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09 Jul 13:40

I Wish The Movie Turtles Looked More Like Build-A-Bear's Turtles

by Mike Fahey

I Wish The Movie Turtles Looked More Like Build-A-Bear's Turtles

Available today online and in-stores Friday, Build-A-Bear Workshop's take on Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is going to cost me at least $140. Considering the alternatives, I think it's worth it.

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09 Jul 18:52

​Homestar Runner Might Be Coming Back. For Real.

by Evan Narcisse

​Homestar Runner Might Be Coming Back. For Real.

That little update in April was the first time that the internet got new Homestar Runner stuff in three years. Now, the cult cartoon's creators say that we'll be seeing more of Strong Bad, the Cheat and the show's other characters soon. Are you ready for a Strong Sad Tumblr?

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06 Jul 01:00

This Week's Top Comedy Video: Come Here

by SplitSider

Dude! Get off that dumb computer and come check this thing out! Come here, dude. Seriously. Come here.

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05 Jul 22:00

And Then DJ Jazzy Jeff Had A Super Mario Bros. Remix Battle

by Mike Fahey

And Then DJ Jazzy Jeff Had A Super Mario Bros. Remix Battle

During yesterday's Fourth of July Jam in Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Jeff (sans Fresh Prince) and Jeremy Ellis got into a Super Mario Bros. remix battle, accompanied by The Roots. This is a thing that happened.

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05 Jul 23:21

Potato Salad Meets Kickstarter Goal 200 Times Over

by Mike Fahey

Potato Salad Meets Kickstarter Goal 200 Times Over

Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio wanted $10 to make some potato salad, so he went to Kickstarter. Now he has more than $2,000 to make potato salad, proving a long-standing theory here at Snacktaku — potato salad is pretty great.

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26 Jun 08:30

These bitches can’t hold Penelope Penelope and her suitors...



These bitches can’t hold Penelope

Penelope and her suitors (1912), John Williams Waterhouse / Hold My Liquor, Kanye West ft. Justin Vernon

01 Jul 17:00

9 Fun DIY Projects for Backyard Movie Nights

by Lauren Hufnagl

I don't know about you, but I'd say that we see our friends and family about 100 times more in the summer than we do in the colder months of the year. There's something about warm weather and the freedom to go outdoors that brings people together. It's a time to foster community and friendship, to break bread and build relationships. And really for us, summer is one of the few times of the year that we can entertain at home, as our house isn't exactly sized for large groups of people. I've been thinking about hosting an outdoor movie night, and I want to make it fun but on a budget. Here are nine DIY ideas that I've come up with for just such a fete:

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02 Jul 21:00

Duvets and Sheets that Snap Together Mean Your Bed Stays Made Forever

by Andrew Liszewski
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Your bed dreams have come true!

Duvets and Sheets that Snap Together Mean Your Bed Stays Made Forever

Remember how putting an 'i' in front of everything was en vogue after the iPod became popular? That trend continues today with the term 'smart'. We've got smartphones, smartcars, smartwatches, and now even Smart Bedding, which uses a clever trick to ensure your sheets don't end up in a twisted knot by morning.

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02 Jul 15:00

Beyond Toy Storage: 20 Ways to Hack, Tweak, Repurpose & Reimagine IKEA's Trofast

by Carrie McBride
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Think you're clever using IKEA's Trofast to round up all your kids' toys, do ya? Well, okay, it is perfect for that, but that's so Trofast 1.0. You've got to expaaaaand your miiiiind. Think outside the biiiiiin. Like these folks, who show that mere toy storage is just the tip of the Trofast iceberg. Check out these 20 ways to use the use the Trofast. Some are true hacks and reimaginings, others minor tweaks and adjustments.

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02 Jul 17:08

The 10 Weirdest Movie Moments That Broke The Fourth Wall

by Madeleine Monson-Rosen on io9, shared by Tina Amini to Kotaku

The 10 Weirdest Movie Moments That Broke The Fourth Wall

There's something inherently science fictional about breaking the fourth wall — like passing from a dimension of fiction into the real world. And savvy filmmakers have been playing with the strangeness of this notion for years. Here are the 10 weirdest movie scenes that broke the fourth wall.

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02 Jul 19:00

A Rechargeable Tower Fan That Lets You Take a Breeze Wherever You Need

by Andrew Liszewski
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neeeeeeedz

A Rechargeable Tower Fan That Lets You Take a Breeze Wherever You Need

A fan is only a useful way to beat the summer heat if you're in range of its blast. So to ensure the use of this GreenFan isn't limited by the location of your outlets or the length of its cord, it features an optional rechargeable battery so you can place it exactly where you need to cool off.

