Mr T.

Saturday morning cartoons, circa 1983

A Requiem for Saturday Morning Cartoons

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It’s pretty easy to lose track of what Saturday morning television looks like, once you transition from spending that time playing to spending that time nursing a hangover. So your correspondent was more than a little floored to discover (thanks to /Film) that Saturday morning cartoons are over, dead, gone, pushing up daisies, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. The CW (the good ol’ CW, God bless ‘em, they keep tryin’) was the final broadcast network to program a Saturday morning block of cartoon shows; that block aired for the last time over the weekend. It’s the end of an era, folks, so forgive me for getting a little nostalgic.
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Playful Fingerprint Portraits of Pop Culture Icons

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Dito Von Tease is an Italian artist who uncovers famous features hidden within the human finger. His funny fingerprint portraits, which caught our eye on My Modern Met, reveal the digit-ized version of pop culture icons and other celebs. Each finger has its own costume, backdrop, and expression — a playful, minimalist nod to the famed figures. The artist’s name “Dito” translates to “finger” in Italian. Although fingerprints are used to identify us, Von Tease is an elusive artist who chooses to remain anonymous, which adds to the quirkiness of his creations. See more in our gallery after the jump.
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Kids’ Halloween Costumes That They’re Too Young to Understand

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Do you know a kid? Does that kid need a Halloween costume? Are you cool with casually exploiting said kid for your own trick-or-treat amusement? Take a break from the princess and superhero aisles at your local holiday superstore and consider these silly costumes that are meant to make grownups chuckle. True, these outfits might go right over the wearers’ kiddie heads, but who wouldn’t love finding a tiny Mr. T or a baby Bob Ross at their doorstep? We wish we could give these youngsters’ parents high fives. Enjoy some adorably mini versions of grown-up pop culture figures after the jump.
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Classic Celebrity Memoirs and Their Contemporary Counterparts

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“Everybody needs his memories,” Saul Bellow once wrote. “They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” These days, the same can be true of fame. It’s no surprise then that celebrity memoirs and autobiographies continue to flood the market — much to our personal glee. As self-proclaimed aficionados, we’ve decided to help you navigate the waters; here are a few contemporary titles, paired with a soft focus homage to their vintage predecessors, never to be forgotten. If you’ve got a recommendation to add to our list, be sure to leave it in the comments.
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Pic of the Day: Michael Jackson Messes with Mr. T

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Today in wonderful artifacts from the past, this playful photo of Michael Jackson pretending to punch Mr. T and Mr. T pretending to be scared. We have no background whatsoever on how this meeting of the ’80s icons came about, which means you get to use your imagination. Or, you know, just sit back and… Read More

Wanted: ’80s-Inspired Pop Culture Plates

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Angela Rossi is an LA-based artist who, in her own words, takes “recycled, abused, tossed aside, broken and forgotten items and turns them into fabulous new creations.” Earlier today we stumbled across a collection of antique plates that she’s currently selling in her Etsy shop that feature hand-painted pop culture icons, and we wanted to buy them all — especially E.T. Click through to check out a selection of our favorites.
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The 10 Strangest Celebrity Product Endorsments

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If you’ve ever traveled abroad, then you’ve probably had the disconcerting experience of running into a well-known Western celebrity holding a bottle of liquor on a billboard. (If not, think of Bill Murray’s character in Lost In Translation.) We’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the weirdest celebrity television ads from the past 40 years, which include odd product pitches from Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, and Nicolas Cage. After the jump watch musicians, athletes, and film stars sell their wares and let us know if you think they’re making an honest living or just plain selling out.
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