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Famous Movie Scenes Recreated Using Cardboard Boxes & a Two-Year Old

I never imagined that parents could have a two-year old AND too much time on their hands. But I was wrong. From Vaiva Vareikaite and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Sometimes what you need to get creative is just a pile of cardboard boxes and a baby, who needs to be entertained. This is exactly what inspired Leon Mackie and Lilly Lang to recreate their favorite film scenes after moving into their new home.

A young couple with a baby on their hands recently moved from Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, and got left with a lot of spare cardboard boxes. The boxes were a perfect source of inspiration for some astonishing things that were about to happen. Lilly and Leon are passionate cinephiles, so they didn’t take long to come up with an idea to bring most memorable moments from their favorite films back to life, except this time starring their 2-year-old son.

The beautiful initiative to have a quality family time became an inspirational project titled Cardboard Box Office and a source for quite a successful weblog. The adorable couple and the little one have already re-enacted such movie classics as Alien (Bubbalien), Jurassic Park (Goo-Goo Gaa-Gaa-Rassic Park), Castaway (Castababy), and Jaws (“You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Baby…”).”

#1 Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones

 #2 Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

#3 Mad Max

Mad Max

#4 Lord Of The Rings

Lord Of The Rings

#5 Batman

Batman

#6 E.T. : The Extraterrestrial

E.t. : The Extra Terrestrial

#7 Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

#8 Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

#9 The Revenant

The Revenant

#10 Home Alone

Home Alone


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Illustrated Game Of Thrones Characters Using Today’s Apps

By Toshib Bagde and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Game of Thrones season six has already started and these ‪‎illustrations are not ‪SPOILERS, but they do give hints of the character’s life style and story.

So here it is when ‪GOT‬ meets today’s Digital Technology.”


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Nicolas Cage Playing Game of Thrones Characters

CarlosDanger100 and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda have once again broken the internet.

“Cage isn’t coming; Cage has come, thanks to the Cage Of Thrones project, which saw every major character in HBO’s television series Game Of Thrones replaced with – you guessed it – Nicolas Cage. Reddit user CarlosDanger100 used Photoshop to replace 25+ different characters’ faces, and the results are troubling.”

#1 Stannis Baratheon

Stannis Baratheon

#2 Jon Snow

Jon Snow

#3 Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister

#4 Brienne Of Tarth

Brienne Of Tarth

#5 Ramsay

Ramsay

#6 Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

#7 Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister

#8 Hodor

Hodor

#9 Ned Stark

Ned Stark

#10 Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen

#11 Jaime Lannister

Jaime Lannister

#12 Bran Stark

Bran Stark


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Crocheted Game of Thrones Characters

From Anamaria Androne and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“I am Anamaria Androne, the founder & craft artist at the online shop & blog Merique Crochet. I have a formal education in Architecture and Urban Planning in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the experience that helped me to have a correct and special perspective over shape, space and proportions. I am also a freelance artist (traditional painting, digital painting and graphic design), a talent that offered me the possibility of exercising my sense of color and composition. During my years as an architecture student, I gained important skills in model making and my passion for crafts soon emerged.

In 2010, I fell in love with crochet and the Japanese technique amigurumi and I have been crocheting ever since. I first saw a little amigurumi chick on a popular portfolio website and fell in love with it – How can I make one of my very own? Soon enough, I had a crochet hook in my hand and I started learning the technique from on-line sites.

I am usually inspired by famous and beloved characters in cartoons, T.V. shows, animations, but I also love to experiment with my own ideas and bring them to “life”. I mostly love crocheting little characters, but I occasionally make accesiories of all kinds, but with a cute twist.

All I do, I do it for the love of crochet, the love of craft, and most of all to bring a little bit of sunshine in your day and warmth in your heart, by making cute little “creatures” with my own two hands and transcend the limits of my imagination – a small piece of my soul in your hands. The main message of my work – share the love and make the heart smile. My creations are not very big – they are no taller than 20 cm, and most of all, they are more than toys. They are collectibles, gestures of care, love, and happiness.”

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Daenerys Tagaryen

Viserion | Drogon | Rhaegal

White Walker

Khal Drogo & Daenerys

Khal Drogo

Ghost

Hodor

John Snow

Ygritte

Samwell Tarly

Tyrion Lannister


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Famous Literature Scenes in LEGO

by Rebecca Pahle (TheMarySue) at http://www.themarysue.com/lego-literature-scenes/#0

Literature plus LEGO!? What’s not to love? Waterstones is a bookstore I’ve had the pleasure of visiting in London.

“To coincide with the release of The Lego Movie, the UK bookstore recreated classic scenes from literature using LEGOs, then invited others to do the same and possibly win prizes. The Red Wedding loses some of its oomph when it’s made of little plastic blocks.”

