5 Movie Easter Eggs That Are Hidden In The Real World
Easter eggs aren't just the delicious chocolate treats Jesus brought back from the afterlife. They're also hidden tidbits of awesomeness for those patient enough to look in places like video games and DVDs (those pancake-shaped movie things we all used to love). Well, as it happens, even our crappy old planet has some fun pop culture goodies tucked away. Luckily for you, we're here to save you the trouble of aimlessly wandering the globe, and simply tell you about how ...
Someone Has A Friggin' X-Wing In Their Backyard
One doesn't typically encounter Star Wars props out in the wild, unless you count a food court as the wild and George Lucas as a prop. But thanks to social media's ever-watchful, Sauron-like eye on our world, fans have spotted a full-sized X-Wing chilling in a random backyard, like some alternate version of The Last Jedi wherein Luke eschewed squatting in a filthy hut on an rocky island for sipping G&Ts poolside at a swank country estate.
Reddit users also shared photos of the iconic spacecraft, housed on private property in Oakton, Virginia. Since Star Wars enthusiasts aren't known for their tact and reserve (see: Mark Hamill's monthly Purell bill), some fans hiked out there to get a closer look. They at least kept a safe distance so as not to alert the homeowner's security, which is presumably some kind of Rancor.
And if you're wondering why R2-D2 hasn't been in the Disney movies much, it's probably because he's apparently stuck in small-town Virginia.
It isn't clear whether the ship is a fan-made replica or a priceless original prop that's being left out in the rain, kind of the nerd equivalent of lighting a cigar with a $100 bill. But until the day garden gnomes pool their resources to take down a moon-sized battle station, it's the coolest lawn ornament around.
Jason Voorhees Is Lurking In A Minnesota Lake
Movie monsters are typically found on the big screen, in the nightmares of children, and sometimes awkwardly popping by the occasional hip-hop video. So you can imagine it would be pretty unnerving to stumble across one in real life. Especially if it's somewhere completely unexpected. Like, say, at the bottom of a lake.
Friday The 13th Part XIII: Jason Takes A Bath spoilers.
Yes, that's everyone's favorite hockey enthusiast turned undead murder fiend Jason Voorhees, best known for the Friday The 13th franchise. And while you might think that after seeing him in lame talk show appearances and myriad shitty sequels, Jason isn't scary anymore, well, that's probably because you never ran into him while scuba diving. Which is unfortunate, because some devoted fan/lunatic with access to a snorkel put a life-sized Jason statue deep in a lake in Crosby, Minnesota.
The reason, other than the fact that it's inherently funny to give divers involuntary diarrhea? The lake in question is called "Crystal Lake," as in the same name as the lake from Friday The 13th. And since pulling off this stunt at the original filming location would involve dragging a corpse-like dummy through a herd of impressionable Boy Scouts, going with some random Minnesota lake with the same name seems like a good strategy.
Jason has been underwater since 2013, and more recent footage shows that he's starting to look a little waterlogged and gross, like that Sea Monkey you left to rot in your childhood bedroom. Still, he remains, complete with his machete and anchored by a chain -- seemingly a reference to the end of Friday The 13th Part VI, in which he is similarly restrained at the bottom Crystal Lake, not unlike David Blaine.
Only more emotive.
Of course, in the movies, Jason is later freed from the lake, goes on several more killing sprees, and is eventually frozen and resurrected in space in Jason X. So whoever this hilarious prankster is, he'd better get some NASA credentials ASAP if he wants to keep up with canon.
You Can Visit A Full Recreation Of Star Trek's Original Set In A Mall
Who among us hasn't dreamt of visiting the starship Enterprise from Star Trek? It has a big-screen TV, luxurious apartments, and in later iterations, you could get hammered at a bar tended by Whoopi Goldberg. Well, it turns out you can visit the original Kirk-era Enterprise. All you have to do is trek to ... a strip mall in upstate New York.
Where no man has (willingly) gone before.
Located in Ticonderoga is the "Star Trek Original Series Set Tour," which from the outside looks like an auto body shop run by sci-fi nerds. But on the inside, you step into a shockingly detailed replica of the original Enterprise set. Exciting for fans and disappointing for family road-trippers who only stopped in to use the bathroom that doesn't exist in the 23rd century.
The tour has everything from the Sick Bay to the Transporter Room, even Kirk's bedroom -- though for authenticity's sake, they should really add a half-naked green-skinned woman hiding behind a houseplant as you enter.
And of course, no Enterprise would be complete without the glorified man cave that is the Bridge. Guests can even take a seat in a replica Kirk's chair. That sucker is so convincing that you can practically smell the space STDs wafting off it.
This Enterprise was built by Trek super-fan (and professional Elvis impersonator) James Cawley, who personally, painstakingly recreated the iconic set himself. The results were so successful that the real Captain Kirk, William Shatner, is set to visit Ticonderoga this spring. And if you can't make it there in time, keep in mind that this is William Shatner we're talking about, so it's possible he'll decide to live there from now on.
There's A Secret Harry Potter-Themed Menu At Starbucks (Sort Of)
Apart from the occasional authoritarian puppet government controlled by a shadowy cabal of evil wizards, the Harry Potter universe sounds like a fun place to live in. Sadly, you can't transport yourself to that world of witches and wizards, no matter how many filthy subway walls you run into. The closest we've gotten are the theme parks, which are impressive if you can imagine that all the Hogwarts students took Polyjuice Potion to make themselves look like sweaty, tank-top-clad American tourists.
Thankfully, there is one way to get a taste of the Potter-verse in your day-to-day life, thanks to an unsuspecting giant corporation. For those who want a taste of wizard food but aren't able to schlep out to Orlando or Hollywood, fans have put together a secret Harry Potter menu for Starbucks. Of course, this isn't an official part of the chain's menu, but rather a kind of "hack" concocted by people who know more about syrup than computers.
Because Starbucks employees are mandated to cater to whatever insane whims their customers demand, modifying drinks isn't irregular. So if you look up the recipe online, you can go in and order, say, a Butterbeer Frappuccino, or a glass of Pumpkin Juice. And they totally have to make it for you. It's like magic, if magic was powered by making customer service jobs even more frustrating.
Still, it's a fun way to make going to a familiar chain into something magical. And unless you want to pretend that McNuggets are made of Thestral meat, it's really your best option at this point.
Moe's Tavern From The Simpsons Exists In Argentina
If porn parodies have taught us anything, it's that The Simpsons would be a brain-melting nightmare in real life, but that hasn't stopped some from attempting to import parts of Springfield into our world. We've previously talked about how Simpsons fandom in Spain led to Homer-themed donut shops and the legally-in-the-clear "Krasty Burger." Apparently, Argentina didn't want to be left out of the copyright-infringing fun, because Moe's Tavern totally popped up in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.
Originally, the idea was to take an old rundown mechanic's shop and turn it into a bar. And if you're building a bar from scratch anyway, why not make it a famous cartoon bar?
This version of Moe looks like he's way more into CrossFit, though.
Even the interior was supposed to evoke Homer's favorite watering hole. Unfortunately, it turns out that Fox is a bit of a stickler for intellectual property rights, and they put the kibosh on the project. They probably should have gone the Krasty Burger route and called it Toe's Mavern or something. So now there's just a Moe's Tavern-shaped house in the 'burbs for basically no reason.
This isn't even the first time someone used bootleg Simpsons merch in order to get fans loaded. Counterfeit versions of Homer's beer of choice, Duff, have been circulating in numerous South American countries for years. There was even a Duff beer festival featuring a performance from "the beautiful Duff girls".
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