I'm not a very big fan of the Harry Potter franchise, and even though I've seen every movie I don't plan on reading any of the books, so I'm left with many questions that may or may not be explained in the books.
There's one main question that has bothered me since the first film- why do the Hogwarts crew care so much about staying hidden from Muggles?
Every journey must begin and end, and the narrative structure of a film makes the beginning and end of the journey extremely important, which thereby makes the opening and closing two of the most important shots in the entire film.
There are bound to be people who watch these videos and have concerns about safety, but don't worry- Noah didn't seriously injure his dad during the making of these videos, he hurt him just enough to call them WWE worthy.
Most of us just use common sense to decide when an article of clothing needs to be washed (although some stinky folks could probably use a refresher course), but what does science have to say about when we should wash our clothes?
Allow Greg Foot of Brit Lab to elaborate on the topic of washing clothes, starting with why it's important to wash them in the first place (aka the gross part), and then finishing up the chat by solving the mystery of when we should wash our jeans.
People were a little more gullible back in 1958, and the Roswell incident had everybody buzzing about aliens, so we'll cut them a little slack for believing this guy was actually a being from another world.
Eye witnesses reported seeing a glowing, two foot tall alien (or ten feet tall, depending on who you asked) that could run faster than any human, but really they were just seeing Jerry Sprague in his crappy costume.
Jerry and his buddies decided to capitalize on the alien sighting trend by creating a “little blue man” costume sure to be the talk of the town, with blue glow-in-the-dark paint and a football helmet equipped with flashing lights.
The "Little Blue Man Hoax" probably wouldn't be so well received nowadays, but the cops who arrested Jerry Sprague and his buddies back in '58 found the whole thing funny and let them off with a warning.
If you're gonna make hyper realistic wax sculptures of people you might as well use some of the most recognizable and beloved people, with those famous faces we love, as your inspiration.
Master sculptor Trevor Grove has a knack for capturing both the look and personality of each person he sculpts, and he obviously has really good taste because he chose both Tom Waits and Eddie Munster as his subjects!
He's also really good at sculpting amazing likenesses in small 1/6 scale, like this head for the Bill Murray- Actor action figure the world of geeky toys needs NAO!
All forms of professional fighting have rules that were put in place to help fighters stay alive and ready for their next fight, and the only cheats you could ever sneak by would be small scale stuff.
Crafty fighters come up with all kinds of (mostly gross) ways to give them an edge in the ring, and since mixed martial arts bouts usually involve some sort of grappling MMA fighters often use their stink to give them a leg up.
But stink isn't as effective as hard training, and MMA fighters train so hard they risk being knocked unconscious or receiving a career ending injury just to make sure they're in top shape when they enter the Octagon.
Animators have always used photo reference and models to help them create character designs and make the character's motion look as realistic and fluid as possible, but Disney took it to a whole other level.
Their character performances are top notch, their human character designs are so believable we feel like we know them in real life, all thanks to their crafty methods of using live-action reference.
Disney animators used Kathryn Beaumont as their Alice in every way, since she also voiced the character and obviously provided inspiration for many of Alice's facial expressions as well.
The clip above shows how they turned a small acted out segment into an iconic scene from Alice In Wonderland, and below we see how Alice's character design was created by drawing over photographic reference of Kathryn, to keep proportions correct and make her more believable.
It may look like cheating, but when there are tens of thousands of frames of character animation to be drawn, inked, painted and filmed for the movie animators need all the help they can get!
When the super saiyan slugfest known as Dragon Ball Z hit the airwaves some people found the fighting too over the top and the lack of character development disturbing.
But as the show got going and proved it was about more than people beating each other up anime fans of all kinds started going along for the ride.
With an epic 291 episodes and dozens of characters getting in to DBZ can be quite a chore, and even those who've seen every episode have probably noticed some inconsistencies and errors.
Things like fluctuations in animation quality, sudden character hair and wardrobe changes, and a character's disappearance from the series made viewers feel like their eyes were playing tricks on them.
But these are just part of Dragon Ball Z's charm, and if the creator and writer of the manga Akira Toriyama couldn't keep track of all the facts during it's creation we never stood a chance!
