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  1. Things We Saw Today: Danny Brown Is Writing A Book About Self-Esteem In Black Girls

    Rapper Danny Brown told an Australian radio station that he's writing a Dr. Seuss-style book for his daughter "about self-esteem in black girls." Brown says the book focuses on "how black women do so much—process their hair, change their eye color. It’s really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realizes she’s just better off the way she is." Sell it. Please. Sell it. (via Nerdist, image via DeShaun Craddock)

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Incredible Liara T’Soni Cosplay

    She's a master at effects.

    Professional makeup artist Jen of Soylent Cosplay as Mass Effect's Liara T'Soni. Bow down.

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  3. Let’s All Celebrate Lena Headey’s Birthday With a Poetical Tribute to Drunk Cersei

    Don't act surprised here.

    Happy birthday to our favorite drunk royal (and one of our favorite people, let's be honest) Lena Headey. I could have let this occasion go by unremarked upon, disappearing into the sands of time for another year. Or. I could write a poem about Drunk Cersei, complete with gifs, as all poems should be. I think you know what I chose.

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  4. Star Wars Fan Captures The Essence Of A New Hope In Haiku Form

    Aren't you a little short for a poem?

    Star Wars aficionado Craig W. Chenery recently took a break from other projects on his website to re-tell the tale of A New Hope through nearly 200 haikus, an impressive majority of which follow the traditional 17-syllable format.

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  5. Above Average’s “Gassy Walt Whitman” Is Our New Favorite Meme

    We must fart my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger.

    The Internet loves a good meme, but in their series "Memes That Never Made It" Above Average looks at some of the misses. Today they released another round of "Gassy Walt Whitman" images that take lines from Whitman's poems and turn them into fart jokes. Highbrow? Not really, but that doesn't make us love it any less.

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  6. Here’s Samuel L. Jackson Performing a Boy Meets World Slam Poem. TOPANNNGGAAAA! [VIDEO]

    Samuel L. Jackson put in a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show on Tuesday, where he performed a slam poem tribute to that most wonderful of '90s TV shows starring Ben Savage, Boy Meets World. How does he keep a straight face throughout the entire thing? He's Samuel L. Motherf***ing Jackson, that's how. (via: The Hollwood Reporter) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  7. Is Emoji Poetry the Ultimate Form of Those Dumb Little Icons?

    The poems are great, but work on your portmanteau game.

    You kids and your emojis. Just type words! Or, at the very least, if you're going to use emojis use them well. As an example, here are two pieces of emoji poetry, somehow not called emojetry. It's exactly what it looks like. Poems written with emojis. Enjoy.

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  8. NASA Sending Crowd-Sourced Poetry to Mars, Martians Probably Impressed

    NASA is awesome / Don’t you want to go to Mars? / Ugh, haikus are hard

    Now that the US Senate has re-authorized NASA, the much-maligned Space Agency is going out of its way to convince Congress and the tax-paying public that exploring the final frontier is an essential service (essentially rad, in my humble opinion.) To that end, NASA is sending your haikus to boldly go where no poetry has gone before: the red planet!

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  9. Felicia Day Shares Her Pre-teen Video Game Poetry; Is Braver Than I Am

    Our Adorable Past

    If I was already paying good money to keep everything that I wrote at the age of twelve inside a storage space, you can be sure nobody else'd see it. Hats off, Ms. Day. Or berets off. (via Kotaku.)

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  10. White House Petition Seeks to Name John Darnielle From The Mountain Goats U.S. Poet Laureate

    There's no experience quite as entertaining as scouring the petition board on the White House's official website and reading the truly offbeat ones, but sometimes, between the fits of laughter and the wiping away of a jovial tear, we find a few that make us wish we had thought of it first. On December 26th, an apparently enthusiastic fan of the Mountain Goats posted a petition seeking that the band's sole permanent member, John Darnielle, be recognized as the United States Poet Laureate. Here's hoping that one fan's dream can become a reality, assuming he can get the required 25,000 signatures by the end of January to get a review.

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  11. Why Is Tom Hanks Doing Slam Poetry About Full House? Who Cares, It’s Amazing!

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    In one of the most random and bizarre instances of celebrity appearances this year, the always lovely Tom Hanks went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform slam poetry. But what would he slam about? Politics? His recent curse-slip on morning television? Promote his new film, Cloud Atlas? No, the 1980s/90s ABC family sitcom, Full House. Because, well, obviously. (via Geek Tyrant) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. The Father Of Modern Olympics Won An Olympic Gold Medal In Literature

    This isn't exactly breaking news, but since the London 2012 Summer Olympics begins tomorrow, we thought we'd impart some knowledge in case it hasn't yet been imparted. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, was awarded a gold medal in 1912 Summer Olympics for his poem Ode Au Sport. Yes, they used to give out medals for poems, and yes, the guy who revived the Games won one. And yes, that's his facial hair.

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  13. Love Poem Written Entirely with Song Titles

    A fellow named Benjamin Oláh Lindholm came up with a clever, geeky way to show his affection for his girlfriend Elizabeth: He used digital music service Spotify to assemble twenty-six different song titles into a love poem. Who knew there was a song called "As"?

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  14. Seuss Army Knife

    If you are a good sort of fashionable geek

    Who spends any hours in quest of the chic,

    I think you will find it not likely to hurt

    If you were to invest in this bright blue T-shirt.

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