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02 Jul 19:11

Qwerkywriter, A Mechanical USB Keyboard Inspired by Vintage Typewriter Design

by EDW Lynch
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Ummm our next keyboard obviously.

The Qwerkywriter is a mechanical USB keyboard by game developer Brian Min with a design and feel inspired by vintage typewriters. Min is currently financing production of Qwerkywriter via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Qwerkywriter Mechanical Keyboard

Qwerkywriter Mechanical Keyboard

photos via Brian Min

via DesignTAXI

30 Jun 21:23

Designer and Father Tommy Perez Creates a Food Alphabet for His Daughter

by EDW Lynch

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In his ongoing photo series “AtoZoë”, designer Tommy Perez is teaching his daughter the alphabet by crafting every letter out of a corresponding food item. He plans on turning the series into a children’s book. More of Perez’s work is available on his Instagram account.

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photos by Tommy Perez

via DesignTAXI

30 Jun 23:25

Even Portal Turrets Like Game of Thrones

by Nathan Grayson on TMI, shared by Kirk Hamilton to Kotaku

How do the infamously talkative turrets from Valve's puzzle phenom Portal express their love of Game of Thrones? Why, through song, of course. Glorious harmonies, soaring shotgun blasts of sound. And ineffectual wiggling. I want to see Companion Cubes next.

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30 Jun 15:46

Matador Pocket Blanket, A Portable Picnic Blanket That Folds Down to the Size of a Deck of Cards

by Brian Heater

Matador

The Matador is a portable, water resistant blanket designed for picnics and the beach that folds down to a compact footprint roughly the size of a deck of cards. The company has a video demonstrating how to quickly fold the blanket up after use.

Matador

Matador

Matador

images via Matador

via Bless This Stuff

30 Jun 16:16

A Mashup of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and the First ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Four Trailer

by Justin Page
30 Jun 19:10

Captain America Statistics Song!, An Animated Short by ADHD Highlighting the Country’s Subpar World Rankings

by Justin Page

To help celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) has created “Captain America Statistics Song!“, a new animated short that highlights the country’s subpar world rankings with statistics courtesy of the CIA.

30 Jun 17:24

The Beautiful Process of Turning Quartz Into Lab Glass at 3,000 Degrees

by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
chapinc

PRETTY GIIIIIIFFFFS

The Beautiful Process of Turning Quartz Into Lab Glass at 3,000 Degrees

If you work in a lab, you've probably used lab glass made from quartz. But you probably haven't realized that the reason those test tubes are so durable is exactly what makes them so hard to mold. These beautiful GIFs, shot at GE's Global Research in upstate New York, shows exactly what it takes to make those beakers.

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30 Jun 21:00

A 20-Sided Pocket Art Director Gives You Free Design Advice

by Jordan Kushins
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D&D for creatives!

A 20-Sided Pocket Art Director Gives You Free Design Advice

When deadlines are a-looming and your creative well has momentarily run dry; when a conversation with colleagues would result in a down-the-rabbit-hole discussion that time won't allow; or when a client wants a design change and you need guidance from an impartial third party; the Pocket Art Director wants to help you with your work. In other words: "Just get it done."

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30 Jun 16:00

Justice Ginsburg Writes Blistering Dissent On Hobby Lobby

by Susie Madrak
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NOTORIOUS R.B.G.

Justice Ginsburg Writes Blistering Dissent On Hobby Lobby

Justice Ginsburg has some problems with the Hobby Lobby 5-4 decision. Some excerpts from her dissent via Mother Jones:

  • "Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community."
  • "Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults."
  • "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."
  • "Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be 'perceived as favoring one religion over another,' the very 'risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude."

12 Jun 13:54

New PlayStation 4 Video Game Console Feature Allows Users to Imagine They Are Playing a Really Fun Game

by Rollin Bishop

“They can imagine any game at all!”

The Onion reports that Sony has introduced a new “Intraplay” feature to their PlayStation 4 video game console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that allows users to close their eyes and imagine they are playing a really fun game.

12 Jun 08:00

Trailer for Turtle Power Documentary Reminds Us Why We Love the Turtles

by Katharine Trendacosta on io9, shared by András Neltz to Kotaku

The documentary'll be available August 12, just four days after the Michael Bay-ified movie version comes out. Think of it like a palate cleanser.

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11 Jun 05:29

Want to know why some people got so excited about the Grim Fandango HD news yesterday?

by Luke Plunkett
chapinc

Excited I may finally get to play this legendary game!

Want to know why some people got so excited about the Grim Fandango HD news yesterday? This little doco explains it all.

