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The Dark, Sexy Polaroids Of H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger is generally known for his paintings, his concept art work for the Alien film franchise, and more recently for his amazing biomechanical sculptures, but when Giger wasn't working he was snapping Polaroids that reveal the man behind the ghastly machines:

Antennae Books recently released "Polaroids: H.R. Giger", featuring dozens of Polaroids from Giger's private collection, portraits which have somehow become more poignant, and insightful, since his passing:

Giger's photographs are just as sexy and experimental as his paintings, which can be seen in the background in many of these candid photos, and they share a side of Giger known well by his friends but relatively unseen by his fans.

(Some images may be considered NSFW)

-Via Boing Boing

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A Lyre Made Out Of A Human Skull

The lyre is a distant relative of the modern day guitar, yet it’s not really considered the type of instrument a heavy metal band would want to play onstage, but maybe this morbid instrument will change their mind.

This is a lyre made from a human skull, as well as antelope horns, guts, skin and hair, and it’s probably the most metal instrument I’ve ever seen!

It dates back to the 19th century, and is currently part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, at least until some extremely wealthy rock god snatches it up for their own wicked purposes...

-Via io9

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These Critters Are Ready For Their Close-Up

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Humans naturally assume that animals don’t understand cameras, or get what we’re doing when we point that box thing with the big glass eye at them, but these adorable pics prove they know all about how cameras work:

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These pics are so perfectly timed you’d think the photographers caught their subjects unaware, but these blooper shots are considered the height of fashion in the animal kingdom because animals know that life is too short to take a boring picture:

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Maybe these critters are on to something, maybe we need to take less duck faced selfies and stop taking ourselves so seriously in photos!

See more pictures at Pleated Jeans.

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Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic earned his nickname by running really, really fast, just like his buddy Tails earned his name by having two tails, and Dr. Robotnik earned a PhD in robotics and a nickname to boot, but how did SEGA settle on a hedgehog as the main character instead of a rabbit, armadillo or a chicken wearing overalls?

And as for Dr. Robotnik, did you know he was initially going to be the star of the game? The original concept design for the character looked like Teddy Roosevelt, which SEGA felt would be a great way to appeal to Americans:

Okay, now I really want to see a Dr. Robotnik in Dreamland game!

Read Gamma Squad's Fifteen Fascinating Facts You Probably Don't Know About Sonic The Hedgehog

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The Hot Summer Look For Really Hairy Guys

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There’s a fun new personal grooming trend aimed at guys with lots of body hair, those lucky(?) guys with a thick coat of shag growing out of their torso.

Some call it the Redneck Bikini, others the Macho Mankini, but I like to think of it as the Curly Crop Top:

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It's a classic look that will make your less hairy friends turn green with envy, as you strut around town looking like a total boss in your hairy bikini top:

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Do you feel like the Mankini isn't manly enough to get you a date? Turns out ladies love the look of a hairy Mankini too, just ask this guy:

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He's livin' large with six pack abs and a Mankini, and wherever he goes the Mankini party is sure to follow!

The Macho Mankini look is sure to be all the rage at your local (place where people take off their shirts) this summer, so if you've got the chest hair to spare why not try one on for size?

Bonus points if you can shave the straps going all the way around into your backhair.

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After The First Kiss Comes THE SLAP

He started his social experimenting days with a mushy video called FIRST KISS, featuring total strangers kissing each other for the first time, now filmmaker Max Landis is back to take his experiments even further- by getting random people to slap each other.

There’s something delightfully voyeuristic about watching a bunch of people slap each other across the face, and I can’t help but wonder if some of the participants became friends, or bitter enemies, after sharing a slap:

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Max insists that "none of the participants were pressured to do so and all of them were “hit as hard as THEY asked to be hit”, but a few of those slaps look like they really hurt!

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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This Is A Really Crappy Look

It’s unclear whether the guy in this photo was trying to be ironic by wearing a necklace adorned with fake doggy doo to some (I’m guessing) fashionable event, or if he’s simply the proud owner of a novelty company that specializes in realistic looking dog mess.

Hopefully he’s just the proud owner of a gag gifts company, happily displaying his wares so the world can see how versatile rubber poop can be, but he's probably just some fashionable fop who thought he was being "edgy" by slinging rubber crap around his neck.

Well, if you see a new line of clothing called Crapay (or something equally odious) you’ll know who’s behind the label!

