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Who was "the Kanye West of clowning?" That's just one of the questions answered in the first episode of PBS Digital Studios' Origin of Everything - The True Origin of Killer Clowns. With a modern reimagining of Stephen King's IT scaring up big box office, Yale Doctoral Candidate, Danielle Bainbridge looks beyond Pennywise and back through a rich history of clowning that's served up legendary scares from Killer Clowns from Outer Space to American Horror Story and Bozo's Circus. Okay, maybe not Bozo, but Cookie and Wizzo always seemed "off" to me. 

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un and Mike Tyson came together to form a band? No? Me neither, but the answer to the question that no one asked has been answered with NUCLEAR POWER TRIO! Featuring President Trump slappin' the bass with Supreme Leader Jong-un on guitar and Tyson punching the skins, their debut music video is out, and it's come with a message: "It's a song to promote world peace!" It just might be the weirdest thing you see today...

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I'll fully admit to being a Craver - a loyal follower of the delicious sliders served-up at White Castle. Apparently there's some folks who are a lot more hardcore than I - and for more than a decade, there have been more than 75 "Craver weddings" held at various locations across the country. Now, White Castle is making it a bit more official, and they're launching their first national wedding contest to award one happy couple the ultimate Royal Wedding in Las Vegas and a luxurious five-night honeymoon in Belgium. Want to get married at White Castle in Las Vegas? If you're craving marriage, then this one is for you...

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The Fidget Spinner craze is something I imagine will start to slow pretty quickly. It seemingly came out of nowhere, with dozens of different Fidget Spinners, Fidget Cubes, and Fidget Dies hitting the market almost simultaneously, and the variance in quality is astounding. We were a little late to the party, but after a special trip to Learning Resources a few weeks back, we returned home with a metal, light-up Fidget Spinner, and a 12-Sided Fidget Die. My wallet was $50 lighter, annoying as we're starting to see these pop-up much cheaper everywhere, but the big bonus is the fantastic set of instructions that came with the 12-Sided Fidget Die. Labeled as the "Holy Crystal Decompression Magic Cube" (what does that even mean?), this thing came packed with detailed descriptions for each of the 12 sides, presented in classic, poorly-translated English. This is "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" territory, so I decided to pay a visit to The Toy Testing Facility here at Rock Father HQ™ to read the instructions on video, just for you. Check it out!

During my "big box retail" phase of the mid-late 90s, there were a few of us who would, on occasion, replace a certain baby in one of our display Nativity sets with Yoda. His size was just about right to replace the manger and all, and surprisingly, I don't think there were ever any complaints - it was like an "Easter Egg" hidden within the seasonal department. Fast forward two decades and much has changed, but the Nativity has remained largely untouched - though someone did pitch me a zombie version last year that was sadly unsuccessful in its Kickstarter phase. But, for 2016, there is something new! Behold, the "Modern Nativity," aka "Millennial Nativity" aka the "Hipster Nativity." 

MARVEL's ANT-MAN was not only one of my favorite movies of the year (review here), but a film I was fortunate to be able to cover first-hand as a guest of Disney/Marvel earlier this summer. While interviews with the cast and filmmakers was certainly a huge highlight, back at home the wide array of cool toys and collectibles spawned from the 12th entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe made sure to keep our whole family busy with a ton of unique adventures. During my ANT-MAN journey, I'd taken pictures with my MARVEL Infinite Legends ANT-MAN figure by Hasbro, doing a little "Toyography" here and there to have some fun. Little did I know that my ant-sized toys would eventually have their own to-scale copy of this week's Blu-ray release to call their own. Check out the Exclusive MARVEL's ANT-MAN Blu-ray Shrinky Set Toy by Janky Toys!

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