Wheel of Fortune isn't the hardest game show on television, nor is it the show contestants go on to prove how smart they are, but when someone solves a puzzle with just one letter it's still mighty impressive.
Enthusiastic word nerd Robert Santoli went on Wheel of Fortune to win, and after guessing a puzzle with only one letter he continues to crush the game by solving puzzles with just a few letters in place.
Robert's performance was so impressive people thought he'd cheated, but the show cleared him and paid him his $76k in prize money.
So how did Robert win big at Wheel of Fortune? He studied the show for over 10 years, creating spreadsheets to study letter and word patterns found in the show, especially the link between subjects and certain words or phrases.
Nicolas Cage is a hero created by the people for the people, and whether you're a fan or a super fan you have to admit one thing- Nic Cage is quite a character both on and off the screen.
Nic's latest fictional life will play out in the new movie Army of One, in which he stars as Gary Faulkner- an unemployed weirdo who hears the voice of god telling him to go capture Bin Laden. (Barely NSFW due to language)
Army of One is loosely based on the true story of "Rocky Mountain Rambo" Gary Faulkner, who claims he went to Pakistan eleven times to hunt Bin Laden before being arrested by Pakistani police. Sounds a little too sane for a Nic Cage role...
New things are shiny, new things are precious, and new things make us feel good for a little while before we're on to the next new, shiny, precious thing.
Even though our brain says we should save money for a rainy day, warning us the happiness provided by material possessions is fleeting, our heart still swells every time we bring home a shiny new thing.
And so, as this comic by The Awkward Yeti shows, the battle will continue as long as we have our hearts set on owning new things, so basically for the rest of our lives.
This frightful factoid video by Looper reveals what could have become of the Camp Crystal Lake killer, and how all of the iconic pieces such as the mask, the spooky sound and the mommy lovin' backstory fell into place.
It's lucky for all the young, impressionable viewers out there that The Smurfs crew edited out what they did of the show, or else kids would have been taught an extreme life lesson when Gargamel finally caught up with poor Jokey. For the show only spoke on matters of smurfberries and sorcery, but Gargamel was also a renowned chef and gourmand, and he had always wanted to try preparing a main course that included blue steak. Naturally, he had to taste the blue meat for himself, to see what all the fuss was about, so Papa and Smurfette were forced to watch in helpless horror as Gargamel bit Jokey's head off...and that happened on the third day of shooting the show! A new Smurf was brought in to replace Jokey and the incident was never spoken of again, until Gargamel released that infernal autobiography...
This Success!!! t-shirt by Ed Harrington is morbidly maniacal and sure to make your fellow fans sneer like Azrael, but kids who see the design will probably be scarred for life...just sayin'!
We tend to think of our interpersonal relationships as far more sophisticated and complex than the relationships we share with our pets, but the two are more alike than we'd care to admit.
Both involve choosing a partner, sharing meals and affection, learning to make each other happy and discovering how to communicate those feelings words can't describe.
There are plenty of dog days during these relationships too, as we try to live in the same house without tearing each other apart and struggle to set boundaries in regards to strangers.
But as this comic by Robert Brown shows the main thing both relationships have in common is the crap- the emotional crap, the crappy gifts we buy for each other, and the times we literally come face-to-feces with each other's crap.
Most people want to take a shower after a food fight, but many diehard foodies wish they could wear food in their hair all day long without smelling like a trash bin...and now they can thanks to Fake Food Hatanaka!
The food-shaped accessory fabricators at Fake Food Hatanaka started out making plastic meals for restaurant window displays, but now they've branched out into the world of high foodie fashion.
So if you've ever dreamed of wearing freshly cooked bacon around your wrist, or a fancy dessert in your hair, then Fake Food Hatanaka is making your strange food fashion dreams come true!
You'd think his honorary status as one of the Super Mario Bros. would make him a more popular character, but instead his name is forgotten, his manhood is questioned, and he ends up looking for love in all the wrong places.
It's not Luigi's fault that he's one of the most underrated and misunderstood characters in video games, the developers at Nintendo never seem to know what to do when a game involves Mario and Luigi too.
Ask a little kid "guess what?", wait for them to say "what?" then reply "chicken butt" and watch their face light up at the absurdity of what you just said, either that or they'll yell something like "you're not funny!" and storm off.
