Prepare To Enter... The Scary Door

"You are entering the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location. The kind of place where there might be a monster, or some kind of weird mirror. These are just examples; it could also be something much better. Prepare to enter The Scary Door."

This is pop artist Glen Brogan's piece for the Twilight Zone tribute show opening up at Gallery 1988 in May. I can't wait to see some more work from that show!

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Super Mario's Closet
Grimace McSection
Shatner Of The Mount

Galactic Empire State Of Mind

He's got 99 problems but a Jedi ain't one. It's nice to see Darth Vader breaking out of his normal deep-breathing, Admiral-strangling self. Even Sith lords need to evolve with the time. (Tee via Shirtoid; video via College Humour)

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Klenginem: Eminem Meets Klingon
Star Fiction
Death Star Disco Inferno

Casper the Disturbingly-Friendly Ghost

I always thought Casper was a little too friendly. Of course I've always agreed with Bart and Lisa Simpson's theory:
Bart:  Well, you know what I think?  I think Casper is the ghost of Richie Rich.
Lisa:  Hey, they do look alike!
Bart:  Wonder how Richie died.
Lisa:  Perhaps he realized how hollow the pursuit of money really is and took his own life.
(Via Medium Large)

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Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace
History Of The Turducken
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The ALF-Files

Mulder finally finds the Alien Life Form he has been searching for. Scully is suitable bewildered. I want to believe that if they ever do another X-Files movie, this will be the plot. (via Tim Tomkinson)

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Duck Hunter S. Thompson
The Marketing Campaign Is Out There

You Fudge With Me, You're Fudging With The Best!

An elementary school production of Scarface? Seriously? How messed up is this school? I can't imagine this is real, but I hope hope it is. I love the pile of popcorn standing in for cocaine. (Break via Screen Junkies)

Update: So yeah, it's not real — it's a viral video from the director of Lady Gaga's Pokerface 

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First You Get The Money...
When You Get The Force, Then You Get The Women
Oompa LoomPacino

Lady Gaga Vs. Sesame Street

The Yip Yips duet with Lady Gaga on Telephone. In this version, Gaga looks suspiciously like Grover. Or is she supposed to be one of the Martians? Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip. (BuzzFeed via The Ampersand)

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Lady Gaga's Polka Face
Queen Of The Wild Things
Sesame Beasts

Great Movie Showdowns

"Since the beginning of time, there has been struggle. The epic clash of being against being. Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Triceratops. Giant Squid vs. the Sperm Whale. The Circle vs. the Square.

The struggle is forever. It makes the world turn around. These are the struggles that make us stop what we are doing and sort of check things out… wondering what the eff.

This is a chronicling of some of the greatest confrontations in FILM HISTORY. The greatest moments of melee. These are the GREAT SHOWDOWNS."

Pop artist Scott Campbell has started a tumblr showcasing his showdowns, adding a new one every day. These are just a few of my faves. (Link via Gallery 1988)

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Frying Up Some Iggys
The Bambie Hunter & Taxi Rider
Nuke The Fridge

I Know Photoshop

Whoa. If only it were that easy. (Via Lucas de Camillo)

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I Know Lego Kung Fu
Matrix: The Silent Movie

Lost: '60s Style

With all the fan-made opening credits being made for Lost, clearly people are missing them. Keep that in mind, producers. Anyway, behold the Saul Bass inspired title sequences.  (Link via Warming Glow)

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Lost: The Baywatch Years
Lost: Explosions! Sex In Cages!
Jack & Kate Plus 8

The Wrath of Charlotte

In the original edition of Charlotte's Web, Charlotte wasn't quite as sympathetic to Wilbur. (The Wrath of Charlotte by Tom Ledin, via TeeFury)

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Curious George Learns A Hard Lesson About Desire
Goodnight Forest Moon
Queen Of The Wild Things 

What OMG Cat Has Seen Cannot Be Unseen

I'm pleased to see OMG Cat becoming a meme and I look forward to many more. I was getting sick of that Trolololo guy.