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09 Jun 20:15

Super Easy 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies — The Kitchn

by Jennifer Hunter
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Whoa.

09 Jun 21:15

Forget Call of Duty, Xbox Is Getting Some Amazing-Looking Indies

by Steve Marinconz

Forget Call of Duty, Xbox Is Getting Some Amazing-Looking Indies

There are a lot of cool trailers here, but I'm probably most excited for Cuphead , the game styled after 1930's animation:

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10 Jun 18:33

Senate Democrats Will Introduce Proposal To Expand Social Security Benefits

by John Amato
Senate Democrats Will Introduce Proposal To Expand Social Security Benefits

It appears that Duncan Black's dirty hippy plan is starting to play itself out and Senate Democrats are getting on board with a plan to expand our Social Security benefits.

Greg Sargent:

The idea has long remained outside the boundaries of acceptable Beltway discourse, but more and more Dems are coming around to it: Instead of getting drawn onto GOP austerity turf — into a debate over how much to cut Social Security — Dems should instead go on offense on the issue and push for an expansion of the program.

Today, I’m told, Senate Democrats will introduce a proposal to expand Social Security benefits for certain groups — and it is picking up the support of a member of the Democratic leadership, Senator Patty Murray of Washington State. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska will take the lead on the proposal, and he and Murry will speak about it on the Senate floor this afternoon.

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09 Jun 19:11

Yep, Waiting for Star Wars: Battlefront Is Going to Be Pretty Tough

by Evan Narcisse

Yep, Waiting for Star Wars: Battlefront Is Going to Be Pretty Tough

EA only showed a few slivers of gameplay footage from their upcoming Stars Wars game. But, damn if it doesn't make you want to get on a speeder bike on Endor.

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06 Jun 20:11

Why Can’t We Simplify Our Tax System? As It Turns Out, We Can.

by Anonymous
Why Can’t We Simplify Our Tax System? As It Turns Out, We Can.

Why Can’t We Simplify Our Tax System? It Turns Out, We Can. (via Moyers & Company)

Filling out federal income tax returns for individuals and businesses takes so much time that it’s the equivalent of creating three million full-time jobs, according to IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. In China the highest-paid workers are required…


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07 Jun 18:04

Hillary Clinton Pokes Karl Rove Over 'Brain Damage' Remarks

by John Amato
Hillary Clinton Pokes Karl Rove Over 'Brain Damage' Remarks

Hillary Clinton was interviewed by ABC's Diane Sawyer about her new book, the Bergdahl prison swap, Paul Ryan's concussion issues and Karl Rove. She backed up president Obama's play to bring home Sgt. Bergdahl by saying "it doesn't matter," what a soldier has done, he needs to come home.

Karl Rove has been attacking Hillary lately for being too old to run for president in 2016 as well as indicating she has brain damage and when she was asked about it, she took a jab at the former Bushie's own cranium.

Isn't he a nice guy?

Clinton: because of the force of the fall, I had double vision for a short period of time and I had some dizziness.

Sawyer: Did you have trouble talking?

Clinton: No, I had no problems. The only thing I had..

Sawyer: Headaches?

Clinton: No, I didn't have any of that. I felt fine and felt it was kind of silly that I was supposed to stay in bed.

(Paul Ryan) I read he was this great athlete, and I said Congressman, have you ever had a concussion? he says, Oh, yes, he said I had several. I think three and the last once was serious, but my mother was smart enough to let me stay in.

She also said that she would release her medical records if she does run in 2016.

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06 Jun 16:00

In the Kitchen With: Steph’s Salted Caramel Mousse and Caramel Popcorn

by Kristina Gill
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mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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This week’s recipe comes to us all the way from Sydney, one of my absolute favorite cities in the world. I stumbled across engineer Steph Michaelis’ blog, Raspberri Cupcakes, when I was taking my weekly Pinterest stroll. I couldn’t believe that a non-full-time baker had developed so many amazing and professional recipes and had baked and styled them all as well. Steph came up with something very easy to make which is actually two recipes in one: salted caramel mousse with caramel popcorn. I never knew making caramel popcorn was so easy, but I think you should keep your dentist on speed dial for this. Better yet, make your appointment before you make the recipe!  -Kristina

About Steph: An insatiable sweet tooth resulted in Raspberri Cupcakes, a baking blog from Sydney, Australia, run by Steph Michaelis. An engineer by day, Steph spends her free time blogging about her baking experiments, whether it’s crazy macarons  or sprinkle-covered cakes. The 5-year-old blog has built up a loyal following of fellow sweet-toothed readers from all over the world. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest.

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See how to make Steph’s salted caramel treats after the jump!

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