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Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters and no background noise.

Most of the magic of cinema comes from sound. It’s an often unnoticed component, partly because it’s working so well. However, when not employed correctly, it could be disastrous.

IMAX, which boasts about their state-of-the art sound technology, recently put their money where their mouth is and accidentally released a trailer for The Mummy with the wrong sound. What did that mean exactly, well, they forgot the background noise. So every time Tom Cruise screams, it is completely isolated and completely hilarious.

Please release the movie like this, IMAX.

H/T The Daily Dot

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Adam ruins everything, but neglect saved It’s a Wonderful Life.

In a brief clip from Adam Ruins Everything, the eponymous ruiner actually tells how public disinterest in It’s a Wonderful Life saved it from obscurity.

As he explains, the movie tanked hard at the box office. Despite being nominated for six Oscars, the film was a huge loss for RKO Studios. It was even of interest to the FBI, who found the portrayal of bank Mr. Potter a threat to capitalism.

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They wrote in a memo:

“With regard to the picture It's a Wonderful Life, [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a "scrooge-type" so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.”
“In addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.”

Luckily for the FBI, no one saw the picture, sparing millions of hardworking, capitalist consumers from communist subversion. However, that same capitalist instinct to save money actually led to the film’s revival.

Because no one cared for It’s A Wonderful Life, the copyright lapsed and was free for TV stations to air whenever they wanted. They started airing it every Christmas, and America was never the same. A full-blown communist take over was underway, which is why we live in the Soviet Union of America today. Hey, as the old saying goes, “No man’s a failure who has comrades.”

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The holidays can be a real lonely time for many. To quote the immortal Charlie Brown: “Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there weren't a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”

Thanks to a new Facebook glitch, you don’t have to be Charlie Brown, because the glitch only allows you to send Christmas cards to yourself and only yourself.

According to Mashable, “Once you post the card, it will appear in your own news feed; you cannot send it to someone else. You can, however, choose who can see it as you're sharing it."

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“Unfortunately, the option seems to show up once on top of your news feed and then disappear forever after you've dismissed it, which will likely have many users scratching their heads and browsing through Facebook's endless menus to find it again. The only way to access it — as far as we know — is to go to someone else's card and then choose the "Select card" option below.”

It’s as if Facebook knows how sad and pathetic we all are. So instead of bothering to send a message to our so-called “Friends” and “Family,” you can send one to that special someone in your life: You.

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Does this guy even need to go through security?

Most of us get annoyed at the idea of having to take off our shoes, belts, and jackets when passing through airport security. This guy’s trying to cut out such annoyances by leaving such items at home, plus several things more. 

According to The New York Post, Grieg Bannatyne attempted to board a plane wearing nothing but a speedo and flip-flops, but airport security in Malawi airport in Africa through him back into the deep end. Bannatyne explained to officials that he was part of a charity swim with his team the Mad Swimmers. 

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“It was on my way to passport control that I was asked by the police a couple of questions. They were very friendly and we went to a room where they were trying to understand what I was doing. Unfortunately as we didn’t have any official papers validating this, they requested that I put my top and shorts on,” Bannatyne said.

Bannatyne and his speedo earned $2,500, which would be raises money for charity and orphanges.

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Over the weekend Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted to $290.5 million box office take. And yet, with a unicycle and a little fire, this Darth Vader made arguably a better movie.

Portland’s own Unipiper emerged last week to show off some more flaming bagpipes. Well, he’s back. Here we see Darth Vader unicycling the snow planet of Hoth. The flames are to protect him from the cold, so he doesn’t have to cut open a tauntaun.

Enjoy!

redditor receives tons of x box nintendo nes classic zelda video game stuff from bill gates on reddit secret santa
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Traditionally the worst part of the holiday gift giving season, Secret Santa generally sends offices around the world into a tizzy. Employees often try and fail to get something for their co-workers that won’t just sit in a drawer somewhere. Alas, any gift purchased from a CVS that stay under the $20 limit are not destined to be anyone’s favorite.

But every now and then you get that person who is willing to break with tradition, spend a little more, and make everyone else in the office feel bad. That person this year was Bill Gates, former richest man in the world and current one of the richest men in the world.

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Gates, who has done these Reddit Secret Santa exchanges for the last few years, seemed to outdo even himself, presenting Reddit user Aerrix with a ton of video game merch, including a Nintendo NES Classic, some Zelda gloves, and an X-Box, which he presumably didn’t even pay for. He’s probably just re-gifting that one.

