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Alton Brown's Recipe For Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Everybody loves having a steaming hot mug of cocoa during those cold winter months, but over the years the convenience of always having instant hot cocoa mix on hand has taken a lot of the flavor out of our mug.

These instant mixes also include lots of unnecessary additives and preservatives that further muddy the flavor, so Alton Brown decided to take hot cocoa mix back to basics with this recipe:

  1. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  2. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
  3. 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  4. 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
  5. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  6. 1 pinch (or more to taste) ground cayenne pepper*, optional
  7. Hot milk or water to serve


  1. Combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt, cornstarch and cayenne in a large airtight container. Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine, and remember to shake prior to every extraction.
  2. To serve: Place 2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and add about 2 fluid ounces hot water or milk. Stir to combine. Fill the mug with more hot water or milk and enjoy.

For an added treat whip up some of Alton's homemade marshmallows and toss them in the mug with your cocoa!

-Via Alton Brown

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This Poor Guy's Friends Turned His Spartan Race Pics Into An Epic Photoshop Battle

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Reebok's Spartan Race is one of the most challenging physical competitions in the world, and many people enter just to see if they can actually make it through the whole course without breaking down.

These competitors then post the pics online hoping to hear encouraging words from their friends and family, and to encourage others to push themselves- Spartan style.

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But the guy in the photos above should have known better than to post his Spartan Race pics on Facebook because his friends work in the visual fx industry- so they spirited him away from the Spartan Race and into a Photoshop Battle.

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Soon the poor guy was wading through much worse than mud, fighting for survival in strange new places far more dangerous than a mere obstacle course.

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But in the end he finished the race as a real hero with some cool new CGI tricks up his sleeve.

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See This Poor Guy's Friends Turned His Spartan Race Photos Into A Brutal Photoshop Battle here

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Liam Neeson Auditions To Play Santa Claus

Hollywood said Liam Neeson was too much of a tough guy to play Santa Claus, because he lacks the jolliness, beard and belly needed to properly play the role.

But Stephen Colbert felt Liam's knack for making lists made him the perfect guy to play Saint Nick, so he asked him to do a bit for The Late Show and channel his inner mall Santa.

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-Via Uproxx

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Batgirl And Supergirl Go Christmas Caroling

Superheroes don't just serve the community by cracking down on crime and taking out the supervillain trash- they also try to do a bit of community outreach whenever possible.

They help the less fortunate, escort kitties down from trees, bring lost kids and puppies home and provide the muscle for urban renewal programs.

But, as this comic by Mike Maihack shows, Batgirl and Supergirl like to do a different kind of community outreach around Christmas- by going out caroling! 

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Filmmaker Lets Phone Get Stolen So He Can Follow Its Path With Spyware

Having your smartphone stolen can make you feel paranoid, angry and sad about losing the irreplaceable files on the phone, but Dutch filmmaker Anthony van der Meer used the theft as a learning experience.

Because, unbeknownst to the thief, Anthony had installed spyware on his phone so he could monitor the phone and follow the thief wherever they went, thereby inadvertently helping him create his short film "Find my Phone".

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Anthony decided to set the trap and make the film after his first phone was stolen, which led him to investigate smartphone theft and make a startling discovery:

In the Netherlands, 300 police reports a week are filed for smartphone-theft. Besides losing your expensive device, a stranger has access to all of your photos, videos, e-mails, messages and contacts. Yet, what kind of person steals a phone? And where do stolen phones eventually end up? The short documentary ‘Find My Phone’ follows a stolen phone’s second life by means of using spyware.

-Via Laughing Squid

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What's The Point Of Revolving Doors?

Revolving doors are generally only found on the front of hotels and big buildings these days, so I'd always assumed they were there to help people with luggage or briefcases easily enter the building.

But they were created to be so much more than just a convenient way to enter a building- they're a clever way to regulate a building's air pressure and temperature, and thereby cut down on energy costs:

When revolving doors replace swing doors, they can save up to 30 percent in energy costs, or as Rockefeller University explains, “267 BTUs of heat energy, roughly equivalent to 1.3 hours of light from an incandescent lamp, 4.3 hours of light from a compact fluorescent bulb or .06 miles of fuel for an automobile.”

Creator of the revolving door Theophilus Van Kannel also saw them as a clever way to sidestep the issue of men opening doors for women, a social convention he greatly disliked.

