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  1. Sony Releasing PlayStation 4 After New Xbox, Will Allegedly Give Them an Edge

    There was once a time when Sony never would have dreamed of letting the competition get a head start reaching the market before any of their PlayStation consoles. But going into 2013, the company has achieved some level of mature wisdom since releasing the PlayStation 3, with Sony's CEO, Kaz Hirai, hinting that the upcoming PlayStation 4 will be released after Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360. Certainly a bold statement on Hirai's part, especially when buzz around Sony's corporate office seems to be saying otherwise.

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  2. Justice in a Half Shell: Researchers Demand the Cayman Turtle Farm Be Shut Down

    Despite Finding Nemo's interpretation of sea turtles as carefree and high as a kite, these guys have it pretty rough. From taking decades to reach sexual maturity to having a majority of their eggs devoured by predators, a sea turtle's existence amounts to nothing but hard knocks from the nest to the grave, though they're above complaining about it. But as if that wasn't enough, the cruel whim of destiny sometimes dictates that sea turtles end up in sleazy aquariums so filthy that they might as well be swimming in a tank of toilet water. Such was the case when Dr. Phillip Arena -- a lecturer with a PhD in reptile biology at the Student Learning Centre at Murdoch's Peel -- and a team of researchers from the U.K.'s Emergent Disease Foundation investigated evidence of the shabby conditions at the Cayman Islands' Cayman Turtle Farm that threatened the welfare of its shelled residents.

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  3. Game Over: Atari Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Atari Inc. and three of it affiliates in the U.S. are throwing in the towel. Filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in a New York State bankruptcy court, Atari Inc. aims to disentangle itself from its French parent company Atari S.A. -- originally Infogrames -- in a similar manner to how we scootch a few seats down the table to sit away from a creepy relative at family gatherings. If the American company successfully dissolves its ties to floundering France-based parent, Atari Inc.'s leaders intend to shift game development and publishing focus on digital and mobile platforms, though there are no specifics right now on what that might look like. Doesn't matter, really, since we all know they'll likely just churn out yet another modern update of Pong or Asteroids.

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  4. World War II Lard Washes Ashore St. Cyrus Nature Reserve Beach, Apparently Still Good for Fryin’

    Plenty of strange and wondrous wash up on the beach every now and then: Shells, pieces of coral, dead and largely indeterminate ocean life that news networks and "experts" are quick to label as a sea monster. The usual stuff, but staff members at the St. Cyrus nature reserve in Angus, Scotland were surprised to find white, barnacle-encrusted blobs of lard washed ashore a nearby beach after a storm had hit the coast. Fortunately, the lard is believed to have originated from the wreck of a sunken WWII-era merchant vessel and not the leftover medical waste from Poseidon's regular liposuction procedures.

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  5. 4-Year-Old Girl Has All Her Teeth Capped With Silver Crowns, Ends Up Looking Like James Bond Villain

    Why is that when we were children, our teeth were disturbingly susceptible to practically every manner of dental affliction, with afternoons most often spent reading outdated Highlights magazines in a dentist's office? Some of us got off easy during childhood dental visits, typically receiving a stern lecture on the virtues of oral hygiene and the Satanic evils of candy consumption. Others, well, had to endure having their cavity-riddled teeth bored through with a Black & Decker power drill. Either way, none of those experiences really compare to what happened to four-year-old Savannah White when she walked in for a teeth filling and left the room with enough silver crowns to make her look like the famous James Bond villain Jaws.

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  6. This Video of People Slipping on Ice is Eight Minutes of Pure Schadenfreude

    There are quite a few people out there who are quick to point out that slipping on ice is never a laughing matter. Admittedly, they're half right in their belief, but what those killjoys fail to grasp is that it all depends on the context. See, when you fall down flat on your face when trying to traverse an icy surface, it's not at all funny. Now if someone else, on the other hand, takes a spill, then by all means, feel free to giggle a little bit -- even if this brief moment of relishing in another's public humiliation is frowned upon. Better yet, whip out the camera and start filming the poor saps getting acquainted with the icy concrete that, up until a few seconds ago, was beneath their feet. That's what one person did when some hapless pedestrians thought they'd make it across a frozen sidewalk with their dignity in one piece.

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  7. PlayStation 4 May Drop the DualShock Controller Design

    They say when something isn't broken, don't fix it, and Sony's DualShock controllers -- first released in 1997 for the original PlayStation system -- is a prime example of this timeless maxim. Applauded for its intuitive design and general comfort, Sony has been sticking with virtually the same controller design for the last 16 years, experiencing only minor tweaks that never diluted what made it so popular with the gaming community. With the PlayStation 3 gradually fading into the background to make room for its successor, it has been reported that Sony will be eschewing the tried-and-true DualShock route in favor of a new controller utilizing touch screens and other features for the fourth installment of their best-selling line of game consoles.

