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The Movie Cliches List, part 1

The Movie Cliches List, part 1
Piston-engine airplanes in the movies are unusually subject to engine failure. This failure mode is unique to filmdom - engine coughs, keeps running. Hero doesn't notice. Then it stutters, catches again. Hero notices, taps gas gauge, turns lever. Then it stutters exactly three times and stops immediately, including propeller. Only men are alcoholics. If there is more than one or two of an alien race, they are always roughly the same size as humans. Bad guys will always get killed by a snake, while the hero simply reaches out and picks it up with his bare hands. If the hero listens to his answering machine and one important message is unexpected then he usually has two very short messages on the tape before, one spoken by a man, one by a women. (this section courtesy of Keith Lynch) Here are the fundamental principles of movie asteroid science, as derived from the NBC miniseries "Asteroid": Asteroids travel through space making a noise like a powerful but subdued engine. .

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Get wet and wild with some slow motion insanity - The Feed Blog (CBS News) Do you like your parties wet, wild and out of control? Are you in the mood for something eye-popping, humorous and bizarre? Do you happen to like slow motion...? Because we have all of these and more mixed into a fun blend that goes down smooth above. The surreal, hypnotizing and also rather hilarious Vimeo clip (with music by DJ MAHF) comes courtesy of Bruton Stroube Studios who write about the background behind its creation:

The 10 Types of Crappy Interviewees All artwork and content on this site is Copyright © 2015 Matthew Inman. Please don't steal. TheOatmeal.com was lovingly built using CakePHP Technology Laws Murphy's technology laws Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence. Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition. Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the launch that could have been The Galaxy Nexus is easily the most anticipated device of the year. The hype surrounding the launch of the next Nexus is unmatched by even the most drawn-out device launches, Bionic and US Galaxy S II included. But as the year continues on and more high-end Android devices make their way into carrier portfolios, you have to wonder what’s going on. What happened to the launch that could have been? Where is the Galaxy Nexus?

Excerpt from Ian Doescher’s blank-verse William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Illustration by Nicholas Delort. Courtesy of Quirk Books An excerpt from William Shakespeare's Star Wars®: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher, published this month by Quirk Books. 10 Disney Movies With Horrific Origins Weird Stuff As many people know by now, some of Disney’s much loved animated musicals, beloved and enjoyed by so many happy little children for the past eighty years, have truly horrific origins involving rape, cannibalism, torture and other very nasty happenings. Some people believe Disney improved the original stories, making them more accessible and enjoyable to the general public, others are of the opinion that Disney mauled them, or at least failed completely to do them justice. Here are ten examples of some of the lesser-known origins of Disney’s movies, some going back in history to sources that many people are unaware of, others revealing origins that haven’t previously been discussed in such detail on the internet.

Death by Caffeine We’ve used the very latest research to determine what’s appropriate for your body weight. See more about your daily caffeine limits. Recommendations for caffeine levels are different for aged 18 and under. The calculator is intended for use only by adults over 18. Things People Said: Anecdotes of Stupidity Overheard this on a London bus: First Woman: "I don't know what to get Fred for his birthday." Second Woman: "Why don't you get him a book?" First Woman: (after a moment's thought) "Nah, he's already got a book." At the fish hatchery where I work, we have a small display that describes the now-extinct Michigan Grayling (a kind of fish).

Aperture and Depth of Field Depth of Field Depth of Field (DOF) is the front-to-back zone of a photograph in which the image is razor sharp. As soon as an object (person, thing) falls out of this range, it begins to lose focus at an accelerating degree the farther out of the zone it falls; e.g. closer to the lens or deeper into the background. With any DOF zone, there is a Point of Optimum focus in which the object is most sharp. There are two ways to describe the qualities of depth of field - shallow DOF or deep DOF.

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