January 15, 2019 • Humor
Celebrities from Amanda Seyfried to Matt Bomer have started their careers on the covers of books, but did you know that the greatest celebrity of all time was also a book cover model? Yes, that’s right. The world-record-breaking Instagram Egg also had humble beginnings modeling for books, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite moments from The Egg’s illustrious career.
January 15, 2019 • Reference: Non-Fiction
For the new year, Netflix blessed us with the charming new series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, a reality show based on the KonMari method and hosted by Marie Kondo herself, that sees clutter-hoarders transform their spaces (and themselves) by clearing everything out. The series may have a simple premise, but it’s been winning hearts with its sweet approach to tidying, including greeting the home and focusing on joy. However, one aspect that has been bringing bookworms more anxiety than joy is the idea of clearing out their bookshelves — because bookworms are hoarders, and there is little more satisfying than gazing out on a wall of neatly stacked shelves. It’s enough to make any reader feel all warm and fuzzy inside…but Marie Kondo believes that at least some of these have to go.
Of course, she’s not a book-hater. The simple fact that Kondo devotes an entire section of her method to books (and only one to a combo of kitchen, bathroom, garage, and miscellaneous) shows that she has real respect for the bookworms among us and how daunting the idea of clearing out a bookcase can be. However, we’ve got some ways for you to understand some of her more controversial opinions, clear the shelves and still feel good about it.
January 14, 2019 • Comics
It's National Dress Up Your Pet Day, and we couldn't be more excited about all the adorable costumes gracing our social media feeds. If you're like us, you know dressing up your pet can be the cutest, funniest, and most precious thing in this world. But what about in another world, like the one where Steve Catson and his pet man Manfried live? In Manfried the Man, the roles of cats and humans are reversed, putting humanoid felines in charge of tiny, dim-witted little man-pets. In honor of Dress Up Your Pet Day, we're giving a how-to lesson on dressing up your man.
January 11, 2019 • Fiction
Looking for more villains like these? Check out The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris!
The best villains are the ones that are truly scary. The bad guys who make us quake in our boots, who leave us terrified and truly convinced that becoming their enemy would be the worst possible scenario. Take Amy in Gone Girl, a woman who isn’t at all physically threatening, but whose meticulous scheming and total lack of a conscience make her utterly terrifying. Or consider Thanos, the recent big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s a villain who may be bright purple, but who is physically intimidating and emotionally unperturbed by wiping out half the living things in the universe in a single snap.
These are the villains that are true nightmare fodder, that all other villains aspire to emulate. Of course, there are also the truly sympathetic villains — the cool kids, the guys who may want to raise hell, but are so charming that we’d probably just let them do it. And then…there are these guys. The ones who may dream of being true villains, but who barely make it out of laughing stock level who couldn’t make a chihuahua tremble if they tried.
January 10, 2019 • Frankenstein's Support Group
January 8, 2019 • Fiction: Horror & Paranormal
Escape Room is the latest movie to take an innocuous pastime and turn it into a horror film (see also Truth or Dare). While escape rooms are horror-based to begin with—otherwise, there would be no reason to, y’know, escape—it is worth imagining what harmless life event could next be mined for horror fodder.