The short and ultra mysterious trailer reveals little more than the main characters, a strange talking box, and the fact that it's a new puppet film made by a Froud and a Henson, so you know it's going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Speaking of amazing, here's Toby posing with his two ultra-talented parents Brian and Wendy Froud, the folks (partly) responsible for the overall look of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth:
They must be so proud of their talented son, who is continuing the Froud family legacy of creating stylish and imaginative fantasy worlds for fans to enjoy!
When you watch an episode of Game of Thrones the visual effects don’t really leap out at you or appear too obvious, except for the intro and the dragons of course, but there are a surprisingly large number of visual effects peppered throughout the show, and without those visual effects Game of Thrones just wouldn't look right.
This eye popping video from Mackevision, one of the VFX studios responsible for GoT's signature look, is not only incredible to watch and full of visual easter eggs, it will change the way you watch Game of Thrones, making you more aware of how flat the show would look without all the vfx.
As someone who has watched all four season of Game of Thrones I didn't really see anything in this video I would consider a spoiler, but if you haven't watched season 4 yet, and you're really afraid of having it spoiled for you, it's probably best you don't watch this video until you''re all caught up!
Ingmar Bergman was known for many things as a director, but directing superhero movies isn’t one of them, and it’s doubtful the master filmmaker would have even known what a superhero is when he was making seminal arthouse films such as The Seventh Seal and Scenes From A Marriage.
Still, his style does lend a certain sense of emotional depth and existential awareness to the genre, and if this parody short by Patrick H Willems entitled What If Ingmar Bergman Directed The Flash? is any indication a Bergman style film about The Flash wouldn’t be half bad, although it may leave poor Barry Allen seeking psychotherapy!
People love having goats around for all kinds of reasons, from their incredible ability to eat just about anything to the fact that they like to headbutt stuff and stand on top of barrels, but it's safe to say goats aren't raised for their beautiful singing voices:
A goat's bleat can sound like someone screaming while being strangled, a baby crying, or just as sheepish as you'd expect from a crying kid, which is why using the bleat of a goat is the best way to give your theme song a suspenseful edge.
Jurassic Goats definitely brings an air of suspense, and hair raising goatiness, to the inspiring theme song from Jurassic Park, and once again Marca Blanca has proven that every good theme song needs a goat version!
The original Nintendo Game Boy recently turned 25 years old, and even though mobile gaming has come a long way from the days of tiny green pixels, and screens so small you can hardly tell what's going on in the game, there’s still a whole lotta charm packed into that iconic Game Boy package:
The Game Boy might look a little dated to the younger generation, but to those of us who were kids when the Game Boy was the new gaming hotness that little green screened Boy will always hold a special place in our hearts.
The Fine Bros present Kids React To Game Boy, and those Bros continue to do a fine job of showing us what's wrong with youngsters these days- they're way too hard to please!
Forrest says that life is like a box of shrimp flavored chocolates that make you run, Forrest, run to the nearest toilet when you’re done. Oh, and his love interest Jenny became a hippie and made some really bad decisions in her life.
Okay, so I left out the part about him meeting Elvis and Nixon, his superstar ping pong playing and his eventful service in Vietnam, but is that all there is to know about Forrest Gump?
Well, according to GeekTyrant that’s far from the final word on this fan fave flick, and their Ten Fun Facts About Forrest Gump reveal what Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and John Travolta have to do with the film, as well as the bits which were based on actual events.
Nobody serves up greasy spoon style food quite like Denny’s, home of the Grand Slam breakfast, Moons Over My Hammy and movie themed menu items like the Hobbit Hole Breakfast, but their latest team up with iconic video game company Atari left them with one major problem-how can Atari and Denny’s come together in a way that feels organic?
Very few workers deal with as many complaints on a daily basis as those in the foodservice industry, and whether you’re a busser, server, or simply pouring drinks in a restaurant bar, you hear your fair share of complaints from customers who expect more from your establishment than they do from most anywhere else.
