Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pastor Bigelow

Transylvania 6-5000

Bugs Bunny finds himself in a castle that belongs to a vampire in this 1963 cartoon.


Redditor katto's son
wanted to be a bowl of spaghetti for Halloween. She made it happen.
The bowl is an old lampshade, the meatballs are styrofoam covered with fluffy socks and painted, the spag is knitting wool, the hat is a sieve and the pieces of sauce are the socks leftovers :)

A Witch's Tangled Hare

From 1959. Bugs Bunny meets a witch.

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A Worldwide Celebration Of Halloween. Because customs spread faster when they involve candy!

Hilarious Election-Themed Halloween Costumes You Can Make Right Now. The one person who gets it and laughs will be worth the twenty others who ask you what it means.

Hey, what are you going to do with those pumpkins after Halloween? Might as well have some real fun destroying them.

The Curse of the Werewolf.

Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Really. And Disney will start releasing new Star Wars films by 2015.

Star Wars is just the beginning of Lucafilm stories. We can't wait to see what Disney will do with these other newly-acquired properties.

Mayor Bloomberg's ASL translator has been elevated to internet meme status after appearing with him at hurricane briefings. Lydia Callis expresses all the emotions that Bloomberg cannot.

Historic Vampires. Heretics, cannibals, tyrants, and serial killers have been labeled such because we can't conceive that mere people would act that way.

Ig® Nobel Limericks: World’s End, Sheep-Dragging, Robber Trap.

Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Historical Figures.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Be Were

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Transylvania 6-5000

Bugs Bunny finds himself in a castle that belongs to a vampire in this 1963 cartoon.

Anakin and the Paper Bag

You remember Anakin the Two-legged Kitten? He is six months old now, and is taking life by the horns. Anakin played with this wonderful paper mailing bag for several days. Visit Anakin's Facebook page. (via The Daily What)

You’re Never Too Old for Halloween!

When a picture of a 91-year-old man in a Halloween costume went viral this week, I was asked if other senior citizens dressed up in Halloween costumes. Of course they do, and why are you asking me, anyway? Because I'll look those folks up and put their pictures on mental_floss, that's why!

Axe Cop Halloween

The phenomenal webcomic Axe Cop will soon be a cartoon series on Adult Swim, with Nick Offerman as the voice of Axe Cop. Here's the Halloween episiode. (via Neatorama)

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A timeline of real-time updates on hurricane Sandy and what it's doing to the U.S. Atlantic coast. It's a monster, alright.

An Old Fashioned Halloween. With plenty of wonderful pictures!

Something Awful critiques the stupidest "sexy" Halloween costumes of the year.

Where Pumpkins Come From.

What is the "7" in 7UP?

Four Stories of Alleged Time Travelers. (via the Presurfer)

"American children deserve to be shamed, because Mitt Romney loves them so very much."

10 Old-Timey Medical Treatments Inspired by Your Nightmares.

How a Korean college dropout with three legal strikes against him rejected running his father's business by singing and dancing. And why PSY decided the horse was the funniest animal to design a dance around.

Six Seriously Spooky Cemetery Stories. Some ghosts don't wander far from their final resting place, even when they can't rest.

Monday, October 29, 2012

European Commission

Gungan Style

Oh no, not a Star Wars/Gangnam Style parody! That's what it is -for about a minute, then it turns into a statement about …well, you just watch this while I go curl up in a corner somewhere and contemplate my life and unfulfilled dreams. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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If there is any doubt as to how serious the National Weather Service is taking Frankenstorm, read the warning they gave for New Jersey residents. Even dogs are preparing for the storm.

Evil Creatures. Where they came from.

The Sex Lives of Conjoined Twins. Everyone is fascinated by the thought, except the twins, who aren't talking.

Stories and Photos From A Variety of Halloween Weddings.

The Dibbuk Box is a wine cabinet containing some personal items and a Jewish prayer carved on the back. It had belonged to a Holocaust survivor, now deceased, and everyone who came into contact with the box experienced strange dreams, bad luck, and illness.

An edit of 2001: A Space Odyssey leaving only the lines of the HAL 9000 computer is totally creepy. It goes from confident to competent to crazy using the same monotone throughout.

Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Historical Figures. It's nice to know that the world's VIPs also have their everyday candid moments.

Why It’s Time to End the U.S. Military’s Female Combat Ban. They're already putting their lives on the line -the front line.

New England's vampire panic. In the 19th century, dead people were sometimes dug up and killed again -just in case.