“Merry Christmas to all yall out there, and to Mr. Gates, who has the biggest heart and REALLY KNOWS HOW TO TREAT A GIRL TO SOME VIDEO GAMES (and video game paraphernalia)! I’m just blown away by his generosity, which went even further than all these gifts because he submitted a donation to code.org in my name to give more students the chance to learn computer science, which is AWESOME because it’s something near and dear to my heart as my husband is a programmer and my brother has a degree in computer science!
Thank you SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO much Mr. Gates! I’ll never EVAR forget this Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D”

Reddit does these Secret Santa exchanges based on interests. She smartly picked video games. Check out everything that was waiting for her under the tree:

I won Secret Santa...Bill Gates was my Santa!
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As we all know, Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s surreal soap opera, will be making its return next year, and we’re all holding out hope that it’ll be good.

The show, which peaked in popularity during its first season but steadily declined into some of the worst television ever midway through its second, following David Lynch’s departure, will be getting a reboot thanks to Showtime and unwavering fan devotion.

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Of course, this isn’t the first Twin Peaks revival. The show’s movie prequel, Fire Walk With Me, saw the director going full Lynch and was infamously booed at Cannes in 1992. However, this has not quelled fan desire for more.

The director has been cagey about details regarding the series, and that continues with a new teaser, which is just a few seconds director eating a donut. That should get excitement brewing for sure. Regardless of what this new series ends up being, though, at least we’re getting 10 hours of David Lynch directing moving images. Worth it.

@TwinPeaksArchve @YouTube I hate trailers that show you too much...

— Iain Martin (@theIainMartin) December 19, 2016

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No, he would not like fries with that. 

Police arrested U.S. Marshal Charles Brown on Saturday after allegedly threatening a McDonald’s employee in New York City for taking too long. Now that’s what I call an un-happy meal. Sorry.

According to Gothamist, “Charles Brown, 30, was on line at around 1:20 a.m. at the 86th Street McDonald's in Bay Ridge when he got into an argument with a 25-year-old worker about the wait, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Brown allegedly stormed out of the establishment, pulled out a gun, and pointed it at the worker from outside, the spokeswoman said.”

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First, McDonald's employees can't even make a livable wage, now customers don't even want them living. It doesn’t sound like this customer was ba-da-da-da loving it... Again, very sorry. I'm just kind of going through something at the moment. 

Police found Brown a block away with a loaded .40-caliber pistol on his belt. He is being charged “with menacing, a licensed firearm transgression, both misdemeanors, and harassment.” The hudge released him without bail and requires that he stay away from McDonald’s. Wait, judges can do that? Then what excuse is there for Hamburlar crime spree? 

Sounds like he left with a real Grimace. Ugh. There’s no excuse for these. It’s just there are so many McDonald’s puns to make. Sesame seed pun. Stop it.

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It’s starting to look like SNL has a little of the Trump Regret that’s been going around.

And to make up for having him host last year, the sketch show has been really sticking it to that reality TV game show host who won the presidency last month.

This week in the on-going saga of Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, he gets a Christmas gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was just hiding in the walls. Can you guess what it is? Do you want to take a peek in someone else’s email to see? That can be arranged…

Anyway, this is just one of the few Christmas themed sketches this week on SNL, including an updated version of Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” and Hillary Clinton showing some “Love, Actually” to some electors.

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merriam webster picks surreal as word of the year because of trump france terror election clinton
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There have been a lot of surprising and not so surprising words of the year. Oxford dictionary famously chose “post-truth,” Dictionary.com picked “xenophobia,” and Austria chose “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung."

Mirriam-Webster, one of the world's most popular dictionaries, has chosen “surreal.” According to the dictionary, “it was looked up significantly more frequently by users in 2016 than it was in previous years, and because there were multiple occasions on which this word was the one clearly driving people to their dictionary.”

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Many would describe the events of the year as pretty surreal, even people that didn’t have a word for it. People not having a word for the crazy events of the year is what led to the spike in "surreal."

“Surreal had three major spikes in interest that were higher in volume and were sustained for longer periods of time than in past years. In March, the word was used in coverage of the Brussels terror attacks. Then, in July, we saw the word spike again: it was used in descriptions of the coup attempt in Turkey and in coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice. Finally, we saw the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the U.S. election in November.”

