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11 Geeky Couples Portraits We Love

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We’ve featured geeky wedding photos and geeky family photos before. Here's more geek love!

1. Come to the Dark Side (We Have Kisses)

Red and Jonny are the most famous stormtrooper cosplayers around and this great vacation picture featuring the two kissing through their helmets is probably the most romantic (non-wedding photo) the two have taken as of yet.

2. Lord and Lady Vader

Imagine how much less evil Lord Vader would be if he had a Lady Vader by his side like this couple spotted at Dragon*Con ’08 by Flickr user Cayusa.

3. Beam My Heart Up, Scotty

The best thing about this geek couple’s 2002 Halloween picture, taken by Flickr user soozums, is that the gentleman’s expression looks like one Shatner would make as well.

4. Blood + Passion

I still don’t know much anime or manga, so I had no idea who Saya and Haji are or what their story is in Blood +. That being said, I still appreciate just how beautiful this passionate image, by Rubina Longu, is and I hope you guys do too.

5. Zombies Have Undying Love

Here’s a couple that thinks “till death do us part” still isn't long enough. While I don’t know the names of the living dead, I can tell you that the makeup was done by Monica Fajardo and the image was shot by Robert Bejil.

6. A Steamy Set of Steampunks

If you love the Old West, but wish that it had a tiny touch of Jules Verne’s futuristic ideas, then you’ll certainly appreciate this couple’s great steampunk cosplay from the 2012 Comic Con. Photography by Howie Muzika.

7. Lord of The Romance

Here you can see lovely lady Arwen, played by Stef, with Aragorn (after he’s gotten a haircut presumably), played by Dave. Just look at the adoration in her eyes as she stares at her brave hero in this great picture by Flickr user ex.libris.

8. Passion for the Ages

This lord looks like he is about to get into all kinds of trouble with his chambermaid at the 2011 Texas Renaissance Festival. Luckily, the two were spotted by photographer Frank Kovalchek before they got up to anything too naughty.

9. “I Love You.” “I Know.”

These last few images are all ones I’ve taken at Comic Con throughout the years. I’ve always been struck by the passion shared by this couple, cosplaying as Han and Leia at the 2011 convention, and am happy to get to share that emotion with all of you as well.

10. Sweeney Todd

These two, seen at the 2008 Comic Con, might not be as passionate as the rest, but I love how much thought they put into their accessories and their poses for cosplay photographers like myself. Also, it was great how disgusting and mysterious that meat pie looked.

11. Joker and Harley

Admittedly, this is certainly the silliest photo in the collection, but the fact that Harley Quinn was actually pregnant and that their costumes so imaginatively portrayed what these villains would probably end up doing if they were going to have a baby made these two, spotted at the most recent convention, my favorite Comic Con couple ever.

And thank you commenters for identifying these two as Donald and Tara Strand of Gotham Public Works.

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Unfortunately, only two of these images had the names of the people in the portraits, even though the couples are the stars of this article. Most of them, including my photos, came from cosplay events where people rarely have the time to stop and write down names. If you know any of the people seen here—or you're in one of these photos—please give us some names so we can credit them. (Hopefully all the couples are still together too).

Also, if you have any geeky couple’s portraits of your own, feel free to share them in the comments.

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Food
Let Alexa Help You Brine a Turkey This Thanksgiving
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There’s a reason most of us only cook turkey once a year: The bird is notoriously easy to overcook. You could rely on gravy and cranberry sauce to salvage your dried-out turkey this Thanksgiving, or you could follow cooking advice from the experts.

Brining a turkey is the best way to guarantee it retains its moisture after hours in the oven. The process is also time-consuming, so do yourself a favor this year and let Alexa be your sous chef.

“Morton Brine Time” is a new skill from the cloud-based home assistant. If you own an Amazon Echo you can download it for free by going online or by asking Alexa to enable it. Once it’s set up, start asking Alexa for brining tips and step-by-step recipes customized to the size of your turkey. Two recipes were developed by Richard Blais, the celebrity chef and restaurateur best known for his Top Chef win and Food Network appearances.

Whether you go for a wet brine (soaking your turkey in water, salt, sugar, and spices) or a dry one (just salt and spices), the process isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. And the knowledge that your bird will come out succulent and juicy will definitely take some stress out of the holiday.

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Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?
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Because it's tradition! But how did this tradition begin?

Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how bad their record has been. It all goes back to when the Lions were still a fairly young franchise. The team started in 1929 in Portsmouth, Ohio, as the Spartans. Portsmouth, while surely a lovely town, wasn't quite big enough to support a pro team in the young NFL. Detroit radio station owner George A. Richards bought the Spartans and moved the team to Detroit in 1934.

Although Richards's new squad was a solid team, they were playing second fiddle in Detroit to the Hank Greenberg-led Tigers, who had gone 101-53 to win the 1934 American League Pennant. In the early weeks of the 1934 season, the biggest crowd the Lions could draw for a game was a relatively paltry 15,000. Desperate for a marketing trick to get Detroit excited about its fledgling football franchise, Richards hit on the idea of playing a game on Thanksgiving. Since Richards's WJR was one of the bigger radio stations in the country, he had considerable clout with his network and convinced NBC to broadcast a Thanksgiving game on 94 stations nationwide.

The move worked brilliantly. The undefeated Chicago Bears rolled into town as defending NFL champions, and since the Lions had only one loss, the winner of the first Thanksgiving game would take the NFL's Western Division. The Lions not only sold out their 26,000-seat stadium, they also had to turn fans away at the gate. Even though the juggernaut Bears won that game, the tradition took hold, and the Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving ever since.

This year, the Lions host the Minnesota Vikings.

HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS?


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The Cowboys, too, jumped on the opportunity to play on Thanksgiving as an extra little bump for their popularity. When the chance to take the field on Thanksgiving arose in 1966, it might not have been a huge benefit for the Cowboys. Sure, the Lions had filled their stadium for their Thanksgiving games, but that was no assurance that Texans would warm to holiday football so quickly.

Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm, though, was something of a marketing genius; among his other achievements was the creation of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Schramm saw the Thanksgiving Day game as a great way to get the team some national publicity even as it struggled under young head coach Tom Landry. Schramm signed the Cowboys up for the game even though the NFL was worried that the fans might just not show up—the league guaranteed the team a certain gate revenue in case nobody bought tickets. But the fans showed up in droves, and the team broke its attendance record as 80,259 crammed into the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns 26-14 that day, and a second Thanksgiving pigskin tradition caught hold. Since 1966, the Cowboys have missed having Thanksgiving games only twice.

Dallas will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

WHAT'S WITH THE NIGHT GAME?


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In 2006, because 6-plus hours of holiday football was not sufficient, the NFL added a third game to the Thanksgiving lineup. This game is not assigned to a specific franchise—this year, the Washington Redskins will welcome the New York Giants.

Re-running this 2008 article a few days before the games is our Thanksgiving tradition.

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