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The Wet and Wild History of the Super Soaker

For generations, kids spent their summers chasing each other around the backyard with simple water pistols that barely shot more than a few feet. But squirt guns got a major upgrade in the 1990s when the Super Soaker was introduced by Larami Toys. For over 20 years, these high-powered water guns have dominated [...]

The Halloween Costume You’re Most Proud Of

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Two years ago, we asked for pictures of your best Halloween costumes. Let’s do that again! If you’re particularly proud [...]

Creepy Face Changing 3D Software

(Vimeo Link) Have you ever wanted to look like Michael Jackson but can’t afford all that expensive plastic surgery? No? Well, me neither, but Arturo Castro’s “real time face-swapping technology” looks pretty cool, except for the horrifying MJ mode. -via Best Week Ever

My Little Pop Icons

Photo link We’ve seen Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen’s work on Neatorama before. She’s at it again with her My Little Pony mods, now going after pop icons from Lady Gaga to Thriller-era Michael Jackson. My favorites are the Mad Hatter (pictured) and Edward Scissorhands. Link via Design.org

The Late Movies: “Billie Jean” Twelve Ways

When I came across an amazing acoustic cover of Michael Jackon’s “Billie Jean” performed by Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave), I thought it would be fun to locate a dozen versions. “Billie Jean” was released as a single on January 2, 1983 — hard to believe that it and the whole Thriller album [...]

Stories Behind Brand Mascots of Yore

Remember the Domino Pizza bringing back the Noid story we covered on Neatorama yesterday? Well, Caroline Stanley of Flavorwire got nostalgic about other popular brand mascots from her childhood and decided to rediscover fun facts from the likes of Count Chocula, the Snuggle bear, and so on. Take, for instance, the California Raisins: According to legend, these [...]

MTV News Coverage from 1995: The Internet

In this four-minute clip from 1995, the intrepid MTV News team takes on The Internet. Their coverage is wonderfully dated, showing the state of the art at the time: animated GIFs, Netscape, CompuServe, and blurred-out nudie pictures. Yes indeed, the coverage is primarily about online porn (this is MTV, after all), though a few nods [...]

"Welcome to the Jungle" on Two Cellos

(Video Link) Here’s Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic performing the Guns ‘n’ Roses classic “Welcome to the Jungle” on a pair of cellos. We’ve previously featured their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal“. It’s not just the music that’s amazing. Hauser and Sulic put on a stunning visual performance while rocking out. -via The Mary Sue

"Smooth Criminal" Cello Duet

(Video Link) This video is called “Two Cellos Solo” but a) two cellos make a duet and 2) it’s more like a battle. That said, it’s interesting and now we have a Michael Jackson mini-theme going today. Enjoy! Link

Who’s Bad?

(vimeo link) It’s a ridiculous game of one-upmanship between Michael Jackson and Mr. Bean! Patrick Boivin directed this stop-motion animation from Pascal Blais Studios. -via Laughing Squid