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Mario Acting As The Anti-Hero In Other Video Games

Mario is such a universally recognized character that it’s surprising he doesn’t appear in more video game crossovers, but that probably all comes down to licensing and money.

However, fans of that super powered plumber and his string bean of a brother would simply adore the addition of the Bros. in games from all genres, but until that happens in real life we’ll just have to settle for staring at these amazing illustrations by Sebastian von Buchwald.

They feature one angry Mario, acting as anti-hero in games like Bioshock, Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider and Dragon’s Lair. Somehow seeing Mario acting like a bad little plumber just makes him look like Wario in disguise, maybe Mario should stick to being a good guy.

Head over to Kotaku to see more pics of Mario going on a gaming rampage

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Creepy Horror Inspired Makeup Transformations

Women usually learn how to properly apply makeup when they’re teenagers, and further develop their skills as they get older, but generally speaking they haven’t mastered the skill by the time they graduate high school.

Makeup artist Stephanie Fernandez, however, was clearly born with innate makeup application skills, either that or she’s been practicing since kindergarten, because at just eighteen years old she's already creating looks worthy of appearing in Hollywood horror flicks.

Stephanie draws her inspiration from movies and popular culture, but most of her creations are truly unique and can't be traced back to one particular film since they're a product of her own twisted vision of dark beauty.

You can see more of Stephanie's creep-tastic makeup creations at DesignTAXI

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Truck Torrence Makes Horror Movie Icons Look Adorable

If you were to see a sample of Truck Torrence’s cutesy artwork you’d have no idea that most of his pieces are based on bloody, violent and mature rated movies like Predator, Drive, and Friday the 13th. But that’s the beauty of Truck’s style- mature content gets the cuteness treatment and it all becomes one big brightly colored bloodbath.

Not all gorehounds want their horror art to be rough around the edges, it’s refreshing to see some cute mixed in with the blood and guts every once in a while, and it's safe to say Truck has mastered this odd flavor combination in his illustrations.

Head over to Comics Alliance to see more of Truck Torrence's bloody cute artwork

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This Is One Hilarious Safe Sex PSA

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Making a good safe sex PSA means engaging the target audience’s attention without making them feel embarrassed or ashamed to be watching such a thing, getting your message through to them in a way that feels like they’re just being entertained.

This safe sex PSA by Josh Cohen entitled "Raw Dog and Bagel" succeeds on both fronts- it definitely gets the importance of practicing safe sex message across, but it does so in such an entertaining way that viewers will find themselves laughing and totally entertained, without all that awkward phrasing and dirty pictures. But be forewarned- after watching this PSA you may lose your appetite for bagels and hot dogs.

Via Animal NY

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A Book Of Photos Celebrating The LOLCat Phenomenon

Lolcats have so much praise, admiration and geek love lavished upon them via the interwebs that it’s starting to go to their heads, and now they’re embracing the limelight and loving every minute of their superstar status.

Okay, so maybe our favorite feline internet stars don’t really understand the whole fame thing, but the fabulous kittehs in this photo book entitled Lolchats, by Barrere & Simon, are channeling their inner celebrities and pretending to be net famous like their feline idols.

Lolchats pokes fun at the world’s obsession with online cat videos and memes, while celebrating the fact that famous cats are now globally recognized and more famous than many humans on the net.

Via Beautiful/Decay

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Did Daft Punk Steal Their Act From The Earons?

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Daft Punk has gone from an obscure helmet sporting French synth duo to Grammy award winners and a household name, but did they steal their entire gimmick from obscure 80s group The Earons?

Both groups wear signature motorcycle helmets, funky futuristic outfits and play similarly funky synth tunes, but like any musical act with a fashion gimmick parallels are sure to be drawn between the modern group and some previous influence.

The similarities are pretty darn clear after watching the video, and since The Earons had but one album, which was released nearly thirty years ago, they seem like the perfect targets to emulate since it's unlikely anyone would ever uncover the truth. But let's face it, those hipsters the Earons were into being anonymized by their motorcycle helmets and playing spacy tunes way before it was cool.

