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Chris Barnes
Chris Barnes is just as comfortable talking about domestic tips as
he is about his favorite cartoon shows. He has a soft spot in his
heart for cleaning and repurposing household items. When he’s not
working, he writes about his growing collection of comics and action
figures at Ridiculously Awesome.
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Why I'm Lucky To Have An Awesome Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 1:06 PM


My mom and I celebrating Easter in 1982. I still have the bunny. Photo courtesy Chris Barnes

With today being Mother's Day, everyone across the country is reflecting on how their mom has made an impact on...

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When Comic Art Meets Fine Art

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 3:27 PM


Choice Collectibles displays comic book fine art at the 2015 New York Comic Con. Photo courtesy Chris Barnes.

If you have an empty wall, chances are your first impulse is to hang up some artwork. Most people debate whether they want to...

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Why Social Media Is the Future of Toys

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 1:40 PM

2015-10-23-1445622447-7401034-stik.JPG Stikbot combines playtime, social media and stop motion animation. Photo courtesy Chris Barnes.

When most people think of animation, they think of the classic hand-drawn cartoons of their childhood or the more recent CGI style of "Toy Story" and "Madagascar." People often...

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The Story Behind a Baby Product Designed For First-Time Parents

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 4:55 PM

SleepBelt creators Hayley Mullins and Ashley Wade. Photo courtesy SleepBelt.

Sisters can not only be best friends; they can also be business partners. Just ask the Kardashians and the Olsen twins.

One such team of "sister-preneurs"...

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Customer Loyalty Survey Makes a Few Surprising Connections

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 6:57 PM


Trader Joe's has some of the most loyal customers in the grocery sector according to Satmetrix's Net Promoter Industry Benchmarks Report . Photop by flickr user Mike Mozart.

Loyalty can be an elusive quality to track. Sure, you can...

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Get Up Close and Personal With a Dalek At The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 4:52 PM


The villainous Daleks from the Doctor Who television series. Photop by flickr user Melissa Seckington.

Every classic science fiction show has an epic soundtrack. This fall, American fans of the television series will be able to hear it live...

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This Company Does Something Cool With Something Most of Us Recycle

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Green Toys are made from recycled milk jugs. (Photo by Chris Barnes)

Most of us see old milk jugs as something for the recycle bin (or, in the case of one blogger, the makings of a D.I.Y. Storm Trooper helmet). But for...

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This Man Climbed Mount Everest (But Faces a Bigger Challenge Every Day)

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:22 AM

Climbing Mount Everest is a dream shared by many, yet achieved by few. For one climber, Rob Hill, the ascent presented more challenges than one. Hill is one of the 700,000 Americans who manages Crohn's Disease, an inflamatory disease of the gastrointestinal system. In 2010, he set out to climb the world's tallest mountain as a way to raise awareness for Crohn's -- and defy stereotypes about living with the disease.

Hill's journey is featured as part of Health Central's "Stories That Inspire Us" series, which follows patients living and thriving in the face of a range of diagnoses (ranging from psoriasis to arthritis). "We publish stories to inspire people to live better," said Jim Curtis, Remedy Health Media's Chief Revenue Officer.

The Mount Everest climb was also the culmination of Hill's "7Summits Campaign," a challenge focused on climbing the highest summit on each continent. It took Hill roughly eight years (2002 to 2010) to involved. As a way to gain awareness for the disease, Hill was inspired to climb the highest summit on each of the seven continents. Since finishing his goal, he has gone on to lead mountain climbing expeditions for intestinal disease sufferers of all ages.

Watch the video above to see Hill discuss Crohn's Disease and mountain climbing. To watch more of the "Stories That Inspire Us" series, visit Health Central's...

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This Piece of Furniture Can Become Something Completely Different

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:28 PM

YuhuHugs' Dreamhut on display at the 2015 North American International Toy Fair. Photo by Chris Barnes

Kids toys traditionally are designed with play in mind -- not style. Especially when it comes to bigger items, like playhouses. But Children's furniture manufacturer

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Thirty Years of Thundercats: Five Things You Don't Know About the Cartoon

(12) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:24 PM

2015-01-23-9436920_566b8d9784_z.jpg Photo via Flickr user bbaltimore

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the ThunderCats television show debuting on television. Along with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe and The Transformers, the series and its accompanying toy line were popular...

