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A Sommelier Gives An Honest Review Of Cheap Beer

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You may see cheap beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Natural Ice and Steel Reserve as Hipster fodder or a way to get drunk for less than ten bucks, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of an honest review by a professional sommelier.

Let sommelier Whitney Adams tell you things about the cheapest cans of suds available to you, things you never thought mattered like the aroma, aftertaste and flavor notes contained in these pong tested, frag guy approved brews, and see if her opinions make you think differently about these mass produced beers. Personally, I'll stick to anything Stone Brewery makes, thank you very much!

-Via 22 Words

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Hand Painted Wood Action Figures Inspired By A Song Of Ice & Fire

If action figures existed in the mythical era depicted in George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series A Song of Ice & Fire they would have looked like these awesome wooden action figures created by Mick Minogue.

The Hound and Jamie Lannister action figures were created for a Song of Ice & Fire inspired art show at LTD Gallery in Seattle, Washington, which Mr. Martin himself will be attending, and each hand painted, highly detailed wooden figures features battle damage features, a blister card and an age approval of 4+ with the note "Suitable for Wildlings".

-Via Topless Robot

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Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Castlevania

Simon Belmont first began his battle against Count Dracula and the forces of darkness when the game Castlevania was released for the Japanese console Family Computer Disc System in 1986, with a NES cartridge release to follow in 1987.

Since then it has gone on to become (arguably) the most remade video game ever, with a new volume Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 coming out soon, but did you know that nobody is really sure who created the original Castlevania? Or how about the fact that parts of the original Castlevania castle show up in nearly every 2D version of the game?

You can find out more fun facts about Castlevania here.

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London's Underground Farms Of The Future

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How will humans survive if the surface of the planet becomes uninhabitable, and what will we do for fresh food? According to Growing Underground we’ll move the farms below the surface, and that’s just what they're doing in abandoned tunnels underneath London.

Richard Ballard and Steve Dring from Growing Underground have come up with a method of growing "energy efficient, water efficient, pesticide free, totally organic, totally adorable produce they plan to sell to London restaurants and retailers", and their future plan for underground farming could be the best way for grocers and restaurants to stay supplied with fresh produce with a minimal carbon footprint and no outsourcing.

-Via Nerdist

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Commercial Reel For The Jim Henson Creature Shop

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When the entertainment industry needs a far out creature puppet created they turn to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, who have been in the business of bringing fantastic puppets to life since 1979. Their signature style and dedication to quality makes their screen worthy creations sought after for TV shows, movies and commercials by companies worldwide.

Here's their current commercial reel, showing all the awesome puppets and far out creatures they've created for TV ads such as the Snuggle Bear, the Jack in the Box puppet and that little green guy who keeps talking about how easy it is to get a loan from home.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Rare Color Photographs Of Imperial Russia

Capture a snapshot of the Russian Empire circa 1910 and you’d expect to see images of turmoil, chaos and an empire on the verge of bloody revolution, but these color portraits by photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii are full of a sense of serenity and peace.

Sergey used an early tri-color photo process that involved shooting the subject through three different filters-red, green and blue. These three color images were then projected through the same color filters onto a screen and superimposed, creating the realistically colored final image.

Sergey's amazing and rare color photographs come from negatives purchased by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1948, and now they're available to view online here.

-Via Bored Panda

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The American Photography Of Brian Finke

Photographer Brian Finke is an American bystander, someone who is there to see the Heartland go about their daily business and catalog the key moments via camera.

Frinke’s America is simple and technologically unadorned, caught in a moment by a suburbanite with the eye of a street photographer. The only problem with this theory is the fact that Brian Finke is from Brooklyn, so he's about as middle America as a slice of New York cheesecake.

His vision of cheerleaders, construction workers, flight attendants and football players is from an outsider's perspective with total access to the scene, giving each image a feeling of uninterrupted life and human energy.

-Via Juxtapoz

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Bronze Sculptures That Look Like They're Vanishing Into Space

The figures sculpted by Bruce Catalano seem to be disappearing from, or phasing into, our reality from another dimension, and even though the figures aren’t in particularly dynamic poses they carry a sense of movement with them, leaving the viewer waiting for the figure to fully materialize.

The series is called "Travelers" and these visitors to our world bring with them one piece of luggage and a look that says who they are and where they've been. The partially complete figures seem wispy and light as air, but each one is cast in bronze and quite heavy, so there's no chance these visitors will be drifting away just yet.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Experimental Music In Children's Television

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Children’s television used to be a pretty far out adventure, full of psychedelic animated shorts and music by bands enjoyed by both the kids and their parents, but ever since music went bubblegum pop, and kids shows lost their cool, it’s easy to forget how hip children's television used to be.  

