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K-9

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Fictional Pets We Want!

  1. K-9 from Doctor Who

    A gift from Professor Marius after the 4th Doctor helps get rid of the Swarm, K-9 is an extraordinary robot pooch. From his aerial ears to his telescopic eye to his laser-blastin' nose, K-9 is built for action. Add a unique brilliance and a ton of devotion to his Masters and Mistresses, and K-9 is truly a Doctor's best friend. There have been a few different models, but no matter which version you look at, K-9 is as he promised he would be: a good dog.

  2. Zero
  3. Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Zero is a very special ghost dog. Not only is he as loyal as they come (with a propensity for a good game of "fetch the rib"), but he also has a secret: a glowing jack-o-lantern nose! (Sort of like that jerk reindeer who no one wants to play with... whatever his name is.) And with this nose, Zero helped Jack Skellington save Christmas. (We know other stuff happened, but Zero is happy, so don't ruin his mood.). As soon as Zero rose from his grave to play, we fell in love with this spirited (get it?) ghost dog.

  4. Rancor Monster from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Rancor The Rancor Monster is over 16 feet tall and a little shy of two tons. It tears into and devours anything that Jabba the Hutt drops into its too-small lair. The Rancor Monster eats Oola and attempts to eat Luke Skywalker. Then Luke kills it. And what happens next? Malakili (the Rancor keeper) sobs. George Lucas may have brought infinite horrors to Star Wars fans, but he did one thing really right here: he showed us that even monsters can be loved by someone.

  5. Orpheus from Lockstep by Karl Schroeder

    Orpheus is a denner: a genetically engineered animal created to keep humans alive during suspended animation on long space voyages. He sort of looks like the head and tail of a cat squished onto the body of an otter. Smart enough to understand human speech and capable of communicating back (if the person he's talking to has an interface), Orpheus is finally a cat who can tell us what the heck he's worriedly staring at in the corner of our room from 2-3am every frickin' night!

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 510 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-4?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Fictional Pets We Want!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

Death Star Trash Compactor

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Attractions We Want to See at the Star Wars Theme Park!

Death Star Assault

Yup, a Star Wars Theme Park is really in our future. We'll all learn more about it in 2015, but here are some rides we think are a must in a Star Wars Theme Park.

  1. Death Star Assault Roller Coaster

    Step into this X-Wing-themed coaster and get ready for battle. Mounted behind you are a myriad of speakers (for surround sound of the battle) and projected onto the walls around the coaster are videos of ships and explosions. When the ride starts, you are instantly launched into the fray with Linear Induction Motors accelerating you to a top speed of over 100 mph in a matter of seconds. You'll have all the twists and turns and inversions your daredevil heart desires. And then the last big drop: the final trench run (actually surrounded by the trench)! That's where you hear the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi tell you to use the force. And that's when you notice a flashing red button in front of you. Do you have what it takes to launch the torpedoes at the right time?

  2. Speeder Bike Endor Chase
  3. Speeder Bike Endor Chase Motion Simulator Ride

    Using the latest in motion-based rides and IMAX projection technology, this attraction will show you what it's like to ride a speeder bike through the giant trees of Endor. You'll assume the guise of a visiting Galactic dignitary, ready to tour the new shield generator facilities. When suddenly, the Rebels attack! Your tour vehicle (a multi-seat variant of a speeder bike) is commandeered by a Biker Scout and gives chase to the Rebels. Zipping in and out of trees, feeling the wind in your face, you'll enjoy a thrill like no other. And when the Rebel leader takes control of your tour vehicle and you learn you've actually been working for the Rebel Alliance all along and you help in the destruction of the shield generator and you see a giant explosion in the sky... well, that's when you'll end the ride with a party full of Ewoks singing and cheering for you. Just kidding. No Ewoks. Ever.

  4. Death Star Trash Compactor Foam Play Pit

    If you ask anyone who has ever worked at a place with a ball bit, they'll tell you ball pits are treasure troves of bacteria and disease. So, the Death Star Trash Compactor version is just matching the setting to the nature of the attraction! You'll slog through a variety of trash pieces, discarded droid parts, and various other bits of things the Empire wished to forget about - all made of safe and fun foam! Plus, there's an animatronic Dianoga for extra excitement. Oh, and every once in a while, the walls start closing in. Not a good attraction for those scared by close spaces. Or disease.