-Via Cheezburger

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Strange Entertainment Industry Job - Gimpsuited Green Screen Fluffer

There’s a gloriously anonymous job in the entertainment industry which combines a love of film with a love of gimping, or green manning if you're from Philadelphia, and leaves some of the on-screen talent identity free for eternity.

The job is affectionately referred to by some as "gimpsuited greenscreen fluffer", and it’s their job to keep that hair flowing “naturally”, or Superman's cape fluttering, during filming:

If you already have a chroma key green suit hanging in your closet you might as well get suited up and wander around a few Hollywood lots until someone offers you a job, or tells you to get back to work, because this is probably what you were destined to do for a living!

-Via Boing Boing

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Times Square Officials Calling For A Real Life Superhero Registration Act

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In a recent example of real life playing out like the plot of a comic book, officials in New York are about to make the Superhero Registration Act a real life thing…for Times Square characters.

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After years of reported problems with the superhero clad busker types who hang around Times Square posing for money, culminating in the recent arrest of "Spider-Man" for allegedly groping a tourist, heads of the Times Square Alliance are proposing a law requiring all street performers, especially wanna-be superheroes, to be licensed and regulated by the New York state government.

So it’s kinda like the comics, only the superheroes in this instance don’t have any powers, and this most certainly won’t lead to a Marvel Universe divided via the Civil War, although there may be a new batch of outlaw superheroes wandering the sidewalks of Times Square in the near future...

-Via ComicsAlliance

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Watch Plastic Litter Become A Pair Of Shoes

People are doing lovely things with trash these days, and whether you call it junk, garbage, rubbish or recyclable material it’s most likely something that can be upcycled and given a new life. 

Composting, paper pulping, reusing bottles both glass and plastic in numerous ways are just a few quick examples of what people can do with their trash besides send it off to the landfill. However, I bet you never thought of turning that plastic junk into a pair of shoes!

That’s exactly what the three guys behind Your Shoes Are Rubbish, namely Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvey, have done with plastic litter they collected along England’s coasts and the banks of the Thames river, creating a rather cool looking pair of paint splattered low top sneakers out of the plastic waste:

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Our shoes may not be made out of rubbish yet, but someday soon this will be one more use for recycled plastics, and another eco-friendly way to create rubber from our everyday trash.

-Via Gizmodo

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Terrible Taxidermy, Now With Appropriate Slogans!

Taxidermy is hotly contested in some circles, personally I’m an animal lover who also grew up admiring taxidermy works, but when the poor stuffed critter ends up looking like something that escaped from the island of Dr. Moreau it makes me want to reconsider my thoughts about taxidermy:

People will say “well, you gotta start somewhere”, but in the case of these horrifyingly bad taxidermy pieces maybe the amateur taxidermists should have started by making something out of fabric, rather than destroying an animal hide:

Now, with the help of some meme style lettering and a snappy slogan these terrible taxidermy monstrosities will live on forever as examples of what not to do when you're trying your hand at taxidermy!

-Via The Soup

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Dangerously Fun Cliffside Slip 'N Slide

When slipping and sliding across your lawn no longer offers the thrills it did when you were a kid it's time to move on to something more elaborate, and much more dangerous.

If you happen to have a cliff nearby, one that hangs nearly fifty feet above a body of water, then you've got the perfect platform for a life changing experience- cliffside Slip 'N Slide!

A death defying dude who calls himself Devin Supertramp set up a slippery slide on a cliffside high above Lake Powell, and he invited a few friends along to risk their necks to make this cringe inducing video:

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It looks like a fun idea that will soon take a turn for the tragic when someone breaks their neck on the side of the cliff, but young Mr. Supertramp probably only has one thing on his mind as he launches into the water- YOLO!

-Via Geekologie

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Oddly Soothing Videos Of A Golden Retriever Eating Fruits And Vegetables

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There’s something so soothing about watching this golden retriever named Coco-chan happily nibbling away on an ear of corn, or silently slurping away on a watermelon wedge.

Maybe it’s the way her eyes seem to stare into your very soul, maybe it’s the beauty of watching man’s best friend enjoy some fresh fruits and vegetables, or maybe the act of watching Coco-chan's videos is in itself a form of meditation.

No wonder Coco-chan has her own YouTube channel, which is chock full of videos that allow us a peek into the life of one gloriously zen golden retriever. Watch and reflect on your own love of produce...