Read What's The Point Of Revolving Doors? at mental_floss

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People Try To Build IKEA Furniture While On Acid

Some people have a really hard time following step-by-step directions that are perfectly illustrated with photos, so these instructionally challenged people find IKEA furniture builds to be virtually impossible.

To be fair, even folks who aren't that bad at putting stuff together find the minimalistic instructions included with IKEA furniture hard to follow, and the little man taunting them on every page isn't helping.

So imagine what a total mind-melting freakout of a time you'd have trying to build IKEA furniture while on LSD? (NSFW due to language)

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This is part one of a new series called HIKEA, which looks like it's going to be a box full of laughs provided the participants don't lose their minds. 

-Via Thump

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People Share The Dumbest Questions They've Ever Been Asked While At Work

The shoppers are out there scrambling around to get their shopping done in time to give out the gifts and lick their coupon paper cuts until next year, and they are full of stupid questions.

It's not their fault, they've been told since they were kids that "there are no dumb questions, just dumb answers", but that theory is easily disproven by a question that serves to redefine the meaning of stupidity.

There are stupid questions, and asking a stupid question does make a person look like a bit of a twit, but this man's question about how a bathroom works is, well, primordial? What's a better word?

See 20 People Share the Dumbest Questions They've Ever Gotten On The Job here (barely NSFW language)

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These Bingo Cards Make Watching Formulaic TV Shows Into A Fun Game

When it comes to creating formulaic TV shows predictability is the name of the game, so even the slowest viewer can feel excited about knowing what's about to happen to the characters in the next scene.

And even though shows like The Walking Dead have begun playing with that predictability by adding gruesome plot twists nobody saw coming the majority of the show remains as easy to foretell as the fate of a B-list character bit by a walker.

So how can viewers who are bored by formulaic shows make the viewing experience a bit more tolerable? By printing out these Bingo Cards created by Cracked and playing along as they watch the easily foreseen events unfold!

And don't worry- there are plenty of really good yet formulaic TV show sheets included too!

See 21 Bingo Cards For Watching Formulaic TV Shows here (NSFW language)

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The Secret Lives Of Star Wars Villains

The villains of the Star Wars universe have had it rough these last few years, since new movies like Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Rogue One keep making them look like helmet clad monsters.

But according to a new Empire News report villains like Darth Vader, Greedo and the Imperial Stormtroopers aren't so bad when they're cooling their heels between intergalactic conflicts.

In fact, they're reported to be just like any other citizen of the galaxy, and they enjoy spending time with loved ones, giving gifts and sharing a hot tub with their fellow Stormtrooper so they can forget all that pew pew pewing.

Photographer David Gilliver has given us a rare glimpse into the secret lives of Star Wars villains, revealing Kylo Ren's most closely guarded secret- he's a huge Kylie Minogue fan!

Bet you didn't see that one coming!

See The Secret Lives Of Star Wars Villains here

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The 12 Days Of Doctor Who

Nothing makes geeky spirits bright quite like a Doctor Who Christmas special, and this year we've got a real doozy to look forward to since Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi will be joined by Little Britain's Matt Lucas for a super-powered episode.

But until that magical day arrives we can count down from 12 to 1 with this awesome 12 Days of Doctor Who comic strip by Julia Lepetit, which is animated by the power of pointer hover technology.

Simply visit Dorkly to see the strip, hover over each panel to watch it magically transform, and you'll be forced to feel the spirit of the season coursing through your veins!

(Discontinue use immediately if fingers go numb, do not stare at screen too long or your eyeballs may become dislodged from your head)

See The 12 Days Of Doctor Who here

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The Onion's Best Photojournalism Of 2016

The Onion was doing fake news just for kicks back before it was cool, and their irreverent brand of satirical reporting is so sensational people often share their stories on Facebook as if they're true.

Now it may seem like more fake news is the last thing we need right now, but think about it this way- if fire is best fought with fire then fake news should be fought with even faker news.

And nobody fakes harder than The Onion.

They broke some amazing news stories in 2016, blowing the lid off Mike Pence's battle against climate change, John Kerry's incredibly exciting briefcase adventures, and the Joe Biden scandal that rocked the DNC parking lot.

See The Onion's Best Photojournalism Of 2016 here

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"The Night Before Christmas" Read In 27 Different Celebrity Impressions

Knowing a celebrity impersonator is way better than knowing an actual celebrity, because they're like ten or more celebrities in one and yet paparazzi don't hound them while they're trying to eat.

Renowned Imitator of famous voices Jim Meskimen wants to be a pal by making our spirits bright this holiday season with a rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" as told by 27 different celebrities.

