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  1. Spain Is Working on an Unauthorized Middle-Earth Theme Park

    The world is indeed full of peril.

    Welcome... to MIDDLE-EARTH!

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  2. New Zealanders Who Clicked on Nude Hack Links Got Hit With Malware, Possibly Broke the Internet

    Somebody call the Karma Police, cuz THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.

    Here at The Mary Sue we're pretty firm believers that no one should be clicking on links that advertise nude pictures from the celebrity hack last week, because those pictures were all stolen and that's a shitty thing to do. But you know what else is a good deterrent, for people who don't care about being shitty? The possibility of your computer getting hacked next.

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  3. Hobbits Dominic Monaghan And Billy Boyd Tend Bar At The Green Dragon In New Zealand [VIDEO]

    There And Back Again

    My love affair with these two is as strong as the first day we met.

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  4. Prime Minister of New Zealand Publicly Denies Being a Lizard Person Because Just… We Don’t Even Know… Reasons?

    I hope nobody realizes Geekosystem is run by lizard people...

    You know how some people are crazy and think shapeshifting lizard people are secretly in places of power and controlling the world? Well one of them asked New Zealand Prime Minister John Key if he was a space lizard, and because of New Zealand's Official Information Act (OIA), Key actually answered.

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  5. Badass Doctor Stabs Shark, Stitches Up Legs, Drinks A Beer

    What did you do this weekend?

    A New Zealand man was attacked by a shark while spearfishing off the coast of New Zealand last Saturday, but he didn't let a lacerated leg get in the way of a good time. It may sound like the start of a Dos Equis commercial, but that's just how Dr. James Grant rolls!

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  6. In the Future We’ll All Travel in Tubes, But Until Then, at Least Our Burgers Will

    New Zealand: home of Hobbits and burger tubes. What a magical place.

    C One Espresso in New Zealand is removing the awful delivered-by-a-real-human aspect of your burger eating experience. They've set up a system of pneumatic tubes that deliver burgers directly to your table without any pesky waiter getting in the way. Wait, are these the same as the tubes the Internet is made of? Can we download burgers?

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  7. New Zealand Wins Again With Another Fantastic Hobbit Themed Travel Commercial

    There And Back Again

    We were very impressed with Air New Zealand's Middle-Earth inspired pre-flight safety briefing video, but this one takes it up a notch. Check it out for yourself, you just might see a few familiar faces or hear a familiar voice. Previously in The Hobbit

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  8. Things We Saw Today: If The Shining Were a Goosebumps Book

    Things We Saw Today

    Tumblr If It Were Stine imagines what classic horror movies would look like as Goosebumps books. This is my favorite, with Carrie as a close second. (Nerd Approved)

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  9. One of the Guys Who Plumbed His Friend’s House with Beer Explains How It Worked

    The Geekosystem HQ faucets still only dispense water, and we're not happy about it.

    Yesterday we saw the video of a group of guys in New Zealand who plumbed their friend's house with beer because they are the greatest friends in the history of friends. One of the pranksters, Sean Brown, spoke with Right This Minute about how the prank was achieved, and they were kind enough to share the video with us.

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  10. Man’s Friends Plumbed His Entire House to Pour Beer From Every Faucet

    With friends like these... you know what? Friends like these would be amazing.

    Have you ever wished for every faucet in your home to pour cold beer at all times? Then you're probably going to want to buddy up with these guys from New Zealand. While their friend Russ was out they reworked the plumbing in his house and hooked it all up to kegs of beer. We're calling it. Best. Friends. Ever.

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  11. New Zealand Repeals Laws Against Fortune Telling After Just Three Centuries

    Fortune tellers in the country no longer have to live under the threat of being put in the stocks for plying their trade

    Scrying the future just got a lot safer for New Zealand-based practitioners of the occult. The island nation has announced plans to repeal laws against fortune telling and "witchcraft" in general which have been on the books since 1735 and could send modern day sorcerers to jail for up to a year -- with some of that time spent in the stockades.

