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03 Feb 20:30

Recipe: Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip — Weeknight Recipes from The Kitchn

by Christine Gallary

I've been experimenting a lot with vegetable patties recently since they're an easy way to pack nutrient-rich ingredients together. Their small, portable size also makes them easy to stuff into pitas, pack into my daughter's lunches, or even top with a fried egg for a savory breakfast. The latest winning combination? Sweet potato and chickpea.


04 Feb 02:54



- Today our DM had a minor breakdown about the way our characters manage to go around important fights by sneaking or diplomacy. (via outofcontextdnd)

An acquaintance recently asked me about my interests, and when I said I was into D&D, they said “that always looks really fun! What’s it like?”
My first response straight out of the holster was “it’s a pretty fun & creative way to get mad at your friends for doing what you expected them to do but hoped they wouldn’t”

04 Feb 00:43

Video: The History of Japan Explained in the Most Fun Way Possible

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Cheryl Eddy to Gizmodo

this is so good. like, so good. it explains a lot of stuff, not just about japan, and also makes you laugh. worth all nine minutes.

Video: The History of Japan Explained in the Most Fun Way Possible

If we canceled history classes in high schools across the world and replaced them with YouTube videos about history, kids would learn so much more. I just sat through this wonderful 10-minute video on the history of Japan by Bill Wurtz without even skipping ahead because it was so riveting and funny and fast paced. In fact, the video (as silly as it was) was so well done that it actually makes you want to learn more about the history of Japan (which you would do through Wikipedia and not textbooks, of course).


29 Jan 16:40

Nerf’s Doomlands Double-Dealer and Foam Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blasters Quickly Shoot Down and Chop Up Enemies

by Justin Page


Before appearing at Toy Fair 2016, Nerf shared information with Popular Mechanics about their upcoming Doomlands series Double-Dealer and Zombie Strike series Brainsaw blasters. The toy weapons, which won’t appear in stores until this fall, will allow you to quickly shoot down and chop up enemies with their foam darts and chainsaw blade.

The Double-Dealer, the latest blaster in the Doomlands line, features a cool crossbow-esque design. But instead of a bow, it has two side-mounted 12-dart magazines, each feeding into a barrel of its own. And you get to use both at once—the pump action blaster fires a duo of darts with each pull of the trigger.

Alongside the Double-Dealer, Hasbro’s also releasing a literal (plastic) chainsaw in the Zombie Strike line. The Brainsaw’s flagship feature is its spinning foam blade, mounted at the blaster’s front like a bonkers bayonet, but there’s long-range potential too, in the form of eight barrels which pack in four darts on either side of the blade. (read more)


images via Popular Mechanics

via Popular Mechanics

29 Jan 17:01

These NASA Fly-Over Images Just Revealed Something Odd on the Surface of Ceres

by Ria Misra

Okay, we’re just going to say it: From its mysterious glowing patches to its two-faced mountain, dwarf-planet Ceres is plain weird. And with the latest fly-over look at its surface from NASA, things are getting even stranger.


29 Jan 19:12

A Quick Physiological Explanation Why It’s Not Safe to Take Medication With Grapefruit Juice

by Lori Dorn

In a recent episode of SciShow, host Hank Green explains why it’s not safe to drink grapefruit juice while taking medication for conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and anxiety.

Grapefruit is full of a type of organic compound called furanocoumarin, which interferes with the activity of an enzyme in your small intestine called CYP3A4. Problem is, that interference means your body will absorb more of certain medicines, for things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and anxiety, than it’s supposed to. This enzyme’s normal job is to chemically change certain potentially dangerous compounds before they can get to your bloodstream or liver. That way, they’re easier for your body to eliminate. But it also recognizes lots of different medications, and deactivates them the way it would any chemical — meaning that a large amount of the drug you take never actually makes it into your body to do its job.

30 Jan 16:22

Warcraft Movie Actor Tells Conan O'Brien How World Of Warcraft Saved His Life

by Mike Fahey

Orgrim Doomhammer actor Robert Kazinsky was on Conan O’Brien earlier this week, where he told the story of how World of Warcraft made him fat, lazy and happier than he’s ever been.


30 Jan 15:00

5 Weeknight Dinners Featuring Fresh Pantry Ingredients — Meal Plans from The Kitchn

by Christine Gallary

A few weeks ago we showcased some dinners using shelf-stable dry pantry ingredients, but there's the other (equally important) half of the pantry we try to keep well-stocked too. What's in this pantry? The dairy, vegetables, and other fresh staples you always have kicking around in your refrigerator or freezer. Now it's their turn to shine in these simple weeknight dinner recipes.


29 Jan 18:00

The Enduring Allure of Tomato Soup Cake — Food History

by Casey Barber

what is this witchcraft

You don't see tomato soup cake on dessert menus at Michelin-starred restaurants. It's not a postmodern invention of the molecular gastronomy set. Unlike donuts or meatballs, it's not going through some upscale comfort food revival. Yet for the past century, tomato soup cake has endured, remaining a stalwart presence through decades of food trends to become an American dessert icon. And if you haven't tried it yet, you're in for a revelation.


