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  1. Things We Saw Today: Drink Deep From the Skull of Black Widow

    Things We Saw Today

    Or maybe that's a morbid way of looking at this mug from Big Bad Toy Store, now available for pre-order. (That's Nerdalicious)

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  2. Baby Proto-Planets in Orion are Doomed Because of Massive O Type “Death Stars”

    These Death Stars aren't made for living.

    In the Orion Nebula, there are hundreds of proplyds; think of them as baby stars. Give it time and these young protostars will eventually go on to form planets. Unfortunately, some of these adolescent stars don't ever get the chance to blossom because they're in close proximity with "death stars", and no, not the Death Star that Skywalker blew up.

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  3. The 501st Legion Is Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinder USB Drives, Someone Crowdfund a Rebel Base!

    Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinders? What's next? Someone's going to Kickstart a Death Star?

    When someone tried to fund a Death Star on Kickstarter we may have had some unkind words about it, but this Indiegogo campaign to fund Imperial Code Cylinder USB drives? This we kind of love-- Unless it's the first step in a plan by the 501st Legion to build a Death Star and rule the galaxy.

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  4. Cassini Spacecraft Snaps Beautiful Image of Saturn’s Pac-Man/Death Star Moon Mimas

    That's no moon... It's a space stati-- oh? Oh, it's actually a moon. Okay then.

    If you don't have a favorite moon of Saturn, let us make a case for Mimas. Thermal images make it look like Pac-Man, but regular pictures like this new one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft make it look like the Death Star. It shows Mimas passing by its little oblong-shaped buddy Pandora. Space is pretty.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Benedict Cumberbatch Stares Into Your Soul In New Star Trek Into Darkness Promo Pic

    Things We Saw Today

    Listen, Star Trek Into Darkness. I don't need all of your promo stills to be epic and lens flare-y. But this legitimately looks like Benedict Cumberbatch glaring at a photographer who snapped him coming out of a store that sells slightly weird coats. You can do better. (I kid, I kid. I love weird promo pics, even ones that are just weird-boring. The reigning champ for weird publicity photos is still this one from The Eagle, if you're curious.) Visit The Daily Blam for a second pic of Kirk and Spock looking equally srs bsns.

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  6. Be A Rebel With Star Wars Clocks Made Out Of Records

    May The Force Be With You

    Lindsay Barrasse has recycled and upcycled vinyl records into geeky masterpieces. In this case, Star Wars iconography. Hit the jump for her depiction of the Death Star. 

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  7. New Star Wars Web Series Takes Us Into the Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy That Is the Death Star’s PR Department [VIDEO]

    I will make it legal!

    Being in the Empire's PR department has to be a tough job. It's kind of hard to explain the destruction of Alderaan in a way that doesn't make your employer look, well, completely evil. But Wilson, Head of PR, and his less-than-trusty sidekick Sharpe are doing their best in the new web series Death Star PR, created by Robbie Boland. Remember, it's not the Death Star. We're calling it the "Justice Moon" now. Didn't you get the memo? (via: blastr) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. Kickstarter Campaign Tries to Fund X-Wing Squadron to Combat Kickstarter Campaign to Fund a Death Star

    Thursday I wrote about a Kickstarter campaign that was trying to raise money for Death Star research, and I called it the crowdfunding site's jump-the-shark moment. My concern was that if Kickstarter starts letting stuff like that through, it would soon be overrun with nothing but joke campaigns. Now there's a campaign to fund an X-Wing squadron to stop the Death Star campaign. This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about.

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  9. Kickstarter Jumps the Shark, Offers Campaign to Fund a Death Star

    Fifty years from now, when we all look back at what once was, and we fondly remember how Kickstarter used to be a great way for artists and inventors to fund projects that might not otherwise be possible, we could very well remember this campaign as Kickstarter's jump-the-shark moment. After the White House refused to build a Death Star, someone started a joke Kickstarter campaign to build one anyway, and it already has more than 1,000 supporters.

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  10. The White House Is Sick Of Your Joke Petitions, Quadruples the Number of Signatures Required for an Official Response

    the internet is serious business

    Attention, American public: The White House has seen your petitions about building a Death Star, investigating the feasibility of building the Enterprise, and giving each state an official Pokémon. In one case they even responded in a particularly awesome way. But now they have another message for you: Cut it out, guys. It's getting tired.

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  11. Star Wars’ Empire Strikes Back At U.S. Government Death Star Petition Refusal

    I will make it legal!

    We were perfectly content, nay, tickled pink by the response the Unites States government issued after a petition to get them to build a Death Star warranted an official statement be made. Never did we expect the Empire to issue their own response. You'll probably want to read this... 

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  12. This Isn’t the Article on the White House’s Death Star Petition Response You’re Looking For

    As you may or may not be aware, there's a petition over on We the People, which is where folks post petitions to potentially receive an official response from the United State government, requesting that the Obama administration "[s]ecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016." Like, Star Wars Death Star. Ordinarily, this would just be an amusing blip on the radar, covered by our sister site The Mary Sue back in December. That was before Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, penned an official White House response to it.

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  13. Petition to Build a Death Star is Blowing Up on WhiteHouse.Gov

    I will make it legal!

    First Ronald Reagan proposes a missile defense system that gets dubbed "Star Wars," and now one Colorado man has started a petition to get President Obama to build a Death Star. People. If we want our government to spend tons of money to make something from Star Wars into a reality, shouldn't it be lightsabers? Or blasters. Or even hoverbikes. I mean, really.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: Syrio Forel’s School of Dance

    Things We Saw Today

    First lesson: Stick them with the pointy end. By djwetmouse via Dan Faust.

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  15. When It Comes To Death Stars, Accept No Substitutes [VIDEO]

    Submitted For Your Approval

    Have you seen the recent Apple commercials where the company makes a big deal about their Geniuses and how you should make sure you're always going with the real deal? (If you haven't, here that is.) Well some Star Wars fans thought it would be fun to parody that with a shady Death Star sale. Hmm, I wonder who's selling it... (via tipster Nick)

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  16. This Is How to Make a Death Star Cake (Because We Love You)

    For A More Civilized Age

    Take a look at that nice-looking Death Star cake. Oh, it's a cake? Yes, indeed, it's a cake. And here's the most excellent part: it's not that hard, according to the person who made it. Of course, this person might be a professional cake-maker, and thinks anything this elaborate is ... a piece of cake. (Hehe, I'm adorable.) Anyway, for more information on how to make this fine pastry, join us after the jump.

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  17. Things We Saw Today: Amazing Technicolor Cartoon Wheel

    Things We Saw Today

    Slate created this eye-candy of a color wheel featuring tons of popular cartoon characters. We give them props for going full-geek in making a ROYGBIV-based infographic about animated characters. (via Popped Culture)

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  18. Things We Saw Today: Princess Batgirl

    Things We Saw Today

    Some girls want to be princesses. And some want to be heroes. (At DC Women Kicking Ass)

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  19. Hoth, Minnesota

    What at first appears to be just one man having a little fun outside of his Minnesota home after a blizzard suddenly becomes a brilliant homage with the addition of special effects that can only be described as "impressive; most impressive." (Michael P. Nelson via Laughing Squid)

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  20. Unintended Consequences of Star Wars

    Alternate endings have been making their way through the great tubes of the internet, and none more chillingly prophetic than this one. Remember, kids, the next time you blow up a battle station the size of a moon, move it away from the planet inhabited by adorable teddy-bear creatures. It is worth noting, however, that if this is how the movie had ended, no one would have suffered through those Ewok spinoffs. (Via The Daily What)

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