Via Dangerous Minds

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Legendary Japanese Reverse Blade Sword Found In Storage Locker

Ancient Japanese legends tell of a strange blade, a relative of the katana, that has its razor sharp edge on top of the curve instead of below, a reverse blade which is meant to confound the enemy and make it harder for them to defend against in combat.

This blade is called a sakabato, and although it has been depicted in classic samurai fiction, anime series like Rurouni Kenshin, and recreated by geeky replica weapon designers it was thought to be nothing but a legend until a sakabato from the Edo period was discovered inside a storage locker. It appears not all legends are based on pure imagination, or else there's an incredibly talented, and nerdy, blacksmith out there making anime dreams come true!

Via Nerd Approved

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Realistic Dog Sculptures Made Out Of Bicycle Chains

Dogs can be a real pain in the neck to have around the house- they're always getting into the trash, tearing up your favorite shoes, licking themselves when you have company and soiling the carpets like uncivilized boors.

They look all cute and cuddly, but what if you want a dog to look at without all the mess? Maybe you need one of these amazingly realistic sculptures by Israeli artist Nirit Levav, which she makes out of bicycle chains in life-size scale.

From a tiny Yorkshire Terrier to a large Siberian Husky, these dogs sit around all day looking cute without all the stink, and the only mess they'll leave on the carpet is a rust stain if you get them wet!

Check out the rest of these amazing sculptures at DesignTAXI.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Take A Video Tour Of Japan's Cat Cafes

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YouTuber Sharla in Japan is a Canadian student attending school in Japan and sharing all of her amazing discoveries with the world by posting videos online. Her latest cultural exploration deals with what is (arguably) the greatest trend in Japanese themed dining- Cat Cafes, where people can go and hang out with some furry felines while they chow down on whatever the cats don't take right out of their hands!

Cat Cafes look like a nightmare for the allergic, a great place for dieters to dine because the cats will make sure they can't dine in peace, and absolute nirvana for those who can't have a cat but love to be surrounded by kitties of all shapes, colors and sizes. I can't help but wonder-how do these cafes handle the whole litter box arrangement?

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Awesome Poster Art For 300 - Rise Of An Empire By Alex Pardee

The film 300, based on the Frank Miller/Lynn Varley graphic novel of the same name, is full of battles, bloodshed and masculine bravado as befitting a film about ancient Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae. Frank Miller has been working on a graphic novel sequel entitled Xerxes for the last three years, and now it's set to come out some time after the sequel film entitled 300:Rise of an Empire.

Legendary Films turned to illustrator Alex Pardee when they needed a suitably epic poster for the film's premier, and Alex definitely didn't disappoint with his appropriately gruesome design for what's already being called "the bloodiest film of the year".

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Can You Find All The Easter Eggs In This 20 Gigapixel Image?

Digital image quality keeps improving by leaps and bounds, and some day the megapixel may be replaced by its bigger brother the gigapixel in standard digital camera technology.

Microsoft Research used their considerable talents, recent advancements in image technology, and 2,400 individual shots of the city to create a 20 gigapixel panoramic photo of Seattle for a project called Gigapixel ArtZoom.

Just to make this amazing image more fun to explore lead developer Michael Cohen decided to add some easter eggs in post for viewers to seek out, making the whole thing feel like a scavenger hunt you can participate in from the comfort of your chair. Have fun snooping around Seattle!

UPDATE- The easter eggs are all art related: artists, works of art, etc. Anything that doesn't seem to quite fit into the city is probably an easter egg, because there are over 100 hidden within this massive panorama pic!

Via Gizmodo

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DDP Wants To Teach You How To Do Yoga Like A Pro Wrestler

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A professional wrestler seems like the last guy you’d want teaching you how to do something calming and low impact like Yoga, but that hasn’t stopped former WCW star Diamond Dallas Page from living out his downward dog dreams by hitting a different kind of mat in the name of inner peace.

DDP has been sharing the physical benefits of yoga with fellow wrestlers for years, and he has his own DDP Yoga program you can purchase on DVD, but here we see what happens when Nerdist asks him to make a promo their way. It’s an all out brawl for your inner chakras, with Page shouting out the most relaxing catchphrase ever- "Bang!" (NSFW due to language)

Via Topless Robot

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Beware Of Giant Pigeons When You Leave The Car Wash

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French prankster Remi Gaillard recently released video footage of his latest prank- a crappy stunt that involves dressing like a giant pigeon and ruining some guy's day outside a car wash.

