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17 Geeky and Unusual Pillows to Cuddle

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When shopping for new throw pillows, skip the typical offerings and opt for something a little unorthodox. Guests will be delighted by the collection of cushions you've purchased.

1. TETRIS BLOCKS; $70

These Tetris blocks look great scattered along your couch or linked up. (Don’t worry; they won’t disappear when linked together.) The set comes with five pillows in different configurations and colors.

Find it: ThinkGeek

2. CLASSIC BOOKS; $25

Create the illusion that you fell asleep while doing some late night reading with one of these classic book pillows. Filled with polyester fiber and polyurethane foam, they are decidedly more comfortable than the real thing. You can choose from Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, or Treasure Island, but only Alice in Wonderland is open; the other two books are closed. Each tome comes with a quote from the book on the back.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. PEBBLES; ASSORTED

Turn your living room into a rock garden with these oversized pebble pillows. The smooth rocks come in a variety of different colors and shapes to create a textured look. Created by French designer Stéphanie Marin, the “Livingstones” are made with virgin wool. Each shape has its own French name like Jacques, Hervé, or Xavier.

Find it: Smarin

4. GIANT ISOPODS; $61

What may look like a scary sea creature to some is a huggable delight to others. This plush crustacean (which the seller swears is "less grotesque than real ones") comes in three different sizes, and will look adorable (or terrifying) on your couch or bed.

Find it: Amazon

5. STUFFED BLOBFISH; $29

Speaking of things that are ugly-cute, check out this plush blobfish. In 2013, the poor fish was named the "World's Ugliest Animal" by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Thankfully, the fact that this homely fish looks like a blob doesn’t make it any less huggable.

Find it: Firebox

6. TARDIS; $25

It seems like you can get almost anything in the shape of Dr. Who's iconic time travel vehicle. Pillows are no exception. This officially licensed TARDIS cushion lights up and makes noises when you press the keyhole.

Find it: Amazon

7. BB-8; $24

Snuggle up on the couch with everyone’s new favorite droid. The little pillow is made of polyester and filled with fiber and polyurethane foam, giving it a canvas-like feel.

Find it: Amazon

8. BEAR HUG; $44

If you’re looking to cuddle up with something that won’t hog the bed, try these bear hug pillows. Sleepers can choose to either be snuggled by a grizzly or panda bear. The pillow is shaped like the bear’s face and arm for optimal snuggling. Best of all, the arms come with flexible piping, so you can wrap the arm around you for extra coziness.

Find it: Firebox

9. GRILLED CHEESE; $36

Grilled cheese sandwiches are so delicious, it would be crazy for you not to want to snuggle one. The 14-inch-long pillow is made with polyester fiber and has a cute grin.

Find it: Amazon

10. YOUR OWN FACE; $22

Looking for the perfect gift? Give your friend a pillow that is described as “terrifying, but extremely comfortable.” These personalizable cushions sport a distorted picture of you or your friend’s face. You can get just one, or a group of three for $44.

Find it: Firebox

11. CHEESE; $29

Dairy lovers can now take a nap on a wedge of cheese. The pillow is made of high quality foam that snaps back into shape after you lay on it and comes with a removable cover that can be washed. It even has a mouse printed onto the design.

Find it: Firebox

12. S’MORES; $50

Just like a marshmallow over an open fire, these pillows are delightfully toasty. That’s because they can heat up wirelessly, and come with rechargeable batteries. Even when it’s not on, it’s hard not to be warmed by that cute smile.

Find it: Smoko

13. LOG; $19

Bring “sawing wood” to a literal level with one of these fancy log pillows. Each cushion is made with spandex and filled with microbeads. They come in three types: birch, platanus, and "log." The log option is perfect so decorating a couch or completing a Log Lady costume.

Find it: Amazon

14. FROSTED DOUGHNUT; $27

Hungry sleepers can cuddle up with a sprinkled doughnut. The mircobead-filled pillow is printed on both sides: One side is strawberry and the other is chocolate.

Find it: Amazon

15. YOUR PET; $58

It’s always nice to cuddle up with a pet, but sometimes they don’t feel like cuddling back. When that happens, reach for a surrogate pillow that looks just like them. These custom pillows have your pet’s likeness printed right on canvas fabric. The artist will even add silly accessories like sunglasses for an extra fee.

Find it: Etsy

16. PERSONALIZED MIXTAPE; $58

Mixtapes might not be a thing anymore, but their appearance still brings back feelings of nostalgia. This double-sided pillow can be personalized with text of the name of your friend, significant other, or high school band.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

17. PERSONALIZED STORYBOOK; $120

These pillows look like a book cover featuring a small child riding an elephant. You can customize the appearance of the child to look like a kid you know in real life. You can also pick out just the right text to go on the front and back of the plush book.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

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The 10 Wildest Movie Plot Twists
Laura Harring in Mulholland Drive (2001)
Laura Harring in Mulholland Drive (2001)
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An ending often makes or breaks a movie. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as having the rug pulled out from under you, particularly in a thriller. But too many flicks that try to shock can’t stick the landing—they’re outlandish and illogical, or signal where the plot is headed. Not all of these films are entirely successful, but they have one important attribute in common: From the classic to the cultishly beloved, they involve hard-to-predict twists that really do blow viewers’ minds, then linger there for days, if not life. (Warning: Massive spoilers below.)

