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Dad helps infant son ‘feel brave’ with ‘Baby Iron Man’ costume

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Little Collier has been hospitalized since his premature birth in July, but for Halloween his father Eric Hart wanted to give their family a sense of normalcy and his son something “that would help him feel brave.” So, with the approval of the nurses, the professional prop maker modified a costume pattern he found online and transformed Collier into “Baby Iron Man,” if only for a minute.

“I came up with Iron Man because he’s been hooked up to all those machines and wires,” Hart tells Today.com, “and that’s similar to what Iron Man went through.”

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I choo-choo-choose this amazing Ralph Wiggum cake

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Ralph Wiggum is slow-witted, socially awkward, occasionally profound and an unrepentant nose-picker, and easily my favorite character on The Simpsons. He’s also apparently delicious.

Kylie Mangles of Freshly Squeez’d has created a cake that’s both incredible and disturbing based on Eric Flores‘ illustration of poor, oblivious Ralph as a detailed anatomical cross-section. “I have never made a cake with so many different colours of fondant or floating ribs before,” she writes on Threadcake.

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There’s a scientific explanation for why zombies lumber

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As if you needed a reason to believe that zombies should be depicted as lumbering reanimated corpses rather than ridiculous sprinting wraiths, there’s now scientific support for that.

Neuroscientists Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek have written Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain, which shows “how zombism can be understood in terms of current knowledge regarding how the brain works.” The book includes chapters like “Hungry, Angry and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Unlife,” “There’s No Crying in the Zombie Apocalypse!” and … “The Neural Correlates of Lumbering.”

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All the single Logans: Wolverine breaks out Beyonce’s moves

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Wolverine is the best at what he does, and what he does — as you can see from the video below — is dance flawlessly to “Single Ladies.”

Sure, Beyonce did it in heels, but has she ever busted out that moves while flashing adamantium claws and chomping a cigar on the sidewalk … on Halloween? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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From Black Widow to Joker, the most-Googled costumes by state

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If this map of “the most trending” Halloween costumes is any indication, Marvel Studios may want to give a little more thought to Black Widow’s place in its cinematic universe.

Produced by the website SumoCoupon using an analysis of Google search volumes, the map indicates which costume was the most-Goggled in each state. Comic-book heroes and villains were well-represented, topping the list in 14 states. Black Widow claimed the throne in four of those — Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin — while perennial favorites like Batman and Catwoman nabbed three and two, respectively.

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Marvel marks National Cat Day with kitty covers

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In many households, every day is National Cat Day (the furry fellas insist on it), but Oct. 29 is when it’s officially observed across the country, with a special emphasis on pet adoption. Taking the occasion “VERY seriously,” Marvel is celebrating by posting a selection of Jenny Parks‘ delightful animal variant covers featuring Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Wolverine.

But wait! There’s still more comics-related kitty cuteness: The Dodo profiles a dozen cats who make their homes in comic books stores, including the appropriately named Fat Cat Comics in Johnson City, New York. There are even some cat-themed reading recommendations. (Seriously, go read it; it’s my favorite thing today.)

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It’s Gotham on ice as hockey teams celebrate Batman

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When the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville IceMen next face off, it’ll be in a battle for Gotham City.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, Toledo’s East Coast Hockey League team is holding a “Heroes Night” celebration Nov. 22 that will see its players don a limited-edition Batman jersey reminiscent of the classic ’60s TV costume. Not to be outdone, the visiting IceMen will dress as The Riddler (sure, Mr. Freeze might’ve been the better choice, but might not have translated as well visually).

The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well. A limited number of replica Batman jerseys will be available beginning Nov. 3 at the Walleye’s store.

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DC heroes juice up with French drink brand

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French manufacturer Orangina Schweppes has partnered with DC Entertainment to produce special cans for its Oasis fruit-drink brand featuring some of the publisher’s most iconic superheroes.

According to The Ephemerist, the promotion is tied to the 75th anniversary of Batman, here portrayed by Mangue Debol. He’s joined by Ramon Tafraise as The Flash, Fambougeoise as Wonder Woman and  Orange Presslé as Superman. It’s worth noting that all four heroes seem to be wearing a variation of their New 52 costumes, which don’t often appear in licensing efforts.