Kids are weird, which is why they're likely to repeat the phrase "guess what? chicken butt" after hearing it for the first time, spreading it through the schoolyard like a linguistic flu bug.
But, like many of the silly rhymes kids love to repeat, the origin of the reference is complicated and far from common knowledge, just like the fact that butchers used to call barrels full of chicken shoulders "butts".
Job hunting can really crush your spirits, especially when you've put in time getting a degree, effort learning relevant skills and energy working for years only to find you lack a degree in forklift operation.
It seems like most employers are looking for special skills these days, and even entry level jobs want multilingual applicants with five years of experience, which just isn't working.
So let's all do like the guy in this comic by Jacob Andrews and revolt against the job market...until we find a job that accepts our questionable resume as truth!
It's hard for a cat lover to understand how someone could hate our feline friends, especially in their compact and ultra-cute kitten form, but there are cat haters among us- and they look just like you and I.
They often dress up their disdain for cats by claiming cats hate them or that they're allergic, but there's clearly more to the story than mere allergies or bad vibes.
The question is- can cat haters maintain their irrational hatred after hanging around a bunch of adorable kittens?
As a rule superheroes don't kill unless it's absolutely necessary, and writers have been using this moral dilemma to their advantage from the very beginning.
In fact, so many story arcs would have ended before they even began if superheroes would just kill the bad guys and get it over with, but heroes are more likely to kill one of their own than their wicked foes.
Wolverine is often seen as a savage fellow and therefore has no problem killing his foes, but one kill definitely weighs heavy on his conscience- the time he had to kill Jean Grey.
Jean Grey was resurrected by the Phoenix Force hoping to become Dark Phoenix once again, but this time Jean was prepared to fight the Phoenix- with a little help from Wolverine.
Logan was forced to kill the woman he loved over and over again, weakening the Phoenix Force so Jean could separate herself from it, and all he knew was murdering Jean Grey was the only way to save her from that cosmic force.
Wolverine isn't the only superhero who has killed a loved one- Namor the Sub-Mariner was also forced to kill his lady love for the greater good.
But Wolverine isn't the only hero who had to kill the love of his life for the greater good- Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner
It seems his beloved Marrina's alien DNA had a very strange reaction when she became pregnant with Namor's child- the pregnancy transformed her into a gigantic sea creature.
Namor was forced to do the "right" thing by using the Black Knight's Ebony Blade to slay Marrina, which may have contributed to Namor's anti-hero conversion.
People have a tendency to discuss future plans via Twitter only to have those goals go unrealized simply because the Tweeters forgot about their post.
In fact, forgetfulness is the number one cause of hopes and dreams being forgotten, so it's a good thing Twitter hero Jon Hendren is out there reminding people about their important Tweets, like the one about the 40th birthday butt stripes.
Jon has been putting his online time to good use, reminding the forgetful that they once had lofty dreams of robot ownership.
And whether these Twitterers were serious about being reminded or not they're all gonna get a reminder from Jon, because he's just that good at reminding!
Gamers think about lots of things while playing Final Fantasy IX, things like "when will I level up?", "where can I find some phoenix downs so my party doesn't wipe?" and "how do you pronounce that name?".
But nobody ever wonders how the poor townspeople feel about our heroes waltzing in to their homes and places of business and brazenly ripping off their hard earned Gil.
Maybe this comic by Julia Lepetit will make gamers stop and think about how those poor NPCs feel when we steal from them...just kidding, who gives a crap about those digital losers!
Suspension of disbelief has its limits, and movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have such ridiculous plot elements that viewers can't help but be put off by these oversights.
Let's start with The Avengers- why did Loki enlist the services of an alien army with soldiers wearing armor normal arrows can go right through and gigantic creatures Hulk, Iron Man and Thor crush with ease?
You'd think feuding with his brother would have given Loki some insight into the kind of army he'd need to beat his bro's squad, but maybe he just didn't feel like putting in the work?
But the winner of the "WTF kinda plan was that?" award goes to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, who had the chance to kill Batman once and for all but decided to give him the old "let's see you get outta that one!" routine instead.
Apparently Bane's hell bent on the destruction of Gotham, but he won't push that button before he gives some speeches and properly builds suspense!
When kids sit down to play a video game they have little to no expectations, no goals in mind and no emotional attachment to their save file.
