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Star Wars’ Imperial Forces Invade the Quaint Paintings of Thomas Kinkade

Saturday 11.02.2013 , Posted by

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There are few art critics who would label themselves as fans of Thomas Kinkade’s idyllic paintings, but you’d be surprised who the new enemies of his painterly cottages and mountains have become: the Star Wars Imperial Forces. In a brilliant mashup, Jeff Bennett has been inserting tulip stomping AT-ATs, bird frightening Imperial Star Destroyers, and arsonist Storm Troopers into the famously bucolic works. The countryside will never be the same. [Read more…]

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Classic Books Retitled Like They Were Blog Posts

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

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Ok, if I was going to title this article like the “click-bait” titles that are everywhere on the internet, it would probably have been “You won’t believe these classic books retitled as blog posts!!!. It seems that every title that we click on is something “you won’t believe” or “you’ve never seen before”, but that’s today – what about yesterday? This imaginative and fun series from College Humor re-imagines book titles from history (and not so long ago) giving them all the buzz worthy titles that would have you plucking them off the shelves (or at least of the internet). [Read more…]

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A Dog’s Life: Exploring Your Everyday Canine with Illustrator Gemma Correll

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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It’s a dog-gone good life, and Gemma Correll knows it! She’s been illustrating the intricacies of dogs for a while now, waxing poetic and wacky on what it’s like from the canine perspective. Her newest book, A Dog’s Life, explores “all Fido’s moods from perky scamp to loyal, obedient protector” in her fun doodled style. Perhaps you’ll find out how “mans best friend” manages to coax us into so many belly rubs, an unending supply of kibble… and even on-demand poop pickup duty. [Read more…]

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Logical Fallacies Explained With Fun Animal Illustrations: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever found yourself on the losing side of an argument you couldn’t even understand? It’s likely that that argument was one of the many examples in the recently released online guide, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. This absolutely endearing read, authored by programmer Ali Almossawi and illustrator Alejandro Giraldo, uses fun animal illustrations to demonstrate logical fallacies; like being guilty by association or appealing to someones ignorance. [Read more…]

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Drawing on Instagram Cats with Purrfectly Charming Results

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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We all know that every cat has an exceedingly unique personality. Was your feline friend intended for something greater than leaping great heights or shredding curtains… perhaps being an astronaut or demolition expert? Sometimes these things are obvious, and sometimes we need a little help. Amanda Coffelt and her cat Bob are here for us, setting out to enhance the feline world on Instagram, one picture at a time. Their project idraw_on_cats has seen Bob and many of his friends transformed into their alter egos with just the touch of a pen. [Read more…]

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Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People from Celebrity Photographer Matt Hoyle

Saturday 08.24.2013 , Posted by

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Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle’s new book Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People reads like a veritable who’s-who of hilarious talent. He’s got 130 portraits ranging from classic icons like Steve Martin, Dick Van Dyke and Carol Burnett, to today’s breakout stars like Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman and Steve Carell. As you can see, Hoyle doesn’t stick to one type of comedy or comedian. There are stand up artists, viral video successes, late night TV hosts, and film stars… anyone who has devoted their life to being funny. [Read more…]

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Beard Magic: When Your Facial Hair Has a Life of Its Own, and Also Gives You Vegetables

Wednesday 08.21.2013 , Posted by

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Beards are awesome, in the old sense of the word. Like when you can hardly breath it is so awesome. Like when you might faint, fall over and land on the dog from the pure awesomeness. Minneapolis-based photographer Ben Garvin knows this and just released an absolutely fantastic and wacky stop-motion video called Magic Beard. He did the whole thing using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio, and that’s all we’re going to tell you about it… take a safe seat and watch to the end! [Read more…]

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Real-Life Griswold Family Builds Truckster Station Wagon & Drives to Walt Disney World!

Monday 07.29.2013 , Posted by

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With a name like Griswold, you’re bound to hear a few National Lampoon jokes going around. That was the case for one Georgia family… but they’re having the last laugh. Steve (not Clark) Griswold and his family are now the proud owners of a real-life Wagon Queen Family Truckster, the same amazing wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Their first stop? Instead of hitting up the fictional Walley World, the family headed to Walt Disney World for their first outing. Don’t get stuck under a semi! [Read more…]

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Nicolas Cage Has Become a Disney Princess

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought Nicolas Cage couldn’t play anything more weird/bizarre/strange/odd, he’s showing up around the web as Disney’s iconic Princesses. What’s better than Nick Cage’s face on Ariel from The Little Mermaid? Nothing. That’s what. He wants to be part of your world. Get over it. [Read more…]

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Funny: Somebody Save Us from Digital Clutter!

Monday 07.15.2013 , Posted by

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Okay, so it might not be the most beautiful infographic you’ve seen in your life, but this one surely rates high on the honesty scale… and by the end will have you wondering what the heck we’re doing. Ray, Raf and Will, the three superhero/geniuses behind the online comic series DogHouseDiaries have whipped up another brilliant, funny and true effort observing the current state of our media through graphs… lots and lots of graphs. The thing is, as you read down their list, it becomes painfully obvious that today; our many photographs, music tracks and even our friends are hopelessly disorganized. [Read more…]

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