One of the great pastimes of geekdom is adding some degree of factual feasibility to works of fantasy in all its forms. With the release of The Hobbit this Friday, audiences everywhere will be reunited with a much younger, more energetic Gollum than the one they've come to know in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But a haunting question that fans have tried to wrap their heads around for years is how has Gollum managed to be so long lived in spite of the fact he dwelled within the perpetual darkness of the Misty Mountains, dining purely on fish. Using assumptions on Hobbit physiology and his working knowledge of Gollum's subterranean home, Rhett Allain -- an associate professor of physics at the Southeastern Louisiana University -- has crunched the numbers and deduced how many fish the little guy needs to eat to function. The number may shock you -- if you actually care about this sort of thing, of course.
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Courtesy of BOOM Studios!, here's a sneak peek of Grace Randolph's upcoming Supurbia #5.
"It’s summertime in SUPURBIA! Dion and Jeremy take Eli and Zari on a vacation as Tia attempts to rescue Batu from Mongolia, her first superhero excursion after coming out of retirement...Hector’s dark magic slowly begins to take hold of Sara as her burgeoning friendship with Hella takes her down a dark path...Eve joins Robbie as he heads to the annual Superhero & Weapons Expo, but will Ruth’s devious plan throw a wrench into the works? The superhero soap continues, only in SUPURBIA!"Author(s): Grace Randolph Artist(s): Russell Dauterman Cover Artist(s): A: Stephane Roux B: Russell Dauterman
Things We Saw TodayWell, there goes the "intimidation" factor. Angelina Jolie, flying about the set of Maleficent. "RAWR! I am a pitchfork!" (via Geek Tyrant)