Author Archives: Stephanie Small

Super Mario gets the hand-drawn treatment

You’ve probably seen plenty of flipbooks in your time — and maybe even created one or two. A flipbook that takes five seconds to “read” probably took the artist hours to draw. Nevertheless, the books are a cool way to watch do-it-yourself animation.

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Stuck between a rock and a … couch?

Remember getting into sticky situations as a child? Back then, you thought you could do anything, until the inevitable happened and you were left in a pickle. No doubt your parents chuckled at your self-induced predicament as you begged them for help.

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Apple partners with … Tom Cruise?

You’ve seen them a million times: those annoying-yet-witty “I’m a Mac — I’m a PC” commercials where Apple points out the PC’s many flaws and tries to convince consumers that Macs are so superior. Sure, the commercials get the point across, but isn’t there a way to make them a little more obnoxious?

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Tetris may not be so random after all

Ever play Tetris? Fitting the different block shapes into straight lines to accumulate points may seem easy, but it never quite works out the way you want. Is it really a game of luck, or is there some method behind the order in which you receive the shapes?

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May the whoopee cushion be with you

In most movies, sound effects are used to distract the bad guys so the heroes can get out of their pickles and ultimately prevail. Whether it’s a mysterious clatter, unearthly explosion, spine-tingling scream, or sudden gunshot, those background sounds are very important to the plot of the film.

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New ‘Twilight’ movie gives a howl to cotton

In anticipation of the new “Twilight” movie — which comes out this week — fans everywhere have been going overboard, creating life-size cutouts of the characters, buying “Twilight” jewelry, and wearing “Twilight” apparel.

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Invisible rope trips up unsuspecting passers-by

Remember when you were a kid, and playing pranks on people was the thing to do? Whether it was jumping out of the closet to scare someone or making the infamous prank calls during a sleepover, it was fun — usually, anyway — for both parties involved.

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The greatest Halloween prank ever

Halloween trick-or-treaters in creative costumes were everywhere last weekend. Pranks and scares also belong to this holiday, and the one in this video could very well be the topper!

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Behind the lens of Google street view

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of Google’s infamous street view? Videotaping each street in America simply must be a daunting — yet seemingly fun — job that anyone would want to do, right?

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Finally! An effective way to reduce traffic

Traffic is something every driver despises. Whether in the morning or evening rush hours or any other time, it’s frustrating and headache-inducing — and oh, so slow.

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