8:00 AM, Friday, May 10th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
CBS 2 in New York reported on a group of real-life vigilantes that patrol the streets of New York by night in an attempt to "deesculate high stress situations." The group don't use weapons like guns or tazers, but instead use things like skateboards for shields and are just there to help keep the neighborhoods safe.
As referenced in the video, this is a sweeping movement across the nation seeing groups and networks of "guardians" patrolling the streets, some even going the full costume route. We've even reported of other such groups here on CR in the past.
While the idea is a noble one, one does have to be concerned with the safety of these individuals. But hey, at least they're trying to do something... no matter how strange it may seem.
Here's the video of the CBS coverage:
A big thanks to Christopher Pollak for the news tip.
11:00 AM, Monday, February 11th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
If you like Vodka (and hey, even if you don't!), and you're an artist or designer over the age of 25, here's a chance to win ten big ones from Threadless, an innovative t-shirt company.
Partnering with Absolut Vodka, Threadless is holding a contest to design a new Chicago-themed design for a limited-edition bottle of the beverage. The winner will get $10,000 and the winning design will of course be featured on the bottles! So some pretty big stakes for all you artistically inclined folks.
And even if you don't win, but are a runner-up, you'll get two grand and your design printed on a Threadless.com t-shirt and sold through their store.
There are some strict guidelines for the challenge, but with stakes so high that shouldn't matter:
Your design may contain a maximum of seven colors and may not include photorealistic images.
The ABSOLUT CHICAGO logo may be any color you wish but cannot be changed in other ways, and your design may not overlap the logo.
Steer clear of showing drunkenness, pregnancy, drunk driving, or anyone under the age of 25 in your design.
8:00 AM, Friday, February 8th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Straight out of the pages of Uncanny X-Force steps Kid Apocalypse in a very cool rap video called Kid Apocalypse Rising as he and Dark Beast cruise and party. The song even samples the 1990s classic X-Men Animated Series theme song.
The video was so impressive, Rick Remender, who wrote Uncanny X-Force, tweeted about it.
This is the debut track off a free-distribution EP entitled Enter Kid Apocalypse, with other songs like Earth 616 and Genosha.
8:00 AM, Friday, January 25th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Teddie Films, makers of awesome parodies have done it again with this funny take on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" all about the ruination (in their and many fans' opinion) of the Star Wars film franchise. You have to watch until the end as it just gets even better.
Our spoof of the Gotye hit "Somebody That I Used To Know"-Star Wars style.
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8:00 AM, Thursday, July 26th, 2012 - Posted by John Wilson
"Marvel's The Avengers" Cologne by JADS International fragrance company announce four heroic fragrances based on some of your favorite characters, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk.
Capture Iron Man's signature fragrance with the "Mark VII Cologne, Armor Up." A sophisticated cologne, Mark VII combines mandarin and jasmine with a light patchouli for a scent that will have you exuding the same confidence as the genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.
If you're looking for a more All-American feel, Captain America's "Patriot Cologne, Your Attack Plan" is right up your alley. Featuring hints of green lime and white pepper with dry oak wood, sandalwood, and tequila, the cologne encompasses Cap's adventurous side.
Feeling god-like? Thor's "Worthy Cologne, Possess the Power" boasts a woody citrus musk that brings together natural scents including bergamot, frozen ginger, and wheatgrass with a hint of fresh grapefruit and cypress. You'll radiate a seductive, masculine scent with powers to rival Mjolnir.
And finally, Hulk's "SMASH!, Be Angry" cologne is complementary to a full range of emotions, whether you're feeling like Bruce Banner or are ready to party like the Hulk. The cologne combines clean top notes like yuzu and tarragon with water lily and nutmeg, followed by an intense woody dry down deepened by Indian sandalwood, musk, and cedar.
All of the colognes can be bought individually, or, if you can't decide on just one scent, you can grab all four with the "Super Heroes Assembled" Avengers 4-Pack.
2:00 PM, Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 - Posted by John Wilson
Cannibalism is in the news a lot lately, what with people eating other people's faces and hearts and dismembering bodies left and right. So many human-on-human eating incidents have come to light lately that the Centers for Disease Control had to come out and officially declare that (as far as they know) zombies are not coming to get you.
What seems like a wave of flesh-hungry psychos apparently started Saturday in Miami, when cops had to shoot and kill a 31-year-old man who was busy eating another man's face off. Three days later, a Maryland man was arrested after admitting to police that he killed his roommate and and devoured his heart and brain. Meanwhile in Canada, cops are searching for a low-budget porn star who allegedly killed a man and then raped, dismembered and ate part of the corpse. Yikes.
All this has come together to convince certain true believers that the apocalypse is upon us, and a number of news agencies have linked the incidents to basically ask "What the hell is going on?" By Friday morning "zombie apocalypse" was the third most popular search term on Google, so clearly someone needs to step in and provide some answers.
Cue David Daigle, a CDC spokesperson given the task of letting the world know that, though cannibalism is something people do to one another on occasion, it doesn't mean the dead will walk and devour your brains.
"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," Daigle said in an email Thursday that was either a serious attempt to shut the Internet up (no easy task) or a single link in an elaborate government cover-up to keep us from knowing the truth about the Living Dead.
If you think you can take Daigle and his agency at their word, then have a nice weekend relaxing at home. The rest of us will be doing cardio, stocking up on ammo and practicing crossbow headshots.
1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 - Posted by John Wilson
Whenever a movie has anything that remotely looks like military tech, the producers turn to the actual military for help with gear that'll look the part. But when Marvel came a-calling with The Avengers, the Pentagon decided not to play ball with Joss Whedon and company. And their reasoning is priceless.
The DoD was totally on board with The Avengers until midway through production, when, according to U.S. Defense Department Hollywood liaison Phil Strub, it became confusing to the powers that be where, exactly, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division would fall in the current bureaucratic command structure:
"We couldn't reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it. To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn't do anything [with Avengers]."
According to Wired, Marvel tried to explain—with what must've been a straight face—that given the word "Homeland" in its title, S.H.I.E.L.D. would be part of the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Defense. If S.H.I.E.L.D. was a real organization. Which it is not. Because The Avengers is a work of fiction.
11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Bennis Sham pointed us to an interesting video released on IGN recently. As the title says, it's the Avengers... as a Boy Band!! Yep, you read that right. Earth's Mightiest Heroes seducing the ladies, not with their muscles, tights and super powers, but with their singing? Check it out below.
Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye unite in a boy band parody that will seduce screaming fangirls everywhere! Watch as Stan Lee's favorites gyrate their way into your heart....and the top of the TRL charts.