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80-Foot-Tall Superman Balloon From 1940 Macy's Parade



As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, some of us look forward to the public spectacle of giant balloons floating through NYC streets that is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This vintage shot from the 1940 parade shows a simpler balloon version of the Man of Steel taking his place in the parade. Boy, parade balloons sure have come a long way!

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Robert Crumb's Rejected New Yorker Cover



The New Yorker rejected this great same sex marriage cover art by Robert Crumb, so he subsequently declined to do any more work for the magazine. I think Robert Crumb is an unlikely candidate for New Yorker cartoonist, because his illustrations are neither boring nor conservative enough for the average subscriber, but what do you think?

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The Song Of Skyrim Animated Video


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I have been waiting for years to get my hands on a new Elder Scrolls game, and my excitement can barely be contained. Enter an equally excited, and fashionably medieval, bard to sing the praises of the newest incarnation-Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

The "Song of Skyrim" is beautifully animated by Harry Partridge, and is so catchy that you'll be humming the tune all day as you wait to get a copy of Skyrim in your hands.

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Beavis And Butthead Fan Tributes



Beavis and Butthead are back, and their fans have come up with many creative ways to show their love. This quality gallery shows various fan art interpretations of the duo that don't suck. Insert snarky comment here.

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Elderly Chinese Choir Takes On Lady Gaga


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The elderly members of this Chinese choir show Lady Gaga how its done, remixing her song "Bad Romance" in a way only an elderly Chinese choir can. They bring senior citizen style and flair to Gaga's slamming track, proving that you're never too old to rock the party.

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Cartoon Characters In Cute Felt Forms



These character interpretations, pictured above Cringer and Battle Cat from He-Man, Chewbacca, and Splinter from the Ninja Turtles, are not only creative in terms of design, they also look super cuddly!

Made from felted fabric by Justin Alan Volpe, these figures have a cartoony style that rarely comes across properly in soft sculpts. I hope he mass produces these figures some day, I want them all!

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The Clock That Dances The Time Away



This kooky yet innovative clock features a masked figure that contorts into the shape of numbers throughout the day, so your clock face becomes a miniature stage for interpretive dancers.

Called the Hone Hone clock, it is mesmerizing to watch, and will bring a sense of life to your boring old clock. Now, you'll want to watch the seconds tick by all day!

Link --via Geekosystem

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Impossible Worlds Created By Photo Manipulation



Stark landscapes populated with impossible combinations of wildlife, vulnerable humans and ominous weather-these images are the stuff of dreams if you live on the dark side, beautifully photographed and digitally manipulated by artist Sarolta Ban. Check out the gallery, its full of images that seem like they were shot on location at the edge of limbo.

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Album Covers Re-Imagined With Kittens



Kittens can make anything better, from artwork to home videos, and if the record companies had any marketing savvy they would have used kittens on as many album covers as possible! Aym Visuals decided to show the world how kittens can be used to replace all sorts of people and objects to make the music world a cuter place.

Link --via DesignTAXI

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-The Movie Trailer


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This production of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is not a fan film, nor is this a parody trailer meant strictly for the interwebs. This is a big budget motion picture, directed by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) and based on the Nintendo DS game series by Capcom.

Maybe the Japanese can make a decent movie adaptation of a video game series, since Hollywood never seems to get it right.

--via ComicsAlliance


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Bolivia's Day Of The Skulls

The remains of Bolivia's dead get to see the light of day once more during the Day of the Skulls, when the skulls of the loved ones are dug up and paraded around town.

They are decorated with flowers and coca leaves, given cigarettes and sunglasses to make them look stylish, and lavished with praise by citizens who believe this celebration makes their afterlife more enjoyable. A celebration of life that centers around the skulls dead loved ones, sounds like a strange way to par-tay!

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Wacky New Boy Scout Ads



The Boy Scouts Of America are looking to recruit the future Ron Swanson's of the world, but you don't need a beard to join, you just need the desire to "be one with the wild" (their campaign slogan). Only time will tell whether their ads, featuring kids with epic beards, will increase their numbers or scare the wits out of potential recruits!

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Psychedelic Interpretations Of Cartoon Characters



These freaky paintings look like what you'll see if you watch cartoons while on acid.

Created by Tina Lugo, they have a pop art flavor coupled with psychedelic melting madness, and yet the cartoon characters that star in these paintings are still recognizable.

Tina creates these bizarre pieces by painting enamel on sheets of Plexiglass, which enhances the vibrancy of the colors and gives them their cartoon cel look. Personally, I would love to see Hanna Barbera characters melt together in her future works!

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Australia Issues Superhero License Plates



Apparently Australians love their comic books so much that they've decided to start issuing license plates with images of DC superheroes, like Superman and Batman, printed on them. This means that the Australian motor vehicle department is officially the coolest on the planet! When are we going to get license plates that prominently display our geek love?

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Christie's New Sculpture Introduced By Spider Man



This spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois looks big enough to swallow Spider Man whole, and probably should gobble up the webslinger for being such an attention monger!

Christie's auction house decided to unveil their newest acquisition by hiring Craig Henningsen, star of Spider Man the Musical, to commemorate the occasion with some web-headed antics. The piece is the second largest spider sculpture in the world, and is expected to sell for over 4 million dollars.