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Teh Lolcats Theme Song
I Can Has History?
Keyboard Cat: You Make My Dreams Come True


Who you gonna call? Hey, if it worked on Gozer the Smoke Monster shouldn't be much of a challenge. Throw down a trap and soon the Man in Black is resting comfortably in an ecto-containment system. Problem solved.

Lost/Ghostbusters mashup by Nacho Diaz for Threadless, via Super Punch.

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Ghostbusters Catch Gozer... Um, Jesus
Who Ya Gonna Telegraph?
Lost's Last Supper

Holy Single Ladies, Batman!

Batman: If they liked it, they should have put a ring on it, Boy Wonder.
Robin: Holy dance moves, Batman!

The Batusi, updated for a new century. Is it just me or does Robin appear to be enjoying this way more than the Dark Knight? (Lmao by ~duskflare via Awsomesauce)

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Cosmopolitan: Disney Princesses

"Disney has been entertaining children for years with stories centered around personal tragedies and some rather strange ideas about courtship and marriage..." (Link via Cracked)

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Alien Vs. Pooh

It All Began With A Discovery In The 100 Acre Wood

With Predictable Results

Help Would Be Needed

The bear with very little bear mistakes an alien pod for a honey pot and goes home with a facehugger. Oh bother! A.A. Milne's bear meets H.R. Giger's parasites in Giant Hamburger's Alien vs. Pooh. The above is only a small, small part of an increasingly odd comic. (Link via The Zeray Gazette)

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Apocalypse Pooh
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Mr. Watchmen

Who Watches The Mr. Men? "What if Marvel (and others) had created the Mr Men? What if Alan Moore was pals with Roger Hargreaves?" asks Seven Hundred, aka Steven Anderson. "The idea basically sparked from the realization that Mr Happy from the Mr Men, looks a lot like the Comedians badge from Watchmen." (82 Super Heroes/Villains Drawn As Mr. Men via BuzzFeed)

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Homer Shakespeare

Among the many words coined by The Simpsons, “D’oh!” has had the most impact on the English language, says an international survey of translators.

The survey, which considered which words or phrases from the The Simpsons have had an impact on the English language, was based on answers from translators working around the world for a London-based translation agency. “Homer Simpson must be the most influential wordsmith since Shakespeare,” said Jurga Zilinskiene, head of Today Translations. The results:

- 37%: “D’oh!” - a grunt expressing frustration at realising that things have gone wrong, or that one has just said or done something foolish.
- 13%: “introubulate - to get someone into trouble.
- 11% “craptacular” - spectacularly crap.
- 10%: “eat my shorts” - a dismissive insult.
- 9%: “knowitallism” - describes Lisa Simpson’s personality.
- 7%: “embiggen” - to enlarge or empower.
- 6%: “meh” - an interjection, suggesting deep indifference.
- 4%: “learning juice” - beer.
- 3%: “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” -- the French.
- 1%: “kwyjibo” - word made up by Bart to win Scrabble game. Defined as “a big dumb balding Northern American ape with no chin.”

I wonder if I can add up my hours of Simpsons watching and apply for an English degree?

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Words Can Kill
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Hello Anatomy Kitty

Huh. I would have expected it to be a lot cuter inside, or contain the embodiment of all evil. Show what I know — I stopped taking biology in Grade 11. (Kitty Half from Jason Freeny at Moist Production)

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Anatomy Of A Gummi Bear
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Sideways: The Video Game

Finish him! "It's a little known fact that the fierce competitors of Mortal Kombat were not always the merciless monsters depicted in the video game... every once and a while, the honorable victor would take mercy on his opponent by sitting them down to a hospitable meal as they reminisced about the fight over a fine glass of Bordeaux." (Hospitality! from David Soames & Gavin James, via shirt.woot)

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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

"Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" from Aaron Paul

Two words: eat it. The trailer for the upcoming Weird Al Yankovic biopic — yep, exactly how I remember it.