1. PSYCHO (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock often constructed his movies like neat games that manipulated the audience. The Master of Suspense delved headfirst into horror with Psycho, which follows a secretary (Janet Leigh) who sneaks off with $40,000 and hides in a motel. The ensuing jolt depends on Leigh’s fame at the time: No one expected the ostensible star and protagonist to die in a gory (for the time) shower butchering only a third of the way into the running time. Hitchcock outdid that feat with the last-act revelation that Anthony Perkins’s supremely creepy Norman Bates is embodying his dead mother.

2. PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

No, not the botched Tim Burton remake that tweaked the original movie’s famous reveal in a way that left everyone scratching their heads. The Charlton Heston-starring sci-fi gem continues to stupefy anyone who comes into its orbit. Heston, of course, plays an astronaut who travels to a strange land where advanced apes lord over human slaves. It becomes clear once he finds the decrepit remains of the Statue of Liberty that he’s in fact on a future Earth. The anti-violence message, especially during the political tumult of 1968, shook people up as much as the time warp.

3. DEEP RED (1975)

It’s not rare for a horror movie to flip the script when it comes to unmasking its killer, but it’s much rarer that such a film causes a viewer to question their own perception of the world around them. Such is the case for Deep Red, Italian director Dario Argento’s (Suspiria) slasher masterpiece. A pianist living in Rome (David Hemmings) comes upon the murder of a woman in her apartment and teams up with a female reporter to find the person responsible. Argento’s whodunit is filled to the brim with gorgeous photography, ghastly sights, and delirious twists. But best of all is the final sequence, in which the pianist retraces his steps to discover that the killer had been hiding in plain sight all along. Rewind to the beginning and you’ll discover that you caught an unknowing glimpse, too.

4. SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)

Sleepaway Camp is notorious among horror fans for a number of reasons: the bizarre, stilted acting and dialogue; hilariously amateurish special effects; and ‘80s-to-their-core fashions. But it’s best known for the mind-bending ending, which—full disclosure—reads as possibly transphobic today, though it’s really hard to say what writer-director Robert Hiltzik had in mind. Years after a boating accident that leaves one of two siblings dead, Angela is raised by her aunt and sent to a summer camp with her cousin, where a killer wreaks havoc. In the lurid climax, we see that moody Angela is not only the murderer—she’s actually a boy. Her aunt, who always wanted a daughter, raised her as if she were her late brother. The final animalistic shot prompts as many gasps as cackles.

5. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

The Usual Suspects has left everyone who watches it breathless by the time they get to the fakeout conclusion. Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), a criminal with cerebral palsy, regales an interrogator in the stories of his exploits with a band of fellow crooks, seen in flashback. Hovering over this is the mysterious villainous figure Keyser Söze. It’s not until Verbal leaves and jumps into a car that customs agent David Kujan realizes that the man fabricated details, tricking the law and the viewer into his fake reality, and is in fact the fabled Söze.

6. PRIMAL FEAR (1996)

No courtroom movie can surpass Primal Fear’s discombobulating effect. Richard Gere’s defense attorney becomes strongly convinced that his altar boy client Aaron (Edward Norton) didn’t commit the murder of an archbishop with which he’s charged. The meek, stuttering Aaron has sudden violent outbursts in which he becomes "Roy" and is diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, leading to a not guilty ruling. Gere’s lawyer visits Aaron about the news, and as he’s leaving, a wonderfully maniacal Norton reveals that he faked the multiple personalities.

7. FIGHT CLUB (1999)

Edward Norton is no stranger to taking on extremely disparate personalities in his roles, from Primal Fear to American History X. The unassuming actor can quickly turn vicious, which led to ideal casting for Fight Club, director David Fincher’s adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel. Fincher cleverly keeps the audience in the dark about the connections between Norton’s timid, unnamed narrator and Brad Pitt’s hunky, aggressive Tyler Durden. After the two start the titular bruising group, the plot significantly increases the stakes, with the club turning into a sort of anarchist terrorist organization. The narrator eventually comes to grips with the fact that he is Tyler and has caused all the destruction around him.

8. THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)

Early in his career, M. Night Shyamalan was frequently (perhaps a little too frequently) compared to Hitchcock for his ability to ratchet up tension while misdirecting his audience. He hasn’t always earned stellar reviews since, but The Sixth Sense remains deservedly legendary for its final twist. At the end of the ghost story, in which little Haley Joel Osment can see dead people, it turns out that the psychologist (Bruce Willis) who’s been working with the boy is no longer living himself, the result of a gunshot wound witnessed in the opening sequence.

9. THE OTHERS (2001)

The Sixth Sense’s climax was spooky, but not nearly as unnerving as Nicole Kidman’s similarly themed ghost movie The Others, released just a couple years later. Kidman gives a superb performance in the elegantly styled film from the Spanish writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, playing a mother in a country house after World War II protecting her photosensitive children from light and, eventually, dead spirits occupying the place. Only by the end does it become clear that she’s in denial about the fact that she’s a ghost, having killed her children in a psychotic break before committing suicide. It’s a bleak capper to a genuinely haunting yarn.

10. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)

David Lynch’s surrealist movies may follow dream logic, but that doesn’t mean their plots can’t be readily discerned. Mulholland Drive is his most striking work precisely because, in spite of its more wacko moments, it adds up to a coherent, tragic story. The mystery starts innocently enough with the dark-haired Rita (Laura Elena Harring) waking up with amnesia from a car accident in Los Angeles and piecing together her identity alongside the plucky aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts). It takes a blue box to unlock the secret that Betty is in fact Diane, who is in love with and envious of Camilla (also played by Harring) and has concocted a fantasy version of their lives. The real Diane arranges for Camilla to be killed, leading to her intense guilt and suicide. Only Lynch can go from Nancy Drew to nihilism so swiftly and deftly.

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5 Bizarre Comic-Con News Stories from Years Past
Jesse Grant, Getty Images for AMC
Jesse Grant, Getty Images for AMC

At its best, San Diego Comic-Con is a friendly place where like-minded people can celebrate their pop culture obsessions, and each other. And no one can make fun of you, no matter how lazy your cosplaying might be. You might think that at its worst, it’s just a series of long lines of costumed fans and small stores crammed into a convention center. But sometimes, throwing together 100,000-plus people from around the world in what feels like a carnival-type atmosphere where anything goes can have less than stellar results. Here are some highlights from past Comic-Con-tastrophes.

1. MAN IN HARRY POTTER T-SHIRT STABS ANOTHER MAN IN THE FACE—WITH A PEN

In 2010, two men waiting for a Comic-Con screening of the Seth Rogen alien comedy Paul got into a very adult argument about whether one of them was sitting too close to the other. Unable to come to a satisfactory conclusion with words, one man stabbed the other in the face with a pen. According to CNN, the attacker was led away wearing handcuffs and a Harry Potter T-shirt. In the aftermath, some Comic-Con attendees dealt with the attack in an oddly fitting way: They cosplayed as the victim, with pens protruding from bloody eye sockets.

2. MEMORABILIA THIEVES INVADE NEW YORK

Since its founding in 2006, New York Comic Con has attracted a few sticky-fingered attendees. In 2010, a man stole several rare comics from vendor Matt Nelson, co-founder of Texas’s Worldwide Comics. Just one of those, Whiz Comics No. 1, was worth $11,000, according to the New York Post. A few years later, in 2014, someone stole a $2000 “Dunny” action figure, which artist Jon-Paul Kaiser had painted during the event for Clutter magazine. And those are just the incidents that involved police; lower-scale cases of toys and comics disappearing from booths are an increasingly frustrating epidemic, according to some. “Comic Con theft is an issue we all sort of ignore,” collector Tracy Isenhour wrote on the blog of his company, Needless Essentials, in 2015. “I am here to tell you no more. It’s time for this garbage to stop."

3. CATWOMAN SAVES THE DAY


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Adrianne Curry, winner of the first cycle of America’s Next Top Model, has made a career of chasing viral fame. Ironically, it was at Comic-Con in 2014 that Curry did something truly worthy of attention—though there wasn’t a camera in sight. Dressed as Catwoman, she was posing with fans alongside her friend Alicia Marie, who was dressed as Tigra. According to a Facebook post Marie wrote at the time, a fan tried to shove his hands into her bikini bottoms. She screamed, the man ran off, and Curry jumped to action. She “literally took off after dude WITH her Catwoman whip and chased him down, beat his a**,” Marie wrote. “Punched him across the face with the butt of her whip—he had zombie blood on his face—got on her costume.”

4. MAN POSES AS FUGITIVE-SEEKING INVESTIGATOR TO GET INTO VIP ROOM

The lines at Comic-Con are legendary, so one Utah man came up with a novel way to try and skip them altogether. In 2015, Jonathon M. Wall tried to get into Salt Lake Comic Con’s exclusive VIP enclave (normally a $10,000 ticket) by claiming he was an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and needed to get into the VIP room “to catch a fugitive,” according to The San Diego Union Tribune. Not only does that story not even come close to making sense, it also adds up to impersonating a federal agent, a crime to which Wall pleaded guilty in April of 2016 and which carried a sentence of up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Just a few months later, prosecutors announced that they were planning to reduce his crime from a felony to a misdemeanor.

5. MAN WALKS 645 MILES TO COMIC-CON, DRESSED AS A STORMTROOPER, TO HONOR HIS LATE WIFE


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In 2015, Kevin Doyle walked 645 miles along the California coast to honor his late wife, Eileen. Doyle had met Eileen relatively late in life, when he was in his 50s, and they bonded over their shared love of Star Wars (he even proposed to her while dressed as Darth Vader). However, she died of cancer barely a year after they were married. Adrift and lonely, Doyle decided to honor her memory and their love of Star Wars by walking to Comic-Con—from San Francisco. “I feel like I’m so much better in the healing process than if I’d stayed home,” he told The San Diego Union Tribune.

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