It’s part of a feature length movie full of pranks loosely translated as “Remi Gaillard Does WTF” which comes out on March 5th in France, and tentatively on June 3rd in the U.S.

We’re big fans of Remi here on Neatorama, and we’ve featured many of his pranks in the past, from the elevator prank to the real life Pac-Man and Mario Kart pranks, and we have no doubt a feature length movie full of his pranks will be a real hoot to watch!

Via Geekologie

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NFL Helmets Get The Haute Couture Treatment

Super Bowl season is upon us, those two weeks a year when everyone pretends to like football even if they’d rather be watching golf, and the advertising world revolves around making those big game bucks, so it’s nice to see Super Bowl hype being used for something other than profit.

Top fashion designers from The Council of Fashion Designers of America created 48 different helmet designs, ranging from furry to deconstructive to possible updates, for a series called "Fashion Touchdown", with individual helmets being auctioned off to benefit charities through the NFL.

You can almost tell which fashion designers actually like football by looking at their re-designs, while pieces like the panda bear head by Loomstate and the cube helmet by Rogan bring the whimsy to this unique collection.

Via Super Punch

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Surreal Photographs With An Interesting Story To Tell

Photography can convey powerful emotions through simple imagery, especially when the photographer is telling a story or trying to exorcise some of their personal demons through the lens.

Sometimes these emotionally charged images can come off a bit hoaky, other times they’re just too darn depressing to look at for long, but the photographic works of Ilya Kisaradov, aka DeviantARTist ezorenier, are just the right mix of dark and downright interesting.

Ilya's pics definitely have a story to tell, whether it’s about the man playing the burning piano or the woman trapped in her own personal birdcage, but these strange images defy simple explanation, leaving interpretation up to the viewer.

Via My Modern Metropolis

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Elementary School Students Discover A Slave Burial Ground

Students and teachers from a school in the South Bronx saw an old photo entitled “Slave Burying Ground” and decided to track down the location of the burial ground in the pic.

Using census data, maps and old city documents they were able to pinpoint the location to just outside the Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunt’s Point, uncovering an unmarked slave burial ground hundreds of years old.

The location was confirmed by researchers, who had previously discovered the bodies using radar but had yet to officially recognize the plot as historically significant. Now credit for the discovery will go to those inquisitive students from P.S. 48, and a little piece of New York's history will be uncovered.

Read more about this amazing historical discovery here.

Via Gothamist

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CGI Music Video For Damon Albarn's Song Everyday Robots

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Artists who work in 3D programs such as Maya, Cinema 4D or ZBrush experience a feeling of reality detachment and spaciness that comes over them when they stare at a window into the digital world for too long.

Damon Albarn apparently knows this feeling quite well, because the video for his song Everyday Robots takes place in a virtual headspace that makes the 3D artist inside me want to unplug and head for the hills.

Damon is known as the voice of 2D in the virtual rock band The Gorillaz, and he teamed up with fashion designer/pixel sculptor Aitor Throup to bring the digital version of Damon to life, one polygon at a time.

Via Hypebeast

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Soviet Silent Era Film Posters By The Sternberg Brothers

There is something so iconic about early Soviet art, specifically the Constructivist movement, that came to symbolize the early days of Communism. The Constructivists believed that a political movement should consist of both soldiers and artists, a rifle in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.

But seminal graphic designers Vladimir and Georgii Sternberg decided to go a different route when they began designing movie posters in the 1920s- they chose Dada as their major influence, and somehow still managed to create works which fit right in with the rest of their Constructivist contemporaries.

These posters and many more Soviet Silent Era movie posters are currently on display at the Gallery for Russian Art and Design in London

Via Dangerous Minds

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Surreal Animated Short - The Laughing Policeman

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The Laughing Policeman is, despite the title, a dark and melancholy animated short named after a coin-op amusement device located on the boardwalk. The sinister laughter of this machine causes a beat cop to remember not-so-fond memories of trashy women making a spectacle of themselves on the planks, and the mood is set to dreary.

