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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

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The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice.

Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to see.

One caveat: the list is limited to one book per author, so Stephen King fans will have to expand their horizons a little bit. Check out 50 books that will keep you up all night after the jump, and add any other scary favorites to the list in the comments.

See the list HERE.

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The Must List: Ranking The Best In 25 Years of Pop Culture

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Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. The Must List: Ranking the Best in 25 Years of Pop Culture is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 illustrated top 25 lists celebrating the best in TV, movies, books, and music from the editors of Entertainment Weekly.

Beginning with an introduction highlighting the “25 Things We’ve Forgotten About 1990”, this full-color, deep-dive into the past twenty-five years of obsessive pop-culture coverage features the magazine’s incisive criticism, trademark humor, and 2,500 amazing moments.

Featured topics include: Greatest Villains, One-Hit Wonders, Best Superheroes, Mobsters, Zombies, Dystopias, Shocking Snubs, Unsexiest Sexy Moments, British Imports, Memorable Deaths, Late Night Comedy Wars, and many more binge-worthy lists.

The 192 page hardcover will be released on October 6, 2015.

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The 11 Biggest LEGO Sets of All Time

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We all have fond memories from our younger years putting together fun LEGO sets like cars, planes, houses, and more. But if you were especially lucky (or especially wealthy), you might have had the opportunity to construct truly massive LEGO sets like the Taj Majal, Shield Helicarrier, or even the fabled Death Star Itself.

HERE are the 11 biggest pre-made sets the LEGO company has ever released, sorted by number of pieces.

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The Signature Food From Every State

Every region of the world has a dish that that region is known for. And this phenomenon isn’t any different in the United States. Each state is known for a signature dish and the folks over at AskReddit helped us find out the signature food from every state, according to people who live in those states.

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The 40 Best Cartoon Characters of All Time

Paste Magazine thought it would be interesting to celebrate TV cartoon characters, young and old, that they hold dear. The magazine came up with 50 great ones like The Simpsons and Looney Tunes, but also tried to diversify the list. Who made # 1? Find out HERE. Are there any favorite cartoon characters of yours that did not make the cut?


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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

Welcome to TIME’s annual round-up of the best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. Check out the list HERE.

The Real-Life Hoverboard

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The Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000)—a type of skateboard that levitates like a magic carpet—had been a pipe dream since its fictional debut in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II. Now California-based tech firm Hendo has built the real thing.

Granted, there are caveats. Hendo’s hoverboard can float only an inch or so above the ground, and even then only over conductive material like copper or aluminum. Just 10 are being made to order (so far). And battery life is 15 minutes—barely enough time to zoom past your enemies à la Marty McFly.

But the technology that powers it could be revolutionary. Using the $450,000-plus it raised on Kickstarter, Hendo founders Jill and Greg Henderson plan to develop magnetic “hovering” tech to stabilize buildings during earthquakes, protect valuable works of art and more. “The hoverboard is the first step to bringing this technology to the world,” says Greg.

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20 Must-Try Hot Dogs in America

Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts – particularly this time of year, when warm nights beg for a couple of franks of the grill. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?

Men’s Journal suggests 20 must-try hot dogs in America and you can check out the list HERE.

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Old-School Chili Dog (Pink’s, Los Angeles)

The classic chili dog combines ground-beef chili with mustard and onions – and maybe a few slices of American cheese.

Where to Get It: When it opened as a 10-cent hot dog stand in 1939, the owners of Pink’s, in Hollywood, could never have imagined the unrelenting lines and sheer variety of wieners for which the place is known today. Never mind all that – chili dogs are what Pink’s started with, pairing all-beef, natural-casing dogs by Hoffy’s with meaty chili in a soft steamed bun.

Pink’s
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

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The Ten Most Iconic Video Game Props of All Time

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There are casual gamers. There are hardcore gamers. And then there are those who are so involved with their love of the game that they chase the collectibles. They are the ones who want the replicas. They want to not only display their amazing game collection but wow others with the props that made the game iconic.

There are many memorable items throughout gaming history. These are the ones that make the top 10 list (that you can actually buy):

1. The Legend of Zelda’s Ocarina

Who could forget the first time you got to play the ocarina in OOT? It allowed you to summon storms, call Epona, and help you travel through time. But ask yourself … did you even know about an ocarina before the game? That’s the beauty of the game. It brought this old world instrument to modern times.

