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You Too Can Finally Game With Yanni



Admit it, while you really like gaming, your real passion is new age music. While you might never get to actually play video games with Yanni himself, this great controller will at least bring you one step closer to living the dream.

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Sweet Potato Fry Cassarole?



Watch out, I'd hate for you guys to slip on the pile of drool I just made while staring at this picture of sweet potatoes covered in marshmallow fluff, cranberries and pecans. It's a Thanksgiving explosion in your mouth that's still suitable as a side order for your turkey burger. Excuse me, I suddenly have some serious munchies.

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Penguin's Big Adventure



No, I'm not talking about Peewee's Big Adventure being remade with a penguin in the lead role, although that would be pretty darn awesome. Unfortunately, this is a true tale involving a tiny fairy penguin being stolen from the zoo and chased by both sharks and dogs before being rescued and returned to his home.
On Saturday, three young men reportedly broke into the park and caused all sorts of mishchief, like swimming in the dolphin tank. On their way out, they nabbed the diminutive Dirk, for good measure. Their time with the small bird was apparently short lived, as the group are said to have released Dirk into the nearby Broadwater waterway.

The next day, a couple passing by the area saw Dirk being chased by a shark, which are known to swim around the Broadwater area. To make matters worse, a dog on the shore kept harassing the little bird when he tried to come ashore. The couple alerted SeaWorld officials who quickly responded, bringing the exhausted bird back to his home.

That's a serious adventure for such a small little critter, especially one raised in a zoo and not accustomed to the harsh realities of being a wild creature.

Link Via Geekosystem

Image Via rumpleteaser [Flickr]

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Someone Step Up to Help These Ducklings Step Up


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"Come along children, just come on. No, you can make it. Your brothers and sisters were able to get over the curb you just aren't trying hard enough."

"But moooom, it's too high. Can't we just let this stranger help us?"

"Is that what you're going to do whenever you're in a jam, just wait for a human to help you? You know, that's how your Uncle Arnold ended up becoming duck a la orange."

"But moooooooooom, we can't reach."

"Ok, fine, let the human help you, but don't come crying to me when they want to turn you into dinner for something called Christmas."

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How to Brag About Your Zombie Hunting Prowess



Since the zombie apocalypse hasn't quite happened yet, artist Andrew Martin of Monster Caesar Studios went ahead and fabricated this lovely zombie head wall mounted trophy to hang on your wall in the meanwhile. Of course, if when the undead start walking the streets you really ought to take it down, not only because it's silly to brag about accomplishments you haven't actually completed, but also because you won't want to offend the new neighbors across the street who are great, other than that habit of constantly moaning "brains" at three in the morning. For now though, it's certainly a nice home accessory.

Link Via Geekologie

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The Prehistoric Avengers



Just because dinos had pea-sized brains doesn't mean they didn't know the difference between right and wrong. That's why the dinosaur Avengers were so critical to keeping the streets safe, at least, metaphorically speaking.

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Get Your Pinball Fix With Snowball



For those of you who can never get enough fun Flash games to play when no one's looking at you at work, may I recommend Snowball, a fantastic Flash pinball game that captures the true spirit of the game while adding in some fun elements that are impossible for a real pinball machine to incorporate.

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The Cutest Geek Dresses In All The Universe



They might not be real dresses, but as a geek gal, I sure wish some ambitious fashion designer would make these adorable drawings by illustrator Robin Kaplan into a reality. In the meanwhile, I guess we'll have to appreciate the great drawings of girls wearing dresses inspired by Doctor Who, Star Wars, Pokemon and more for what they are.

Link Via io9

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That Is One Crazy Kitty


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I'll be honest, I have no idea what's going on with this little furball, but whatever it is, it's pretty darned cute. Of course, if you know what he's up to, let us know in the comments.

Via Cute Overload

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BLT Chips Sound Delicious



A BLT with Baconaise still too devoid of bacon for you? Why not enjoy your lunch with a side of BLT Lays? For those who can't eat sandwiches because they're gluten free (like me), it's also a great alternative to that delicious deli treat.

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The Best Tattoo Cover Up Ever



A reader of Geekologie sent in this great story of how a terrible Edward tattoo obtained during a bet eventually became an awesome Rufio tattoo in what is arguably the greatest tattoo portrait cover up ever.
"OK, so this guy I used to know recently made a deal with his friend that they would choose each other's tattoos and they would each get theirs while being blindfolded. He took his blindfold off to see this -- Edward, from Twilight! Yikes! So later he had it covered up with RUFIOOOO!"

OH HELL YES. I asked my little lady to turn the pictures into an animated gif, but the angles make it look like there's a colored part in Edward that doesn't appear in Rufio. Like I said, that's just the angle.

I know many of you don't like tattoos to start with, but you have to admit, if you're going to get a tattoo on a bet, this cover up is probably one of the best outcomes you could hope for.

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Wait, You're Not A Monkey


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Silly rabbit, you got over the fact that Trix aren't made for you and just moved on to yet another food not made for you. Bunnies and bananas, now that's just plain goofy, and I'm not even going into the fact that you're eating it while being held like a baby drinking a bottle. You poor confused thing.