Referred to as the Hotel del Salto, people abandoned the hotel due to water pollution and a belief that the hotel was haunted by guests who had committed suicide off the roof:
Local legend has it that the indigenous Muisca Indians used to jump from Tequendama Falls to avoid capture by Spanish conquerors, where upon falling they would transform into an eagle and fly away. This mythical story attracted the broken-hearted who leapt to their death from the hotel’s cliffs overlooking the falls.
40 years later the hotel had been taken back by nature, with broken out windows letting in the weather and plants growing up through the carpet.
But thanks to the hard work of The Institute Of Natural Sciences of the University Of Colombia and the Ecological Farm Foundation of Porvenir the Hotel del Salto was renovated and turned into a museum.
Captain Olimar was never so happy as when he was training pikmin to protect their planet, but the life of an astronaut means travelling to different worlds so he soon made his way to Earth. There he found the plants were merely plants, and people were extremely hard to train and even harder to control, so it seemed that life would not be as fun as it had been with the pikmin. But then he discovered a strange world of evolving monsters that fit in your pocket and discovered that he too wanted to catch em all. Pocket monsters weren't quite as obedient as pikmin, and some weren't quite as cute, but the arena battles were glorious and made tiny Captain Olimar feel like a mighty big guy!
You'll catch all the smiles and hi fives when you wear this CAPTAIN OLIMAR: POKEMON TRAINER!? t-shirt by OhHeyDJ, it's the stylish way to show the world you were born to be a trainer.
They tromped through his forest, trampling his flower beds and eating all the magic berries before he could fill his belly, but when those pesky goblins killed his buddy Barry the Bunny things got personal. Now one unicorn with one horn and one assault rifle with a whole lotta bullets is gonna make those little green creeps pay for ruining his idyllic forest homeland. You've never seen a unicorn as hate filled or bloodthirsty as Rainbo, the unicorn who dreams of vengeance!
Add a mighty twisted mashup to your geeky wardrobe with this Rainbo First Blood t-shirt by Harebrained Design, it's the colorful way to show your love of one horned magical horses and intensely violent action movies all with one shirt!
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If you see any drunk and defective robots wandering around the old section of New New York they're probably one of Dr. Farnsworthstein's creations. He probably should have given up scientisting long ago, but his scientifical mindset refused to stop even when his brain malfunctioned and had to be replaced. Now he mostly creates bots that love to go on benders, one eyed mutant people who are both uptight and undateable, and little smarmy clones of himself so he never gets lonely in his lab. You could say Dr. Farnsworthstein is a crackpot, but then he'd inevitably crack a pot over your head!
Add some Hubert hilarity to your geeky wardrobe with this Dr. Farnsworthstein t-shirt by Bleee, he's likely to replace Dr. Frankenstein as your favorite scientifical madman.
Jack's favorite time of year has rolled around once again, and you know what that means- things to make you gasp with delight will be nestled snug as a blood sucking bug under your Christmas tree. There will be gifts for all ghouls and boys, and if you're extra naughty the Pumpkin King is liable to bring you something sweet- like a candied spider or sugar encrusted eel. Take my advice- when Jack comes prancing down your chimney try to keep your eyes closed so you don't catch your death of fright!
Celebrate the most frightfully festive time of year with this Nightmare t-shirt by Crumblin' Cookie, it's the perfect shirt to wear for the rest of the year!
The way Marty described his awesome adventures back and forth through time made the trip sound so totally cool that the Alternate Timeline comic company couldn't help but turn it into a book series. You had all the colorful players in place- all the different Biffs in all their Biffiness, the Doc with his crazy hair and cool catchphrases, the hoverboard and the car, don't even get me started on the car! That series was sure to sell millions of copies, until young Mr. McFly discovered that Doc Brown's calculations were off, and what Marty was experiencing wasn't actually real...
Take your geeky wardrobe back in time with this Heavy Adventures t-shirt by Punksthetic, it's the fly way to stay totally retro-futuristic!
Eric Draven has not only become the symbol of retribution from beyond the grave, a dark beacon of hope in a city where crime rules people pay with their lives, he has become a symbol of life. He has proven that the human spirit cannot be snuffed out like a cigarette, and those who kill for kicks have started to watch out for crows as they go about their dirty business. Nothing says hope like a good old fashioned resurrection...
Add some comic book cool to your geeky wardrobe with this Draven t-shirt by Mephias, it's sure to scare up some smiles wherever you go.