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  8. Glee Rips Off Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” Cover, Proves They’re a Pop Culture Menace

    We think it's safe to say that Glee's propensity for taking classic songs and mutating them into teenybopper renditions that stab away at both our ear drums and patience knows absolutely no bounds, but it's still -- as much as we hate to say this -- 100% legit given that the original artists willingly sign away their souls to the show's executives for their thirty pieces of silver. Today, however, it was discovered by geek culture's favorite singer/songwriter, Jonathan Coulton, that what Glee wants, Glee will most certainly take without so much as permission and proper licensing. The show has apparently given a take on Coulton's cover version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" practically verbatim, and the singer and his army of fans are up in arms over the show's apparent audacious and ill-conceived move.

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  9. Nintendo Continues to Disappoint Wii U Owners With Major Title Delays

    Regardless of sales, Nintendo's latest console entry, the Wii U, has been met mostly with a tepid reception from the gaming community and hasn't gotten much market traction since last year. With a library of titles ranging from the mundane to recycled material seen months ago on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo didn't exactly make as much of a presence as they needed this past holiday season. The company's PR may dwindle further going into 2013 since it's been announced to the chagrin of all that highly anticipated titles such as Pikmin 3 and Game & Wario would experience delays, though it was promised they'd hit shelves no later than this spring. While it's common for one game to be held back until a later date, so many at one time is just an egregious bungle.

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  10. Final Fantasy: All the Bravest’s All Colors and Noise, Hard to Say What Else

    Though we certainly can't get enough of them, video games like the Final Fantasy series aren't for everybody -- some people just don't appreciate the obsessive micromanaging that comes with the territory. Probably influenced by the closed-minded few that feel RPGs tediously plod along, Square Enix has just released Final Fantasy: All the Bravest for iOS devices everywhere: A game that brings everything you loved about the 16-bit generation of Final Fantasy games, but pumps it full of near lethal amounts of caffeine and amphetamines.

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  11. Gremlins Might Be Getting a Reboot, Time to Pray It Doesn’t Happen

    Here's a timeless adage for you that all of Hollywood swears by: When in doubt, just reboot a cinematic classic from the 1980s. It's happened before countless times in the past with the end result always being a malformed abomination of what it once was. Having run the well of novel ideas dry years ago, film executives are already on the prowl in their reboot creeper van scoping out unsuspecting '80s flicks they've convinced themselves are in desperate need of a modern makeover. The latest victim they've set their money-hungry eyes on: The 1984 horror comedy Gremlins. Run, Gizmo! Run far away and don't look back!

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  12. One Shall Stand, One Shall Take a Seat on This Papercraft Transformers Couch

    When they're not ripping out each other's circuits or trading histrionic catchphrases back and forth, even the mightiest of Autobot and Decepticon warriors enjoys kicking back and letting all their troubles and PTSD melt away on the comfort of their living room couch. Sadly, never has this piece of home furnishing been made in the same scale as Transformers figures of our youth, forced to remain standing and never experience the simple pleasure of reclining back or laying their metallic heads on an armrest -- until now! Takara Tomy, the Japanese manufacturer of Transformers toys, has finally heard our incessant pleas for a practical, yet stylish, couch fit for Optimus Prime and is currently offering printable papercraft furniture on the their official website. So if you're handy with a pair of scissors and tape, this is something you owe it to yourself to check out.

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  13. Whip It Good: LEGO Castlevania Fan Film’s the Greatest Video You’ll See Today

    YouTube is rife with a plethora of stop motion LEGO films, ranging from the thoroughly entertaining to outright abysmal. Still, a majority of them aren't any longer than 10 minutes since not everybody is willing to devote hours of their time tediously making small LEGO figurines move across a table. Though we can't speak for the dedicated folks behind the feature length fan film Castlevania IV: Legend of Vania. Created by Hovinet Films -- a small studio consisting of three brothers from Finland -- Castlevania IV was a seven-year labor of love that runs for a whopping 146 minutes! Believe us, after watching the movie, you'll have a conflicting urge to start playing with LEGOs and play Castlevania on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Decisions, decisions...