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How The Joker Became The Clown Prince Of Crime



In my opinion, the Joker is the ultimate comic book villain. From the beginning he has been one badass dude, killing with laughter in a time when comic book deaths were few and far between.

He is the ultimate nemesis, a criminal so chaotic, so insane, that Batman's logical mind simply cannot keep up. The Joker has seen his character remodeled over the years, but not as much as many of the other comic book heroes and villains that get facelifts, proving that the Joker's creators more or less had it right the first time.

ComicsAlliance has an interesting and insightful article detailing the history of the clown prince of crime, read on if you want to see just how far the Joker has come over the years.

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Art Deco Inspired Superhero Posters



If you saw this poster outside the theater advertising an upcoming release, wouldn't you expect the film to be some sort of avant garde silent film with a science fiction twist?

Created by French designer Greg Guillemin, they're minimalist and moody, and their retro style could be the inspiration for a new alternative universe storyline. Silver Surfer fighting the Nazis in WWII, now that would be an interesting tale to tell!

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This Is One Sweet Frankenstein Sculpture



This funky Frankenstein sculpture looks good enough to eat! Created as part of the It's Alive Project, this is one of 80 busts created by different artists striving to show the monster in a different light. Look out for the FrankenBieber, and the hilarious FrankenSpock!

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Portrait Created From The Average Of 500 Photos



This is what Flickr user clickflashwhirr looks like when 500 portraits of her, which she takes every day like the world's most dedicated narcissist, are averaged into one angelic looking photo.

The guy who put the photos together might be stalking her on Flickr, but I'm sure she will be flattered to see the result of her years of vanity rendered into the perfect self portrait.

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A Flock Of Steampunk Birds



These bird sculptures look as if you could wind them up and watch them take off! Created by Jim and Tori Mullan, these marvelous pieces were crafted using found objects attached to wooden bird statues. These would have fit right in during the Victorian era, and you can't get much more steampunk than that!

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Fascinating WTF Photos From Russia



Russia seems like a chaotic place to live, with giant pigeons lurking around every corner, blighted urban landscapes full of dogs getting it on, and an extremely diverse citizenry trying their best to act like nothing's wrong.

These photos capture a side of Russia few outside the country ever get to see, and each image has an interesting story to tell.

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Ads For Products From Video Games



This is what advertising would look like if we lived in the fantasy worlds we enjoy vicariously through video games. Products would be marketed towards adventurers and heroes, and the magical would be mundane as ad agencies try to increase sales.

My faves are the ads for hair care products featuring Final Fantasy characters and anime girls with rainbow colored hair. I guess they weren't born with pink hair?!

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The Colorful History Of Video Games



Color has always played a key part in the style of video games, and the evolution from 2 to millions of on-screen colors parallels the advancement in game console technology. This bright, cheery infographic shows how far video game colors have come from the days of Pong and Pac-Man.

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Metal Slug In Real Life



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If you're ever walking down the street and some pixelated soldiers from the Metal Slug video game series begin to swarm, you'll be glad that you watched this video, which shows you how to survive urban video game attacks. Gun that fires pixel bullets not included. From Andrew McMurry, who brought us Real Life Super Mario Bros.


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The Whisper Campaign Against Batman



Apparently men wearing spandex on television wasn't looked upon very kindly during the 1960's, and whisper campaigns plotted to take shows like Batman off the air due to an overwhelming fear of homosexuality, implied or otherwise.

An article from TV Radio Album, circa 1967, suggests that Adam West and Burt Ward might have been more than just friends, which was meant to turn public sentiment against them, then the article proceeds to show the dynamic duo doing karate and surfing like total studs. Read on, faithful viewer!

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Tweet Like One Of The Mad Men



File this device under unique and useless, perfect fodder for blog posts! The device is the one and only analog Twitter client, Tweephone, and you must use the rotary dial to enter the letters, one turn at a time just like the old days.

If you have money to burn and love to Tweet then your house needs this decorative device. The rest of us will be more than happy just reading about it, i'm quite sure of that.

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Extremely Realistic Hand-Drawn Portraits



These amazingly realistic portraits were rendered in chalk and graphite by Scottish artist Paul Cadden. Apparently, he specializes in faces with lots of wrinkles personality. Shades of gray never looked so good!

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Prisoner Makes Final Fantasy Weapons Out Of Matchsticks



A prisoner/geek in Wales had his secret stash of matchstick weapons, including the Buster Sword and Squall's Gunblade from the Final Fantasy video game series, confiscated because:

"...the realism of the swords presented a threat to staff safety, not because they could be used to send the staff back to the Lifestream, but because they look real from afar and could be used to threaten people."

This guy will have a sweet job waiting for him when he gets out-making replica weapons out of balsa wood.

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Siri Vs. Furby


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Siri, the virtual voice assistant from the Iphone 4S, gets to the bottom of what Furby is really saying. Furby laughs in Siri's faceplate as she tries to solve the furry little creep's problems. Finally there's proof that Furby is up to no good.

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Oddball Japanese Video Game "Pepsiman"



Pepsiman is a true hero, overcoming every urban obstacle thrown at him in order to quench the thirst of citizens in need!

This strange offering from Japan was released in 1999 for the Sony Playstation game console, and it's faceless hero graced an advertising campaign in which Pepsiman saved people from death-by-thirst.

Do you think this game looks like goofy fun or a shameless advertising campaign?

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