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Valerie Hagerty Loves To Watch Her Art Burn



Take that works of art! These deconstructed pieces are brought to you by Valerie Hagerty, who demonstrates that old glam rock adage "you don't know what you've got till it's gone", with art that appears to be falling to pieces right before your eyes.

Her deliberate deconstruction makes you further appreciate the work that went into each piece before they came under the knife, or gun or blowtorch, and I imagine this type of artwork will be all the rage after the apocalypse.

Now when your tripped out friend says "the paintings are melting", your sober mind can confirm this fact and help him avoid having a bad trip. Check out more of Valerie's works at the links below, before they fall to the floor in a pile of pigment and rotten canvas.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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Antique Photo GIFs Reveal The Dark Side Of History



Things are not as they seem in these antique photo GIFs, and they confirm that the dark side is a silly place indeed.

Clearly influenced by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and old ghost stories, artist Kevin Weir has discovered a fun way to play with images from the Library of Congress' Flickr account.

Take a gander at the rest of these ghoulishly ridiculous animated delights at the links below, they're like waiting for paint to dry...and reveal a ghostly visage on the wall.

Link  --via i09

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A Metal Sculpture That Plays The Breeze



This totally tubular work of public sculpture is called Aeolus, named after the god of the four winds in Greek mythology.

Aeolus is designed to play a sweet sound every time the wind blows, because it's made out of 310 polished steel tubes attached to an arch that helps channel the breeze into nature's melody.

Aeolus was made by artist Luke Jerram, who wanted to provide "both acoustic and optical sensations, with the pipes framing, inverting and magnifying the landscape"

Aeolus is on display at the Canary Wharf in London until May 10th, so if you're in the area you can give it a look and a listen and let us know what you think!

Link  --via JazJaz

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One Sided Pokemon Battles



As boring as the Pokemon cartoon is for grown folks, can you imagine how much worse it would have been if the battles that took place were like these fight cards by Dorkly?

Seems like some races of Pokemon were just asking for extinction! And what exactly is the Vanillish's Pokemon power-deliciousness, or perhaps going straight to an opponent's thighs?

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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Mass Effect As A Saturday Morning Cartoon


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This retro styled Mass Effect cartoon short was created by animator extraordinaire Harry Partridge, who demonstrates how ME would have looked on a Saturday morning in the 1980s, complete with main characters that like to rock out. It's funtastic, even on a Tuesday!

--via Comics Alliance

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Was Darth Vader Actually Created By Brian DePalma?


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The similarities between Brian DePalma's misanthropic main character in rock opera Phantom of the Paradise and Darth Vader of Star Wars (and heavy breathing) fame are undeniable, and one of the most overlooked influences in the history of geekdom.

Here's a blurb which describes the Phantom and illustrates the similarities between the two characters:
He’s a character of superhuman power and strength, clad in black leather and a flowing cloak, with a stylized helmet to cover hideous scars on his face. The damage to his vocal cords means he breathes with an eerie rasp, and has a box with lights and switches on his chest to help modulate his voice. He retreats to an egg-shaped chamber where he can meditate and find peace. He’s not wholly evil, but has been enslaved by someone who is: a cruel master who exploits his unique powers in order to further his own, evil ends.

DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise came out in 1974, he conceived of the story well before it was released, and Lucas and DePalma are close friends.

So, is Darth Vader a Phantom ripoff? Lucas ran with a different idea, and created a more fully realized character so I wouldn't say it's a total ripoff. But did the Phantom influence Lucas' "vision", and help bring Darth to the big screen? No question.

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13 Delicious Recipes Using Cadbury Eggs



Easter is just a hop, skip and diabetic coma away, which means it's time to inhale as many Cadbury Eggs as you can before it's too late!

These 13 recipes call for those most delicious of all candy eggs as their main recipe, so they should help you consume Cadbury Eggs in massive quantities just in the nick of time. My teeth are aching already!

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Beware The Bath, Gentle Sloths


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Sloths are in for it this time, and by it I mean trouble. By next year they will be subjugated and bathed for the amusement of the masses, their cuteness extracted like visual Prozac.

You shouldn't have been so darn adorable, little sloths, your relentless need to be cute has brought you under the radar of those who feed on cuteness like vampires.

If you want to survive you'd better get a pair of Groucho glasses and a baseball cap on right away. Better yet, hang on the back of a stinky critter, like a warthog, or a big brute that can offer you protection, like a hippo, and you might be okay.

Don't say I didn't warn you, I can sense marketable cuteness a mile away and you guys have that "it" factor. Better watch your backs, little guys, because the bathers are coming.

