Doctor Doom Is Happy!

Just because you're called Dr. Doom doesn't mean that you are a happy guy, or so Neil Cameron tried to explain to his son. 

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Awesomeness Times Infinity
Super Emo Friends
Birth Of A Super-Villain

How Lost Should Have Ended

"Who wants some eternity water?!" ... "So that's the reason for everything? A giant cork? You know, considering all that we've been through I was kind of expecting something... different." (How It Should Have Ended)

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Welcome To Hill Valley, California

Seems like a pleasant enough place to raise a family. Certainly not a place you'd be hit on by your future mother. No sir.
"Being a huge fan of Mad Men-type retro advertising, I thought it'd be fun to create my very own magazine ad promoting the town of Hill Valley, circa 1955. I wanted to make it as convincing as possible while still hinting at the influence of Marty's visit to his future home town of the past. I'm not sure that even makes sense, but you kinda get the picture. The Delorean is pretty obvious sign, but there's also one subtle hint that Marty was there. Can anyone guess what it is?"
(Eric Tan's print for Crazy 4 Cult 4, opening July 9, 2010 at Gallery1988)

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Back To The Ancient Future
Desmond! We've Got To Get Back To The Constant!
Marty, We've Got To Get Wayback To The Future! 

The Creation of Mario

Video games will never be art? Take that, Roger Ebert! Of course I really didn't need to see Mario naked, but at least he has a digitized leaf so I don't need to scrape the entirety of my brain.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto gives life to his Nintendo creation in TsaoShin's homage to Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. (Link via Neatorama)

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Creation of Homer
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Cowabunga, Painter Dudes

The Breakfast Fight Club

This would be one hell of a crossover and I can totally see The Breakfast Club kids falling under Tyler Durden's sway. Stupid kids. I can also see at least seven movie references.
Brian Johnson: That's seven including when we first came in and you asked Mr. Vernon whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet.
Richard Vernon: Now it's eight. You stay out of this.
Brian Johnson: Excuse me sir, it's seven.
Not sure why Vernon has gigantic breast, but no matter. (The Breakfast Fight Club by Dave MacDowell Studios for Gallery 1988's Crazy 4 Cult 4 show.)

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The Breakfast Cereal Club
Breakfast Hawks
You See Us As You Want To See Us...

Wokka Wakka Wonka

This just hits so many levels of nostalgia - I'd play all of these games. In fact, can't someone create a playable Pac-Man mod for Fozzie Bear and Willy Wonka? Get on that will you, internet? (Wokka Wakka Wonka by Kevin Bolk via The Daily What)

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Pac-Man's Last Supper
I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts
Let Your Video Game Freak Flag Fly

Simpsons Pulp Fiction

I love Apu as Jules Winnfield, though he wouldn't sound anywhere near as cool. From Max Glickman's Pulp Simpsons. (Link via Culture Kills)

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SpongePulp FictionPants
Pulp Sesame
Pulp Muppets

Half The Battle You Say?

And know I know. (The Battle via Shirtoid)

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Cobra Commander Wants You!
Go, Cobra!
...And Then The '80s Exploded

It's Not a Doll, It's An Action Figure!

"It’s Not a Doll, It’s an Action Figure features artwork and photography inspired by, or using, action figures. Not to be confused with dolls, the subjects of Bear and Bird Gallery’s latest exhibit are on display doing what they do best: saving, destroying and living lives of high adventure."

Above: One Flew Over the Dollhouse by Dave MacDowell.

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He-Man And The Masters of Their Own Domain
And God Created Sugar
Stormtrooper Army

The Many Faces Of A Space Invader

Space Invaders are are not the monolithic, bent-on-destroying-the-earth alien menace they are made out to be. See illustrator Logan Walter's The Many Faces of a Space Invader for proof.

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Space Invaders Make Good Eatin'
Space Invader Autopsy
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I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do...

