Belgian illustrator Adrien Noterdaem (ADN) takes pop culture characters from TV and movies and converts them into the cartoon style of the TV series The Simpsons. No fictional world is off limits.
See a collection of his cast drawings from the movies Rogue One, The Force Awakens, Pulp Fiction, Alien, Fury Road, Ghostbusters, Jurassic World, and the TV shows Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Suits, and more in a gallery at TVOM.
When cartoons were wholly crafted by hand animators used all kinds of tricks to speed up the process, and one of their tricks made a character's hands more visible, emotive and easier to animate-they put gloves on 'em.
This small change made a world of difference for early animators who were discovering rounder was better in a character design, and simplification saved precious time during production.
You probably wouldn’t let the unconscious, anesthetized, or generally incapacitated mind the store, but would you let them mind the country?
It seems like a necessary and not terribly difficult thing to do—make sure someone is always running the country. But it took U.S. lawmakers nearly 200 years to get most of the kinks out of the presidential succession process. Not until the 25th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1967 was the procedure for replacing an incapacitated president clarified. So what happened before that? Well, the government sort of made things up as it went along.
THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT THE MEANING OF "PRESIDENT" IS
The first real test of the succession process came when William Henry Harrison died after only a month in office. After delivering his inauguration speech in cold, windy weather without an over-coat, Harrison caught a cold that quickly turned into pneumonia. Within a month he was dead.
The Constitution said that given the president's death, his powers and duties should go to the vice president, who at that time was John Tyler. But not everyone was sure that Tyler actually became president. While he might have the president’s powers and duties, was it really the same thing as being president? Wasn’t he only acting, so to speak? Tyler didn’t think so. He quickly had himself sworn in as president and even gave an inauguration speech at the ceremony.
Every time I travel through California I'm reminded of how young the cities in my state are compared to cities like Boston and NYC, let alone when compared to ancient cities like Athens, Greece.
But even though cities like Los Angeles and San Diego are only a couple of hundred years old there's a city about 2000 miles south of California that has been around for over 2500 years- Cholula, Mexico.
Cholula was home to the Olmecs, Toltecs and Aztecs, and when the town was conquered by Hernán Cortés and his Conquistadors he called it "the most beautiful city outside Spain".
The small colonial town of 60,000 is best known for Tlachihualtepetl, the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which isthe largest pyramid in the world and the largest archaeological pyramid site in the New World.
Cholula has definitely seen some epic battles in its day, but those battles cannot compare to the wars fought in and around Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Plovdiv dates back to at least 4000 BCE, and as one of the oldest cities in Europe it has seen its fair share of invaders, conflict and resurrection, traces of which can be seen in the city's 39-foot thick cultural layers.
The Romans, Greeks, Persians, Celts, Goths, Huns, Slavs, Turks and Ottomans have all invaded and/or conquered Plovdiv throughout its storied history, each one contributing to the city's history like a patch on a quilt.
People are out searching for pocket monsters to add to their collection and battle for virtual glory, but the citizens of Springfield have noticed something strange about the monsters they catch in town- they all look like the Simpsons. Naturally, this just made the townsfolk want to catch 'em all even more than before, and soon people were battling their Homersaurs, Bartmanders and Lisachus like they were a normal part of the game. But Milhouse began to wonder- who was behind this app hacking incident, and why were the models based on the Simpsons made to look so stupid?
Evolve your geeky wardrobe by adding this Strangling Whip! t-shirt by Raffiti to your collection, and watch your fellow fans crack up at the sight of your great new shirt!
If you need a smile, take a look at what some kids are doing with their spare time. Desire, hard work, and persistence come together to give us some awesome performances, even in children that look too young to be doing these things.
Too much sun, too little water, bugs, poor quality soil and a lack of fertilization are some of the main reasons why fruits and veggies fail to grow in the garden, but did you know what we grow together matters too?
It turns out plant pairing can be just as important as where, when and how you grow, so start planting the right stuff side-by-side and reap the rewards!
Sweet smelling roses attract pests, so grow some pungent garlic next to your roses and repel those pests with the delicious power of nature.
