Tested Enlists a Movie Effects Artist to Create a Creepy Real Life Professor Farnsworth From ‘Futurama’

Tested enlisted movie effects artist Frank Ippolito to create a real life version of Professor Farnsworth, the 160-year-old owner of Planet Express in the animated series Futurama. The results are impressive–and extremely creepy. Ippolito also previously built a realistic Zoidberg costume.

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Batman Travels to the Death Star to Fight Darth Vader in a Live-Action Episode of ‘Super Power Beat Down’

DC Comics‘ caped superhero Batman travels to the Death Star to fight Darth Vader from Star Wars in a new live-action episode of Super Power Beat Down (previously) created by Bat in the Sun and Machinima. It’s a fierce battle between the clever Dark Knight and the asthmatic Sith Lord.

A Proposal From the 1930s to Fill in the Hudson River to Help Alleviate New York City’s Population Crisis

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A March 1934 issue of the technology magazine Modern Mechanix details the plans by engineering scholar Norman Sper to fill in New York City’s Hudson River in order to increase the landmass of Manhattan and help alleviate the housing and traffic problems of a rapidly growing population.

If the Russians had the vision and the courage not only to build huge cities from the ground up, but to practically rebuild an empire, surely America should not be frightened at a project as big as this.

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A Short Animated Arcade Game-Style Tribute to the Iconic Sci-Fi Films of the 1980s

European sci-fi cable channel AXN has created a delightful short animated trailer in the style of a side-scrolling video game to promote some of the iconic 1980s films it will be broadcasting during the month of December, including Ghostbusters II, The NeverEnding Story, Short Circuit and more obscure fare like My Stepmother is an Alien.

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The Aztec Death Whistle, An Ancient Instrument Used for Death Ceremonies and Marching Into Battle

Mileán Ó Raghallaigh uploaded video of a man demonstrating a death whistle, an ancient Aztec instrument used to honor the deceased during Day of the Dead rituals and brought out in large numbers when entering battle. Multiplied by 100, it’s easy to imagine a downright terrifying sound.

And also they used [it] when they fight with other tribes. They played over 100 death whistles [while] marching and make a lot of noise to cause a big psychological effect to the enemy. So this is a very intimidating instrument.

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The 2014 ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Film Retold as an 8-Bit Animated Video Game

CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema (previously) that retells the 2014 sci-fi action comedy film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as an 8-bit animated video game. It was written and animated by David Dutton of Dutton Films with music by Henry Dutton.

Extremely Rare Video of a Live Black Seadevil Anglerfish in Its Natural Deep Water Habitat

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute of Monterey, California has captured some extremely rare footage of a deep water black seadevil anglerfish alive in its natural habitat. Fewer than a half-dozen deep sea anglers have been videoed live, and this is believed to be the first time this particular species has been captured.

MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.

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