-Via Boing Boing

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America's Scariest Motel

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There’s a lonely old motel out on Highway 95 that is downright terrifying to stay in, and considered by many guests to be haunted. This motel is home to thousands of clowns, and even if you’re not currently scared of clowns you will be after staying at Tonopah, Nevada’s Clown Motel:

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The clowns are just the beginning of the creepy factor found in this odd relic from the boomtown's past, and people who come for the clowns stay for the fact that it's graveyard adjacent.

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That's right- if the clowns don't get you, the ghosts of a bunch of gold miners who fell victim to the "Tonopah Plague" back in 1902 certainly will!

Personally, I'd be more comfortable sleeping in the graveyard than a dirty old motel full of clown "memorabilia", but that's just me...

-Via Roadtrippers

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How Long Will You Survive In The Chamber?

When you have time to kill online, like a whole lotta time, you can end up deep inside a clickhole- a word that means what it sounds like it means, and it's also the name of a website which is home to quizzes that are a total waste of time, like this hauntingly mysterious quiz How Long Will You Survive The Chamber?

Once you start clicking, reading, clicking, choosing then clicking again you’ll find yourself having some sort of adventure involving something called the Sightless Finder, which is apparently blind but can still find stuff, and a creeping madness threatening to overtake your mind...

Have fun storming the chamber!

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Artist Turns Pencils Into Rustic Wooden Vases

What can you do with a bunch of pencils besides sharpen them up and draw with them? Some people might start a pencil fighting league, others would glue them together and make a number 2 log cabin, but Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika uses them to create a unique take on home décor- wooden pencil vases.

The beauty of these vases isn't necessarily in their unique look, but rather in the ingenious way Tuomas goes about making each one:

Tuomas glues the pencils together into sheets, stacks the sheets up to a desired thickness then uses a machine lathe to carve them into a delightfully artsy vase, the combination of meticulously handmade element and a bit of machining giving each vase a uniquely rustic look and enhanced durability.

-Via Bored Panda

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The Most Ridiculous Schwarzenegger Compilation Ever Made

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Fartzenegger is one of those videos you find online that initially makes you wonder why anybody would spend time making such a thing, but if you have a silly sense of humor, a nostalgiac love of Ahnold’s old movies and a few minutes to kill you might just see the merit of making such a ridiculous video.

Distractotron Channel sure did, they're the makers of this fine compilation video, and they want you to know that no actual farts were used in the making of this video. None. Just some Foley sounds at the touch of a button and excellent comedic timing.

Fartzenegger is a bawdy little guilty pleasure of a video with some genuinely funny moments, and if you can hear the farts in your head it’s almost as funny with the sound off!

(NSFW due to language and content)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Meet Kodomoroid - The Android Newscaster Of The Future

(Image Via Yoshikazu Tsuno, Agence France-Presse)

Newscasters beware- a Japanese news-reading android is coming for your job! Newscasters used to be serious journalists, but nowadays they’re typically little more than a talking head reading from a teleprompter, so it’s only natural that robots would be considered the next step in newscaster evolution.

This is the Kodomoroid- an android built by Japanese professor of robotics Hiroshi Ishiguro and arguably the world's first news-reading android. The Kodomoroid is currently gathering data in Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, where it hopefully will not discover artificial intelligence and gain sentience, or we're screwed!

Here's the robotics rebel posing next to his creation, which is pleasant looking enough not to scare away viewers, yet creepy enough to remind us that it's capable of singlehandedly becoming our robotic overlord:

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It's hard to tell whether he is immensely proud of his newscasting creation, or if he feels like he should apologize to all the human newscasters in the world for bringing about their end-of-days.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Posters From The World Cup - 1930 to 2014

The World Cup is in full swing, and 2014 marks 84 years of the games that FIFA built, the games which are by far the most popular and widely viewed sporting event in the world.

Each year talented artists create colorful designs to help promote the competition that truly needs no promotion, their poster art setting a tone for the games, and looking through posters for twenty different competitions spanning eight decades is like taking a trip through the history of modern art.

This collection of official FIFA World Cup posters may not accurately reflect the turmoil, controversy and fervor created by the competition, but they're simply delightful to peruse if you're a fan of vintage posters and graphic design.