Nematodes (roundworms) attack melons at the root, but growing marigolds next to your melons can be as effective as chemical treatments at controlling those pests- and they look pretty too!
Everybody loves to grow fresh tomatoes in the garden, but did you know tomatoes can be a cabbage's best friend?
Diamondback moth larvae love to munch on cabbage leaves but tomato plants are repellant to the larvae, so grow tomatoes and cabbage together to keep your leaves from getting all chewed up.
Today is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942, which allowed the U.S. government to inter Japanese-Americans, German-Americans and Italian-Americans in camps for the duration of the war. Around 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were removed from their West Coast homes and taken to internment camps.
At The New Yorker, you can see Bill Manbo's rare color photographs of his internment camp.
At NPR's Code Switch, you can see photographs of the internment from three different photographers which very different agendas: Dorothea Lange, who wanted to convey the unfairness of the order; Ansel Adams, who depicted the internees as patriotic and cooperative volunteers; and Toyo Miyatake, who was himself an internee. -via Metafilter
Ever since he made his last big screen appearance in Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith Jar Jar Binks has been the butt of many jokes, and a few fan theories even speculate the Gungan may be a Sith Lord in disguise.
Mashable received an advanced copy of Chuck Wendig's new novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End and found out that fan theory hit the Meesa right on the Binks- because Jar Jar was working for the Empire after all.
In Empire's End a young refugee runs into Jar Jar, who is now a street performer, and the Gungan opens up to the kid about his dark past:
"Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens," the Gungan says, explaining why he isn't wanted anywhere either. "Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire." He stares into the distance, suggesting he knows more than he's saying.
I knew that little bastard stank worse than Dagobah!
An unnamed man in Bolsover, Ontario, received an inheritance back in the 1980s. He hid $100,000 of it, in $50 bills, inside a television set. Then he forgot where he put it. Some time over the next 30 years, he gave the TV set to a friend, who used it until about a year ago, when it was sent to Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) in Barrie, Ontario, for recycling. There the TV sat until last month, when it was taken apart. Employees were surprised to find a box full of cash.
Barrie police reunited a 68-year-old man from Bolsover, Ont., a village of about 400 people in the Kawartha Lakes region, with the cash, using banking records from 1985 to trace the owner. Police did not release his name because of privacy concerns.
“This is a unique situation where this large quantity of money was missing without anyone knowing it was missing,” Const. Nicole Rodgers said. “He hadn’t even realized with the police officers sitting in his house that they were speaking of the cash box with his money in it.
“In his mind, he thought it was still somewhere else in his house.”
Donuts are beautiful things, but sometimes you want the satisfying, high-cholesterol goodness of cheese. For the times that you want a carb-heavy donut and cheesy deliciousness, consider a Mac n' Cheetos donut like this one from the geniuses at HellthyJunkFood.
The creation might not technically be a donut, but it sure has that classic shape we all love and it more importantly combines everything you love about macaroni and cheese with fabulously artificial Cheetos flavor.
You've been told for years to stop and think twice before hitting "send." That goes double and triple if you are testing graphics to be used only in an emergency. An incident Tuesday most likely caused a few hearts to skip a beat among U.S. Air Force personnel.
The message read “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!” as it took over the screens of Air Force personnel working at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, earlier this week.
It was accidentally sent out to all terminals through the bases AtHoc emergency alert system that is typically used for weather updates. Spokesman Maj. Bryon McGarry told Stars and Stripes, “One of the command post controllers was building a template for this specific thing that was posted.” The message was intended to only go to one person but he “inadvertently sent it to everybody.” Eight minutes after the message announcing impending doom popped up, a soothing blue screen went out across the base’s terminals telling everyone to chill out.
Russia is constantly in the news these days, and people can't seem to agree on whether Putin's trying to bring back the Iron Curtain or whether he's coming around to the idea of being a part of the global community.
This mistrust is partly due to the fact that schools didn't teach us about Russian history, in order to keep the Cold War extra icy, so maybe if we learn about Russian history we'll understand them better.
