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Taika Waititi Gives a PSA on How a Little Racism Can Go a Long Way


We're pretty familiar with celebrity PSAs and donation campaigns, but Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has a special plea for his fellow kiwis ... racism?

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Interview: Moana’s Rachel House on Marginalized Voices in Hollywood and the Need for More Female Directors

"In Moana, there’s a wonderful message which is to be brave at the risk of failure."

I spoke with her about the importance of seeing people like her on screen, what it's like to work with director Taika Waititi and more.

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Here’s Peter Jackson Waving a Dildo Flag on Last Week Tonight

What have I got in my pocket?

John Oliver kicked off Last Week Tonight's 3rd season Sunday by commemorating the moment New Zealand's economic development minister Stephen Joyce was smacked in the nose during a press conference by an airborne dildo.

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Female MPs Thrown Out of New Zealand Parliament for Speaking Up About Their Sexual Assaults

Some of New Zealand's female MPs were ordered to leave parliament yesterday for revealing themselves as survivors of sexual assault.

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You Have My Banhammer: New Zealand Passes Anti-Cyberbullying Law

Gotta pay the troll toll.

New Zealand has passed a digital communications bill that may prove helpful in weeding out harmful jerks from Facebook and Twitter.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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