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You Has No Doubt 

A Clockwork Mice

Cute little mice and bunnies can make scenes of violence and horror seem so damn adorable! These Richard Scarry-esque rodents make Clockwork Orange, Nightmare on Elm Street, Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist as safe as bedtime stories. I could send my kid to daycare in them, right? (Creepy Critters via FashionablyGeek)

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Reservoir Droogs
Lego Silence Of The Lambs
Won't You Be My Nightmare?

Schoolhouse Rock: I'm Kind Of A Big F*cking Deal

I'm just a bill.
Yes, I'm only a bill.
And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Well, it's a long, long journey
To the capital city.
It's a long, long wait
While I'm sitting in committee,
But I know I'll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill.

Joe Biden: He signed you, Bill! Now you're a law!
Bill: Oh yes!!! (South Pol via BuzzFeed)

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Super Sized Last Supper

Your eyes are bigger than your Last Suppers, at least according to a study of 52 of the most famous paintings of the Last Supper painted between 1000 and 2000.
“The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food,” said Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing and applied economics at Cornell University in New York.

“We think that as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history’s most famous dinner.”
Over a thousand years, the size of the main dish progressively grew by 69.2%, plate size by 65.6% and bread size by 23.1%, they found.

No doubt they were looking at my collection of pop culture Last Supper parodies which are rife with fast food and  mascots for restaurant and sugar cereals.  We are what we worship.

Above: The Fast Supper by Sam Carter. "To me this has nothing to do with Christianity, it's more about the Religion of Fast Food. I felt that these commercial icons were my disciples." I've eaten at that religion.

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Something's Gone Wrong In The Cabbage Patch

Just because you abandoned the Cabbage Patch Kids of your youth doesn't mean they have forgotten about you. They are still out in the fields and are very, very angry. (ChrisEli's Cabbage Patch Psychoz, via Worth1000)

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Duck Hunter S. Thompson

When the duck hunting gets weird, the weird duck hunter turns pro. Tim Tomkinson's Duck Hunter S. Thompson from Gallery 1988 show I Am 8-Bit. (Link via Nercore)

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Fear And Loathing On Sesame Street
Communist Mariofesto
Our Lady Of The Arcade

I'm Gonna Git Medieval On Your Ass

ZED: Bring out The Gimp.
MAYNARD: I think The Gimp's asleep.
ZED: Well, I guess you'll just wake 'em up then, won't you?
You know how you always wanted to recreate the brutal rape and retribution scene from Pulp Fiction, but didn't have the right action figures? No? Well, that makes sense, but if you did want to, there's the Pulp Fiction "Gimp" Geoms Action Figure Set. Now you too can "git Medieval." (Link via Unreality)

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Pulp Fiction Wonderland
Pulp Sesame
Star Fiction

It's A Peanut, Charlie Brown

What would the Peanuts Gang look like in real life? Wonder no more, thanks to Phil Jones. I ran this awhile back but it got enough votes to be printed, so now you can wear your legume-based pop culture reference, if that's the sort of think you're likely to do.

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Schulz City: That Yellow Shirted Such-and-Such
A Blockhead Died In New York...
Spider-Man, You Blockhead!

Han Solosicle

Suspended animation inside an orange creamsicle? Sign me up! Mmmm, tastes like carbonite. (Han Solo Pop by David Schwen, via TeeFury)

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Han Solo, P.I.
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Fear And Loathing On Sesame Street

"We were somewhere around Sesame Street on the edge of the block when the drugs began to take hold. Suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car..."

This surfaced a couple of weeks ago and got buried deep within my RSS feeds but I couldn't resist Bert and Ernie as Dr. Gonzo and Raoul Duke. I can't tell if it is a modified colouring book or just drawn with crayons — and if anyone know who drew/coloured it, please let me know. (Link via BuzzFeed)

Update: The artist has been identified as jakefist. Thanks Darren!

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Pulp Sesame
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Bert
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Life Before Google

I remember those days — it was a living hell and we didn't even know it. Bless Google, every megabit of it. (Chuck & Beans via BuzzFeed)

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Ben Folds' Chatroulette

Ben Folds: Ode to Merton

Ben Folds went on Chatroulette while onstage during a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina last night, eventually piano-serendaing a guy sitting on the can. As the video says: "There are dirty words... but we edited out the penises."

