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Artist Finds Photos Of Random People Online And Turns Them Into Toons

Most illustrators use some sort of photo reference for their drawings, and the internet is a treasure trove of reference material for amateurs and pros alike.

Photo reference is especially useful when drawing people, because as you can see in these portraits by illustrator and character designer Julio Cesar photo reference comes complete with props and personality.

Julio chooses random pics of people he finds online then gives their portraits the toon treatment, with minimal exaggeration so the subjects remain recognizable.

See Artist Finds Photos Of Random People, Transforms Them Into Illustrated Characters here


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The Unicorn Frappuccino Is Dead, Long Live Dumb Drink Trends

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Since you are currently on the internet you may have heard about Starbuck's latest gimmicky drink craze that has people standing in huge lines and sending out bitter tweets when they run out- the Unicorn Frappuccino.

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The Unicorn Frap contains as much sugar as 6 Krispy Kreme donuts, baristas hate to make them (and secretly hate you for ordering one), and Anthony Bourdain said it's "four things I hate all in one sentence: Starbucks, unicorns and the colors pink and purple".

Hell, even Katy Perry spat it out after a few sips, and she's part unicorn!

I love her, I have no words @katyperry #katyperry #katycats #KP4 #keiry

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But love them or despise them the Unicorn Frappuccino is officially dead, so what sickeningly sweet monstrosity is next?

Disneyland is now offering their own version called the Pink Pegasus, and Starbucks is offering a new Dragon Frappuccino that doesn't sound so great. So maybe you should skip the Starbucks altogether, for the sake of this poor barista's sanity!

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We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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These Post-Crash Pics Show Why You Should Always Wear A Helmet While Biking

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It used to be cool to crap all over helmet laws, and it definitely feels cool to ride with the wind in your hair and nothing but the sun on your head. But ask anyone who has wrecked on their bike and they'll tell you- helmets are way cooler than death or brain damage.  

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Besides preventing a cracked skull a helmet also protects your head and face from a seriously painful case of road rash, which could leave you looking like Skeletor if you hit the street face first.

So strap that helmet on before you go riding so you can live to bike another day!

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See 17 Reasons Why No One Should Ever Put On A Helmet here


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This Custom Dewback Couch Is Strictly For Lounge Lizards

Geeky home furnishings have never been hotter than they are today, and as pop culture trends continue to be profitable companies will keep coming out with cool stuff to clutter up our homes.

But after seeing this amazing yet uncomfortable looking Custom Dewback Loveseat made by Regal Robot Custom Studio I've come to realize the world needs more geeky yet functional furniture.

We should be lounging around on all kinds of fantasy and sci-fi creatures, sitting in office chairs shaped like our favorite thrones, vehicles or captain's chairs, and watching TV out of a Titan's mouth.

But for now Star Wars fans will have to pony up $10k for this Custom Dewback Loveseat and start their geeky furniture collection before the trend begins.

-Via GeekTyrant


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Why Living On The Enterprise Would Be Awful

Some aspects of life on the Starship Enterprise would appeal to all sci-fi fans- meeting aliens from all over the galaxy, having all of your needs met by machines, the cool clothes, the tech and the holodeck, just to name a few.

But life aboard the Enterprise would have been an absolute nightmare for both the crew and the hundreds of civilians living on board, as they try to get through their day without being phased or blown up.

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This fun video by Grunge discusses the main reasons why living on a Star Trek starship would be a nightmare, including horrifying transporter malfunctions, malfunctioning crew members and the scariest reason of all- you live at your job.


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Talented Carpenter Demonstrates How He Turns A Beech Wood Log Into A Bowl

Watching videos of people using tools in the shop to cut, smash, burn, blow up and otherwise destroy stuff is cool, but to me it's even cooler to see a talented craftsman at work making something beautiful.