Many restaurant patrons want things done their way, because in their mind paying for a meal means paying for their idea of service perfection, so it was probably easy for Consumer Reports to create this infographic detailing The Most Common Restaurant Complaints.
Most people have no problem sharing their opinions about dining out, and if you eat out enough you're bound to have complaints, so how do your complaints about eating out measure up to the percentages on this infographic?
Being a part of a villainous organization may seem like a glamorous lifestyle, when you're not getting shot at or punched in the face by the good guys, but the average citizen doesn't see the glamour and fame, they simply see a group which threatens their way of life.
Who can blame people for being wary when you name your group the Legion of Doom or the Masters of Evil? Maybe it's time for a public relations makeover, so people won't know what to expect from your evil organization until it's too late:
They need to take a lesson from successful villains such as Richard Nixon, Walter White and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man- paint a pretty picture of yourself to the public, and don't let them see the real you until you've sunk your claws in deep enough to leave a mark!
Spelunking seems like an extremely dangerous hobby, and truly terrifying for people who have a problem with confined spaces, bats, and the dark.
Those who choose to take up spelunking spend a lot of time exploring underground to earn their stripes, and they learn to deal with unpredictable, and potentially life threatening, situations that often seem to pop up out of nowhere:
The fellow in this video has clearly earned his stripes, and yet nothing could prepare him for the time he got wedged in between the walls of a narrow rock "tube", as water started pouring in all around him.
Apparently it took him three hours of crawling to make his escape from Lost John's Cave on Leck Fell in Lancashire, England, but I imagine at that point he was just happy he didn't drown!
It seems chimps have developed a rather elaborate intentional communication system that consists of nineteen different messages, ranging from Let’s Groom! to Flirt with me…, which are relayed using 66 different gestures.
This thought provoking research study was led by Dr. Catherine Hobaiter, who claims this is "the only example of an intentional communication system (in which one individual sends a message to another individual) amongst animals”, although the jury is still out on whether or not lemurs have their own unique system of intentional communication:
We often assume that the nightmarish places found in works of fiction are wholly a figment of the creator’s imagination, but to those explorers who have seen some of the darkest and most nightmarish places on earth firsthand, Hell is a very real place on earth.
Here's the Door To Hell in Turkmenistan, a natural gas field that has been burning since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971:
So many people have committed suicide in this otherwise lush and gorgeous looking forest (57 in 2010 alone) that the mysterious place has earned a nightmarish reputation, and is believed by many Japanese people to be cursed by Demons.
Anucha "Cha" Saengchart has created his own unique version of cosplay, which doesn't involve fancy costumes, super realistic accessories created out of Worbla, or incredibly detailed make-up. In fact, Cha's Lowcost Cosplay is created with supplies he typically finds around the house:
Cha's vision of cosplaying means turning anything and everything into a cosplay element, such as this fancy Jason Voorhees mask fashioned out of a plastic spoon, or this "amazingly realistic" Mystique cosplay created with some sort of blue tape and a shower cap:
Now that's the kind of cosplay people who are too broke to buy supplies, or unskilled in the ways of the sewing machine and friendly plastics, can get behind- cosplay for the sake of your own amusement!
And the best part is- nobody has to see your creation when you're done, unless you're brave enough to post your own version(s) of Lowcost Cosplay to the net, in which case please share it with us in the comment section!
With hot new looks like the Stormy Eye, Smoky Bacon eye, and (my personal fave) the Eye of Nietzsche you can knock ‘em dead with a wink, and the person you’ve got your eye on won’t be able to keep their eyes off of your eyes!
Grab some bacon, and a Sharpie, and a copy of the Necronomicon, and start applying your eye make-up the Gemma way today!
