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The Hulk Makes The Cover Of Muscle And Fitness Magazine



The Hulk might seem like the perfect cover model for a magazine like Muscle and Fitness, but consider this-do you really want the guys that read your magazine getting even more jacked up on "supplements" in an attempt to look like Marvel Comics' raging tower of muscle?

And isn't this cover a bit misleading, considering that Bruce Banner (The Hulk's human alter-ego) is a scientist with the muscle mass and strength of, well, a scientist?!

Although the Hulk aspect seems a bit silly, I am intrigued by the article entitled "Bulletproof Your Knees", so I'm gonna ask around and see if anyone I know has picked up this issue. Well played Muscle and Fitness, well played indeed...

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Short Film-Blow Out Sale


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This silly short film is called Blow Out Sale, and it features some familiar Hollywood faces, including Danny Pudi from the hit TV series Community, hamming it up like guys who don't give a damn if people judge them for having a good time while the camera's rolling.

The story plays out like a scene from Abed's imagination, maybe it helped shape/inspire Danny's character on Community?

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The Rotoscoped Evil Dead


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Rotoscoping is a tedious process that involves animating over a live action film frame by frame, which means it took waaaaaay too long to rotoscope this trailer for the horror classic The Evil Dead.

And, while the end result is pretty cool looking and fun to watch, it's highly unlikely that PFR Studios will be rotoscoping any more of the film, because this bit is almost three years old!

--via Topless Robot

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A Game Of Thrones Map Collection



The Lands of Ice and Fire is the perfect gift for the nerd that has everything, and will make you a big hit at your next Cartographer's Society meeting.

It's loaded with beautiful, full color maps based on George R. R. Martin's original designs, and is so drool worthy that it should come with a bib.

Here's the ultimate sales pitch for this book:
The centerpiece of this gorgeous collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea for the first time in series history. But this is just one of many unique maps that aren’t available anywhere else. There is an alternate version that tracks the movements of the series’ protagonists throughout their vast world…

So tear down all your old posters and sit tight until Lands is released in October, and your map-loving life is changed forever.

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Creepy Furby Inspired Robotic Rings



From the bright and twisted minds at Keio University in Japan comes a set of robotic rings that appear to be made out of Furby's eyes and mouth.

If the nonsensical gibberish spewing out of the little alien bird creature has made your life a living hell, why not get revenge and show the world how much you hate Furby at the same time? Or you can use these rings to start your own ventriloquist act and become a hundredaire!

Wearing these creepy rings means your fashion sense will truly isolate you from the rest of the world, but at least you'll still have someone to talk to!

 

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Turns Out The Ninja Turtles Aren't Aliens, They're Robots!


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The recent TMNT controversy started by Michael Bay pales in comparison to the facts about the real nature of the Heroes in a Halfshell revealed by this video from All Effects Company-they're actually robots!

Or, at least they were during the filming of the third Ninja Turtles movie way back in 1992. Watch as AEC reveals how the cutting edge Performance Capture System brought the Turtles to life in an awkwardly mechanical fashion.

--via Comics Alliance

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The Backstreet Fellowship Boys


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The first time I watched this video it made me scream "Aaaaagh! Make It Stop!", but I soon found myself oddly mesmerized by the awkward gyrations of the Fellowship crew.

Once the horror subsided, I couldn't help but laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. Someone put some serious time and effort into this video, then shared it with the world, and somehow it still manages to be better than anything the Backstreet Boys ever put out.

--via Topless Robot

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Sanguine Artworks By Jordan Eagles



When it comes to working with blood, the main drawback tends to be the limited supply of fluid medium pumping through the artist's veins.

Jordan Eagles has found a way around this limitation-he uses cow blood collected fresh from slaughterhouses so he never runs out of the red stuff.

It looks the same, has the same warmth of life and creates the same primal stirrings in the viewer as human blood, and its all in the way you use it, right?

You can peruse more of Jordan's sanguine works of art, and a couple of tripped out process videos, at the i09 link below. Bloody good show Jordan!

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Promo Trailer For A Fantastic Fear Of Everything


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Simon Pegg's latest role is in A Fantastic Fear of Everything, a mind bending comedy with a dark side where he stars as "a paranoid children’s author-turned-crime-novelist who finds he’s being stalked by a real serial killer". Okay, I like the sound of it all so far....

But what really sold me on this movie is the fact that they incorporate stop motion animation, dream-like sets, and a sinister pipe smoking hedgehog into the film. Now that's what I call far out! Where can I pick up a sinister hedgehog for my house?

--via Best Week Ever

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Walking Across The Wal-Mart Parking Lot When....WTF?!



Either the owner of this car is in a competition to see who can eat the most McDonald's, they're trying to build a passenger out of used fast food wrappers so they can drive in the carpool lane, or they're starring in a new reality show called Car Hoarders. Whatever the case, this person obviously knows how to live the high life!

I bet there's a Burger King party happening in the back seat, and the two are kept separate so another Burger War doesn't take place between the Brits and the good ol' U.S. of A. Go Team Ronald!