If you've ever wondered how a woodworker or carpenter takes a section of beech log and turns it into a bowl then you'll find this video from STEREOKROMA's Canadian artisan series Oú Se Trouve most enlightening:

Today we’re featuring Pat Laperrière of Le PicBois from Quebec who is a woodworker primarily focused on wood turning. In this video, he demonstrates how he makes a simple, yet beautiful wooden bowl out of a log of beech. Pat has been woodturning for three years, and although he makes it look easy, it’s quite a dangerous and skillful endevour.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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What The Descendents Of Dictators Are Up To Today

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You may hate members of your own family, finding them loathsome and annoying to be around, but imagine if your father was Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milošević, wouldn't you hate them more?

Sadly, many descendants of dictators don't hate their infamous parents at all, and some like Saddam's daughter Raghad Hussein feel their fascist relatives were actually misunderstood heroes.

Raghad has allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS and still remembers Saddam fondly even though he ordered her husband Hussein Kamel al-Majid's execution in 1996. Today Raghad makes jewelry inspired by her dead father, dead husband and her home country Iraq, where she'll likely never be able to return.

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Gaddafi's son Al-Saadi initially seemed to be turning his back on the family business of tyranny- he played football professionally for Libya and Perugia, partied like a celeb and even tried to break in to showbiz.

But when he approached Harvey Weinstein about a role he said "Libya would have to recognize Israel before he’d ever do any business with them", so Saadi went home and got involved in the Libyan civil war. His involvement landed him in a Libyan prison, where he is currently facing murder charges.

Slobodan's son Marko Milošević also loved to party like a celeb, using "his father's access to state revenue to fund a lavish lifestyle and establish a criminal network in Požarevac" while his father dealt with "the Kosovo problem"

Marko was once quoted as saying "guns are my passion", he once threatened a protestor with a chainsaw, and after his father's arrest he went on the lam to Russia, where he and his wife now run nightclubs in Moscow.

Read The Descendents Of Dictators: Where Are They Today here


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What The Terminator Says In The Spanish Language Version Of T2 Instead Of "Hasta La Vista, Baby"

It's doubtful Arnold Schwarzenegger knew how iconic his "Hasta la vista, baby" line from Terminator 2: Judgment Day would become, but now we can't say "see you later" in Spanish without hearing Arnie's voice in our heads.

But curious and geeky minds want to know- what does Arnie say in the Spanish language version of T2?

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Apparently he says "Sayonara, baby", which is hilarious enough, but in the Japanese language version he says "Cheerio then, love". WTF is that all about?!

-Via Boing Boing


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Doritos Is Releasing A Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Bag That Plays The Whole Soundtrack

Doritos has come up with a strange way to tie their Nacho Cheese chips in with Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2- they're including a music player loaded with the Awesome Mix Vol. 2 in limited edition bags.

All you have to do is plug your headphones into the jack in the front of the bag and you'll have some music to munch by courtesy of Doritos, which raises a galaxy's worth of questions.

How much will this bag of gimmicks cost? Is it Big Gulp  and Slurpee proof? The built-in player is rechargeable, so you can listen to the Vol. 2 Mix over and over again, but does anyone really want that, or will the bag become another unwanted piece of e-waste?

The bag comes out sometime today (April 28th) on Amazon so we'll know more soon, but one thing's for certain- someone will be trying to sell one for a fortune on eBay by next week!

-Via Thrillist


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Little Boy Crashes His Bike After Being Distracted By Racy Strip Club Ad

You've gotta keep your eyes on the road, or the sidewalk as the case may be, when you're riding your bike around the city or you may end up chewing concrete, or worse.

That's why we teach kids to ride safely and to be aware of their surroundings while they ride, but what's a boy to do when his eyes spy a racy ad for a strip club on a nearby van while he's riding along? He should try to tear his eyes away from the ad before he crashes!

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Here's what the boy's uncle has to say about the clip:

"I was babysitting my nephew and saw the Privé car with the naked girls posters on their car, so I started filming it for a friend, you know, just between guys. Meanwhile Dali (my nephew) was biking behind me, suddenly, very loudly saying "Oh La La", which he does when he sees girls, haha! And he was so into it, that he crashed into the restaurants outdoor seating with his bike! The girl walking by was just a stranger passing by, and ran up to help him. In all it was just a random act that led to this very funny movie clip!"

