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10 Bizarre Kiddie Cartoon Conspiracy Theories

You know what really creeps us out? This, this, this, and kids’ TV show conspiracy theories. The Internet is full of ‘em, and they’re slowly but surely ruining our childhoods. Well — maybe only the particularly gruesome ones are truly messing with our minds, but how are we supposed to handle the widely acknowledged idea that the Rugrats babies were dead the whole time? Of course, far-fetched theories as such should be taken with a grain of salt, but we can’t help but sprout goosebumps at the thought of a sad little Chuckie Finster ghost. After the jump, we’ve gathered 10 fascinating cartoon theories that will leave you itching for some series marathons, if only to prove or disprove these wacky proposals. Support or challenge ‘em in the comments, and feel free to make up your own. … Read More

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Your Favorite Cartoon Characters’ Baby Pictures

Everyone loves a good cartoon flashback, eh? You know the ones where we’re briefly privy to our favorite characters’ lives as babies. Of course, some of these cartoons’ younger selves have become increasingly familiar through series like Tiny Toon Adventures and Muppet Babies, but we’re not complaining; we loved us some Muppet Babies. After the jump, we’ve gathered childhood snapshots of 25 popular cartoon characters and stuck ‘em in faux picture frames, just to keep it classy. Oh and since it’s tough to choose between a young Ned Flanders and a young Mr. Burns, a few TV shows will appear more than once. Give them a look, and hit the comments to add photos from other cartoon characters’ fictional scrapbooks. … Read More

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A Smashing Collection of ’90s Cartoon-Inspired Nail Art

Have you ever wanted Nigel Thornberry on your fingernails? What about Patti Mayonnaise? Or Heffer Wolfe? Well, we have some fun news — there’s a little slice of the Internet set aside for ’90s cartoon nail art. Who knew? We came to realize this excellent fact while compiling our earlier selection of TV nails, where we enjoyed everything from Treat Yo’ Self to Breaking Bad manicures. Before that, we brought you some incredible literary nails, then got ziggy with David Bowie and other musician-inspired nail art. Now, it’s time to get ’90s-nostalgic with some cartoons from Nickelodeon and beyond. Take a trip down memory lane with our collection of crafty cartoon nail art after the jump, and hit the comments to let us know what you think. … Read More

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FlavMD: Diagnosing 10 Quirky Kids’ Characters

Have you ever wondered if The Count’s extreme affinity for counting stems from a numeral-based neurological condition? Or if Belle from Beauty and the Beast really just had Stockholm Syndrome? Sometimes, kids’ film and TV characters are just plain diagnosable.  Not in a bad way — just in a way that, if these characters existed in real life, their quirkiest qualities might be explained by a few fascinating syndromes and conditions that most of us never knew existed. We decided to channel our inner Lucy van Pelt, check out a few quirky characters’ symptoms, and lightheartedly diagnose them with some of the world’s most peculiar conditions. Read on for some foreign accents, sun-sneezes, and blue people; the doctor is in. … Read More

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Cartoon Parents We Always Wondered About

Cartoon parents. They raise our favorite cartoon children and walk our favorite cartoon dogs, but how much do we really know about these often elusive elders? And why are they so awful at monitoring their children? Every now and again, writers like to throw us for a loop, leaving us with some lingering questions about the fuzzily sketched parents on the cartoons of our ’90s youth. What’s up with Phil and Lil’s mom on Rugrats? Where’s Mr. Davis in Toy Story? Why is Patti Mayonnaise’s dad in a wheelchair? All of these mysteries and more after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Washington Monument — along with the 100-foot radius around it — has been shut down indefinitely after yesterday’s earthquake caused structural damage “at the very, very top” of the structure. [via Gizmodo]

2. A soul singer named Syl Johnson is planning to take legal action against Kanye West and Jay-Z for… Read More

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