Some things just belong together, like salt and pepper, eggs and bacon, nuts and bolts and, of course, matches and dynamite. (Illustrator Richard McGuire for the June issue of the New Yorker)

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Nice Touch For A Goth Wedding
Cosmopolitan: Disney Princesses
Sex, Latex and Videotape

Extra Terrestrial Joyride

Once Elliott and E.T made their famous appearance before the full moon everyone wanted a photo-op. (Extra Terrestrials by Glen Brogan)

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Paper Hugs Rock


The Rock, Paper, Scissor March For Peace was a great success up until the time came to decide who should lead. Chaos soon followed. (Link via Made With Awesome)

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Iraq, Papa, Siskel
Some Throws Are More Equal Than Others
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Star Trek: Tik Tok

What is with all the pop culture references to Ke$ha? First The Simpsons, now this. I am amused at how many ridiculous scenes from Star Trek fit this video perfectly. (Link via Great White Snark)

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Star Trek Knights of the Round Table
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Klenginem: Eminem Meets Klingon

Pulp Fiction Trading Cards

Kids love the Bring Out The Gimp card — these are beyond awesome! Pulp Fiction: Collect the Whole Set is Ian Glaubinger's contribution to the upcoming Crazy 4 Cult show at Gallery 1988.

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Monster Mashups
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I'm Gonna Git Medieval On Your Ass

Bad News Everybody: Canadian Edition

The long-awaited return of Futurama begins tonight, unless you live in Canada. Which I do. As far as I can tell it will not be airing here, at least not on the same day and date.

I contacted Global TV, which aired the original episodes, but nobody got back to me. I contacted the Comedy Network (the not-so-equivalent version of Comedy Central) who aired the reruns. Nothing. I emailed a couple of prominent Canadian TV critics, but they must be too busy watching TV or something. I'd watch it on Hulu on Comedy Central's site, but they geo-block Canadian users.

I want to watch the revival, to support the return of a clever, sharp cartoon, but for whatever reason it's not airing here. So screw it, off to the internets, where I found it quicker than the time it took to contact all the above people.

I tried networks, I really did try to do it the "right" way, but if you won't work with fans, we'll find a way. I've already watched the first episode and will watch the second later today. So I guess it wasn't bad news after all.

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Evil Dead Bunnies II

Evil Dead II (In 30-Seconds and Re-Enacted By Bunnies). Why didn't Sam Raimi use bunnies in the first place? It's far more dramatic.

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A Clockwork Bunny
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Sgt. Shortcake And Rambo Brite

Two things: 1) If you've been on the internet, your childhood, among other things, has been destroyed. 2) Some Hollywood studio is probably writing a script for this. (My Cage via The Daily What)

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Cartoon Girls Gone Wild
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Who Let The Reservoir Dog Out?

These guys would totally kill the Dogs Playing Poker.  (Dogs of the Reservoir by Jonah Block)

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Reservoir Droogs 
Color-Coded Criminals 
Muppets Tip When Somebody Deserves A Tip 

Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Vuvuzela

"Gandalf man, you ruined my vuvuzela! Oh no wait, it's working! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Forget the scores (or lack thereof), the best part of the World Cup has been the vuvuzela. I just love how annoyed people get by it. (Gandalf Goes to the World Cup via everyone)

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No Goooooooals! 
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Pavement? Rattled By The Rush

Saw an amazing show last night, Pavement out on the Toronto Islands. These are the only two decent (short) videos I've seen so far but I'll post and write more later. Now, Father's Day! Yay me! Yay Pavement!

Toy Story Wire: Way Down In The Hole

The Wire and Toy Story together at last! I think I witnessed a little piece of heaven with this mashup. Love the characterizations: Woody as McNulty, Buzz Lightyear as Stringer Bell. That's comedy, well as least if you've watched The Wire. (Link via forces of geek)

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Toyz Noise
Toy Story vs...
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Body Or Brains

Ha, ha, jokes on them: I have neither! (Splitreason via Shirtoid)

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In Space No One Can Hear You Phone Home
Zombies Of Fortune

Heroes In An Art Shell

The original Middle-Aged, Mutant Ninja Artists,  Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo. Kowabunga, dude! (Heroes In An Art Shell via Threadless)

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Hatchling Mutant Ninja Turtles
Youthful, Abnormal, Japanese Assassin Kitchen Appliances

Hey, Sauron. Why So Glum?

See, dance music is evil. (Single Ladies via xkcd)

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Queen Of The Wild Things
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Garfield Meets Calvin and Hobbes

"These two cartoons were samples I had planned to submit to MAD magazine, around the mid 1990s I think...the joke was, "What if older features tried to copy the success of Calvin & Hobbes?" It was more relevant at the time, of course."

Cartoonist Doug Gray revives a great feature from Calvin & Hobbes for use in some comics that are a little long in the tooth. See his take on Peanuts too. (Link via @weinmanj)

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The Berenstain Bears Maul Some Campers

A bear has gotta do what a bear has gotta do. (Link via Medium Large)

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Things That Go Boom!

