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Hayao Miyazaki to build children’s nature retreat


Hayao Miyazaki, the famed filmmaker behind such beloved anime as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, is spearheading the construction of a nature retreat for children.

According to The Japan Times, the project will be built in a virgin forest on Kumejima Island, about 56 miles west of Okinawa Island. Expected to be completed in 2018, the project will replace existing playground equipment and include a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people.

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Real-life Superboy: 4-year-old Kal-El helps save family from crash


A 4-year-old in Trinidad is being celebrated as Superboy for helping to save his mother and aunt after their car drove off a cliff. His name? Kal-El Alleyne, suitably enough.

Trinidad and Tobago’s CCN TV6 reports the family was on their way to Maracas on Tuesday when their car skidded, and Kal-El’s mother Amanda Graham swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, sending the vehicle into a ravine and throwing all three occupants through the back window.

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Han fired up first: ‘Star Wars’ bongs will have you feeling the Force


If there were anywhere in a galaxy far, far away where weed was being smoked, it was probably the Mos Eisley cantina. Or Jabba the Hutt’s pleasure barge — oh, and anywhere depicted in the Star Wars Holiday Special. OK, there are a lot of possibilities, but wherever they were sparking up, they were likely using something a lot like these lightsaber and blaster bongs.

Custom-made by Ninja Glass, they’re described as “fully functional,” although I’m pretty sure they’re useless in a fight against the Empire. In this case, it means the battery-powered lightsabers feature LED lights, a sound card and motion detector — and you can smoke out of them.

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Japanese airline expanding fleet of ‘Star Wars’-themed jets


R2-D2 won’t have the skies to himself for long. Japan’s All Nippon Airways, which in April unveiled plans for an R2-D2-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, is expanding its fleet of Star Wars aircraft.

While there are no X-Wings or TIE-Fighters to be seen, ANA will follow the October debut of the R2 motif with a Boeing 767-300 with a Star Wars livery featuring R2-D2 on one side and franchise newcomer BB-8 on the other. That will be followed in the spring by a Boeing 777-300 that BB-8 will have all to itself. All three will make

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TSA confiscates batarangs at Boise Airport

Not an acceptable carry-on item

Not an acceptable carry-on item

This is why the Dark Knight flies in his own personal Batplane.

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated four batarangs (interestingly, in two different styles) from a passenger at Boise Airport in Idaho, along with an array of other interesting items from passengers across the country, according to the official TSA Blog.

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Why didn’t we know about these DC Comics Super Hero Cafes?


As surprised as you may be to learn there are two officially licensed DC Comics Super Hero Cafes in Malaysia, brace yourself for the opening of a third next month in Singapore.

JT Network, which owns a chain of DC Comics Super Hero retail stores with locations in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Macau and Hong Kong, operates the first two restaurants, which look to be of the “fast casual” variety. However, the menus offer anything but standard burgers-and-wraps fare.

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This adorable parade of giant Pikachu can’t stop, won’t stop


If the apocalypse begins not with an uprising of sentient robots or a zombie-virus epidemic but with a parade of giant marching Pikachu, I think I’m OK with that. I mean, we’ll be too busy “awwwwing” to really care, right?

This cuddly harbinger of the End Times is, of course, from the second annual “Dancing? An Outbreak of Pikachus,” which will continue through Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Unfortunately, your only hope of slowing this unstoppable juggernaut of joy is by performing the Pikachu Dance. All of it.

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Watch a nearly 24-foot Gundam be assembled in Hong Kong


The celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Gundam model kit is on the move — it is Mobile Suit Gundam, after all — returning to Hong Kong for the aptly named Gundam Docks at Hong Kong II.