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Five Libraries That Go Beyond Books

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:11 PM


Image courtesy Flickr user Edison German

Public libraries can often go underappreciated in the days of Netflix, Spotify and Kindle. But that doesn't mean they should go unnoticed. As many public libraries grapple with how to stay relevant in the...

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5 miracles domestiques à accomplir grâce à votre huile végétale

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Nous savons tous que l'huile végétale est indispensable à la cuisine. Mais saviez-vous que l'huile ne sert pas qu'à cuire des aliments?

Voici quelques usages alternatifs de l'huile végétale de base. N'oubliez pas de faire vos commentaires et de rajouter des idées ci-dessous!

De l'huile végétale. Photo...
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Five Christmas Songs for People Who Hate Christmas Songs

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:42 PM

There are two problems with Christmas music: It's usually very sappy and you wind up hearing the same songs over and over again. If you like loud music, it's even harder to enjoy. Here are some metal and punk rock songs for your Christmas playlist.

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Eight Ways Non-Profit Organizations Can Maximize Their Facebook Page

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Facebook is something that 128 million in the United States alone use daily, but surprisingly, many non-profit groups are not getting the most out of this platform. The Saint Louis Social Media Club estimates that almost half of all Americans learn about causes and non-profits through...

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Talking Twenty Years of Toys With Todd McFarlane

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:40 PM


Image courtesy Flickr user Gage Skidmore

Attending the 2014 American International Toy Fair was business as usual for comics legend and head of his namesake toy company Todd McFarlane.

Whether showing products to prospective buyers or signing autographs for his...

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3 '80s Toys That Are Worth More Than You Thought -- And 3 That Aren't Worth Much

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 3:44 PM

It's no secret that the greatest decade for toys was the 1980s. If you look down a modern toy aisle, you still see the Transformers and My Little Pony still taking up shelf space. You can't even escape eighties toys at the movie theater, as G.I. Joe has turned into...

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Six Forgotten Classics We Would Like To See On The WWE Network

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Professional wrestling has been a television staple since the beginning. It came as no surprise to anyone that World Wrestling Entertainment would eventually launch a television network of their own.

The company unveiled the streaming WWE Network at the Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas on January 8.

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Six Big Mistakes Non-Profit Organizations Are Making on Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Each day Instagram calculates that 55 million photos are shared through its smart phone app. Through 2013 the image editing and sharing app's popularity has skyrocketed; Nielsen reports that Instagram usage increased 66 percent through the year.

That said, the photo social networking service gives non-profit organizations a...

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Bjork's Home In The '90s Couldn't Be More 'Bjork' (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Today, avant-garde pop icon Björk celebrates her birthday. We found this great clip on YouTube from what we assume is the from the mid-1990s featuring her home in Iceland.

Her house is exactly how you would imagine it. The house has vintage furniture, various chandeliers and candelabras and a collection of decorative glass paperweights. She even finds a way to incorporate an old hospital cart into a storage unit. What, you never thought of that?

On a home design end, Björk offers some advice on how to live like her. The first is to live by the sea. This must be a huge sticking point with her, as her love of aquatics is expressed in a few of her songs like "The Anchor Song."

Björk also points out the importance of color. She explains Icelandic tradition of having extremely brightly colored roofs and its explained that the significance is due to the dreary natural colors in the landscape.

What do you think? Will you be taking tips from Björk anytime soon?

Here's a look at how other celebs live, via HuffPost Home.

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'Super Mario Bros.' Bedroom Is The Coolest Thing Ever (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:09 PM

"Super Mario Bros." has been a big part of our pop culture since debuting on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1985. We found these pictures that show a family that has intergenerational love for a certain plumber turned turtle fighting hero. They made the ultimate Mario-themed bedroom...

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