It's star-studded silliness, and it sure made me feel merry!

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-Via Lauging Squid

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The Fine Line Between Classy And Pretentious

It isn't hard to keep it classy when you're out in public, you just have to stay cool, keep your ego in check and refrain from disgusting or offending people with your morbidly obese pomposity online with your word choices.

But those who have a hard time checking their ego at the door think people are just dying to hear how they feel about politics, how much they spend on stuff, and which Ivy League college they attended.

This name drop is naturally worked into every conversation, because how can people truly understand how classy you are without knowing you're a graduate of Yale?

This class-A comic by Scott DeWitt makes it easy to understand the difference between classy and pretentious, but if you're already a pretentious prig then you'll find it hard to tell which panel is which!

See The Fine Line Between Classy And Pretentious here

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Fallen Leaves Turned Into Ephemeral Works Of Art

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Fallen leaves are an iconic symbol of autumn, and yet most are simply raked up and mulched or bagged, thrown in the trash for covering up our precious yards.

Leaf disposal is a necessary chore, but at least you can have a bit of fun with them before you toss them out!

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People in Japan are getting all artsy with fallen leaves and sharing their creations via social media, turning piles of leaves into cool shapes, characters like Winnie the Pooh, and one amazing leaf rose bouquet.

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So as not to leave the pine needles out which have been piling up too people are using them to "draw" their favorite neighbor Totoro!

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See Japanese Are Going Crazy About The Fallen Leaves, Turn Them Into Art here

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Super Villains Who Are Actually Nice People

There are super villains like Lex Luthor, Darkseid and The Kingpin who willingly embraced the darkness and chose to become a force of evil, and then there are those who were turned into villains by circumstances beyond their control.

These good people were twisted into doing evil deeds by the callous corporations who gave them super powers, the events that resulted in the loss of their loveds one or, in Magneto's case, by atrocities committed against mutantkind..

Both Harley Quinn and The Lizard were doctors before their transformation into the villains we know today, and when their humanistic sides shine through they both possess the desire to help people.

And then there's Bizarro- Superman's totally cracked evil twin.

Bizarro is a good guy beneath the bad skin and wicked attitude, because in Bizarro World bad is good and evil is super duper good!

Which is why Supes is often able to trick Bizarro into doing the right thing, because when Bizarro looks in the mirror he sees a hero staring back at him...I guess all mirrors on Bizarro World are broken!

See 11 Super Villains Who Are Actually Nice People here

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Totally Radical New Wave Christmas Ornaments Featuring Siouxsie, Bowie And More!

People are tired of putting up the same old Christmas ornaments, and geeks naturally want to cover their trees with their favorite pop culture characters and people.

For instance, wouldn't it be nice to put up an ornament of Saint Nick (Cave) or Santa Klaus (Nomi) instead of the same old Santa?

Traditional they are not, but the awesome New Wave ornaments created by NY based illustrator Matthew Lineham are a smash hit with the cool kids, and are only suitable for truly hip trees.

Matthew's New Wave ornaments were such a hit they sold out three times over, but hopefully he'll make our radical dreams come true and keep making these amazing ornaments, because my tree suddenly seems naked without David Snowie!

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Are You A Fan Or A Fanboy?

Even though the differences may not seem obvious the fans and fanboys/fangirls of the world are quite different from each other, starting with the fact that anyone can be a fan but only the truly obsessed become fanboys.

This obsession twists the poor little fanboys and fangirls into creatures fueled by pop culture, who live to argue about their favorite franchises while waiting for the next release.

Many diehard fans will refer to themselves as fanboys, but as this comic by Tom Preston shows you're only really allowed to add the "boy" or "girl" to fan when you've taken all the joy out of being a fan!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Photos Of Historic Bonsai Masterpieces

Bonsai trees are living works of art, the ultimate example of man shaping nature to his will and one of the most difficult plants to care for because, like their full sized relatives, they can live for hundreds of years.

In fact, this Japanese White Pine is one of the oldest bonsai trees in the world, said to be in training since 1625 and known to have survived the bombing of Hiroshima thanks to the high walls of the nursery.

This amazing tiny tree, along with many other bonsai masterpieces new and really, really old, are on display at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington D.C., where photographer Stephen Voss captures their timeless beauty.

Stephen's photos have been collected in a hand-crafted book called In Training, where his unique vision showcases each bonsai as a work of fine art.