-Via Laughing Squad


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Tricky Real Estate Listing Photo Hides The Truth About This Home

This cute house in Sydney seems like the kind of place that would sell itself- it's a newer three bedroom house with a yard, it's affordable and located in a nice neighborhood, making it the perfect starter home.

Or it would be perfect had the real estate agent not cleverly photographed it in a way that omits one huge detail- it's situated right in front of a giant water tower.

The real estate agent insists the image has not been Photoshopped because, according to news.com.au, altering the pic could result in a massive fine, but no matter how you look at it that is one shifty agent!

-Via 22Words


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Satisfying Videos Of A Water Jet Cutting Through Tough Stuff

We recently shared styropro's dazzling laser bazooka, which can burn a hole right through a computer case, but do you know what's way better at cutting stuff than his homemade laser beam?

A water jet spraying at 60,000 PSI, which is so powerful it easily bisects a bowling ball, camera, spare tire, and more tough stuff you'd never expect water and sand to slice right through.

The Waterjet Channel features all kinds of wet and wild videos that demonstrate the power of water under pressure, but my favorite is the one where they cut an SLR camera in half because it's so revealing.

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-Via Mic


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Tightly Cropped Portraits Of People On The Edge

The world is full of people who fear life on the edge, those who wish they could live on the edge and those hard cases with faces that prove every day of their life is lived on the edge.

Photographer Bruce Gilden shoots close-up portraits of the hard cases, the folks walking around with a face that shows they've lived a hard life with every line, wrinkle, scar, sore and open wound on it.

Bruce's book Face collects all the edgy and tightly cropped portraits of the street people who make squares uncomfortable, those who have fallen on hard times with the mugs to match and the odd characters he happened to meet on the road.

See Pain Is Skin Deep: Extreme Close-Up Portraits Of People On The Edge here


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These Restaurants Hook Customers With Their Hilarious Names

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Restaurateurs can get customers to eat at their restaurants by mailing out menus and coupons, making food so good that Yelp reviews and word of mouth bring in the eaters, or they can use a gimmick.

And the most popular gimmick is also the most effective- the funny name.

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Name your restaurant something forgettable like "burger barn" or "chicken shack" and you won't be remembered, but name your Thai restaurant "Thai Tanic" and people will line up to go on a culinary cruise!

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And when a funny name isn't enough capitalize on a pop culture trend, like Hammontree did with their Star Wars-themed grilled cheese sandwich food truck the Grillenium Falcon. If only they'd served up sandwiches shaped like the Millennium Falcon they might still be in business...

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See 17 Of The Most Hilarious Restaurant Names here

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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A Dark Comic Series Created To Ruin Your Childhood

When we start adulting we're told to leave the trappings of our youth behind, but for some of us our inner child grows stronger instead of weaker as we strive to make our childhood dreams come true.

But comic artist Hugo Tamzarian seems hell bent on wounding, if not outright destroying, our inner children with his series Gone Into Rapture, and no silly willy nilly symbol of our childhood is safe.

Gone Into Rapture deals with controversial subjects like dinosaurs, animals, Disney characters,  social politics and cats- those sneaky little furballs who have infiltrated our homes and now run the show.

See 10+ Dark Comics Created To Ruin Your Childhood here


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Amazing Sailor Moon Themed Figure Skating Routine

I must confess that Sailor Moon was never really my cup of tea as far as anime goes, but the fans have such an infectious energy and the costumes are so cheerful I can't help but smile when I say "Sailor Moon".

And while I'm not interested in the show I can't stop watching this Sailor Moon inspired figure skating routine performed by Evgenia Medvedeva at the World Team Trophy 2017 exhibition in Tokyo. It's more enchanting than a Tuxedo Mask entrance!

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Fun Facts About Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher may have garnered most of her fan base by playing Princess Leia, but her film career began years earlier with studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and a role in Shampoo at age 17.

