Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Mona Swanson

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ever wanted to see a list of every celebrity mocked on South Park?

Probably my favorite celebrity "cameo"
Now you can! From Affleck, Ben all the way to Yothers, Tina Vulture has compiled a massive list of all the celebrities and people of interest ever made fun of on South Park. I wish the list was in an infographic form, but regardless be sure to click here to check it out.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

There's a surprising overlap between elements and US states

The Periodic Table of the Elements and the names of the 50 US States share 16 of the same 2 letter abbreviations. Bonus points if you can name all the states and elements represented!

venn diagram

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Evolution of Mom Dancing

Previously on Late Night: The Evolution of Dad Dancing.

30 Shots in Infographic Form

From Buzzfeed

Friday, February 22, 2013

The White Album x100

Words can't do this justice. It's 100 different and unique pressings of The Beatles White Album, played simultaneously. Just sit back and listen:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Will Mark Hamill be in the new 'Star Wars'?

From Vulture:

Mark "Young Skywalker" Hamill, who knew about the new Star Wars trilogy but didn't even tell us, is preparing to meet with recently hired screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). "They're talking to us," Hamill tells Entertainment Tonight, referencing himself and the other original trilogy mainstays. "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts — they would write us out." Though Hamill says no signatures have hit any documents, it all seems to lend some credit to those reports about Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Hamill all returning, huh?
Hamill, who has apparently stayed as much a Star Wars buff as non-celebrity Star Wars buffs, hopes the third trilogy will resemble the first, rather than the prequels. "I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous — in my opinion, anyway," he says. "And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one."
Hamill guesses the plot "would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lego Ghostbusters HQ

The things people make with Legos never cease to amaze me. Take this model of the Ghostbusters Headquarters, along with Ecto 1 and 2, for example. They were made by Alex Jones, who studied both Ghostbusters films, The Real Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters: The Video Game before starting the 2 month build. Check out some photos below with the full gallery here, and keep reading for more and a video after the jump. (via)


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Johns Hopkins students boycott exam, get A's

Dr. Peter Fröhlich, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, typically grades his exams with a curve; the highest score receives a 100, and every other grade is scaled up accordingly. As you can imagine, just the existence of this curve shows how hard his exams can be. So how could every student in 3 of his recent classes achieve an "A" on their exams? By boycotting them, of course!

It took the collaborative effort of students in Fröhlich's Intermediate Programming, Computer System Fundamentals, and Introduction to Programming for Scientists and Engineers classes, but they all managed to "miss" their final exams. With the highest grade being a "0" the professor was forced to abide by his policy and awarded A's to every student. Bravo.


Breaking Bad Monopoly

This is quite awesome if you're a fan of Breaking Bad (and Monopoly to a lesser extent). Click here for instructions and more information, and view the "Methopoly" board below!

Click to enlarge
From Uproxx

Monday, February 18, 2013

Star Wars without John Williams?

Up until this point, I had never considered a Star Wars film without composer John Williams scoring it, but apparently it's a possibility. New director J.J. Abrams almost always uses Michael Giacchino as his composer, and that doesn't bode well for Williams. There's no official word yet though and Williams is interested, so there is still hope. It just wouldn't be the same without hearing that classic Star Wars theme playing over the credits.


Will Clerks III be a book?

Please no! From Vulture:
In December, Kevin Smith said his last movie would be Clerks III. This weekend, however, he revealed on "What's Trending" that he's now instead leaning toward writing Clerks III as a book that will be released in installments. According to Smith, this method would allow him to explore the characters much more deeply. And by doing it one chapter at a time, he can incorporate the fan's feedback. Smith understands the criticism that might come from that: “I know people would go, ‘Why would you want to? You’re an artist.'” However, he argued: “Now I’m a new-media artist and the new-media artist involves the audience and that’s something I’ve been doing for nearly 20 years at this point anyway.” From there, he might make a feature or a web series, but the book would be first. Smith acknowledges that this is not a done deal yet and he still needs to talk with his Clerks collaborators about it. If this were one of his movies, this would be a good time for Silent Bob to pipe up and give a long, convincing speech about how it should just be a movie.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

