Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wicked Wednesday? Game of Thrones gets an NBA parody with an animated Michael Jordan, Batman fans steal a Gotham village sign in the U.K., and we have photos that show iconic Star Wars ships crashed in actual cities. But first, we also have the 10 most controversial movies of all time, and a Super Mario record broken! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Watch a Man Beat Super Mario World in 23 Minutes... Blindfolded
PangeaPanga went on the streaming platform Twitch and managed to set a world record by beating the Super Mario World video game in just 23 minutes... And he did it all blindfolded. The video breaks down how much time he spent on each level, and there is even a graphic that shows you which buttons he is pressing, along with a video of this man remaining blindfolded the whole time as his game unfolds. We're not sure how this skill will come in handy, but it's still impressive nonetheless.
Top 10 Most Controversial Movies of All Time
Cinefix has put together a list of the 10 Most Controversial movies of all time. Plenty of obscure titles are included, like 1975's Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma and Cannibal Holocaust, along with the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and Natural Born Killers. They also offer an in-depth breakdown on why each movie is so controversial. It's made me want to seek out the movies I haven't seen on this list!
Magic Mike XXL Kid Theater With Channing Tatum and Jimmy Fallon
Channing Tatum paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, where he took part in Kid Theater, to promote Magic Mike XXL. If you aren't familiar with Kid Theater, Jimmy Fallon asks a group of kids to write what they think a movie called Magic Mike is about, just based on title alone. The result is a hilarious eight-minute video where they depict Magic Mike as having magical powers, fighting aliens and interacting with Magic Bird. From the mouths of babes...
Game of Thrones NBA Parody with an Animated Michael Jordan
The sports website Bleacher Report has put together a humorous Game of Thrones animated parody series featuring a number of current NBA players, but their most recent video features none other than Michael Jordan, appearing as a wise old man to dispense some wisdom to current Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. This video hits the perfect sweet spot for fans of both the NBA and HBO's beloved fantasy series.
Authorities Recover Gotham Village Sign Stolen by Batman Fans
.@Lboropolice Thanks very much for finding our sign This has all the hallmarks of the Joker’s work Will arrange for the batmobile to collect— Nottinghamshire CC (@NottsCC) June 22, 2015
Gotham is a fictional metropolis in the Batman comics, movies and TV shows, but it's also the name of an actual town in Nottinghamshire County U.K.. Although, it is pronounced, "goat-ham." Regardless of the pronunciation, the town's sign has been stolen three times over the past four years. During a raid in Loughborough, police officers recovered the sign at the home of a 39-year-old man, who was suspected of having drugs in his home. As you can see in the tweets above, both the local police department and city government have a good sense of humor about the theft.
Star Wars Photos Depict Ships Crashed in Major Cities
Artist Nicolas Amiard has created a number of stunning photographs that show iconic spaceships from Star Wars crashing into major cities around the world. The photos include a downed TIE Fighter in London, one of those weird Naboo ships in Moscow, an X-Wing in Venice, Italy and the Millennium Falcon crashed off the New York shore.
Re-Animator T-Shirts from Fright Rags
Fright Rags has debuted a new collection of t-shirts from the 1985 Stuart Gordon classic Re-Animator, in celebration of its 30th Anniversary. Each shirt will cost $27.99 and they are available for pre-order now on the Fright Rags website, with orders shipping in mid-July.
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