The voyages of the Starship Enterprise are logged via stardates, and these seemingly insignificant set of numbers are meant to mark the episode's place in the series' timeline.
They sound like serious business, but how much thought and effort is put into continuity in the Star Trek series' in terms of stardates?
Well, as Chris Higgins of mental_floss discovered, the stardate system used in the original Star Trek series was "totally bogus" by design. Here's a snippet from the series bible:
Pick any combination of four numbers plus a percentage point [ed. note: tenths digit], use it as your story's stardate. For example, 1313.5 is twelve o'clock noon of one day and 1314.5 would be noon of the next day. Each percentage point is roughly equivalent to one-tenth of one day. The progression of stardates in your script should remain constant but don't worry about whether or not there is a progression from other scripts. Stardates are a mathematical formula which varies depending on location in the galaxy, velocity of travel, and other factors, can vary widely from episode to episode.
However, the writers and directors of Star Trek: The Next Generation were given an updated system that actually worked, and with the updated system we discover that one season of the show amounts to 1,000 days:
A stardate is a five-digit number followed by a decimal point and one more digit. Example: "41254.7." The first two digits of the stardate are always "41." The 4 stands for 24th century, the 1 indicates first season. The additional three leading digits will progress unevenly during the course of the season from 000 to 999. The digit following the decimal point is generally regarded as a day counter.
Of course they still goofed here and there, but that's a way better system than "pick four random numbers and a percentage point".
Ghosts are the luckiest of souls on Halloween night because they don't have to wear a costume to go out trick-or-treating, but at the same time they're stuck wearing that same white sheet getup for the rest of their afterlife! We bust them because we don't understand them, but maybe if we took a moment to think about what it must be like to wear the same thing day in and day out we wouldn't be so hard on our spectral neighbors. This Halloween we should be happy that we're allowed to wear whatever the heck we want, and if you run into a ghost while you're out on the town make sure you give them an air hug and let them know you're aware of their struggle!
Add some ghostly goodness to your geeky wardrobe with this No Need For Costumes t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's the ghoulishly good way to celebrate Halloween all year long!
It's that time of year again, time for the leaves to turn orange and start falling off the trees and time for pie fanatics to dig in to the greatest pie of all time- pumpkin! But how do the poor pumpkin's feel about the fall and winter months? They see the harvest time as the season of slaughter, when the lives of innocent squash are snuffed out to satiate the dark hunger of human beings. So the next time you're making a pumpkin pie, or a souffle or even cookies for that matter, remember to take a moment and thank the Great Pumpkin for the bounty he has bestowed upon your table. And don't go to any pumpkin patches with pumpkin pie crumbs on your face or you might not make it out alive!
Add some deliciously geeky humor to your wardrobe with this Pie? t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's a tasty way to show your love of all things fall!
If you're looking to join a club that won't leave you bored and ready to bail then you've gotta check out the River City Fight Club, home of the February Brawl-a-thon. This isn't one of those fight clubs where you can't talk about the fight club, because River City brawlers wear their varsity letter in fisticuffs with pride. And if you have a girlfriend and you're afraid to join the club because she might get kidnapped don't worry- River City Fight Club members specialize in beating down baddies and completing all levels until the fair Cyndi is saved! So don't act like you're too slick for school, prove it by joining the River City Fight Club, where no ransom is ever paid and all the baddies get the beat down they deserve!
Relive your glory days of console gaming with this River City Fight Club t-shirt by Jango Snow, it's sure to get your fellow River City Ransom fans in a fightin' mood!
Stay tuned for the premiere of the galaxy's latest and greatest sitcom Two And A Half Droids, the show critics are calling "Beep-Boop-Bop-Beep-Beep Whoa!" Uptight Chris 3PO is forced to live with his good friend Artie D2, who is a total drunk and fembot enthusiast, and together the two learn how to overcome any obstacle and love a friend for friendship's sake. But who's that rolling on to the scene? Why, it's Artie's bouncing boybot son Bobby, who has come to teach them both a lesson in droid fatherhood they'll never forget! Protocol droids have never been so funny! Tune in to Two And A Half Droids tonight on SW3, followed by the premiere of NCIS: Tattooine.
Add some humor to your geeky wardrobe that even a robot will love, bring home this Two And A Half Droids t-shirt by Firebeard and turn your life into a sci-fi sitcom!
