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February 2011

The Enterprise Command Chair, Covered in Tribbles, As a Cake

The Final Frontier

We know the sounds are probably not coming from the cake, but dammit we can still dream. (via CakeWrecks' Twitter.)

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Baby Thinks Ripping Paper is Comedy Gold [Video]

We already have proof that babies are pretty adorable when they think things are funny. This eight-month-old baby simply adds to the growing bevy of evidence that yes, babies are pretty adorable when they think things are funny.

(via BuzzFeed)

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Color Code Reveals When Bread Was Baked

Because looking for the expiration date on the bag takes way too long: WiseBread tells us that a commonly used (though not legally binding) system among bread makers allows consumers to figure out the day of the week that a given loaf of bread was baked by glancing at the color of the twist-tie that wraps it. Blue is for Monday, green is for Tuesday, red is for Thursday, white is for Friday, and yellow is for Saturday. (Apparently, by custom, fresh bread was not delivered on Wednesdays and Sundays.) The colors proceed in alphabetical order, B-G-R-W-Y. Though this scheme gets the "true" verdict from Snopes, use it to guide your bread-purchasing habits at your own peril: Apparently, the bread color code can vary by region and country. Snopes recommends that you "Contact the manufacturer of your favorite brand and ask what (if any) color-coded tag system they adhere to and what their delivery schedule to your favorite store is, then let your selection be guided by that," though that sounds like it's taking it a little far. (WiseBread via Consumerist)

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Fake SNL Products That Were Actually Created


AdFreak reported today that a Mexican brewery has begun manufacturing the "world's first gay beers," Purple Hand Beer and Salamandra. Well, I knew this was already factually incorrect. Not the "gay beer" part. The "first gay beer" part. Because everyone knows that the first "gay beer" was Schmitt's Gay Beer, from the independent brewery of ... the Saturday Night Live writers' room. But gay beer is not the only SNL "product" that became real. Let's take a look back, shall we?

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Could OpenMesh Prevent Government-Imposed Internet Blackouts?

In the past two months, the world has on multiple occasions seen governments preventing their populaces from accessing the Internet during times of existential political crisis. It's not hard to characterize the Egyptian and Libyan use of an Internet blackout as a direct attack against the groups that sought and still to topple their political leaders, as the protestors in those countries relied on web-based platforms to organize their protests and inform the world of their plight. But Shervin Pishevar hopes to end any further restriction of Internet traffic with his OpenMesh project. On its website, OpenMesh says that the will "find the best of breed Open Source Technologies and to build partnerships with existing technologies that would allow us to create a private citizen owned communications infrastructure." In short, OpenMesh aims to give individuals the tools to remain connected with each other and the world at large without relying on the existing communications infrastructure, that, as demonstrated in the recent unrest in the middle-east, are quite vulnerable. OpenMesh would create an independent, ad-hoc, user-based network that would be far more robust and out of the hands of anyone -- government or otherwise -- that would seek to restrict communications.

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Town Ordinances Say Girl Scouts Can’t Sell Cookies in Front of Girl Scout Founder’s House

Great Hera!

The Savannah, Georgia area Girl Scout troop is adjusting to the revelation that it actually wasn't legal for them to sell Girl Scout Cookies outside of the Juliette Low House, the childhood home of the founder of the Girl Scouts, because the sidewalk up front was public property.  Randolph Scott, zoning administrator, did his best to find them a loophole after complaints were made, calling for a survey to find them some possible private space in the area to sell on, to no avail.  Use of a nearby courtyard would block a fire exit.
"I know it doesn't look good," Scott said. "However, other businesses won't care if it's the Girl Scouts or March of Dimes. They're going to say, 'Why can't I sit out front and solicit business?' "
While the Scouts themselves are disappointed, they are taking it in stride.

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Geekolinks: 2/28

F7U12 Rings: Interpersonal Relations Edition


Tired of wearing traditional jewelry that doesn't express your personality as much as it expresses how much debt you just put yourself in? Are you obsessed with Internet memes? Oh my god! There are totally rings with Internet memes on them now. And they will absolutely express how you're feeling, whether it's trolled, or trollin', no heat-sensitive liquid crystal required.  And what better way to propose than with Forever Alone Guy...

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Riding the Video Game Hype Train to Nowhere

There is definitely something to be said for a moving, cinematic trailer. A trailer that really pulls on the old heartstrings is a rarity in the land of video games. It should come as no surprise, then, that the recent one for Techland’s Dead Island has successfully raised some eyebrows. But what is it that people are being sold here? Is this a conceptualization of a video game or a short film?

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A Tiny Cinderella Reading A Story To R2-D2


Epbot caught this duo in the act at Miami Comic-Con, and say that R2 was "responding enthusiastically with beeps and whirs."

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The Dogbrella is One Part Hilarious, One Part Genius

Selling on Hammacher Schlemmer for $29.95, the genius of this combination umbrella and dog leash, the Dogbrella, is almost difficult to see through all the comedy. Anyone who has ever tried to walk a dog in the rain can attest to the usefulness of a way to keep the dog dry without having to go through the battle of strapping the dog into one of those dog raincoats.