Those fans wanting to collect this very cool instrument, and pay homage to their love for OOT, should take a look at the Alto C ocarina since it’s the closest you can get to the game.

2. Half Life’s Crowbar

Half Life changed the shooter and not just because of the game but because all of the great games we’ve gained from the source engine. Half Life 2 (and the episodes) cemented Valve’s title in gaming history. By the time Half Life 3 rolls around (if it ever does), the Internet will go into full melt down.

The crowbar is what we’re looking at here. A simple, elegant weapon that made the game feel raw. The nice thing about this weapon is that with a trip to the hardware store you can make one for yourself!

3. Portal’s Portal Gun

The puzzling action, mind-bending mechanics, and incredible humor of the Portal series holds a special place in all of our hearts. Another amazing game by Valve to say the least. At the center of it all, the portal gun, we got to experience puzzle solving in a brand new way. The first of the series will forever be part of our culture (the cake is a lie!) and who could forget the song at the credits?

4. Final Fantasy 7’s Buster Sword

That first time entering the World of FF7 was one like no other. Long time fans of the Final Fantasy series had already experienced many amazing stories but that push to 3D really changed the RPG game. Cloud and his buster sword became an instant icon. It’s absurdly large but you’ll never forget it.

You can find these as foam, made from real metal, modded, showing up at gaming conventions, and even being made by a master sword smith (check out this neat video).

5. Mario’s Coin Block

It’s a simple reddish/orange/black block with a question mark but it’s something that has become almost as iconic as the main man Mario himself. Sure the goomba, coins, and the Tanuki suit may be all part of our collective gaming memories but having one of these replicas in your house will automatically have your friends doing an uppercut and making the *ding* coin noise. That’s pretty iconic if you ask me. Want one? Try making one (with sound, too).

6.  Halo’s Covenant Energy Sword

Halo was a breath of fresh air for first person shooters. The story was cool but what really made the game so iconic is that it really brought people together for some awesome local (and online) death match, capture the flag, and more. When Halo 2 came out everyone seemed to have been throwing Halo parties and sure enough if you attended on you were bound to hear a few slurs because someone was cheesing with the sword. This sword, compared to so many others throughout gaming history, just looked cool as hell and lead to some pretty neat tricks such as sword cancel that let people explore the deepest parts of the maps.

7. Metal Gear’s Cardboard Box

As a youngin’ you probably played in a box thinking it was a fort. When you hopped into the world of Metal Gear Solid suddenly it became your ultimate disguise. The box brought all kinds of hilarity to the game and has made its way into many other video games as a homage. Want one? Just find a box, throw it over yourself, and laugh because you’re now undetected by people passing you by.

8. Pokemon’s Pokeball

It started with Blue/Red (and Green if you want to get into it) and now it’s pushed into 3D. The Pokemon universe is getting massive to the point its hard just keeping up with it all but one thing’s for certain is how you’ll never forget what a Pokeball looks like. People have knitted them, created intricate replicas, bought them from Burger King, and a whole lot more. Why? Because they’re awesome.

9. Portal’s Companion Cube

Again Portal is making its way onto the list because there’s so much awesomeness from the game. I couldn’t leave out the weighted companion cube because it was there for you when times were tough. It talked with you. It made you feel emotional when you had to destroy it. Which is why you want one of these so bad. On that note … have you heard some of the strange theories behind the companion cube?

10. Angry Bird’s That Red One

Okay, I know this is going to irk a few of you because there is a lot of hate for Angry Birds (yada yada copying an old flash game, etc) but you can’t deny the fact that this game made that red bird absolutely party of our culture. You can’t go anywhere without seeing plushies, tooth brushes, bed sheets, and all manner of items with the red guy. That’s pretty iconic if you ask me.

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Empire Magazine Announces The Greatest Movie Ever!

Empire Magazine and Empire Online recently conducted a poll of its readership and asked 250,000 fans to vote for the best movies of all time. Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back came in first place, beating out such perennial favorites as The Godfather, Citizen Kane and Casablanca.

Check out the complete list HERE.

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The Nerdiest States In America

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There’s a lot to consider when choosing which state to live in. Will the locals trade Pokemon cards with you? Will you be mocked for LARPing in the park? Will you meet others who enjoy dressing up like Star Wars characters? For those who harbor interests considered nerdy or geekish, not all states are created equal.

Estatelycrunched the numbers to determine which U.S. states have the most nerds per capita and you can check out their findings HERE.

Did your State make the list? Do you think they got it right?

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