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A tweet from Phil Yu, the Angry Asian Man blogger, about an intriguing new Kickstarter campaign, the Haikus with Hotties 2016 calendar, inspired a couple of NPR employees to write their own haikus about the scantily-clad models.

A few of our favorites:

Before you all laugh,

Give these hunks a fighting chance:

Some aren’t wearing pants.
- Colin Dwyer

Mr. October
Is an A+ disrober
Good at haiku, too.
- Camila Domonoske

We know April may
spring with the birds and bees. But!
More Mr. March, please.
- Colin Dwyer

Snow melts, flowers bloom
Each new month I rejoice! Fresh
hottie, with haiku.
- Camila Domonoske

Read more about how this calendar/Kickstarted got, well, kickstarted, here: Got A Second For ‘Haikus With Hotties’? Now You Can Enjoy Them All Year

Images: Courtesy of Lane Dorsey / Courtesy of Haikus with Hotties


“As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next,  she heard a pitter patter of feet coming towards her. And soon after that a very strange person stepped out from among the trees and into the light of the lamp-post…”

Somewhere in the forest on the Front Range of Colorado Redditor Gen4200 has recreated an iconic location of the magical realm of Narnia as a surprise for his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to her, he hiked out into the woods on a piece of land that they own and installed a lamp-post like the one first discovered by Lucy Pevensie after stepping through the secret portal in the wardrobe in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

There’s no word yet on whether or not this particular lamp-post has magical properties but it is solar-powered, so Gen4200 carefully chose a spot in the woods that receives plenty of sun. Next he plans to purchase this Pan Statue to install nearby so the secret location will have its own Mr. Tumnus the faun as well.

I also got an etched stone that I need to haul in with a quote from CS Lewis - “Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country.”

Gen4200 told his fellow Redditors that he and his girlfriend have plans to create a number of special locations such as this one on their property, but he undertook this awesome project in secret just for her. We hope he also shares photos of the lamp-post in the snow.

Click here for photos of Gen4200′s complete set-up process.

[via Reddit]


An incredibly cringey video of Tim Tebow lip-syncing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (For more info, visit Joe. My. God.; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/29410965992/modern-evangelism-tim-tebows-shirtless-jesus)

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January 2016 | Galentines & Valentines

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What to Watch: Movies

Feb 05: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge – an army of undead zombies.

Feb 12: Deadpool

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

What to Watch: Television

Feb 11: Shondaland Returns! [#TGIT] (ABC) 

Your favorite Shonda shows are back! Don’t miss the return of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder!

Feb 14: The Walking Dead (AMC)

“I thought, living behind these walls was possible. I was wrong." 

Feb 17: Broad City (CC)

Feb 28: The Oscars (ABC) 

(Also, read more about #OscarsSoWhite) 

What to Read: Comics

Feb 03: Lumberjanes Vol 3

It’s a free day at Lumberjanes camp, and the Roanoke cabin is…bored out of their skulls. With nothing to fight the girls set themselves to earning all the badges they can that don’t involve monsters or the supernatural, which is surprisingly hard!When Mal and Molly sneak off in search of real adventure, they accidentally stumble into something more than they ever bargained for.

Feb 10: Jonesy #1

Jonesy is a self-described ‘cool dork’ who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch-it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…

Feb 10: Welcome Back Vol 1

Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt…

Feb 17: Steven Universe & Crystal Gems #1

Steven takes the Gems out for a camping trip and tells them spooky stories around the camp fire. The Gems don’t give him much of a reaction, but they do tell him a spooky story of their own about a monster who turns bad Gems into glass and shatters them. Pearl assures a terrified Steven that it’s just a story, but suddenly people around Beach City start turning up frozen in glass…

Feb 17: Tomb Raider #1

Lara Croft is pursuing a lost truth about the world that just might unlock the secret to defeating death! She becomes entangled in a search for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality and a lethal new enemy that just won’t die!

Feb 10: Wynonna Earp #1

The US Marshals Black Badge division has been fighting back against supernatural threats for decades. But even the toughest werewolf, most bloodthirsty vampire, or grisliest zombie knows there’s one agent to avoid at all cost: Wynonna Earp. Descended from the legendary Wyatt Earp, Wynonna is dead set on bringing the unnatural to justice!

Feb 24: Star Wars Chewbacca TPB

After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need.

What to Read: Books

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (out now!)

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands…

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (out now!) 

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard (Feb 09)

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab (Feb 23)

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

What to Play: Games

Feb: The Walking Dead: Michonne (Telltale)

Feb 02: Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Feb 09: Unravel (EA)

Feb 23: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (EA)

Mar 01: Heavy Rain (Sony)

We’re on the case in February with a box full of mystery and suspense!

Join us for “Cracking The Case,” a box celebrating some of your favorite detectives, spies and secret agents. We’ll have a @risarodil-designed Sherlock wearable, a special X-Files replica, and unique items from Hannibal, Jessica Jones and Daredevil! 

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Hollywood Sure Loves Sequels: For The Second Year In A Row, Zero Actors Of Color Get Oscar Nominations

Another year, another #OscarsSoWhite: Despite 2015 being the year that brought us the stunningBeasts of No Nation, the sleeper-smash Straight Outta Compton, Spike Lee’s satire Chi-raq, and Creed, confirmation for anyone still doubting whether or not Michael B. Jordan is a movie star, exactly zero actors of color were nominated for an Academy Award on Thursday morning. Just like last year.

  • Aries:Rascal, Mack, Gozer, Senor Don Gato
  • Taurus:Tabitha, Snowball, Patches, Tubbs
  • Gemini:Willie, Spots, Sunny, Ms. Fortune
  • Cancer:Joe DiMeowgio, Pickles, Speckles, Frosty
  • Leo:Lexy, Princess, Lady Meow-Meow, Xerxes IX
  • Virgo:Gabriel, Peaches, Spooky, Kathmandu
  • Libra:Fred, Cocoa, Sassy Fran, Guy Furry
  • Scorpio:Smokey, Shadow, Marshmallow, Ramses the Great
  • Sagittarius:Socks, Breezy, Bandit, Bob the Cat, Callie
  • Capricorn:Bolt, Spud, Chairman Meow, Conductor Whiskers
  • Aquarius:Pepper, Saint Purrtrick, Mr. Meowgi, Dottie
  • Pisces:Pumpkin, Misty, Ginger, Billy the Kitten

Kansas-based artist and hairstylist Ursula Goff celebrates her favorite works of art by using their colors and patters to create awesome hairstyles. For each new hairstyle in her Fine Art Series Goff posts photos of the original artwork alongside her brilliantly-dyed hair on her Instagram feed and includes a thoughtful explanation of the artwork and what it means to her.

So far she’s recreated The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, one of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings, The Scream by Edvard Munch, Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein, Red Canna Lily by Georgia O’Keeffe, Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, and one of Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe.

Goff likens her approach to hair dying to actual painting, explaining that she tends to “color hair much the same way I color a canvas, using the same sorts of color application techniques and identical color theory.”

Most recently Goff used the same method to recreate the colors of an erupting Icelandic volcano as a hairstyle for one of her clients:

Follow Ursula Goff on Instagram or Facebook to check out more of her incredibly colorful coiffures.

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