A new Tumblr called EMOCTV is busy collecting instances of strange and experimental music found in children’s television shows, like this clip from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where he demonstrates an ARP synthesizer that should be set to a dubstep beat immediately, and a classic clip from Pee Wee's Playhouse with music supplied by The Residents.

-Via AnimalNY

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Animated Music Video Inspired By Memes- All Your Base

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All your base are belong to us is a legend among memes, although milennials may not get the reference unless they’re a meme historian, and many remember this video game themed meme fondly as one of the ones that started it all.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are a pair of musically minded fellows that have a healthy love of nostalgia and mad love for teh interwebs, so when the supergeek powers of the Nerdist Channel combine with the animation skills of Ron Yavnieli and the Jr. Jr. of bands, our beloved memes turn toony and battle it out for online supremacy!

-Via Nerdist

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Seth Rogen Testifies Before Senate About Alzheimer's Research

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When you think of who you want speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services hearing on Alzheimer's Research comedian Seth Rogen may not be the first name that comes to mind, but as this C-SPAN video shows Seth is the right guy for the job.

Seth breaks the ice with a signature stoner joke that has the normally stoic crowd cracking up, but when he gets into the specifics of why he's fighting for Alzheimer's funding (because his mother-in-law has early onset Alzheimer's), and how his charity organization Hilarity for Charity is working hard to fund research into the uncurable and unstoppable disease, Seth seems like the natural choice for leader of this noble cause.

-Via Gamma Squad

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Mashup Of Hitchcock's Original Psycho And Van Sant's Remake

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Psycho changed the way audiences saw movies back in 1960, which is exactly what Hitchcock was going for according to the recent biopic, but that same kind of revolutionary response proved to be too much for Gus Van Sant to hope for with his 1998 remake.

But what happens when the two films are combined, classic and panned remake coming together in a surreal feature-length mashup? Steven Soderbergh decided to address that question with his hybrid horrorfest called Psychos, which you can watch here.

Soderbergh's version bounces between the two films, with the occasional superimposed stacking of the two for artistic appeal, and he posted it to his site Extension 765 with the explanation “This post comes from a place of ‘total affection, openness, and honey bought directly from a beekeeper.’”

-Via /Film

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Classic Paintings Of London Superimposed Over Modern Photos

It’s easy to forget that most classical landscape (and cityscape) paintings were based on real life locations, and it can be hard to place the exact location in question when you’re viewing a work of art from inside the sterile walls of an art gallery.

But when the painting is superimposed over a modern day photo of the scene it all falls into place, and both art and history come to life in a way that's hard to imagine otherwise.

London based redditor shystone has been hard at work revealing the modern day locations featured in classical paintings from the 18th and 19th century, showing us around old London town through the eyes of Canaletto, Logsdail and Nebot.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Talented 4 Year Old Creates Dresses Made Out Of Paper

Most 4 year olds love to play, do arts and crafts and spend their days letting their imaginations run wild, but it’s safe to say that the girl they call Mayhem is unlike other 4 year olds, mainly because she already has a career in fashion design picked out for herself.

But Mayhem can’t use a sewing machine or needle just yet, so she creates her fabulous dresses out of paper. Some are original designs, others are based on dresses she saw in photos and on TV, all are incredibly detailed and quite wearable considering the inflexible medium.

Mommy Shorts interviewed Mayhem's mother Angie about the fun fashion crafting they've been doing together, creating very wearable outfits out of construction paper, tissue paper, gift wrap and any other kind of paper product they can find around the house.

You can see more of Mayhem's fabulous designs at her Instagram account and website Fashion By Mayhem, and I hope the fashion houses are paying attention because this girl is really going places in the world of fashion design!

-Via DesignTAXI

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Animated Short - Batman Versus The Terminator

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With all the comic book crossovers that have occurred, many of which have involved Batman or one of his extended Bat-family, it’s hard to believe that SkyNet never sent a killer android to Gotham City. Batman squared off against the Predator, and the Xenomorphs from Aliens, but never faced the Terminator in combat- until now.

Animators Tony Guerrero and Mitchell Hammond have brought our bat shaped crossover dreams to life with this slick looking short appropriately entitled “Batman versus The Terminator”. 

