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Telling Time with Tesla!

This Tesla watch allows you to be on time for appointments while simultaneously honoring one of the greatest scientific minds in all of history! ThinkGeek has allowed itself to be the commercial conduit for this steampunk wonder, which lights up and everything!

Morning Roundup brings you tributes to Oliver Sacks, Wes Craven, and Velvet Goldmine, plus N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. Le Guin share wisdom, and we look at the true heroism of parenting!

[Plus, a very shy octopus.]

These Superhero/Dragon Ball Z Mashups Are Over Nine Thousaaaand!

Anyone notice something a little different about Wolverine? Something about his face looks fiercer, or like he’s been fused into an even more powerful character… That’s exactly what French artist Pierre-Marie Lenoir did with his “Fusions” series, in which he combines iconic superheroes with equally unmistakable Dragon Ball Z characters. Check out more mashups—we’re fans of his Batman and Robin—at his website! (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved for finding these.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you the truth behind Bill Murray’s Ghostbusters cameo, some lesser-known dystopian adaptations, and the loveliest way to get around!

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Watch the New Trailer for MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles!

During last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, the network released the latest trailer for its adaptation of Terry Brooks’ The Shannara Chronicles! They pack a lot into a minute or so: sweeping shots of ruins and buildings alike, battles of magic and runes and collapsible swords, burning leaves, creatures of dream and nightmare, all set to a pounding EDM beat.

[“It has begun.”]

Say My Adorable Bunny Name!

Benjamin Linus is a talented rabbit. In addition to starring in his own calendar last year, he is now tackling some of the most iconic roles in pop culture through a series of cute cosplays. We couldn’t resist his Walter White homage, but he makes an equally irresistible Doctor, and a striking Daenarys! Check out all of his new looks here!

Morning Roundup brings you Star Wars, now in order! News of the apes! A Ghostbusters reboot we never wanted to see! And some tips on role playing, for all you playas out there.

[Plus, if you’ve ever been baffled by Gremlins 2, we have some answers.]

Harry Potter and the Customer Is Always Right

This whole time, we thought that Harry Potter went straight from the Battle of Hogwarts to Auror training, but judging from this gem an Imgurian found at Gamestop, he took up a second job along the way. This pun is also funny timing, seeing as the Harry Potter Reread just concluded The Order of the Phoenix. (via Nerd Approved)

Afternoon Roundup brings you the creepy downsides of psychic gifts, the secret to Tarantino’s success, and Darth Schwarzenegger!

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Falling Down a Rabbit Hole of Books

Gaze into this subterranean library! Artist Susanna Hesselberg contributed a wonderful work of art to Aarhus’ biannual Sculpture by the Sea festival. The piece titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” is made up of books with increasingly dark covers (so as a viewer peers down into the hole, the titles slowly disappear into blackness), and references experimental musician and artist Laurie Anderson. We agree with Mental Floss, however, that there’s a heavy Alice in Wonderland feeling as well, which adds a note of whimsy to an otherwise dark piece.

Morning Roundup looks at Tolkien’s origin story, the changing demographics of the gaming community, and the future of Afrofuturism!

[Plus? Puppies.]

Finn Wields His Lightsaber in New Teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

The latest teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to you via Instagram, which has expanded its photo and video borders to make posts even more cinematic! They’ve certainly achieved that with this awesome (but oh-so-short) spot showing Finn facing off against Kylo Ren. Blue lightsaber versus red… classic.

You can watch the teaser here!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18.

Never Get Chomped Again with This Zombie-Proof Swiss Army Multi-Defense Tool!

While most zombies shamble along, they usually come at you fast enough that you can’t waste time rummaging in a duffle bag for exactly the weapon you need. That’s why wise Instructables member seamster has come up with the perfect zombie-fighting weapon: This souped-up Swiss Army knife includes a machete (obviously), plus a hatchet, two types of wrenches, and more! Though it’s unclear how you’re supposed to hold it… (Hat-tip to Neatorama for finding exactly what we need to defend ourselves in the zombie apocalypse.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you an evil AU Harry Potter, playing with the structure of short stories, and Galaxy Quest news!

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Captain America: Civil War Teams (Maybe) Revealed

Comic book and sci-fi movie review vlogger Mr. Sunday Movies has reportedly scooped a look at the teams for the next Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War.