How Do Fire Eaters Eat Fire? Let's assume that they are prepared for the possibility of heartburn.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Patio Seating

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Disney's 1949 retelling of the spooky Washington Irving tale.

TV Synopsis

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Flex Mex

Vi Hart is not only great at explaining mathematics and making it fun, she can also cook and poke fun at herself. In this video, she uses her previously-explained hexaflexagons to make a tasty tortilla treat! (via Viral Viral Videos)

Saturday, October 27, 2012


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You Bet Your Life Outtakes (1959-60 part 2)

Groucho Marx had a game show on TV. What didn't make it onto the air was even better!

Haunting the Neighborhood

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Flaming Pumpkin

This looks cool, but keep it away from decorations, hay, and trick-or-treaters. And be aware that it will smell like flaming pumpkin. (Thanks, Dave!) 

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Diagnosing a Zombie

This TEDEd talk by Tim Verstynen & Brad Voytek of the Zombie Research Society needed some animation because they get all scientific and stuff.  (via Boing Boing)

Friday, October 26, 2012

13 Days

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Halloween Rap From Krispy Kreme

The "redneck rapper" Krispy Kreme tells us about that one Halloween… (via the Halloween blog)

A Bath or a Walk?

Jackson knows his English words, but he's a little fuzzy on judging whether his owner is giving him the runaround! (via Arbroath)

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The Final Marx Brothers Film Appearance: The Story of Mankind.

10 of the Most Unspeakably Filthy Basslines in History.

Facebook is now charging fan sites to send content to their fans. The lesson: never depend on a business that gives you free service (said the woman who has a site on Blogger).

Hurricane Sandy is headed for the U.S. and Arctic air may bring in snow from the west. The combination they're now calling "Frankenstorm" may hit New York in time for Halloween.

Horror Films You Didn’t Realize Were Based on True Stories. Even Freddy Krueger was born from evils ripped from the headlines.

Ghost Photography of the 19th Century. The first use of special effects photography was to provide evidence of spirits among us.

The annual Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, is a spectacle of crowd control. Learn the story behind why the city is so holy.

It's a special kind of anguish when your child is a mass murderer. Several parents tell what they've been through after finding out what their kids had done.

Paleontologists have discovered exactly how a T. rex would eat a Triceratops. It's not a pretty sight, so there are no pictures.

Halloween Costumes to Inflict Upon the Innocent. You'll enjoy these even if you don't have a baby to carry out your nefarious inspiration.

Demon Costume with Animated Mask

Electronic magic brings us the weirdest halloween costume ever! Phil Burgess of Adafruit mounted LED matrices on a mask, and hooked up a voice changer to use as a stimulus for the animation. The tutorials on the various parts of the project are available at Adafruit. (Thanks, Becky!)

10 Legendary Monsters of North America: Part One

Legendary monsters “exist,” if only in legend, all over the world. The series of monsters continues with a look at a few strange stories from North America. It's the latest episode of a continuing series of legendary monster lists I've been posting at mental_floss.

(Image credit: Cathy Wilkins

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Missing Bird

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Blessed by the Best

Someone get this women some real video producers! She's got the voice and the attitude already. (via Breakfast Links)

Birds-of-Paradise Project Trailer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a documentary on bids. That sounds pretty dry, but give it a chance and enjoy some truly astonishing nature photography and fascinating birds. The documentary will air on the National Geographic channel on November 22nd. (via Metafilter)

School Uniforms

Squishy Edible Eyeballs

You probably won't be able to recreate these eyeballs just by watching the video, because the products shown won't be familiar outside Japan, and they glossed over the all-important part of creating the pupil and iris. From what I can tell, it's a gelatin recipe with raspberries inside. You'll get a kick out of how they are used! (via Everlasting Blort)

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Borg Floppy Disk Drives and Other Facts You Might Not Know about Star Trek: The Next Generation.

On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons

Why you should teach your kids to talk to strangers. Sometimes a stranger can be a lifesaver.

Can You Judge A Cat By Its Color? People do tend to assign the same traits to white cats and orange cats, generalizing from experience, but is that discrimination?

The Science of Dogs. This comic infographic is also based on personal experience with dogs, and we can all agree its conclusions are valid.

Are you guys ready for "Movember?" Ron Swanson will teach you how to grow a mustache.

Everything Tom Hanks does is catnip for the internet. Here are his top ten "Internet-Baitable"  Moments.

You can't help but laugh when babies give you the stink-eye, because they're still cute. Here are the contestants and winner of the Evil Baby Glare-Off competition.

3 Hells on Earth. And there are highways leading there, if someone tells you where to go.

Hello Kitty Hello Art! Win a copy of the book!