See Photos of Historic Bonsai Masterpieces at Atlas Obscura

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Hilarious Tony Stark Moments Straight From The Comics

Tony Stark is a billionaire playboy, genius, philanthropist, inventor and a drunk, and while he's one of the least powerful Avengers in terms of inherent power levels he can outfunny them all.

Tony's ironclad sense of humor isn't understood or appreciated by his fellow team members, and frankly they could do without all that wisecracking in their ear while they're trying to take down the bad guys.

But Tony doesn't give a crap what they think, as long as the ladies still love him and he doesn't make the big green guy angry, err, angrier.

See 15 Tony Stark Comics Moments That Will Make You Smile here

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Frog That Looks Like Princess Leia Is Caught In The Middle Of A Photoshop Battle

When a frog looks like a frog few people care or take notice, but when a frog looks like Princess Leia because it has two snails crawling on its head people celebrate its existence by making it the star of a Photoshop Battle.

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This PsBattle naturally began at the beginning, when the world was first introduced to the smart and scrappy young Leia, back before Luke found out they were related.

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But then the Battle waged on, and we were forced to feel all those froggy feels we never knew we felt.

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Many wondered where that strange source image came from, and why those snails were crawling on the little frog's head, so the frog's owner, photographer Tanto Yensen, explained:

“I just wanted to take some photographs of my frog and not so long after I went outside, the snails came out from the wood and then walked over to the frog. I thought it was very funny. I think it looks similar to Princess Leia’s hairstyle from Star Wars. And it looks like he’s using headphones too.”

Are those Beats by Dre?

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See Frog That Looks Like Princess Leia Sparks Photoshop Battle here

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An Ancient Stone Warrior Is Brought To Life By A Young Boy In THE SENTINEL

Kids like to feel secure when they're traveling, and exploring strange new places all by yourself can be quite terrifying for kids and adults alike.

So imagine how scared a young runaway would feel if he found himself on an alien planet devoid of human life, and how much more terrifying it would be to discover that planet is Earth after The Scourge has virtually decimated humanity. 

That in a nutshell is the premise behind Adam Floeck and Nate Swinehart's proof of concept short film THE SENTINEL, which they'd like to turn into a full-fledged animated series.

The Sentinel from Adam Floeck on Vimeo.

THE SENTINEL is little more than a teaser at this point, but Adam and Nate's company Boketto is hoping to drum up interest in the series with this press release, which further explains the show.

And since that teaser trailer probably left you wanting more here's an animated short Adam and Nate created together a few years back called Legacy.

Legacy from Adam Floeck on Vimeo.

-Via GeekTyrant

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The Symbolism Behind Standard Christmas Decorations

Most of us just put up Christmas decorations each year to make our homes feel festive and bright, and because they look neat and reflect our personal sense of style.

But every standard Christmas decoration, from the stockings to the wreath to the tree, has a symbolic meaning that most people are unaware of, most of which are tied to the holiday's Christian roots.

The wreath is a pretty straightforward symbol of Christ, meant to symbolize the crown of thorns he wore on his head while he hung on the cross, with red berries symbolizing drops of his blood.

Candy canes are supposedly shaped to look like the shepherd's staff, and some say the red stripe symbolizes the blood of Christ and the white stripe symbolizes purity.

And in keeping with the "blood of Christ" theme- according to legend holly berries were once white, but blood shed by Christ stained them red.

In truth, some holly bushes still produce yellow or white berries, and those red berries start out green and only turn red when they're ripe.

See The Hidden Symbolism Behind Your Favorite Christmas Decorations here

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A Backwards Recording Of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

There are plenty of holiday songs which feature lyrics that are a bit backwards, but We Wish You A Merry Christmas isn't one of them.

In fact, it's one of the most tame and innocuous songs ever written, so the only way to make We Wish You A Merry Christmas seem backwards is to actually play it backwards.

So that's just what naicisum Rob Scallon did- he recorded the entire carol in reverse, then played it back in reverse so it sounds similar to the original version- only stranger.

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This seems like a perfectly appropriate Christmas carol for a year as messed up as 2016...only Rob recorded this song backwards three years ago. Maybe he saw the 2016 crapstorm coming?

-Via Laughing Squid

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Street Artists Open An Incredibly Detailed Mouse-Sized Cafe In Sweden

Rodents aren't going away despite the hard work put in by cats and exterminators, and even though most humans hate rats and mice there are those among us who genuinely love the critters we so callously refer to as "vermin".

In fact, a street art group calling themselves AnonyMouse like rodents so much they're trying to make Malmö, Sweden more rodent friendly- by opening up a mouse-sized Italian café.

