Three nerds have taken it upon themselves to create a recipe for Butterbeer, the gross-sounding beverage of choice for young wizards from the Harry Potter universe. Specifically, they make three kinds: cold, slushy and hot. You may be surprised to know that none of these three recipes utilize either butter or beer, although butter flavoring is involved in all of them, which strikes me as extremely fucking gross. I don’t approve of any butter-flavored beverage, no matter how nerdy. If I wanted to drink fake butter I’d use the “Popcorn Flavoring” tap at the movie theater like a water fountain. But I don’t do that. Because it’s fucking gross. (Via Geeks Are Sexy)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.