An Analysis on the Kessel Run

The folks over at Wired sure do love them some Star Wars! Just the other day I posted about the strategies behind the Battle of Hoth, and now Kyle Hill does an analysis on the Kessel Run

We all know Han Solo said, "It's the ship that the made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs" when talking about the Millennium Falcon, but how factual is this statement? Though it sounds like a unit of time, a parsec is actually a unit of distance and makes the famous line wrong quite frankly. Or does it? Hill says it's either a case of wrong terminology, or Han Solo is in fact a time traveler. Interesting! Click above to see what he thinks, and learn more about parsecs, light speed, and time than you ever wanted to know.


Friday, February 15, 2013

How much does Thor's hammer (Mjolnir) weigh?

I meant to post this last week, but forgot. Anyway, Neil deGrasse Tyson figured out that Thor's hammer would weigh a ridiculous 3.57 quadrillion pounds. Wow.

See how he determined the figure here

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Force is strong with this toilet

The broom in the tub is just the coup de grace

Well, this is ironic

If you don't know, that's Olympic sprinter (and double amputee) Oscar Pistorious. And he was recently charged with murdering his girlfriend. With a gun. With 4 bullets in the chamber. Unbelievable.

Also, this tweet is kinda ominous too:

Thanks to my brother for the tip!

Breaking Bad Teddy Bear Cake

Any fan of Breaking Bad should be able to instantly recognize the iconic pink Teddy Bear from Season 3, but how about the injured bear in cake form?


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Inside the Battle of Hoth writer Spencer Ackerman took some time to analyze the fictional Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back, and wonders why the Empire didn't completely crush the Rebels. Think about it: The Empire had nearly every advantage on Hoth, and yet the Rebels were able to escape with only the loss of Echo Base and some casualties. The core of the Rebel Alliance -Luke, Han, Leia- all survived and were able to plan the events that would take place in Return of the Jedi.

Be sure to check out Ackerman's analysis on the Battle of Hoth here, in which he dissects all of Darth Vader's decisions and explains why the Rebels were really the winners on Hoth. If you ever wanted to read an in depth break down on the Empire's space, ground, and invading strategies, look no further. Or is it farther? I never know.

Will Ferrell ejects Shaq

More at USAToday

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Super Mario Busters

Kinda surprised there hadn't been a Ghostbusters/Super Mario Brothers mash-up before, but now there is! It's a pretty good video that loosely follows the plot of the first film, but there's no denying it is extremely well done. Enjoy:

And the largest prime number is...

...Way, way, WAY too big to post here. It's a whopping 17,425,170 digits long, which I honestly can't even begin to picture in my mind. I mean, 100,000,000,000,000 (trillion) is only 15 digits long and that's a large number in its own right. The actual prime number is 257,885,161minus 1 aka absolutely absurd. To find the number, Curtis Cooper ran 1,000 computers at 150 trillion calculations per second for 39 straight days.

Let's start the calculation:


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Room 237 Teaser

It's a documentary on The Shining and it looks creepy and great just from this short teaser:


Vince Gilligan to write and direct final episode of Breaking Bad

Good news, if you ask me! Gilligan, the show's creator, hasn't given us any reason to doubt his decisions thus far and I have full confidence that the series finale will be spectacular. And so does Vince...

From Uproxx:
“I’m sad, it’s a very bittersweet thing. I’m very sad about it being over,” he admitted. “There’s always going to be somebody who says they wished it went a different way. But if it ends well, if it ends right. … Hopefully we’re going to please the bulk of our viewers with this ending. We’re going to leave it all on the field, I can tell you that.”

