Dental Disasters: The Celebrities Who Looked Better With Their Mouths Shut

No one is entirely safe from dental disasters, are they? However, if you were rich and famous you would probably do something about your teeth, wouldn’t you? Some of the following celebrities did get dental work carried out but some of them decided to carry on with their bad smile.

Amy Winehouse

Celebrity Dental Disasters

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What Are You Playing With? 5 Fantasy Series Inspired Board Games

It is no news that in the last years, science fiction and fantasy as genres conquered the world of literature, cinema, visual arts and Internet fun. Adapting fantasy written series for the silver screen and for television is a common trend and it made billions of dollars world – wide, while collectibles, fanfic and inspired-everything gathered also billions of fans.

Today we will talk about fantasy series inspired board games, as once you turned off the TV or left the cinema, you still long for spending more time in a certain universe and board games creators understood that better than anybody. While Game of Thrones card games and board games and extensions are internationally famous and quite complex to play, there are, of course, other book series that got adapted and became entertaining board games to keep you hooked on the universe some brilliant writer managed to create. Here are only five of them.

1. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Ankh-Morpork

If you are not familiar with Pratchett’s universe, you really should, as it is considered the funniest fantasy series of all times. It all happens on the Discworld and the characters and stories kept people hooked on the author’s humor and writing style for years. The Ankh – Morpork board – game takes place in the city – state with the same name, you are given a certain character and personality and your goal is to reach your game goals, while trying to prevent your opponents from reaching theirs. It is an incredible journey in one of the vastest, most mind – blowing fantasy universes ever written in this world.

2. Harry Potter Mystery At Hogwarts Game

Now the famous Harry Potter series inspired a lot of board and card games and this one resembles Clue a lot, as it transports you into the Harry Potter universe, while you have to solve mysteries and work your way through a very compelling story. It is a strategy game based on classic mystery solving older games, but it deserves its place in the list of fantasy series inspired board games because it is exciting and can keep you entertained for hours.

3. The Lord of The Rings Adventure Board Game

In case you didn’t know, there are also two The Hobbit board games but the Lord of The Rings comes in many shapes and challenges. In case you are addicted to Tolkien’s universe, you can buy them all and play them all, as this particular one can be integrated in the Hobbit series. It may take you months to build the entire complex realm, play and try to win, as the rules are complex and not always well understood by the players and it takes a while to figure out what is going on. An everlasting challenge, we might say.

4. The Hunger Games: Training Days

The Hunger Games books and movies are a contemporary success and it was only logical they would end up as board games. This one is quite appreciated by the players, although you can also find other board and card games inspired by the series. This challenges you as a Tribute and pushes your skills enough to learn strategy and survive the tasks and even win a few rounds. It is well – made and seems to be favored by families and large groups of friends.

5. Twilight Board Game

Of course there are Twilight Saga inspired board games! Based on the popular books and movie series, this is a trivia game, not a strategy or mystery one, so if you are a true dedicated fan, you will win by answering questions related to the movie. Unfortunately, if you browse users’ reviews on Amazon or dedicated sites, you will find out they were a bit disappointed about this game, as it wasn’t as challenging as they would have hoped and it seems it has some additional questions and tasks that are poorly related to the Twilight universe. Others had a lot of fun with it, however, so it all depends perhaps on what your expectations are.

There are, of course, other fantasy series inspired board games for you to play, independent novels even, not to mention board games inspired by comic books and superhero franchises. It is lovely to see people so engaged with a story, a realm, a plot or some characters, that they just want them to become constant parts of their lives.

3 Fake Languages in Books and Movies You Should Learn

One of the greatest things that could happen to humanity was science – fiction and fantasy genres, no matter the sub-genres and branches and cross-genres alternatives. It doesn’t even matter you are thinking about movies, books, short stories, theater plays or boardgames. It doesn’t even matter if you are a fan or not, as if you are, you probably know more than we could ever write in an article and if you’re not, you still know  a lot of things, intentionally or accidentally, because in the last years, fantasy, science – fiction and fiction at its best invaded the cinemas, took over bookshelves and corrupted television, only to gain billions of followers world – wide. And it is so awesome, it can’t be truly expressed into words.

Besides monumental stories, incredible realms and immortal characters, box – office success and plots that will keep us glued to the books’ pages or the cinema seats for years on end, these sci – fi and fantasy productions also brought with them new languages, dialects, strange tongues, unknown and unheard before words and phrases. And some of them became not only famous, but found a place into our common language and now are so popular, you can even find tutorials and dictionaries to help you study. There are at least three fake languages in books and movies you should learn, if not to be the coolest geek in the neighborhood, at least to understand what the other cooler geeks are saying to you. Learning Chinese? Everybody can do it. Try these and then consider yourself a linguistics badass! 

1. Sindarin (Elvish) – Tolkien, Jackson and David Salo

sindarin language

This is the language spoken by the Elves in Middle Earth and it was Tolkien who initially invented it in his Lord of the Rings trilogy and the other books he wrote related to the same universe. They say the writer only made up around 400 words and it was director Peter Jackson who collaborated with famous linguist David Salo – an expert in Sindarin – in order to develop the language to become usable in conversation.

So… Pedig edhellen? This means “Do you speak Elvish” and if you don’t, you should start. Beware, it is quite hard and complicated. Luckily for you, there are plenty of resources. You can start with an extensive Guide to Learning Elvish or just memorize some useful Elvish words and phrases to get along with the other Sindarin speakers.

