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Beautiful Documentary About The Intense Onbashira Matsuri Festival

Japanese festivals are almost always based around a shrine, and the festival is seen as a way of renewing or blessing the shrine through art, ceremony and mass prayer.

But the Onbashira Matsuri, or Sacred Pillars festival, is different than the rest because it features lumberjacking, brawling, swimming and extremely dangerous log riding portions not for the faint of heart.

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This wonderful video by OH! MATSURi concisely captures the feel of this rare festival, which is held near Lake Suwa in Nagano every six years and has supposedly continued uninterrupted for the last 1200 years.

I could see a festival like Onbashira catching on in the Pacific Northwest, only with less praying and more drinking.

-Via Laughing Squid


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A Live Action Re-Enactment Of The Hobbit's Battle Of Five Armies

There are lots of different games based on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, games that allow players to participate in classic battles from the books, such as the Battle of Five Armies from The Hobbit.

But there's nothing like the smell of nerdiness in the air as you and your costumed compatriots battle it out in live action, and LARPers in the Czech Republic don't mess around when it comes to re-enactments.

They staged an epic Battle Of Five Armies in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, but this wasn't your average duct tape and cardboard LARPing crowd- these guys came to fight hard in detailed costumes and full makeup.

Photographer David W. Cerny was on the scene when the most epic battle in LARP history took place, and a good time was had by the several hundred who took part in the event, although it proved to be a bit too much fun for some.

See more from The Hobbit's "Battle Of Five Armies" Re-Enacted In Czech Republic here


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My Laptop Is Set Up To Take A Picture After 3 Incorrect Password Attempts

People are horrified when they discover someone has been using their computer without their permission, so they install security software that takes a picture when an incorrect password has been entered too many times.

They expect to see some random sneak or sneaky relative caught trying to use the comp without permission, but Imgur user pigeonkitty received this shocking picture via text alert instead:

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Hacker cat has been caught in the act, and now pigeonkitty knows who used her credit card to order ten kilos of catnip and that cat-sized nuclear submarine...

-Via Twisted Sifter

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Sometimes Corrupt Files Are Better Off Dead

Coders get a swollen head when they start using their coding skills to save corrupt files from the brink of digital destruction, but some corrupt files should simply be left to Rest In Pixels.

For as this comic from CommitStrip shows us- if a file can be rebuilt from scratch in a tenth of the time needed to recode it back to life then there's no need to call in the coders.

Of course, all of this could have been avoided if the artist simply used a staggered save system... Save often people!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Richest Families In Florence Have Remained The Richest For Nearly 600 Years

Old Money families often claim that wealth stays with the wealthy, but we've all seen how quickly the winds of fortune can shift, especially in this age of tech stocks and economic turmoil.

But those Old Money families think this way because it's all they know, and for many of them life without wealth is but a bad dream.

In fact, several families in Florence have managed to hold on tight to their fortunes for nearly 600 years, according to research conducted by Italian economists Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Mocetti.

Using tax records from the 1427 Census of Florence all the way through the 2011 fiscal year Barone and Mocetti discovered the richest families in Florence have had the same surnames for the last 600 years.

This system wouldn't really work in most other cities in the world, but Florencian family surnames are "usually highly regional and tend to pass on linearly", so they're most likely part of the same rich families six centuries later.

Read The Richest Families In Florence In 1427 Are Still The Richest Families In Florence here


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This Strange Device Is The Future Of Gunshot Wound Treatment Technology

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Patching up a gunshot wound can be really tricky, and even experienced surgeons sometimes find it quite difficult to stop the bleeding, which complicates the entire surgery.

Add in the fact that many gunshot wound victims bleed out before they even make it to the hospital and you'll see how important it can be to plug up a gunshot wound as quickly as possible.

This is the thought behind the XSTAT by RevMedx, the sponge-filled dressing device that plugs up a gunshot wound with “expandable, tablet-sized sponges” that serve as a Rapid Hemostasis System.

The sponges are injected into the wound site, where they expand and effectively stop blood loss until the victim can receive proper treatment.