"This started off so simple... a bomb shape made of grenade shapes... simple right, then I thought hmmm... why not include some famous bombs from films? after many hours pondering which to include and just simply trying to remember famous bombs lol... this is the end result!"

I won't even try to identify all the explosives on this tee, but I do have some love for Bob-omb and the Holy Hand Grenade. (By R-evolution GFX via RedBubble)

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Guns. Lots Of Guns
Geek Army Knife
Choose Your (Video Game) Weapon 

Vuvuzela Hero – Legend of Africa

Finally, a Hero game I might actually have a shot at. But having head a vuvuzela or two, shouldn't there only be one button? Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (Olybop via Neatogeek)

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No Goooooooals!
Jimi Hendrix: Guitar Hero
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Toyz Noize

Pogo returns with another epic mashup, this time mixing vocals and chords recorded from Toy Story with extra cymbals and a sine wave bass, creating an entirely original creation.

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Nicolas Cage Wants Cake

"Do you want this cake? I want it!" This is like watching Eraserhead, starring Nicolas Cage. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation, but I love this. From filmmaker and musician Harry Partridge. (Link via @jeflee)

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Nicolas Cage: Snow Monkey
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Crazy 4 Cult: 4 - The Case Of The Redundant Number

Gallery 1988 has announced its latest Crazy 4 Cult show, a show that I have discovered many amazing pop culture artists. Judging from Mike Mitchell's official poster, the show is already a success.

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Guns. Lots Of Guns
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No Goooooooals!

I've been a little preoccupied with a new arrival over the past few days, but it seems there is some sort of a sporting event going on where each team tries to get the fewest points possible. I don't get it. (izit via The Daily What)

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David Lynch's Super Bowl Head
The Dude Invitational
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Obi-Wan Is Such A Jerk

Of course it makes you wonder why he was in a photo booth alone to begin with. (Via Kalafiory)

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I Find Your Lack of Mask Disturbing
Samurai Star Wars
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Counting Space Sheep

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought." Han Shepherd and his Woolkie? I have no idea what this shirt is all about, but you can vote for it here. (space sheep by k.c.o. via Shirtoid)

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Futurama X-Men

"A friend of mine suggested one day that it would be cool to see the characters of Futurama as X-Men and so I drew him Fry as Cyclops. For some reason I couldn't just stop there...and what came of it was a pretty extensive illustration with some of the most obscure characters from both the X-Men and Futurama universes."
deviantARTist gottabecarl X-Men/Futurama mashup is stunning. I really don't know my X-Men beyond the movies (yes, I know, my bad) but I would have picked Mom as Magneto to counter Professor Farnsworth's Professor X. Though Zapp Brannigan is always amusing. (Link via Neatogeek)

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I'm Goin' Down To New New York, Gonna Have Myself A Time
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They're Always After Me Lucky Charms!

Silly kids, leprechauns are crazy dangerous. (College Humor via The Daily What)

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The Wrath Of Old Big Boy

A recreation of the hallway hammer fight from Park Chan Wook's Old Boy with all of the characters re-cast as fast food icons, by Gimetzco at Dutch Southern.

I haven't seen the film myself — it's one of those pop culture blind spots -— but I do enjoy watching fast food mascots beat on each other.

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The Creation Of Kermit

Jim Henson first formed Kermit out of the felt of the table and then reached his hand into his body, giving him the breath of life. James Hance takes Michelangelo's painting and makes his own creation myth. (The Creation Of Kermit via StrangelyDrawn)

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Suddenly Last Supper
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I Want My Life Back

Mike Mitchell's portrait of a BP executive gives a whole new sense to the word "oily," which seems all the mosre appropriate after CEO Tony Hayward's posting of a message on earlier this month on Facebook, saying "I want my life back."

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Nicolas Cage: Snow Monkey

Finally there is an explanation for Nicolas Cage's hair: he is a Japanese Macaque! Aww, didn't he look cute before he shaved and left the hot springs?

Uncanny Valley, from pop artist Brandon Bird. I love the title, which comes from the field of robotics. "The theory holds that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers." Yup, sounds like Nic Cage.

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Two Warriors Come Out Of The Sky
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Tarantino Babies

"You ever wonder what Stuntman Mike, Pam, Mr. Pink, Nice Guy Eddie, Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, Vincent Vega, Jules, Elle Driver, The Bride, Bill, Max Cherry, Jackie Brown, Butch, and Marsellus Wallace were like as kids? Well, wonder no more."

