1. Science

    How Much Does Thor’s Hammer Actually Weigh? [Video]

    According to Marvel, the official weight of Thor's hammer Mjolnir is 42.3 lbs. You know, unless you're unworthy of it, in which case it's so heavy as to be unwieldable. But that's not precise enough for the folks over at VSauce3, because why would it be? Instead let's speculate wildly using the awesome power of science!

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  2. Weird

    Uh-Oh, the Vikings Scheduled Their Apocalypse for Saturday

    Don't bother making plans for Saturday night: if ancient Viking lore is accurate, Loki's wolf son is set to break out of prison soon and the world will end on February 22nd. Thankfully, party-like-there's no tomorrow events are going down to help us celebrate Ragnarok, the end of life as we know it.

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  3. Entertainment

    Here, Have a Gag Reel From Thor: The Dark World

    This gag reel from the blu-ray of Thor: The Dark World definitely makes one thing clear to us: as cool as capes are, they can also be distracting in a fight. Like, very distracting. Also, ravens don't give a flying eff about anything, dark elves are all about bouncing up and down, and Chris O'Dowd is the actual best.

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  4. Entertainment

    Thor: The Dark World DVD Knows What We Like, Gives Us Loki Cosplaying As Thor

    We were mostly kidding when we said that Tom Hiddleston should dress up as all the Avengers, but now we're pretty sure he's actually already done it. Case in point: the Thor: The Dark World blu-ray extras not only include Loki as Captain America, but also show screen tests of Hiddleston auditioning for the part of Thor.

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  5. Entertainment

    Watch Loki Cosplay As Captain America Because Why Not [Video]

    Spoilers for Thor: The Dark World if you were waiting for the DVD (but whatever, you know we don't care) -- remember that great cameo Chris Evans had as Loki pretending to be Captain America? As luck would have it, there's now also footage that's been released of Tom Hiddleston wearing the stars and stripes himself.

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  6. Entertainment

    Thor: The Dark World Is Nothing Compared To Thor 3: Thor’s Super Sweet 16

    The highly-anticipated sequel to Thor: The Dark World is here, thanks to the folks over at Pistol Shrimps! It's Thor 3: Thor's Super Sweet Sixteen, and not everything goes according to plan for Thor's birthday. Loki and his father are just determined to ruin everything (#YOLO!).

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  7. Entertainment

    Thor’s Castle Is Nice, but How Much Would it Cost? Movoto Figured it Out

    Our friends at the real estate blog Movoto love figuring out how much fictional homes would sell for, and we love that they love that, because we love seeing the results. This time they've put a price on Thor's castle in Asgard, but if you want to live like the god of thunder you better pony up some serious cash.

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  8. Entertainment

    Movie Theater Uses Photoshop Instead of Real Thor 2 Poster Because the World Is a Magical Place

    Imagine it: you are going to see Thor 2: The Dark World at the Shanghai Bona Insun International Cineplex. No doubt you're probably excited to watch all your favorite Norse gods battle it out a second time. And then you turn the corner and see -- this. Could it get any better? No, it can't.

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  9. Gaming

    Thor Re-Told As 8-Bit Cinema Is Cuter Than Chris Hemsworth [VIDEO]

    CineFix, a YouTube channel that takes Hollywood Blockbusters and game-ifies them, has given Thor the 8/16-bit treatment. The results are both adorably awesome and seriously make you wish this game was real.

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  10. Entertainment

    Tom Hiddleston Was On SNL Korea Last Night And, Yeah, It Was As Weird As You’d Expect

    Last night, Tom Hiddleston dropped by South Korea's version of Saturday Night Live, and it was predictably weird and awesome. Thankfully, the rest of the world gets to witness the Thor: The Dark World baddie shaking it to K-Pop in this Digital Short they released online!

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  11. Entertainment

    Watch Thorested Development Work Out Some Asgardian Family Issues [VIDEO]

    And now the story of the Internet doing another awesome and perfectly appropriate mashup. It's Thorested Development.

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  12. Entertainment

    New Thor: The Dark World Trailer Released, Has a Bunch More Violence [Video]

    The new Thor: The Dark World trailer from San Diego Comic Con is out in time for Geek Week, and so far the film appears to benefit greatly from Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor's deft hand. Regardless of what you thought about the previous Thor movie, this one seems like it's going to ramp the action up a notch.

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  13. Tech

    DIY Mjolnir Packs 80,000 Volts of Awesomeness Inside

    We're lucky to live in a world that also contains the folks over at Hack A Day, for whom "Gee, that sounds dangerous" is not a sentence to give pause, but a rallying cry to see how far one can push a strange, and quite possibly bad, idea. And that, folks, is how an 80,000-volt Tesla coil got inside a homemade replica of Thor's hammer.

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  14. Space

    Planck Telescope Spots Galaxy Clusters Connected By Cosmic Gas Bridge, Still Unclear Which One Houses Asgard

    The European Space Agency's (ESA) Planck Space Telescope has laid it's super-powerful eye in the sky on a never before seen cosmic phenomenon. The above photo is Planck's first image of a pair of galaxy clusters connected by a cloud of superheated gasses that spans a mind-boggling distance of 10 million lightyears. No word yet on if this actually represents the Asgardian Rainbow Bridge of Thor fame, so in the absence of good evidence, we're just going to really, really hope so.

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  15. Entertainment

    Movie Theaters Are Leaving 3D Lenses on for 2D Movies, and It’s Making Them Worse

    Believe it or not, it's possible for the mere presence of 3D movies in theaters to make the more numerous 2D offerings look worse. According to a very good investigative report from The Boston Globe, it's relatively common practice for theaters that use Sony's 4K digital projectors, which need an additional 3D lens in front of the regular lens when 3D movies are playing to allow for the polarization effect that makes the 3D image possible, to simply leave the 3D lenses in place when playing 2D fare through the same projector.The result, which the article says affects Regal, AMC, and National Amusements theaters: A dramatically darker picture, sapped of color.

    So why aren’t theater personnel simply removing the 3-D lenses? The answer is that it takes time, it costs money, and it requires technical know-how above the level of the average multiplex employee. James Bond, a Chicago-based projection guru who serves as technical expert for Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest, said issues with the Sonys are more than mechanical. Opening the projector alone involves security clearances and Internet passwords, “and if you don’t do it right, the machine will shut down on you.’’ The result, in his view, is that often the lens change isn’t made and “audiences are getting shortchanged.’’
    Even more insidiously, some movie theater employees say that this isn't just a matter of oppressive DRM stumping projectionists, but that it's official, albeit unspoken, policy to leave the dimming 3D lenses in place for 2D films: Said one, "If we knew a house would be opening ‘Harry Potter’ and it wasn’t going to be 3-D ... I would ask them to swap the lens out and it would either go nowhere or come back with a negative from the regional technician, usually with the impression that it came from above.’’ ( via Boing Boing)

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