What Obi-Wan's Ghost Should Have Done

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It’s hard enough to understand why Obi-Wan Kenobi just gave up the ghost, so to speak, and just let Darth Vader kill him off. Sure, he was able to return and give advice to Luke, but he could have taken better advantage of the situation even after death. The folks from Dorkly show us what might have been -what should have been- in glorious pixelated animation.

Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) - Slashing Up The Competition

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Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) by Art Broken

When the folks who lived around Crystal Lake decided to start their own hockey team they naturally looked to the biggest, baddest mofo to ever slash a camp counselor for inspiration- Jason. The Crystal Lake Killers chose Jason's hockey mask as their logo and scared the skates off their competition, winning thirteen straight games in a row and developing a cross checking move that came to be known as the Voorhees.

Add some delightfully dark humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) t-shirt by Art Broken, and go out and support your favorite fantasy team!

Visit Art Broken's Facebook fan page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully dark designs:

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Giant LEGO Brick Coffee Table

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A hardcore LEGO fan wants to live in a LEGO world. This brick coffee table lets him get started on building that dream. Etsy seller Branching Outward made this table out of wood, polyester resin, epoxy, and lacquer. It weighs 48 pounds and measures 28.5 x 16 x 15 inches. The table costs $375, so building a full set may set your bank account back a bit.

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39 Words That are Often Incorrectly Used

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Jeff Hader over at Inc. has compiled a list of words that are often used incorrectly, particularly in business communications. The list is full of good advice about usage of common words. For instance, 

"Impact and affect (and effect)

Many people (including until recently me) use impact when they should use affectImpact doesn't mean to influence; impact means to strike, collide, or pack firmly.

Affect means to influence: "Impatient investors affected our rollout date."

And to make it more confusing, effect means to accomplish something: "The board effected a sweeping policy change."

How you correctly use effect or affect can be tricky. For example, a board can affect changes by influencing them and can effect changes by directly implementing them. Bottom line, use effect if you're making it happen, and affect if you're having an impact on something that someone else is trying to make happen.

As for nouns, effect is almost always correct: "Employee morale has had a negative effect on productivity." Affect refers to an emotional state, so unless you're a psychologist, you probably have little reason to use it.

So stop saying you'll "impact sales" or "impact the bottom line." Use affect.

Read about 38 other words that are commonly misused at Inc.

This Is a Real, Full-Size Tonka Truck

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The iconic Tonka dump truck is a classic toy that has graced the homes of many boys and girls for two generations. Ford made this full-size model on an F-750 chassis to promote its line of commercial work trucks. This one can haul 17,000 pounds in its articulated bed, which is a bit more than the toy model of your youth might have managed—not that we all didn’t try at some point!

Prince the Basketball Star

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Charlie Murphy once told the story of how he met Prince in a bar and ended up playing a basketball game against the Revolution. Dave Chappelle portrayed Prince in a classic skit about it. Prince later confirmed the story, but said the part about playing in their stage clothes was an embellishment. Now we have evidence that Prince was a basketball standout even in junior high, which may be news to anyone under 50 who lives outside Minneapolis. Libor Jany pulled these clippings from the archives of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. -via Uproxx

The Dinner Recipe That Your State Googles the Most

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As more and more information becomes accessible via the internet, people are increasingly ridding themselves of paper and physical reference materials. Cookbooks are part of that downsizing. Any recipe one can imagine is free of charge and at the fingertips of anyone with an internet-enabled device. 

Thus, Google is used by millions of people daily to search for recipes, and their "Google Trends" capability is one way to glean further insight. The results are not scientifically accurate, but they are a good benchmark. Below is information on what dinner recipes are Googled the most, by state. Learn more and see the results for all fifty states at the Huffington Post.


Hawaii: Chicken Salad
Idaho: Tilapia Fish Tacos
Illinois: Salmon
Indiana: Potato Skillet
Iowa: Pizza Dough
Kansas: Casserole
Kentucky: Sweet Potato
Louisiana: Chili
Maine: Boiled Ham

Takhini Hot Springs' Frozen Hair Contest

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Just outside of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, there are a set of hot springs called the Takhini Hot Pools. They're now part of a privately owned facility where visitors can relax in hot water. It doesn't close during the winter. In fact, during the month of February, the site holds a frozen hair contest.