She was taught how to make it in Hollywood by her mom, the prolific actress Debbie Reynolds, who had the star power to call up George Lucas and rag on him for making her daughter fly coach:

Surprisingly, the budget for the Stars Wars films was so low that the American cast and crew had to fly to England in economy class. When her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, called George Lucas to complain, he handed the phone to Carrie who told her, “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you f**k off?!” and then hung up.

Carrie had no problem speaking her mind, but she struggled during her scenes with Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin because he was so nice to her on the set she had a hard time being mean to him.

In fact, Carrie got along really well with pretty much everyone on the set of Star Wars, but she really took a shine to Harrison Ford for obvious reasons:

Carrie once joked about drinking alcohol on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. She stated, “Mark Hamill was off on Dagobah while Harrison Ford and I were were getting drunk in Cloud City.”

While Carrie certainly had lots of memories from the set and filming of the Star Wars trilogy, her fondest of that era may come as a surprise. She was on the record as having said that her favorite moments were during her scenes when she was arguing with Harrison Ford.

See 24 Facts About Carrie Fisher That You Probably Didn't Know here


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These Clever Illustrations Describe The Icelandic Language One Word At A Time

Icelandic is a northern Germanic language descended from the Old West Norse dialect, so it is similar in some ways to Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.

But Icelandic is considered the "old language" of the North, making it the most difficult Norse language to learn, so students may need a little help putting words together in their minds.

Mynd (picture) + Band (string) = Myndband (video)

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Artist Eunsan Huh has come up with a clean and simple way to help students learn Icelandic by visualizing the combination of words used to create compound words.

Her Instagram account Every Single Word In Icelandic is becoming an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning Icelandic, because her posts also include a spoken version of each word.

Eunsan on why she started this project:

Every Single Word In Icelandic is a pictographic exploration of the Icelandic language. I find an interesting compound word, then deconstruct and illustrate it as icons. The goal is to express how Icelandic can be deadpan literal and unexpectedly poetic at the same time.

Remember the word for earth, jörð, from yesterday? If you add the word for berry to the end you get jarðarber, meaning strawberry

A post shared by Every Single Word In Icelandic (@everysinglewordinicelandic) on Apr 23, 2017 at 9:18am PDT

See more from Every Single Word In Icelandic at Laughing Squid


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Tom Hardy Stopped A Motorcycle Robbery In London Like A Total Badass

It should be pretty obvious by now that Tom Hardy isn't acting like a badass in movies like Mad Max and The Dark Knight Rises- he's a real life badass who also happens to be a really good actor.

So when he's in London and some punks try to make off with a stolen motorcycle Tom doesn't just stand and watch, he switches into action hero mode and helps apprehend the perps.

Cops in Richmond, south-west London report Tom helped nab two teens who crashed the bike they stole into a car, and “He looked as mad as he does on telly" while wrapping up the perps:

The two suspected thieves were 16 years old and crashed the bike into a car, apparently earning the attention of Hardy according to The Independent and The Sun.

The Hollywood star looked like he “switched into superhero mode” as he collared the man before checking him for weapons after the chase near his home in Richmond, south-west London, an onlooker told The Sun.

According to the newspaper, Hardy explained “I caught the c***t” shortly after finding the man.

The BBC quotes witness Arun Pullen in their take on the events, providing a clearer picture of how things went down:

“Tom must have been walking down the road.

“He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious.

“I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.”

“Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you’d mess with,” Pullen continued. “I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over . . . If the kid had been dumb enough to resist I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.”

-Via Uproxx


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Mad Scientist Builds A 200-Watt Laser Bazooka That Can Shoot Through A Computer Case

If you mess with science you may find yourself on the wrong end of a laser beam designed to burn right through whatever gets in its way and powerful enough to shoot through a computer case.

So be nice to Drake Anthony (aka styropro) if you ever meet him, because he built a 200-watt laser bazooka out of "scrap metal, a pile of broken ‘hybrid’ DLP projectors, and runs on a stack of lithium polymer batteries" and he ain't afraid to use it.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Indoor Plants That Are Hard To Kill

Those lucky nature lovers who have a green thumb make growing and caring for plants look easy, but what can a brown thumb do to turn their bad luck with plants around and bring some living green into their homes?

