The Darth Knight

Batman and Darth Vader: At first glance, they don’t have much in common. One fights for justice, the other is a follower of the dark side of the Force. However, they’re both orphans, they both have sons they didn’t know they had, they both like dressing in black and they both inspire great fear in their enemies. Bellevue, Ohio based costume company Malmey Studios picked up on these similarities and created an amazing costume that is sweeping the internet by storm: The Darth Knight. This hybrid costume features the best elements of the Caped Crusader and the most famous dark jedi. Check out a recent CNN interview with Malmey Studios founders Jeremey Adams and Mallie Jane Little and then head over to Malmey Studios’ Facebook page to see more pictures of the costume.

 

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The scent of rain on dry earth.

A Message For Richard Nixon

When Richard Nixon announced in July of 1971 that he’d be making an official visit to the People’s Republic of China, Americans were absolutely shocked that Nixon would meet with Communist leader Mao Zedong. Amidst all this, Maryann Grelinger of Kansas City, Missouri sent a message to the White House that contained the funniest advice for Nixon:

Thanks to Letters of Note and the Nixon Library for this wonderful communication.

Ron Swanson’s Go Bag

If you watched Thursday night’s fantastic Parks and Recreation premiere, you learned that Ron  Swanson had a special emergency “go bag” to be used in case his first ex-wife Tammy should show up in Pawnee. Well, this morning NBC posted a look at what was in Ron’s go bag, as allegedly written by the man himself. There are a few basic items, like Swanson family beef jerky and a compass and then there are a few surprises like The Complete Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4: Letters and Journals of which Ron says:

Lord Byron was one of the greatest poets the world has ever known. Despite that, he had a worthwhile life. He was a boxer; he fought in wars; and he was described by his girlfriend as “mad, bad and dangerous to know.” I like to pass time while I’m alone by reading his correspondences, mostly because he makes fun of all the other poets.

Head over to NBC’s Parks & Recreation site to see what else Ron had packed.

Pop Culture Salt Art

Bashil Sultani is a portrait artist who doesn’t do typical portraits. While most artists would use paint to make their images, Sultani creates art using salt. Yes, with just table salt and some skill, Sultani has created sodium chloride tributes to pop culture icons like Mario, the Joker and Darth Vader along with such famous faces as Al Pacino, Albert Einstein and Che Guevara. Check out a gallery of his geekier work over at Comics Alliance and then visit Sultani’s tumblr to see all of his salt videos.

Ned Flanders Is Breaking Bad

So, I’m late to the party and finally started watching Breaking Bad last week. I finished season one last night, and holy crap is that show amazing. Often times the show makes you think about questions of morality, ethics and what you’d do to ensure the protection of your family. However, there’s one question that I never expected to ask about Breaking Bad, namely “Bryan Cranston’s fantastic as Walter White, but what if the role was played by Ned Flanders?” True, Flanders and White do look similar, but I never thought what the show would be like if  it starred everyone’s favorite wacky neighbor. Conveniently, youtube user Superdude1999 decided to ask and answer this question, and the results are pretty great.

1960s Style Mad Men Opening Credits

Mad Men won its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last night, so in tribute let’s take a look at what the show’s credit sequence would look like if the show had actually aired in the 1960s. The animator Paul Rogers created this cool clip which features the song “One Mint Julip” as performed by Ray Charles. This intro is full of sly references to key moments and images from the series’ first season. Check it out.