Things were looking up for Han and his furry buddy Chewie- they had survived their fantastic flight into the Endorian jungle and came back with all their fingers and toes intact, they were now living like heroes with the entire galaxy cheering them on, and they'd aged gracefully where most other smugglers died before they were middle aged. But now the duo had been called back into action for one more run, and although they were getting used to the good life they were also constantly bored and looking for things to shoot, and hanging around with a bored Wookiee is a bad idea...
Get geared up for the triumphant return of that war in the stars with this We're Home t-shirt by Raffiti, featuring a fun design your fellow sci-fi fans are sure to find up-lifting!
Pugsy was getting used to the good life his criminal enterprises afforded him- he slept on a bed made out of shredded hundred dollar bills, he chewed on a solid gold bone, and had all the steaks he could eat delivered to him by serving cats. But like all mighty empires Pugsy's canine criminal cabal was about to draw to a close, because there was a new top dog in town, a sneaky Schnnauzer by the name of Bigby. Pugsy knew there would be no more time for sniffing butts and chomping on biscuits, and if he wanted to maintain his mafioso mien he'd have to stop barking and start biting...
Add some canine cool to your geeky wardrobe with this Pugsy Beagle Pug King Of Gangster Underworld t-shirt by Mudge, it's sure to make you top dog and might even earn you a few canine henchmen.
Disco was long dead, and the power had run out on Techno too, so what did the future hold for electronic music? As it turns out the Droids knew all along, and they were just waiting for the right time to drop a beat and take over the music industry. They called it Robot Rock, and while humans found that beep-boop-bop-beep-beep sound a bit annoying nearly every other species in the galaxy liked to bob their head(s) to the beat. Before long a couple of young Droidsicians named RTooBB were taking the galaxy by storm with their unique D2 level beats played at 88 bpm and a hologram light show that had all the spaced out kids saying "whoa"...
Add some sci-fi fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Robot Rock t-shirt by inkOne Art, it's a musical masterpiece!
Stormtroopers come in all shapes and sizes, and these days they even come in a tractor form thanks to the anthropomorphic car craze sweeping through the galaxy. The Empire feels sending Stormtrooper vehicles into combat with the regular clone troopers will put the natives at ease on the planets they invade and scare the Kenobi out of any Rebel kids thinking of fighting back. However, this plan backfired when the Rebel forces were able to use the Force to rewire the tractor Stormtrooper's computer and take control of the units, thereby turning the tides of war in their favor.
Add a new kind of sci-fi star to your geeky wardrobe with this TRACTOR STORMTROOPER t-shirt by ALIENBIKER23, it's got the two things you love- a war in the stars and cars!
Somewhere on the edge of physical reality lies a zone where things become quite confused, with life and death coexisting with the cosmos in a space not bound by the laws of physics. These areas have become known as dead zones, because things go in alive but don't come out again, and for every dead zone there's a gatekeeper. It is their responsibility to keep the living and the dead from upsetting the balance of nature, and although they let living things in it is of vital importance that nothing comes out lest the balance be upset and all of time and space go spiraling out of control...
You'll blow people's minds wherever you go when you wear this The Gatekeeper Dark Surrealism t-shirt by Barrett Biggers, it's one dark and compelling design!
They brought the power and the pain to Bartertown, but the duo known as Master Blaster were only as good as the little man with the big mouth in Blaster's backpack, meaning Master was good as dead when left alone. But together they were a thing of brutal beauty, two powerful men working as one to keep Aunty Entity in her place and remind the people who run Bartertown. Max saw something admirable in the way they worked together, and the kind way which Master took care of feeble minded Blaster when they were outside Thunderdome, but in the end the high profile duo got under Aunty's skin, which was a big mistake...
Go apocalyptic to the max with this THUNDERDOME- MASTER BLASTER t-shirt by BeastPop, and show the world who run the show in terms of geeky style!
If basic cable movies have taught us anything about sex it's that the whole situation is either incredibly fantastic or incredibly awkward.
Things happen so quickly, with so many fast cuts your eyes can't seem to focus on one part of the body for long, that we are left wondering whether we should feel turned on or nauseous.
But some of these less-than-R-rated moves could be quite handy in real life, like a smash cut to the morning after when you're not enjoying the horrorshow going on in your bed, or leaving a bra on because support.