The XSTAT was approved for military use in 2014, and it recently saved a soldier who would have bled out if it weren't for the XSTAT:

The femoral artery and vein were transected and damage to the femur and soft tissue left a sizable cavity in the leg. After a self-applied tourniquet stopped the bleeding, the patient was transferred to an FST for evaluation and treatment. After proximal and distal control of the vessel was achieved, several hours were spent by the team trying to control residual bleeding from the bone and accessory vessels. Throughout the course of the roughly 7-hour surgery, multiple attempts at using bone wax and cautery on the bleeding sites were unsuccessfull and the patient received multiple units of blood and plasma. Eventually, the FST team opted to use XSTAT and applied a single XSTAT device to the femoral cavity— resulting in nearly immediate hemostasis. The patient was stabilized and eventually transported to a definitive care facility.

Read more about This Bizarre Gunshot-Plugging Device Just Saved Its First Life here


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Blacksmiths Create Propane Powered Replica Of Voltron's Blazing Sword

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As far as fictional swords go Voltron's flame-spitting Blazing Sword is definitely one of the coolest in the cartoon galaxy. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it exudes fiery energy, an attribute that makes it seemingly impossible for fans to replicate.

Enter Man At Arms: Reforged, the geeky guys who forge the fictional swords we've dreamed about wielding since we were kids.

The Man At Arms crew managed to make a propane powered replica that is fully functional and always on fire, meaning it's actually capable of defending the universe.

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-Via Sploid


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Creative Human Photoshops His Shiba Inu Into Famous Photos

The Shiba Inu has proven to be one of those dog breeds the internet adores, forever becoming part of internet culture with the appearance of Doge.

But the internet's a mighty big place, and there is plenty of room for another Shiba Inu star to shine, so please give a warm welcome to Zelda.

Zelda is a 4-year-old Shiba Inu who lives with her human Olivia (code name: Horsebalm), and thanks to her creative human's Photoshop skills she's riding a rocket to superstardom.

With Zelda's head Photoshopped onto famous photos the visual appeal is endless, and if you follow Zelda on Instagram you'll receive updates on posts that will make you feel like part of the Photoshopped adventure.

Oh Zelda, there's something about seeing your cute little mug in iconic and instantly recognizable photos that makes my heart sing!

See Dog Owner Is Photoshopping Their Shiba Inu Into Famous Photographs here


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Over 200 Animators Join Forces To Put Their Own Spin On Dragon Ball

The anime series Dragon Ball aired in the U.S. for the first time over twenty years ago, and there are plenty of grown up geeks out there who see Dragon Ball as an important part of their youth.

These geeks often grow up to become artists and animators themselves, developing their own art style while remaining interested in geeky franchises like Dragon Ball they've loved all their life.

Thanks to the heroic effort put forth by Tim Tapp and Seven Star Re-Animate over 200 animators got the chance to pay homage to Dragon Ball in their own unique way as part of the DRAGON BALL REANIMATE project.

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-Via io9


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Artist Who Lost His Arm Now Has World's First Tattoo Machine Prosthetic

Artists who lose the use of their arms or hands often feel like their artistic careers are over, which is totally understandable considering how important hands are to an artist.

So when JC Sheitan Tenet lost his arm in an accident 22 years ago he thought he'd have to give up his dream of being a tattoo artist, but thanks to this incredible prosthetic arm he's now able to ink at will.

JC's amazing prosthetic arm was created by French artist/engineer JL Gonzal, who modified a normal prosthetic to accommodate a tattoo gun, and Gonzal has sworn to improve the design to give JC a more natural feel when he inks.

Gonzal's prosthetic arm may be in the early stages of development but it sure looks sharp!

-Via My Modern Met


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Illustrations Of Spells And Potions From The Harry Potter Series

Fans of the Harry Potter series know how hard it can be to stop yelling casting spells at your friends once you've learned a few of those fun to say spells.

Your friend asks you for a ride to the store and you reply “Avada Kedavra” with a wicked gleam in your eye, or you smile and cast “Orchideous” to appease an angry partner with a magical bouquet.

Illustrator Gabriel Picolo knows those magical feels full well, which is why he was compelled to start sketching out visualizations of spells and potions so Muggles can see why they shouldn't trifle with the magical arts.