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5 Crazy Subcultures Not From Japan

Ever since photos started circulating through the internet revealing the crazy street subcultures of Japan’s youth people have assumed they’ve cornered the market on strange fashion, but Japan is no longer the king of kooky clothes.

Fashion subcultures are springing up all over the world that make most Japanese street fashions look tame in comparison, and the underlying theme seems to be that members of these subcultures stick out like sore thumbs in their chosen "territories".

For instance, the rockabilly Raggare of Sweden, who fly confederate flags, sport greaser hairstyles and love hot rods, now that's not something you'd expect to see in Stockholm! The cowboy metalheads of Botswana look equally out-of-place in their native country, but that doesn't stop them from banging their heads to a beat all their own...

Read more about 5 Real Subcultures Way Crazier Than Anything From Japan (NSFW due to language)

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Nick Offerman Narrates THE GUNFIGHTER

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Moustachioed macho man Nick Offerman has one of those faces, and personalities, that totally belongs in a Western flick. Couldn’t you just see him playing an old prospector/curmudgeon, or the newly elected sheriff of a small town, or perhaps the leader of a bandit gang full of ornery varmints?

Well, you're just gonna have to wait for another Western to come out with Nick in it if you wanna see him on camera, because in The Gunfighter he plays the role of The Narrator- a narrator heard by both the audience and the characters.

This hilarious short was written by Kevin Tenglin and directed by Eric Kissack, and the only thing this bawdy Western short is missing is a cameo appearance by Nick's moustache!

(NSFW due to language)

-Via GeekTyrant

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Things Only Antisocial People Understand

Working from home can make you feel like a hermit, and totally antisocial, which makes you want to stay home even more, the antisocial cycle beginning anew.

Normally socialized folks don’t understand why their antisocial friends never go to clubs or parties, they don’t see the fun in socializing exclusively via the interwebs, and they don't know why antisocial people bother having a phone if they're never going to respond to text messages.

If you relate to these antisocial attitudes then your friends don’t understand you, the antisocial you, and they definitely won’t understand the many “things” on this hilariously relatable list of 30 Things Only Antisocial People Understand.

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The Seven Deadliest Fashion Trends

People have been sacrificing comfort, physical appearance and unbroken bones in the name of fashion for centuries, and even though it seems like we should know better by now people still stuff, cram, wedge, tuck, crush and squish themselves into ill-fitting clothes in order to stay fashionably current.

However, people don’t generally die trying to cram themselves into a pair of skinny jeans, but there have been fashion trends throughout history that were quite deadly, and unlike the Deadly Fashion Trends Miss C posted a while back this particular group killed fashionistas with chemicals and toxins.

A shade of dye created with arsenic called Paris Green, nitrobenzine shoe polish that soaked into the wearer's feet and made them lose consciousness, and glowing hair created by brushing in radium laced paint are just a few of the ways people once died to look good and stay trendy.

Read more about the 7 Deadliest Fashion Trends Of All Time at io9

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This Woman Really Captures The Personality Of All Twelve Zodiac Signs

The pick-up line “what’s your sign?” may have gone out of style in the 70s, along with the Pet Rock and macramé wall art, but people still groove on the zodiac as a happenin' way to get some guidance about which long, strange trip to go on, and where that wavy gravy road will lead.

Debra Silverman is an astrological professional who offers zodiac related advice, like when you should dig everything and everyone or when to stay inside because your bad moon is rising.

Debra also happens to be a psychotherapist, so she's able to provide even more insight into the minds of the twelve different personality types. Apparently she's also an actress, and as you'll see in these videos she can bust out a zodiac personality type like nobody's business!

Personally, I'm a Gemini, and her performance of my Zodiac Personality In Action is spot on:

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However, I've known plenty of Scorpios, many of my best friends are Scorpios, so I can safely say there's something about this Scorpio Personality In Action that seems a bit off:

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What do you totally right on readers think? Was Debra's analysis of your sign mind blowing and like wow, man, or does her astrological chakra need a bit of fine tuning?

Check out all of Debra's totally uncanny personality performances here and see if she captures the zodiac side of you!

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A London Bus Stop Made Of 100,000 LEGO Bricks

It’s safe to say that Brits, in this instance Londoners, have lots of love for LEGO building bricks, so much love that there's an entire bus stop built out of LEGO bricks in London.