2. Dothraki – Martin and David J. Peterson

dothraki

If you don’t speak Dothraki yet, you’re not a true Game of Thrones fan, not to mention you should have spoken High Valyrian by now. Dothraki language is fabulous linguist David J. Peterson’s creation and it is among the most popular fake languages in books and movies you should learn, because it seems that everybody speaks it. If you don’t believe us, check out the Internet for the famous love statements between Drogo and Daenerys (written in both English and Dothraki on wedding rings and stuff like that).

It is so cool that there are lots of places available for you to learn Dothraki idioms and phrases. So learn Dothraki fast and maybe anha vazhak yeraan thirat.

3. Banana Language – Tagalog, Italian, Spanish, English and Whatever

minions language

Don’t you speak Minion (or the Banana Language) yet? You should be ashamed of yourself. We are, of curse, talking about the Despicable Me series, the animation which got the world addicted to the Minions and their messed – up language too.

YouTube is full of Minion scenes, the Internet got over itself in trying to explain how Banana Language resembles Filipino and a lot of other ones (including Latin languages and ones of Asian origin), in a bundle of phrases and idioms that are now internationally famous. Unlike the Sindarin and Dothraki, Minions’ language is rather limited (as it is hard to write this article in full Banana, while we’re sure somebody can adapt this text to Elvish, for instance), but it sounds awesome nonetheless. There are dozens of Minion – English Translation dictionaries, but one of the most extended resources can be found here.

These are the three fake languages in books and movies you should learn to keep your mind active and be considered the coolest geek in town. Of course, if you want to become a real intellectual and a vast fictional languages speaker, we also recommend you to start learning Klingon (in case you don’t already have a doctoral thesis in Klingon linguistics), Fremen (the language created by Frank Herbert for the Dune Universe) or even Na’vi (yes, the alien language in Avatar!). Happy learning new languages (as human ones are so boring)! Kampai!

Some Interesting Facts about Angry Birds

Angry Birds has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years. The immense popularity of the pig bashing game had even led to me digging up some incredible statistics and vaguely interesting facts about it.

An Astonishing Number of Downloads

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5 Awesome Days to Celebrate in 2014

This world is as crazy as can be and you can become aware of this fact only if you browse online searching for weird, funny and crazy days (usually meaning awareness events and celebrations) that people hold dear to their hearts. While we are used to national and international holidays, be them religious or having a social, medical or political feature to them, mankind seems to celebrate other whacky stuff, like objects, animals and historical events.

All year round, all over the world, each month and every day has some special meaning in some corner of the planet. Now, given your own culture and traditions, you may not be very interested in celebrating the Camcorder Day, while others take very seriously the world-wide manifestations related to Cancer Awareness Day, Earth Day, Autism Awareness Day and so on. But for a change of perspective and for your general knowledge on world’s events, let’s take a look at five awesome days to celebrate in 2014.

1. Extraterrestrial Abductions Day – 20th of March

mulder i want to believe

Now this would be Fox Mulder favorite celebration day of all times. If there would be a real Fox Mulder or aliens abducting people. Oh, wait, maybe there are…  It is hard, if not impossible to trace back in history the origins of the celebration or the mastermind who invented it, but for fun’s sake, don’t forget to watch the sky for strange lights, UFO activity and spending time with your abducted buddies. Maybe you can all watch ET or some X Files special marathon and sign anonymous petitions that demand full disclosure on Area 51 projects. May be fun.

2. Lost Sock Memorial Day – 9th of May

socks dissapear

Whoever invented this was a genius. It’s odd nobody identified the brilliant mind who finally came with this idea. We all know socks leave us, from a reason or another and we mourn their loss just as we’d mourn fallen comrades on the battle field. So this is not only one of the best and most awesome days to celebrate in 2014 (as it is UNIVERSAL), but a good opportunity to say goodbye to the missing ones and release the now solitary soldiers out from your drawers. You can even host a ceremony and accompany the victims on their way to the trash bin with songs of sorrow. It is a sad day and everybody should pay their respects to the lost socks and the ones they are about to throw.

3. Cheer Up the Lonely Day – 11th of July

lonely day

We all know somebody who is lonely. A friend, a family member, a colleague. Being there for somebody is a generous act of kindness and it shouldn’t happen only one day a year. But this particular day, we all should be near somebody who has few friends or relatives, is single or just lost someone close. Loneliness is a terrible feeling and having a cheerful, pleasant and inspiring presence next to you is the best thing ever. So choose among the most awesome days to celebrate in 2014 this particular one and pay forward your kindness and love to the less fortunate. This great idea seems to belong to Mr. Francis Pesek who invented and promoted it.

4. International Talk Like a Pirate Day – 19th of September

talk like a pirate day

This one dates back to 1995 and is attributed to two men – John Baur and Mark Summers – who spiced up their racquetball game with some Pirate – Talk and then decided this should be a celebration day for all those who feel like pirates in their hearts. This is the day when you can ask all the time “Why is the rum gone?” without looking or sounding suspicious and answer with Aye or Nye, or express your feelings with weird sounds and roars.

5. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – 16th of December

Melted Chocolate

Are you a chocaholic who dreams every night that Willy Wonka retired to an exotic island and left you with his entire legacy in chocolate? Good, cause we are too and we can’t wait to be December 16th to have everything edible (and a few things …less edible) covered in rivers of creamy dreamy chocolate. We don’t know who exactly invented this day and why is it only “National” instead of universal, but we are glad somebody thought we should cover anything in chocolate, at least once a year. In the other 364 / 365 days, we just eat the chocolate as it is.

These are only five awesome days to celebrate in 2014 and there are at least 300 more. Pick your favorite one and let everybody know about it! Savvy?