26 Jan 20:55

An Honest Trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

by Scott Beale

Screen Junkies gives their Honest Trailers treatment to the Marvel televison series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In Marvel’s longest running Avengers promo campaign, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are doing…. the best they can?

26 Jan 18:26

The Curves on Lego's New Technic Porsche 911 Are Just Perfect

by Andrew Liszewski

The Porsche is a popular choice for Lego enthusiasts looking to test their modelling skills, but leave it to the toymaker’s official builders to absolutely nail the curves and contours that make the 911 so recognizable on this new Technic set.


26 Jan 18:00

A Versatile Workhorse: Ideas for Using the $40 Molger Bench All Around the House

by Carrie McBride

If your furniture isn't going to be beautiful, it should at least be versatile. Case in point: IKEA's Molger bench. It's not ugly by any means, but a bit plain and forgettable. But you can forgive it because it rings in at just under $40 and can report for duty all over your home. Take a look at these examples:


22 Jan 20:36

Kid Wearing a Leaf Blower Hilariously Loses Control and Starts Spinning in Circles

by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

Kid Wearing a Leaf Blower Hilariously Loses Control and Starts Spinning in Circles

Oh to be a kid again when even lawn work could be fun. This genius kid strapped himself up in a leaf blower and started spinning around in circles because the air blowing out was so powerful. He looks like he’s having the time of his life! He looks like a superhero first learning the powers of his suit! He looks like he wants to spin forever! Curse the adult who jumps in and “saves” the day.


22 Jan 16:52

leek, ham and cheese egg bake

by deb

leek, ham and cheese egg bake

A friend from high school texted me a couple weeks ago to say that he’d made the Spinach and Cheese Strata for Christmas morning brunch and it was a big hit. Ever the smartass, I asked him where he’d found a whole room of people willing to eat bread and he said that this was Pittsburgh, where every salad has french fries on it and I said it sounded like a heavenly place and then he pointed me to this to prove his point.

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21 Jan 19:00

How To Pare Down Everything Just Like You Pare Down Your Wardrobe

by Adrienne Breaux

If you've tried a few different ways of decluttering your stuff — from home decor to paperwork to furniture to cleaning supplies and more — but still find yourself struggling with feeling like you need more room in your home and life, you might find success with this method. It's a good process, particularly if you're someone with a love and mind for fashion. Approach paring down your other belongings like you pare down your wardrobe and you just might find streamlining all your things easier.


21 Jan 20:28

Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele Embark on a Dangerous Mission to Rescue a Kitten in Their First Feature Film ‘Keanu’

by Glen Tickle

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele embark on a dangerous mission to rescue a kitten named Keanu in their first feature film Keanu. The comedy was directed by Peter Atencio and written by Peele and Alex Rubens. Both Atencio and Rubens worked with Peele and Key on their Comedy Central series Key & Peele.

Keanu appears to be an action comedy inspired by John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. In that film Reeves’ character has to go on a revenge mission against a gang that killed his dog. Similarly, the trailer for Keanu shows Key and Peele taking on a gang to save their kitten.

Keanu will be released in theaters on April 29, 2016.

For comparison, here is the trailer for John Wick.

Keanu Poster

image via Keanu

21 Jan 21:02

Brutally Honest Movie Posters for 2016 Oscar Nominated Films

by Justin Page

The Martian

Ali Gray, Matt Looker, and Ed Williamson of The Shiznit have created a collection of brutally honest movie posters for 2016 Oscar-nominated films.

It’s a particularly open race at this year’s Oscars, which is interesting, so interesting, so incredibly interesting. Could this film win? But what about that film? Does this actor deserve a nomination? Should that actress have lobbied for Lead instead of Supporting? All of these are words that people say that have absolutely no bearing on these stupid posters that I made. Enjoy them by looking at them and forwarding them to your nan.

Inside Out
Inside Out

Mad Max Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road


Big Short
The Big Short

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

images via The Shiznit

via Blame It On The Voices

18 Jan 01:13

Meep! MEEP!

by Luke Plunkett

Beaker x Akira, by Ryan Lang (whose work we’ve featured a few times before). It was done for Dan LuVisi’s upcoming book Popped Culture.


18 Jan 15:45

David Bowie Has His Own Constellation Now

by Rob Bricken on io9, shared by Maddie Stone to Gizmodo

As the world still mourns the passing of David Bowie, we can take some comfort that he’s posthumously received the most appropriate tribute ever: a constellation named after him, shaped in his iconic lightning bolt.


17 Jan 19:09

Kylo Ren Learns What His Employees Think of Him in a Saturday Night Live Parody of Undercover Boss

by Lori Dorn

Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live made gentle fun of both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the CBS reality series Undercover Boss when guest host Adam Driver reprised his role as Kylo Ren, a CEO who disguises himself as a bespectacled blonde radar technician named Matt in order to find out about what his Starkiller Base employees thought of him. Unfortunately, Matt inability to to temper the Dark Lord’s anger caused him to inadvertently divulge his identity long before the “big reveal”

Yeah, you’re Kylo Ren. We know. I knew it when you threw me through the soda machine.