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The facade of Paddy's Pub is apparently pretty popular

It's been shot in several other TV shows/movies/commercials, including one of my favorites Parks and Recreation. I noticed it right away while watching Parks but never bothered to do any research to see if it were the same location. Indeed it is, and someone beat me to it, so check out the comparison below along with some other instances of the great Paddy's Pub from It's Always Sunny. More at Uproxx.

Parks and Recreation at the top, actual view/Always Sunny at the bottom
The League
Repo Man
Though no photographic evidence yet, apparently The Wire, Southland, and Mad Men have also filmed in front of Paddy's. Must be a stipulation for every FX show to incorporate the pub?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

There will be more 'Star Wars' films aside from the next trilogy

Via ComingSoon

Monty Python members to reunite?

From Uproxx:

Members of Monty Python's Flying Circus are reteaming for Absolutely Anything, a sci-fi farce combining CGI and live action, with Terry Jones to direct and Mike Medavoy to produce.

Plans are for filming to begin in the U.K. this spring, with the Pythons voicing key roles as a a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do "absolutely anything" to see what a mess he'll make of things -- which is precisely what happens. There's also a talking dog named Dennis who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Robin Williams will voice the character.

"It's not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility," Jones told Variety.

Eric Idle hasn't signed on yet, but I have feeling he will. Regardless, it certainly seems like an interesting project.

New Futurama Teaser!

New episodes of Futurama return this summer on Comedy Central!

Hanksy returns

Street artist Hanksy, who I've featured a few times here, is finally back with more art. Take a look at some of his latest work below:

Check out more at Uproxx, and by clicking the "Hanksy" tag after the post.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meat America: Ron Swanson would approve

Check out Dominic Episcopo's KickStarter page to help! (via)

Jack White's new single to be released on an X-ray

Jack White has teamed up with Butthole Surfer's frontman Gibby Haynes to record 3 new songs for a single. The 7" single will be pressed onto actual medical X-rays, and produced in limited quantities. I've yet to hear any of the 3 songs, but if they're anything like Jack White's solo effort than I could see these selling strictly for the "X-ray" factor.

via Uproxx

Monday, February 4, 2013

Juggling to The Beatles

So our professor thought we all looked tired in class today, and after break played this video. It's some pretty impressive juggling, and it's to the Beatles' "Abbey Road Medley" so of course I found it worthy to post. His name is Criss Bliss; without further ado here's the video:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII Pick

So it has all come down to this: the San Francisco 49ers will be playing the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Lots of people are picking the 49ers, and lots of people are picking the Ravens. We'll get to who I'm picking in a bit; first the results from 2 weeks ago.
I finished 1-1 picking the Conference Championships. Both were pretty good games, with the 49ers/Falcons game being the more entertaining of the two. I'd make an assumption that I wasn't the only one surprised with the Ravens/Patriots result, but the Patriots played poorly against an excellent Ravens defense. The Falcons looked like they were going to win for a while, but blew a 17 point lead as the 49ers never quit. I do think this game will be low scoring, but ultimately the 49ers defense showed more holes than the Ravens'. With that, on to the pick:

Super Bowl XLVII
Baltimore Ravens over San Francisco 49ers, 23-16

Previous Results

Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Week 12: 8-8
Week 13: 9-7
Week 14: 10-6
Week 15: 10-6
Week 16: 11-5
Week 17: 9-7
Total: 135-72-1 (65%)

Wild Card: 3-1
Divisional: 2-2
Conference: 1-1
Total: 6-4 (60%)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Reel Big Fish Live at the TLA

RBF "sells out" again!

There's already Doritos tacos, so why not Taco Bell Doritos?

Apparently I'm not the only one who can't think of a reason against it, as it is going to happen this spring. I'm surprised it took this long, but I'm glad I will soon be able to enjoy Taco Bell when eating Doritos. We already can enjoy Doritos when eating Taco Bell, so why not? Oh, and there will be a Cool Ranch Taco flavor too, to coincide with the release of Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos.

Friday, February 1, 2013