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8 Movies That Inexplicably Got Cartoon Spin-offs

Cartoon spin-offs make good financial sense -- hell, you can squeeze more merchandising and brand recognition if kids are watching your characters everyday after school than if they just see a movie once. But what sense is there in making a kid's cartoon from a film that kids are never going to see? Would kids be clamoring for a Taxi Driver toon where Travis and Iris travel the world in their magical cab? Or would they adore one where Hannibal Lector, Clarice Starling and a talking lamb solve mysteries? Sure those are ridiculous, but is it any more crazy than expecting kids to want to watch animated stories about a gunned-down cop? And yet, back in the '80s and '90s, they cranked out a bunch of cartoons based on properties that never should've been expanded into kid's shows. Here are the ones that we can't believe ever made it to screens.

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10 Surprising Celebrity Dolls

It’s not hard to find a celebrity doll these days – every Disney starlet seems to have one, as well as every pop star and even a few models (Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum both have one). Not all of them are quite as predictable, though – here are 10 dolls you probably didn’t see coming.

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10 Simplest Ways To Increase Your iPhone’s Battery Life

We use our smartphones to make calls, send and receive text messages, take picture, shoot and view videos, play games, and use various applications. All of this, needless to say, considerably drains the phone’s battery. If you do not take the right steps and modify your phone’s settings appropriately, your phone will need charging every now and then. Charging the phone every day is surely inconvenient for all phone owners. Thankfully there are a number of steps you can take to increase your iPhone’s battery life. To check out what these tips are, read on the list below. Most of these tips apply to all smartphones; so even you own a smartphone other than iPhone, you will find these tips very helpful.

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The 14 Hottest Best Friends from Chick Flicks

There's nothing more important to a leading woman in a romantic comedy than her best friend, because she sees her through the toughest of times -- but the lead woman herself is a terrible friend. The best friend is usually not only less neurotic, more down to earth and a little more "alt" looking; but generally more understanding and, realistically, more of a dream girl than any lead in most chick flicks. So, in honor of the girls in all the movies we always watch to try and get laid, here are the hottest best friends in the history of chick flicks.

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7 Things You Never Knew About Pac-Man

Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man, spoke to a crowded room at GDC 2011 about the development of the hugely popular and influential arcade game from 1980. With a binder containing the actual graph paper design documents in hand, Mr. Iwatani regaled a packed room with the somewhat goofy origin story of Pac-Man. Here are some highlights from his speech.

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10 Notorious Google Bombs

Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow noticed something weird this morning. When he searched for "murder" on Google, the second result was for the "Abortion" entry on Wikipedia. "However you feel about abortion, this Wikipedia page is pretty clearly not the second-most relevant document regarding murder on the entire English-speaking World Wide Web," Doctorow wrote before calling on the Reddit community to help. And it is pretty easy to ask for "help." You just need to gather enough people to link to sites other than the Wikipedia page for abortion when mentioning murder on the Web. That's presumably the same way that a bunch of "anti-choicers with a little tech know-how," as Jezebel's Anna North called them, pushed the abortion page so far up in the search results in the first place. (By the time our own Garance Franke-Ruta got to Doctorow's story at 8:53 a.m., the abortion page had moved into the first results slot.)

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10 Apps to Watch in 2011

There are more than 200,000 apps in the Android market. There are more than 325,000 apps available for iOS devices. Even the fledgling Windows Phone 7 app marketplace already has greater than 5,300 apps. Throw in the wide world of web applications and, forget about it: you’d need many lifetimes to try them all. However, there are just 10 apps you really should keep a very close watch on in 2011. The list below represents the 10 applications — for mobile and the web — that Mashable editors think will be worthy of your attention in 2011. Let us know in the comments which of these picks you agree or disagree with, and which applications you’re excited about for next year.

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The 8 Most Impressive Prison Breaks in History

Prison breaks loom large in pop culture: they’re in movies, TV series, books, even cartoons. It’s the chaos they cause, more than anything, that makes their stories so riveting. It’s also interesting to note that not all prison breaks are created equal. Some of them are escape attempts by hardened criminals (and these never, ever end well), but quite a few others are rooted in political activism or a desire to break free from imprisonment by an enemy combatant. The most notorious escapes of all time were perpetrated by abused men and women in prison camps who just wanted to fight back. No matter where they fall on the spectrum, these prison breaks were all impressive in their own way.

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10 Outdoor Careers that Can Earn You a Good Living

According to accomplished British journalist and writer Katherine Whitehorn, "The best career advice given to the young is — find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." If you love the outdoors, or simply can’t stand being cooped up in an office during daylight hours, then you may have considered pursuing a degree that leads to an outdoor career. But if the perceived impracticality of such a goal has halted you from chasing your dream, think again. There are numerous outdoor careers that are both financially and personally rewarding. The few listed below offer some of the attributes desired by people who prefer not to follow the paths most taken. Note: the mean annual incomes provided with each occupation are courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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10 American Companies That Will Disappear in 2011

Companies disappear all the time. Sure, it may be news when large corporations with well-known brands go belly-up. But think about it: Businesses like Circuit City, Northwest Airlines and Countrywide are gone now. 24/7 Wall St. recently looked at a number of large American companies, some of which are owned by foreign companies, to see which will disappear in 2011. A vanishing firm may go bankrupt and its assets sold off, it may be closed after being bought by another company or it may cease to exist due to a merger.

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