Shang Qui

So Pretty

A Twilight fan wrapped up in the sparkly world of supernatural romance confronts the horrific reality of the vampires world -as it is supposed to be. This short film by Al Lougher was produced for Stage 5 TV. (Thanks, Mark!)  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Alligators Wanted

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Out of This World Halftime Show

The OSU marching band tries to top their video game routine with a halftime show featuring dancing aliens, UFOs, time travel, and a dig at Michigan. Any show that starts with "O Fortuna" will catch my attention! (via The Daily What)

Dance of the Baby Stingray

Oh, this is absolutely charming! A young stingray in an aquarium at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, puts on a performance of his dancing skills. Music by Kevin McLeod.  (via Arbroath)


You Don't Own Me

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Flula on Democrats and Republicans

German comedian Flula Borg explains why one American political party is better than the other one. He says he asked people about Republicans and Democrats, and then put their answers into his explanations. He made two videos, so pick your poison. (via Daily of the Day)


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20 Amazing and Geeky Matching Parent/Child Halloween Costumes.

34 Facts About Halloween Movies That Will Blow Your Mind.

The Escape Velocity of Emperor Penguins.

Frank Tanabe is a 93-year-old veteran with terminal cancer who considered it his patriotic duty to cast his absentee ballot. The rest of story is even more inspiring.

What Male And Female Scientists Say About Women In Science. Their opinions are different, and sadly, not surprising at all.

Master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane unveils his signature work of 2012: a zombie rising from a pumpkin. It's life-size, made from three giant pumpkins, and kinda gross.

15 Of TV’s Most Elaborate Inside Jokes. If you didn't catch them, then you're just as out of the loop as the rest of us.

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have unprecedented rates of PTSD, according to a new VA study. Nearly 30%? That's a national tragedy.

What is The Crow were a family sitcom? It wold be Everybody Loves Draven, and it would be quite silly.

6 cases of children being raised by animals. Some are amazing survival stories, but others are just sad cases of child abuse.

Bird Feeder

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Time To Go

The music video for "Time To Go" by Wax Tailor feat Aloe Blacc stars a crocheted "quadropus" swimming through the urban landscape as if it were the deep blue sea. The video was produced by Oh Yeah Wow. (via The Daily What)  

Cat Bounce

If you've ever had the urge to drop a cat to see if it bounced, but you don't want to hurt the animal, here's a web toy for you! Click, drag, release, smile. (via Metafilter)

Tituba, the Early American Witch

Barring fictional characters, a slave named Tituba is America’s most famous “witch.” She was there at Ground Zero in the case of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. But because she was a slave, her documented biography is sparse compared to other accused witches of Salem. Read about Tituba in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

Gangnam Style Halloween Lights

Oh, you knew it was going to happen. If everyone else is doing their version of "Gangnam Style," why not a house?

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A Real-Life Ghost Story. It was even written up in a medical journal!

Enough Of That ‘Monster Mash’ Crap: Here Are Some Legitimately Great Halloween Songs.

Apparently coloring your hair with chalk is a thing. I wonder what these folks' shirts looked like a few minutes after the pictures were taken.

 Early 20th-Century Fishing Photographs from Florida. That was back when fish were this big and men made sure there was a photographic record of it.

 15 ‘Adorable’ Halloween Costumes For Kids That Are Actually Quite Horrifying. The good news is that most of them are too young to understand what they are wearing.

Enjoy a Halloween light show set to Marilyn Manson's version of "This is Halloween." Guaranteed to repel tricksters, trick-or-treaters, and all your neighbors.

Fidel Castro says he's not dead. Pictures show him partying quite heartily for an 86-year-old, but he's been known to mislead us at times.

The 10 best films of the 1890s. They're heavy on effects, light on dialogue, and all available thanks to YouTube.

Why popular kids make more money as adults. Geez, will we ever get beyond high school?

The Electoral College Survival Guide. It's like no other college you've ever applied to.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Two Reasons

The song "Two Reasons" by Young Rival is illustrated by face painter extraordinaire James Kuhn. (via Neatorama

Following Directions

Ice Cream

50 TV Characters in Hilarious Halloween Costumes

From Flavorwire, we get to see your favorite TV characters in various Halloween costumes from seasonal episodes over the years. (via the Halloween blog)

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10 Places to See Before They Die.

Senator George McGovern, the antiwar 1972 presidential candidate, died Sunday at age 90. TIME mines the archives for a glimpse at his life and career.

