Geeks interpret 'How It Should Have Ended'
February 13th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Geeks interpret 'How It Should Have Ended'

It's the kind of question fanboys and fangirls ask just about every day.

If Darth Vader was so strong in the Force, how did the Rebels beat him in the original "Star Wars: A New Hope?"

If Gandalf had a giant eagle at his disposal, why didn't it come in handy at the end of "Return of the King?"

The geeks behind HowItShouldHaveEnded.com have been pondering these questions for years, and animating their own mini-fanfiction stories with alternate ending to beloved franchise films (the one where "Terminator" meets "Back to the Future" is another highlight).

Yes, geeks have their favorite science fiction, fantasy and horror films, but because we're geeks, we can spot plot holes a mile away.

CNN Geek Out spoke to How It Should Have Ended's Tina Alexander about the video series:
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MEMEopedia: 'Dinner with waifu'
A little wine with waifu.
February 13th, 2012
04:54 PM ET

MEMEopedia: 'Dinner with waifu'

Editor's note: Know Your Meme is a research lab from the Cheezburger Network that documents the history of Internet memes and culture. Once a week, they invite CNN's Geek Out! to go on a very deep dive with them, into the stories behind the memes they profile. Together, we'll learn how memes become the cultural expression of nerds.

“Dinner with waifu” is a biannual event that takes place on the Japanese textboard site 2channel on Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day, during which self-described otakus share their pictures of romantic dinner dates with favorite anime characters.

Endearingly referred to as a “wife” (more commonly referred to as a "waifu" on the English Web), these dinner dates are typically embodied in the form of two-dimensional computer screen savers and figurines that are carefully staged around a plate of food.

To otaku culture outsiders, this may seem like a sad dinner for a creep. But for many patrons of 2channel who participate in the threads, it's a ritual that brings the lulz and even a sense of relief that comes with knowing that no one is alone in being alone. FULL POST

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