Wow, they would eat the Muppet Babies alive. Except for Animal. Baby Quentin would probably give him a feature. (Tarantino Babies by Blair Sayer)

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A Bad Month for Cartoon Characters

I already knew about SpongeBob, but it's a tough break for Dora — she won't like where she'll be exploring next. I don't have much sympathy for Richie Rich — at least he hasn't gone the Casper route yet. As for Little Orphan Annie, she had since 1924. It was time. (Joe Heller from The Green Bay Press-Gazette via Gfest)

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First You Get The Money, Then You Get The Mountain
The Death Of Aquaman

I Find Your Lack of Mask Disturbing

Actually, a clown face with that breathing and voice would have been way more disturbing.  (Get the See Mike Draw tee at Neatorama)

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This Ain't Rock 'N' Roll, This Is Genocide
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Being Bill Murray

"Bill Murray is throwing a party. All the Murrays are invited: Todd DiLaMuca, Raleigh St. Clair, John Winger, Dr. Peter Venkman, Bob Harris, Nick the Lounge Singer, Ernie McCracken, Herman Blume, Grimm, Steve Zissou, Carl Spackler, and Phil Connors. All of them except Bob."

Not sure why they are in prison though. (Being Bill Murray by Paul O’Sullivan via Shirtoid)

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Pop Culture University

Pop Culture University

Now that is one hell of a faculty! And though I have zero aptitude for it, I would have had to go into the Science Department and even there I'd have a hard time deciding. 

Science: Doctor Who
Chuck: Computer Science
Dr. Gregory House, M.D.: Medical Science
John Nash: Mathematics
Daniel Faraday (Lost): Theoretical Physics
Carl Sagan: Astronomy
Walter White (Breaking Bad): Chemistry
Dr. Heiter (The Human Centipede): Biology
Steve Zissou: Marine Biology
Hannibal Lecter: Psychology
Agents Mulder and Scully: Parapsychology
Dr. Alan Grant (Jurassic Park): Paleontology
Dr. Indiana Jones: Archaeology
Bill Nye: Lab Maintenance & Administration

Go to reddit for the full size chart and staff list. (Link via Neatorama)

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Scientists Out To Kill Us Again
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F Is For Freeze Ray

Good Guys In Bad Games

David Soames images what would happen if some of video game's more genteel characters appeared in some of the more rough-edged games. It doesn't end well. (Clockwise, L-R) Toad in Mortal Kombat; Kirby in Golden Eye; Yoshi in Grand Theft Auto; Diddy Kong In DOOM.

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The Ultimate Combo
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A Day In The Life Of Frank(enstein's Monster) 

Three Cookie Monster Moon

If moon was cookie, me think me would be
The happiest monster you've ever seen
I'd put on a spacesuit and up through the night
I'd ride in a rocket and go take a bite

Me take bite from here, me take bite from there
And pretty soon me bite everywhere
Me eat with both hands, don't need fork or spoon
I'd chew it all up, until there's no moon
Seriously, how does this meme keep turning out gold? (Cravings Cookie Monster shirt via Shirtoid)

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Three Ewok Moon
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Always Bet On Plaque

Marketing always makes more sense when somebody explains it to me. Though I have to question the wisdom of attaching blades to toothbrush heads. (CoBranding via Lunchbreath)

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Thank You For Being A Dead Friend

Golden Girl "Rue Mcclanahan died today. Betty White will gain her skills with the Quickening…"
Oh internet, so fast, so insensitive. (Betty White: Highlander by Doodle Blog via @andrea_ball)

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BP: We're Completely Out Of Ideas

They are now talking to James Cameron and Kevin Costner. Hell, they'll take a call from anyone at this point. (Comic via See Mike Draw)

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Down The Rabbit Hole 

Wil Wheaton And The Unicorn Kitteh Of Death!

Sometimes interweb culture gets so convoluted that it takes a serious amount of searching just to understand what is in a picture, let alone trying to explain why. Take, as a random example, above picture of Wil Wheaton riding a winged, unicorn kitten, wearing a clown shirt while fighting author John Scalzi as an orc, by artist Jeff Zugale.

Luckily the why is up to you: "So, here’s the plan: You write a 400 to 2,000 word fanfic about the picture above. Come at it from any angle you like to explain, illuminate or otherwise bring to life what’s going on in the picture above. Our only request is NO slash fanfic (please). But other than that, knock yourself out." (Link via Neatogeek)

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Betty White as Slave Leia Wielding a Flaming Chainsaw While Riding a John Ritter Centaur
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Selleck Waterfall Sandwhich