So there you have it, if you want the word of the year to be “pizza,” we’re all going to have put forth the effort and start looking up “pizza” more often.

 

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For Global News Calgary’s Leslie Horton, double dipping isn’t really going to be a problem.

While sharing her favorite holiday recipes on air last week, Horton admitted that something had gone “terribly wrong” with her artichoke dip. The congealed substance in a glass bowl known as “artichoke dip” looked closer to scrambled eggs and smelled of “vinegar,” despite there being no vinegar in the recipe. Her colleagues looked on in horror, fearing that they might be next to try.

“It’s not supposed to look like that,” someone off camera moans.

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Everyone around the table looks visibly disgusted, with Leslie’s first victim eyeballing the dip in terror. Another comments, it “smells like a barn.” Leslie watches in glee, like a Bond villain monologuing their plans for global domination. Another spits up the dip.

“Is it edible?” asks anchorman Scott Fee.

The clip climaxes when meteorologist Jordan Witzel takes his first bite.

“At first, I’m like, ‘Well, it’s not that bad,’” he says. “But then the vinegar!”

“But there’s no vinegar,” replies Horton.

Other great moments: Anchor Amber Schinkle screaming “It burns.”

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Apparently, Horton didn’t have the proper ingredients for the recipe, substituting an orange for lemon and just adding celery salt and oregano for no reason what so ever.

Watch the clip and remove Leslie Horton from your invite list.

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If we could just make a list of all the things millennials have done to make the world a worst place:

  1. Gave themselves participation trophies
  2. Personally directed the Star War prequels
  3. Killed fabric softener

Is there a more dangerous demographic?

According to The Wall Street Journal, millennials aren’t buying fabric softener, which is a problem for sensitive skin and Proctor and Gamble stockholders every where. Luckily, millennials also invented the rebranding, so that should quell the malicious demographics’ bloodlust.

Now, there are several explanations for why millennials aren’t buying fabric softener. For instance, some say that they don’t know what fabric softener is for, leading to a 15% drop in sales between 2007 and 2015. Others say millennials are more “eco conscious” and want fewer chemicals in the house. Even fewer say that millennials just follow the wash instructions on their clothes, which say nothing about fabric softener.

Rise of athleisure = death of fabric softener https://t.co/C8Hj4caRAV pic.twitter.com/X11LAzuOco

— Sara Germano (@germanotes) December 16, 2016

Things just keep getting worse, as the piece points out, millennials are not only reading, but also following direction and saving a few bucks.

Frankly, we’ve all had enough of millennials and their thrifty ways. Excuse me while I raise my fist to the sky and shake!

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Some on the internet are actually accusing fabric softener of not actually doing something, explaining for the decline in sales. As if these selfish, me-me-me-me, whiny millennials actually need their products to do something.

You know, when the baby boomers were kicking, they didn’t need a product to do anything. A pet rock was all they needed to have a good time.

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How bad do you have to be for Santa to bring you a venomous snake instead of coal?

A woman in Melbourne, Victoria, Austrailia found a poisonous tiger snake in her Christmas tree on Sunday. This strange recreation of the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden was not done on purpose. According to the BBC, “the reptile entered through an open door before curling up among the decorations.”

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This may not have been the woman’s first rodeo, though, as she seemed to know exactly what to do, leaving the room, jamming the door with a towel, and calling for help.

Mostly protected in the United States, tiger snakes usually live around the coast, but the snake wrangler said he’s found snakes in “ugg boots, washing machines, dog kennels, cat boxes, toilets, kitchen cupboards and bookcases.”

The 12 days of Christmas are getting scarier every year.

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I think we need a bigger shark.

In the video above, you can see the killer whale take the great white shark down a peg or two. This orca spots a shark on a calm swim around the Montery Bay, opens wide, and takes a bite. Then, it just drags this shark around the bay like it were nothing. 

This is actually really rare type of footage, according to Katyln Taylor from Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

“A lot of times when we see offshore killer whales it’s hard to tell what they are eating. We hardly ever get footage to see what it actually is,” Taylor told Monterey County Weekly. “They specialize in sharks, and probably some types of offshore fish. It’s pretty lucky to see them.”

Drone photographer and videographer Slater Moore caught the footage via drone because what are those things good for if not delivering packages and watching a whale eat a shark.

So, if you and your friends have a bet about who would win in a fight Free Willy or Jaws, you have your answer.

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