Via Cute Overload

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Would You Watch The I Can Has Cheezburger Show



No, it's not about LOL cats per se. Instead it's about Ben Huh, the genius behind I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme and all those other memetastic sites. The show will be on Bravo and is tentatively called Huh? The show will focus on Huh and his life at work and some of his relationship drama (the two are pretty closely related, given as how his wife is the head editor over at I Can Has Cheezburger.

Link Via Geekosystem

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Watch Wario & Waluigi Paint Their Own Game World


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Sure games like Minecraft and Little Big Planet let you build your own worlds these days, but there's still something to be said about bringing that video game world into our reality and interacting with it like these guys did.

Via Kotaku

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The Weirdest Tax Deductions Ever Submitted

I’m sure I don’t need to tell all of our American readers that your income taxes are due on April 17 (it’s usually April 15, but since that was a Sunday this year, we got a short little extension). While you might have made some seemingly strange deductions on your income taxes in the past, chances are that you’ve got nothing on these ballsy write offs, although, surprisingly, many of them have been accepted by the IRS. Image Via kenteegardin [Flickr]/Senior Living

9 That Have Been Accepted:

Fancy Dresses. The catch here is that the dresses that TV star Dinah Shore was able to write off could only be used on her show as they were so tight that she couldn’t even sit down on them. Being as how they could only be used for her work, the IRS let her keep the deduction.  

Boob Jobs. Not just anyone can write off a breast enhancement, but if you’re a stripper who gets the surgery so you can make more tips, you might just qualify. After all, Chesty Love already won a battle with the IRS over whether or not her 56 FF enhancement should count, the court agreed that if she didn’t get them she could lose money to other dancers. This same principal applies to lingerie, make up, and other accessories that dancers in this trade might need for work, as long as they can prove the items aren’t being used for personal purposes outside of the club.

Image Via Caza_No_7 [Flickr]

Body Oil. It’s not just women who get to claim deductions related to their appearance. Professional body builders are allowed to claim (legal) products they use to keep their muscles looking great. While steroids don’t qualify, body oil and tanning sessions do. Clarinet Lessons. Don’t get too ready to sign up for music lessons. This deduction was only allowed in one specific circumstance where a doctor recommended a patient take up the instrument because it has been known to help lessen the pain associated with an overbite. Since it was considered a legitimate medical expense at that point, the patient’s parents were allowed to write it off.

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The Hunger Games Anti-Bullying Poster



If Katniss and Peeta support something then it has to be good, right? Well, if you believe that then you'd better check out these Hunger Games PSA posters that urge you to spay and neuter your pets, fight bullies and more.

Link Via io9

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Would You Support A National Registry for Animal Abusers?



It might sound a little extreme to have a national registry for animal abusers -after all, they're hardly as dangerous as sex offenders, but when you actually think about it, it does make a lot of sense. After all, no one wants animal abusers to be able to adopt poor little puppies and kittens do they?
New York’s Suffolk County legislature on Wednesday signed off on a measure that would publicly name anyone convicted of animal abuse by having them report to a registry for five years after their conviction.

“Most serial killers began as animal abusers,” Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Roy Gross told the North Shore Sun. “It’s a known fact: people who hurt animals hurt people too.”

The Sun story says the convicted abusers would pay a $50 annual fee for upkeep of the registry, and those who fail to register would be charged $1,000 or face jail time. The legislature is also considering another bill that would require pet stores and animal shelters to check the registry before allowing anyone to adopt or buy an animal.

So what do you guys think? Would you support an animal abuse registry or do you think it goes too far?

Link Via Pets Lady

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If Nintendo Made Kid's Books



Have you ever wondered what would happen if your favorite children's authors started working with Nintendo to make delightful books based on your favorite classic video games? Probably not, but it doesn't make these awesome fake book covers by artist Caldwell Tanner any less cool.

Link Via Kotaku

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Can't Decide Between Your Favorite Junk Food



Because one good processed food deserves another Pizza Hut UK has decided to start offering pizza with hot dogs baked into the crust. It's perfect for those who can't decide between the two best options at the Costco food court...like me.

Link Via Geekologie

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Nyuk Nyuk Nyuks From History: Remembering The Three Stooges



Whether or not you’re excited for it, you’re almost certainly aware that there’s a new Three Stooges movie coming out today thanks to the non-stop ads for the new Farrelly brothers film. For those of you too young to remember the original Three Stooges or for those who want nothing to do with the new version, here’s some history on the men that made stooging legendary.

From Stage to Screen to Drama




In 1925, The Stooges started as a vaudeville act with comedian Ted Healy (that's him to the left). During this period, they were never actually called “Three Stooges,” instead they were known as “Ted Healy and His Stooges, “Ted Healy and His Southern Gentlemen,” “Ted Healy and His Three Lost Souls” and “Ted Healy and His Racketeers.” On stage, Healy would perform jokes and songs, but the Stooges would constantly find new ways to interrupt him. In response, Healy would insult them and beat them. The original Stooges during this period were Moe and Shemp Howard, but they were later joined by Larry Fine and actor Fred Sanborn.