The style is suitably dark and gothic, and the character designs are so cool Batfans will be pleasantly surprised by what they were able to accomplish in a five minute long film.

-Via ComicsAlliance

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The Muppets Take Selfies

Everybody loves to take selfies these days, so they keep their smartphone in hand wherever they go so they don’t miss an opportunity.

The Muppets are no different, they love a good selfie and since their new movie Muppets Most Wanted is coming out soon it's the perfect time to get their fleece covered faces out there again via Instagram.

Rizzo's smartphone must be as big, or bigger, than his whole body- how does he carry that thing around with him?

-Via Nerd Approved

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Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Yosemite National Park

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It’s safe to say that Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world, and it draws over 4 million visitors a year with its idyllic valleys, softly roaring waterfalls and gorgeous greenery.

Yosemite is one of those places where every picture you take is a classic, and when you show those pics off you get lots of oohs and aahs, and more than a few “I really want to go there” responses.

Take a look at these 45 incredible photos of Yosemite National Park and see if you can resist the call of El Capitan and the Yosemite Valley.

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The True Story Of Flappy Bird

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Have you ever found yourself wondering what caused that strange little bird to fly off his comfy tree branch and flap his way in-between a bunch of pipes brought straight from Mario's world? Does the lack of a Flappy Bird backstory haunt your dreams?

Don't give it a second thought, watch this animated explanation created by Kud and get to know how Flappy Bird began. By the end of the short you'll feel Flappy's pain, and you'll never want to push his buttons ever again.

I know why the badly drawn bird flaps, it flaps for thee...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Illustrator Imagines Animals As Quirky Humans

If animals became bipedal, anthropomorphic members of what was originally a purely human society they would probably be extremely quirky individuals, prone to chasing cars, licking themselves in public and chewing on everything in sight.

Since genetic hybrids have yet to become a reality we have to settle for imagining what human-animal hybrids would look like, but if your imagination machine is out of order then leave the imagining to illustrator Helena Frank.

Her fun illustrations feature hybrids that look like humans wearing realistic animal mascot costumes, with big fuzzy heads making appropriately animalistic faces and generally looking a bit strange set upon humanistic bodies.

-Via The Fox Is Black

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The Oral History Of SpongeBob SquarePants

The seminal cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants is now in its fifteenth year on the air, and whether you love the pineapple dwelling strangeoid or cringe at the sight of his stupid face you have to agree there’s something iconic about that undersea wearer of square pants.

But before Stephen Hillenburg's absorbent series hit the small screen SpongeBob, and all the people and places that reside in Bikini Bottom, went through years of development and reworking until Spongeboy became the Bob we know and (some) love today.

Cartoon fans, budding animators and chroniclers of all things Nick will love this 36,000-word oral history of SpongeBob SquarePants, compiled by Tom Heintjes, which is the most comprehensive history of SpongeBob ever published.

-Via Cartoon Brew

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Identifying Superheroes By Their Underwear

Superheroes as a whole seem to have a fetish for tight fitting costumes, and whether those spandex clad superfolks know it or not their choice of exterior underwear makes them incredibly easy to identify.

Toronto based creators of colorful artworks Design Different have come up with a handy dandy, full color guide to help people identify superfolks, both good and bad, by their underwear.

So the next time you see a super flying around your neck of the woods you can consult the chart, learn their name and yell “Hey So-and-so! Git offa mah propertee!”

-Via DesignTAXI

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The Simple Joy Of Fitting Things Into Things

There’s something very satisfying about discovering that something fits into something else, like fitting two shoes together, one inside the other, so they only take up one slot in your shoe rack, nesting bowls together perfectly in the cupboard, and figuring out that an orange fits perfectly in the space left inside an avocado after you pull out the pit.

A Tumblr called Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things explores the sheer delight we humans feel when we discover that things fit together so perfectly, and may inspire you to take a good, hard look around your house for things you can fit into other things. It’s not OCD, it’s the best way to save space!

-Via 22 Words

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Spoof Ad For Game Of Thrones- The Board Game

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Imagine a board game so complicated, so full of intrigue and rules, that it takes six boxes to contain it all.

Picture yourself, and your friends, playing a game that requires you to devote your entire life to playing, a game that cannot be stopped once it has began.

This is Game Of Thrones: The Board Game, a board game that will ruin your life faster than any MMO ever could, a board game that tests your resolve by turning your life into an episode of your favorite fantasy bloodbath. You may survive the game, but will your marriage?

