The Mythology of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Series by J.R.R. Tolkien Explained in Under Five Minutes

The mythology of the world of The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien is explained in under five minutes in a recent video by C.G.P. Grey. The video explains the pantheon of gods, angels, and creatures in the series as well as how some major characters fit in with relation to one another.

An Honest Trailer for the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Video Game ‘League of Legends’

Voice actor Jon Bailey of Screen Junkies and Smosh worked together to create an honest video game trailer for League of Legends, the popular multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games.

From the studio, whose name would have you believe it made more than one game, comes one of the best games of all time that your parents didn’t have to buy for you – League of Legends.

‘People Are Awesome 2014′, A Supercut of Amazing Stunts Performed by Humans in 2014

People Are Awesome 2014” is a supercut by People Are Awesome showcasing some of the most amazing stunts performed by humans in 2014. Included in the video are incredible examples of parkour, extreme sports, and feats of skill that have to be seen to be believed. The full list of videos used is included in the video’s YouTube description.

Cameras of the ‘Hunt For the Super Predator’ Series Captures Wild Orcas Playing in Their Natural Habitat

While on his quest to find a “beast that savagely devoured a great white shark,” cinematographer David Riggs, the host of the Smithsonian Channel series The Hunt for the Super Predator, captured amazing footage of carefree orcas (killer whales) playing in the deep seas of the Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve off the southern coast of Western Australia.

Orca Surfacing

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‘Pop Up Men’, A Look at the Frigid Work of New York City’s Christmas Tree Street Vendors

The mini documentary “Pop Up Men” features director Christopher Ming Ryan spending some time with Jamie Johnson and David Chigers, two Pennsylvania men who sell Christmas trees on the streets of New York City in November and December. Like their fellow Christmas tree street vendors, Johnson and Chigers endure freezing temperatures and spartan accommodations (the duo camps in their van for the duration of the job.) But despite their hardships, Johnson and Chigers are surprisingly upbeat about their unusual seasonal occupation. The video was produced by Wheelhouse Communications.

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‘Ivor Fett’, A ‘Star Wars’-Themed Hyundai Veloster Covered in a Custom Boba Fett-Style Vehicle Wrap

Ivor Fett

Artist Rebekah Stieg Knuth of Knuthart Studios recently posted photos of her out of this world Star Wars-themed Hyundai Veloster that she had covered in a Boba Fett-style vehicle wrap. Knuth, who has appropriately renamed her car “Ivor Fett,” did all of the graphic design and layout of the wrap before having it installed by Josh Bevers and Tom Hrubesky of Fastsigns in Appleton, Wisconsin. More photos of the bounty hunter makeover and a time-lapse video of the application are available to view online.

Ivor Fett

Ivor Fett

Ivor Fett

Ivor Fett

photos via Rebekah Stieg Knuth

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Capcom Announces ‘Street Fighter V’, The Latest Installment in the Popular Fighting Video Game Franchise

Video game publisher and developer Capcom recently revealed Street Fighter V, the latest installment in the popular fighting game franchise. Street Fighter IV, the previous iteration of the franchise, originally released in 2008 but has seen several updated versions since that time.

Gameplay from the newly introduced video game was shown at the recent Capcom Cup championship in San Francisco on December 13, 2014. Though there’s no solid release date as of yet, Capcom has confirmed that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

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2014 Edition of Misheard Song Lyrics by Pleated-Jeans

Poo stays on your thighs like my fingerprints.

Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans has released a funny new 2014 edition of his ongoing Misheard Song Lyrics series. Jeff carefully listens to and translates lyrics from popular songs like “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy and more.

‘Processed Views’, Colorful Landscapes Made Using Junk Food

Fruit Loops Landscape, 2013
Fruit Loops Landscape

Sugary cereal, bologna, french fries, and other processed foods are arranged into colorful landscapes in the photo series Processed Views by photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. The junk food landscapes are inspired by the work of Carleton Watkins, a landscape photographer who documented the American West in the latter half of the 1800s. The series is also a commentary on industrial food production:

Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.

Marshmallow Chasm

Moonlight over Balogna
Moonrise on Bologna

BlueDye#1 Cliffs
Blue Dye #1 Precipice

Saturated Fat Foothills
Saturated Fat Foothills

photos by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman

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‘El Deafo’, A Children’s Graphic Novel About Growing Up With a Superpower in the Form of a Hearing Aid

El Deafo Cover
image via Cece Bell

Earlier this year, children’s author and illustrator Cece Bell released El Deafo, a graphic novel about her childhood as the only deaf student in her school. At the age of four, Bell contracted meningitis, which caused her to become deaf. She used a large hearing aid that strapped to her chest, while her teacher wore a microphone that transmitted to the hearing aid. Bell’s teacher left the microphone on throughout the day—even while going to the bathroom, smoking in the teacher’s lounge, and complaining about students to other teachers. These insights to the “real life” of the teacher gave Bell a secret superpower that none of her classmates had and helped her make friends.

Bell made a video for Amazon in which she demonstrates the functionality of the hearing aid she used as a child.

In an interview on NPR‘s All Things Considered, Bell spoke about why she left out the sappiness often seen in stories about people with a disability.

I’m not a maudlin person. And one of my least favorite things are the movies that have some disabled person, and the violins come out, and it’s all weepy, “Boohoo.” That’s not me. That’s probably not most people with a disability.

El Deafo pages
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