  5. Mos Eisley Cantina Bar and Grill
  6. Mos Eisley Cantina Bar and Grill

    This is a no brainer. The Cantina Bar and Grill would be full of costumed employees who interact with the diners. It would serve intergalactic diner-style food, all with silly Star Wars names. Let's see, there'd be Spiced Mynock Wings (Buffalo Wings), Tuskan Taters (Tater Tots), gallons of blue milk (blue milk), and so much more! And every hour, there would be a floor show featuring the Modal Nodes and a staged scuffle between a Jedi and an agitated Aqualish!

  7. Dagobah
  8. Dagobah Ropes and Climbing Course

    This attraction is all about physical fitness. You will be strapped into a safety harness, complete with a plush Yoda on your back, and let loose on a ropes and climbing course designed to look like the wilds of Dagobah. But the Yoda on your back just doesn't flop in the wind; he spouts encouraging phrases through his internal speaker as you progress on the course. You will feel like a true Jedi in training as you swing and stretch and sweat and succeed. And when you are done and leave the attraction (after removing the harness and Yoda), you'll go down a dark path and meet Vader. With a little movie magic, the face you see inside his helmet after you've severed it from his body (because we just know you'll have bought a lightsaber by this point) will be your own. YAY!

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 6-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-5?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Attractions We Want to See at the Star Wars Theme Park!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

Yay! School is back in session!

We love learning, and teachers love teaching, so it should come as no surprise that ThinkGeek would want to donate to DonorsChoose.org to celebrate school being back in full swing!

We're donating a total of $1,000 to classrooms in need of materials and supplies. Your votes will determine which classrooms we give to, in order of popularity, until we hit the $1,000 mark.

BONUS! Your vote will enter you to win a $100 gift certificate. Not that it matters, though, right? You're in it to support the geeklings and their desire to learn! We must help nurture and empower the next generation! Right? ...Right?!

How to vote (and enter to win):

  1. 1. Go to DonorsChoose.org and find a classroom you think needs some geek <3ing. Make a note of the classroom ID. For example, if the classroom's url is 
    http://www.donorschoose.org/project/take-a-look/897561/
    the ID is #897561. If you need a good starting point, there's always the Math & Sciences section, Music and the Arts, and Literacy and Language.
  2. 2. Register your vote on our form-o-matic below by 5pm ET Thursday, September 25, 2014. We're currently tallying up the votes. Stay tuned! After, we'll tally up the votes, make the donations, and post the results and our $100 gift certificate winner here on our blog.

Alright, you've got your mission; go on and pick your favorite classroom and spread the love of learning!

Monopoly

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Board Game Jailbreaks!

Free Parking Lottery

Board Game Jailbreak [bohrd geym jeyl-breyk] n. 1. A rule not included in the official rules of the game, but used because it makes the game more fun. 2. House rule. Note: This differs from a "hack," because that word is overused and doesn't mean what many people think it means.

  1. Monopoly

    Free Parking Lottery: This one is the gold standard of house rules. All taxes and fees go into the center of the board (many times, after being seeded with $500 or some other agreed-upon amount of currency). The pot slowly builds and builds and the first person to land on "Free Parking" wins it all! We've read that Hasbro will begin including this one in a special "house rules" edition this fall, but they'll be optional rules and not official ones.

  2. Omnibus Rules
  3. Hearts

    Omnibus Rules: This little tweak gives the 10 of Diamonds a lot of power. It now has a score of -10 points (holder of the card at the end gets to subtract 10 points from their score). That's good as it is, but it's even better if you collect all the hearts, the Queen of Spades, and the 10 of Diamonds. Then you get to subtract 36 points (sometimes, 26 points) from your score or add 36 points (sometimes, 26 points) to everyone else's score. As with many house rules, the actual point value or monetary reward/penalty varies from house to house.

  4. Dungeons & Dragons

    Extra Saving Throw: (We're including D&D on this list because it's a table-top game, whether or not it has a board. So there.) Omnibus Rules Is this a really good house rule? No. Is it born of laziness and greed? Yes. Here's how it works: in each gaming session, every player has a token (anything the DM imbues with the power) which will allow them one extra saving throw sometime during the game. The catch? In order to redeem the extra saving throw, the player has to refresh all beverages and snacks for the entire gaming party. And we don't mean just a trip to the kitchen; sometimes multiple drive-throughs are involved (at the player's expense, of course).

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 4-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-3?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Board Game Jailbreaks!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).