As gamers grow older they become more serious about gaming, and the innocent fun of youth is transformed into a more tense and regimented form of fun.
So why do video games stop having the same effect they had on us when we were kids?
Mark Serrels of Kotaku Australia was inspired to write about the merits of child's play by his son's enthusiasm for all things Mario, and his hilarious account really makes you think about the way we adult gamers play.
"I have learned a lot about video games from my three-year-old son who loves Super Mario 3D World more than I love any non-sentient object in this universe. Some of it is actually interesting.
The way children consume things is otherworldly. You or I — adult people — are content to play or watch something once – two or three times if we’re big fans. But there’s a diminishing return here. You don’t get the same pleasure the third or fourth time. At the very least it’s a different experience."
Bizarre and Scientology go together like Hare Krishnas and tambourines, but if you think Tom Cruise and John Travolta were better off after they joined the Church of Scientology then you won't like the rest of this post.
Because we're gonna gaze at the ridiculous engram-implanting images found in the 1994 Scientology Handbook and have a good laugh, which is the only sane reaction to these pics when they're viewed out of context.
I'm sure there's a simple, or overly complicated and super sci-fi, explanation for each image contained in the Scientology Handbook, but we don't have the time or money needed to fully understand these "truths".
So we'll just continue to imagine what the hell these images mean, and since imagination is a key component of Scientology that's sorta like being a full-fledged member of the Church, right? *wink*
Pixar movies like UP, Toy Story and The Incredibles aren't quite as whitewashed and G-rated as their Disney cousins, but they're still kept family friendly and pure to maximize box office revenue.
They accomplish this by simply omitting any content that could be construed as mature and change the rating, such as Mr. and Mrs. Incredible's morning ritual of fooling around before breakfast.
If that scene had been included in the film parents would've had to discuss this delicate issue with their kids on the way home, and we can't have cartoons forcing parents to give the sex talk, now can we?
But humans aren't the only ones who get edited in Pixar films, check out this deleted scene from UP showing Dug's romantic side.
That scene would have been too disturbing for all viewers, so it's a good thing we can still look at Dug without thinking about him humpi.....never mind, that illustration by Paul Westover has taken away Dug's innocence, now hasn't it? Sorry Dug!
Pineapple carving has become a Halloween tradition for people looking to add some tropical flair to their fall festivities, and while they'll never replace pumpkins the spiky pineapple does make a pretty great jack-o-lantern.
Halloween is relatively young as far as holidays are concerned, but by the mid-20th century it was so popular with adults and kids alike that everyone agreed they couldn't live without a night of costumed trick-or-treating.
But over the decades Halloween has become virtually unrecognizable, and much more terrifying...
In the beginning Halloween costumes were simple and homemade, but as the holiday became more popular so did the idea of buying a licensed costume off the rack, and then some adults started buying off the wrong rack.
The castaways on Gilligan's Island claim to have kept no secrets from us or each other, but even the innocent looking star of the show has been hiding a secret all these years- because his name was originally supposed to be Willy Gilligan.
The name Willy never came up in the show, and Bob Denver insisted Gilligan's first name was Gilligan forever after the show, but Sherwood Schwartz named the character "Willy Gilligan" in the original treatment.
Schwartz came up with Gilligan's Island while at college, and originally intended the show to be a "social microcosm and a metaphorical shaming of world politics in the sense that when necessary for survival, yes we can all get along.”
Even the name of the ship was meant to make a statement, as the S.S. Minnow was named after the head of the FCC- because show creator Sherwood Schwartz hated him and felt like he was sinking the entire television industry.
Who says a silly TV sitcom can't have depth and make a bold statement?
Comic books and video games often fail to make a love connection, and while movie and TV show adaptations keep getting better video game adaptations almost always fall short of super.
But every once in a while a great comic book game like Deadpool, the Batman Arkham series or Injustice: Gods Among Us comes along and renews our faith in the medium.
So maybe game designers should focus on making character or team specific games that aren't just a direct movie adaptation, because characters like Batgirl, Moon Knight and Cyborg are dying for their own game!
Nerdmuch? put together this list of 20 Superheroes Who Need Their Own Game, and while it has some good picks I think their list is missing three superheroic names in need of a game- The Tick, Howard the Duck and Lobo!