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Catch The Party Cab For The Ride Of Your Life


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His name is Taxi Dave, he drives the Party Cab between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., and he's a one man mobile paaar-tay in Sacramento, CA!

Watch him strut and sway his way across the parking lot, performing the Taxi Dave Dance in order to attract new customers. Party Cab is in the house tonight indeed!

--via Videogum

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NES Style Cover Art For Classic Hitchcock Films



These fun pixel art prints are by Joe Spiotto, and they put a fresh spin on classic Hitchcock films by making them over in a NES cover art style.

Personally, I think all of these movies would have made great NES games. Imagine running around a creepy old house and motel dodging Norman Bates and his mother, fighting your way through waves and waves of attacking birds, or trying to survive being mistaken for a secret agent, all while maintaining your composure for the sake of society. Sounds like a swingin' good time to me!

For now, we'll just have to settle for Joe's vision of imaginary NES style cover art for these movies, imagining how great those games would have been.

Link  --via Super Punch

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Dan Bull Raps About Why He Hates DLC


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British rapper Dan Bull lays a rather eloquent smack down on the shady video game sub-industry known as DLC (downloadable content). Then guest star Francis (of YouTube fame) shows up and emphasizes how much they both hate DLC with some carefully chosen expletives. Well played, gentlemen, well played.

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--via Kotaku

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Live-Action Children's Sci-Fi Shows From The 80s


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There were a lot of quirky sci-fi themed TV shows that came out in the 80s, and many of them were really fun to watch!

From the custom built little robot girl in Small Wonder, to the action packed time traveling adventures in Voyagers, to the apocalyptic armored tales of Captain Power and the Soldiers of The Future, these fun shows are just a fraction of the retro gems that made it on to the list of "forgotten 80s live-action children's sci-fi series" over at Topless Robot.

So, whether you want to relive the 80s via sci-fi show intros, you're a retro enthusiast looking to expand your mind, or you're just bored and have about ten minutes to spare, check out the list and see if any of these shows are worthy of adding to your Netflix queue.

--via Topless Robot

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How Darth Vader Ended Up On The Washington National Cathedral



It seems a bit odd that a sculpture of Darth Vader's helmet would reside atop the Washington National Cathedral, but quirky little juxtapositions like this one make the world a fun and colorful place.

Here's how Darth found his way on to the Cathedral:
In the 1980s the Cathedral, with National Geographic World magazine, sponsored a competition for children to design decorative sculpture for the Cathedral. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader of Kearney, Nebraska who submitted a drawing of this futuristic representation of evil. Darth Vader was placed on the northwest tower with the other winning designs: a raccoon, a girl with pigtails and braces and a man with large teeth and an umbrella.

I wonder how many pigeons stone Darth has killed with his psychic choke hold?

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Existential Crisis & Dragons


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Dungeons and Dragons has never seemed so mundane! When all of the player characters are cast as office drones things get a little too real, like real life and reality real. Roll a d20 to avoid having an existential crisis of your own while watching this video.

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--via Geeks Are Sexy

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Famous Movie Scenes With Cats


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Advertised with the catchy slogan "now with more cats!", this hilarious mashup of movie clips and popular internet cat videos sure put a chuckle in my buckle! Is that a saying? No? Well, it should be. Enjoy your classic movies, and the cats that make them all look ridiculous.

--via Animal NY

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Andy Warhol Painting Debbie Harry With An Amiga


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Apparently Andy Warhol was quite handy with the Amiga computer, here he is using an early paint program (anyone know which program?) to colorize a digital portrait of Deborah Harry, lead singer of Blondie.

And while this task seems simple by today's standards, this video is from 1986, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and gas was a buck and a quarter a gallon!

--via i09

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Mmmmmmm....Maple Syrup Popcorn!



The Royal Theatre in Toronto is hosting the Canadian Film Festival this year, so they're breaking out the big guns-buckets full of maple syrup popcorn goodness!

It's described as "a perfect mix of sweet and salty", and sounds like a fun syrup to pour all over many kinds of food products-maple bars, maple pancakes, even maple candy would be be so much better drenched in maple syrup!

So, is popcorn going to be good when subjected to a maple syrup shower? Does a Mountie crap in the woods?

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This Is Why They Call Him The Boss


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Bruce Springsteen took time out during a recent show in Philadelphia to take a seat with the fans and chug an ice cold beer. And that's why he's still The Boss, even after over 35 years performing he still puts the R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A, oh wait, that's a Mellencamp song, my bad.

--via TDW

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Propaganda Posters For The Hunger Games



With the overwhelming popularity of The Hunger Games, it's not surprising that the interwebs is filling up with fan art created to satisfy even the hungriest Hunger-ling.