But you’re not going to watch this short for the uplifting storyline, the star of this short is the animation style, which is reminiscent of Ralph Bakshi's hand-drawn style, with the oddly repugnant style of a Terry Gilliam sequence from Monty Python.

The hand drawn animation is what will really draw you in, and once you’ve watched a copper being tormented by his memories you’ll be left with an appreciation for creator Marcus Armitage’s unique approach to animation, and the sound of maniacal robot laughter in your head.

Via Cartoon Brew

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Photographer Makes Out With People Then Takes Their Picture

Jedediah Johnson is one of the luckiest photographers in the world, or maybe he’s a mastermind who came up with a great idea for a photo series that people bought so he ran with it, either way he’s living a life of bliss-because he gets to make out with people and take pictures all day.

Okay, so maybe he does more than kiss and shoot pics for his series The Make Out Project all day, he probably eats and bathes once in a while, and he may have other hobbies we don’t know about if he can find the time between sessions.

One thing’s for sure- the photos have a lot to say, with oodles of emotion conveyed by simple cues like the expression on the model’s face, or the background choice, and a deceptively simple formula that still manages to tell us an individual story for each of Jedediah’s lip locked subjects.

Via Beautiful/Decay

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Making Classic Novel Titles Upworthy

In the world of click-to-read online content it's all about the views- how many people view your article, how many people link to your article, and how those numbers compare with the rest. Writing content for the online world is a hit-or-miss affair, and sometimes the numbers just don't add up- sometimes people use sneaky tactics to falsely inflate those numbers, gathering views like Smaug gathers gold coins.

But what if novels were subject to the same criteria for success? Nick Moran and Janet Potter of The Millions wondered- what would happen to book titles if the creativity was stripped away and replaced with upworthy titles that conned people into taking a closer look?

Via 22 Words

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Images Of The Turmoil In Kiev Captured By Independent Journalist

Anti-protest laws passed by the Ukranian government brought people to the streets of Kiev in a massive protest rally that has turned into a full blown riot with no end in sight.

The Ukranian government has tried to limit the amount of press photos that make their way out of the madness, but Independent ournalist Ilya Varlamov has been taking notes and shooting pics, sharing a firsthand account on his LiveJournal of what life is like in the belly of this fiery, politically fueled beast. Ilya's photos are truly a sight to behold- full of raw energy, destruction and people in action, fighting for a cause they truly believe in.

You can read more about Ilya's experiences in Kiev at Animal NY.

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Cutting Edge Artwork Based On William Gibson's Neuromancer

William Gibson’s seminal Cyberpunk novel Neuromancer changed the game for all near future sci-fi works to come, and truly set the stage for the Information Age. Published in 1984, Neuromancer was so far ahead of its time that many creative types were influenced by Gibson's vision of a grim future full of black market organ clinics, cybernetically enhanced street samurai and cyber-cowboys hacking the Matrix for a chip full of credits.

The sci-fi loving folks at io9 have put together a list of their fav artwork based on the book, which includes "Chiba" by DeviantARTist PHATandy (top) and "Case and Molly on the Sprawl" by royalboiler. Like what you see? Check out the rest of the cutting edge art that made io9's list

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Adorably Surreal Living Art Project- The Buddhist Bug

Artist Anida Yoeu Ali has created an alternate identity of sorts for herself in an art project/public theater performance she calls Buddhist Bug, which is helping her overcome her religious confliction and bringing a brightly colored worm from Chicago to the streets of her native Cambodia.

The worm's color is similar to that of a Buddhist monk's robe, the head piece is modeled after the Islamic Hijab, and the wormy style is modeled after, what else, a worm!

Here's what Anida has to say about this incredibly colorful living art project:

The Buddhist Bug Project seeks to map a new spiritual and social landscape through its surreal existence amongst ordinary people and everyday environments. The Buddhist Bug (BBug) is a fantastic saffron-colored creature that can span the length of a 30-metre bridge or coil into a small orange ball. Rooted in an autobiographical exploration of identity, the Bug comes from the artist’s own spiritual turmoil between Islam and Buddhism. Set amongst everyday people in ordinary moments, the Bug provokes obvious questions of belonging and displacement.