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Photoshopped Image Of Russian Patriarchate



Apparently, the Russian Orthodox Church doesn't want the world to know that they're shot callers and big ballers, so they decided to manipulate the image above in order to remove the $30,000 watch from the Patriarchate's wrist.

Russian knowledge of Photoshop must not be up to snuff, because they forgot to remove the reflection of the watch from the table, so the controversy ensued.

When asked for an explanation, the watch's existence was denied and the Church vowed to look into this "technical mistake". The real mistake is that the Patriarchate is forced to greet the public without his pimp chalice and medallion chain!

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Life Size Figures Made Out Of Trash



If you've ever called someone a "piece of trash", wait until you see these sculptures of trashy people made by Will Kurtz, and by trash I mean they're made out of garbage for a truly realistic look.

Will obviously drew some inspiration from the website People Of Wal-Mart, and from people he spots lurking around the streets of New York on his journeys through the urban jungle.

The sculptural versions of these trashy people are a bit scary, and they look as if they've just crawled out of the nearest dumpster, but I'm glad Will has so many colorful people around him to inspire some truly great works!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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Deliciously Adorable Geeky Peeps Dioramas



Time to celebrate Easter with another batch of geeky dioramas starring the most popular fluff candy ever-Peeps! The pieces chosen for this gallery all have massive nerd appeal, so strap on the old feed bag and take a gander at Peeps getting their geek on. Cavities and sugar hangover not included.

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Sorry To Hear Your Toe Got Needled


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Sorry to hear your toe got needled is a strange little animated short that starts out stop motion and ends in traditional 2d style, and it all centers around a man's strange story about his injurious trip to the hospital.

It's cute, it's a cartoon, and even though watching it probably isn't covered by your HMO I won't tell if you don't!

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Take A Tour Of The Minecraft Version Of Westeros


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With the second season of A Game Of Thrones finally on the air, it's time for the indomitable empire known as Geekdom to celebrate, and what better way to show our love for GOT than by making a Minecraft version of Westeros!

Enjoy your tour of this square and rather flat textured fantasy kingdom, but beware the Creepers!

--via Kotaku

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Surreal Stop Motion Short-Luminaris


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This strange little film is called Luminaris, and it was created by Juan Pablo Zaramella from Buenos Aires.

If you've ever felt like you drift through your day, unsure of where you're going until you get there, then you'll probably relate to this short. You'll also relate if you keep hand written notes in your ears for safe keeping. Enjoy!

--via Cartoon Brew

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Glowing Life-Size Glass Skeleton Sculpture



This glass skeleton is not only a visual treat, thanks to the glowing Krypton gas flowing through the "bones", it's also a feat of sculptural engineering, since it was made in ten different sections that had to be interconnected in what must have been a rather tedious process. Created by sculptor Eric Franklin, Embodiment is the culmination of over 1,000 hours of work and stands 78 inches tall.

Here's a bit from Eric on how it was made:
Every glass seal has to be perfect, and this piece contains hundreds. Everywhere one tube joins another, or a tube terminates, glass tubes were sealed together. They have to be perfect in order to preserve the luminosity of the krypton. If one rogue molecule gets inside the void of the glass tubing it can eventually contaminate the gas and it will no longer glow.

There are times when the holes in the seals are so small that you cannot actually see them with your eyes without the help of a leak detector. Once the glass pieces are ready to get filled with gas, I pull a high vacuum while the glass is hot in order to evacuate any dust or water vapor from the interior surface until there are literally no molecules inside the void of the glass.Then the krypton can be introduced and the glass sealed off. It's an extremely tedious process, one I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with.

I guess making this awesome work of art wasn't a real gas, I just hope Eric is noble enough to accept the praises that are sure to flow his way!

Link  --via i09

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Scrap Metal Transformers Theme Park Opens In China

 



Chinese artist Kefeng Zhu and his team of artists use heavy metal as their medium, and the results are pretty darn neat. His unofficial Transformers theme park is called Mr. Iron Robot, and it's a big hit with kids from throughout the Zhejiang Province and beyond.

It took Kefeng and his team over 10 years to complete the sculptures, and the opening of the park on March 20, 2012 represents the culmination of a lifelong dream for Kefeng, and a new tourist destination for China.

The park houses 600 metal sculptures, which are made entirely of recycled scrap metal and various junked car parts, and they all look so cool that someone should create an animated series based around these guys, something like The Adventures Of Mr. Iron Robot Saving The World.

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Super Dingo Vs. The Pirates


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This super strange short is called Super Dingo Vs. The Pirates, starring (surprise!) Super Dingo, a genetically modified dingo with a cyber eye and a bad attitude.

It's a comedic masterpiece starring a guy in a furry suit, a hilariously disheveled band of pirates, and a narrator so stereotypical it's hard to put your finger on which particular stereotype he represents. Watch as hilarity ensues, thanks to Super Dingo TV!

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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!

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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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