A guy named Merton has been doing the same recently, leading to much speculation that it was Folds. He denies it, though watching this certainly looks like it was Folds testing out the material before taking it on the road.

If the bizarre world of Chatroulette has passed you by, I wrote a explanatory piece for work. Though the best way to experience it is watching other people's videos: more funny, less dick. (Link via Nerdist)

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Teh Lolcats Theme Song
The Internet Bible, FTW

Louis Armstrong Death Metal

What A Wonderful World (Death Metal Version)

And I think to myself, what a terrifying world. (Link via Nerdcore)

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SpongeBob's Got Big Balls
Wanted, Dead Or Alive
Raise A Little Hair 

Say Anything 2.0

In your digital eyes. You can't ever go back, Lloyd Dobler. (Link via Urlesque)

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Breakfast Hawks
Requiem For A Day Off
If He Gets Up, We'll All Get Up. It'll Be Anarchy!

In Case Of Zombies

Health and Safety, originally uploaded by Olly Moss.

A practical guide to dealing with zombie infection. Thanks Olly Moss, I have definitely noticed some increased shambling and light rotting at work. I guess I know what I need to do.

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Lady Gaga's Polka Face

Lady Gaga's Polka Face

P-p-p-polka face p-p-polka face
(mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-polka face p-p-polka face
(mum mum mum mah)

Wow, these things just write themselves! And there needs to be more polka parodies. (Link via ZanyPickle)

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Queen Of The Wild Things
Around The (Charleston) World
I'm Just An Animal Looking For A Home 

The Depp Hatter's Tea Party

DeviantARTist memorypalace brings together six of Johnny Depp's more colourful characters (L-R: Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd, The Mad Hatter, Willy Wonka, Edward Scissorhands). Add seven more and you've got yourself a Last Supper. Someone get on that. (Link via The Daily What)

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My Name Is Depp And I Love To Get Blotto
Poor Predictable Edward, Always Chooses Scissors
Mr. T Party

Popeye the Jersey Shore Man

Popeye or P-Muscle (thanks Jersey Shore Nickname Generator!) has updated his look and location, moving to the Jersey Shore. Hey, you don't stay in comics for over 70 years by standing still.

Of course his spinach eating has been replaced by steroids and Wimpy (W-Gel) no longer craves burgers but G.T.L: Gym, Tanning, Laundry. Something had to give. (Jersey Shore Popeye via Shirtoid)

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Super Mario Bro: Jersey Shore
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Alice in Wonderland Alignment Chart

To be honest, my Dungeons and Dragons knowledge is a little thin and so the difference between some character alignments haven't always been clear to me. Having them placed in an Alice in Wonderland context helps, kinda. Looking at this chart, I'd like to think I'm the March Hare, but I'm more likely The Caterpillar. (The Ten Greatest Alignment Charts of All Time via Geekosystem)

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That Snuffleupagus Looks Like Rain

You might think you're using your imagination when you seen shapes in the clouds, but you'd be wrong. There are actual names for them, as seen in this lunchbreath chart. Part 2 is here.

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For Thou Art Celebrity
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Mr. Tee & Little Miss Wonder

I pity the fool who doesn't get why these are funny. (Mr. Tee via redbubble; Little Miss Wonder via Shirtoid)

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B.A. Bearacus
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Wabbit Season

This is not the Elmer Fudd you remember. Too many times was he humiliated by a smug rabbit and a crazy duck that he finally snapped. Now its hunting season again. Be vewy... vewy... quiet. (From artist Beanjamish via The Zeray Gazette)

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Turtle Power!

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Raphael: I couldn't think of anything, so I just stabbed him. With my sais.
Donatello: No puns, or anything?
Raphael: Ah, no. Just stabbing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tired of repeat offenders.