-Via DesignTAXI


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Guy Visits Locations From Famous Movies To Show How They Look Now

When real world locations are used as locations in iconic movies they become equally iconic, especially to those who live in the town where movies like Fight Club, Back To The Future and Ghostbusters were filmed.

And thanks to the internet it's easy for fans to find out where these locations are located, with the map apps in their smartphones making locating the locations a snap.

But visiting locations involves leaving the house, which cuts into your movie watching time, so if you really want to see what those iconic film locations look like nowadays you should just follow Phil Grishayev on Instagram.

Phil travels to all kinds of cool places to educate his fellow cinephiles through his photos, revealing earth-shattering facts like the jackhammer scene in Ghostbusters 2 was actually filmed in Los Angeles, or that this iconic shot from Halloween was filmed in Pasadena.

Apparently Phil's travels don't take him much farther than Pomona, even though it seems like he's in New York, Miami or Aurora, Illinois. So if you want to nerd out like Phil just schwing on over to L.A.!

See Guy Visits Locations Of Famous Movies here


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Daredevil Skateboarding On A Giant Yugoslav Monument

Skateboarders love to find new ways to take it to the limit, and their board is so light they can carry it with them wherever they go, so if they can climb it they can skate it.

Slovenian skaters Jan Robek and Miha Miklavcic stared up at the hulking concrete World War II monument created by Macedonian sculptor Dusan Dzamonja and saw the perfect ramp- if they could make it to the top.

One short yet slightly scary climb later and they were making skateboarding history with the photos to prove it, skating free and praying they don't fall off.

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Lion Looks Like He's Hunting Little Boy At Japanese Zoo

Most kids like to visit the zoo so they can see all the animals they've learned about in school in the flesh, and those zoo animals don't know why tasty little morsels keep staring at them through the glass.

Sometimes the critters get curious and come in for a closer look, but when the curious critter in question is a massive lion at a Japanese zoo the curiosity looks an awful lot like stalking prey.

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The kid's parents should show him this video when he's older so he can see how close he came to being a lion's lunch.

-Via Cosmopolitan

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These Animals Are Not What They Seem

You've probably already figured out the photo above is not a wolf, but can you make out what it actually is?

If you guessed it's three naked women covered in body paint and posed to create this howling good optical illusion then you're the grand prize winner!

So what have you won? The opportunity to see what three naked women covered in body paint look like when they're posing as a tree frog.

These incredible bodypaint illusions are created by artist Johannes Stötter, a guy who has a knack for unleashing a model's wild side and can't help but see the human body as a canvas.

Here's a video showing another one of Johannes' incredibly cool bodypaint works- the chameleon.

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-Via Boing Boing


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This Toy Story Voltron Figure Takes Playtime Well Beyond Infinity

If the toys featured in Pixar's Toy Story were shown an old giant robot anime series called Voltron they may have considered undergoing some radical plastic body modifications so they could link up in style.

Sadly, this concept never occurred to Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang, but some clever toy designer was clearly thinking outside the toy box when they designed this Toy Story Voltron figure.

This amazing Chogokin combiner set from Tamashii Nations features transformable versions of Woody, Hamm, Rex, Slinky Dog and Woody's faithful horse Bullseye that can link up and form the ultimate robotic force for toy justice.

Man, I wish I had a Voltron figure this cool when I was a kid, I couldn't even afford a real Voltron so I had to settle for the swap meet Robo-Cat version.

-Via io9


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Former Buffy Star Recreates Celebrity Outfits Using Stuff From Around The House

Thomas Lenk was best known as the guy who played Andrew Wells in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spinoff Angel, and more recently as the guy who played Ronald in The Cabin In The Woods.

But now Thomas will forever be associated with his new entertainment-related endeavor- recreating celebrity outfits using stuff he finds around his house.

His recreations are simply delicious, and with the visual power of the side-by-side comparison he shows us how chic one can look while wearing nothing but tin foil and a smirk.

As far as celebrity hobbies go this one's an absolute winner, and those who follow Thomas' Instagram account will find their feed full of eye-pleasing celebrity outfit recreations that are equal parts funny and fierce.

See Former "Buffy" Star Recreates Celebrity Outfits Using Stuff He Finds At Home here


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The McGhee Sextuplets Recreate Their Viral Photo Six Years Later

The McGhee sextuplets birth was big news back in 2010, but not because sextuplet survival rates are low or because they were Columbus, Ohio's first official sextuplets- they became internet famous for this adorable photo.

