Seeing Faces in Strange Places

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon that allows people to see faces or figures in random objects, like buildings, bowling balls, and bird droppings. It’s such a common occurrence that the Faces in Places Flickr group alone has over 20,000 submissions.

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Nothing can ruin the finer things in life faster than an overzealous fan base. Ruined By Its Fans? attempts to quantify how much damage Apple customers, coffee addicts, yoga evangelists, etc. have done to the things they love—looks like bicycling and Monty Python have taken the hardest hits.

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Instagram user @Peejet either spends a lot of time being photographed with the hottest figures in hip-hop, or he’s just handy with Photoshop.

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Will Smith and family have saved all of humanity in at least a dozen movies so far.

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New York City’s Grand Central Terminal is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an exhibit displaying objects retrieved from the Lost and Found by one family’s four generations of train conductors, including a discarded engagement ring and a spoiled 13-year-old’s travel diary.

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Someone got very, very lucky on Wheel of Fortune and walked home with the improbable million-dollar prize.

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It’s hard to make a good cup of tea using water from the microwave.

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With a little stop-motion magic, anyone can ride a flying broomstick in real life.

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See What a Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Might Look Like in 2020

Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
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Special effects, cinematography trends, and acting styles may have changed over the last 40 years, but Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) remains one of the most beloved film sequels—even among younger generations of Star Wars fans—to this day.

The trailer, on the other hand, seems pretty outdated, mainly due to the voiceover narration that expels lofty phrases like “an epic of romance, of heroes and villains,” and “a galactic odyssey against oppression.” To see what The Empire Strikes Back would look like with today’s trailer standards, YouTube user AD_edits created a new one, which relies on dialogue from the film itself to set the stage for the galactic odyssey against oppression.

As Nerdist points out, AD_edits’s trailer also manages to hint at important plot points without giving too much away, like mentioning that Luke must find a great Jedi master without revealing Yoda’s identity. The original, meanwhile, contains a couple outright spoilers—it shows, for example, Darth Vader sitting at the head of the table in Cloud City, waiting to ambush Han Solo and Princess Leia. Viewers might not have realized the significance when they saw the split-second clip in the trailer, but it would probably ruin the surprise when they watched the actual film.

Of course, there was always the possibility certain parts of the trailer could’ve ended up on the cutting room floor before the movie hit theaters, which has definitely happened before. The Cloud City scene made the final cut, but some storylines from earlier in the filmmaking process weren’t so lucky—in fact, most of the first draft for The Empire Strikes Back was completely scrapped. Find out about Darth Vader’s gargoyle-filled castle, Han Solo’s stepfather, and other axed ideas here.

[h/t Nerdist]