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A Look Back at Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The fourth feature film of the Star Trek franchise, The Voyage Home, was released in 1988. It immediately stood apart from the first three films, and its magic has never been duplicated. Conceived and directed by Leonard Nimoy, it highlighted each main character from the Original Series and used plenty of humor to contrast the 23rd century with 1980s San Francisco. And what little violence it contained turned out to be counterproductive. Who was responsible for straying from the formula? Well, three writers got credit for the screenplay.

So it was a team effort, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. But it was a team effort with a leader. And the leader wanted to make a different kind of film. Nimoy later explained the core concept: “No dying, no fighting, no shooting, no photon torpedoes, no phaser blasts, no stereotypical bad guy.” His previous Star Trek film had all those things, and outer space, and aliens, and sets. Nimoy wanted to make a movie about Earth, right now, shot on location, with human people.

Now that the franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the 13th film is coming, it’s nice to look back at the one film that even non-Trekkies can quote. Entertainment Weekly tells the story of how Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came about, and gives us some great behind-the-scenes stories, too.  -via Metafilter


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Hilarious Examples Of Political Correctness Gone Wrong

The concept of political correctness is something that should be used in moderation, but these days people are so worried about saying the wrong things or offending people they think PC is the only way to go.

However, the old expression “you can't please everyone” rings true (despite what the PC police say), so trying to be PC by turning Dennis the Menace into a polite young man is a plan destined for failure.

It's even more ridiculous to ban the Punch & Judy puppet show because it contains an "abusive relationship" and "inappropriate hitting"...

Yeah, we know, Punch & Judy have been beating up on each other for at least 350 years. Leave those puppets alone PC police!

 

But when the PC conformists set their minds to doing something stupid they do it, like changing the term “brainstorming” to “thought showers” so as not to offend epileptics, or calling a Spotted Dick a Spotted Richard to stop the lewd jokes. What a bunch of Richards!

Read 10 Hilarious Examples Of Political Correctness Gone Mad here


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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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When Cogs Go Bad

Everything was going just fine until the realization hit him. Just a cog in a machine. His usefulness as a cog was instantly over. Once they get to yearning for something better, you can’t keep them well-oiled and running the way you used to. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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They Fight Crime

Need some ideas to write your crimefighting buddy story? Try out the generator They Fight Crime. You can select the names and genders of your duo (or not), and the generator picks the relevant characteristics from columns A, B, and C. Many hit TV series have been built with this kind of  method. When yours is picked up by a network, let them know you heard about the sure-fire formula right here! See other examples at Twitter. -via Metafilter


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A Collection Of Funny Tweets About Fatherhood

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Twitterers in their teens and twenties get all the attention these days, which is totally unfair to those hard-working guys who gave those kids their smartphones and can take them away if the kids don't behave- the dear old dads.

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Fathers have some really funny things to say about life with kids, and Twitter is now the platform of choice for dads with too little time on their hands for long form posting.

Besides, sometimes 140 characters is more than enough to paint a pretty picture.

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With Father's Day right around the corner it's time to let dear old dad have the social media spotlight for a while, so we can celebrate the guy who wants to help us make our dreams come true.

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See 20+ Of The Funniest Fatherhood Tweets Ever here

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Mother Goose Summons Cop to Rescue Gosling

A goose came up to a police car in Cincinnati, Ohio, and started tapping at the door with her beak. Sergeant James Givens and Specialist Cecilia Charron got out and saw the goose walking away, but the goose turned to look at them, so they followed her. The goose led them to a gosling that had become tangled in a string that was tied to a Mothers Day balloon among the litter. The officers called the SPCA, but it would be a while before they could come. So Charon took matters into her own hands and untangled the baby bird while Givens recorded the incident on his phone. The mother goose stood by patiently until the gosling was freed. That was unusual, as Canada geese are normally aggressive around humans, even when they don’t have goslings to protect.  -via Arbroath

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A Huge Gallery Celebrating The Magic Of Perfect Penmanship

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Penmanship is a dying artform, as fonts installed in our computers easily fake fine handwriting, but there are still lots of writers out there who choose to take up a brush, marker or pen and create beautiful letters.

But computers also help keep the love of hand lettering alive, because we're able to share our passion for the written word with people who appreciate how hard it is to render fancy looking letters by hand.

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Reddit is home to the handwritten subreddit penmanshipporn, where scribblers go to show off their skills and revel in the glory of handsome handwriting!

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See 15+ Perfect Handwriting Examples That'll Give You An Eyegasm here


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The Limits of Humanity

How far can we go? If humans were to develop technologies way beyond what we have now, there are still limits on how far we can travel, which is just a tiny fraction of the size of the universe. A very tiny fraction.