Game of Thrones: The Board Game, from the makers of SAW: Family Edition and Who Killed Daddy?

-Via GeekTyrant

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Amazing Brick Sculptures By Brad Spencer

Sculpting with hard mediums such as marble and stone requires hammer and chisel and lots of sanding, but creating soft, human forms out of red bricks seems so ridiculously difficult it’s a wonder sculptor Brad Spencer is able to create such amazing works with the stiff yet crumbly ceramic material.

Brad’s brick sculptures really capture the look and feeling of children climbing around on a brick wall, kids whose bodies are seemingly turning into brick as they play, complete with mortar seams that run through their bodies as they run through the wall.

Brad creates sculptures of all kind out of brick, from free standing sculptures to walls with reliefs sculpted into them, and for some reason people just feel safer with Brad's sculptures hanging around their property!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Unusual Fashion Photography By Madame Peripetie

Fashion photography is supposed to show off the clothing, evoke a feeling about the ensemble and try to sell the viewer on some aspect of the designer’s image, whether real or make believe.

Madame Peripetie's approaches these ideals with a sense of avant garde experimentalism and freedom from the ordinary that probably appeals to the fashion forward, but not so much to the more uptight designers who just want to showcase their clothes.

The images are interesting to look at to say the least, and unlike most fashion photos the clothes take a back seat to the overall visual impact of each shot.

-Via Hi-Fructose

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Fun Cosplay Videos From Katsucon 2014

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Katsucon 2014 is a fandom convention that started out being primarily about anime and has blown up to encompass all aspects of pop culture, primarily anime and video games.

Katsucon recently took place in National Harbor, Maryland and we’ve got the videos to prove it. These high quality overview videos were created by YouTuber beatdownboogie, and they showcase some of the best cosplayers in attendance, and generally make free range geeks look all dramatic and cinematic to a slick soundtrack.

Of particular note are the Iron Man Mystery Machine, the spot on Nights Into Dreams costume and the awesome little Doctor Who kid driving around in a K-9 mobile.

-Via GeekTyrant

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The Talking Angela Controversy- Real Threat Or Hoax?

There’s a strange little app out there called Talking Angela that has parents acting paranoid, kids running scared and online commentors going crazy spreading misinformation and fear about a harmless app.

Talking Angela is an app that stars a talking fox named Angela who asks you far too many personal questions, and supposedly spies on you through your webcam. Parents got understandably upset when Angela started asking their kids for their names, present locations and saying strange things like "You have been a naughty girl and you must be punished" or "My tongue likes action too ;-)", odd statements which can be construed as sexual messages.

But is Talking Angela safe? A posse of paranoid parents say no, and won't be taking the risk again, but you should read on about the Talking Angela app and decide for yourself.

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Hand Stitched Pixel Art Versions Of Urban Landscapes

Hand stitched embroidery art has gone from traditional to ultra modern, from pretty flowers and basic lettering to pixilated landscapes and video game characters, and Michelle Hamer is one of those cutting edge stitchsters changing the way we think of needlearts.

Michelle’s embroidery focuses on cityscapes, and in particular the textual elements such as signs and billboards found in the urban jungle. But her billboards feature enlightening slogans like "Only a little bit dead" and "Blame and punish the individual", definitely not the kind of slogan embroidery artists once sewed onto samplers.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Freezing Japanese Man Turns Into A Turkey

Japanese blogger Mr. Sebuyama of Omocoro.com claims that his transformation into a turkey started because he can't afford to buy warm clothes, which forced him to figure out a way to make the most out of wearing nothing but a pink sweater, but I'm pretty sure Mr. Sebuyama has been a turkey since birth.

Once the wildman completed his transformation into comfy, cozy turkey he took to the streets to show off his slightly disturbing new look, which even the pigeons find off-putting, and in the midst of field testing Mr. Sebuyama realized that once you go full turkey you can't go home again.

-Via Bored Panda

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The Most Interesting German Supermarket Commercial In The World

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Most American supermarket commercials push convenience, lowest prices, and freshest product, occasionally resorting to acting all hip and tech savvy in order to appeal to the younger generation.

German supermarket chain EDEKA chose to take the most interesting man route when they created this crazy ad, casting musician Friedrich Liechtenstein as the silver maned star of surreal fine dining.

He bathes in milk, steals some poor lady's croissants, and generally rocks the supermarket aisles with mad swagger as he keeps it Supergeil.

Wonder what he's singing about? Check out the full translation of the lyrics here.

-Via Gawker

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