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Kill It. Kill It With Fire.

Unfortunately, we're running out. Now that the Fire Elementals Union is on strike, the macro-parasites have been getting out of control. I hope the city settles on some terms with the union soon, because we really can't afford to lose another bridge to the gibbering maws of cosmic darkness.Read more...

Cat Vs. Deer Run-In Translated By British Comic, We All Win

Popular internet animal video _Cat Vs. Deer_ has been translated thanks to British comedian Chris Cohen.What follows is visual proof that every single animal video should—and must—be translated for our comical benefit. It's brilliant. Read more...

New Batman Roller Coaster Is Clearly The Joker's Diabolical Vomit Trap

Six Flags theme parks have had plenty of Batman coasters, but the new one opening in San Antonio, Texas, in summer of 2015 claims to be "4D." More importantly, as this promotional video for the ride clearly indicates, this thing is _obviously_ one of the Joker's nefarious plans, designed to induce mass vomiting.Read more...

How Frankenstein Helped Transform The Word "Awful"

Words have complicated lives, with enough births, deaths, and transformations to make even the most complicated zombie story seem tame by comparison. Here's the story of how the classic terrifying tale of a dead creature brought to life also helped to give a word its own new lease on life.Read more...

The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Must Not Miss In September

September 2014 might just be the craziest month for new science fiction and fantasy books we've ever seen. We had a nearly impossible time whittling down our list of the month's most essential new titles. But here are 23 books that you absolutely cannot afford to miss this month. Read more...

What If Game Of Thrones Came Out In The 1960s?

What if _Game of Thrones_ came out in the '60s and legendary graphic designer Saul Bass (the mind behind the title sequences for _Psycho, Ocean's 11, _and_ North by Northwest_) created the opening titles? It would probably look a lot like this. Read more...

Have you ever been caught in a "phantom traffic jam," where cars have slowed down and even stopped f

Have you ever been caught in a "phantom traffic jam," where cars have slowed down and even stopped for no reason at all? These are a real phenomenon, and they can be hotspots for accidents. In _Nautilus_, Benjamin Seibold reports on some possible reasons for these mysterious events.Read more...

Terrifying Images Of Whirling Firenadoes From All Over The World

Fire whirls, commonly known as "fire tornadoes" and "firenadoes," can make destructive fires even more horrifying as the flames are swept up into a swirling column of fire. These images show this frightening phenomenon during various fires.http://io9.com/breathtaking-a... Read more...

Sentinel Satellite Reveals the Aftermath of Napa's Earthquake

During the morning of August 24, California's Napa Valley was struck by its biggest earthquake in a quarter century . The ESA's brand new Sentinel-1A satellite has now produced an unprecedented visualization of the ensuing rupture.Read more...

GOTG Concept Art Reveals How Jason Momoa Might Have Looked As Drax

_Game of Thrones_ star Jason Momoa auditioned for the role of Drax the Destroyer, and while the role ultimately went to Dave Bautista, early concept art from the film gives us a hint at how Momoa could have looked as Drax.Read more...

It's A Crisis Of Infinite Woodys In Valiant-Sized Quantum & Woody #1!

The original superhero odd couple, Quantum & Woody, will face their biggest challenge since their recent reboot in December's _Valiant-Sized Quantum & Woody #1_, when a giant asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. And that's before Thomas Edison accidentally brings a Woody from an alternate dimension to "help."Read more...

What Logical Inconsistency in a Story Still Bugs You, Years Later?

Sometimes a science fiction or fantasy story makes a logical error so egregious that you can't let it go. Even years later, it still pops into your head and annoys you. Why did they DO that? Tell us what stories make you feel that way.Read more...

Behold Alien Horror as a Spear Mantis Impales a Fish in Slow Motion

Hiding in sandy burrows, mantis shrimp wait patiently—and then, with lightning-fast motion, grab passing prey with long, skinny appendages. "Like _Predator_ and _Alien_ rolled into one," says Jamie Seymour, a James Cook University biologist who made this new video with Emmy Award-winning cameraman Richard Fitzpatrick.Read more...

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Deadspin The Most Compelling Athlete In America Right Now Is Here To Play Chess | Jalopnik The Ten Worst Track Day Idiots Caught On Camera | Jezebel I Was the Weirdest Person at BronyCon 2014 | Lifehacker The Best Things to Buy in September | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

Read A Brand New Apocalyptic Story By Defenders Author Will McIntosh!