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  14. Social Chromosome in Fire Ants Allows for More Than One Queen

    Nearly every science fiction flick offers the same solution when the heroes have to bring down an entire predatory alien race's social structure: Remove the matriarch and the rest will fall. No problem for them since -- advanced weaponry and flame throwers aside -- there's only a single queen to contend with, while us schmucks on Earth are left fighting a losing battle against a relentless foe governed by more than one ruling matriarch. Okay, maybe our endless war against the menace of  red fire ants isn't as grandiose as those seen in the movies, but that isn't to say that their being ruled by a council of queens doesn't leave the human race vexed. Although red fire ants typically allow for only one female ant in the proverbial seat of power, some carry chromosomes that make them open minded to the idea of having more than individual bossing them around. Thanks to recent research, we just might be able have this genetic trait work to our advantage. Hear that, you ant bastards, we're coming for you!

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  15. Google Maps Quashes Rumors That They’re a Bunch of Remorseless Donkey Killers

    Google was in the news yet again this past Monday when the internet community bore witness to a disturbing picture of what appeared to be a donkey that was struck by a roving Google Maps Street View car in the Kweneng region of Botswana, Africa. News of the donkey-related vehicular homicide spread quickly and caused quite the uproar on various social media outlets -- despite what others may say, the Internet truly does care for the welfare of pack animals -- demanding that Google stop hiding behind its money piles and explain itself. Caving from the heat brought down on them, the company made a statement today to deny any and all allegations that they're a bunch of monstrous donkey slayers.

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  16. That Really Happened: 8 of the Most Bizarre Transformers Ever

    The complex character diversity of The Transformers universe rivals that of the Star Wars saga and those of Marvel and DC Comics -- an impressive feat for a bunch of robots that turn into vehicles and other weapons of destruction. Since the Transformers' debut in 1984, both the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons alike have conscripted a number of like-minded warriors to take up arms in the name of their respective causes, quickly swelling the ranks from a small handful to far too many for even the most dedicated of fans to keep track of. Granted, having such a massive influx of new recruits means that Optimus Prime and Megatron are bound to have a few that, to put it gently, didn't quite fit the model of the Autobot or Decepticon ideal. In other words, some Transformers were ten kinds of crazy that made their own comrades question their place in the war. That said, it's time to roll out with 8 of the most bizarre Transformers ever!

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  17. Holy Milestone, Batman! Detective Comics Celebrates 900 Issues This April

    Just because DC Comics' New 52 initiative rebooted an entire comic book universe and started fresh with a whole bunch of #1 issues certainly doesn't mean the publisher won't acknowledge one of its flagship titles reaching a 76-year milestone. This coming April, Detective Comics will be celebrating an astounding 900 issues chronicling the heroics of everyone's favorite -- no, really, how can anyone possibly hate on the guy? -- brooding super sleuth: Batman! The caped crusader has been solving mysteries and busting the underworld's teeth since his debut in Detective Comics #27, and DC Comics promises to do Batman justice with the second volume of the legendary series' 19th issue.

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  18. If You’ve Ever Wanted to Watch a Prison-Administered Polygraph Test, Now’s Your Chance

    Though YouTube has strict guidelines when it comes to uploading video content on the site, that hasn't stopped millions of users from showcasing oddities from time to time. If we were to say that someone uploaded footage of a man undergoing a prison-administered polygraph test -- something that more often than not isn't meant for public view -- over the past weekend, you'd probably guess that it's already been pulled and the feds are knocking on the user's door already. In any other situation that would be the case, but this video of convicted murderer Luke Mitchell being questioned was not only posted publicly on YouTube with legal permission, but it is also possibly the first of its kind to be presented publicly on the Internet.

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  19. The White House Pulls Petition for State Pokémon, Team Rocket Possibly Involved

    Next to demolition derbies and monstrously sized hamburgers unfit for human consumption, America can't seem to get enough of the innumerable, money-gauging critters from Japan known across the globe as Pokémon. Demonstrating that there's a clear difference between being a devoted fan and a lunatic who lacks a firm grasp on reality, one overzealous devotee of Pikachu and company felt that it was their patriotic duty to post a petition on the White House's We the People website advocating that the nation stop sitting idly on its hands and have each of the 50 states select their own Pokémon to represent them. With a demand as bizarre as this, it's no wonder that the petition was pulled. Guess the President is more partial to Digimon.

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  20. Adult Swim and Cartoon Network Shows Are Finally Coming to Netflix This Spring

    Without a DVR, pretty much all the programs we enjoy watching on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim fall well out of our regular schedule. Seriously, it's either they're on too early or too late, resulting in the desperate -- and oftentimes fruitless -- act of scouring YouTube in the vain hope that some copyright-infringing good Samaritan has uploaded the particular episode you missed. Thankfully, those days of watching grainy footage of Adventure Time someone filmed from their couch will soon be over since it's been announced that a library of shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Warner Bros. Animation will be available for streaming on Netflix come March 30th!

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