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Add to that the rate at which the universe is expanding, and you can see how it will always exceed our range. Kurzgesagt explains some things about the universe that limit the way we use time and distance, which is all a bit much to absorb, but the accompanying graphics help, and are cute, too. As you can see at the top, John Farrier represents the intelligence of the future.  -via reddit


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The True Origin Of Cthulhu

Most fans believe H.P. Lovecraft drew inspiration for the Cthulhu mythos from a variety of sources- Science fiction and mythological beings as the physical inspiration for the creatures, cosmic indifferentism and nihilism as the philosophical influence behind the stories, and horror the plot vehicle that drives the terror home.

Whelp, looks like we were wrong! Thanks for setting us straight Ethan Vincent of Oppressive Silence!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy 


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7 Ways Relationships Change When They Go From New To Long-Term

Being in a new relationship can make you feel like you're walking on eggshells, as you try not to move too fast or make too much noise and scare off your potential partner.

But once you reach the comfort zone and settle in for a long term relationship you find that all those pieces of shell stuck in your feet were worth all the frustration and fear.

Now you're free to be your real self, with lots of free time on your hands since you no longer have to worry about bathing or getting all dolled up.

Comic artist Sarah C. Andersen visually explores the changes we undergo when we've finally suckered someone into being in a long-term relationship with us, scan the strips and smile.

See 7 Ways Relationships Change Over Time here


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Chris Evans Is Caught Staring At Boobs, Gets Heroically Photoshopped

Chris Evans has proven he's a good guy by giving to charity, making himself to available to fans at conventions and on social media, and making videos for sick fans to show his support.

But Chris is also a warm blooded male, and his love of the ladies is no secret, so when he is presented with a chance to peek at cleavage he takes it.

Only Chris's peek was a full blown stare captured in a photo that made it online, where it was instantly subject to digital modification by the Photoshop gods, who deemed his stare hilarious.

He tried to justify his stare by claiming he saw a chestburster about to emerge and kill them all.

But his fellow Marvel movie stars weren't buying his story, and they weren't too happy about his lascivious conduct either.

And then Travolta came along and made the whole situation even more awkward, which just happens to be the superpower he was granted by the Church of Scientology.

See Hilarious Photoshops Of Chris Evans Caught Staring At Boobs here


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Her Surrogate Pinky

Libby Sanders lost her left pinky finger in an accident earlier this year. She’s still getting used to the idea of having fewer fingers, but her husband Matt graciously volunteered to have his left pinky painted to match her nails as a surrogate.

“It was such a sweet gesture. But it didn’t surprise me. It’s who he is,” Libby told The Huffington Post. “He is such a kind, caring man and he is always doing things like this for me. This is only one of 10 million things he has done to show me how much he loves me.”

Read more about the couple at HuffPo. -via Uproxx


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Toddler vs. CEO

What’s the difference between a toddler and the Chief Executive Officer of your company? You have to go through the list; it’s pretty far down there. Both a toddler and CEO are convinced the world revolves around them, and they’re both right. This is the latest from Sarah Cooper at The Cooper Review.


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Wife Finds Note From Dead Husband Written Under Workbench He Made For Her

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When we write our loved ones a letter meant to be read after we die we're usually just trying to put our feelings into words whether the letter is ever read or not.

Many of these love letters end up squirreled away in a box somewhere or similarly hidden from sight, so when a letter is found after the loved one has passed away it feels like a minor miracle.

The touching story shared by an Imgur user about a love letter found after his dad's death sounds more like a major miracle- because the letter was written on the underside of a workbench he'd built for his wife.

The letter reads:

"I love you Becca. Whatever day this is, I hope it's a good one. God truly answered my prayers the day he gave me you. I know that these days are the best I'll ever have, and I'm glad you're in them. I'm not sure if you'll ever see this, but if you do, just know that I love you very much. If there is one thing want in life, it is to be as good to you as you are to me. If I can do that, I'll be the happiest man alive. - I love you beautiful wife. - Mason

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Freeway Skateboarding Is Becoming A Trend In California

Skateboarding is an integral part of the Southern California lifestyle for many, which makes sense considering SoCal natives grow up in a place where virtually everyone surfs, bikes and skates.

That's why the latest trends in skateboarding typically start in California, but here's hoping the dangerous new trend of freeway skateboarding doesn't catch on.

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The video above was uploaded over five years ago and is considered the inspiration for the current #FreewayChallenge trend, but the cars were stopped in that video.