While the showcase in Ngee Ann City, Singapore, featured towering 1/3-scale replicas of RX-78-2 Gundam and Char’s Zaku, this visit boasts the RX-0 Gundam Unicorn (Destroy Mode) and Wing Gundam. The video below chronicles the transportation of both replicas, the assembly of the 23-and-a-half-foot Unicorn, and the impressive display of the Wing Gundam, which is suspended above the floor of the Time Square Shopping Center (presumably it weighs less than the two-ton statues displayed in Singapore).

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This U.K. town has its own unicycle-riding superhero

tunbridge crusader

How do you one-up the “Bromley Batman,” the masked crimefighter of South London who’d really rather be called “The Shadow”? With an motorized unicycle, apparently. Hey, what it lacks in style it makes up for in maneuverability.

Long thought a mere motorist’s myth, over the past couple of months numerous reports have surfaced of a costumed hero in Tunbridge Wells, about 40 southeast of London. Now, however, he’s been captured on video.

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‘Star Wars’ lights up traditional Japanese festival


After commandeering a centuries-old rice paddy in Japan, Star Wars went on to infiltrate the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, a traditional summer festival famed for its elaborate, illuminated papier-mache floats.

Held in Aomori, the parade typically features images of samurai warriors, birds and animals, but this year, with Japan in the grip of Star Wars fever, droids, Jedi and Sith Lords were added to the mix. Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 even marched (and rolled) in the procession, officially sanctioned by Disney and Lucsfilm.

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At last, a video that teaches you how to do the Pikachu Dance


Thousands of dancing Pikachus will descend on Yokohama, Japan, next week for “Dancing? An Outbreak of Pikachus,” which is no officially an annual event (because, why not). To prepare attendees for this onslaught of adorable yellow pocket monsters, the Pokémon Company has released an instructional video that teaches them how to do the Pikachu Dance.

Be warned: The routine is a bit elaborate, and includes moonwalking. Also, the song will bore into your brain, like … whatever Pokémon bores into brains. There is one that does that, right?

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With water, this Lamborghini turns into Captain America’s ride


German graffiti artist Rene Turrek, who last month showed us how to unleash an angry Hulk from within a BMW X6 simply by adding water, has turned his attention to another of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Captain America.

Using a thermochromic paint layer applied over his original artwork, he’s transformed a Lamborghini Gallardo into what he’s dubbed “The First Avenger.” Exposed to warm water, the car’s seemingly standard paint job gives way to Captain America and an appropriately star-spangled motif.

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Have a thirst for the apocalypse? Official ‘Walking Dead’ beer is coming


Survivors looking to quench their thirst after a long day off fending of walkers will soon be able to reach for a bottle of official Walking Dead ale.

According to the Beer Street Journal, this fall Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Company will release The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA, which, as the name suggests, is a red India Pale Ale made with blood orange peel.

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Stephen Colbert is the Devourer of Worlds in latest video


In his latest video, late-night host Stephen Colbert is the devourer of worlds and baby back ribs. With “The Colbert Report” having ended last December, and his stint as host of “The Late Show” debuting September 8, Colbert has had months to prepare — or maybe months of downtime. Today, Colbert debuted a new five-part video series where the host sits down with you, the viewer, for a nice lunch at the office. But being the huge nerd that he is, Colbert begins the video mid-selfie, wearing a paper Galactus hat.

Has he traded in Captain America’s shield that Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada bestowed upon him for Galactus’ crown? Will he be the new god-like figure of late night TV, draining the life out of his competitors?

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Scott Park celebrates the women of science fiction & fantasy with awesome new poster


Advertising creative director by day, illustrator by night, Scott Park has taken it upon himself to celebrate the women of science fiction and fantasy with a poster (via io9) that features no less than 63 famous female characters from across the board, including “Agent Carter’s” Peggy Carter, “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” Furiosa, Star Trek’s Uhura and more.

The poster bears the tag “Vol. 2,” as it is the second installment in a series he calls “Hall of Heroes.” The original one, as well as this new one, are both available on his Society6 store. Both feature a character key at the bottom, which runs through where each character originated.

Check out the poster under the cut below!

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