Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Lifesize Lego Hatsune Miku Builder Takes Panty Shots

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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You can't call this NSFW when it's a Lego model of a person who has never been real, right? Anyway, a Lego fan on Twitter named ChaosBrick built this model of the virtual pop idol, and it seems that more than merely a love of construction was on the mind (this isn't even the most extreme closeup posted). So ironic that building a fake girlfriend this way takes you so much further in the direction of never, ever getting a real one.

Taking a page out of '90s McFarlane Toys Angela action figures in reverse...how long do you think it'll be before another fan imitates the build, but replaces the "underwear" colored bricks with "flesh" colored ones?

Hell, the Japanese aren't Republic Serial villains (any more)...I reckon somebody did it thirty-five minutes ago.

h/t Kotaku

Extreme Jenga, With Excavators and 600-Pound Blocks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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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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Midlife Crisis Kermit the Frog, in Black and White, Goes Psycho

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

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In this animated short by RageNineteen, years of being married to a pig have driven Kermit to write and play inappropriate songs for kids like, "I'm Gonna Make the Whole World Deaf (From All Your Screams)" and "They'll Never Find Your Body." But he can still at least fake the old enthusiasm...so long as he doesn't catch anyone crying...

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The 7 Coolest Things About Ayumi Seto's J-POP Appearance at San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Street fair season in San Francisco kicked off this this past weekend with the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It tends to focus more on traditional Japanese culture - I arrived just as a Taiko drumming performance was ending - but it's also a precursor to one of my most favorite festivals, also happening in Japantown, later this summer: the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. As the name implies, J-POP is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture - as they put it, "the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, games, anime, food, as well as" (my personal favorite) "niche subcultures" -- and we got a preview in the form of an autograph and photo session with Ayumi Seto. She's a Harajuku Kawaii model turned Aomoji-kei fashion designer, and I spoke with her about just what Aomoji-kei fashion is, as well as about the nerdy influences in her new clothing line, "Aymmy in the batty girls," which takes most of its inspiration from American pop culture. (There are aliens and zombies involved.)

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Top-Down Smackdown: The Hip-Hop Version of Bray Wyatt's Theme You've Been Waiting for

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Consequence samples the Wyatt family theme to great effect, as he raps about them.

As always, consider this your Monday Night Raw Thread.

h/t Edwin Santos

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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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - The Toys of Summer

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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"Out in the stores today, I saw a Spawn head sticker on a Nicktoon pack..."

In other last-minute stuff...

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Meet Mr. Poo, India's Dancing Anti-Public Defecation Mascot

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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"First thing in the morning, what do I see, a pile of shit staring at me."

In an attempt to get people in India not to leave their shit just lying around - literally - the U.N. has hit upon a novel solution - an anthropomorphic cartoon turd who'll lick you in the face. Unlike, say, Senhor Testiculo, Mr. Poo is a villain, as seen in the online game where you have to flush his turd minions away.

Now, if I were to ask you, "Seeing as how this is a campaign intended for an Indian audience, what do you imagine would be the most stereotypical thing they could do to market themselves?" and you said, "Why, a music video full of singing and dancing bowel movements and a disco toilet, of course!" we'd be right on the money.

You wanna see it? Of course you do. It's actually catchy as hell.

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TR SHOWDOWN! Game of Thrones Theme - Smooth Jazz, or Screaming Goats?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

UPDATE: Goats win. It wasn't even close.

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A while back, some of you suggested you'd like to see "who would win" style nerd battle articles. Many of them, pitting one hero against another, seemed to me like things that had been done already, but when two particular tips came in, I decided they'd be perfect for this new feature.

[I'm also open to better names than "TR Showdown."]

The Battle: Which cover version of the Game of Thrones theme is better?

The Combatants: Screaming goats from other viral videos versus Dave Koz and Postmodern Jukebox's "smooth jazz" version.

Let's begin...

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If Harmony Korine Remade Ernest Scared Stupid, It Might Look Like This

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Imagine the Jim Varney vs. Trolls Disney comedy from the '90s...only Ernest P. Worrell is now a flesh-eating zombie, the trolls are pedophiles in rubber masks, and the kids are all potential murderers in the making. The lo-fi video and the eerie metal tune by Creepoid - featuring repurposed soundbites from the original film - add up to something simultaneously cheesy and deeply unsettling, much like Korine's Trash Humpers.

The late, great Varney would probably be appalled to see his kid-friendly character get a horror makeover. I, however, am fascinated. And upset...but maybe in a good way? KnoWhutIMean?

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