biscuits Credited

Two parents were carrying laundry into a laundromat in Galveston, Texas, when a carjacker jumped in their vehicle and took off -with their baby in the back seat! The thief eventually realized the baby was in the car and left her and the car seat in a parking lot about ten blocks away. Stephen Ward found the 4-month-old and called police. The baby has been reunited with her parents, but the car and carjacker have not been found. Ward was reluctant to take full credit for finding the child.    

Ward said he credits his love for chicken and biscuits for leading him to the baby.

"The real hero hit here is Church's Chicken because if it wasn't for those honey biscuits I probably wouldn't have even gone down that way," he said. "I probably would've gone home."

Now, that's the way to get some free honey biscuits! Read the full story at KPTV. -via reddit

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Make Spirits Bright This Holiday Season By Giving The Gift Of A NeatoShop Shirt

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The holidays are all about giving, but some people are so darn hard to shop for it's virtually impossible to find a gift that will actually make them happy.

So here's the secret to great gift giving during the holidays- head to the NeatoShop and grab them a geeky t-shirt, a super cool hoodie, lovable long sleeve t-shirt, positively awesome print or a badass baby onesie!

It's not hard to spread cheer during the holidays

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All you have to do is dress in a way that will delight folks wherever you go

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And give the people on their list what they really want- a NeatoShop shirt!

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Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked

How many Christmas horror movies can you name? There's a lot more than that. Would you believe that Film School Rejects found and critiqued 79 Christmas horror films? Yeah, there are quite a few that you've never heard of, but you might want to look them up if you're into that sort of thing. Of course, in an age when people are vehemently arguing over what is or is not a Christmas movie, there was the initial problem of defining a Christmas horror movie.

We decided on the following criteria. A Christmas horror movie should be feature-length, set on or around Christmas day, and feature some combination of terror, villains, and/or the threat of death. We also put no limit on tone so horror comedies count every bit as much as torture porn. A handful of titles that fit these guidelines still managed to slip by us due to a lack of availability, but those stragglers aside this remains a holiday miracle and the most comprehensive ranked list of Christmas horror movies ever assembled.

Sequels help a lot. When you have Bikini Bloodbath and its sequel Bikini Bloodbath Car Wash, the next step is to produce Bikini Bloodbath Christmas, which is a real movie. It's a long way from that one to the upper-tier films like Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (shown above). Check out the full list at Film School Rejects. -via Metafilter


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The Curvature Blindness Illusion

Psychology professor Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University in Japan presents a new optical illusion called the Curvature Blindness Illusion. The first thing you should know is that all the lines across the page are exactly the same shape. You can see that in the corners with the light and dark contrasting backgrounds. But in the gray background, some seem to be curvier, while others seem to be more angular. That's because of how the colors (actually shades of gray) of the lines are segmented. When the colors break at the top and bottom of the curve (in the line perceived as a zig zag) we see a corner where they meet. The lines with colors that continue over the upper and lower curve makes us perceive a gentler curve when the background contrast is low.

This illusion has two implications. First, the percepts of a gentle curve (wavy line) are impaired by discontinuity of contrast polarity at the turning point, while the percepts of an obtuse corner are not; this implies that the mechanisms of the gentle curve and obtuse corner detection are separable in terms of contrast polarity. Second, the illusory percepts of an obtuse corner (zigzag line) appears and replaces the gentle curve, which indicates the imbalanced competition between these two percepts.   

Cool, huh? You can read about the experiments conducted with this illusion in Takahashi's paper in the journal i-Perception. -via Digg


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How to Take Out an AT-AT

What's the best way to disable an AT-AT? It's elementary! Tie a rope around the machine's feet until it trips, while riding your unicycle and playing a Star Wars tune on your flaming bagpipes. We learned that secret in The Empire Strikes Back. Since we know from the trailers that there are AT-ATs in the new movie The Last Jedi, the Unipiper donned a rebel pilot uniform to demonstrate the tactic for the new generation of Star Wars characters.