But who wants to read those long, boring history books? You're better off watching The Animated History of Russia by James Suibhne so you can learn it all in a nutshell before you dive into those dusty tomes!
When Star Trek went to the big screen in 1979, audiences were excited, but Star Trek: The Motion Picture was too long and slowly-paced to stand the test of time. It was also extremely expensive, causing Paramount to rethink making a sequel. So changes were made: Gene Roddenberry was fired, a budget-conscious director was brought in, and the script for The Wrath of Khan was written by a writer who'd never seen a Star Trek episode. The production staff not only learned from the mistakes of the first movie, but used the existing sets and unused footage to save money. The changes had repercussions beyond Star Trek.
The cumbersome large model on wires approach was shelved for Star Trek’s motion control, and new models were built with usability and cost in mind, rather than screen presence. The only thing not cut back on was the aforementioned CGI. The large terraforming sequence could only be done in animation, and much like the sequence in the finished film it was presented as an advert for the skills of Lucasfilm Computer Imaging. And like in the film, the CGI video succeeded in its marketing purpose. The clip impressed a young Steve Jobs enough to part with $5 million to buy out the division, which renamed itself Pixar.
But what really made the The Wrath of Khan a hit was a plot that focused on the original cast and a villain that harked back to the TV series (to be fair, V'ger did, too, but not as charismatically as Khan). Read about the process of bringing The Wrath of Khan to theaters at Den of Geek.
When Mike and Sully imagined a career in scaring they didn't think about longevity or a future where kids became desensitized to monsters, so five years in to the gig they found themselves laid off. Sully quickly found a job as a bouncer, which ended up being the perfect gig for him, but poor Mike was left wondering what to do with his life. One day he was sitting at the bar doodling on a cocktail napkin when a biker beastman came up to him and asked him if he'd ever done any tattoos, since he was about to open a tattoo shop in Monstropolis. Mike's great big eye got teary, and he gave the beastman a hug even though he smelled like a dirty goat, and Mike once again had his future laid out for him by a happy accident.
Add some sick tat style to your geeky wardrobe with this Monsters Ink Mike t-shirt by Scott Neilson, it's an all new way to show love for your favorite one-eyed monster pal Mike Wazowski!
I used an app that did this a long time ago at a previous job. We were encouraged to explore the internet at first, but over time, we ended up restricted to only looking up the weather forecast, so a loading screen was quite useful when the boss walked in while I was checking email or playing solitaire. Jeff Lofvers of Don't Hit Save has a more dedicated reason for using his: to hide the fact that he's been at home playing video games all day instead of producing something useful.
You could spend a lifetime watching TV sitcoms and not realize that the same weird things keep happening from show to show over time. Maybe that's because we don't watch that many sitcoms at a time, or we don't compare our favorites from the 1970s to our favorites from the '10s. Did you ever notice how new infants in a sitcom family suddenly become old enough to deliver lines (or at least look cute) the next season? In Full House, Uncle Jesse's twins grew quickly, while their cousin Michelle did not.
Modern Family provides more evidence of a vast baby-swapping conspiracy when Cam and Mitchell celebrate their daughter's second birthday ... only to mention that she's three a few months later. Clearly, they're speeding up the rate of her birthdays so as to avoid arousing suspicions when they inevitably switch her (which they did).
On the other hand, the baby swaps in Growing Pains and Family Ties are so laughably obvious that they seem to imply this business isn't even underground. Chrissy Seaver blossoms from basically a newborn child to a 5-year-old girl in the space of one season ...
Bruce Springsteen played in Brisbane Thursday night. A teenager held up a sign that said he was missing school for the concert, and could he play "Growin' Up"? Springsteen called him up on stage to play. Fifteen-year-old Nathan Testa knew the song, and well. In the middle of the song, Springsteen gives him some advice about looking good on stage.
What's really strange is that this isn't the first time Testa has played with the Boss. His family are all avid Springsteen fans, and attended a Brisbane concert in 2013, when Testa, then 11, was pulled on stage to play "Waitin' on a Sunny Day." -via Metafilter
Have you ever tried clothes on in a dressing room and thought to yourself "this doesn't look right at all, and that person in the mirror doesn't even look like me!", only to leave the store empty handed?
Fitting rooms should have flattering light and pleasing colors that make the clothes look good, but Russian blogger Inna visited dressing rooms in 11 different stores and found they often fail to flatter.
Inna visited clothing stores such as H&M, Mango and Zara and compared her before shot, taken with home lighting, to the shots taken in each room.
And even though she was wearing the same clothes, and shot the pics with the same phone, the lighting and background changed her look up quite a bit from shot to shot.
So what did Inna conclude based on her research? Brighter lights are more flattering, and red used right will really make you stand out, but a dark dressing room can ruin an otherwise good shopping trip.
When the name of the new Star Wars film was announced in January as The Last Jedi, we all wondered what that meant. As the story stands, Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi. But will he remain the last Jedi? Will he be killed off? Will someone else become the last Jedi? Then we realized that the word "Jedi" is both singular and plural. Which does the title mean? We were resigned to wait until the movie is released in December to find out. But the title is more complicated in other languages, where a definite article indicates a singular or plural. As the movie gets it title translated around the world, we have the answer, courtesy of Star Wars France. It's plural, as in more than one Jedi. Other European countries with languages that indicate plurality have announced the movie title using the plural form, as you can see at Slate.
Clowning is a comedic artform that dates back centuries, and although clowning has become less circus and more cirque over the years clowns are still doing classic bits and carrying on an ancient tradition.
Those who embrace the role of the clown have many skills to master, such as makeup, slapstick and miming, but most importantly they must develop a character the audience connects with and make 'em laugh.
What happens to a helicopter when it crashes, wears out, or becomes obsolete? Many times, it just sits there. Oh yeah, it might be taken to a junkyard, and of course, some are stripped and recycled, but the world is full of abandoned choppers of all kinds that are still awaiting their final disposition years, even decades after their last flight.
Jodie, Logan, Briana, and Meg share an apartment in Pittsburgh. A rat got into their apartment earlier this week, so they put their heads together to figure out how to evict it. They cornered the rat in the shower, then set up a complicated course to shoo it downstairs and out the door. What are the odds of this working? The four women and Logan's boyfriend Bo were all ready when Logan forced the rat out of the tub, and surprise! Their scheme worked like a charm, and even better, they got video evidence. Read more about the adventure at Buzzfeed.
When we're threatened by an evil Empire who puts its welfare above that of the people we must rise up together and fight, or else the world will be left to the mercy of the Sith. Thankfully, there are plenty of skilled, smart and tough Rebels out there willing to fight for what they believe in, warriors for good willing to meet the Imperial forces head on. Because one rogue Rebel may not be able to stand up to the darkness rising, but a squad of Rebels have the power to eliminate the darkness and bring the light back into the lives of the people.
Add some sci-fi star power to your geeky wardrobe with this Rebellion t-shirt by Zerobriant, it's the epic way to take your favorite squad of Rebels with you wherever you go!
Lindsay Richards decided she wanted a cat. Lain Roby agreed after seeing cats on the site Adventure Cats. So the couple adopted Fish, and took him on many outdoor adventures. A few months later, they adopted Chips, who become Fish's little brother and constant companion. Both cats were leashed trained from an early age, and are used to riding in cars, boats, and backpacks.
People who chose to live the gangster life during the early 20th century were cut from a rougher yet more refined cloth than the gangsters of today, and they always looked dapper no matter what they were doing.
The rackets were numerous, the risks immeasurable, but these outlaws chose to make a buck bruising, smuggling, shooting, stealing and strongarming knowing full well it might cost them their lives.
Looking back on these photos of Depression era mobsters you can see a sort of haunted look in their eyes, the only clue to their remaining humanity revealed in the one place they can't rebuild in stone.
We all know what a couch potato is- a person who sits on the couch (or a recliner) and watches TV, moving about as often as a potato. But where did the phrase come from? The story is a lot more complicated than you knew.