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10 of the Most Pointless Action Figures Ever Made

Popular characters as action figures make plenty of sense. Obscure action figures are often works of art, have meaning to someone, or are awesome in their very obscurity. Then there are mass-produced action figures that serve only to expand a series and sell to collectors who are obsessed with a complete set, depicting characters that [...]

Raising the Bar: 9 Even More Elaborate Proposals

The modern custom of the elaborate public surprise proposal gives us lots of smiles and a few vicarious tears of happiness, even if we wouldn’t want such publicity for ourselves. We’ve posted several lists of them in the past. It’s just lovely to know people in love will go to so much trouble to express [...]

Making Dinosaur Sounds for Jurassic Park

How do you make a dinosaur roar, when we have no idea what dinosaurs actually sounded like? The sound designers for Jurassic Park recorded living animals and combined them. In this short video, we learn a little about field recording, sampling, and the art of making an extinct dinosaur roar. Keep an [...]

Evolution of a Raptor Suit

(YouTube link) How did they make the velociraptors in Jurassic Park look so terrifying? They were real guys inside suits! John Rosengrant, who was the lead raptor in the film, shows how they came up with the technique from concept to film. Now that would be the ultimate Halloween costume. Read more at the Stan Winston [...]

The Missing Links: Do Dogs Ever Really Eat Homework?

Why Did the Dog Eat Your Homework? Or, why do you say that happened? * I Guess the Dinosaurs Are Really Gone A while back I posted a link about a guy hoping to create real, actual Jurassic Park-ish dinosaurs. Well, I guess that isn’t happening. Thanks a lot, “science.” And “facts.” And “rationality.” * Now You Can Hug [...]

Triceratops vs. Torosaurus: The Dinopocalypse

So you may recall that back in 2010, Jack Horner, the famous paleontologist who partly inspired Jurassic Park, co-authored a paper arguing that the dinosaur Triceratops didn’t exist — that in fact, it was the adult version of Torosaurus. Even weirder, Horner and colleagues later argued that there is a sort of teen version [...]

The Missing Links: Carny Slang

Olympics + Math = Great Love the Olympics? Yes, you do. Love arithmetic? Like I even have to ask. Well, even if you hate them both, you’ll enjoy watching this mashup. (Via Digg) * You Too Can Sound Like A Carny While doing some research on carnival ride accidents in preparation for my trip to the state fair (Deep [...]

Film Map

From Dorothy Collective, it’s the followup to their Song Map project: a map featuring places gleaned from your favorite movies. A street map made up of over 900 film titles including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls and Chinatown. Yes, [...]

Movie Trivia for Universal’s 100th Anniversary

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on this date in 1912. According to company legend, Carl Laemmle named his company Universal after seeing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we asked the good people at Universal to share some of their [...]

X-Files:The Musical Will Make You Want To Believe

(YouTube Link) This impressive act of musical nerdery is brought to you in eleven parts by CMustardTheatre, the same fine folks that brought you Jurassic Park: The Musical a few years back. Watch as Scully and Mulder seek the truth about unexplained phenomenon while trading witty barbs in a way that makes you say “that is soooooo [...]