College Humor has created this series of funny propaganda posters based on the hit film, and whether you're a fan of the movie or not I'm sure you'll appreciate the dark humor and subtexts in the tag lines. Suddenly I really want to watch The Running Man and Surviving The Game back to back!

Link  --via Geek Tyrant

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Would You Let Grandpa Jim Throw A Party For Your Kids?


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Grandpa Jim wants to throw a house party for your kids, where he'll teach them about religion and old timey fun in a lame, milquetoast approved way! So this is what (some) kids did for fun before the interwebs? Sign me up!

By the way, if you want to throw a Grandpa Jim style party of your own (and who wouldn't!), there are party kits available online for as little as $7 American. Go fun!

--via Everything Is Terrible

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Animated Cardboard Short-"Mr. Carton"


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This understated animated short comes from the mind of Michael Bolufer, and it's the pilot episode for a 12 part series. It looks like a fun way to bring cardboard and sharpie together, and it's animated for your viewing pleasure. A Cardboard cartoon, what'll they think of next?!

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Cute Kitties On Treadmills


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As a follow-up to yesterday's gallery of obese animals, here's a video showing a bunch of kittehs hitting the treadmill to shed those extra pounds.

Some are dedicated to getting in shape, others are lazy and don't seem to care about being a bit too fluffy, and they're all too cute! And I know this video is a couple of years old, but if you've never seen it before it's new to you!

--via Tastefully Offensive

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Pixelated Papercraft Masters Of The Universe Baddies



These pixel art versions of the Masters Of The Universe rogue's gallery comes to you courtesy of artist Ty Lettau, who was kind enough to convert them all into papercraft figures you can print out and put together for your own amusement.

Who knew Skeletor was such a square? Print them, play with them, and marvel at how little muscle mass these guys have on their blocky bodies!

Link  --via Rampaged Reality

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Awkward Superman Comic



There is no way the citizens of Metropolis would allow Superman to continue patrolling the streets if he was actually this awkward. Heck, I'm surprised The Man Of Steel isn't involved in more lawsuits, considering how much damage he does to buildings and vehicles as he fights crime. And the least you can do when you're posing as Clark Kent is keep your pants on!

Link  --via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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A Gallery Of Obese Animals



Apparently there's an animal obesity epidemic in the U.S. that coincides with people being heavier than ever before, at least according to the almighty media.

Personally, I prefer my kitties on the heavy side, so they don't taunt me about my weight with their condescending looks and incredible feats of agility.

Michelle Collins from Best Week Ever wants to raise awareness about this issue with a gallery she has put together of overweight animals and the humans that get a hernia trying to lift them off the ground.

Or maybe she just wants to point and laugh at the poor little critters, which will probably lead to kibble binging and catnip addiction.

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Adorable Legend Of Zelda GIF



This cute animated GIF comes to you courtesy of Daniel Bressette, who clearly has love for The Legend Of Zelda and glowing pieces of meat. Entitled Let's Eat, it's a celebration of the fact that winter is over, except for those who have made Hyrule their home.

Link  --via Rampaged Reality

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Sand Flea Jumping Robot Is The Coolest RC Car Ever


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Boston Dynamics is showing off their newest innovation with this video of their Sand Flea Jumping Robot in action. It looks like a flask with wheels, or one of those RC cars that can flip end over end and keep wheeling, but the Sand Flea is so much more:
Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.

While the Sand Flea is currently in development for use in military applications, I'll be surprised if RC cars don't integrate the awesome jumping feature into their own models in the near future.

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Dark Knight Rises Trailer In LEGO


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The Dark Knight Rises is almost upon us, and I'm excited by all that I see about this movie-awesome action figures, the confirmed return of Liam Neeson as R'as Al Ghul, and now the trailer gets a LEGO makeover, thanks to Paranick Filmz.

You gotta love how far stop motion LEGO films have come over the last few years, and with the inclusion of visual effects the bar has been set even higher.

--via Comics Alliance

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Volkswagen Beetle Stegosaurus Sculpture



When you're looking for a vehicle that epitomizes the Jurassic era, look no further than the Volkswagen beetle!

Created by the Mutoid Waste Co. for the Beautiful Days festival in Devon, this guy would be scary if he could walk faster than my grandma.

Thankfully, this guy isn't going anywhere except straight into my dinosaur scrapbook.

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Trailer For Rise Of The Guardians


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Santa Claus has never been more badass, with his tattoo sleeves and militaristic garb, it's no wonder he was chosen to lead the guardians of humanity.

Check out this slick trailer for the upcoming release of Dreamworks' Rise Of The Guardians, it will make you believe in magic all over again, even if it's only the magic of CG animation and visual effects.

--via Nerd Bastards

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