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Giant Dragon Skull Found on England Coast
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Imagine that it’s a Monday morning in July. You are going out for a walk along the “Jurassic Coast” — a section of shoreline stretching from East Devon to East Dorset in southern England that’s famous for its 200+ million years of geological and paleontological history. Maybe you are looking down at the sand for one of the small fossils beach goers often find there. Then you look up and see this:

A giant dragon skull!

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FX’s Ball-Busting Comedy: Archer
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This is not your average adult cartoon series. Archer is not The Simpsons. The humor is way more offensive. It’s not even The Family Guy. Archer doesn’t rely on hilariously obscure references and cleverly spliced banter. Archer is not trying to be clever. It’s on the FX Network for goodness sake. South Park probably comes the closest (without equaling) the levels of crude, potty-mouthed language achieved in the animated series starring the voices of H. Scott Benjamin (also voices Bob from Bob’s Burgers, and Ben Katz from Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist), Aisha Tyler (credits include Friends, 24, and CSI), and Jessica Walter (most notably the matriarch of the Bluth clan on Arrested Development). But unlike South Park, the plot isn’t underscored by not so subtle commentaries on topical political issues or pop-culture memes. Which begs the question, why can’t we peel ourselves away from the TV during this show?

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EPIX Movies, NBC Shows Come to Amazon Prime
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Amazon announced recently that a variety of EPIX movies and NBC Universal television shows will now be available to those with Amazon Prime to watch via Amazon’s instant streaming service.

Spot Cool Stuff has long been a huge fan of Amazon’s Prime program. Members get free 2-day shipping on any item sold by Amazon, no matter if it’s a $3.99 iPhone case or an 890 pound professional jointer. The shipping savings alone can easily make up the $79 yearly Prime membership fee.

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Mugshot Yourself
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One of the great time-wasting guilty pleasures the internet has to offer (besides videos of cute cats) are websites that allow you to easily—and comically—manipulate portrait photos. We written before about website that will turn a photo of you into a Simpsons character and another that will render it as a yearbook photo from the 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s.

Now, from some creative folks at the BBC, comes Mugshot Yourself, a website that can turn a portrait into a mugshot. And not just any mugshot, but an old timey mugshot, the sort of sepia Wanted poster picture seen in so many silent movies.

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Infographic: Lifespan of a TV Show

Obviously, the infographic shown below doesn’t depict the lifespan of every TV show (even with the exception of some shows on HBO). My So Called Life only lasted for one season (sadly). The Simpsons has been going for more than 20. Still, it’s amazing how many television series do fit within the basic framework of the lifespan as described in this infographic.

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The Truthiness of Stephen Colbert
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Open wide, baby bird, cause Mama got a big, fat, night crawler of truth.

Those were the words with which Stephen Colbert readied his audience at the start of his first show on DIRECTV in 2005.

Comedy Central‘s fake-news TV pundit claimed that, like his hero George Bush, it’s better to “know with your heart” than to “think with your head.” Colbert promised to deliver “truthiness.” He won’t just read the news to you, but “feel the news at you.”

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The Flying House from Up
Built In Real Life
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There’s something inherently cool about taking a structure conceived for an animated movie or TV show and building it for real.

Spot Cool Stuff regulars may remember our piece on the the real life Simpsons house constructed in Nevada. Building an accurate rendition of that was difficult enough—and it was a regular suburban dwelling. Imagine the challenge of building the house featured in the Pixar hit movie Up. That house was attached to balloons and was able to fly!

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The West Wing Continues on Twitter
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If you miss the superbly-written television series The West Wing (like Spot Cool Stuff does) then you may be interested and surprised to learn (as Spot Cool Stuff was) that the series is still running on Twitter.

Sort of.

There are no longer budget showdowns, assassination attempts, politically inconvenient romantic trysts and other such plot twists. But the characters from the series do interact and comment on current events in 140 character increments.

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