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Real-life superhero team purges roster, adds fitness requirement

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Being a real-life superhero just got a little more real for a couple of Seattle-area vigilantes.

Famed costumed activist Phoenix Jones, founder and leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement, disbanded the group in late May only to reform it days later — only with more attention paid to the physical fitness of the budding vigilantes. In a recent interview with Seattle’s KING 5 TV, he said the area’s superhero community had become watered down by by an influx of new members, some of whom employed unethical tactics — carrying illegal weapons or refusing to give police their identities — or weren’t so “super” when it came to physical exertion.

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You too can shoot 12-foot flames from your wrists like Pyro

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This undoubtedly should be prefaced with the warning “DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME,” but considering it’s billed by U.K. garage inventor Colin Furze as “DIY X-Men Pyro,” that would be useless. So, yes, the manic mind behind those automatic Wolverine claws and Magneto shoes is back, this time with a device that will permit you to shoot 12-foot flames from your wrists, because … what harm could come of that?

Here’s hoping Furze follows that quickly with DIY Iceman or DIY Storm to diminish some of the damage this will very likely cause.

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Watch UK inventor walk on ceiling with DIY Magneto shoes

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Colin Furze, the high-energy U.K. garage inventor who just last week unveiled his fully retractable Wolverine claws, has now turned his attention to another mutant: Magneto, the Master of Magnetism.

While Furze hasn’t figured out how to bend metal with his mind or hurl enemies with the wave of a hand (not yet, anyway), he has devised a magnetic shoes that allow him to walk on the ceiling. (OK, maybe he’s more Lionel Richie than Erik Lehnsherr.)

“Magnetic shoes, something it seems only NASA has done before me,” Furze writes. “Not even Ian McKellen used real ones in the X-Men films. I may not be controlling metal with my mind, but being ‘Magnetic’ is close enough for me.”

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Mad inventor creates fully automatic Wolverine claws

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Just in time for the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, high-energy U.K. garage inventor Colin Furze has created fully retractable metal claws that will undoubtedly make him the envy of every Wolverine fan, and the prime suspect in countless watermelon stabbings. While we can take issue with his “adamantium” claim in the video below — unless he’s also invented that metal alloy in our universe –  there’s little denying the claws are pretty amazing.

They’re 12-inch stainless steel blades activated by a Spider-Man-like palm trigger and powered by a compressed-air system housed in a backpack. Furze also shot a video that explains the entire process. Watch both below.

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Smell like retribution, redemption with ‘Pretty Deadly’ perfumes

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, the company that’s created fragrances inspired by Hellboy, Irredeemable, Grendel and even Neil Gaiman, has now turned its attention — and its nose — to Pretty Deadly, the mythic Western created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios.

The new line of perfume oil blends includes Alice, The Reaper of Cruelty, described as “Bourbon geranium emboldened by the rich scent of aged patchouli, the sweetness of peach, raspberry leaf, and bourbon vanilla, surrounded by a butterfly swarm of spicy carnation and Italian bergamot,” and Ginny, The Reaper of Vengeance, characterized as “Sharp tobacco flower and white cognac, a thin layer of smoke, and dusty black pepper pierced by the amber of her eyes.”

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In ‘The Walking Bread,’ even the survivors are toast

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As a fan of both bread and AMC’s The Walking Dead — the series lost me last season, but drew me back with the second half of this one — I’m sorry that I didn’t stumble across this project by Mark Nathan Willetts sooner: In “The Walking Bread,” the Nottingham, England, artist recreates scenes from the hit television drama using “everyday slices of bread, whilst jam, cocktail sticks and a few other buffet-related items,” plus some dramatic lighting.

And so we’re treated to Willett’s interpretation of such scenes as the first appearance of Michonne in the Season 2 finale, Carl’s narrow escape from the mud-mired walker in “Judge, Jury, Executioner,” and The Governor’s quiet moment with his “trophies.”

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First look at ‘Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.’ exhibition

Thor’s Cosmic Observatory at "Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N" at Discovery Times Square

Thor’s Cosmic Observatory at “Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N” at Discovery Times Square

The first official renderings have been revealed for Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Discovery Times Square, the upcoming interactive exhibition that brings visitors into the Marvel Cinematic Universe..

Presented with Victory Hill Exhibitions and Marvel, in collaboration with NASA and the National Academy of Sciences, the exhibit is designed to bring to life the science behind the superheroes: Visitors are recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. and granted access to the headquarters of S.T.A.T.I.O.N. — Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network — and its classified files exploring the history and scientific origins of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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Incredible Hulk breaks out in Nike’s new World Cup ad

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As I don’t follow soccer, I recognize only a few of the faces in “Winner Stays,” a four minute-plus ad — heck, it’s a short film — that’s debuted as part of Nike’s promotional campaign for the 2014 World Cup, but I don’t need any team rosters to pick out one of the players: the Incredible Hulk, who makes an appearance at about 2:30.

