Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Star Wars Reimagined As WWII Propaganda Posters Of The Day

From Fast Company:

"George Lucas's Star Wars films have always borrowed their inspiration from old sci-fi movie serials. Inspired by the likes of Flash Gordon, Star Wars's entire aesthetic--from swashbuckling with laser swords right down to the famous opening crawl--is deeply rooted in the 1940s.

These great images from illustrator Russell Walks take Star Wars's submerged 1940s sensibilities and bring them to the surface as World War II-style propaganda posters.

Based in Montana, Walks has licensed his art to big clients such as Paramount, Marvel, and Warner Brothers. The posters seen here, though, were produced for Lucasfilm and Topps as part of a series of Star Wars trading cards."

(more here)

News: Bear Cub Meant to Relax Students Before Finals Ends Up Biting Them and Sparking a Rabies Scare

A hundred years ago when I was in college, a pair of traveling preachers -- we called them Brother Jed and Sister Cindy -- would show up on campus from time to time. Their message was simple: TURN OR BURN. They would scream at students, call us all fornicators and masturbators and drunks (all true), tell us we were all going straight to Hell if we didn't change our evil ways.

Jed and Cindy's fire-and-brimstone message went over about as well you might imagine. I remember endless screaming matches between the preachers and the students, even (and especially) the Christian students. It was an ugly affair that lasted for several days, but it was free speech. I don't remember any physical fights, but campus security was always on the scene just in case.

At some point a rumor started that Jed and Cindy were brought in by the school before finals every semester to help students blow off steam. I don't think this was true, as the preachers didn't always show up during finals. I think students cooked up the rumor because they couldn't think of any other credible reason that these two shrieking nutjobs would randomly show up on campus and berate perfect strangers with such anger and venom.

A rabid bear would have been a better choice.
Bear Cub Meant to Relax Students Before Finals Ends Up Biting Them and Sparking a Rabies Scare

A Missouri petting zoo brought a group of animals to Washington University in St. Louis to help students de-stress and relax before their final exams. But one of those animals — an adorable two-month-old bear cub named Boo Boo — kind of defeated the purpose of the whole thing by biting and scratching 18 students.

Because nothing facilitates relaxation like a good old-fashioned rabies scare!

The university had previously said that the cub would have to be euthanized in order to test him for rabies, but school officials now say that won’t be necessary, Reuters reports.

Local, state and federal health officials determined that Boo Boo posed no rabies threat, and the students will not need treatments, according to a statement that the university released Friday.

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10 Weird Items Confiscated By The TSA (Of The Day)

People are stoopid. From How Stuff Works.

Indianapolis International Airport, 2013. The passenger was an "explosives instructor" who used the inert suicide vest — yes, it was only a fake — as a training tool. Also inside the bag were 30 electric matches and unopened packets of potassium chlorate and titanium powder, highly combustible compounds used to make real explosives.

In January 2012, TSA agents at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in New York removed the offending power tool – gas being flammable and all. Interestingly, it's perfectly kosher to pack a chain saw into your checked luggage as long as it isn't filled with gasoline.

Here's a tip for amateur drug smugglers: If you're going to attempt to sneak a bag of marijuana through airport security, as one passenger tried to do last year in Denver, it might not be the best idea to conceal it inside a full-size replica of a deadly explosive device. While TSA agents aren't tasked with sniffing out drugs, they have a knack for spotting items on the X-ray screen that are the exact shape and size of a hand grenade.

In one particularly productive week back in 2012, TSA officers in Burlington, Vt., and Akron, Ohio, confiscated not one, but two weapons posing as harmless lipstick applicators. One was a 350,000-volt lipstick stun gun and the other a lipstick knife with a 2-inch (5-centimeter) blade.

In 2013 TSA agents in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida inspected a the clay pot in a passenger's checked luggage and found that it contained parts of a human skull. The passenger claimed ignorance as to the pot's contents. This find naturally slowed down screening as the area turned into a crime scene.

Not the kind you spray. The mace that TSA agents confiscated from a traveler at Chicago Midway in 2013 was, in fact, the kind of old-school weapon that barbarians used to swing over their heads when storming a medieval castle. The thick wooden handle of the confiscated mace measured more than a foot (30 centimeters) long and was connected by a long chain to a heavy spiked metal ball.

How would you like to have been the TSA agent who unzipped a traveler's checked luggage in Miami to discover not only a bag of slithering live eels in putrid water, but dozens of plastic sacks containing a total of 163 tropical fish, 12 tiny sea turtles, plus several other invertebrates and pieces of live coral?

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