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Donald & Sons Hardware Nightmare

10:32 am | writes:

What do you get when a family-owned hardware store mistakenly hires Marilyn Manson and/or Rob Zombie to direct a TV commercial? This:


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Halloween 2009 – Phenomethon of Links

9:20 am | writes:

Updated: 10/30! (original post 10/20)

Welcome to the Hanttula’s 2009


  1. Days 2 Die: defend yourself from the oncoming cartoon zombie attack (side-scrolling shooter)
  2. Days 2 Die – The Other Side: More side-scrolling, zombie shooting action; with advanced interactivity & game-play.
  3. Springed Spooks Attack: Fend off attacks from spring-bound spooks to save the princess {fun cartoon style!}
  4. Night of 1000 Zombies: You are a jack-o-lantern, tossing your own head to smash approaching zombies
  5. Blood Red: fend off wave-after-wave of rising zombies (in spooky silhouette against a setting sun)
  6. Monster Match: Stack matching monsters to remove them in this reverse-Tetris style game
  7. Dead Frontier – Night One: Can you survive the night during an onslaught of malicious zombies? (a top-down Zombie survival game)
  8. Dead Frontier: Outbreak – a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’-type text (and audio) based story (a promotion for the MMORPG version of the “Dead Frontier” shooting game above)
  9. Mon-Buster: Match monster tiles to remove them in this timed memory game
  10. Whack-a-Ghoul: like Whack-a-Mole but with ghouls
  11. Ghost Town: a club-wielding baby in a cemetery makes battle with ghosts & other haunting baddies.
  12. De-Animator: a shooting game in which you play the part of a regretful scientist who chooses to undo his “reanimation” of corpses… one bullet at a time.
  13. Ghoul Academy: side-scrolling shooter action in this early 90’s style video game
  14. Pumpkin Toss: a shooting-gallery type game in which you toss pumpkins at approaching ghosts, ghouls & skeletons.
  15. Halloween Pumpkins: a stacking-puzzle/strategy game… with pumpkins!
  16. Halloween Hangman: just what you would imagine.
  17. All Hallow’s Eve: Defend your home from attacking zombies. Aim for the head.
  18. Candy Toss: toss treats to trick-or-treaters on the street below.
  19. Halloween on Creepy Street: kind of like Super Mario Bros. expect you’re trick-or-treater dressed as a ghost.
  20. Ghost Bowling: Roll jack-o-lanterns at ghostly pins!
  21. Bill the Demon: Find souls. Eat them.
  22. Halloween Smash: like Bejeweled, but with Halloween-related items.
  23. Pumpkin Remover: solve puzzles based around falling pumpkins


  1. Music & Sounds – “Doctor Druid’s Haunted Seance”: a spooky sound recording from the 1970’s
  2. Carved Robot Pumpkins: 10 carved pumpkins, modified to look like robots.
    See also: The Automatonic Gourd (a fully robotized pumpkin)
  3. Make a Realistic Stitched Wound: part of Instructables’ DIY Halloween
  4. Para Abnormal: a web comic with posts for the “31 Days of Halloween”
  5. Crumpkin’s Pumpkins: visit this haunted pumpkin patch and click (and click and click) around to see what surprises await you.
    {or just go to listen to the creepy ambient soundtrack }.
  6. Pompor: the {faux} IKEA, flat-packed pumpkin
  7. Create and Draw Monsters: classic monster & Halloween coloring book pages
  8. Virtual Pumpkin Carving: illuminates when you are done!
  9. Vintage Halloween: decorations & designs (on Flickr)
  10. Java’s Cosmic Halloween Special: a podcast mix of retro-lounge Halloween tunes and an eerie radio play with zombies, car races & possessed pumpkins.


  1. Make a Meatloaf Severed Hand: a visually gruesome (and potentially tasty) Halloween dinner
  2. Make a Realistic Stitched Wound: part of Instructables’ DIY Halloween
  3. How to Make a Cylon Jack-o-Lantern: Battlestar Galactica meets Halloween.
  4. Make a Living Severed Hand: a somewhat convincing & semi-subtle Halloween costume
  5. The Snap-o-lantern: how to make a robotic, snapping jack-o-lantern
  6. Drilled Pumpkins: Carving pumpkins with a drill. Not very ‘traditional-looking,’ but makes for some interesting lanterns.
  7. Very cool & simple (to make) Halloween Mask: if you have two large sheets of paper & about 15 minutes you can create a mask that gives the impression of the wearer’s head being twisted all the way around his/her body
  8. Low-Cost Halloween Pop-Up Character: build your own creature to pop out of a container and scare trick-or-treaters. Here’s a video of the device in action.
  9. Halloween Candy Code: Hobo signs reinterpreted to mark houses for their Halloween candy content. For those interested, more on hobo signs/code.
  10. Breadstick Mummy Dogs: hot dogs wrapped in dough to look like mummies. Frightfully tasty!
  11. MonsterList: a massive list of Halloween projects.


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Grocery Store Musical

9:02 am | writes:

Improv Everywhere continues to demonstrate that they are one of the most relevant creative groups today with Grocery Store Musical:


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We’ve got some work to do now

8:48 am | writes:

We’ve got some work to do now‘ is a rather good Threadless t-shirt design that presents Velma & Scooby Doo (the only remaining members of the team) as vampire & zombie hunters.



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‘Seeing Double’ Opens Tonight!

12:45 am | writes:

I’m happy to announce that Seeing Double, a new Hanttula exhibit, is now open!

This exhibit investigates the mysteriously similar films that will often be released at or around the same time, then pits them in a head-to-head battle where YOU get to decide the victor.

It’s admittedly bare at the moment, but there’s a large list of the film battles that are “coming soon to this website near you.”

Visit ‘Seeing Double‘ now!


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“Larry Goes to the Market”

11:31 am | writes:

The brilliant chaps at Mustache & Monocle have taken the saddening security video footage of a drunk attempting to buy more beer and have turned it in to a comical, old-timey flick. Ah, what a little ragtime piano can add to an otherwise dismal scene.


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What’s that noise?

9:19 am | writes:

If this YouTube video existed several years ago, perhaps George Lucas could have used it as an example of improving old films with re-editing… rather than whatever he did.


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Beatboxing Chipmunk

10:27 am | writes:

For anything that ails you this Sunday morning, Dr. Hanttula prescribes a simple viewing of the beat-boxing chipmunk. He also recommends clicking “replay” at least 7 times…


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30 Dumb Inventions

1:31 pm | writes:

Life Magazine shows us ‘30 Dumb Inventions‘ from the 50’s & 60’s. While most are pretty pointless (like the device to smoke an entire pack of cigarettes at once), I will throw down with anyone that tries to say jetpacks are “dumb.” That’s right, Life Magazine, you and I have a date for fisticuffs.



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Fun Theory!

11:24 am | writes:

In a time when fear-mongering is becoming a new American pastime,Volkswagen introduces their “Fun Theory” — getting people to improve their behavior by making activities fun.

Yay for fun!

Throwing Trash into a Bin

Taking the Stairs (instead of an escalator)

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