(Hammacher Schlemmer via LikeCOOL)

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Slicing and Dicing Books for Art

What Georgia-based artist Brian Dettmer does to books would make any bibliophile or librarian cringe: he cuts and sculpts books into spectacular pieces of art. Using precise surgical tools and a dearth of outdated books, Dettmer makes ordinary volumes explode with images and words. His work takes the ideas and pictures has always been in books, both literally and figuratively, and puts them outside in beautiful stratigraphy. In the artist's own words, via My Modern Met:
"The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge."
But if that's too heady for your tastes, simply enjoy the completely awesome works this artist has to offer.

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Boom! Studios Are Making Original Peanuts Graphic Novels

i'll just leave this here

Last week Boom! Studios did some teasing of their upcoming books, and Comics Alliance did some sleuthing, all to the (unconfirmed) conclusion that Boom! Studios would be making new, original Peanuts comic books.  This made us kind of nervous, seeing as how Charles Shultz has been dead for eleven years, and has never before been uninvolved in a print adaptation of his characters. And now that Boom! has confirmed that they'll be publishing a graphic novel adaptation of the upcoming Peanuts animated special Happiness is a Warm Blanket and posted page previews... you can kind of tell.

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3D Printer Prints Out Portait Taken With Kinect

Microsoft's Kinect is becoming a homebrewer's and hacker's dream platform. This time around, as part of the Fabricate Yourself project, the Kinect uses captured 3D models to print the above 3D figures onto puzzle pieces that snap together. Created by Karl D.D. Willis for the Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction conference, the Fabricate Yourself project prints exactly what the Kinect sees, similar to the Kinect and Minecraft megasculpture project, except this time, prints out something tangible. Check out a quick video demonstration of the project after the break.

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Tarantino Finally, Actually Done with Kill Bill

Bloody Good Fun

Good news for everyone who has been waiting for Kill Bill to become one big movie: it is done. Director Quentin Tarantino has finished the ultimate movie-meld, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, which will include seven more minutes of the animated O-Ren Ishii origin story in addition to combining both movies into one. Oh yes. No more individually-sold DVDs of each movie, with scant special features. This will be hitting DVD and Blu-ray in one pretty package and is scheduled for a theatrical premiere March 27 in Los Angeles. (Anime News Network via Topless Robot)

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3DS Hacked Under 24 Hours After Japanese Launch

Under 24 hours after its Japanese launch, the Nintendo 3DS has been hacked to play pirated games. This obviously isn't a surprise, as the general rule seems to state that if piracy is possible, then piracy will happen. The unit was hacked to accept R4 cards, a popular way to pirate games on the original Nintendo DS, combined with a modification of a "whitelist," found within the 3DS' firmware, which basically dictates which software the unit can run. Thus, the hack doesn't actually play pirated 3DS games yet, and only applies to DS and Game Boy Color games at the moment, which, considering the current 3DS launch titles, is still a pretty significant step toward having something to do on your new 3DS. Head on past the break to see a video of the hack in action.

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Real Comic Book Superheroes Who’d Be Better In The Sack Than Cosmo’s Fake Ones

what is this I don't even

We've been saving this one for a couple weeks now, ever since it was brought to our attention by a friend who picked up a Cosmo because there was nothing else to do while waiting for a train.  Now, there's quite a bit of Cosmopolitan to get incensed about, but never before had we seen an editorial foray into something so close to our hearts relevant to our interests. In a single page, Cosmo posits four superheroes who are "focused on a woman's needs," including, we shit you not, a guy who is half Edward Cullen and half Jacob Black. Once I surfaced from my black rage, I decided that the funniest thing about this is that if Cosmo had looked for canonical superheroes who would be good in bed, they would have had an entire list in a couple of minutes. Oh, I'm sorry. Super heroes who are "focused on a woman's needs."

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Every Movie’s Story Can Be Told in a Single Barcode

moviebarcode is a nifty new Tumblr that consists of a series of "barcodes" made by compressing every frame of a given movie into a single image. These really do give you a feel for the prevalent colors within a given movie (above: The Matrix), and devoted fans may even be able to figure out roughly what is occurring within a given movie during a given band of color: For instance, the seasonal, stylized structure of Hero is very apparent in its barcode. Here's hoping that guessing movies by their barcodes becomes the new parlor game among film geeks. (moviebarcode)

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Frank Buckles, Last Living U.S. Veteran of World War I, Dies at 110

In 1917, a 16-year-old named Frank Buckles, repeatedly rejected for enlistment because he was underage, managed to convince the Army to let him fight in World War I. 94 years later, following a long life that included a stint as a POW in The Phillipines during World War II and a prominent role advocating a national World War I memorial later in life, Buckles has died at the age of 110. NPR reports:

When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said simply, "I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me." And he told The Associated Press he would have done it all over again, "without a doubt." ... "A boy of [that age], he's not afraid of anything. He wants to get in there," Buckles said.
The last known survivors of World War I, Claude Stanley Choules and Florence Green, are both British. There are no known French or German World War I survivors. (NPR, CNN via TDW)

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Children’s Books, Translated Into Latin

this exists

Attention linguistics geeks: Are you the kind of person who scoffs at the idea of Latin as a "dead" language? We're not sure why this happened, but we're choosing to accept and embrace the fact that someone took the time to translate classic children's books into Latin. For fun? For a college course? Who cares! Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite. (Translated: Don't applaud. Just throw money.) More titles after the jump.

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