Bryan Gardiner

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  • 8 years ago | Longform

    Video games themselves may rarely aspire to meaningful art, but that doesn’t mean they can’t occasionally inspire it. If you were among the throngs of hipsters, artists and game designers who stopped by the “I Am 8-Bit” gro...

  • 8 years ago | Longform

    It started off innocently enough. In 1993, Steve Lubanski gave his newly acquired girlfriend, Candace Frazee, a plush Valentine’s Day bunny. The bunny was holding a heart between its fuzzy paws. The heart said “I love you this much.&rd...

  • 9 years ago | Film and TV

    In 1973, a week before Christmas, 23-year-old Craig Kubey received an early and unexpected gift. The Bally Fireball pinball machine in the student lounge at UC Davis Law School was giving out unlimited free games. Four days later, the malfunctioni...

  • 9 years ago | Film and TV

    It’s an odd recipe for a company that specializes in debauchery: two athletes sporting pastel shorty-shorts, one Nittaku “3-Star” 40-mm ball, a regulation 108-by-60-by-30-inch high-density wood-composite table, and nothing more a...

  • 9 years ago | Lists

    US 6,937,155 Toilet annunciator US 5,934,226 Bird diaper US 5,901,666 Pet display clothing US D498,801 Cube-shaped tennis ball US 6,351,867 Body squeegee US 6,863,070 Magnetic condom US 5,356,330 Apparatus for simulating a ?“high five”...

  • 9 years ago | Lists

    1. Shelly 2. Kelly 3. Jill 4. Noah 5. Tamara 6. Toni 7. Jackie 8. Elijah Names of the Navy’s Advanced Biological Weapons Systems — bottle-nosed dolphins trained in counter-terror methods and allegedly armed with toxic dart guns —...