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iPhone owners prefer Superman, Android users side with Batman

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As fierce as the showdown may be next year between Batman and Superman, it pales in comparison to the rivalry between iPhone and Android users. But among smartphone owners, which superhero comes out on top?

Yahoo Research posed that question — OK, and some others as well — to 1,000 smartphone users, evenly split between iOS and Android. Asked which superhero they’d prefer to be, 37 percent chose Superman, with iPhone users leaning more toward the Man of Steel; 25 percent went with Batman, who was more favored by Android owners.

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Guitar Boy is the electric guitar/Game Boy combo we all want

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As difficult as it may be to conceive, the same Bit Fix Game Boy Classic modding competition that brought us the Game Boy mini-fridge, aka “Cold Boy,” has also produced … the Guitar Boy. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Created by Fibbex, it’s both a working electric guitar and an oversize Game Boy. The latter is run by a Raspberry Pi B+; the A and B buttons on the body are gaming controls as well as volume and tone for the guitar.

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Fan’s 203 ‘Simpsons’ tattoos earn a Guinness World Record

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You may remember Michael Baxter, the prison guard from Australia who hoped to land a place in Guinness World Records with the 203 Simpsons characters tattooed on his back. Last week, he did just that.

Guinness has announced the 52-year-old grandfather holds the record for the most tattoos of characters from a single animated series. Because, yes, that’s a thing.

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Franchises collide in this awesome Iron Man-themed lightsaber

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It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Tony Stark, with his high-tech armor and repulsor beams, would need the elegant weapon of a Jedi Knight, but if it leads to something like this Iron Man-themed lightsaber, then I’m all for it.

Based on the design of Starkiller’s lightsaber from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, it’s the creation of Custom Saber forum member Eastern57, the red-and-gold weapon features its own miniature arc reactor.

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‘Star Wars’ light covers are a horrifying reminder of Battle of Endor

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While I certainly understand the desire to proclaim your fandom from your front door, or to entertain the kids on Halloween, there’s something undeniably disturbing about these Star Wars Porch Light Covers from ThinkGeek.

The helmets of Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are presented as morbid, glowing trophies mounted on pikes, a warning to Imperial forces that the Rebellion will not — cannot! — be stopped, and that the Snickers Minis are limited to one per trick-or-treater.

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Hulk smash (gender roles): Dad makes daughters a Hulk princess cake

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A reddit user’s twin daughters wanted a Hulk princess cake for their fourth birthday, so by gosh that’s exactly what he made them.

It’s not fancy, and it’s probably not going to earn this dad a spot on Food Network, but it has won him a place in our hearts. From the lavender skirt to the purple bodice to the red tiara, it’s undeniably awesome. Or should that be totally awesome?

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World’s largest arcade machine is taller than an elephant

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Guinness World Records has declared Jason Camberis’ Arcade Deluxe as the “World’s Largest Arcade Machine,” and, really, who can argue?

A network engineer from Chicago, the 44-year-old Camberis spent two years building the gargantuan machine, which stands 4.41 meters high — or, as Guinness so helpfully offers, “taller than a fully grown African elephant.” The glass track ball is 16 inches in diameter. It’s fully functional, too, loaded with more than 200 classic arcade games; it’s also compatible with all game platforms.

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Amazing ‘Dragon Ball Z’ CG tribute could go Super Saiyan

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The Dragon Ball Z CG Tribute Project may not be as well known yet as the Akira Project, but if these animation tests are any indication, it’s going to be amazing.

The work of a team of animators, character and concept artists, modelers and more, it’s precisely what the name suggests: a CG-animated sequence created as a tribute to Akira Toriyama’s manga and anime epic.

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That’s no moon, it’s an enormous, $28,500 ‘Star Wars’ watch

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There are a lot of things you can do with 30 grand: Buy a car, whittle away at that college loan, take several European vacations, invest in a savings bond … You could do any of those, sure. Or you could blow it on this limited-edition Star Wars watch from Devon.

Inspired by Darth Vader and an Imperial TIE Fighter, the watch is made of stainless steel, with a black “diamond-like” carbon coating. Hand-constructed, it features TIE Fighter wings as part of the case, and silver screws designed to look like those on Vader’s helmet. What’s more, the crown is finished with the Galactic Empire logo.

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Student turns his wheelchair into world’s best ‘Mad Max’ cosplay

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When it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road cosplay, Ben Carpenter‘s has undoubtedly earned a placed in Valhalla.

The 20-year-old engineering student transformed his standing wheelchair into a war rig, and himself into Max Rockatansky, in a nod to a scene from George Miller’s action epic.

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This ‘Dragon Ball’ cosplayer travels on his own Flying Nimbus

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Even if you didn’t order your Goku costume and instead spent days — weeks, even! — creating it from scratch, you’re still going to have a tough time topping this one from DragonCon. I mean, how often do you see a Dragon Ball cosplayer with his own Flying Nimbus?

North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment captured video of the cosplayer, who not only transformed a Hands Free Mini Segway into a magical yellow cloud, but also comes equipped with light-up hands.

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DragonCon draws 70,000, shatters attendance record

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Courtesy DragonCon

DragonCon set a new attendance record over the Labor Day weekend, drawing a reported 70,000 to Atlanta for the annual pop-culture festival.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the previous record of 62,000 was set just last year. Spread across five hotels, the event has experienced significant growth over the past decade: For comparison, the 25th-anniversary convention in 2006 attracted about 22,000 attendees; the 2013 edition clocked 57,000.

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Meet the Guy With the ‘Dragon Ball’ Hairdo

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Shaquille Dent has emerged over the past couple of days as a social-media sensation for — if you hadn’t already guessed — his sensational Goku-inspired, gravity-defying hair.

Now an animation student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Dent discovered while he was a junior in high school that he could sculpt his hair into enormous spikes. Although his original style was a tribute to Dragon Ball Z, he told BuzzFeed he recently bleached part of his hair as a nod to Yu-Gi-Oh!

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These ‘Dragon Ball Z’ costumes just solved your Halloween dilemma

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If your plans for dressing as your favorite Dragon Ball Z character for Halloween began and ended with an orange T-shirt and an excessive amount of hair gel, you may just be the target audience for these new masks and costumes from Japanese retailer Gee! Store.

Officially licensed, and incredibly faithful to the blockbuster anime franchise, these latex masks of Goku, Piccolo and Frieza make dress-up easy. To complete the look, Gee! is also selling matching costumes. Hey, who said dressing up had to be difficult?

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Photographer captures home life of Spider-Man and Silk

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The life of a superhero isn’t all action, as photographer Dai Sugano shows in these images that depict Spider-Man and Silk in their down time, doing utterly ordinary things. (Although how the wall-crawler gets the cereal through his mask is likely pretty extraordinary.)

Sugano, who works for the San Jose Mercury News, photographed cosplayers Saul Cervantes and Jare Longacre (boyfriend and girlfriend) ahead of this weekend’s San Jose Wizard World Comic Con.

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