The LEGO bus stop was built to celebrate 200 years of London buses- it's situated at the Conduit Street stop on Regent Street and features a very appropriate ad for nearby Hamley’s Toy Store.

Every bit of this brick-tastic bus stop is made out of LEGO bricks, from the benches to the signage to the clear bricks used to replace the glass in the side panels.

#LEGOBusStop is only going to be around for a limited time, so if you’re a LEGO fanatic with lots of frequent flyer miles you'd better head for the airport!

-Via Nerd Approved

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Foster The People's Animated Music Video For Pseudologia Fantastica

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Call it what you want, but Foster the People’s fan love, critical acclaim and rising stardom is well deserved because it all comes from the fact that they make some mighty sweet music, at least to my ears.

Their tunes are as fun and bouncy as a pair of pumped up kicks, and their videos are every bit as entertaining as their songs.

Their latest video is for a lil’ ditty called Pseudologia Fantastica, featuring eye pleasing animation by Hannes/Johannes which was conceptualized by FTP member Mark Foster, who came up with the idea while driving through Cuba.

Mark drew inspiration from all he saw around him, concluding that even in Cuba cash is king, and this video became a labor of love as well as a surreal love letter to the people of Cuba.

-Via Juxtapoz

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Facial Analysis Software Reveals The Identity Of This Handsome Woman

Do you know this woman? She is the subject of a photo by well known British photographer John Deakin and has, up until recently, been known simply as "Unknown Woman, 1930s".

A gallery of John's photos was recently shared by The Guardian, and this oddly compelling pic, the final photo in the gallery, was the subject of debate among commenters.

One commenter casually threw out the statement "Or is it Bacon in drag?", referring to Deakin's fellow Colony Room member and friend Francis Bacon, which sent Deakin Collection manager Paul Rousseau's mind racing.

Rousseau used facial recognition software to establish a connection between this mysterious "woman" and Francis Bacon, and the video renders create a compelling argument that the "Unknown Woman" is actually Bacon in drag, shot well after the speculative 1930s date.

There are still many mysteries surrounding Deakin's photo, for instance how Bacon managed to give himself cleavage, and why he looks so much older here than in other photos taken around the same time, but the ultimate question remains- is this a previously unknown, and totally bizarre, portrait of Francis Bacon?

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Amazingly Detailed Miniature Paintings On Food

Paintings don’t come much smaller than the micro paintings created by artist Hasan Kale. Hasan has painted delicate scenes on the side of cactus spines, butterfly wings and seashells, but this time around he's adding his oh-so precise strokework to itty-bitty bits of food.

Hasan paints stormy seascapes on dried banana slices, fits the pyramids and sphinx on the side of a coffee bean, and even finds room for a painting of a fish on the side of a grain of rice.

His paintings are incredibly bold, and minutely detailed, despite the fact that many of his works are painted on an edible canvas less than an inch high!

-Via Bored Panda

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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New Tumblr Site Celebrates The Good Old Days Of Gaming Magazines

Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine was a treasure trove of video game related news, fun ads and awesome level maps that made gamers eagerly await its arrival every month, and unlike Nintendo Power or Playstation Magazine EGM featured news about games being released on all platforms.

The features were fun to read, adding an extra story dimension to the games, and EGM was so fun to read that subscription renewal was a given for gamers (like myself) who couldn't get enough!

Now, thanks to the efforts of game designer Cameron Kunzelman and his Tumblr site Reading EGM you can relive the glory days of video game magazine, without a subscription.

Cameron's Tumblr has only begun to deliver the goods, but you can already see that his site is shaping up to be a great place to get a dose of video game nostalgia.

-Via Kotaku

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Say Beep*Beep*Boop - Romantically Geeky

Say Beep*Beep*Boop by Tom Ledin

Telling someone you love them doesn't mean you have to say anything, sometimes simple beeps and boops are all you need to show how you feel. And when you're stuck on some desert planet ten miles away from your ex-girlfriend there's no better way to beep and boop than with the help of an r2 unit held aloft above your head set to play a soothing digital romance soundtrack.

80s movies collide in a comical way on this Say Beep*Beep*Boop t-shirt by Tom Ledin, wear it and all the geek love will come your way!

Be sure to visit Tom Ledin's official website, then head on over to his Neatoshop for more retro geek chic designs:

Zissou Crossing the Delaware The Big L Avatar State Hector Bell

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