Pride and Prejudice
By Waterstones. OK, OK, Darcy coming from the lake is a TV invention, not a book one. But can you blame them for including it?
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The Red Wedding
“Game of Thrones” By Waterstones
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Moby Dick
By @thesnowhale
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Banquo’s Ghost
“Macbeth” By @cesariohaines
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Romeo and Juliet
By Waterstones
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Dracula
By Waterstones. “For want of a LEGO bat, we’ve included Batman… He’d actually make a pretty effective Van Helsing too though.”
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Arthur vs. Mordred
“Le Morte d’Arthur” By Waterstones
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Zaphod Beeblebrox
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” By @DrBeauBeaumont
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Not exactly a classic, but… Fifty Shades of Grey by @MarcusofCrabbs
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TV villains we love to hate

There’s something very interesting about well-written bad guys. In no particular order, here are ten TV villains we love to hate.

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Mike Ehrmantraut – Breaking Bad

Per wikipedia, “Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks) is a former Philadelphia police officer who works for Gus—and, on occasion, Saul—as a private investigator, head of security, cleaner, and hit man. His reasons for leaving the force in Philadelphia are never specified. His main lesson as a cop is to not take “half measures”; he once told Walt that he decided at the last second not to murder a wife-beating husband, only to later arrest that man for smashing his wife’s head in, killing her. In Season 4, Jesse and Mike begin a rough and rocky relationship, and although initially frustrated at being assigned to Jesse by Gus, Mike learns to like him after Jesse begins to show potential. However, Mike does not like Walt in the least as he tells Walt that he’s dangerous to him; Mike considers Walt to be selfish, arrogant, and egotistical. Mike later becomes a reluctant partner in Walt and Jesse’s meth operation, still despising Walt and feeling depressed over Jesse’s choices. Mike is a calm and calculating individual who efficiently performed his duties for Gus, using his extensive knowledge to do so without detection. He is never shown to target or involve any innocent bystanders in his duties. Like Walt, Mike is a family man; he enjoys an affectionate relationship with his granddaughter Kaylee (played by Kaija Roze Bales).”

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Sue Sylvester – Glee

Per wikipedia, “Susan “Sue” Sylvester is a fictional character of the Fox musical comedy-drama series, Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Jane Lynch, and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. Sue was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. For the first four seasons of Glee, Sue is the coach of the William McKinley High School cheerleading squad, and a ruthless bully to both students and faculty members alike. Because her cheerleading squad competes with the glee club for the school’s limited funding, she is often at odds with the club and more particularly its director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison). Sue Sylvester is the main antagonist of the series. In the fifth season (2013-14), Sue is made the school’s new principal.”

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Stewie Griffin – Family Guy

Per wikipedia, “Stewart Gilligan “Stewie” Griffin is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy. Once obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin, and the brother of Chris and Meg. Over the duration of the series, he has also come to have a very close friendship with the family’s anthropomorphic dog, Brian.”

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Gus Fring – Breaking Bad

Per wikipedia, “Gustavo “Gus” Fring is a fictional character in the American television drama series Breaking Bad on AMC. He is portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito and was created by series creator Vince Gilligan. Gus is one of the most prominent methamphetamine distributors in the southwestern United States. He owns and operates several legitimate businesses, including a chain of fast food restaurants (called Los Pollos Hermanos) and an industrial laundry facility, as fronts for a vast and sophisticated drug operation. Gus maintains a friendly and low-key exterior; he takes an active role in managing his front businesses and personally supervises employees and serves customers at his fast food restaurants. In order to keep up appearances, Gus is a booster for the DEA and has made large donations to the agency’s Albuquerque office. However, Gus is ruthless and Machiavellian in managing his vast drug empire. He employs a number of enforcers and has personally killed rivals and associates.”

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Barry Kripke – Big Bang Theory 

Per wikipedia, “Barry Kripke, Ph.D. (John Ross Bowie) is a co-worker of Leonard and Sheldon’s who frequently clashes with them. He works in plasma physics. Kripke has a case of rhotacism in which he pronounces the letters “R” and “L” as “W” in much the same way as Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes and Gilda Radner in her “Baba Wawa” sketches. However, as demonstrated in the season 5 episode “The Beta Test Initiation”, Kripke is either unaware of or unable to modify the way he speaks. In his first appearance, he pits his robot, the Kripke Krippler, against the men’s robot, M.O.N.T.E., in an unofficial robot fight. On another episode, Sheldon attempts to befriend Kripke in order to gain access to an open science grid computer to carry out research, but it turns out to be futile, as Kripke has no control over the computer’s usage time. Kripke continues his antagonism towards Sheldon, when he pulls a prank on Sheldon when the latter is a guest on NPR’s Science Friday. Sheldon tries to befriend Kripke another time when he is feeling excluded by his friends, but Barry connects more with the others in Sheldon’s new proposed group. Kripke purchases an iPhone with voice recognition technology, but due to his rhotacism, the device is incapable of understanding his verbal “wequests”.

