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BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

Hydra Ain’t Got Nothing on These Plush Avengers Octopuses

Loktopus grasped his tiny staff in one nimble arm and with another took a second look at the bar napkin from last night before the ink floated away.

Step 1: Turn self and Avengers into octopuses.

Step 2: ???

Step 3: ALL WILL KNEEL

More Avengers octopi at Cydarizard, for purchase here.

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Syfy Cancels Being Human And Everything Is Terrible

Late yesterday we found out Syfy’s Being Human would be ending its run at the end of the current season. We had a sad. 

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UGG, These TARDIS Boot Slippers

Step away from UGG-style shoes, ThinkGeek. Though they actually do look pretty snuggly—. No. Step away.

(via: GeekAlerts)

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Parents Convince Children Dinosaurs Have Invaded Their Household For The Month

I’m not sure whether to laugh or run away screaming. I know what I would do if I were the kids living in this house. Dinovember is the practice of one set of parents (or more) to set up elaborate scenarios each night in November involving plastic dinosaurs for their kids to find when they wake up. Apparently this is a tradition in their family now.

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Film Critic Calls 911 After Spotting Cell Phone Use At Press Screening

Many theater-goers are annoyed by cell phone use during films but one journalist at the Toronto International Film Festival took his response to the extreme yesterday – he called 911.

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Here’s a Bunch of Concept Art From the American-Set Akira to Remind You That Someone Thought it Was a Good Idea

Yeah, you’d just managed to forget that Warner Bros. was developing a live action Akira movie removed entirely from its context of postwar, post-nuclear horror Japan and set instead in New York with white American actors in the leading roles. Now that you’ve remembered, you might as well feed that anger this concept art.

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Public School Librarians in Chicago Ordered to Remove Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from Shelves

Marjane Satrapi‘s Persepolis, if you haven’t read it (and I highly recommend you do, perhaps after borrowing it from your local library) is a memoir of growing up in a secular and feminist family during the first decade of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, a family that eventually decided that in order to keep their daughter safe without going against everything they’d already taught her about confidence and morality was to get her out of the country. Its two part narrative touches on religion, self-confidence and self-discovery, morality, femininity, justice, and protest, among many other issues.

So I can understand why many librarians in Chicago were puzzled by a direct order to remove the book, which is actually part of the curriculum in some classrooms, from libraries, classrooms, and even the hands of student borrowers.

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The Simpsons Attempt The Harlem Shake, Fail Miserably [VIDEO]

I love The Simpsons, really I do, and we don’t normally post things on the site to knock them but I figured some people might get a kick out of this. The show creators decided to do their own take on the Harlem Shake, called “The Homer Shake,” for their couch gag this week. It doesn’t quite work. But I do give them credit for trying to be relevant, they aren’t know for being able to pull together current items like this because of their animation schedules, and because Lisa is reading a book titled, “Last to the Party.”

I guess this means this whole thing is done now, right?

(via The Harlem Shake)

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BBC Sherlock Season 3 Has Been Delayed Until 2014 Because Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman Are Too Awesome

Excuse us while we Reichenbach Cry. 

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Once Upon A Time, Alan Moore Turned Down George R.R. Martin Who Turned Down Neil Gaiman [VIDEO]

Writer George R.R. Martin is known for more than just his A Song of Ice and Fire series. For years he’s been involved with a science fiction and superhero fantasy anthology called Wild Cards. We found out last year around this time it was going to be made into a film by Syfy and Universal, and while we have no word on the progress of that project, we did hear some interesting tidbits concerning the original anthology. Turns out, Martin was keen on getting Watchmen creator Alan Moore involved. He didn’t want anything to do with it but someone else did. Martin described him as “a skinny british kid dressed all in black.” Yup, a young Neil Gaiman wanted to create a character for Wild Cards but since he had no credits to his name at that point, Martin turned him down. He’s obviously kicking himself now. Hit the jump to watch him tell the entire story because Gaiman chimes in near the end to tell his side of things and it’s even worse than you can imagine.

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