Via Beautiful/Decay

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Custom Made Creepy Cute Little Creature Dolls

Santani is an artist from Moscow, Russia who has been making cute yet creepy little creatures for about five years now, which combine sculptural elements, plush sewing and amazing paint jobs to bring her fantastically furry creations to life. They look like real life Mogwai, or Pokemon, or whatever kind of skin crawlingly adorable little critters typically seen in a sci-fi movie or cartoon.

Santani has come back into the spotlight recently to announce that she’ll soon be opening an Etsy store, so anyone who has been dying to get their hands on one of these magical creatures, but didn’t want to go through the hassle and long wait of commissioning, will soon be able to bring one home. Just don't try to shove them in a plastic ball, or feed them after midnight, they hate to be treated like one of those other critters!

Via The Meta Picture

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Cards Against Humanity- Doctor Who Edition

Those who like their playtime card based and social have probably tried their hands at a game of Cards Against Humanity, the brilliantly crass card game best played in a group of people with thick skin and a sense of humor.

One of the greatest things about the game is how easy it is to add your own cards to the mix, the basic set even includes a bunch of blank cards so you can make up your own wacky content, and you can even download the whole set for free if you prefer to print and play.

Now a comedy improv group called Conventional Improv have created their own set of cards to add to the game called Cards Against Gallifrey, full of fun Doctor Who references that range from bizarre to downright dirty which you can download for free. What exactly is a Rusty Cyberman? Maybe we're all better off not knowing... (NSFW due to explicit language)

Via Nerd Approved

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What It Feels Like To Be Cured Of A Zombie Virus- The First Wave

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Zombie films, comics, television shows and novels have attempted to explain every little aspect of life during the zombie apocalypse, from the spreading of the virus to the effects on plants and animals and beyond, but what about those who are cured of the virus? What do those rare breed of horror scenario survivors do with themselves once they’ve been cured of a zombie virus and get to live again?

The First Wave, a short horror film by director David Freyne and prequel to upcoming feature length movie The Third Wave, addresses this problem in an extremely humanistic manner, with the air of desperation still left to linger about the room and peril waiting just outside the door. (Warning- contains zombie related violence!)

Via Twitch

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Make Life Happy With A Sad Keanu Action Figure

Want to get in on the Sad Keanu fun without using the same old, boring 2D images? Looking for a fresh way to express Mr. Reeve’s Matrix-induced sadness via 3D printed figurine and diorama? You’re in luck, now that Japanese toy builder idk has created the Sad Keanu action figure.

He’s completely un-poseable, totally devoid of any action save dwelling in the mire of deep depression, and he makes the perfect complement to any existing action figure or doll collection.

Want Keanu to look all sad while riding a Little Pony, or stare his own mortality in the face while hanging around with a bunch of movie monsters? With a sad little Keanu in hand, anything is possible!

Via Kotaku

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Game Of Thrones Scenes As Japanese Woodcut Style Prints

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones saga may have taken place in Westeros, which is more like Europe than Asia, but it's every fan art/fiction creating geek's duty to consider the possibility of their favorite storyline taking place in another locale, or an alternate dimension.

Imagining scenes from the Game of Thrones series as Japanese woodblock prints somehow makes sense, and the characters really look right wearing old timey Nihon garb. Created by Imgur user seiji, these sharp looking scenes are so popular that seiji is now planning on offering prints for sale online. Check out all the prints in the series here, complete with description of each scene.

Via Geekologie

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Three Hour Long Supercut Of Every NES Title Screen Ever Made

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Old school gamers with no new games to play and nothing better to do might want to set aside some time, approximately three hours or so, and watch this compilation of every single NES title screen ever made in alphabetical order.

Press Start was made by YouTube user NicksplosionFX, and it's sure to bring back fond memories of waiting for your game to start, waiting for player two to get back from the bathroom, or waiting until you've finished your Hot Pocket before hitting the start button.

Some screens are a bit mundane, others are totally epic and exciting with full color pixelated visuals, and watching them all is the ultimate exercise in time wasting! Can you bear the full three hours of excruciatingly monotonous nostalgia?

Via Gamma Squad

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