Many vegetarians/vegans feel that raising animals for food is an inhumane and barbaric practice, yet they gladly chomp down on fresh fruits and vegetables without a care in the world for what those plants are feeling:
Okay, so maybe saying a plant has feelings is a bit of an overstatement, but a new report from the University of Missouri-Columbia has revealed that plants respond to the sound of a caterpillar chewing on them by going into combat mode and releasing chemical agents meant to protect them from harm:
In the study, the researchers put caterpillars on Arabidopsis, a small, cabbage-like plant, and pointed a laser at a reflective section of the plant's surface. That way, they were able to measure the different ways the plant moved in response to a chewing caterpillar. Then, the scientists removed the caterpillar from the equation entirely and only played back recordings they'd made of the crunching caterpillar's vibrations. For another plant, they played back only silence.
After placing live caterpillars back on both sets of plants, the researchers found that the set that had been exposed to the caterpillar's feeding sounds produced more mustard oil, a chemical that's meant to fend off hungry critters.
These findings suggest that plants exhibit self preservation instincts, considered one of the basic instincts found in humans and animals that suggests they "feel" themselves being consumed by a caterpillar.
Will these new findings challenge the vegan argument that meat consumption is bad because "They can all feel pain, fear and happiness", or will they stop eating plants when we discover that plants have feelings too?
In Soviet Russia music from those Capitalist pigs in the West was strictly forbidden, and Russian black markets were full of forbidden items from the West such as jeans, Marlboro cigarettes, and VHS tapes of American movies, aka Captialist propaganda.
Now that the Iron Curtain has fallen (sort of) Russians are allowed to listen to anything they want, but how did the oppressed music loving masses of the past listen to their favorite Western artists like Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington?
They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole," says author Anya von Bremzen. "You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens."
EDIT- Thanks to commenter Alexander Bougakov for this info on the process:
"X-rays have a thick soft coating - bootleg recorders were using preheated sewing needles attached to speakers. 3V DC electricity source kept the needle warm so it penetrated the coating, and the speaker with discarded membrane moved the needle up and down, duplicating the track. The only additional detail they needed was a very long bolt that moved the needle from rear to the center of the plate." -Thanks again Alexander!
Living up to Steve Rogers’ All-American reputation is hard, but most of the guys in this gallery of Captain America cosplay fails didn’t even try to make their outfits look good!:
Okay, it’s not fair to call all of these examples "cosplay", since some are just guys fooling around and the actual cosplayers in the group aren’t that bad at all, but the rest of the guys in this gallery more than make up for those halfway decent acts of cosplay with some horrendously bad ideas of their own:
Captain ‘Merica- funny, yet somehow sad, and speaking of sad- Sad Cap cries blue star tears and looks like he’s been up all night trying to drink his sorrows away:
And don’t even get me started on the last guy in the gallery, who does he think he is- some Hollywood hotshot who can just walk around with a Captain America shield and no costume?:
Any parent will tell you that raising children can sometimes be a terrifying affair, they don’t call them the terrible twos for nothing (although they should rename them the terrible two-to-fives), but there’s a singular joy in surviving the nightmare and living to see them grow up to become terribly moody teenagers.
While they’re small you get to enjoy lots of messes, household disasters, and the occasional broken television set, along with lots of adorable moments that help you to forget those other nightmarish days.
Don’t let the name of this BuzzFeed article fool you- 26 Important Reminders Why Birth Control Exists is just as much about how fun having a kid can be, despite the nightmarish days of mess and destruction, as it is a reminder to those who don’t have kids what it means to be a parent.
Traveling abroad can be an exhilarating and life changing experience, if you’re not being snubbed and treated like an unwanted visitor by the locals...
Some places simply aren't very accommodating to travelers, but sometimes people will have a bad attitude towards you because they think you've wronged them by unknowingly going against one of their customs. Take this seemingly harmless "talk to the hand" type gesture:
This gesture is called a "mountza" in Greek, and it's just as insulting to the Greeks as giving someone the middle finger is in America, so don't get all sassy on the natives when you visit Greece or the gods will rain their displeasure down upon you!
