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NASA Scientists Named The Geological Features of Charon After Nerd Things

The new pictures of Pluto and its moon Charon from the New Horizons' fly-by have been a vast improvement on the previous look at the dwarf planet. Now, with such hi-res images, NASA scientists have a detailed look at the geological features of both celestial bodies. These features need naming, and while Pluto has it's sahre nerdy namesakes cough Cthulhu Regio cough, Charon is really where the geeky planetary scientists let their freak flags fly.

Here's a breakdown of all the Geek references NASA scientists chose in naming the various chasms and mountains of Charon.

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Massive shoutout to LEGO and Star Wars enthusiast I Scream Clone for this grand masterpiece. Can't help but go without asking if anyone out there can find Jabba though...? There's no way they left him out!

Here are a few more shots of the Mos Eisley Spaceport. Check out more hi-res images back in the gallery over here:








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Autographs of the Day: Mark Hamill Will Write Whatever the Eff He Wants on Your Star Wars Memorabilia



Imgur user raggedrabbit collected a few examples of just how many f*cks Mark Hamill gives when signing autographs.

Luke Skywalker obviously has a pretty big sense of humor when it comes to his fans.

And it's not like anyone would be upset by these imaginative signatures, right? Surely it would only increase the worth many times over.

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J.K. Rowling writes that Ilvermorny was a magical school of witchcraft and wizardry, founded by a pureblood Irish wizard named Isolt Sayre in the 17th century. Ilvermorny sat atop the highest peak of Mount Greylock enshrouded by powerful concealment enchantments.

Sayre was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin and the renowned Irish witch Morrigan. Sayre lived with her parents in a small Irish town till the day her mother's estranged sister Gormlaith Gaunt (pureblood zealot) murdered Sayre's parents and kidnapped her away to Hag's Glen to stop her from marrying a muggle.

A decade later, following imprisonment and continued attempts at indoctrinating Sayre, she stole her aunt's wand, and managed an escape. 

Sayre went on to pose as a Muggle boy, sailing to the 'New World', where she came across a wealth of magical creatures and fellow wizards that'd ultimately help her create Ilvermorny.

The four Ilvermorny houses are named after magical creatures:

  • Horned Serpent – a ‘great horned river serpent with a jewel set into its forehead’
  • Pukwudgie – ‘a short, grey-faced, large-eared creature’
  • Thunderbird – a creature that ‘can create storms as it flies’
  • Wampus – ‘a magical, panther-like creature that is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill’

Check out the story over on Pottermore that was just released today!

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The creators of this video were generous enough to put the drone kill shot segment of the clip at the beginning; but I'd recommend you stick around for the rest of the video to catch an intimate glimpse of all that goes into putting on a Russian Middle Ages festival. Pretty kickass.