Nowadays the videos posted online show these foolishly brave freeway skaters jumping out of cars on crowded freeways during rush hour, grabbing bumpers and weaving through traffic on their board.

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The California Highway Patrol is worried more kids will want to try freeway skating and get killed for a bit of fun, which is why they're scanning social media for freeway skating videos and making arrests.

"Sk8 Or Die!" is just a silly slogan, guys, and not a suggestion on how to live your life!

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Google, Amazon, and Facebook’s Secrets to Hiring the Best People

Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review has cracked the code of how big tech companies select employees from the gazillions of applications they get. Rather than finding out about potential employees, the interview process is series of tests designed to identify those who can survive the ordeal. For example,

7. Ask the same questions over and over and over again

WHY?
To test consistency

In the tech world, predictability is a good thing. During the interview, don’t worry about asking the same question over and over again because you keep blanking out. This is a great tool for testing the candidate’s consistency. Candidates should only be wildly inconsistent with their answers when interviewing for senior roles.  

8. Conduct dual interviews with a good cop / bad cop vibe

WHY?
To find people who can multi-task under pressure

Put the candidate in the middle of a conference room with interviewers at both ends of the table. Is the candidate able to simultaneously direct her attention to both interviewers while sufficiently answering each question at the same time? Or is she clearly exhausted and wondering why she even agreed to this interview? This is a great indicator of how the candidate will perform during a crunch.

See all ten techniques, and then be glad that your resume was eliminated before the interview process. -via Digg


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When a Gator Comes to Call

When someone rings your doorbell, you expect a real person to be there (unless they announced “land shark”). Luckily, no one answered the door when an alligator came to call.  

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Gary Rogers was walking his dog in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina, when he saw an alligator roaming the neighborhood. The animal tried to climb the fence to reach the backyard pool, but was unsuccessful. It then went to the front door, scratched around the doorknob, and reached its snout up to the doorbell. No one was home, though, so the gator eventually wandered off. -via reddit


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Thor Pranks Spider-Man

The Marvel superhero Thor has a hammer called Mjölnir that cannot be picked up by anyone besides Thor, or someone worthy of Thor’s status. That does not include Spider-Man, who is a mortal with spider powers. So what grief could Thor cause a fellow superhero with Mjölnir?

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He could make life miserable. You don’t want to get on any superhero’s bad side, but even in good-natured pranking, an enchanted hammer is truly a secret weapon. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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Every Zombie Apocalypse

The U.S. military is the world’s premiere fighting force, but only in real life. They are no match for the undead. Not even when they team up with NATO or another group of allies. That’s a necessary plot hole in any zombie apocalypse story. It’s like killing off a child protagonist’s parents, because otherwise they’d be protecting the child and preventing dangerous adventures. One of these days, someone is going to produce a film in which military strategists are the heroes who actually save the world from a zombie infection. That would be cool. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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Rotating Bookcase Made from Recycled Sinks

There’s a lot going on here. This is the Sink-Wall, a pivoting room divider (also called a “door”) made from 20 stainless steel kitchen sinks. Each sink also serves as a storage or display unit for books or other objects. Lot-ek Architects designed and built two of these units for Edizioni Press in Chelsea, New York City. The users no doubt learned that you can’t pivot a bookcase quickly, or you’ll have to pick up books from the floor. This is just one example of recycling odd castaways into new furniture. See more of them in the post Five Incredible Pieces of Furniture Made from Recycled Parts.


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Ten Things You Should Know About The Reptilian Elite Conspiracy

Conspiracy theories don't come much more cold blooded than the Reptilian Elite theory, which states that members of an ancient reptilian bloodline secretly rule the world.

The theory was posited and popularized by former BBC sports writer turned “son of God” David Icke back in 1999, and now an estimated twelve million Americans believe lizard people are pulling the strings.

Believers don't agree on where the Reptilian Elite came from (some say a distant planet, others say they've been on Earth since before mankind), but they all agree the Reptilian Elite are the scaly bastards behind the New World Order.

Read 10 Things You Should Know About The Reptilian Conspiracy Theory here


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Cat Escapes from Polygon

We know how to trap a cat. But have you ever thought about the anxiety you cause for a cat trapped in such an awful way?

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This dramatic video shows the angst and desperation of a helpless cat trapped in a hexagon taped to the floor. He cannot escape on his own, but needs a little help from a friend. Together, they create an opening in the infernal trap and allow escape. Yay! -via Boing Boing

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

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An Electrifying Explanation Of How 3D Printing Works

3D printing is slowly but surely being integrated into our tech heavy lives, and it's easy to imagine everyone having a 3D printer or three in their homes to help them do all sorts of fun and useful stuff.