Participants lay in the hot water while wiping cold water into their hair. This is best done when the temperature is about -4º through -22ºF.  10 to 30 minutes of careful shaping can result in beautifully sculpted, completely frozen hair.

About 20 people participated in the contest this year. Miléna Georgeault, Maxime Gouyou Beauchamps, and Fanny Caritte won it this year with this photo.

-via Amusing Planet

St. Pauli Pees Back

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We’ve heard of the German terms sitzpinkler and stehpinkler, and now we learn that wildpinkler means someone who pees outside. The city of Hamburg, Germany, has a problem with wildpinklers in its St. Pauli district. Around 20 million people travel to the area’s beer halls every year, and many of the male visitors stop by the nearest wall to relieve themselves. But the city found a way to fight back.  

While researching ways to discourage “Wildpinkler” – “free pee-ers” – annoyed members of IG St Pauli came across a hydrophobic paint which literally makes water droplets bounce off.

That means that anyone hoping to relieve themselves in unorthodox locations around the neighbourhood must reckon with the risk of a soaking for their shoes and trousers.

Now there are signs reading “Don't pee here! We'll pee back,” on specially-treated walls around the area.

A video at The Local shows some surprised wildpinklers. -via Arbroath

Toddler Gives Bull Terrier a Medical Checkup

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A little girl named Noa gives a thorough veterinary checkup to Neckar, likely the most chill and patient bull terrier ever. Every bull terrier I've encountered is so excited about life and gregarious that they are practically bouncing off walls. It makes me wonder if the "doctor" didn't administer a sedative to her patient prior to the checkup. Whatever the case, it's adorable. Via Tastefully Offensive

Rules for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

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Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist is the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the animator behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the other great classic Warner Bros. cartoon characters. In it, Jones lists the rules that governed interactions between Wile E. Coyote and his lifelong foe, the Road Runner.

These rules help shaped these cartoons into the funny shorts that still make us laugh 60 years later. And, if you think about it, they're also practical tips for workplace etiquette.

-via Blame It on the Voices

Terrible Fate - The Happy Merchant And His Cursed Mask

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Terrible Fate by I.Am.Sare

Life is all about the choices you make, and how you deal with encounters that come your way as you head down the path you've chosen to take. Some paths lead to fame and fortune, others lead to deep, dark forests and certain death, but when one meets with a terrible fate the best thing to do is respawn and start the quest all over again. You'll never become a legend lounging around on piles of rupees all day, and there's always a shopkeeper in town who's happy to help you part with your purse..

Ensure your fashion future is bright by bringing home this Terrible Fate t-shirt by I.Am.Sare, it's a delightful way to show your love of RPGs and the fates that await our player characters!

Visit I.Am.Sare's Facebook fan page, Instagram and Tumblr, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more legendary designs:

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HOA Learns a PR Lesson

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation wants to fulfill a wish for 6-year-old Ella Schultz. Ella more than anything wants to beat cancer. Besides that, she wants her own playhouse in her backyard. The foundation lined up a construction crew to build it. The neighbors were all for it. But the family’s Home Owners Association said no. "The proposed plan they've given us is a violation of our covenants."

When the story hit the local news, backlash was immediate. Neighbors decorated their mailboxes in green to show their support for Ella. People took to Twitter and other social media sites to spread the word. At least one person has offered to pay any fines incurred if the playhouse is built. The HOA removed its board members names and email addresses from its website. Wednesday night, the HOA board issued a statement.  

The board has met for the better half of the day and at this time we would like to release the following statement.

Our hearts are with Ella Schultz and her family as they battle this terrible illness. Our homeowners' association board is committed to working with Make-A-Wish Foundation and J.E. Dunn to see if we can figure out a way to make Ella's wish come true. The initial request from Make-A-Wish to place a barn-style shed was not accepted because the board did not have enough information to grant an exception to the subdivision's covenants. In hopes of getting enough information, we are requesting an immediate meeting with Make-A-Wish and J.E. Dunn Construction to work out a solution in the most expeditious manner possible.