Now why does Marvel’s Green Goliath have a cameo? You’re asking the wrong guy — hey, I have trouble following the commercial’s plot — but Blastr suggests it’s a case of mistaken identity, as Brazilian player Givanildo Vieira de Souza, aka Hulk, is called in, but the emerald giant appears instead. Watch the full ad below.

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Which states are the nerdiest? You may be surprised

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I’ve never given any thought to which state might be considered the “nerdiest,” but if pressed I may have guessed California, with Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Comic-Con International, or Massachusetts, because of MIT and Harvard. However, it turns out I would’ve been way off.

Estately, the real estate blog that recently ranked the states most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, has now turned its attention to the nerdiest states in America, and — surprise! — Utah comes out on top. I guess that helps explain why Salt Lake Comic Con and its FanXperience spinoff pull in such large crowds.

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Your move, Peter Parker: Man creates working web-shooter

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Countless children, and more than a few adults, have played with toy versions of Spider-Man’s web-shooters, the kind that shoot water or Silly String or short strips of nylon rope. However, it’s never quite like the “actual” thing, or so I’m guessing (come on, in some cases you’re essentially strapping a squirt gun to your wrist).

Enter Patrick Priebe, described by Gizmag as a “German laser weapons hobbyist” — everybody needs a hobby, right? — who has crafted his own real-life web-shooter. Only instead of web fluid, it shoots a brass-tipped mini-harpoon at the end of a length of fishing line. As you can see, it’s pretty impressive, with a triggering mechanism beneath the glove and even an aiming laser. But Priebe doesn’t stop there: He’s also created a wrist-mounted burning laser and a Cyclops-inspired visor … with burning lasers, naturally. Check and mate, Peter Parker!

Check them out in action in the videos below.

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Houston bar aims for different crowd with comics, video games

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With a name that gives a nod to a 19th-century physicist and a sign that features an olive within an atom, it’s a safe bet that Houston’s new Neil’s Bahr isn’t your run-of-the-mill drinking establishment.

Instead, Eater reports, it’s a bar where patrons can browse the comic book library, read sci-fi novels in the comfy lounge or play Super Nintendo and vintage arcade games.

“I’ve always wanted a geeky bar where people can watch The Simpsons or Star Wars on TV, a very hole-in-the-wall place,” owner Neil Fernandez told the website. He also has Industry Night Tuesday, which caters to bar and restaurant employees, and soon plans to launch trivia and cabaret/karaoke nights. Fernandez is even considering going “full-blown nerd” with Magic: The Gathering.

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Batkid throws out first pitch at Giants home opener

Already off to a 5-2 start, the San Francisco Giants received an extra boost at their home opener Tuesday afternoon: SF’s own Batkid threw out the first pitch.


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Comic Sans, that most reviled of fonts, gets a makeover

comic neueComic Sans, the near-universally reviled font inspired by the lettering of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, has received a facelift, courtesy of designer Craig Rozynski.

“Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface,” he explains in his introduction of the updated version. “Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy. The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular.”

The font of choice for office co-workers, dormitory resident advisers and owners of lost pets across the globe, Comic Sans was developed in 1994 by Vincent Connare at Microsoft as an alternative to the Times New Roman that was used in a beta version of Microsoft Bob. He never intended the font to be utilized beyond that, and certainly never imagined it would become so widely used and abused.

With Comic Neue, Rozynski set out to rescue the battered font. “A few years ago, seeing Comic Sans yet again getting a good bashing online I wondered, could it be saved?” he told Creative Review. “Could Comic Sans be given a make-over? The first ever sympathy font? A joke at first (maybe it still is), but one that I began taking seriously enough to have a go at.”

Rozynski has released Comic Neue into the public domain; you can download it for free here.

‘Cardboard Tony Stark’ creates full-size Iron Man suit

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When 20-year-old Taiwanese artist Xhongkai Xiang boasts, “I am the cardboard Tony Stark,” it’s difficult to argue with him. Sure, Stark is a billionaire playboy who fights evil alongside a gamma-irradiated monster and a god, but Xiang has a full-size Iron Man suit … created entirely out of cardboard.

“Tony Stark’s suit cost almost $1 billion,” he says in the video below. “But mine cost almost zero.”

Xiang spent nearly a year constructing the armor in his free time, “because I have many, many things to do.” Some of those things are likely other amazing cardboard constructions, a dragon, Optimus Prime, and a bird and lizard that look real. He also made an Alien out of drinking straws.

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Evian TV spot introduces the world to the Amazing Spider-Baby

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If you were surprised by that promotional campaign by Sony Pictures and the United States Postal Service featuring Stan Lee and Spider-Man, you may want to sit down for this one: Evian stakes out its own Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie-in with a commercial that introduces the world to Spider-Baby, a web-slinging, rope-skipping, dancing infant-sized mirror version of the wall-crawler. The TV spot is either inspired, or completely insane, I can’t decide.

Titled “The Amazing Baby & Me 2,” it’s the latest commercial in Evian’s “Live Young” campaign (aka the baby series).

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