But before the 3D printer can become like every other printer in our home we should take a few minutes to learn how they work with this fun demonstration video by ElectroBOOM engineer Mehdi Sadaghdar.

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Note to Mehdi- buy some work gloves you wild man!

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LEGO Train Set POV Ride

Take a POV ride on a train with this model engine on a LEGO track with a GoPro strapped to the front! First you think, this is pretty neat. Then you get a little dizzy. Then you wonder how big this house is, and then it goes outside! What a setup he has!

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Wasn’t that almost like a thrill ride? By the time it’s done, you’ll have an urge to start building your own track. But you know what’s even more fun? The blooper reel.

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Yeah, this wasn’t a perfect one-take video. TrainGuy 659 had to deal with wrecks, pets, wildlife, and more. This is a more realistic version of model train videography. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The IKEA-Inspired Manuals On How To Handle A Breakup

When you're going through a difficult breakup you'll have people telling you cliché things like “it's okay to cry” and “there's no instruction manual on how to handle someone leaving you”, and those people are wrong.

Well, they're right about the crying part, I guess, so long as you're not blubbering in bed for days like a baby.

But the bit about there being no manual is false, because designer Caisa Nilaseca has created a whole series of easy to follow manuals inspired by the instruction sheets that come with IKEA furniture.

Caisa's minimalist manuals are far easier to understand than the IKEA versions, and instead of handing out the same old sad and tired advice her funny little manuals keep it 100% real.

See IKEA-Inspired Manuals Will Teach You How To Get Over A Breakup here


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Animal Planet TV Crew Finds Castaway While Filming Off The Coast Of Australia

TV shows love to send crews out to remote locations where few humans dare to tread and film the whole experience, because audiences who are stuck at home eat that extreme travel stuff up.

The crews sent out on these shoots expect to find adventure, hardship and plenty of amazing scenery to film, but they certainly don't expect to find an actual castaway while filming!

A documentary crew shooting an episode of Animal Planet's “River Monsters” off the coast of Australia came across a strange sight as they neared an island- a frantic man named Termini yelling “give me something to drink!”

Termini swam out to the crew's boat and happily drank a bottle of water, then told the crew that he's an amateur fisherman who got lost after he left his boat to look for oysters.

He'd been stranded for 60 hours, suffered from heat stroke and swore he would die alone on the island before the crew came along.

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The lucky castaway made a full recovery, and the footage was left in the episode so Termini can prove to his friends and family that his incredible rescue story is totally true.

Read TV Crew Finds Island Castaway While Shooting 'River Monsters' Episode here


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A Thorough Makeover

If his name wasn’t right there in the Tweet, you might not realize who’s sitting in the artist’s chair. Yes, that’s Sir Patrick Stewart, proving his thespian reach by dolling up in drag to promote his Starz show Blunt Talk. Stewart and co-star Adrian Scarborough (also in drag) attended Starz’s Blunt Talk Emmy Panel Monday night.

During the event, everyone's favorite "Star Trek" captain (sorry, William Shatner) defied conventional wisdom by saying that one of the best things about filming fellow panelist and showrunner Jonathan Ames' sitcom was the number of times he's been able to say "I've never done that before."

His drag getup was the latest example, but it was preceded by several others: snorting cocaine for a scene, shooting a post-coital reaction. A fan shouted that Stewart resembled Cate Blanchett; Professor X politely disagreed, going so far as to apologize to the two-time Oscar winner.

See more pictures of the event at Uproxx.


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“Boaty McBoatface” Wins Poll; Loses Ship

Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) held an internet poll to name their newest research ship. The final results had “Boaty McBoatface” winning with 124,109 votes, which is four times the number of votes the runner-up received. But as you knew would happen, the powers-that-be have nixed the name.

Appearing to drown all hope that the U.K.'s new $300 million research vessel will be named "Boaty McBoatface," Science Minister Jo Johnson says the ship needs a more "suitable" name.

We have yet to hear what that “more suitable” name will be. Former BBC radio host James Hand, who submitted the name “Boaty McBoatface,” said his favorite was “Clifford the Big Red Boat.” I prefer the RRS “Pee-Eee Cee Tee.”

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Little Girls Are Funny

James Breakwell (Exploding Unicorn) has been called the funniest Dad on Twitter. But it’s actually his four daughters who are the funny ones. Years ago, I tried my best to remember the funny things my kids said long enough to tell my Mom, but today with Twitter and smartphones, they can be instantly recorded. Some of these are priceless.

You can follow Breakwell’s Twitter feed or check out a selection of the best Tweets at Buzzfeed.

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