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Avatar Last Supper

This was, of course, inevitable. I'm only disappointed that the Na'vi Last Supper didn't have James Cameron as Christ and Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow as Judas. Leo'nardo d'a Vin'ci from Avatizer. (Awesomesauce via The Zeray Gazette)

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Suddenly Last Supper
Alien Last Supper
The Last Smurf

They're Always After Me Lucky Charms!

"Initial market research with focus groups went poorly, forcing General Mills to rethink it's strategy and go back to the drawing boards." Good thing — those horseshoes were a bitch to chew through. (But does it taste good? via shirt.woot)

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Cereal Mascot Reunion 
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They’re Magically Delicious!

Where did you think unicorns got their magical powers? What, you didn't know leprechauns were made of rainbows? (Link via shirt.woot)

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The Breakfast Cereal Club
Whorses Need Love Too
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Danny Boy

They're Dogs... And They're Playing Poker!

Artist Ken Cursoe's SideKick Dogs Playing Poker for the Sidekicks and Henchmen show at Seattle's Flatcolor Gallery. I recognize Muttley, Krypto the Superdog and Dynomutt but can't name the two in the middle. Anyone? (Link via Super Punch)

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Dropping Paper Towel Science

The Paper Towel Gang

Almost as strong as a Canadian Mountie. The Paper Towel Gang make it Bounty rain. Andy Samberg and autotune, you have a lot to answer for.

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Viral Marketing
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It's Hard Out There For A Smurf

"After the show life wasn't so easy for everyone, 'specially Papa, who had to go out and support everyone and bring home the bacon." A Smurf's gotta do what a Smurf's gotta do. It's A Hard Life from Alex Solis at Threadless.

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Famous Movie Data Visualizations

Frankly, I don't give a data. The lines are the first eight quotes from AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. (Flowing Data's Famous movie quotes, via The Daily What)

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Whatchoo Talkin' 'Bout, Willis?
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Mickeyosaurus Rex

Disney characters have roamed the land from for millions of years. Behold, the Mickeyosaurus Rex, Goofysaurus, Donaldactyl and Plutoatops. Disnosuars is up for vote at Threadless. (Link via Super Punch)

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I Love You, You Love Me...
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She Ain't No Human Being

Why so annus horribilis? God Save the Villain! by Enkel Dika at Threadless.

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Never Mind the Hall of Fame
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Communist Mariofesto

The Super Mario Brothers is no mere video game, but a subtle Communist propaganda campaign — and I had no idea. Mario wears red, resembles Stalin, raises the Russian star and deposes a king. Well, I'm convinced.

Celarent has made it all the more obvious with a socialist realism version of the game, complete with backing by the Russian Red Army Choir. Its gorgeous. (Link via Miss Cellania)

The People's Mario

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Medieval Fight Club

If this is your first niht at the Fisticvffs Gvild, you must enter the fray. (Awesomesauce via The Zeray Gazette)

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This Ain't Rock 'N' Roll, This Is Genocide

Bowie meets Jason: He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar. Rock 'N' Roll Genocide from Oliver Barrett at TeeFury.

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Friday The 13th: Jason's Closet
Paraskavedekatriaphobia Butchery

Ninja Turtles Last Stand

And when the final battle came, Strawberry Shortcake mounted her My Little Pony and slew Leonardo, the last of the Teenage Ninja Turtles. I always knew the girls toys would win. (Artist David Finch via The Zeray Gazette)

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Batman With Butterfly Wings

From the album Bruce Wayne and the Infinite Sadness. (Thanks Puga)

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Mean Disney Girls

Mean Disney Girls

Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Belle as The Plastics and Lindsay Lohan as Ariel? It's a note-perfect Disney mashup and, like Lindsay, Ariel is well aquatinted with crabs. (Link via Urlesque)

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Robot Spare Parts

An R2-D2 coffee maker would probably be really popular whereas a Bender fabric steamer would steal everything in your home and somehow leave your clothes more wrinkled than when you started. (Question, is the Tin Man a robot?) (Used Parts by Dale Austin via The Daily What)

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