Mr. Sunday Movies states that the concept art revealing these teams is akin to a stereo that “fell off the back of the truck,” so take this information with many grains of salt. Still, even if they’re just cut-and-pastes from DeviantArt, it’s still fun to speculate on whether these should be the teams!

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Open the Garage Door, HAL

Quick, if you look at the house pictured above, can you guess which director’s oeuvre it’s based on? If you guessed Stanley Kubrick, you are correct! Artist Frederico Babina has done a wonderful thing with his Archidirector series: he takes directors and re-imagines their individual styles as houses! This is a unique way to see the essence of an artist. You can check out the whole series here, where he honors Ridley Scott, Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, Tim Burton, and more!

Morning Roundup brings you the latest news from Mars, a tricky conversation between Ryan Britt and Austin Grossman, and the darker side of Banksy!

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Take the Fury Road To Giza!

Each time we promise our selves that we’re done talking about Mad Max: Fury Road, we find some new twist on the story that makes us love it all over again. Case in point, Kotaku shared this fantastic piece by Japanese artist Takumi that translated Fury Road’s archetypal characters into ancient Egyptian art. It turns out that the legend of the Fury Road (which can be seen in its original form here) would look  surprisingly at home on the wall of a pharaoh’s tomb. It also feels strikingly similar to the tale told by The Lost Tribe in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, here’s the inevitable-yet-fun Honest Trailer.

Morning Roundup brings you an alternate Star Trek timeline, the mathematics of the cozy mystery, and an update on the whereabouts of rogue typist Mavis Beacon!

[Plus, the many murders of Batman]

A Super Star Destroyer Is Basically a Floating Manhattan

The moment that the Imperial Star Destroyer first loomed across the screen in Star Wars: A New Hope was amazing enough—then Empire upped the game by introducing its big mean momma the Super Star Destroyer. But have you ever thought about comparing the size of that ship with something in real life?

Redditor movielover278 created this visual size comparison between a Super Star Destroyer and the island of Manhattan, and… WOW. Do Imperial soldiers need to use space taxis to get around? What’s the trendiest neighborhood on the Super Star Destroyer? Do they also charge tourists $3 for bottled water? WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. (via Laughing Squid)

Morning Roundup brings you a history-changing take on The Karate Kid, commentary on banking in medieval fantasy, and #MyFirstPageTurner!

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Presenting the Cosplay Variant Initiative!

At the Special Edition: NYC convention a few months ago, Marvel Comics announced that it would be releasing a series of cosplay variant covers, highlighting the fans who put hard work into their cosplay of Marvel characters. And now you can meet the members of the Cosplay Variant Initiative! Marvel recently released the cosplay variant covers for its October titles, including A-ForceInhumans, Captain Marvel, Thor, Ms. Marvel, and more!

Afternoon Roundup brings you reading recommendations based on your favorite Harry Potter book, an oral history of a truly WTF movie, and the return of Marvel dubsmash wars!

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Science Fiction Predicts Our Future for the Next 800,000 Years!

Science fiction is about predicting the future, based on hard facts or sheer imagination or, often both. Everyone, from Isaac Asimov to Tyra Banks, has taken stabs at guessing what lays beyond for our generation and for the many (or few) generations after us. In 2012, The Awl compiled an exhaustive list of predictions culled from science fiction novels and stories, starting with the Titanic being resurrected from the ocean floor as described in Arthur C. Clarke’s The Ghost from the Grand Banks.

But it wasn’t until Maria Popova from Brain Pickings tweeted this list a few months ago that Giorgia Lupi, an Italian information designer, was inspired to create an infographic of the data. Lupi’s design gives you an even better sense of the vast future laid out in fiction—with the added optimism that, in the eyes of our writers, the human race at least makes it until the year 802701!

[Find out what awaits us in our sci-fi future]

Take a Time Turner Back to This Potter-Themed Classroom

Few things make us want to go back to school, but this teacher’s ingenious Harry Potter-themed classroom is one of them. Redditor 86thdj shared his wife’s handiwork, from the “fireplace” complete with Hogwarts letters to motivational posters for each house, to even a miniature plush Fluffy guarding papers to be shredded! (via Pleated-Jeans)

Morning Roundup brings you the neuroscience of reading great literature, Amanda Palmer’s latest performance art piece, and vintage VR!

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