Five years after their formation, Ted Healy and His Stooges appeared in their first feature film, Soup to Nuts. The film wasn’t a big hit, but The Stooges were popular with those who saw the movie, so Fox offered them a contract to perform without Healy. Unsurprisingly, Healy wasn’t too happy about this, so he threatened Fox with legal action, claiming the Stooges were his employees. Fox backed down and cancelled their offer, so Moe, Shemp, and Larry all went on tour on their own. Healy claimed they used his copyrighted material and not only threatened legal action, but also called theaters claiming that he would bomb them if they let the three actors perform there! His actions intimidated Shemp enough that he almost left the act, but he stayed on after receiving a bump in pay.

Healy tried to restart his Stooges act by hiring new actors, but they didn’t do as well as the original lineup. In 1932, Moe and Healy finally reached an agreement and the group got back together to work on a new production, but Healy received a better offer for another project and found a loophole to get him out of his new contract. By this point, Shemp was so sick of Healy that he left the group and found work Vitagraph Movie Studios in New York.

Moe suggested they replace his older brother with his younger brother, Jerry, but when Jerry auditioned, Healy complained that he just didn’t look funny with his long red hair and handlebar mustache. So, Jerry left the room, shaved his head and then returned saying, “Boy, do I look girly.” Healy thought he said “Curly” and Jerry immediately had a new name to go with his new look.

(Secret) Success At Last



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After all the drama, the group was finally ready to sign a movie contract together and they were hired by MGM in 1933. They were all put in a variety of short films independently and as a group for the next year. A year later, the contract expired and the Stooges finally left Healy for good, largely due to his alcoholism and how much of a pain he was to work with. Healy went on to have a successful movie career for another three years before he passed away under mysterious circumstances. Even today, there is no real consensus about the cause of death, although theories range from head trauma related to a barroom brawl, to a heart attack, to kidney failure.

After breaking from Healy, the gang was officially named their now-famous moniker, “The Three Stooges.” They signed on to appear in short films with Columbia Pictures, receiving $600 per week on a one-year contract. With their new-found freedom from Healy, the group quickly became immensely popular, so popular that Columbia soon started negotiating with theaters, refusing to send over shorts of The Three Stooges unless the theaters also agreed to show some of the company’s mediocre B movies as well.

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Watch A Baby Hippo Take Her First Swim


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So it's not quite a ballet, but it's certainly freaking precious. Just look at that lumpy little babe tip toe through the water.

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The Ultimate Geek Prom Accessory



I know a lot of geeks hate prom, but honestly, the night can be a lot of fun. At my prom, I wore a white dress with white angel wings and my best friend/platonic date wore a black dress with black wings. Since we weren't really a couple, neither of us ended up with a corsage or boutonniere. If I saw one of these around back then though, one of us certainly would have sported it -in fact, I probably would have worn one of these and she could have sported a Darth Vader boutonniere. Now that would have been stylish.

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These Ducks Want It Their Way



Most ducks are content to eat stale bread thrown to them by old men at parks, but these five are particularly snobbish. They only want freshly baked, toasted wheat bread with a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of olive oil. You go blue blood ducks!

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Pizza Is Coming



Just in time for the news that Game of Thrones was renewed for a third season, here's a delicious line up of pizzas proudly bearing the four crests of the four houses from the series. They look like mushrooms, olives, ham and peperoni...so they're almost certainly as tasty as they are awesome.

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41 Awesomely Crazy Nail Polish Designs



From your favorite foods to your favorite games, WebUrbanist's collection of great nail polish paintings are sure to feature something you like. Have any of you geek ladies ever done your nails up crazy like these? The closest I came to these was painting rainbow polka dots on my nails as a sixth grader...and you wouldn't want to see a photo set of those.

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Do Big Cats Like Easter Eggs?


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We know how they feel about pizza, mirrors and pumpkins, but how do they feel about Easter? As it turns out, big kitties like their special eggs just as much as house cats love it when you drop a chicken egg on the kitchen floor.

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TARDIS Sock Monkey



If you had a crush on the TARDIS from the Neil Gaiman episode of Doctor Who, well, you can now finally cuddle up and sleep with the it. Granted, this one is not the adorable girl from The Doctor's Wife, but the sock monkey version is pretty darn cute anyway.

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Super Mario Bros. Easter Eggs



Easter may be over, but it's never too late to appreciate adorably geeky Easter eggs like these. I don't know about you guys, but mine wouldn't last long after I tried to use Mario and Luigi to crush the villains and jump into the coin box.

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Scrambled Cadbury Creme Eggs



End up with too many Cadbury Creme Eggs this Easter? Well, there's more than one way to munch a creme egg. In fact, Cakespy suggests scrambling yours and serving with sliced donut home fries and pound cake toast. Sure it's a heart attack waiting to happen, but it's certainly a sweet way to die.

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Bone Pugz Are Truly Gangster


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These pugs are the most thugalicious pups I've ever seen and, as a result, they made what is probably the best music video ever. There is a bit of language in the song, but I that can be easily excused when the rappers are this cute.

Via I Can Has Cheezburger

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