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The Devastator via Kickstarter
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Wet Hot American Summer Is Becoming a Role-Playing Game

The Devastator via Kickstarter
The Devastator via Kickstarter

You may not be able to afford adult summer camp, but you can pretend to be hanging out at Camp Firewood with all your friends. Wet Hot American Summer is set to become a role-playing game.

Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter by humor publisher The Devastator. At press time, the project was less than $2000 away from its $12,500 goal (with nearly a month to go). The game is officially sanctioned by the original movie’s co-writer and director David Wain, and according to the Kickstarter, the game's rulebook will include never-before-seen material and playing tips from members of the cast and crew, including Joe Lo Truglio, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black, and Wain himself. You can get the print version of the manual for $20 or a digital copy for $10.

Because it’s a role-playing game, all you need is the manual and some friends. You can either design your own summer camps and create your own characters, or you can play as your favorite characters from the film and Netflix series, pursuing three different story lines: “Save the Camp,” “Superstardom,” and “Bonfire Boinking.” In each version, your character will attend classic camp activities like the talent show, complete counselor chores like flushing out contraband from campers' bunks, and hoard special items to make your last day of camp the best ever (read: beer).

Take a look at a preview below:

[h/t Den of Geek]

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How Are Balloons Chosen for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
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The balloons for this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade range from the classics like Charlie Brown to more modern characters who have debuted in the past few years, including The Elf On The Shelf. New to the parade this year are Olaf from Disney's Frozen and Chase from Paw Patrol. does the retail giant choose which characters will appear in the lineup?

Balloon characters are chosen in different ways. For example, in 2011, Macy’s requested B. Boy after parade organizers saw the Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. (The company had been adding a series of art balloons to the parade lineup since 2005, which it called the Blue Sky Gallery.) When it comes to commercial balloons, though, it appears to be all about the Benjamins.

First-time balloons cost at least $190,000—this covers admission into the parade and the cost of balloon construction. After the initial year, companies can expect to pay Macy’s about $90,000 to get a character into the parade lineup. If you consider that the balloons are out for only an hour or so, that’s about $1500 a minute.

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If You Can Solve This Puzzle, You Might Just Be Qualified to Be an Astronaut
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by Reader's Digest Editors

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Once a child hits kindergarten, the answer to this question starts to become a bit more reasonable. Sure, at age 3, little Jimmy wanted to be a dinosaur when he grew up, but by age 5, Jimmy realizes how preposterous this career path would be. After all, dinosaur graduate school is entirely too cost prohibitive nowadays.

Beginning in the latter half of the 20th century, more and more kids aspired to reach for the stars, stating firmly that when they grew up they would be an astronaut. And there might just be a way to test the viability of this claim, courtesy of British astronaut Tim Peake. Peake posted a puzzle pulled straight from his astronaut selection test to his Facebook page—can you figure it out?

Since he originally posted the puzzle on October 21, the brain-buster has been shared, liked, and commented on thousands of time.

 
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Although the instructions may appear to be pretty vague, there is a correct answer; in the paraphrased words of Maxine Nightingale, the dot ends up right back where it started from, on the bottom.

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