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Mark Twain

  1. VANILLA ICE to Play MARK TWAIN in Movie Directed By ADAM SANDLER, You Don’t Know the Half of It

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/ The ceremony of innocence is drowned.

    Remember back in October, when Adam Sandler announced that he'd signed a four-movie deal (one for each of the apocalypse's horsemen) with Netflix because the streaming service's name "“rhymes with wet chicks?” Well, the rough beast's hour has come round at last.

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  2. Mark Twain Offers More End-of-the-World Advice in the Latest Apocatip from Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse

    Bodies make you sad, and Mark Twain knows what to do about it.

    The latest daily Kickstarter video for Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse features a return appearance by Mark Twain! If Twain sounds familiar, it's because he's being played by Gabriel Diani. If he doesn't sound familiar, then listen to the latest episode of our podcast with Diani as our guest.

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  3. Mark Twain Experiences the “Joy of Getting” in the New Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Video

    His knowledge of superhero movies and technology is surprisingly spot-on.

    Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain, explains why Kickstarter isn't charity and weighs in on the quality of superhero movies. You know, stuff Mark Twain has an excellent knowledge of. He wants you to use newfangled Internet technology to support the movie Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse and sarcastically spoils Man of Steel.

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  4. Make This Happen: Indiegogo Campaign to Create a Nikola Tesla Animated Series

    Two animation and science enthusiasts are trying to make every geek's dreams come true. The guys behind Wood Goblin Studios have an Indiegogo campaign to fund the pilot of a cartoon about Nikola Tesla. To make it even nerdier and more perfect, his sidekick is Mark Twain, and they travel through time battling Thomas Edison, because of course they do. My only question about this cartoon is why doesn't it already exist?

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Worf, Data, & Captain Archer Making Dinner

    Things We Saw Today

    Star Trek's Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, and Scott Bakula share a moment in the kitchen for Patrick Stewart's son's birthday. He tweeted, "My birthday catering company sucks. Do NOT hire these guys." (via reddit) 

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  6. Ellen DeGeneres Is Now the 15th Recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named Ellen DeGeneres the next recipient of their Mark Twain Prize in May, and as it was written, so it has come to pass. The career of the actress, comedian, and host (of talk shows and award shows alike) was honored with a star-studded gathering at the Kennedy Center last night, and though we won't get to see it until it airs on PBS next week, there's still plenty of quotes.

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  7. Start Out Your Day With the Only Video of Mark Twain in Existence, Taken by Thomas Edison

    Great Hera!

    Mark Twain lived in a time long before Instagram, before Youtube, even before the true acknowledgment of film as both an artform and as a commercial possibility. He probably liked it this way, but for us used to the modern era it means we are sadly dereft of the pleasures of watching the famous author move around his estate in that crotchety way we can all imagine. Usually. There is, however, this: What is said to be the only existing motion picture of Twain, taken by Thomas Edison himself. (via Flavorwire)

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  8. Interview: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Robotic Edition

    It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

    Mark Twain's novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is what most would call a "classic."  Published in 1884 with illustrations from E.W. Kemble, Huckleberry Finn was not widely praised but rather criticized for its vernacular and what was seen as a crude writing style all around. It had its troubles at first but it wasn't until the 20th century that it garnered a large amount of criticism for what people considered its racial stereotypes. Though it's banned in certain schools (even to this day), the novel is often names as one of America's Greatest novels. But what if it had...robots? That's where creators Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine come in. Much like Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Diani and Devine added a modern term into a classic piece of fiction. But Diani and Devine had a very particular goal. They didn't just want to add zombies to Huckleberry Finn and create an alternate world, they wanted to make a point of it. So they replaced every instance of the "n-word" or "slave" with "robot," to rather interesting effect. Hence, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition was born. Read on for our interview with Diani and Devine where they discuss their approach to the project, challenges, and why censorship is a bad idea. 

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  9. Mark Twain’s Advice to Little Girls

    Our Adorable Past

    Mark Twain himself had three daughters, but only outlived one of them, and so it should come as no surprise that in his later life he counted the interactions he had with his dozen or so "surrogate granddaughters" to be his "life's chief delight." What is surprising, given all that, is that the humorist wrote his Advice for Little Girls in 1867, five years before he would become a father, so whether this is advice from an uncle, an observer, or a former little boy, is up for debate.

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  10. This is a Picture of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla

    You know, no big deal. Afflicted with curiosity about their friendship? Well, you now have the tools to remedy that.

    (via Marginal Revolution, thanks Andrew!)

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  11. Peanut Butter And Chocolate: Bill Watterson and Mark Twain

    Olden Lore

    Before creating Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson was an editorial cartoonist for a Cincinnati newspaper. He specialized in cartoons inspired by and including quotes by Mark Twain. He lasted six months. But we think he did okay after that. After the jump are more vintage Watterson cartoons.

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  12. Publisher to Release Censored Huckleberry Finn Books

    Due to the slow decline of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being taught in schools because of the use of the "n-word," which is generally used to describe Huck's traveling companion Jim, Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books are planning to release a censored version of the book that replaces the n-word with the word "slave."

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  13. Mark Twain Tops Bestseller Lists a Century After His Death

    Earlier this year, 5,000 pages of Mark Twain's memoirs were unsealed, honoring the author's wish that they be withheld for 100 years after his death. (Twain died on April 21, 1910.) UC Berkeley has officially set the date of publication for Twain's autobiography for November 15, and judging by online preorders, interest in his work is still high: Autobiography of Mark Twain is moving back and forth between the #1 and #2 spots on's site-wide bestseller list, and it's currently the #3 book on, all on the strength of early sales. (You can order the book on the Kindle right now for $9.99) Apparently, rumors of the death of the American reading public have been greatly exaggerated.

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  14. Mark Twain’s Memoirs, Unsealed After 100 Years, Tell It like It Was

    Mark Twain, creator of such beloved characters as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, had a great deal of foresight. When the Missouri author died a century ago on April 21, he left a package with some very specific instructions. The package: 5,000 pages of brutally honest autobiography. The caveat: He didn’t want them published until a hundred years after his death.

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  15. Maybe Flash Video Ain’t What it Used to Be?

    A lot has been said, raged, and ranted about the iPhone and iPad's incompatibility with Flash. On Friday, the movement away from Flash grew significantly larger when Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 9 will also leave Flash video by the wayside. While Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch cited Flash's problems with reliability, security, and performance, Steve Jobs took a more militant approach: statistics.

    Of the 75% of internet video that is in Flash, he said "almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads."

    Well, you know what Mark Twain would say. So how much truth is there to Jobs' numbers? Techcrunch has done some digging.

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