A "Real" Spider-Man Web-Shooter That Could Kill You

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Using electromagnetics, lasers, and a sweet Spidey glove, German tech-head Patrick Priebe has made an actual web-shooter that can fire a barb on a line, and bring back whatever you hook. The potential uses for fishermen are limitless...perhaps less so for aspiring Spider-Men, who have to deal with the fact that "web fluid" is essentially magic and violates multiple laws of science.

Though if all you want to do is catch Mary Jane's lunch tray...well, this won't do that either. Really it's more like Scorpion's spear from Mortal Kombat, but that's just not as hot a property to tie into right now.

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Via Online Dating Buzzwords, We've Figured out the Perfect Gift

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Every so often, by which I mean every day, I get weird article pitches from people who've obviously never read this site, with come-ons like , "Are you working on any celebrity plastic surgery stories?" Sometimes, for kicks, I'll read them. Then, from time to time, they'll make me feel smart. Like today, I got this from a dating site called PlentyofFish, which I assume was not intended as a derogatory vaginal reference...

The 5-most popular words among both sexes who left the dating site in a relationship are:

1. love
2. time
3. life
4. friend
5. music

Y-you mean? All this time, I had the perfect romantic talisman available to me via 1-800 number and I didn't even know it?

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Extreme Jenga, With Excavators and 600-Pound Blocks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm


Proof positive, if you needed it, that theoretically dorky games of balance can always be made bigger and manlier.

Also proof positive that "In the Hall of the Mountain King" needs to be retired as theme music. I know it's supposed to be shorthand for escalating tension, but whenever it comes on, all I hear is "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb; Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow."

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Trailer for Cyber-Seniors Is Funny Because Old People Can't Do Stuff

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm


Yes, I'm being slightly facetious - frankly, this movie could have been about my parents, who are significantly younger than the seniors onscreen, and they'd be even more frustrating to watch - my father thinks he can just type his email address into the URL field, and my mother uses Google to access websites she knows the address for. At least someone who has never used a computer comes to it with some freshness...I guess?

Bless the teens who had the patience to help them. Back in my day - says this Gen-X codger - I was not a patient teen. At all. Except when waiting for my computer to print stuff out, as it did MAYBE a page a minute.

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Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am


While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Green Fireballs, Black Cats, Brown Underwear

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hey de ho all - well it is Thursday again, another day at the funny farm, ah, I mean ranch. Things are a bit late today, but better late than never. Fun day today. I had already fallen asleep by the time my questions came in at 7pm. Yep, I crashed at 6:30 pm, even missed dinner. It's a b**ch getting old. It was a long day for me and I guess LYT got really busy. Last week was one of those weeks: it was my 58th birthday and 32nd anniversary, Both were 1st without my husband. LYT and Mrs LYT took over and sent 2 lovely sets of flowers and I also got a TV for the bedroom. Baby Frizzy is checking out the flowers and they were approved.

Getting hot here in the desert; we hit 95 yesterday. The garden is starting to sprout and I got the first vac done on the pool. The pool will need a couple of more passes with the sweeper before it is ready to open for the summer. We love to submerge in the pool like hippos and then BBQ dinner. Well, better get on with the questions.

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NASA Photo Depicts Apparent Artificial Light on Mars

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm


Either that or Martians just look like large mint Tic-Tacs.

Some are jumping to conclusions. We naturally assume it's...Gnomes.

Kate Mulgrew Is Not a Geocentrist After All

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Upon presumably seeing the trailer for geocentric documentary The Principle for the first time yesterday like the rest of us, she issued a statement today:

Robert Sungenis has been a Holocaust denier as well as a Bible-based geocentrist. You do it, Janeway.

Now I can like Voyager again...except I still don't.

Footage of Jean-Claude Van Damme as the Original Predator

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am


Seen here in the red suit used to create the cloaking effect, a young JCVD dressed as a giant bug looks more like a refugee from some aborted live-action version of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards than the iconic dreadlocked spacehunter who would go on to face Arnold.

A newly released video from creature FX supervisor Steve Johnson and Stan Winston's son Matt shows the costume in action, and reveals the bullet we dodged (can you imagine NECA making 50+ variants of that as toys?). Van Damme, of course, went on to never wear masks again, focusing instead on making his actual face look like one.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Scratch & Sniff Mint-Scented Jeans

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm


I think I'm like a lot of guys in that if you scratch certain areas of my pants, you will definitely be "rewarded" with an odor of some kind - though only my cat would likely claim that to be any sort of bonus feature (seriously, cats like sweat stains. A lot).

But what if your scratching could induce a pleasing mint aroma to be emanated? Luckily for you, this can now happen - for five washes, anyway. From the brand name "Naked & Famous" and the style cut known as "Weird Guy" ("The 'Weird Guy' is a slim fit that tapers from the knee down. Medium rise"), it's $158 pants that subtly invite others to scratch your nads.

I'm waiting for them to do a sriracha-scented version and call it "Firecrotch."

via Uncrate