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Things We Saw Today: Idina Menzel Would Love It If Elsa Got a Girlfriend

The voice of Elsa herself has spoken! You may have heard about the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend social media campaign, where Disney fans want the studio behind Frozen to give Princess Elsa a female love interest in Frozen 2. Well, Idina Menzel is all about it if Disney decides to go that route. "Love is an Open Door." Here's hoping Disney will start to allow a greater variety of loves to walk through it.

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Two German Teenagers Built A Low-Cost, Eye-Controlled Wheelchair

Myrijam Stoetzer and Paul Foltin placed first in an engineering competition for German youths with the wheelchair design they built; it's an eye-controlled wheelchair with low-cost parts, such as 3D-printed wheels.

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Alexander Siddig Talks About the Very Specific Challenges His Character Faces on Game of Thrones

Alexander Siddig has recently joined Game of Thrones as Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne - and while no one can ever replace Pedro Pascal in our hearts, Siddig is doing a great job so far as his brother (though Ellaria Sand might disagree with us there). Spoiler-y things for Doran's character follow.

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Teen Uses 3D Printer to Redesign His Wheelchair for Class Project

Wow, high school got cool.

Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Sayed, a student at Cambridge's experimental high school NuVu, initially wanted to "make a wheelchair that flies and go under water" for a class project. “But [my teacher] said we need to start small and then go big.”

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Dorkly Presents 15 Amazing Uses of Wheelchairs in Cosplay

The TARDIS is just the beginning.

Stephie Luff attended Hurricane Who as Rose, and in an excellent display of mother-daughter teamwork, her mom came along as the TARDIS.

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Archie Comics Introduces Harper, a New Recurring Character Who’s Living With a Disability

Good News Everyone!

This week we'll be getting our first introduction to a brand new recurring member of the Riverdale gang: Harper, Archie Comics's first central disabled character to be introduced in quite a while. Harper is based on real life children's author Jewel Kats, who petitioned Dan Parent (the Archie creator who oversaw Kevin Keller's intro) to include a disabled character in the core cast, and you can read all about that in Comic Book Resources interview with the two. Previously in Archie Comics

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Things We Saw Today: Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis Beer

Things We Saw Today

Remember when HBO and Ommegang asked us to vote for the next Game of Thrones-themed beer? We totally predicted Valar Morghulis would win, and it did. The press release says, "The voting also determined the style of the newbeer - an Abbey Dubbel - which is perfectly represented by the "two-headed" coin which will adorn the labels.Valar Morghulis will be available at retail in fall of this year." We can't wait to taste it but we're still holding out for Ho-Ho-Hodor this holiday season... 

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Preview: DC Comics’ The Movement #8

The Mary Sue Exclusive

Check our our exclusive preview of The Movement #8, where things are getting dicey for DC Comics' newest heroes.

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10-Year-Old Girl Petitions For American Girl Doll With Wheelchair

DO WANT

Melissa Shang is ten years old and she has more American Girl dolls than I ever had (read: none). But she's not satisfied. Shang, who has Muscular Dystrophy, would love for Mattel to create an American Girl doll who uses a wheelchair.

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Advocacy Group Creates Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities [VIDEO]

Warning: May Contain Feelings

Have you ever walked through a clothing store or passed a shop window and wished there were a mannequin that looked more like you? I have, and I'm a person with a disability so you can imagine how interested I was to see this project put together by a Zurich advocacy group called Pro Infirmis. The project, done as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is called "Because who is perfect? Get closer." Miss Handicap 2010 Jasmine Rechsteiner, radio host and film critic Alex Oberholzer, athlete Urs Kolly, blogger Nadja Schmid, and actor Erwin Aljukić all volunteered to participate and have mannequins designed to their personal specifications. Previously in People With Disabilities

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Paraplegic Woman Wants To Surf, Friend Uses Duct Tape To Make It Happen [VIDEO]

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

We all know duct tape has thousands of uses but I'm not quite sure strapping one of my friends on my back so she can go surfing was one I would have thought of. Thankfully Tyron Swan did, and his friends' mom, Pascale Honore, has benefited greatly from it. Find out more about this surfing duo on Facebook and help support their journey here. (via HyperVocal) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Dog Pushes Wheelchair During Flood, Makes Everyone Feel Better About Natural Disasters in General [Video]

Oh god the easy stereotypical joke is coming I can't stop it he -- IN RUSSIA, DOG WALKS YOU.

Usually I consider myself a cat person, but even I know that dogs beat cats in the "being useful" department most of the time. For one thing, I sure know that my cat would never push my wheelchair to safety in the middle of a flooded street like this dog was caught doing in Russia. And she certainly wouldn't look so gosh darned happy about it. Also, if I had a wheelchair, she'd probably sit in it while I was asleep and refuse to get out of it to let me in. Wait, why am I a cat person again?

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Bryan Singer Tweets Our First Look At X-Men: Days Of Future Past With Two Very Important Props

And So It Begins

Looks like Charles Xavier hasn't made many upgrades to his wheelchair since the 1970s. Both of them look fairly uncomfortable if you ask me but this is technically our first look at Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now if we can just get him to tweet a picture of James McAvoy and Sir Patrick Stewart in them, I'll be even happier. (via MTV Splash Page) Previously in Days of Future Past

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The Mary Sue’s Favorite Articles Of 2012

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We've already let you know what our most talked about and most popular posts of 2012 are. But as the people who write all those stories you read, we at The Mary Sue have to admit that we have favorites of our own. They might not have garnered page after page of comments or tons of hits, but darnit, we like 'em. So now, in our final roundup of 2012, we've let our biases out to play to share with you our Favorite Articles of 2012. Here's to a geek-tastic 2013!

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Things We Saw Today: Guitar Heroes

Things We Saw Today

GET IT? (Neatorama)

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Paralympic Athlete Is The First Woman To Live At Home With A Robotic Exoskeleton

We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

Claire Lomas was paralyzed from the chest down after a horse riding accident in 2007 but recently utilized a robotic exoskeleton to complete the London Marathon in 17 days. Now she gets to see how the technologically advanced suit works at home. 

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Things We Saw Today: Monopoly Meets Arkham Asylum

Things We Saw Today

For sale today on ShirtPunch. I'd totally buy it if it wasn't obnoxious orange but now I really want DC to put out a DCU version of Monopoly. (via Jen Grünwald)

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A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

Allow Us To Explain

Not too long ago I asked a famous comic book artist to draw me a picture of Oracle and what I got was not at all what I expected. Barbara Gordon was depicted in a hospital wheelchair with a blanket over her legs

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Only at A Con: Daft Steam Punk Professor X

What It Says On the Tin

io9's got a great round up of Dragon*Con cosplay, and there are just a few here that we couldn't help Of course, the lure of a lovingly crafted steampunk wheelchair is frequently too much for mortal men...

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Tongue Piercing Used To Control Wheelchair

The tongue is a strong muscle that plays a role in our ability to speak and digest (and taste) food. But for paralyzed individuals, the tongue could also be the key to gaining some mobility. Researchers at Northwestern University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta have launched a clinical trial of a tongue drive system for wheelchairs. The system is based on first piercing users' tongues with a magnetic stud. A headset with sensors that can read the magnetic signals emitted from the piercing is worn by the user, who moves their tongue to signal the desired movements of their wheelchair. For example, pointing the tongue to the upper left corner of the mouth will signal the wheelchair to move forward.

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