Hogwarts

Resting NiceFace Wields the Velociraptor Claw: Links You Need to See

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Teachers just can’t teach these days, it seems, without bringing a jammer into the classroom to get their students to stop texting and pay attention! Or, at least, that’s what this one Florida science teacher thought when he did just that (earning the ire of Verizon and possibly the FCC, and a five-day suspension). But things could have been even worse — as this professor points out — if a student had complained that the teacher was not “sensitive enough toward his feelings.” Apparently, professors are facing career-ending consequences for presenting difficult concepts and texts to students. But, while we’re avoiding mental harm in the classroom, anyone from the public at large is allowed to stroll through an airport carrying an AR-15, fully loaded with a 100-round drum in Georgia. With no consequences.
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Literary T-Shirts for Last-Minute Holiday (or Treat-Yourself) Gifts

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I’m obsessed with literary T-shirts because they’re my version of band T-shirts — exactly the kind of geeky, nerdy, not-quite-hipster item that fits my personality. I won’t mention how many I own. And a Jane Eyre T-shirt was my most treasured MFA graduation present. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d honor night seven of Hanukkah and the penultimate eve before Christmas Eve by sharing a few perfect literary T-shirts to purchase for yourself or a loved one before the year ends.
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10 Unsolved Mysteries of the ‘Harry Potter’ Universe

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Today marks the birthday of two very important characters in 21st-century popular culture: Harry Potter and his creator, J.K. Rowling. Whether you consider the Harry Potter series a classic for the ages, a guilty, mind-candy read, or an over-hyped amateur attempt at children’s literature, you can’t argue that the books fail to create a well-realized alternate reality. Rowling crafts a whole universe that is stunningly complex, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some quirks about the magical wizarding world that still don’t entirely make sense to us. We’ve gathered some of the most enduringly baffling Harry Potter mysteries after the jump.
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A Collection of Incredible Matchstick Art

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Have you ever held a kitchen match and thought, “Why make fire when I could make Hogwarts?” Yeah, we haven’t either. Does that make us pyromaniacs? Possibly, but let’s take a minute to admire the special few who view tiny flammable sticks as art supplies for elaborate creations. Some matchstick artists devote years to building a single structure, using hundreds of thousands of matches along the way. Pretty cool, eh? Check out an incredible collection of matchstick cities, matchstick instruments, and matchstick cars after the jump, and try not to imagine how fascinating it would be to set them all aflame (that is, unless you’re a matchstick Voldemort in a matchstick battle).
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The ’80s Version of Harry Potter: Hogwarts High

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EW.com turned us on to artist Lucy Knisley’s ’80s-inspired comic version of Harry Potter, Hogwarts High, which seeks to answer the question: What would the film adaptations have been like if J.K. Rowling had written the series 20 years earlier? Mark Paul Gosselaar, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Cusack are all there, as are Brooke Shields and Christopher Lloyd. David Bowie. Michael J. Fox. Falcor. Bad synth music. And of course, special guest star Will Smith. Peep it after the… Read More