Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri has cited bug collecting and entomology as his inspiration for the world of pocket monsters he created, but not all Pokemon are based on bugs, or animals for that matter.
There’s the Porygon which is based on the polygon, Jigglypuff which seems to be based on bubblegum, karaoke and happiness, and the powerful yet ridiculous looking Magnemite, which is based on a magnet, just to name a few.
And then there are those Pokemon which are based on dark creatures from Japanese mythology, which have to be given a PG makeover because their original tales are terrifying!
Take the somewhat cutesy looking Mawile for instance- this Fairy type Pokemon is based on the tale of Futakuchi-onna, the woman with two mouths.
According to the legend, a miserly farmer was thrilled when his wife didn't need to eat any food, but baffled at the way his rice stocks were depleting more rapidly than usual.
One night, when his wife was sleeping, he brushed back her hair to discover the hidden ravenous mouth that had been voraciously devouring his supplies. Tendrils of hair were reaching into the cupboards like tentacles and putting rice directly into the ever-hungry teeth.
We’ve all heard the standard slang from the World War II era, like calling Germans Jerrys or Krauts, but like any good slang the use of those words is a timely thing, and their meaning tends to fade away as years go by.
There were lots of fun slang terms thrown around on the battlefields of World War II that most of us haven't heard before, but thanks to the efforts of Paul Dickson and his book War Slang we're hep to the jive some seventy plus years later.
Now we can be in the know about a “bayonet course” being a slang term for a hospital treatment for venereal diseases, and that Sack Rats and Bunk Lizards (lazy soldiers) are the last to take on a Tough Row of Buttons to Shine (hard job). Have fun speaking World War II to everyone!
Song of the South is one of the most controversial animated films ever made by Disney, and because of the controversy the animated adaptation of Joel Chandler Harris’s Uncle Remus stories has never been released on home video.
Although Joel Chandler Harris’ stories aren’t meant to be racist (they’re tales told to him by Southern African Americans during the mid to late 19th century) The Song OF The South was perceived as such by some, including the NAACP.
But while they didn’t like the film’s “dangerously glorified picture of slavery” the African-American actors in the film, including James Baskett and Hattie McDaniel, held the film in high esteem.
And speaking of James Baskett, who stars as Uncle Remus in the film, did you know that Disney himself campaigned for Baskett to win an Academy Award? He received an honorary Oscar in 1948 and died just three months later.
KISS seems fairly tame by today’s standards, since Black and Death Metal have taken rock to far darker places than KISS ever could, but back in 1977 those four guys in the facepaint and crazy getups caused quite a stir.
Parents didn’t want their kids listening to that filth, church groups didn’t like hearing about a group of guys acting like demons on stage, and the moral majority found their act repugnant.
In an effort to explain away the scariness NBC created a mini-documentary entitled KISS: Land of Hype and Glory, which revealed that Gene Simmons and the gang are just a bunch of regular guys with a gimmick.
It’s often hard for food scientists to discover the truth about how fruits and vegetables used to look before we used breeding to turn them into heartier and more delicious produce.
But if you know where to look you can find out all kinds of things about the past, and when it came to discovering how much watermelons have changed since the Renaissance one professor looked to the world of fine art.
However, the "starring" we see in the watermelon's meat in the painting is something that still happens today due to sub-par growing conditions.
Here's more on how we've perfected the watermelon:
That fleshy interior is actually the watermelon's placenta, which holds the seeds. Before it was fully domesticated, that placenta lacked the high amounts of lycopene that give it the red color. Through hundreds of years of domestication, we've modified smaller watermelons with a white interior into the larger, lycopene-loaded versions we know today.
Of course, we haven't only changed the color of watermelon. Lately, we've also been experimenting with getting rid of the seeds — which Nienhuis reluctantly calls "the logical progression in domestication." Future generations will at least have photographs to understand what watermelons with seeds looked like. But to see the small, white watermelons of the past, they too will have to look at Renaissance art.
Iron Man is a wisecracker when he wants to be, super serious and soldiery when he needs to be, and generally a good tempered fellow.
Of course, it’s easy to be in good spirits all the time when you’re a billionaire playboy in a supersuit of your own design, and cracking supervillain skulls has got to make you feel good too.
What doesn’t feel good is having your embarrassing moments exposed to the world, and for that we apologize to Iron Tony Stark Man in advance.
However, he should be able to handle the negative exposure, seeing as how most of the incidents on the list involve an alternate Tony and not the original. But always needing to be charged like a cell phone battery? Yeah, that's the Tony we all know and love!
Iconic songs tend to stick in our heads, and when we sing along we can’t help but think of them as an inseparable part of a musician’s image/persona.
For instance, no matter who covers “Thriller” the song will forever belong to Michael Jackson, and there is no Margaritaville without Jimmy Buffett. But what happens when you discover that iconic song wasn’t written by the performing artist at all?
