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Happy Halloween

I did it with pets, it’s only fair I do it with people. Searching over the internet, I’ve got my five favorite costumes for human people on Halloween. Some are old, some are not, but they’re all pretty clever or something.

Most Likely to Be Ridiculed

Most Consumer-Zombie-ish (Actually, I find myself wondering if this one might be technically illegal in the US…):

Okay, okay…It was really hard to select a baby costume. I mean, they’re all so precious!

Downright Creepiest:
That’s right. A man covered himself in baby dolls

Most Functional:
A completely playable PacMan outfit. I’m serious.

So it’s a little late to be searching for ideas now, but think about it for next year. And if any of you guys dress up as something particularly spectacular, shoot me a link and maybe I’ll post it or something.

Pumpkin time!

So! This’ll be the second time in a row I’ve embedded a flash dealy…but, honest, I just thought this was cool and will not be making a habit out of this kind of thing. I just thought this was cool.

If any of you have put off to the last second your pumpkin carving (actually, a good idea if you want them to live and see Halloween, depending on the troublesomeness of your neighborhood), here’s some handy info from the DesMoines Register!

I love templates like these. Without them, I’d just carve your standard default triangles-for-everything faces.

Extreme Hangman

A pretty gruesome game for those who wish there were a more Halloween season-appropriate word/spelling/guessing puzzle game. Just when you thought the idea of hanging a stick-man stranger for your own vocabularical shortcomings was gruesome enough. Thanks, armorgames!

(warning: stick person violence and paper-and-ink gore)

Personally, I think the timer is a nice stess-inducing touch. I think I’d fail less often if I wasn’t all paranoid about that darn ticking.

More than 300,000 customers

That’s what has me shaking my head and getting a bit nervous when I look at this website.

It’s an online store for all your nuclear needs: radioactive ore, nuclear lab kits, meteorites, uranium, super magnets, and so much more.

For all you aspiring evil geniuses out there wondering how on earth you’re going to find the radioactive collectibles you need, look no further. I don’t know, maybe this stuff is harmless and I’m intimidated for no reason. However, this snip from the super magnet page really is a gem (and provides a great “who on earth would WANT this?!” moment):

“Our larger magnets can easily bruise fingers and
even break finger bones as they attempt to connect together….If you or someone in your household has a PACEMAKER or another electronic surgical implant, don’t even think of ordering these items.

Fun, right? Those were the little magnets. Here’s what they say about the super magnets:

“Beware – you must think ahead when moving these magnets.

If carrying one into another room, carefully plan the route you will be taking. Sensitive instruments like computers & monitors will be affected in an entire room. Loose metallic objects and other magnets may become airborne and fly considerable distances
– and at great speed – to attach themselves to this magnet.
If you get caught in between the two, you can get injured….Of all the unique items we offer for sale, we consider these items the most dangerous of all. Our normal packing & shipping personnel refuse to package these magnets – our engineers have to do it. This is no joke, and we cannot stress it strongly enough – that you must be extremely careful – and know what you’re doing with these magnets.
Two Super magnets can very easily get out of control and break fingers and even your arm if opposing poles fly at each other.”

HOLY COW. They’re selling HAND BREAKING/HOME DEBILITATING MAGNETS on the internet!? Who would want those?

…Don’t answer that.

You know what’s awesome?


I know, I know. I’m sorry. but not really. In the spirit of Halloween’s approach, I’ve assembled a few re-cut trailers to turn something you loved as a child into something dark and horrible.

This one is…okay.

This one, is totally brilliant. I would go see this movie.

This final one is actually pretty creepy. I’ll never look at Mary Poppins the same way again.

Next time I’ll find a scary internet thing that’s not a video for you.

A Peek into Pikachu

When the Pokémon craze was in full swing, I always figured that Pikachu and most of the other creatures were either male, or completely androgynous. Apparently I was wrong:

Pikachu revealed

That, or Pikachu has a really big belly button. Either way, the Japanese have a strange way of teaching their children about anatomy.

Found at

Oh Sweet Merciful Heavens

I thought I’d start a fun series where I post something scary I’ve found recently every day until Halloween.

But after finding this, well…I think this might be the absolute scariest thing on the internet. Or in the world.

What IS this?? Who DOES this?! Who does this and then uploads it to the internet!?


These are the haunting mysteries that make the internet like Halloween every day.

Flash Mob New York

We’ve featured flash mobs here before (such as the last video of our Trigger Happy Montage), but this experiment strikes me as both impressive and bizarre:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

The voice you hear is from the MP3 that all participants are listening to. The organizers of the event, Improv Everywhere, had everyone download and start playing an MP3 at the exact same time. Over 800 people joined the mob, whose antics continue below:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

I had the volume off the first time I watched, so I had no clue that the second video showed them creating a human bullseye. If you’ve participated in one of these flash mobs let me know – looks like fun, although I’d probably get arrested trying to organize one in my backwoods town.

…that is, if not paying attention in class were a crime, this would be insight into the mind of a criminal. As it is, it’s just insight from the mind of Me, Karen, from So less a criminal and more a slacker.

And it’s not so much insight either…During class, rather than take notes or pay attention the way ordinary students do, I let my mind frolic off into the recesses of memory, imagination, and sleep-deprived stupidity. And in my hand, I keep a pencil. While other students write their notes, I scribble and doodle and make weird images, and by the time I’m done, I’m not even sure why, what they mean, or how long it took me to draw them.

I have literally filled whole notebooks with this junk. It makes time pass like a charm. A papery, time-passing charm.

So I thought it’d be cool to share with you the drawings that come out of my head on days like these. If you like them, maybe I’ll make a routine thing out of giving them to you now and again. If you hate them…hey…it’s not a video right?

Without further ado, sketches from Karen’s notebook:

“Bunny and Butterfly”
bunny and butterfly
…he knows what he did.


“Nihilist Gastropod”

See? I don’t get it either, it’s just what happens when you let your mind wander off into space with paper and pencil. But, flipping through the pages, I think I’m most confused by this one:


I’m not sure why I drew ham and a dinosaur. I don’t think I meant for them to go together as a total image, but that’s how I’ll present them.

And this has been, Into the Sketches of Karen’s Notebook.


So…remember back when I was talking about not getting enough sleep? I still have yet to really get a full night.

So I’ve been consuming coffee and energy beans (I wish it weren’t true), and trying to get by. At this point in the game, the whole world kind of seems like this

(warning: the f-bomb once)


By the way, I just want to promise that my next post won’t be a video. I promise promise.

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