16 Jan 22:40

Matthew Perry Takes the Quiz From the ‘Friends’ Episode When Monica Lost the Apartment Bet

by Lori Dorn

On a recent episode of The Graham Norton Show, the affable Matthew Perry explained how he got the role as Chandler Bing on Friends, what he thought of the iconic show and even successfully answered the questions from the apartment bet that was featured on the episode “The One with the Embryos

Earlier in the show, fellow guest Miriam Margolyes of Harry Potter films admitted that she had never seen the show because she doesn’t like the woman who wrote the show.

Perry also spoke of a drunken night with director M. Night Shyamalan.

The original quiz scene.

14 Jan 18:52

The World’s Largest Model Railway Added Google Maps and Street View Using Tiny Camera Mounted on Tiny Vehicles

by Glen Tickle

Google announced that it has added the world’s largest model railway, Miniatur Wunderland located in Hamburg, Germany, to Google Maps and Street View, allowing users to virtually explore the miniature world. Google used tiny cameras attached to tiny vehicles to to image the minute city.

For those looking to relive their childhood dreams of being a conductor of their own railway and playing with dollhouses, we have a Street View surprise for you: Hamburg’s famed Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway, has come to Google Maps. Boasting 13,000 meters of track and more than 200,000 tiny citizens, the museum includes tiny replicas of a variety of German provinces, famous places in America and even a fully-functioning airport!

We previously covered Miniatur Wunderland in 2009, but back then it would have been impossible to delve into the stunning detail available.

miniatur wunderland train car

miniatur wunderland google camera car

miniatur las vegas

miniatur farmers market

images via Google

via Google

14 Jan 18:55

Alan Rickman (1946-2016), Distinguished Star of Film and Stage Known For His Distinctive Voice

by Lori Dorn

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, the highly respected, talented actor and director of film and stage who was most widely known as the embattled Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passed away today from complications due to cancer. He was 69 years old.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Alan Rickman in London.He was a wonderful actor…..It’s so sad….Please, send your message for him to and in facebook.

Posted by Alan Rickman on Thursday, January 14, 2016

While being incredibly distinguished, Rickman had no trouble making fun of himself while taking Jimmy Fallon to task about the infamous Rickman-off.

Severus Snape

As Hans Gruber in Die Hard

As Harry in Love Actually

Rest in Peace Mr. Rickman. The world will miss the dulcet sounds of your distinctive voice.

images via Alan Rickman Facebook page

13 Jan 17:30

13 Wonderful Ways to Eat Your Oats — Recipes from The Kitchn

by Kristin Appenbrink

Think a bowl of mushy oatmeal is the only way to eat your oats? Think again. From jam-filled granola bars and vegan oat pancakes, to sandwich bread and breakfast cookies, there are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy this heart-healthy pantry staple.


13 Jan 17:31

Fox Mulder Summarizes the History of the Original X-Files Series in the Opening Scene of the New Series Reboot

by Justin Page

Fox Mulder summarizes the history of the original X-Files television series in the one-minute opening scene, released by FOX, of the new series reboot. Episode one premieres as a two-night event starting on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 10 PM and then airing on the 25th at 8 PM.

The X files

image via The X-Files

12 Jan 19:00

Recipe: Mexican Skillet Lasagna — Weeknight Dinners from the Pantry

by Christine Gallary

What if I told you that you didn't need to pick up a knife or turn on your oven to make a delicious lasagna? Yes, it's true — this lasagna only has six ingredients and cooks all in one pan. Ready to learn more?


07 Jan 18:07

M. Night Shyamalan Is Bringing Back Tales From the Crypt

by Germain Lussier on io9, shared by Adam Clark Estes to Gizmodo


The iconic horror anthology series Tales From the Crypt is coming back to TV from one of our most polarizing filmmakers. M. Night Shyamalan will produce the reboot as part of new horror-centric block that’s coming to TNT.


08 Jan 23:02


08 Jan 16:29

A 3D Printed Version of Codsworth, The Mr. Handy Robotic Butler From Fallout 4

by Justin Page

make me one at work?

Mr Handy

Parma, Ohio photographer Mark Mosinski used an UP Plus 2 3D printer to create a compact version of Codsworth, the Mr. Handy robotic butler from Bethesda‘s popular Fallout4 video game. Mark also made a great stop-motion video of his Mr. Handy fighting off a pair of pirates camping out next to the TARDIS from Doctor Who. More photos are available to view on Instagram.

Mr Handy

Mr Handy

images via Mark Mosinski

via Fallout

08 Jan 16:48

Priceless Footage of a Daughter’s Reaction When She Finds Out Who Luke Skywalker’s Father Is

by Justin Page

Christian Perez recently captured priceless footage of his daughter Anabella’s reaction when she finds out who Luke Skywalker‘s father is in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

via reddit