Hero Charles Ramsey Auto-Tuned, Top Signs You're At A Bad Circus, & RIP Ray Harryhausen
Posted 5/8/2013 3:00:00 PM

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, tells Benghazi witnesses that "death is a part of life."

A video of Dodgers outfielder MATT KEMP is big on YouTube, because of something he did after a game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

One of his coaches had told him about a young, terminally ill Dodgers fan who was seated in the front row near third base. So Kemp went over to gave him a signed baseball.

Then he also tossed him his hat, took off his jersey, and even untied his shoes and handed THOSE over.

Kemp was asked about it in a press conference yesterday, and said he didn't realize anyone was filming it. Adding, quote, "It was the first time I ever took my shoes off on a field, [and] the first time that Giants fans were ever nice to me."

Legendary movie special effects master RAY HARRYHAUSEN died yesterday. He was 92.

The cause of death probably had something to do with him being 92. Harryhausen was the master of stop-motion animation . . . a technique he fell in love with after seeing the original "King Kong" in 1933.

Harryhausen's big break was working with "King Kong" animator WILLIS O'BRIEN on the follow-up, "Mighty Joe Young", in 1949. His amazing work was featured in such films as "It Came From Beneath the Sea", "One Million Years B.C.", "The Valley of Gwangi" and the classic Sinbad trilogy, "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger".

The pinnacle of his career was easily "Jason and the Argonauts", which was released in 1963 and featured one of the greatest stop-motion sequences of all time, featuring a sword fight between three men and seven skeletons.

The sequence was so complicated that it took Harryhausen four and a half months to complete . . . and some days he was only able to produce ONE SECOND of film. Harryhausen's last film was the original, 1981 version of "Clash of the Titans".

Yes, that's right . . . the first Kraken that was released was Ray Harryhausen's Kraken, yo.

Harryhausen was a hero to just about everyone in the film industry, especially guys like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and George Lucas. He was lifelong friends with author Ray Bradbury, who died last June.

Check out this awesome video of all of Harryhausen's creatures, in chronological order.

It's that time of year when circuses start rolling through town. Most of them are lame, but some are REALLY bad. Here are the Top Signs You're at a Bad Circus.

The strongman's actually a regular man who was injected by Lance Armstrong.

After the ringmaster says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the bearded lady!" the spotlight falls on your wife.

That's not cotton candy . . . it's fiberglass insulation.

The guy dressed like a hobo clown is only acting "wacky" because he's an escaped mental patient.

For some reason, everyone totally freaks out when you whip a beer bottle at that one smug giraffe.

Someone replaced the walrus with a naked and confused Wilford Brimley.

There's a house of mirrors you go in that reflects your inner conflicts of being an underachiever and failure as a father.

Instead of a bearded lady, they have something rarer: a hipster without a mustache.

WE END TODAY'S BLOG WITH "DEAD GIVEAWAY" - Hero Charles Ramsey Songified!

Posted By: Max Foizey  

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