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Kansas governor declares October ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’

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While the state’s stalling economy may be a more immediate threat, Kansas is preparing itself to confront the walking dead head on.

Joined this morning by a teenage revenant, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared October “Zombie Preparedness Month,” an initiative designed to ensure residents are ready for an undead apocalypse — or, y’know, a tornado or flood. Whichever comes first.

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Colossal Titan builds his ideal home in this wonderfully weird video


The Colossal Titan, the 60-meter-tall, skinless giant from Attack on Titan, is simply misunderstood: He doesn’t want to just destroy walls (and devour the people living within); he wants to build new, better walls.

At least that may be the revelation of this weird but entertaining video released by CREVIA, the property-development division of the Japanese corporation Itochu. It’s part of the CREVIA Creative Challenge, in which people are asked to build a model of their ideal home using little white cubes.

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The Force awakens with ‘Star Wars’-themed race car


Australia’s Holden Racing Team has unveiled its First Order-themed VF Commodore Supercar, which will debut next month to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A collaboration between Disney and Holden, the red-and-black car features a First Order Stormtrooper on one side, and the mysterious Kylo Ren on the other.

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Chinese police are fed up with walking dead and pooping Gollums

The Walking Dead #16

The Walking Dead #16

Police in China have had just about enough of reports of zombies, alien corpses and, um, defecating monsters.

The New York Times notes that authorities have been cracking down on social media users who post about sightings of the walking dead, mythical monsters and electrocuted extraterrestrials.

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Gundam wages war on hunger, wallets with new cafe and store

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After more than three decades, Gundam shows little signs of slowing down. Amid the international celebration of the model kit’s 35th anniversary, Bandai is debuting a combination cafe and store devoted to Gundam in Suita, Japan.

Opening Nov. 19, the 3,860-square-foot Gundam Square will feature a Gundam-themed menu, which includes “Char Zaku Curry,” a substantial shop stocked with merchandise, and exhibition space.

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These photos perfectly capture mundane lives of Stormtroopers


The life of an Imperial Stormtrooper isn’t all about searching for droids, firing wildly at Rebel scum and fleeing exploding Death Stars. It has its mundane moments too, spent shopping for groceries, relaxing with co-workers, filing taxes and figuring out how the heck you’re supposed to pee while wearing that armor.

Photographer Jorge Pérez Higuera captures those moments, and more, in his series “The Other Side,” which depicts the Emperor’s soldiers participating in everyday activities. “They represent the galactic working class,” he told Wired. “Let’s be honest, if that future existed, we would probably be imperial soldiers and not heroes or villains.”

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‘Q’ is for ‘Quicksilver’ in Simon Koay’s ‘Superbet’ series


Teaching your children the alphabet can sometimes be challenging, but if they’re into superheroes, here’s a fun way to get them started — designer Simon Koay has created a superhero and villain-themed alphabet featuring Batman, Captain America, Hulk, Flash and 20 more characters.

“What started out as a humble project just for fun had grown into one of my favourite works,” the Australian-based designer said of his work. “As a child up until now I’ve always been a quite the fan of Marvel and DC superheroes. I pretty much learnt how to draw by copying those collectible cards as a kid. And even nowday, I’m combining my love of type and graphic design with these characters.”

The stylized letters feature some really cool details; Nightcrawler’s famous brimstone “BAMF” smoke and tail highlight “N,” while Killer Croc’s “K” has broken free of his chains, again, and threatens to eat you.

Check out his website for more information, as well as his Society6 page to find prints, mugs and more featuring the letters.

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R2-D2, it is you! Japanese airline unveils first ‘Star Wars’ jet


The Force was with Japan’s All Nippon Airways Saturday, as they rolled out the R2-D2 plane as a part of their fleet of Star Wars-themed jets. Both R2-D2 and C3PO made the journey to Washington State to see it roll out of Boeing’s Seattle facility.

The plane will make its first run between Haneda and Vancouver on Oct. 18, before starting its regular route between Narita and San Jose from mid-October through late November. After that it will make international flights to Sydney, Paris, Seattle and several other cities.

“We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world’s leading 5-star airlines,” Kayleen Walters, Lucasfilm’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement earlier this year. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design.”

ANA will follow the 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.

Check out some of the photos and a video from the unveiling below.

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Unleash the cute side of the Force with ‘Star Wars’ dog costumes


If you’re dog isn’t quite up to the task of saving humanity from flesh-devouring giants, perhaps you can instead enlist her to sniff out the Rebellion — and then maybe pee on their X-Wings — in one of these adorable (and official!) Star Wars costumes.

ThinkGeek has unveiled these perfect Halloween get-ups for the Imperial Stormtrooper lurking in every pooch: the AT-AT Walker, available in a range of sizes, although a Chihuahua would probably look ridiculous in one (then again, we’re talking about dog costumes, so “ridiculous” is only a matter of degrees); and, my favorite, the Dewback, complete with mounted Sandtrooper.

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The dancing, the cars: Damn, it feels good to be a Stormtrooper


Except for just before the destruction of the first Death Star and then again right before the Battle of Endor, there’s probably been no better time to be a Stormtrooper: sleek new armor, the pomp and circumstance of the First Order, the cars, the dancing. Oh, yes, the dancing.

As part of Disney and Lucasfilm’s big Force Friday toy rollout for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there were booty-shaking Stormtroopers at the Times Square Toys R Us in New York City. These are Lucasfilm-approved booty-shaking Stormtroopers, mind you. Luckily, it was captured on video for the First Order archives.

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Lunchbox Dad creates edible art of Baymax, ‘Star Wars’ & more


Beau Coffron takes brown-bag lunches several levels beyond peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Perhaps better known as Lunchbox Dad, the married father of three makes healthy lunches fun for his kids with imaginative, playful nods to Big Hero 6, Finding Nemo, Captain America, The Muppets and much more.

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Snoopy is getting his own ‘Peanuts’ cafe in Tokyo


Move over, DC Comics Super Hero Cafe, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are opening their own restaurant in Tokyo, just in time for the 65th anniversary of Peanuts.

According to Rocket News24, the simply named Peanuts Cafe — “It’s not eating, it’s dining” — will feature an “American West Coast” theme, with a rustic, relaxing atmosphere. Judging by images of some of the dishes, “rustic” is the perfect description, with Beagle Scout S’Mores served in a little cast-iron skillet, and Goose Egg Sliders (a reference to Charlie Brown’s baseball team) presented with a basket of fries.

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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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