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The 11 Geekiest Family Portraits Ever

1. Borgs Just Wanna Have Fun

Winnie Au is an excellent photographer and her intimate and humanizing images of Trekkies at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention are all worth a look. But her picture of the Hall family all dolled up in their best Borg gear stands out thanks to the involvement of the entire clan.

2. Where No Family Has Gone Before

The Halls aren’t the only family that likes to geek out in their best twenty-third century gear. This picture, spotted over on Awkward Family Photos, brings up some interesting concerns regarding the young man in the red shirt. Does the family have low hopes for him, or are they just hoping that because they are wearing the Next Generation outfits, he will be immune to the curse of the red shirt?

3. Under The Blue Moon of Tatooine

Here we see Flickr user Carmel Covered Crack’s delightful Halloween family portrait featuring young Luke, C-3PO and a little tiny R2-D2. What an adorable family, even if they are mostly just droids.

4. Dreaming of a Darth Christmas

Red and Jonny are some of the world’s most famous Star Wars geeks thanks to their delightful Flickr stream and popular blog. Here is one of their best Christmas photos from last year, featuring the couple posing in front of their pet AT-ATs and their Christmas tree covered in tiny replica stormtroopers.

5. Gnome What I’m Saying?

Why waste your time with Gnomeo and Juliet when you could always just live out your own Gnome fantasies like Flickr user taivensmama? Now there’s an attractive grouping of lawn ornaments if I’ve ever seen one.

6. Dragon Ball Z Warriors

DeviantArt user Jeffbedash325 specializes in making excellent cosplay costumes, then taking fantastic pictures of himself and his friends wearing them. Here he is with his friend Chichi and a precious little youngster dressed as the Goku family from Dragon Ball Z. While they might not be related to each other in real life, they are all family in the anime world their costumes come from.

7. The Family That Loves To Kiss

It's hard to grow up with a family that wants to rock and roll all night and party ev-er-y day. But once you've become accustomed to it, you can out-party your friends for the rest of your life. Just ask Flickr user Little Black Box and the rest of his family.

8. Cultivating A Family Culture

Flickr user Von Wong's mother started harassing her son about the family’s lack of photos — especially because he's a photographer. So Von Wong and the rest of his family agreed they needed to get together for a portrait. Rather than head for the J.C. Penney Portrait Studio, the family worked in their Chinese heritage in a fun and unique way that incorporates the Temple of Heaven in Beijing along with classic Chinese clothing.

Of course, a nice background and traditional clothing don’t make a photograph geeky on their own. What makes this one so delightful is Von Wong’s kung fu pose and his sister’s happy jump behind their stoic parents.

9. The Mario Family Tree

Like many modern families, the Mitchells document their lives online so their friends and family members can stay in touch without too much effort. That means they have a collection of the family’s Halloween pictures, including this photo showing Wario and Princess Peach as the proud parents of Mario, Luigi and Bowser.

10. They Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Most portraits that come from Awkward Family Photos have no image credit, let alone a background story. Fortunately, Trevor, a reader of the site, submitted this picture of his family taken in the eighties. He writes, “Apparently, the Ghostbusters craze got the best of my mom and she made us walk through the mall in those stupid shirts to get our picture taken. From the look on my sister’s face, I don’t think she was too thrilled with the whole idea either.”

11. Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Family Life For Me

Apparently, Disney World used to have this great photo studio that allowed you to take such embarrassing and geeky family photos as this one, courtesy of Flickr user ribena, who considers this "one of my most terrifying mementos of childhood." While the background and costumes don't seem too scary, it's easy to imagine quite a few youngsters being horrified of the animatronic pirate that seems to be groping ribena's mother in this picture.
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10 Things You Might Not Know About Hägar the Horrible
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For 45 years, the anachronistic adventures of a Scandinavian Viking named Hägar have populated the funny papers. Created by cartoonist Dik Browne, Hagar the Horrible is less about raiding and pillaging and more about Hägar’s domestic squabbles with wife Helga. If you’re a fan of this red-bearded savage with a surprisingly gentle demeanor, check out some facts about the strip’s history, Hägar’s status as a soda pitchman, and his stint as a college football mascot.