Six years later the McGhee's have come a long way, with the four boys Elijah, Rozonno Jr., Josiah and Isaac and two girls Olivia and Madison now in school and ready to remind the world how adorable they are by recreating their original viral photo.

Rozonno, Mia and their six little McGhees are set to star in a new reality show on UP called Growing Up McGhee, showing how the parents of an instantly large family run a business while raising six kids.

-Via Today

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Couple Films Their Six Month Trip Around The World One Second Every Day

Quitting your jobs to travel around the world is sure to be far more interesting and exciting than working hard to make lots of money for somebody else.

But the way the internet is nowadays you'll have to film your entire journey to prove you actually went, or people will crawl out of the woodwork to cry fake.

The quirky couple in this video were happy to provide the internet with the proof they need, but rather than share the whole thing they chose to share "1 second of every day since we quit our jobs".

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It's fun to see which moments This & That Visuals chose to include in the video, but they should really consider sharing longer clips from their trip because some of those moments were priceless.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Surveillance Camera Footage Catches Kid Stealing Hugs From Dog

Kids who don't have pets of their own must find creative ways to get some pet love, even if it involves some light breaking and entering.

Surveillance camera footage shot by homeowner Hollie Mallet caught a young man named Josh in the act of stealing hugs from Hollie's well trained black Lab Dutchess, which totally stole her heart.

Hollie asked her neighbors if they knew who the little boy was, and Josh's mom Ginger came forward to confess it was her son who had been stealing hugs from Dutchess.

Now Josh and Dutchess are free to hang out whenever they'd like, and Josh no longer has to go into ninja mode when he feels like hangin' with his favorite furry neighbor.

-Via Pets Lady

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We'll Miss You Bruce, Thanks For All The Memories

The Your 7 News Team has served as the voice of the people for over 87 years, telling us what we want to hear while speaking in those chipper yet very official news reporter voices.

One of their news anchors Bruce, who couldn't possibly have been on Your 7 News for 87 years unless he's a vampire, is leaving the show to do some non-news reporting related stuff.

So Your 7 News Team producer Mitch decided to send him off in style- with this blooper reel that makes Bruce look like a bit of a trainwreck.  (Contains NSFW material)

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Okay, I'm being told this is actually a comedy short from Adult Swim, which is a major relief since a guy who looks like Bruce just moved in next door...

-Via Uproxx


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Frank Zappa's Anti-Drug PSAs Warn Kids About Being Like "Suzy Speedfreak"

Many people think Frank Zappa did all kinds of drugs during his lifetime, thinking he took drugs like lsd, pot and cocaine while creating the masterfully freaky music that would become his legacy.

But Frank was actually anti-drug, and neither took drugs nor allowed drug users in his bands, which is why these anti-drug PSAs were a labor of love rather than a court ordered punishment.

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Is your mind blown yet? Then check out this interview with Frank Zappa where the father of the "roughest and farthest out group on the scene today, the Mothers Of Invention" talks about why he hates drugs.

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-Via Dangerous Minds


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How To Be The Worst Person At A Convention

With San Diego Comic-Con 2016 coming up soon it's time to brush up on our convention etiquette so we don't go into the show and tick people off any more than necessary.

Or maybe you're thinking about getting revenge for all those cosplay accessories that have poked you in the eye, all the ginormous backpacks that have punched you in the face, or the body stench that assaulted your senses.

Looking to be the worst person at your favorite fandom convention? Follow these comic strip style instructions by Julia Lepetit and ruin the show for your fellow fans!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Girl Shares Pics Of Street Food From Around The World On Her Instagram Account

Rose Gelato, Paris

If you're gonna go around taking pictures of everything you eat so you can post the pics to social media sites you should take a note from Melissa Hie and use those pics as an excuse to travel around the world.

Hello Kitty Donut, Tokyo

Melissa posts pics of the delicious street food she discovers during her travels on her Girl Eat World Instragram account, where you can see everything from the amazing looking Hello Kitty donut from Japan to this plain but delicious puff she purchased in Myanmar.