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The Unipiper (Brian Kidd) performs all this in front of the most appropriate backdrop for his act. -via Laughing Squid


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The Christmas Wrapping Lesson

Stavanger Foto is a photography store in Norway. They do funny Christmas cards every year. This year, the staff recreated the painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp that Rembrandt painted when he was only 26 years old. The photo store guys didn't have a corpse, so they made do with Christmas packages.



I think it's an improvement over last year's card.

TheTigon, who works there, posted these cards to reddit. The guys got quite a few compliments on their neck floofs.

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YouTuber Rescued from Microwave in Stunt Gone Wrong

Jay Swingler and Romell Henry of Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, UK, do dangerous stunts for their YouTube channel TGFbro. When you continue to amp things up for the audience, sooner or later something will go wrong.  

But for their latest video, Swingler took the experimentation to a whole new level of idiocy when he put his head in a microwave and filled the appliance with Polyfilla, a spackling paste that’s supposed to fill holes in walls. To be “safe” (nothing about this is safe) Swingler included a flimsy breathing tube. But that tube became blocked as the material hardened and expanded, and Swingler began to panic, which no doubt made him require more oxygen. His friends attempted to dismantle the microwave and chip away around his head using a knife (!?), but thankfully called emergency services before Swingler suffocated to death.

The West Midlands Fire Service was not amused.

Read the full account of the disaster at Gizmodo. The article contains the YouTube video, which is age-restricted and has been demonetized. That means that YouTube won't allow advertising on the video because it violates community standards.  


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The Penguin Who Knew Too Much - Something Is Fishy About This Case


The Penguin Who Knew Too Much by Steven Rhodes

Sam Slade was heading toward another dead end in his murder investigation when he discovered a strange clue he'd somehow missed the first time around- a small, webbed footprint. After comparing it to a few examples he discovered the print belonged to a penguin, which was really odd considering the murder had taken place in Cleveland. How had a penguin ended up at the scene of a man's murder, and how much did that flightless bird know?

Add some animal-themed mystery to your geeky wardrobe with this The Penguin Who Knew Too Much t-shirt by Steven Rhodes, it's a shadowy shirt that's sure to make people smile wherever you go!

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The Second to Last Jedi

If Star Wars were an opera, or even a Broadway musical, the producers could do much worse than to hire Whitney Avalon to write the tunes. In this song, she narrates what is going through her head as she struggles to harness the Force to pull off a Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens, even though the title is a reference to The Last Jedi, out in one week. 

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Yeah, it's a hokey idea, but it's also clever and well-done. You might recall Whitney Avalon from the Princess Rap Battles. Her wish is for Daisy Ridley to see this video. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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What Happens To Condoms When They Sit In Your Drawer For Years?

If movies that star inanimate objects come to life like Sausage Party are to be believed then all condoms hope to be put to use after they've been purchased, even though that means they'll wind up in the trash or flushed down the toilet.

And yet few condoms will actually leave their package, because guys tend to buy way more condoms than they need, so instead of being used most will end up forgotten in a sock drawer or, even worse, shriveled up in some guy's wallet. (NSFW language)

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These ridiculous animated shorts by CollegeHumor show us what happens when condoms go unused, so they're like a safe sex PSA and a raunchy animated comedy in one!

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Here's to 2017

Once again, Beutler Ink has produced a year-end poster paying tribute to the newsmakers, celebrities, trends, and memes of the closing year, titled Here's to 2017. This year, that involves a lot of details. I'm happy that Wonder Woman is front and center. Among the politicians and protesters, you'll see plenty of pop stars, athletes, and fictional characters -and a crowded RIP section. That's a lot of people, which makes it hard to see at this size. Enjoy a much larger -and enlargeable- version at Beutler Ink, where you'll a link to purchase the poster if you choose. -via Nag on the Lake


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Why Can't I Sleep?

It used to take a steady supply of hard drugs, strong coffee or pills to get so strung out you couldn't sleep at night, but nowadays all you need is a computer screen or a smartphone to get totally cracked out.

Because if the endless content, constantly refreshing Instagram feed or all the cute cat videos shared by your aunt on Facebook don't keep you up at night the blue light generated from your screen damn sure will.

Plus, as this For Lack Of A Better Comic comic shows, having your smartphone sitting on your nightstand will keep you up at night too, especially when it beckons to you to pick it up and search for stuff online...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Evolution of the Movie Trailer

What's the best way to promote a film? Show a small portion of it to movie fans! And where are those movie fans? In the theaters! That's how trailers got started. Now you see them on TV and online, too, and probably on one of those gas pumps with screens. But it took a long time for the movie trailer to become the art form that it is now.

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Granger Willson of Vulture takes us on a historical ride through how movie trailers have changed from the beginning of theater runs 100 year ago to today. -via Laughing Squid


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Can You Spot The Sheep Among The Santas?

Are you ready to stare at a picture full of objects to find one specific object again? Of course you are!

As usual this picture of something hidden among other things is brought to you by Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás, aka "Dudolf" aka the guy who has hidden a panda among snowmen and a cat among owls.

This time we're searching for something fleecy hiding in a sea of jolly fat men, so can you spot the sheep among the Santas?

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How Anthony Daniels Gives C-3PO an Unlikely Dash of Humanity

Anthony Daniels is 71 years old, and still playing the droid C-3PO in the Star Wars saga. C-3PO is one of the few elements of the series that never changes, since he is mechanical and is as good as new with replacement parts (even if his new arm is red). And while his creator Anakin can grow up, rule the galaxy, die, and then be called "Grandfather," C-3PO is still there to be all fussy about protocol and translate what R2D2 says.

In 1976 Daniels was appearing in a London stage production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and was determined not to take a job on a trivial sci-fi film. Then he saw Ralph McQuarrie’s concept sketch for C-3PO. He saw something in that face. The first three Star Wars films (1977, 1980, 1983), all narrative drive and swashbuckle, still hold up. Fast-paced and funny, they repackaged an archetypal quest for revenge and reconciliation as an outer space western. Good versus evil, dark against light. Simple. R2-D2 and C-3PO are the mismatched comic relief, an intergalactic Odd Couple as Greek chorus: Threepio the neatnik Felix to R2’s slovenly Oscar, reminding the audience what’s at stake and how the principals really feel.

“You need a balance of elements in all these films. It’s a fairy story, it’s a romp. So there’s serious bits, the dangerous bits, whatever, and then occasionally the refreshment of a character who doesn’t really fit into the environment,” Daniels says. “That was another brilliance of George [Lucas], that you come back to the protocol and etiquette thing, these are the last skills ever to be required in a horrible desert surrounded by ghastly people.”

Read more about Daniels and the droid he's inhabited for 40 years at Smithsonian.


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Ladies' Night

Being a cat lady is not something you can turn on and off like a light. It's a lifestyle. My older daughter used to carry a camera everywhere. When she visited friends, she didn't take pictures of the friends, or what activities they enjoyed; she brought home pictures of their cats so she could remember them, even though we had plenty of cats at home. This comic from Yasmine Surovec at Cat vs Human reminds us that if the things you want to do are the things you already do, life is good.


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If You Ever Feel Sad Just Remember This- Horses Can Grow Moustaches

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Horses are noble and elegant creatures and truly one of the most beautiful animals in the world, but did you know they're also the hirsute heroes of the animal kingdom?

With beautiful manes and tails that can be braided and styled their hair game is undeniably strong, but what truly makes them hirsute heroes is the fact that both males and females can grow amazing moustaches.

And unlike other animals with hair on their upper lip the horse's moustache comes in many styles, from the hairy hippie to the dapper dan to the horsey handlebar.

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So why aren't horses allowed to enter the World Beard and Moustache Competitions? Because humans are afraid of being shown up by their steeds!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Animated Film Charlotte’s Web

I cried when I first read the book Charlotte's Web, and in some subsequent readings, too. I cried when I watch the animated film in 1973. And I cried at the live-action remake in 2006, although my kids didn't understand why. By then it was a flashback to my childhood experience of the story. If you have fond memories of watching the 1973 animated version of Charlotte's Web, you'll want to read a trivia list about the movie.  

10. Debbie Reynolds offered to forego her salary to play Charlotte.

Reynolds loved the book so much that she was willing to voice Charlotte’s part just for the fun of it. That’s true dedication to one’s craft.

4. The author wasn’t too fond of the movie.

Just as he feared the director and the animators changed too much about his book. He watched it once and then never again.

E. B. White objected to the songs in the film, but Hollywood did not change the story as much as it changes most stories. Read more about the 1973 Charlotte's Web at TVOM.


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Goblin Christmas - All He Wants Is A Baby Boy Of His Own


Goblin Christmas by Stationjack

Christmas is a time to hang around and catch up with old friends, so if it has been quite a while since you dropped in on Jareth and the odd creatures who call his Labyrinth home why not throw Henson's masterpiece on and say hi to them all again? It's sure to bring back lots of great memories and remind you of what it feels like to watch a movie that's actually great. Just be careful not to invite Jareth into your home should you meet him back in the real world- because he's only got one thing on his mind and it ain't friendship!

Show some love for your favorite Henson movie wherever you go with this Goblin Christmas t-shirt by Stationjack, it's a festive way to hang out with the Goblin King without risking your life in the Labyrinth.

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Animals Hugging Humans

It's time for a little warm-and-fuzzy break! Take a few minutes and revel in seeing all kinds of animals giving hugs to people (or vice-versa). We have cows, chimpanzees, parrots, fish, elephants, poultry, bears, pigs, goats, cats, dogs, and ferocious wild animals -some you may not even be familiar with. Need we say it? Don't try this with just any animal.   

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When you feel the world is falling apart, enjoy the power of touch and the pure signs of affection from critters who don't care about our wealth or our pasts or our politics. -via Tastefully Offensive

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The Krane Hotel

Here's a hotel room you will tell your grandchildren about. TheKrane is an abandoned crane at the harbor in Copenhagen, a real crane, converted into an overnight suite for two. The experience won't be cheap (currently €2,500), but you'll have certain amenities:

As a homage to its industrial past, the interior is lined from floor to ceiling in black-stained Douglas planks. Designer Danish furnishings in the signature color complete the minimalist palette, allowing the scenery to shine through the surrounding windows. Below, a gray-stone spa sits in front of floor-to-ceiling glazing, affording expansive views of the city and sea from the sauna and soaking tubs. Amenities include a concierge, airport pickup, and your own BMW to explore the capital.

Did I mention the views from the crane are spectacular (for a harbor)? See a gallery of images at Uncrate. -via Boing Boing


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Who Will Die in The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale?

AMC has promised that the mid-season eight finale of The Walking Dead will have a shocking and devastating moment for the audience. We are not surprised, as that's the kind of talk we hear about every episode. But the series tends to kill off characters right before the show goes away for months at a time -and that's why we have these polls. Who do you think is going to bite the big one this Sunday night? Continue reading for specific predictions for each character, which will contain spoilers for those not current with the show. Or go ahead and register your prediction in the poll.

Who will die this week on The Walking Dead?

























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What's in a Name: Nominative Determinism in Medicine

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Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate toward a profession that is reflected in their name. The Wikipedia page cites a 1977 article titled "The Urethral Syndrome: Experience with the Richardson Urethroplasty" co-authored by two Australian doctors named Splatt and Weedon as one of the inspirations for the term. It's not clear whether this is really a trend, or whether those who fit the theory just get attention for it. However, it seems to be rampant in the medical profession. This could be because we have so many terms associated with health and illness. The wide use of euphemisms plays a part, as you can tell in the great number of urologists and gynecologists that fit the profile. Let's meet some of them.

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The Supporting Act

A young girl is excited about the school's holiday talent show, and puts in plenty of time practicing her dance. But her father is always busy working. Will he make it to the big event? Will he even remember it?

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Sometimes parents can surprise you. This heartwarming Christmas short film is from BBC One. -Thanks, Ken D!


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