 As of yesterday, the Catholic church has seven new saints. Here's a guide to the holy class of 2012.

Alice in Wonderland came alive at the third annual Massive Mad Hatter Tea Party. The ultimate opportunity for Victorian/steampunk/fantasy/literary cosplay.

20 Incredibly Bizarre Vintage Halloween Costumes. Then as now, you'll have to ignore comfort if you want to win a prize.

Two Polish guys drive a car through a Tesco department store. You can do this in places where cars are actually smaller than store aisles and doors.

Who Was Dr. Frankenstein? Mary Shelley had plenty of possible inspirations for the character.

99 Life Hacks to make your life easier!

The Story of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog."

Cave Art and the Human Brain.


Honest Movie Trailer for Paranormal Activity

Now that Paranormal Activity 4 or 5 or whatever is in theaters, Screen Junkies gives the series the Honest Trailer treatment. Ha! (via Daily of the Day)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Part of Your World

Patrick Quinn and Tom Riles produced this video, in which a bunch of dads sing "Part of Your World." It was made for the site Life of Dad. Quinn has daughters, which means he's seen The Little Mermaid on home video more than he cares to admit.
Quinn, who is married to Riles's oldest sister, actually came up with the idea while on a bike ride: "Besides all of my music, I have princess songs and kids' stuff on my iPod for when we are on long car rides." He found that he would often re-listen to the Disney songs for his kids. "Once you have a daughter, no matter how tough, thuggish, or introverted you might be, you're going to play princess with reckless abandon in front of others knowing that if anyone sees you they're going to understand. Especially if that someone is another dad."

Riles gives credit to his sisters. "My sisters all loved 'The Little Mermaid' growing up, and I must say, the Disney films of that generation were the best." Most of the men in the video have kids, and those who don't have nieces who "made sure they knew all the lyrics."
Other fathers around the country who have girls understood, and gamely contributed. (via The Daily What)


Kitten Attack!

A Bengal kitten stalks, attacks, and gets very excited about his prey. How dare you lay in the bed when the cat wants to play? (via Buzzfeed)

3-D Skull Cake Pan

3-D Skull Cake Pan - $37.95 

Halloween is right around the corner. Are you planning to scare up some deliciously fun Halloween goodies for your family. Make a cake that is just to die for with the 3-D Skull Cake Pan from the NeatoShop. This spooktacular pan features 2 cavities for baking the front and back of the skull. The unearthly possibilities of this pan are only limited by your imagination.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more delightfully unnerving Halloween Entertaining ideas.


How to Pronounce Huygens

Or, conversely, how to tell if someone you are speaking to is Dutch. Dutch physicist and mathematician Christiaan Huygens contributed a lot to the science of physics, including the idea that light travels in waves. That was over 300 years ago. MIT physics professor Walter Lewin is Dutch, so he can pronounce Huygens correctly. (via the Presurfer)

Viral Video Story 2

Luc Bergeron, who goes by the name Zapatou, stitched together your favorite virtual videos old and new to interweave with the song "What Can't You Do?" by David Meshow. It's like a little tour through the past few years of watching videos on the internet. (via The Daily What)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mythbusters Greatest Hits

The Discovery Channel is promoting the new season of Mythbusters with a super cut of their best crashes, explosions, and general destruction of things. After all, that's the reason we watch the show, isn't it? (via The Daily What Geek)

A Christmas Story Bunny Suit

Are you looking for a Halloween costume that will take you all the way through Christmas and probably Easter? You need the A Christmas Story Bunny Suit from the NeatoShop. This fantastic, and perhaps slightly deranged, bunny suit will make you want to sing, "fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra."

Oooh fuuudge! We almost forgot to tell you. A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Sexy Dress is also available. Buy both and make it an unbeatable set.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great A Christmas Story items!


Halloween Costume Ideas for Inanimate Objects

Jeff Wysaski brings the puns fast and heavy in this Halloween costume roundup. (via Daily of the Day)

A Preacher Addresses the City Council

Rev. Dr. Phil Snyder addressed a Springfield, Missouri, city council meeting on a proposed regulation adding LGBT people to a list of minorities protected from discrimination. You'll need to sit through the entire 3 minutes he's allotted, because things start happening that you don't expect. In another video, you can checkout what other people said at the meeting. (via Metafilter)


Friday, October 19, 2012

Rapture Riders

A classic mashup of Blondie's "Rapture" and "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors.