If only they could figure out important things like alphabets and spelling while they’re in the womb they'd spare themselves embarrassment in the future, but it’s really hard to get books in there so we must forgive their lack of knowledge:
However, as soon as they’re in school, and spelling their little hearts out, we break out the camera every time they make a funny spelling error, especially because a lot of these spelling errors are hilariously inappropriate:
Humans really enjoy watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, but dogs just don’t get the appeal. They see fireworks as loud explosions in the sky that sound like the beginning of a major battle, and many dogs experience major anxiety when the fireworks start flying, especially if their owners aren’t home.
Animals on io9 asked a group of scientists/canine researchers to offer some advice on how to keep dogs from flipping out when the fireworks start booming, and they had some great ideas to share such as- comforting your dog with hugging (like the Thundershirt/Anxiety Wrap), using Dog Appeasing Pheromones, or simply exposing them to fireworks from an early age so they know not to be afraid.
Most of the solutions are simple yet effective, and they might be just the thing to help your furry family member enjoy the Fourth with the rest of their family.
Well now there’s a new form of shaming directed at inanimate objects, in this case polyhedral dice, created by frustrated roleplaying gamers who are tired of bad die rolls ruining a perfectly good campaign:
Have you ever wondered how Guile’s hair remains so perfectly flat on top, no matter how many matches he’s been in, or how many fireballs he’s been hit with?
No? Okay, maybe I spent a few hundred too many hours playing Street Fighter II at the arcades as a kid, but that was always my main question about Guile, that and “Does his haircut conform to military regulation?”
Brazilian comic artist Dragonarte presents us with a plausible explanation as to how Guile’s hair is so perfect all the time, but I think he left out the half gallon of hair gel they use to keep it in shape!
It must be tough to decide what to include when creating closed captions for movies and TV shows, because there are a lot of background noises, sound effects and character reactions that don’t really need to be included:
Having never consulted with someone who’s hearing impaired to find out if they like the inclusion of these sounds, I have no idea whether the folks who create the closed captioning include them because of popular opinion, because they’re trying to be as complete as possible, or simply to amuse themselves:
Want to show some love for your country this Fourth of July? Buy a t-shirt, fly a flag in your front yard, or simply make this country a great place to live by doing your part to help out your fellow Americans.
Sharing your patriotism with the world doesn’t mean chanting USA wherever you go, or acting xenophobic towards immigrants, and getting a terrible tattoo certainly isn’t going to convince future generations to follow in your patriotic footsteps!
Still, these folks went to the trouble of marking themselves for life with some awful-ly star spangled tats, so we might as well share their indelible bad decisions in order to teach young Americans what not to do to their bodies:
Stand By Me is one of those classic period piece flicks that makes you want to reminisce about the good old days, recounting tales of your youth to whoever is watching the movie with you, and it also helps remind people that Stephen King writes more than just “monster books”.
In fact, many people are unaware that Stand By Me is based on the classic King novella The Body, which was first published in 1982 as part of the collection Different Seasons.
Rob Reiner directed the film adaptation, and he did such a good job with this film that it's still fun to watch even if you’ve seen it a hundred times and known all the lines by heart.
Celebrities become so familiar to their fans that their famous faces are etched into the mind of their adoring public, but many celebrities are unrecognizable when shown without their signature “look”, such as entertainer Boy George dressed down and without makeup:
This guy might not be a celebrity in the traditional sense, but his face has adorned hundreds of t-shirts and posters, and they've made a few movies about his life. However, without his signature look, which he apparently cultivated while out in the field, you'd hardly recognize this clean cut guy as a young Ernesto "Che" Guevara:
How about this sweet young lady? Can you tell from this photo that she would grow up to bare it all in her videos, and sport a dress made out of meat to the Video Music Awards? That's right, this smiling, seemingly well adjusted young lady, would one day become Lady Gaga: