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10 Free Comic-Con Events You Don’t Need a Badge to Attend

If you’re reluctant to pay money for three-and-a-half days’ worth of claustrophobia inside the San Diego Convention Center, it’s completely understandable. But you really don’t need a badge to officially attend Comic-Con anyway, because there are a number of offsite Comic-Con events that are ancillary to what’s happening inside the halls, which therefore renders them official — at least in our opinion. Not only are these events open to the public, they’re free, and when there is money involved, it’s because you’re at a pop-up shop or merch booth. Some panels cost a few bucks, but that’s just one more reason to stick to events happening outside the confines of the Comic-Con badge zone. Here, it looks like most of your money goes to a good cause and not just a stranger’s wallet.  … Read More

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What’s On At Flavorwire: The Day’s Best Links

Happy National Teacher’s Day! Celebrate with us by learning a few new things, eh? We found out that Mr. T was a gym teacher and that quite a few celebrities started out as (presumably crush-worthy) teachers. We got a hilarious primer on every illogical moment in Star Trek. We’re thrilled that the… Read More

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Upsetting Knit Sculptures of Childhood Heroes Fallen on Hard Times

If you have a strong connection to your stuffed Pooh bear, you’d better look away now. In knitwork artist Patricia Waller’s Broken Heroes series, now up at Berlin’s Galerie Deschler, which we recently spotted over at We Heart, your childhood heroes have fallen on some hard times — Bert is scruff-faced on the street and Ernie-less, Superman has made a serious miscalculation in his navigation, and we’re not even sure how Spider-Man got into that position. Waller’s witty pieces range from lighthearted to incredibly dark, but they’re all imbued with a twisted commentary on the one-dimensional personas of pop culture standbys. Click through to be shocked by how far cartoons can really fall, and then if you haven’t had enough, head over to Waller’s website to see more of her work. … Read More

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10 Buildings Shaped Like Fruit

There’s nothing that gets our day going like a healthy dose of novelty architecture. What’s more fun than imagining life in a giant seashell, an oversized picnic basket or better yet, a strawberry?

Stemming from a childhood obsession with Roald Dahl’s magical and macabre adventure tale, James and the Giant Peach, Old Mother Hubbard’s shoe, and the best ride in Fantasyland — the Mad Hatter’s spinning teacups — we admit that there’s a special place in our hearts for all things larger than life. From the historic orange juice stands of California’s Central Valley to a restaurant shaped like a pineapple to the cutest extra large strawberry we’ve ever seen, click through to check out our adult exploration of real world architecture shaped like giant pieces of fruit. Then, let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite jumbo fruit building. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we enjoyed catching up with 30 must-see Tumblr blogs. We went behind the scenes of the Kitten Halftime Show. We learned about Hello Kitty’s dark secrets. We watched a woodturner create a wooden lampshade. We caught up on all the details regarding the … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we never would have guessed that Cindy Crawford’s daughter was just 10-years-old in this photo. We wanted to book a trip to New Zealand and Australia immediately — two of the friendliest countries in the world. We surveyed the Internet’s first SOPA/PIPA protest pages. We related to Darth… Read More

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The World’s Craziest Pop Culture Inspired-Homes

Everyone knows that being a pop culture fanatic can make you do crazy things. Sometimes it’s innocent enough: you get a new haircut or wear an outfit that’s inspired by your favorite actor. But things can quickly become more extreme. You start speaking in a fake British accent just because Madonna does. You only drink Old-Fashioneds — the personal favorite of Don Draper. Or maybe you decide that you love Barbie so much that you need to live in a house where everything (everything!) is hot pink. Click through for a look at the real life Barbie Dream House, plus tons of other crazy pop-culture inspired homes. … Read More

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A Peek Inside Small Gift: Celebrating 50 Years of Sanrio

For those of us in the US who’ve always dreamed of a Sanrio theme park, the Japanese toy company has finally heard our plea. Small Gift is a traveling art exhibit, playground, marketplace, and big-top, all in one, celebrating Sanrio’s 50-year legacy as the connoisseur of kawaii. The purveyor of pop culture has been home to such characters as Hello Kitty, Chococat, Badtz-maru, My Melody, and dozens of others. Now, the childhood (and adulthood) icons are coming to life at full-scale, carnival-style extravaganzas in Los Angeles and Miami, with Sanrio shops surfacing between. The only negative is that the pop-up fun-fair isn’t sticking around. … Read More

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Hello Kitty Group Show Gives Us the Willies

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Japanese pop culture’s most ubiquitous feline, Sanrio is producing a multimedia exhibition of Hello Kitty-related art. Why are we not surprised this exhibition is on display in LA, the land of eternal youth, rather than the Big Apple. The show, titled “Three Apples” in reference to Hello Kitty’s weight, will include work by over 80 contemporary artists like Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Gary Baseman, Amanda Visell, and Tara McPherson. The concept speaks (squeaks?) for itself — pass judgment on the visuals after the jump. … Read More

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