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Tywin Lannister – Game of Thrones

Per wikipedia, “Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) is Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, and Warden of the West. He is a calculating, ruthless, and controlling man. He married his cousin Joanna, and their marriage was a happy one. She was his beloved companion and most trusted counselor. When she died giving birth to their dwarf son Tyrion, he was devastated and it is said that “the best part of Tywin died with her.” He never remarried. Tywin loves his children Cersei and Jaime, but he despises Tyrion for being deformed and for causing Joanna’s death. In his youth, he single-handedly restored the honor and fortune of the Lannisters and dedicated himself to maintaining his family’s prestige. He was appointed the Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen at a young age and held the position for twenty years. He proved himself a capable leader and his tenure was marked by peace and prosperity.”

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Al Swearengen – Deadwood

Per wikipedia, “Albert “Swejen” Swearengen (Ian McShane), is the proprietor of the Gem Saloon, born in England but raised in a Chicago orphanage under an abusive figure known as Mrs. Anderson. He mentions on occasion that Mrs. Anderson ran a brothel at the girls’ orphanage before running the boys’ orphanage. Swearengen was among the first settlers of Deadwood, earning him several land claims and a position of power. The Gem Saloon, offering alcohol, prostitution and faro also acts as Swearengen’s base of operations.

Swearengen is cunning, manipulative and initially appears to be the most cynically amoral of all the characters, showing no hesitation in resorting to violence and murder when it serves his business interests. When former Montana marshal Seth Bullock comes to camp to sell hardware, his upright, law-abiding manner and strong sense of justice serves as an unintended, yet upending threat to Swearengen, and they initially butt heads until Swearengen decides to make Bullock the “face” of Deadwood and encourages him to pick up the badge again, turning Bullock’s respectability to his advantage in securing the future of the camp.”

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Nucky Thompson – Boardwalk Empire

Per wikipedia, “Enoch Malachi “Nucky” Thompson is a fictional character and the protagonist of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. Played by Steve Buscemi, Nucky is based on former Atlantic City political figure Enoch L. Johnson. Nucky is employed as treasurer of Atlantic County, New Jersey, but in effect controls the region as a political boss. Nucky is a corrupt and powerful Republican politician who leads a double life as a gangster, and continuously struggles to meet his interests on both fronts. Charming and intelligent, he is adored by the people of Atlantic City, especially its poor and immigrant inhabitants, for his numerous acts of charity. However, in private he has a tight grip on the politics and vice of Atlantic City. Throughout the series he is portrayed as a Machiavellian politician who makes his henchmen do the dirty work, while showing a more humane side to his friends and family. However, by the end of season 2 he is shown becoming more ruthless in order to compete in the violent bootlegging business.

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Zombies – The Walking Dead

Per wikipedia, “The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.”

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Walter White – Breaking Bad

Per wikipedia, “Walter Hartwell White (also known by his clandestine alias Heisenberg) is a fictional character in the American television drama series Breaking Bad on AMC. He was created by series creator Vince Gilligan and is portrayed by Bryan Cranston. Walter once was a promising chemist and among the founders of the multi-billion dollar company Gray Matter Technologies, but he soon left, selling his shares for $5,000 for personal reasons and becoming an unhappy and disillusioned high school chemistry teacher. After being diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer, he resorts to manufacturing methamphetamine to ensure his family’s continuing financial security after his death. As the series progresses, Walter gradually becomes darker and more villainous.”


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“Game of Thrones”-inspired Snowflake Patterns by Krystal Higgins

Winter is coming, so if you love the holidays, and you love George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books (and the HBO series), then you’ll love love Krystal Higgins’  Game of Thrones-themed snowflake patterns. Praise R’hllor!

Krystal’s made the patterns available for free at http://www.kryshiggins.com/free-game-of-thrones-inspired-snowflake-patterns/. May the Seven bless her!

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Krystal says:

  • Print each pattern out on a sheet of paper. Each pattern is contained in an 8″x8″ square, but you can scale as needed for your use.
  • I recommend cutting out the 8″x8″ square first before folding.
  • Fold the paper 3 times along the creases until you’re left with the triangle that shows the pattern on it (see below for illustrated directions).
  • Cut out the gray areas so that the white part remains. You can choose to use an X-Acto knife if you prefer.
  • Unfold and tape to windows, attach string to hang on trees, sprinkle on some glitter, etc!

Visual instructions:

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The Great Houses:

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House Targaryen – “Fire and blood”

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House Stark – “Winter is coming”

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House Tully – “Family, duty, honor”

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House Greyjoy – “We do not sow”

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House Baratheon – “Ours is the fury”

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House Lannister – “Hear me roar” (“A Lannister always pays his debts”)

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House Martell – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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House Arryn – As High As Honor