They can buy an indoor plant that's hard to kill, like the bold and beautiful bromeliad, which likes to be in temperatures around 70 degrees and produces shoots that replace the original plant.

But if the bromeliad is too flashy for you then you may want to start with the basics- the spider plant, the dieffenbachia and the calathea:

The spider plant only needs to be watered once a week, and its shoots produce babies that can be repotted so you can have as many spider plants in your home as you'd like.

The dieffenbachia is happy with filtered light and doesn't need regular watering, and the calathea or "peacock plant" thrives in low light and simply needs to be kept moist, so

See 25 Indoor Plants You Can't Kill here


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Wives Who Have Turned Pranking Into An Artform

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Most of the spousal pranking stories you see online involve husbands pranking wives, which is usually more of a jump scare scenario than an actual prank and therefore has become a bit of a cliche.

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So what's the wife of a wiseguy to do when her husband calls her a "sandwich maker"? She gets mad, and then she gets even:

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Wives have proven to be far more creative pranksters than all those jump scare lovin' guys out there, so if you're married to a pranky wife you'd better keep your eyes peeled!

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See 10+ Hilarious Wives All Men Secretly Wish They Were Married To here


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I'm Not Weird You're Weird

The line between normal and abnormal has become far too thin, and some people are so afraid of being seen as different and strange they worry about doing normal stuff in public in case they're seen.

But as far as I'm concerned if you're at a game cheer loudly, if you're in the smoking section then light up, and if you stink please slap some deodorant on immediately! (comic via Jakes Likes Onions)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Iconic Comic Book Images Recreated In The Movies

Every time a director helms a new superhero project they put their own spin on that hero's origin story, but no matter how far they stray from the source material they still include some nod to the original.

Action Comics #1 features the most iconic cover art of all time- Superman lifting a car, a scene featured in 1978's Superman and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, which is an homage to Richard Donner's original Superman films from the 80s.

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But the cover of Captain America Comics #1, featuring Cap punching out Hitler, is arguably just as famous, so why didn't it get a proper recreation in the Captain America movie?

Because the writers and director of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger chose Red Skull and Hydra as Cap's main foes, so including Hitler and the Nazis would just confuse the plot of future Marvel movies.

See 15 Iconic Comic Book Images Recreated In Superhero Movies here


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Ridiculous Myths About The Middle Ages That Need To Die

Thanks to pop culture people assume everyone but the royals smelled like crap in the Middle Ages, knights were heroic figures who kept the kingdom safe for common folk, and scientific progress went boink thanks to the church.

But historical evidence shows these notions are pure myth, and the Middle Ages were both cleaner and dirtier than we've been told.

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Heard the one about the stinky serfs?

Working in the fields all day does make you grimy, but people in the Middle Ages continued the Roman tradition of taking communal baths, and there were even baths made just for workers and craftsmen.

They washed up before and after eating, offered to bathe with guests to be polite, and went through nearly as much soap as we do today:

Medieval demand for soap (usually made from animal fats, with a variety of oils and salts added) was so great that by the 13th century, soap was being made on an almost industrial scale in Britain, Italy, Spain, and France.

Folks kept clean until the Black Plague made them afraid to bathe, believing that bathing opened the pores and thereby made it easier to become infected by the Plague.

Now if you want to see dirty you need look no further than the knights, who were less chivalrous heroes and more ruthless gangs of greedy mercenaries who cured their between war boredom with bloodshed:

Toward the 11th century, many of the local lords started bickering over who would get a slice of the Holy Roman pie that Charlemagne baked, and the knights were at the forefront of these petty wars. These "wars" were less Braveheart-style epic battles and more knights rolling up into villages and slaughtering everybody.

The chivalric code was introduced in the 13th century in order to keep these angry young warriors in line, but the code said nothing about defending peasants so the slaughter continued.

