Cuddle Up With a Comfy Kraken!

Do not release the Kraken!

That’s probably what you would say if you were wrapped up in these awesomely Lovecraftian kraken-theme bedding sets! I know I would…

Available from the Etsy shop Ink and Rags — which insists on calling it “octopus bedding” — these hand-made (hopefully not from octo-flesh) pillow case and duvet sets come in featherweight and fleece versions in sizes from twin to king and are listed for $119.

Thanks to Nerd Approved for the heads-up.

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Helena Bonham Carter Supports Fish

Actress Helena Bonham Carter cozied up with an endangered bigeye tuna to promote the creation of marine reserves in the UK Overseas Territories.

“I am a big supporter of protecting the marine environment,” Carter said of the Fishlove campaign promoting the Blue Marine Foundation, which raises awareness of “the unsustainable fishing practices that are destroying the earth’s marine ecosystem.” And it’s not just fish; the reserves would help whales, turtles, seabirds, penguins and corals.

“I’m actually very phobic about fish, so when Greta [Scacchi] asked me to be photographed naked with a 27kg tuna I was more worried about touching it than getting my kit off. Having said that, I conquered my fears and by the end of the morning we’d truly bonded.”
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Ice Hockey — in Africa!

Forget the Jamaican bobsled team — when it comes to an unlikely sport in an unusual place, I think ice hockey in Kenya takes the cake! I love NHL hockey and think more people need to embrace the sport. The league needs this kind of dedication.

There is only one place in the entire country to play hockey on ice — the Panari Hotel in the capital city, Nairobi — but enthusiasts also play on inline skates. In an odd coincidence, “Nairobi” translates from the local Maasai language as “cool water”!

He Wore Blue Velvet? Red King Crab in Disguise!

An extremely rare blue-colored red king crab has been plucked from the Bering Sea – and it’s at least the second specimen captured this year. Back in January, another lavender-hued crustacean was pulled from the same waters.

Nome, Alaska, fisherman Frank MacFarland spotted the latest mutant delicacy in a pot on July 4, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Scott Kent happened to be nearby to snap a photo. However, Kent could offer no concrete explanation for the weird coloring, telling KNOM radio:

The best answer I can give you is, I have no idea. My hunch is it’s just a very rare mutation and expressed in only few individuals within a population.

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A Pre-‘Pocalyptic Pony Proposition!

maddie05What was once just the fever dream of a few dedicated toy professionals is about to come to pass — but only with a little help from their fiends friends! And Friendship is Madness!

Little Maddie and the Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse is an attempt to summon into existence a line of designer collectibles for the discerning adult with a touch of that ol’ H.P. Lovecraft netherworld madness. But these toys cannot become manifest on this plane unless we help Bigshot Toyworks with its Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to pay for earthly necessities like sacrificial offerings raw materials, dark altars factories and minions workers and such.

While Little Maddie shows a dark Chthuloid influence, the Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse owe a debt to more classical sources. They are Raven (Famine), Clash (War), Calamity (Pestilence) and Ghost (Death).

Check out the Little Maddie Designer Figure Kickstarter page.

Not Even Superheroes Can Defeat Taxes

uuperhoeDeathIt’s April 15, the most dreaded day on the calendar here in the United States: the day tax returns are due. And no one likes to pay taxes — not even superheroes!

Here is a selection of comic book covers from the Golden Age to the Bronze dealing with rendering unto Uncle Sam. You’ll notice the frequent theme “Death & Taxes,” which I find very ironic because while no one beats taxes, most superheroes have conquered death — having died and been resurrected many times.