1. HÄGAR IS NAMED AFTER HIS CREATOR.

Richard Arthur “Dik” Browne got his start drawing courtroom sketches for New York newspapers; he debuted a military strip, Ginny Jeep, for servicemen after entering the Army in 1942. Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the 1954 Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. When he felt an urge to create his own strip in 1973, Browne thought back to how his children called him “Hägar the Horrible” when he would playfully chase them around the house. “Immediately, I thought Viking,” he told People in 1978. Hägar was soon the fastest-growing strip in history, appearing over 1000 papers.

2. HE COULD HAVE BEEN BULBAR THE BARBARIAN.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Working on Hi and Lois with cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) gave Browne an opportunity to solicit advice on Hägar from his more experienced colleague. As Walker recalled, he thought “Hägar” would be too hard for people to pronounce or spell and suggested Browne go with “Bulbar the Barbarian” instead. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title.

3. A HEART ATTACK COULD HAVE CHANGED HÄGAR’S FATE.

When Browne came up with Hägar, he sent it along to a syndicate editor he knew from his work on Hi and Lois. According to Chris Browne, Dik’s son and the eventual artist for Hägar after his father passed away in 1989, the man originally promised to look at it after he got back from his vacation. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. If he hadn’t approved the strip prior to his passing, Browne said, Hägar may never have seen print.

4. THE STRIP HELPED BROWNE AVOID VANDALS.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Chris Browne recalled that Halloween in his Connecticut neighborhood was a time for kids to show their appreciation for his father’s work. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence. The only evidence of their vandalism was a spray-painted sign that read, “Mr. Browne, We Love Hägar.”

5. BROWNE’S DAUGHTER TALKED HIM OUT OF KIDNAPPING PLOTS.

Vikings were not known for being advocates for human rights. Hägar, despite his relatively genteel persona, still exhibited some barbaric traits, such as running off with “maidens” after a plundering session. Speaking with the Associated Press in 1983, Browne admitted he toned down the more lecherous side of Hägar after getting complaints from his daughter. “Running off with a maiden isn’t funny,” she told him. “It’s a crime.”

6. HÄGAR ENDORSED SODA.

A soda can featuring Hägar the Horrible
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Despite his preference for alcohol, Hägar apparently had a bit of a sweet tooth as well. In the 1970s, King Features licensed out a line of soda cans featuring some of their most popular comic strip characters, including Popeye, Blondie, and Hägar. The Viking also shilled for Mug Root Beer in the 1990s.

7. HE WAS A COLLEGE MASCOT.

In 1965, Cleveland State University students voted in the name “Vikings” for their collegiate basketball team. After using a mascot dubbed Viktorious Vike, the school adopted Hägar in the 1980s. Both Hägar and wife Helga appeared at several of the school’s sporting events before being replaced by an original character named Vike.

8. HE EVENTUALLY SOBERED UP.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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When Dik Browne was working on Hägar, the Viking was prone to bouts of excessive drinking. When Chris Browne took over the strip, he made a deliberate decision to minimize Hägar’s imbibing. "When my father was doing the strip, he did an awful lot of gags about Hägar falling down drunk and coming home in a wheelbarrow, and as times go on that doesn't strike me as that funny anymore,” Brown told the Chicago Tribune in 1993. “Just about everybody I know has had somebody hurt by alcoholism or substance abuse.”

9. HE HAD HIS OWN HANNA-BARBERA CARTOON.

It took some time, but Hägar was finally honored with the animated special treatment in 1989. Cartoon powerhouse Hanna-Barbera created the 30-minute special, Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best, and cast the Viking as being out of his element after returning home for the first time in years. The voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, performed the title character. It was later released on DVD as part of a comic strip cartoon collection.

10. HE SAILED INTO THE WIZARD OF ID.

A Wizard of Id comic strip
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In 2014, Hägar made an appearance in the late Johnny Hart’s Wizard of Id comic strip, with the two characters looking confused at the idea they’ve run into one another at sea. Hägar also made a cameo in Blondie to celebrate that character’s 75th birthday in 2005.

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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