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Here's How to Avoid All Star Wars Spoilers This Week

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered this week in Los Angeles and opens nationwide on December 18, but not everyone can see it at the same time. Spoiler culture is at its peak, not only on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, but in bold headlines of news outlets that want to break stories first. Unplugging from the Internet for days until you can see the film is less than ideal, but out of Google Chrome comes a new hope.

The Force Block Chrome extension claims to block spoilers for the film with something called "smart pattern detection and a whitelist for false alarms." According to The Verge, the extension is more of an all-encompassing filter that sends a warning message with a clever film reference for any site that mentions the film (so if you already have it installed, you probably can't see this post). When we tested the extension at mental_floss, Facebook and Twitter went unblocked. As did StarWars.com and NYTimes.com, but StarWars.com/news and the Arts section of The New York Times each resulted in spoiler warnings. The whitelist feature allows users to mark any site as safe and proceed to the desired online content.

Judging the effectiveness of the blocker by visiting a handful of sites is by no means a full review, so go check it out for yourself.

Chrome browser screenshot using the Force Block extension


Chrome browser screenshot using the Force Block extension

[h/t The Verge

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May the Force Be With Your Feet in These Star Wars-Themed Sperry Shoes
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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars, Sperry—the beloved purveyor of boat shoes that your dad probably wears—has teamed up with Disney to create the appropriately named Stars Wars x Sperry collection.

The creative set of five shoe styles features a range of iconic designs from a galaxy far, far away that are sure to make even the shoeless Jedi master Yoda jealous.

There’s a C-3PO and R2-D2 design, featuring the saga’s trusty droids stranded on the desert planet Tatooine, while another option shows Han Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca ready to take on the Empire (no Wookiee will want to pull your arms out of your sockets as long as you're wearing these).

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Then there’s the basic Rebel pilot design, inspired by the jumpsuits worn by X-Wing pilots and featuring the Rebel Alliance insignia along the side.

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There’s also a Death Star design sporting the Imperial symbol along the side, and perhaps the coolest (read: geekiest) detail of them all—a green stripe along the bottom that represents the Death Star laser beam.

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Those are all well and good, and anybody in their right mind wearing a pair would be strong with the Force, but the shoes we have our eye on feature the instantly timeless “Laser Duel” concept art by painter Ralph McQuarrie.

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They showcase the famed illustrator’s image of a lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader—though, as any true fan knows, Vader’s foe would technically be Deak Starkiller, from the second draft of George Lucas’s screenplay that McQuarrie worked from. But no one will stop to argue with you about that since they’d mostly just want to admire your Light Side/Dark Side-inspired kicks.

The Star Wars x Sperry collection will be available at stores and online from August 10. Now Lando won’t be the best-dressed person in the galaxy.

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Tiny Star Wars Fans Can Now Cruise Around in Their Very Own Landspeeders
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Some kids collect Hot Wheels, while others own model lightsabers and dream of driving Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder through a galaxy far, far away. Soon, Mashable reports, these pint-sized Jedis-in-training can pilot their very own replicas of the fictional anti-gravity craft: an officially licensed, kid-sized Star Wars Landspeeder, coming in September from American toy company Radio Flyer.

The Landspeeder has an interactive dashboard with light-up buttons, and it plays sounds from the original Star Wars film. The two-seater doesn’t hover, exactly, but it can zoom across desert sands (or suburban sidewalks) at forward speeds of up to 5 mph, and go in reverse at 2 mph.

The vehicle's rechargeable battery allows for around five hours of drive time—just enough for tiny Star Wars fans to reenact their way through both the original 1977 movie and 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. (Sorry, grown-up sci-fi nerds: The toy ride supports only up to 130 pounds, so you’ll have to settle for pretending your car is the Death Star.)

Radio Flyer’s Landspeeder will be sold at Toys “R” Us stores. It costs $500, and is available for pre-order online now.

Watch it in action below:

[h/t Mashable]

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