#anonymouse #anonymouse_mmx #Malmö #möllan

A photo posted by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:16pm PST

The café is called Il Tupolino (Mickey Mouse) and it features outdoor seating, a cute little striped awning in the front and a temperamental chef inside the building...which the mice can't actually enter, since it's a diorama.

ENGLISH BELOW. Invigningen av restaurangen Il Topolino möttes av ett något större tryck än beräknat. Det var kul men lämnade ett visst slitage på lokalerna, så under kvällen valde vi att hålla stängt för lättare renovering. (det kan ha funnits en incident med en kock och dåligt dragna ledningar). Men nu är vi åter på plats igen och välkomnar lagom till frukosten. ###### The grand opening of Il topolino was met with a slightly larger interest than anticipated. Its been good fun by also resulted in a bit of a wear on the inventory, so this afternoon we were forced to shut down temporarely (there might have been an incident with a chef and some loose wiring). Anyways, we're back again, just in time for breakfast! Cheese out! #anonymouse

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But the adorable little café is situated next door to the darling nuttery Noix de Vie (Nuts of Life), where walnuts hang like roasted ducks in the window to tantalize any hungry mice that walk by.

#anonymouse_mmx @anonymouse #möllan

A photo posted by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Nov 25, 2016 at 5:05pm PST

-Via Laughing Squid

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What's Actually Supposed To Happen When You Land On Free Parking?

Monopoly isn't the greatest board game in the world, but it does have one thing going for it that adds to the replay value- you can customize the game to add variety.

The most popular Monopoly "hack" is the Free Parking lottery- every time a player pays income tax or a fine that money is placed in the middle of the board, and the first person to land on Free Parking takes it all.

According to the rules Free Parking is a space where nothing happens, but since Monopoly can be pretty boring when played strictly by the book people have been making up their own rules since the game came out over 100 years ago.

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This video by Today I Found Out reveals some of the "wrong" ways people play Monopoly, which will probably just make you want to break the rules even more than before!

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Sharing Your Opinions Online

Social media sites like Facebook trick us into sharing our opinions by asking us what's on our mind, but share your real thoughts and you'll quickly realize one thing- your so-called FB "friends" don't want to hear how you really feel.

And even if you don't express yourself they'll judge you for oversharing photos, posting too many memes, and don't even get me started on stating a political opinion that someone might disagree with...

This comic strip from The Awkward Yeti is right- social media sucks!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Nomenclature is a big, complicated sounding word for a simple concept- the naming of things, such as species of animals.

Some people don't take naming as seriously as they should, calling things whatever they like regardless of that thing's official designation, which is just plain wrong.

Because, as this comic from Mr. Lovenstein shows, it's important to call a tortoise a tortoise, or you might make it shella angry.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Chilling Amazon Reviews Left By An Alleged Serial Killer

Serial killers achieve a sort of inhuman status once they're caught and their crimes brought to light, but despite their heinous crimes they're still normal people after all.

And normal people do normal stuff, like leave reviews on Amazon for items like knives, padlocks, shovels and gun accessories, items that only seem sinister when they're associated with a killer.

"havnet [sic] stabbed anyone yet...... yet.... but I am keeping the dream alive and when I do, it will be with a quality tool like this..."

But in retrospect the Amazon reviews left by alleged serial killer Todd Kohlhepp should have read as sinister well before he was arrested, because who in their right mind leaves a review like this for a shovel with a folding handle:

"keep in car for when you have to hide the bodies and you left the full size shovel at home.... does not come with a midget, which would have been nice."

Greenville Online says these disturbing Amazon reviews are now being used as evidence against Kohlhepp, but the fact that he had been posting them since 2014 should have raised some red flags. Maybe people thought he was trolling?

-Via Esquire

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These Out Of Context Dungeons & Dragon Quotes Are A Critical Hit

Dungeons & Dragons is one of those games that most parents just don't understand, and when they eavesdrop on their kids while they're playing parents are liable to hear all kinds of strange stuff coming out of their mouths.

This incomprehensibility may be one of the reasons why D&D was villainized back in the day, but it also makes for some hilarious "WTF?" moments when game chat is quoted out of context.

Imgur user perckq asked tabletop gamers in the Imgur community to submit quotes for his Out of context D&D shenanigans gallery, and their responses were so out there they'll probably only make sense to serious D&D heads...or maybe not.

See 25 Out of Context D&D Quotes That Will Have You Rolling here

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