Puff, Myanmar

As you can tell the food isn't the only reason people are oohing and aahing over Melissa's pics, and her drop dead delicious images should serve as an example of how to do social media food pics the right way.

Frozen Yogurt, Malta

See "Girl Eat World" Instagram Features The Tastiest Street Food From Around The World here

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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GPS Trackers Show How Far Pet Cats Actually Travel While Outside

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Cat owners who let their furry family members go outside know cats like to roam about and survey their section of the kingdom, patrolling the area so their humans aren't suddenly invaded by an army of mice.

But the distance they travel remains a bit of a mystery, since we usually can't see every bit of where our cats go while they're outside.

People have tried attaching cameras to their collars to see where they go, but this doesn't give us a very good idea of the total distance traveled.

So Australia's Central Tablelands Local Land Service came up with the brilliant idea to log how far a cat actually travels using a GPS tracker, so cat owners can see how much their cat actually gets around.

Cats are considered an invasive species in Australia, and yet owners claim their cats always stay close to home, so the Land Service hopes these GPS maps will open their eyes to just how much their cats get around.

See more from GPS Trackers That Show Cats' Activity During The Night here

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Insider Secrets About Dollar Stores Shared By A Store Manager

Dollar stores crept up slowly alongside grocery and department stores and started stealing all their business away a buck at a time, changing our mind about what goods should cost.

Those other often overpriced stores didn't pay the dollar stores any mind until they realized they'd have to price match on certain items, and we've been paying less for the stuff we need ever since.

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But what's the best deal at the dollar store?

According to Brandon, manager of a Dollar General store, greeting cards and laundry products are the best deal, and laundry soap is also one of the most shoplifted items in his store.

Brandon says managers get paid pretty well to work at Dollar General (about 34-40k to start), but if they ever lose their keys they are fired on the spot. Harsh!

Read 8 Insider Secrets You Didn't Know About Dollar Stores, Revealed By A Manager here


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Instagram's Rich Russian Kids Take Decadence To A Whole New Level Of Dumb

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There are two things you can almost always say for sure about Russia's rich kids- they're self-centered and they like to brag about their super wealthy way of life.

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And even though we don't expect more from rich kids they still somehow manage to amaze us with how rich they really are, we're talking park your luxury car so you can let your pet racoon out to go potty rich.

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They also love to rub our noses in the fact that their dogs live better than many people, and have the expensive drinking habit to go with their decadent doggy lifestyle.

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Do they have doggie rehab centers in Russia? 'Cause if they don't they should probably start building them now...

See This Instagram Account Documents The Insanely Opulent Lives Of Russia's Richest Kids here


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Stephen Colbert And Steve Carell Discuss Drinking Responsibly

TV shows like to teach us about responsibility, and adult TV shows like The Daily Show teach us about adult stuff like drinking responsibly during Spring Break.

Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell are both responsible fellows, so they were selected as the spokesmen for moderation in this 2001 clip from The Daily Show.

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Colbert and Carell are both saucy fellows even when they're not hitting the sauce, but after about eight cocktails it was hard for Carell to contain his sauciness, let alone serve as the spokesman for responsible drinking. He looks like he'd be a really fun drinking buddy though!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Guy Fieri Eats The Pain Away To Johnny Cash's "Hurt"

Everybody deals with their problems in a different way, and even though we've all been warned against using a crutch to help us cope there are certain vices in life that can become part of who we are.

Stoners keep it stoney, drinkers pound shots to dull the pain, and foodies like Guy Fieri stuff their sad little goateed faces, sometimes while listening to Johnny Cash's somehow even sadder rendition of "Hurt". (Barely NSFW due to language)

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So Guy is swallowing all of his pain, choking it down like a chili dog of discontentment...explains a lot about his look, actually.

-Via Memebase


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What We Wish We Could Say During An Argument

For some reason the argumentative people in the world love to ask us what we think of certain things, like movies, TV shows or music, then berate us about our lack of taste when we don't agree with them.

Oh yeah, that's because they like to argue about really stupid stuff, like movies and TV shows...

Haters are gonna keep on hatin', but now thanks to this comic by Julia Lepetit from Dorkly you can flip the script when they start in on you for *gasp* actually having your own opinion about pop culture!

-Via Dorkly


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