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Imagining Disney World in Ruins

Photographers love to explore abandoned amusement parks and many others love to look at those pictures and read about them. But one place you probably won't be seeing abandoned pictures of anytime soon is perhaps the world's most popular amusement -Disney World.

Since we probably won't be seeing pictures like this in reality (at least not for a long time), DeviantArt user eledoremassis02 took the liberty of imagining the apocalyptic visions of the current happiest place on Earth. The series is fascinating for both disney-lovers and haters who wonder what Disney World would look like long after the magic has left the kingdom.

Via Flavorwire

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8 Seriously Clever Lights

Everyone needs lights in their home, but that doesn't mean you need to stick with the same boring table and floor lamps as all your friends and neighbors. That's why we rounded up some of the coolest and cleverest lighting options around in this week's Homes and Hues article. 

From xenomorphs to knights, there are plenty of interesting sources of inspiration for these lights and the resulting creations tend to be both beautiful and unique.

So don't miss the full list over at Homes and Hues: 8 Cool and Creative Lamps

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Classic Pinups as Disney Princesses

There are a lot of mashups featuring Disney princesses out there, but if you're a fan of the legendary pinup art of Gil Elvgren as well as Disney's lovely ladies, then you'll love these new mashups by DeviantArtist KittRen.

Her artwork features both new and old princesses and does an excellent job maintaining the style of Elvgren while adding the iconic details of the princesses we know and love. Be sure to visit KittRen's portfolio to see the whole series.

Via Geek Girls

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The Most Misunderstood Lines in Literature

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There's nothing quite like a good read, but some people prefer to read the CliffsNotes on famous works of literature rather than reading them. When that happens too often, people sometimes start throwing out lines from books and poems with meanings totally different than what the author intended to say.

This great TopTenz article features a great selection of the most misused literary quotes so you can stop yourself from making the same mistakes. It's up to you to decide if you want to correct people using these quotes wrong, but remember, some people can't take even the slightest criticism, so it's not always worth mentioning.

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10 People With Great Tattoos At the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

In the world of fandom there's no more brightly colored, bolder or more permanent way to show you are forever a fan than getting a tattoo. Your favorite pop culture characters often start out as ink on a page, so it only makes sense to get them immortalized as ink on your body. Tattooing is a creative and personal way to prove your unwavering dedication to your favorite franchise.

Comic Book Tattoos: Level Epic

For many fans the act of getting a tattoo of their favorite characters is the ultimate form of fandom, since it’s a permanent addition to their bodies, but the guy in these pics isn’t an ordinary fan. He has dedicated his entire body to characters from comic books, turning his arms and torso into a shrine for the superheroes he worships.

If anybody argues that he’s not the ultimate Marvelite he need only take off his shirt and stun them into admitting they were wrong with his incredibly cool ink. Let’s start with his left arm, where we see Cyclops, Gambit, Wolverine and Beast of the X-Men battling a Sentinel, with Angel flying in from above to lend a hand. Just to show that he’s a mighty big fan of the Jade Giant he has the Incredible Hulk tattooed on his inner bicep. Once the shirt comes off we find Venom and Carnage fighting it out for the privilege of pectoral placement. And then he turns around and shows you that the mighty Fin Fang Foom has his back!

Finishing our tour off on his right arm we see Spawn squaring off against Malebolgia, and above that there’s a Violator springing into battle.

Disney Delights

Ohana means family, and when you’re the star of a feature released by Disney you’re part of the largest family in animation history. This gal wasn’t content with getting only one or two members of the Disney family tattooed on her body, and this colorful collection of characters shows the diversity of features being put out by Disney these days. We’ve got Tinkerbell from Peter Pan flying overhead, Stitch from Lilo & Stitch smiling his cute little face off, the sweet ragdoll Sally posing and smiling pleasantly, and the Little Mermaid's Ariel spending some time above water with her animated friends.

On an arm far, far away we have another far out member of the Disney family- R2D2 proudly sporting a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Welcome to the Disney Dark Side R2!

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14 Great Ways to Add LEGO Style to Your Home

Are you the kind of person who builds a LEGO box to store your loose LEGO bricks in? Do your dreams consist of new ways to construct elaborate creations with your interlocking brick toys? If so, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues article featuring 14 ways you can incorporate LEGO pieces into your home decor.

Some of the pieces use real LEGO blocks, but others only use things that look like LEGO bricks because, after all, a real LEGO pillow might look cool, but it wouldn't exactly be comfortable. 

Perhaps one of the coolest things about this LEGO list though is that so many of them are simple DIYs that a real LEGO-fiend would already have the materials for.

So check out the full list at Homes and Hues: 14 Ways to Decorate Your Home With LEGO Goodness

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55 Cool Cosplays From the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

To me, Comic Con is a lot like Christmas. I look forward to it all year round, but then when it arrives, I know I'll end up spending way too much money and running around frantically trying to complete everything I need to do before it's too late. That being said, Zeon and I did find plenty of time to get lots of great pictures of the cosplayers at the convention and here are a few of the best ones we spotted this year.

Lydia may not be happy to see Beetlejuice -especially when she magically appears in her red wedding dress, but I was sure happy to see the two of them.

These two adorable Vault Dwellers were ready to explore the wastes and were even ready to bribe strangers with custom-made Nuka Cola caps.

Comic Con might just be a bit of a wasteland too -I even stumbled upon a Mister Gutsy and a lovely woman in a pre-war dress offering up Sugar Bombs.

Then again, I also ran into Guile handing out American flag temporary tattoos and reminding kids that "winners don't use drugs" -so who knows what era we were in.

I love watching Joker and Harley from afar, but I sure wouldn't want to go to a sock hop with these two -who knows what trouble they'll cause?

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When Art and Geekery Are Combined, We All Win

Who is cooler than Vincent Van Gogh? How about Vincent Han Gogh? Or maybe David Hamilton whois the person that makes artwork that could be created by the greatest artists in a galaxy far, far away.

Not a big Star Wars fan? Well, you have a problem, but Hamilton still has you covered with even more cool geeky art on his website like his cool comic panel series.

Via Flavorwire

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The Strangest Ice Cream Flavor From Every State

Looking for a cool way to cool down on your next fifty-state road trip? Then you won't want to miss this great Delish article that features the strangest flavor of ice cream available in each state. As you might expect, not every state has particularly kookie flavors (Alabama, is black walnut really the wackiest you can come up with), but even so, there are plenty of outrageous tastes worth trying. 

Personally, I'd love to try Louisiana's champagne and violet or Kansas' pineapple cilantro sorbet, but I admit that I'm a little terrified of New York's horseradish flavor and Maine's lobster ice cream served with real chunks of lobster.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Some of The Weirdest Drinks Sold In Japan

I'm willing to bet that you've never sat back, sipped on a nice beer and thought, "you know, this could really use some milk." Amazingly though, someone in Japan did, which is why Bilk is a real thing you can buy -featuring 70% beer and 30% milk.

Of course, I would drink a six pack of Bilk before I ever touched Placenta 400,000, which, as the name suggests, is made with real swine placenta. These terribly terrifyinig drinks and more were included in InventorSpot's list of the weirdest drinks in Japan, and believe it or not, this is actually the second such list -the original included such specialties as salad-flavored water and beer made for children.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Best Quotes From Some of Cinema's Best Tough Guys

Maybe it's an unfair assumption, but if you're sitting here reading a blog right now, you're probably not a badass mercenary or undercover CIA operative. If you ever wished you could be a little tougher though, you might want to check out this great Flavorwire featuring 20 awesome quotes from some of the toughest guys on film -while it might not teach you how to be a scary ruffian, it could at least give you a little inspiration on how to talk like one.

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Crochet Cthulhu Is Taking Over the World (Or At Least My Heart)

Are you a sucker for the great Cthulhu? Do you also have a soft spot for steampunk, Pokemon, Minions or Totoro? Then you need to visit Kutuleras' Etsy shop where you can grab plush versions of Cthulhu overtaking all your favorite geek icons.

Of course, Cthulhu plushies aren't the store's only offerings. You can also purchase cute versions of Totoro dressed like Pikachu and vice versa, Godzilla or even a Minion version of Freddie Mercury.

I for one welcome our new crochet plush overlords! 

Via Nerd Approved

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Some of the Weirdest Places You Might Want to Add to Your Bucket List

Are you big on traveling? Have you been all around this big blue marble we call home? Looking for somewhere different to visit? Then boy are you in luck! Over on TopTenz, you can find ten strange vacation destinations you probably never would have considered before -like the Catatumbo River Mouth seen above. That's not just a lucky photo of one crazy storm, that massive thunderstorm is an almost daily occurence that lasts up to ten hours after sunset. 

Of course, some of these bucket list destinations might just be the end of you -from the volcanic island so filled with sulfur that all resident wear gas masks with them at any given time to the Brazilian island where you are never more than one step away from a horrendously venomous snake. Be sure you only visit these stops on the list when you actually are ok with kicking the bucket.

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Are You Patriotic Enough for the Independence Dog?

Hot dogs are an American tradition and I'm willing to bet that almost any of you who went to a Fourth of July barbeque probably had the option to eat one, even if you chose not to. That being said, you can make a hot dog even more all-American with a little extra work -that's where the Vulgar Chef comes in.

When the Fourth came around this year, the Vulgar Chef took advantage of the holiday by making the most American hot dog of all time -the Independence Dog. This delightful monstrosity takes a typical hot dog, wraps in bacon, then covers it in in ground beef. The meat log is then deep fried, covered in marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and then served on a bun made of deep fried macaroni and cheese. 

Let freedom ring my friends!

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These Pokemon Make Bath Time Fun For Adults

There are a lot of fun bath toys out there for kiddos and plenty of fancy, relaxing bath products out there for adults, but it's rare to find something that bridges that gap. FizzyFairyApothecary sells Pokeball bath bombs that are a perfect combination of both adult and childhood baths.

Each bath bomb looks like a Pokemon ball and comes with a Pokemon toy inside -it's like getting a toy inside your cereal again!

Via Geekologie

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8 Awesome Storage & Organization Hacks

At Homes and Hues, we offer a lot of storage tips because we understand that almost everyone could use a little extra space in their home. We started with these 18 space saving ideas, then offered up another 10 ideas for decluttering and now here are 8 more.

From having a dedicated space for your children's sports balls to working a toothbrush holder into your existing medicine cabinet, we're sure you'll find something here to help you organize and save space in your home. 

So check out all of our new tips over at Homes and Hues: 8 More Storage & Organization Hacks

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The Worlds Weirdest Ice Cream Trucks

We all scream for ice cream, but you know what makes us scream even louder? Zombies. Fortunately, this brutal ice cream truck is ready to serve up all kinds of screams to unsuspecting victims patrons. And that's only one of the crazy trucks out there delivering delicious ice cream to the masses. Check out the rest of the list over at InventorSpot.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Beautiful Pictures Depicting the View From Airplane Windows

Some people hate air travel, which is understandable considering how uncomfortable the process can be these day, but for many, the discomfort is easy enough to overlook in favor of the excitement of travel. If you fall into the later category, you might just love these amazing artworks made by artist Jim Darling.

By showing the view from an airplane window, he perfectly captured the thrill of coming down to land in a new, unknown location. The images are likely to make you long for that feeling you get when you are just about to explore a new destination.

Via Flavorwire

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Public Shamings That Ruined People's Lives

Public shaming has presumably been used as a punishment since people realized they could shame one another, but while shaming was once localized and would usually involve a pretty big faux pas, the internet means someone's entire life can be ruined by total strangers over something as minor as a tasteless Tweet.

This great TopTenz list demonstrates ten times people were publicly shamed online in ways that totally damaged their lives. While you could argue that at least most of them should have known better, it's hard to fault the baseball fan who tried to catch a foul ball and then ruined his team's chances of making it to the Series.

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Forget Pink Plastic Flamingos, These Lawn Ornaments Are Where It's At

Plastic lawn flamingos are cool and all, but they're a little cliche. If you love the idea of lawn ornaments but want something a little more unique, you might consider heading over to Flamingo Incognito's Etsy shop where you can grab one-of-a-kind, handmade, flamingo-like ornaments.

From dragons to mermaids and from t-rex's to sea monsters, we can't get enough of these crazy, geeky sculptures that are all upcycled from boring, busted old pink flamingos.

I can't help but think that John Waters would love these, even if he wouldn't name a movie after it.

Via Nerd Approved

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Goats Dressed Like Minions Are The Best Minions

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If you ever poke around the Neatoshop, then you probably already know that we're simply mad about Minions. We've seen Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob and even Baymax cosplay as our favorite yellow followers, but this is the first time we've seen real-life animals donning the daring Minion look -and the result is purely fabulous.

Via Fashionably Geek

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Headed to Comic Con? Then Follow the Yellow Brick Road

We've previously wrote about the fact that some of the coolest things to do during the San Diego Comic Con don't actually involve the convention at all. That's most certainly the case when it comes to the first night after party -The Great Royal Marshmallow.

This outlandish affair will feature burlesque, an art show, a charity auction, live tattooing, live music, a top dj and more. Perhaps best of all, it will be Wizard of Oz themed! If you're heading out to the con, consider stopping by and saying "hello" -I'll be there in person.

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10 Incredible Swimming Pools

It's heating up quickly this summer and if you're dreaming of the best places to cool down, you won't want to miss this great collection of swimming pools we rounded up on Homes and Hues. 

From pools that let you swim next to savanah wildlife to ones that let you look down on the city while you're underwater, these hotel pools are unbelievably beautiful.

Don't miss the rest of the list over at Homes and Hues: 10 More Stunning Pools We'd Love to Visit This Summer and don't miss our previous list on the site -15 of the Most Awe-Inspiring Pools in the World

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The Sushirrito Is A Combination of the World's Best Foods

Sushi is fantastic, but it's awfully hard to eat on the go. On the other hand burritos are marvelous, but they can feel a little heavy. So why not combine the portability of a classic burrito with the fresh offerings of a tasty sushi roll.

Right now Sushirrito is only open in the Bay Area, but I for one can't wait until they are everywhere!

Via Incredible Things

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All Hail the Dood

The Dude abides. An Ood obeys. The Dood? Who knows how well he follows orders, but he certainly is cool, man. 

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This Mama Bunny Is Willing to Protect Her Baby From Any Danger

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The bond between mother and child isn't just a human trait, but is common in all types of animals. This video shows that rabbits are absolutely in that category -when this mother bunny sees a snake trying to make a meal of her kit, she doesn't resign herself to be short one less baby, but instead hops into action and does what it takes to save her child.

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

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30 Years After the Goonies: Where Are They Now?

It's hard to believe (especially if you grew up in the 80s), but the Goonies is turning 30 this year. In celebration of this monumental occassion, Flavorwire has rounded up a great "where are they now" list featuring the current status of all the main actors in the films.

A fan favorite, Sloth, isn't around any more. In fact, the ex-football player died at only 38 from an accidental overdose. Don't worry though, most of the stories aren't so sad, but actually pretty cool.

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Totally Terrifying Prehistoric Sea Monsters

There are a lot of people who are scared of sharks, but if we traveled back 1.5 million years, we'd find a monster that would terrify the biggest, baddest of sharks -the megalodon. And believe it or not, the megalodon is only ranked ten on TopTenz's list of teffifying prehistoric sea monsters.

So what's scarier than a megalodon? How about a dunkleosteus  -a 30 foot long beast with a bite force of 8,000 pounds per square inch, which leaves it tied to with the T Rex and crocodiles  for strongest bit force in history. Even scarier, the creature could open its mouth so quickly that it would vacuum food into its mouth -including prey as large as a human.

Check out the full list of horrific beasts at TopTenz.

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9 Totally Awesome Man Caves

Men and women both need a sanctuary to call their own where they can get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and read a book or ang out with friends. Many dudes dream of having their own space in the form of a sweet man cave, but not all man caves are created equal.

Over at Homes and Hues, we've rounded up some of the best man caves ever created -from game rooms to garages. If you're looking for a sweet space to hang with your bros, you won't want to miss this one.

Check out the full list at Homes and Hues: 9 Epic Man Caves

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Which Game of Thrones Characters From The Pilot Are Still Alive

Whether you're a huge Game of Thrones fan or just know the show by reputation, you almost certainly recognize that George R.R. Martin doesn't have any problem killing off his main characters. Without spoiling anything from the finale of the most recent season, it's safe to say that this reputation for death is well earned.

That's why Flavorwire's round up of all characters featured in the pilot and their current state of existence is pretty darn interesting. While the post is full of spoilers, I can tell you that their final score card shows that only 45% of the characters in the pilot are still alive.

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to find out who kicks the bucket in the next season.

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