You can see closeups at Geek Art.

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Wait out the apocalypse in zombie-proof log cabin

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If we’ve learned anything from The Walking Dead, it’s that during a zombie apocalypse, no nowhere — and no one — is safe. Not a gated community, a secluded farm, a prison, a fortified town or an abandoned factory. But what about a Zombie Fortification Cabin?

CNET spotted what Tiger Log Cabins touts as “the world’s first zombie proof log cabin,” designed to withstand any attack from the undead.

“Not only is the building strong and secure enough to stop any zombie from getting inside,” the description states, “but even zombie invaders were to breach the boundaries of your land, the design is intelligent enough to give you fantastic and safe vantage points to use any artillery you have whether it’s light or dark outside.”

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Jeffrey Baldwin statue unveiled in Toronto park

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A bronze statue honoring 5-year-old abuse victim Jeffrey Baldwin, depicted in his Superman costume, was unveiled Saturday at Greenwood Park in Toronto.

The story of the Toronto boy, who died in 2002 of starvation and septic shock after years of abuse by his grandparent guardians, received renewed attention in Canada last fall with a coroner’s inquest, during which Jeffrey’s father testified to his love of Superman. “He wanted to fly,” Richard Baldwin recalled. “He tried jumping off the chair. We had to make him stop. He dressed up [as Superman] for Halloween one year. He was so excited. I have that picture at home hanging on my wall. He was our little man of steel.”

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Slim Jim wants you to associate its meat snacks with flesh-eating zombies

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You wouldn’t think a company that sells dried spiced meat would want its products associated with decaying human flesh, but Slim Jim — “a leading brand of meat sticks” — has snapped into a partnership with AMC’s The Walking Dead that sees its Carne Asada strips temporarily renamed … “Carnage Asada.” Get it?

“Slim Jim’s bold flavor pairs perfectly with AMC and The Walking Dead,” Jill Dexter, Slim Jim’s brand director, says in a statement. “In a post-apocalyptic world or in your living room, it’s important to be prepared with the right snack, and our Carnage Asada Steakhouse is just that.”

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You won’t be the only one dressed as Groot for Halloween

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If there were any doubt that every party you attend this month will essentially be a forest of Groots, take a glance at Fandango’s annual survey of movie-inspired Halloween costumes, which found the breakout star of Guardians of the Galaxy is the top choice this year among men.

Maleficent leads among women, followed by Katniss from The Hunger Games, Mystique from X-Men: Days of Future Past, Black Widow from The Avengers/Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Are we ready for winter storm Thor? Then how about Linus?

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The Weather Channel has been widely mocked since deciding in 2012 to name winter storms much in the way the National Hurricane Center names tropical storms, and this year is little different, with sites like Mashable and Philly.com lining up to take their shots. Whether the 2014-15 names are as terrible as Mashable contends is certainly debatable, we will say this: They may be the nerdiest to date.

While the 2012 list included Gandalf, Rocky, Yogi and Orko (the thunder god of Basque mythology, we’re told, not He-Man’s sidekick), this year’s list offers some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Astro, Linus, Quantum and Thor.

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Balloon artist creates 30-foot replica of iconic Thunderbird 3

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For the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds, Indianapolis balloon artist Brian Getz undertook his greatest challenge to date: recreating the iconic Thunderbird 3 rocket from the classic British sci-fi series as a 30-foot balloon sculpture.

It took Getz and a team of 20 volunteers nine hours and 2,400 to construct the replica of the spacecraft at the Indiana State Museum, a process captured in the video below.

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Batman gets his own epic burger at McDonald’s Hong Kong

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While many of us were enjoying our pumpkin-spice lattes while watching the stars for signs of the McRib’s return, McDonald’s Hong Kong was busy launching its line of Justice League-themed meals with the Batman Diner Double Beef.

I’m not sure what those two curious-looking sauces are (I’m sure they’re explained in the stylish video below), but a sandwich containing two beef-like patties, egg and cheese can’t be half-bad. Plus, it comes with Squeezy Cheesy Fries, with bacon-flavored bits, and green apple tea (why the fries didn’t get an appropriate Bat-name will remain a mystery). Plus, the box is pretty cool.

Start planning for your Hong Kong trip now, Bat-fans …

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