Meanwhile, Ella was taken to a hospital hospital with a fever and infection. Read the rest of the story at KCTV 5. -via Uproxx

A Winning New Ballpark Treat: the Churro Dog

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Are you a baseball fan who loves to grab a hot dog at the ballpark? Some people say that no other hot dog tastes as good. As it happens, this season's attendees of Arizona Diamondbacks games will have the option of snacking on a new kind of dog: the Churro. The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro inside a split-open, glazed chocolate Long John doughnut and topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces. Calories? The estimated count is 1,117. The price will be $8.50, pretty much in line with the high prices of snack foods at stadiums. 

This isn't the first hot dog gimmick offered at the Diamondbacks' stadium, called Chase Field. Last season, the D-Bat Dog appeared. The $25.00 "snack" is an 18-inch long corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapeños and bacon, served with french fries. 

Looks like sports franchises need to do whatever they can to fill stadium seats; some more than others. What do you think? Would you eat a Churro Dog or a D-Bat dog? I kind of hate to say it, but the photo above is looking pretty delicious to me. 

Read more about the Churro Dog and other ballpark offerings at ESPN. 

The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense

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Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

I thought the insanity defense was a relatively new thing. I mean, maybe it began in the 1940's or possibly the '30’s, what with all the psychobabble around in those times. But no. It was actually much earlier.

It all started with a guy named Dan Sickles.

Dan Sickles (1819-1914) was also a congressman who was known for a number of things. As a union general in the Civil War. As a U.S. minister to Spain. For being censured by the New York State Assembly for escorting Fanny White, a known prostitute, into its chambers.

And, not the least, for being the first person to use temporary insanity as a legal defense.

In 1859, Sickles was accused of murdering his wife's paramour, Phillip Barton Key. (Phillip was the son of Francis Scott Key- composer of “The Star Spangled Banner.") After the murder, Sickles confessed and surrendered himself to Attorney General Jeremiah Black at Black's home.

Sickles' stay in jail was quite unusual. All of Washington society turned out to visit him. Senators and congressmen came in and wished Sickles well. President James Buchanan did not personally visit, but he sent Sickles a personal note.

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100+ Famous Artists and Their Studios

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Frida Kahlo

The workspaces and studios of any artist or creative says a lot about them. Do they like the space to be flooded with natural light, like Hans Hartung? Is the space imbued with a sense of style, like that of Roy Lichtenstein? Do they have drafting desks or easels? Salvador Dalí actually invented a mechanism that let his paintings be raised or lowered as necessary with pulleys.

See well over 100 famous artists in their studios, including Picasso, Monet, Pollock, Chagall and Munch in this user-submitted collection at Bored Panda. 

Has Hartung

Roy Lichtenstein

Keith Haring

Cat and Tortoise

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It’s a game of cat and mouse, er, cat and tortoise. No, it’s more like tag. You’re it! Too bad the turtle is always the one tagged. He’s trying his best, though. He’s pretty fast for his species, but the cat, of course, has the upper hand. Or paw. -via Tastefully Offensive

Friday the 13th Coffee Table

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When entertaining visitors at home, it’s helpful to have a low table near the main seating area in order to serve coffee and tea. This helps create a welcoming atmosphere that builds warm relationships. For that purpose, the prop shop Slaughter FX built this custom coffee table that looks like the ruptured crypt of Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise.

-via Nerd Approved

Rare Photos of Boris Karloff on Frankenstein Sets, Circa 1930s

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Vintage Everyday has published these wonderful photographs of English actor Boris Karloff on the set of James Whale's classic film Frankenstein, which premiered in 1931, as well as on the sets of the sequels. Frankenstein's monster became the character that Karloff was best known for during his career as an actor; Karloff went on to play the monster in Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. After those films, his popularity surged. 

For Frankenstein, the 5'11" Karloff had to drag around more than his large frame. His costume included four-inch platform boots that weighed 11 pounds each. The facial makeup was burdensome as well, but Karloff handled it professionally and with good humor. Karloff also was beloved for his later voice work as the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' 1966 animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  

Be sure to visit the link above to see the full photo gallery. It's worth the time of any film or monster movie enthusiast. 