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And lastly we discuss science in the Middle Ages- since many religious groups are anti-science these days we assume Medieval monks were anti-science too.

But the Catholic church actually saved science, and much of the scientific knowledge recorded by the Romans, from being destroyed by invading barbarians:

The church went about setting up monasteries across Europe, and along with the monks came the monks' massive libraries. Monks were just about the only educated people in the early Middle Ages, and pretty much everything we know about this entire time period was written by them.

As time went on, the church stepped it up a notch and started establishing universities to foster the preservation of knowledge. You may have heard of a few of them: Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Paris (not to mention pretty much every other top school in Europe).

Medicine also made massive advances thanks to the university system. Contrary to popular belief, dissection of corpses was actually fine and dandy with the church, and medieval universities often did it in the basement (OK, so maybe it wasn't totally fine and dandy). By the 14th century, there were functional hospitals, and doctors had learned how to use antiseptic when lopping off people's body parts.

Read 6 Ridiculous Myths About The Middle Ages Everyone Believes here (NSFW language)


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The Invisible Art Of Visual Effects

Visual effects in films are composed and constructed just like any other work of art, but there's one big difference- in order for the VFX in movies to be effective they must be so subtle you think the effects are real.

And if you think you're an expert at spotting viz fx consider this- nearly every movie made these days features some sort of digital fx compositing, from sets to weather effects to the vehicles driving by in the background.

VFX Games - The Art of Compositing from Roy Peker on Vimeo.

This eye opening video by Roy Peker gently tears back the layers of digital deception to show us what often lies beneath each frame of film, namely an actor on a green screen set.

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Dog Eats Banana- The Shocking Video Footage

Some dogs will do backflips for bacon, others will sit and shake paws all day long for tasty bits of human food, but those dogs are missing the boat because you get a whole lot more treat if you go gaga for bananas.

And since the little pooch in this video looks so darn cute while eating a banana he probably gets a treat any time he wants, which hopefully means we'll get to see him in more utterly adorable videos in the future!

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-Via Boing Boing

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

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Photos From The Set Of The Original Twin Peaks

Part of me never left David Lynch's eerie town of Twin Peaks after watching the series in the early 90s, and now that the series is coming back for eighteen more episodes that Twin Peaks feeling is coming back strong too.

But simply rewatching the series and Fire Walk With Me just isn't enough to satisfy my appetite for small town Lynchian strangeness, I needed these damn fine photos from the set to silence my inner Bob.

Seeing all my old friends from Twin Peaks again has caused quite a few memories to resurface, including those "they won't be on the new episodes because they're dead!" moments that make me wanna smile-cry.

See Intimate Photos Taken On The Set Of The Original 'Twin Peaks' here


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How Much Would Superheroes' NYC Apartments Cost?

Being a superhero typically isn't a paid gig, which is why even famous superheroes like Superman and Spider-Man have to keep their day jobs as journalists.

Clark Kent lives in the fictional city of Metropolis, so there's no telling how much rent he pays, but could Spider-Man actually afford to live in New York City on his salary from the Daily Bugle?

And what about our new favorite friends from Harlem and Hell's Kitchen Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Luke Cage and Jessica Jones?

ForRent.com created this slick infographic that reveals how much Marvel superheroes would pay for their apartments around NYC, as well as some trivia related to the real life equivalent of each location.

See full sized infographic here

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Declare Your Allegiance To Rock 'N' Roll With These NeatoShop T-Shirts

The Final Countdown! by Raffiti

If you have rock 'n' roll pumping through your veins and through your speakers all day long then you've declared allegiance to rock, but what if you have geeky interests besides music?

And those who like to rock out and nerd out at the same time will find your new favorite tees at the NeatoShop, where the spirit of rock lives on forever!

They said rock 'n' roll was dead

Alice Of The Dead by Vic Neko

Claiming the kids would lose interest in that heavy rock sound after a while

Rock n' Rawr by Boggs Nicolas

But as every sci-fi fan knows rock 'n' roll is here to stay from now until infinity!

THE RACCOON ROCKS by ADAM LAWLESS

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