Hugo Award-winning writer Will McIntosh has blown us away with novels like _ Love Minus Eighty_ and_ Defenders _ — but he's also shown a unique spin on the apocalypse in his book _Soft Apocalypse_. And now, he's written a unique apocalyptic vision for the anthology _The End Is Now_, and we're excited to share it with you.Read more...

DC's URL Registrations Reveal Comic Book Movie Plans For The Future

DC Comics Movies is prepping for their large load of proposed comic book movies by gobbling up all the URL registrations for their coveted projects. So what do the newly registered URL names reveal? Read more...

So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets!

The "writers' room" of a television show isa magical place , where creativity flows and awesome ideas are generated. But how do you keep "the room" happy and focused? Some of the top showrunners, including Joss Whedon, share their secrets in this exclusive excerpt from the book _Showrunners_.Read more...

Make People Mute By Forcing Them To Listen to Themselves

You can't talk and listen at the same time. Scientists proved this conclusively when they came up with speech shadowing experiments that rendered people mute by forcing them to listen to the drivel coming out of their mouths.Read more...

What If Disney Villains Received Heartfelt Obituaries?

Sure, we watch Disney villains commit some terrible atrocities over the course of their films, but we tend to be a bit more forgiving when we remember the dead. These obituaries recall the lives of villains from a more sympathetic perspective.Read more...

The Monsters Sequel Dark Continent Does Not Look Particularly Subtle

Set 10 years after the first movie, the monsters of _Monsters: Dark Continent _has spread around the world, and the Army has been deployed to contain them. The sequel examines a group of soldiers stationed in the Middle East, who... oh, okay, I see what's going on there.Read more...

I Was the Weirdest Person at BronyCon 2014

"Brony" is the nickname given to the adult (mostly male) fans of _My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic_. Their community—which is large, voracious and one of the most widely-ridiculed fan collectives this side of Equestria—gathers annually in a convention center to celebrate their enthusiasm for friendship tolerance and MLP. This year, I joined them.Read more...

That Infamous Spider-Woman Cover Rendered In 3D Is A Flesh Nightmare

Hey, remember that incredibly unfortunate Spider-Woman variant cover by sexy sex artist Milos Manara? Well, someone decided to see what would a 3D model would look like in the same pose. The answer, it turns out, is a melted human/flesh-rent monstrosity that only Clive Barker could love.Read more...

The Opportunity rover has been diagnosed with a case of "amnesia", after more than a dozen lapses in

The Opportunity rover has been diagnosed with a case of "amnesia", after more than a dozen lapses in its flash memory storage. To attempt to solve the problem, NASA's engineers say they will clear out the robot's memory and reformat, trying to avoid any worn out storage areas.Read more...

The Disturbingly Inexact Science Of Food Expiration Dates

It's an all too common ritual: A product in the kitchen passes its "best before" date, so you toss it. Trouble is, it was probably perfectly safe to eat — and you just wasted good food. This is a problem that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about "expired" foods — and how to make sure you're eating safely. Read more...

The Lost Dinosaurs of New York's Central Park

Hey, you know that amazing Paleozoic Museum in Central Park? Dates right back to the 19th century, with all those life-size statues of elasmosaurs, mosasaurs, mammoths and other North American megafauna? Pretty cool, right?Read more...

A Single-Celled Organism Commits The World's First Murder

At the dawn of life on Earth, a group of early lifeforms is eager to get on with this whole living and adapting business. But one of them is getting a bit annoyed with its compatriots—and it's ready to commit the first act of violence.Read more...

Meet The Guy Who Spent Seven Months Killing Everyone In Fallout 3

On January 19th, 2014, Many A True Nerd started a new playthrough of _Fallout 3_. Not just any playthrough, though: his goal was to eradicate _everyone _from the capital wasteland.Read more...

That Time Lloyds of London Insured The Loch Ness Monster

In 1971, Cutty Sark offered an award of one million pounds ($2.4 million) to anyone who could capture the Loch Ness Monster. But, the whiskey manufacturer began to get cold feet, so it asked Lloyds of London to underwrite the contest. The insurance company agreed, with the condition that it would get to keep Nessie.Read more...

1000 Discounted Books From Self-Help to History [Deals]

Today's Amazon deal of the day features over 1,000 discounted Kindle books that are meant to help students, but anyone who wants to pick up some new skills should take a look at the selection.Read more...

Tuesday Game Room: Where are all the Swimming Pools Edition

August is over, and we're slowly entering the non-stop release season of big games - at long last! We're not quite there yet though, so if why don't we enumerate our backlogs or fear for our future wallets in the months to come in this simlish-free edition of Tuesday Game Room!Read more...


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