It exposes the truth about the creator of “Do The Bartman”, the famous showman and frequent Vegas headliner who wrote “Red Red Wine”, and the singer songwriter who put the “F&$k You” in CeeLo Green’s mouth!
You’d think people would know better than to ask the internet for some photoshopping help when the results are nearly always disastrous.
And yet people continue to let the 'Net photoshop their photos for them, like a masochistic photo manipulation ritual they know
Or maybe, just maybe, they’re looking for their pic to be a part of some online tomfoolery, so they offer it up to the internet gods in the hopes of being in on a joke for once.
This time around some guy asked the interwebs to Photoshop his girlfriend’s frail fish into something worthy of a mighty fishing fable, and as expected they created something crappy to carp about, just for the halibut.
Chloroform is the first to come to mind, but what about truth serum, laughing gas and that drug that temporarily paralyzes you they love to use in movies and TV shows- how are these drugs misrepresented on the screen?
Wade Wilson was never very bright, but after being injected with the Weapon X serum he became bat guano insane. But his craziness gave him great strength, and both good and bad guys began to fear him. He decided to strike like a cobra and take over an office of high esteem, mostly because he'd always wanted someone to call him "commander". Before he knew it he was commanding an army of soldiers hell bent on doing soldier stuff around the world, but a bunch of silly good guys came marching in looking for a guy named G.I. Joe. Wade told them, in a dead serious voice, that he'd never heard of the guy, but those friends of Joe didn't believe him, and with guns aimed at his head they told him to get out of the pool...
Celebrate your favorite comic book character's identity crisis with this The Queso Commander t-shirt by SilverBaX, it's one cheesy way to crack up your fellow Deadpool fans!
He's your best neighbor, and not just because he makes all your animated dreams come true. No, our neighbor Miyazaki is the best because he puts a smile on our faces, and we find ourselves spirited away whenever he is near. Miyazaki owns his own catbus, talks to the Totoros and frolics with forest spirits, and he has even tamed a wolf princess or two in his time living next door to us all. There's no denying that man is magical, and when he pays us a visit the world seems like a far more fun place to live!
Show some love for your favorite cartoon creator with this My Neighbor Miyazaki t-shirt by Eren, it's one design that's sure to put a smile on people's faces wherever you go!
When the citizens of Springfield heard Krusty would be playing the Joker in a new superhero movie they all thought it was just some big joke, but then they saw the trailer and their jaws dropped. There he was, Krusty the sleazy klown, all tattooed and acting crazy for the Suicide Squad movie. Soon the internet was all a-twitter with talk about what a tragic choice the producers had made in casting Krusty, and then the director himself to be none other than Sideshow Bob!
Bring home this KRUSTY THE JOKER t-shirt by ALIENBIKER23 and watch your fellow Simpsons fans go crazy with glee!
Ash started out catching 'em small, but as he worked his way up in the pocket monster world he found that small wasn't winning duels anymore. He needed to find some serious monster firepower, so he started trying to catch 'em tall. First he caught the legendary Gojiramon, with the power of electric breath and a tail whip that knocks foes cold, and then he caught a few more famous monsters. But before he knew it Ash had run out of space in his collection, and the kaiju were growing tired of being cooped up in that ball...
Add some mega-sized awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this KaijuMon t-shirt by MikeGoesGeek (Mike Vasquez), it's one big and bold design!
Jekyll had discovered too late that the super serum left him feeling a bit long in the tooth, but his hair and nails were longer as well so at least the bodily change was uniform in its coverage. Still, he wished Hyde wouldn't grip him so, and cause him to give in to murderous desires, because that bestial energy would be better spent on a night of making love to a fair maiden or mixing it up in a pit match and earning a few coins. But such is the life of a man made monster, and Dr. Jekyll was all too willing to suffer in the name of science...
This The Dark Side Of The Man t-shirt by Hartzack is a real scream, the perfect attire for boys and ghouls who savor the flavor of the dark side.
When Kool Aid kids are all grown up and looking for an ice cold beverage to slake their thirst they don't go looking for that round red destroyer of walls, they look for the pitcher shaped person with slurred speech who stumbles around all over the place. He's the guy who's full of alcoholic awesomeness, and when you pour out a tasty brew from the almighty Beer Man you know your night is about to get a lot more fun!
Satisfy your craving for geeky gear with this Hey, Beer Man! t-shirt by Captain RibMan, it's the refreshing way to say "I'm a grown up, and my playtime involves sucking down brewskis and getting loose!"