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  12. Jetpacks Becoming a Thing, Just Need Several Hundred Thousand Dollars

    Being The Rocketeer just got a little bit easier.

    Whenever people talk about how we're living in a science fiction future, full of smartphones and 3D-printed organs and the people planning the colonization of Mars, they always seem to end on the same disappointed note: But where's my jetpack? Guys, it's in New Zealand.

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  13. Your Genes May Determine What You Can And Can’t Smell

    Like, how do I know that the daisy you smell and the daisy I smell are the same daisy smells, man?

    Whether you can smell a scent -- and what characteristics it has to you -- may be highly dependent on your own genetic makeup, say two new studies published in the journal Current Biology that look to explain how two people can smell one scent -- the powerful stink of blue cheese, for example -- and have different reactions to it.

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  14. Man Building Aston Martin via 3D Printer, Rest of Us Feeling Inadequate

    Coming up: Specifically watered-down martini, seductive femme fatale, or exploding pen?

    There are more or less two kinds of people in the world: People whose first impulse upon buying a 3D printer is to build James Bond's car, and everyone else. New Zealand resident and programmer Ivan Sentch? Yeah, he's the first kind.

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  15. Be Stunned by the Unreal New Zealand Locations We Know as Middle Earth [VIDEO]

    My Precious!

    In case you were doubting whether the amazing scenery in The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit were real, prepare to be rendered speechless. I know that the video ends with Martin Freeman basically telling me to go to New Zealand, but I don't care that I've fallen for the tourism marketing. I want to go there and back again. (via Blastr) Previously in The Hobbit

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  16. Concerning Pickles, The Cat Who Lives In New Zealand’s Hobbiton

    My Precious!

    As if you needed another reason to visit New Zealand, meet Pickles. She's basically all Gail Simone has talked about today on Twitter. Simone is visiting Hobbiton, the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit set tours and experience in NZ and learned an interesting story about this cat. After someone from the set saw a bag thrown from a truck, they discovered it was filled with kittens. Sadly, only one survived, but happily, she was named Pickles and lives a wonderful Hobbity life. "Once a day, Pickles goes down to the Green Dragon Inn to get delicious scraps from the kitchen. It's the most adorable thing ever," tweeted Simone, adding, "They are taking pictures of the cat to make a children's book, 'Pickles Goes to Hobbiton.' Happiest cat ever." One more shot of Pickles after the jump!

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  17. Swordfish Caught By Fishermen, Attacked By Shark Is Having Just The Worst Day [Video]

    The weekend is just around the corner, and to make matters better, you are not this swordfish, which is having pretty much the worst day ever, caught between a rock and a hard place. Or the fish equivalent of that, anyway, which I guess is "a fishing boat and a sharky place."

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  18. Things We Saw Today: Firefly Fans, Wear Your Displeasure With Fox On A Shirt

    Things We Saw Today

    Now you can wear your reaction to the great Jayne Hat Debacle of 2013 on a shirt. Clothingception. BRRRRM. (via Fashionably Geek, shirt available here)

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  19. For Its 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who Becomes Money

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    If there's one thing that's pretty clear about New Zealand, it's that the people in charge of things that are generally treated like pretty serious business by society, for example, airlines and the national mint, have absolutely no qualms about waving their geek flags high. I guess when your country becomes the world's idea of where Middle Earth is, embracing it is the easiest option. But we're not here to talk about folks with fuzzy feet or faces. The New Zealand mint is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by issuing a commemorative coin. But, like a lot of things, the best part of this is the box that it comes in.

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  20. I Wonder If They Do Drinks With Little Umbrellas: Real Green Dragon Pub Opens on Hobbiton Shooting Location

    There And Back Again

    As if you needed another reason to vacation in New Zealand, the newly refurbished shooting set for Hobbiton, complete with Hobbit holes designed to last this time, is now graced with a real Green Dragon pub. Which you can go to. And buy drinks from. And if you're dating a girl named Rosie and she's a LotR fan, you are honorbound to propose to her there. This is their weathervane.

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