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President Robot during the Cold War

You kids weren’t alive back then. You don’t know what it was like. It wasn’t a question of “Will there be a nuclear war?” but “When will it happen?” And at the most crucial moment, it was up to President Robot to stare down the Soviet threat while not actually provoking a nuclear exchange.  Link -via [...]

The Late Movies: Halloween

It’s Halloween, in case you hadn’t noticed. Let’s look at my favorite Halloween-ish videos! Tim Burton – “Vincent” From 1982, narrated by Vincent Price. An amazing tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Trick or Treat I was always the kid who got the rock. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell [...]

The Late Movies: SimCity

A new version of SimCity is coming in March 2013. They’re not calling it “SimCity 5″ — instead, EA/Maxis is rebooting the franchise, Star Trek-style, and just calling the new game “SimCity” again. This thing looks amazing to me; I’ve been playing since I was a kid, and this incarnation of the game [...]

Starry Night Recreated with Doorknobs

Union Hardware in Bathesda, Maryland sells decorative household materials. Over the years, owner David Goldberg has accumulated a lot of old discontinued pieces. He took them out of storage and assembled this rendition of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night: This new rendering utilizes over 1,250 door knobs, levers, and back plates from Italy, Germany and the [...]

The Late Movies: Tim Burton

Filmmaker Tim Burton has made plenty of feature films, animations, shorts, and side projects. His Frankenweenie is now in theaters. Here are some other Tim Burton clips you might like. Frankenweenie 1984 Frankenweenie was a half-hour story the first time Burton made it. Stop-motion was expensive, so this version was live-action. Only part one is gown [...]

How 11 Classic TV Stars Got Their Big Breaks

You never know which little role is going to lead to the first big one. Here are the defining moments that helped 11 stars of classic TV shows to land their first major breaks: 1. Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore had fired the imagination of many TV-viewing young men in the late 1950s when she had [...]

How 13 Classic Video Games Got Their Names

Here are the stories of how famous video games got their names, and what they were almost called. 1. Pac-Man It’s not easy to create a game based solely on the concept of eating. But Namco employee Tōru Iwatani did just that in 1980 by taking the idea of a pizza with a slice missing, and then [...]

The Missing Links: Odd Film Credits

So, You’re Telling Me Swedish People Don’t Actually Say “Bort” In Every Sentence? According to real, actual Swedish people, they don’t see a whole lot of resemblance in the famous Muppet chef. If you aren’t terribly familiar with this culinary genius, here you go. * Through the Eyes of the Color Blind Take a look at this [...]

11 Muppets Who Made 11 or Fewer Muppet Show Appearances

Everyone knows Beaker, Kermit, Rizzo, and Fozzie. It’s time we give lesser-known Muppets some love! 1. The Announcer Remember that silky, disembodied voice that moved us from one scene to the next? That was the Announcer. Although his voice was everywhere, he made only one camera appearance. 2. Gorgon Heap Gorgon Heap liked eating. A lot. Here, he does [...]

Superhero Ice Pops

If your favorite comic book superhero was a popsicle, what flavor would it be?Dutch artist Vincent Vermeij (Chungkong) took that idea and made art out of it. Superhero Ice Pops prints are for sale individually. Link Previously: Chungkong’s Exoplanet Travel Posters