Karloff and Whale 

What the Inside of an Aquafresh Tube Looks Like

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The toothpaste brand Aquafresh is noted for its colorful presentation that comes out with every squirt. How does it work? To find out, freeze a tube, then cut it open. The colors run smoothly from one end to the other. So, to answer your question: magic.

-via Brian Ashcraft

Give Her An Egg!

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When I was 16 months old, I got the jelly jar out of the refrigerator and sat on the floor and ate it with my hands. That’s the extent of my food preparation experience as a toddler. Tony Quarella and his wife included their 16-month-old daughter in their family cookie-making project. Well, they gave her the hat. Then that gave her an egg. What do you suppose happens when you give a toddler an egg? You might be surprised! -via reddit

Scrooge McLannister - A Tale Of Ducks And Thrones

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Scrooge McLannister by FnC Works

There is a winter storm a-brewin' in Duckberg, and Scrooge knows he'll soon have to defend his empire with his life. The beagle boys are taking their orders from Magica now, and they've set their sights on shutting down Scrooge's mall-ards and quack-tices one-by-one. Dark forces are preparing their end game for MacDuck, but they're unaware of the fiery ace Scrooge holds up his sleeve...

Bring some animated adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Scrooge McLannister t-shirt by FnC Works, and let it tell the tale of the duck and his dynasty for you!

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Swimming in a Fish Tank

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Redditor LutzTrain explains, "My brother really wanted to swim with his turtle." Here they are high-fiving underwater, as Nature intended. They're best buds.

Some redditors doubt that the photo is real, so LutzTrain offers further proof.

Cheesy Stock Photos, Starring Vince Vaughn

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To promote his new movie Unfinished Business, Vince Vaughn and other members of the cast including Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson are lending their likenesses to a set of typically goofy stock photos. The images, which will be available for free download, were created in a joint effort by Twentieth Century Fox and iStock by Getty Images. While we've seen the Stock Photobomber innovate his way into the camp of stock photography, this is the first time it's been done in this manner and with recognizable faces. 

Twelve free downloadable images will be made available here over a period or three weeks. See the full set at Ad Week. 

Skaters Build a Train Car Half-Pipe

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This ingenious vehicle is a railroad car with a little cabin inside. You can even see its resident inside strumming on a ukulele. More importantly, it's a portable skateboarding half-pipe.

The railroad half-pipe is the centerpiece of SKATE HEADS, a new video by the Vancouver-based film making team Zenga Bros. It shows skateboarding enthusiasts and their clever, multipurpose ramps.

For example, you can flip over this functional rowboat . . .  

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6 Ways to Impress the Idiots You Went to High School With

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When you leave home after high school, seeing the world changes you. Then you go back home to visit your parents and you encounter your old friends -the ones who never left. Or possibly you’re there for a reunion weekend. Whatever, it’s an important time to try to let them know you’ve done well since you’ve been gone. Reconnecting can be fun, but just like high school, it’s all a matter of one-upmanship. J.F. Sargent has a list at Cracked about what you should do. Only it isn’t what you’d expect. As Ron Burgundy said, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Be warned this is like no other Cracked list we’ve posted here before -but that’s all I will tell you.

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Rock Band Meets Young Fan with Down Syndrome, Responds Perfectly to Him

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10-year old Christopher Warner of West Friendship, Maryland loves the rock band Maroon 5. He absolutely adores their work, especially that of frontman Adam Levine. His teacher, Avery Stanert, made a video of Christopher raving about Maroon 5. That video went viral and eventually came to Adam Levine's attention.

Maroon 5 invited Christopher, his mother, and his teachers to attend one of their concerts. They got backstage passes and the chance to meet the band.

When it came time to meet them, Christopher had a panic attack. He lay down on the floor and wouldn't get up. That wasn't a problem for Levine and his bandmates, who lay down on the floor with Christopher

-via 22 Words

The Shortest Movies in the World

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If you’re a movie character and you want for your film to end quickly, just make good decisions.

Doghouse Diaries comments, “I’d pay to see 100 of these packed into a single movie.” That sounds like a project for the always entertaining 5-Second Films.

Question: what would the world’s shortest Western consist of?

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