Kenny was getting used to being an immortal superhero when the Dragon fighter Yamcha arrived from outer space. The two immediately hit it off, mostly because Yamcha couldn't understand a word Kenny had to say and Kenny had no real friends left in South Park since the invasion of the Crab People. They came up with a plan to join forces and rid the Earth of all abominations, including that jerk Scott Tenorman, a plan that involved uniting their supernatural energies into one mega blast. But Kenny was unaware of Yamcha's death pose, and Yamcha had no idea how many times Kenny had died...
Power up your geeky wardrobe with this Dead Fusion t-shirt by Akairos, it's one mighty cool mashup!
The man they call JoJo has been on some truly bizarre adventures in his young life, and yet he has never felt afraid or worried for his life because of the Stand energy residing within him. He knows that when the time comes to battle his, or somebody else's, inner demons he will Stand and deliver with drop dead style and a furious force...
Add some dark anime adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Jotaro t-shirt by Batsukiro, it's one far out way to show love for your favorite classic anime character!
Darth wasn't having trouble force choking people or using his powers to further the Empire's agenda, but he was having a crisis of faith because he no longer understood how and why it all worked. The Force was a mystery to him, virtually a form of magic, and in order to crush the Rebel scum beneath his heel he needed to understand why he had been chosen to serve as Sith Lord instead of, say, some bantha from Tatooine. So the Emperor took him back to school, teaching him the ABCs of assault, bashing and choking via the Force, but Vader found it hard to sit in class all day when he was the star of an intergalactic war...
Educate your fellow fans with this Physics 101 Force t-shirt by Pigboom, and they'll be happy you showed them the way to execute a proper force choke!
Some people like to roam around the galaxy in squads or units, but Han likes to roll solo. He's just a rebel that way, and he doesn't need people interfering with his smuggler lifestyle and trying to force him to be a good boy. He was born bad, and that's how he likes to live, free to flit about the galaxy without taking part in any Empire wars or becoming the star of some trooper law enforcement reality show...
Show off your individual sense of style with this I Roll Solo t-shirt by DC Visual Arts, it makes a bold statement about where your geeky allegiances lie!
Bran's modern life was bleak and full of danger, but at least he had the behemoth Heffer to keep him company. Heffer couldn't say much more than his own name, but he was big and brutish and his strength kept the hungry lions at bay as they moved through Lannister land in search of a place to rest their weary bones. They came upon a barn guarded by a wolf dog named Spunky, who Bran took to calling Rocko on account of his rock hard head, and it seemed like life would be tolerable for Heifer and Bran, at least for tonight...
Don't play games with your geeky wardrobe, bring home this Bran's Modern Life t-shirt by Moysche Designs and cast a spell on your fellow classic cartoon fans!
To recap the Regional Finals between the poorly equipped Humans and the dynamic and deadly Plague- the Plague came out strong in the first quarter, reducing the Humans squad to two-thirds of their players instantly, but the Humans fought back with cleanliness and pest control. It looked like the Plague was going to hang on there in the third quarter, but they began to fumble and lost the striking power they once had, and in the end the Humans were able to pull out a victory and go back to work repopulating the locker room.
Have a good haha at the expense of history with this The Humans Vs. The Plague (The History League) t-shirt by Amorphia Apparel, and show the world you're a diehard fan of knowin' cool stuff about the past!
There was an 8-bit video game adaptation of The Shining in the works back in 1984, but the game never made it past the playtesting stage. It seems the game had a nasty habit of turning those who are all work and no play into mindless killers, and the game's developers didn't want any redrum on their conscience, so they scrapped "Project Here's Johnny". But one cartridge remained, smuggled away in a programmer's backpack for the sake of posterity, and the Overlook Hotel's evil influence is still hidden away inside the game's code...
Add some retro redrum to your geeky wardrobe with this 8-Bit Shining t-shirt by tomburns, it's all fun and no work to put a smile on your fellow Shining fan's faces!
In an alternate timeline to the well known Gump saga Forrest found himself pursued by the slavering undead, who were hungry for his very special brains. However, the zombies could do no more than walk so Forrest started to run, and soon the legend of the guy who ran from rotting corpses preceded him as he dashed across the country. There were no Bubba Gump shrimps, nor any ping pong playing or presedential meetings, in this alternative take on the Forrest saga, just a whole lot of people dying and Forrest forever running for his life!
Bring home this Run Forrest Run t-shirt by Inner Coma Clothing Co. and you'll become a geeky legend in your own mind!
If there's one thing Hannibal detests it's a t-shirt with a slogan on the front, and his highbrow sensibilities make those people seem mighty unpalatable. He has eaten his fair share of scumbags, murderers, rapists and radio DJs but just the thought of eating a person who sports slogan t-shirts makes him shiver with disgust. It's the Lecter equivalent of eating at McDonald's, and the only nightmare he ever had where he woke up feeling frightened!
Spread maniacal grins wherever you go with this Me So Hungry t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's one deliciously funny tee!