The Fork in the Road is Taken

A six-foot-tall fork appeared in Carlsbad, California, at the intersection of Levante Street and Anillo Way on Tuesday. The unnamed artist is a 62-year-old retired teacher who said he was impressed by the joke in The Muppet Movie in which Kermit and Fozzie encounter a giant silverware fork when they are looking for a fork in the road. Carlsbad residents got a kick out of the sculpture, but a city crew removed it on Wednesday. You might say they got the fork out of there. Another resident erected a sign in its places that say "Why the fork not?" which the city also removed. Then residents then began taping real, normal-sized forks to a nearby sign. A spokesperson for the city said the sculpture is a code violation. (via Fark)

Eyeball Women's Ankle Socks

Do you have an eye for fashion? You need the eye catching Eyeball Women's Socks from the NeatoShop. This visually appealing pair of ankle socks features a striking eyeball design. People won't be able to take their eyes off them.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fun Footwear!


How to Pronounce Schadenfreude

Now you know. From the awesome Pronunciation Manual.

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Jimmy Nicol, the Beatles Drummer for Ten Days.

George McGovern is dying. If you are to young to remember his place in history, it's time to find out.

Collector's weekly looks back at very un-sexy costumes from Halloweens of the past. These are more creepy, scary, and/or just plain goofy. 

If All the Previous U.S. Presidents Were Alive and Running for Office in 2012, Who Would Win?

First, there's the list of the highest-paid actors of the year. Then there's the list of who really should be the highest-paid actors this year.

20 Spectacularly Nerdy Art Jokes. These visual puns contain some NSFW text, but if it ain't baroque, don't fix it.

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants in Kenya pulled an eight-month-old elephant out of a well and reunited it with its mother. But first, they had to get the panicked mom out of the way.

Since June, Maricopa County in Arizona has been distributing information that lists the correct date of election day in English, but November 8th in the Spanish version. It's a very old campaign trick, but officials are calling it a mistake.

12 Famous Artists Who Dabbled in Design. Imagine owning furniture by Christo -then imaging trying to clean it!

Ivan Reitman will start filming Ghostbusters 3 next summer, without Bill Murray. That's just the latest news in a years-long saga of getting this movie made -or not.

Make a Beer Keg out of a Pumpkin

What a wonderful centerpiece for your Halloween party -a giant pumpkin that dispenses beer! The step-by-step illustrated instruction are at Celebrations. (via the Halloween Blog)


Thursday, October 18, 2012


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Kittens Learning Physics

They pay close attention and learn well until they decide it's time to eat the experiment! Next up: the lesson on Schroedinger's Cat. (via Buzzfeed)

The Bell Witch of Tennessee

Near Adams, Tennessee, stands a cave and a historical marker on a farm where the family of John Bell lived in the early 1800s. It was the scene of a series of mysterious manifestations that became known as the Bell Witch haunting. Read the rest of the story in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

Jack Skellington Illuminating Fright on Halloween Night

Halloween is coming! It is time to release your inner Pumpkin King with the Jack Skellington Illuminating Fright on Halloween Night collectible figurine and tea light holder from the NeatoShop. This beautiful, and highly detailed, hand carved sculpture is a Jim Shore design. It makes the perfect gift for any The Nightmare Before Christmas lover.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great The Nightmare Before Christmas items and wonderful Collectibles.


Ad Libs 2012

PBS Newshour has a Facebook app in which you can customize your own political ad. You just slot in a few pictures (from your Facebook page) and a slogan and voila! A generic political candidate ad, just like most of the ones you see on TV. You can see mine here. Or make your own. You have your choice of a nice folksy one like mine, or an attack ad. (via mental_floss)

Town Hall Debate Songified

The Gregory Brothers know how to make a political debate entertaining. Just add music, auto-tune the candidates, and give Candy Crowley a keytar. (via The Daily What)

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The 12 Best Geeky Costumes for Halloween 2012.

Bacon Turtle Burgers. (via Everlasting Blort)

Scientific Dining: Reviews of Research Institute Cafeterias (part two).

The Truth About Periods and Advertising.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vampires. Like, eating garlic isn't your only defense against them, just the tastiest.

19 Creative Costumes For Babies Who Are Too Young To Walk. Just remember, everyone knows those infants aren't the ones eating the candy you extort.

You want to go for a swim, but the pool is really cold. See how two German brothers dealt with this problem. NSFW language.

Amazing Facts About Pelicans! Oh, you knew they were odd birds, but they are even stranger when you get to know them.

The LEGO Batman movie trailer. Batman teams up with Superman and the rest of the Justice League in a feature-length film based on the video game.

Historic Werewolves. Even if there is no such thing, a few folks were labeled as wolves in the historical record.