Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: WonderCon!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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I'm there. Right now. Maybe you've even said hello to me already today.

I'll have some WonderCon stuff to share come Monday, and will be Tweeting from the show all weekend - follow @Toplessrobot to see some of what I and other team TR pals see. If major news breaks that I'm aware of, I will post it, but otherwise, here is your thread to command, and share the stories I may have missed. Also remember that Monday is cheap candy day.

Disturbing Additions to Innocent Coloring Books

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!

(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)

Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.

As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.

h/t SlyDante777

18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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Game of Thrones T-Shirt on His Kid Gets Professor Suspended, Sanity Questioned

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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With the shirts I wear on a regular basis - and would let my kid wear if I had one - maybe I should never be a college professor. Bergen Community College in New Jersey put Professor Francis Schmidt on leave pending a psychiatric evaluation when he posted the above photo of his daughter on Google+, and an executive director of the college who got an email notification that the image was posted took it as a threat.

How so?

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Geek Apparel of the Week: The World's End "F*** off Back to Legoland" T-Shirt and Pillow

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Not much to add here, is there? Except that if you're ever invited to a party at Chris Miller and Phil Lord's place, you absolutely must show up in this.

For those concerned about such things, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have officially authorized these - and there are pillows, too. Censored versions that will presumably use asterisks or something (like my totally wimping-out headline, above) are also going to be made available so that you can cleverly confuse people who are easily offended but don't know how to spell (me, I'm just trying to avoid spam filters).

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

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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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

Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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Why, MC, Eh? Village People Underwear and Nightwear Is Going to Be a Thing

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Young man,

Something you never heard,

Will be fun, man,

If you love the absurd,

But it's dung, man,

To the folks in the herd who re-mem-ber what shit this was....

Head of global merchandising at ITVS GE, Trudi Hayward, said: "This range brilliantly brings together high-quality apparel and one of the most recognizable names in dance music.

"We're sure disco fans and lovers of fun clothing will be thrilled with the C&M Licensing Village People range."

Mike Coles, director, Coneen Group, added: "These colourful ranges will offer fans the chance to dance, sing or just sleep the night away in the company of one of the biggest disco sensations ever."

Are you thrilled?


Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Down Mexico Way, Plus Mysteries of LYT's Eyebrows

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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.

Hello all,

I was treated to a Mexico vacation last week. My mom, who is turning 89 in May, decided that we needed a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. This was to be my 58th birthday present - gifts should arrive for April and her May birthday. For 30 years, my mom has been a very independent widow. She has traveled all over the US and Europe. This year, however she started to use a cane and did not want to try the trip alone. She needed a suitcase helper and I was it. This lady still volunteers 2 times a week at her police department (yep, it runs in the family).

So here is my take on the good and bad of our week in Puerto Vallarta. P.S. There's not much on night life - we were watching CNN by 10-11 p.m. every night.

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