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…Family Guy watches The Simpsons?

As one YouTube detective discovered, Family Guy often ‘borrows’ ideas from The Simpsons. While both shows rely heavily on pop culture and historical references, it’s interesting to see just how similar some of these scenes really are. See for yourself:

[Via: Monitor Duty]

…The Bayeux Tapestry is alive?

The Bayeux Tapestry is a 230 foot long embroidered cloth depicting the events that led up to the Norman invasion of England in 1066, as well as the invasion itself. David Newton, a British designer, animated a tracking shot of the tapestry for a school project, and brought the story to life. If only all history was this entertaining.

[Wikipedia – Bayeux Tapestry]

[Via: Very Short List]

…ThinkGeek is making the 8-bit tie?

8-Bit Tie

ThinkGeek thought they would be clever this April Fools Day and design an “8-bit” tie that draws from the pixilated history of video games for its design. Well, the joke is on them, as numerous geeks and video game heads emailed them and demanded that they go into production. In response to the outcry, ThinkGeek is going to produce this clip on tie (it’s clip on to “preserve the simple, right angle, 8-bit), and sell it to the masses. Weather this was their intention all along, we’ll never know, but if you want to show your geeky side at the office, I can’t think of a better way.

[ThinkGeek – 8-Bit Tie]

…It’s Website Wednesday: WikiProject Porn Stars?

So somehow I got the days confused and managed to post a Things Thursday on a Wednesday, and completely ignore Website Wednesday in the process, so here’s my repentance:

Wikipedia Shauna O’Brien

Wikipedia is really looking to push the boundaries of decency with their latest project: Porn Stars. From the site:

    The project aims to implement a consistent format for articles of pornographic actors, actresses and models, as well as related infobox templates. Additionally, the project is to implement a standard means of procuring information on pornographic actresses, as well as to address what is proper for an encyclopedic article on porn stars.

I guess if you’re going to be the place to go for online information about anything and everything, you can’t just ignore the porn world. That would be like ignoring a substantial part of the history of the Internet. Surprisingly (or not surprsingly depending on how you view the ‘Pedia) the articles are actually pretty informative, giving a complete career history, filmography, appearances, and much more. Plus, you can finally get the “real or fake” question answered by more than just a “dude, totally”. It’s a dirty world, but somebody’s got to document it.

[Wikipedia – WikiProject Porn Stars]

…Cups can tell secrets?

Anamorphic Cups

Anamorphic Cups have a little history lesson that goes along with them, so here goes:

    “Anamorphose” is from the Greek ana, meaning “back” or “again”, and morphe, meaning “form”. It refers to a distorted image that only appears normal when viewed with or reflected from a special device. The most common of these devices is the anamorphic cylinder, which typically consists of a cylinder with a highly reflective surface, placed in the center of a painting that is lying face-up. Such curiosities first appeared in the 1600s, and became popular throughout Europe in the 18th century.

The set includes a stainless steel cup with a polished mirror finish, and distorted images or words printed on the saucer that can only be viewed correctly through the curved, reflective surface of the cup. This would make a great way of pulling off a secret proposal in the middle of a meal, though you should double check what it says because I imagine distorted spell checking is a tough thing to master.

[Anamorphic Cups]

[Via: NOTCOT]