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Here’s some news worthy of our “WTF?” designation.

Do you want to go on a cruise? Now say that in the creepy Tobin Bell through a tape recorder voice. That’s how Carnival Cruiselines is going to promote its latest theme holiday “The Saw at Sea Cruise.” Don’t worry, nobody tortures you in death traps, you just get to hang out with your favorite Saw celebrities that Carnival could afford to get. Here’s what the company has to say about the cruise:

Let’s play a game…onboard the beautiful and luxurious Carnival Glory! If you’re a Fan of the “SAW” movies, you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise with your favorite “SAW” Celebrities. This amazing (5) night cruise departs from New York City and travels to the most beautiful points in Canada (the last six “SAW” movies were filmed in Canada). Your onboard meals are included. Each cabin will also receive a $50 Carnival Credit. During this amazing cruise, you will be able to party with the “SAW” Stars and meet other fans who love “SAW” just like you! You will attend fantastic pool and dance parties, question and answer Sessions and many special events. You can also get autographs from the “SAW” stars, take FREE individual photos with the “SAW” stars, attend FREE movie screenings, and much, much more.

I like how the cruise is plugging the Canada connection even though the movies were shot in Toronto and the cruise takes you to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, which, if you know your Canadian geography, is similar to the distance between Bangor, Maine and Buffalo, NY. Besides, given recent news, does the cruise business really want to foster a greater connection between taking a cruise and dying horribly?

If you’re morbid enough to want to read more about the cruise click here and click here if you’re especially disturbed enough to sign up. You could be eating dinner with the Drill Chair Man this August!

In other waste of money news, “King of the World” James Cameron is investing some of his in an endeavor at The Museum of Flight in Seattle called “The Future of Space.” The event takes place April 24, and the Museum website describes it thusly:

A new company will be unveiling its mission to revolutionize current space exploration activities and ultimately create a better standard of living on Earth. Don’t miss your opportunity to be among the first to find out what’s next from the world’s leading commercial space pioneers and the people who will chart the future.

Or, to quote MIT’s Tech Review:

Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.

So I guess we’re one step closer to space miners. Or at least that’s how I read “a new definition of ‘natural resources.'” Honestly, can’t human beings go anywhere without mining the place?

Source: /Film

If there’s one thing the Chinese do bigger then weapons and MSG loaded food, it’s their buildings.

The planned Comics and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China recently announced the winner of its design contest. The honor went to a MVRDV, a Netherlands-based architecture. At an estimated $125 million dollars, this interlocking structure will be an homage to all things print and animation.  The unique design consists of eight buildings, each being shaped like comic book word balloon.  Text images can be projected on to the exterior making them “speak”. I give them a day before someone texts something dirty for the children to be shielded from.

According to Comics Alliance, “Hangzhou currently hosts the annual China International Comic and Animation Festival (CICAF), the largest such festival in the country.” The new comics and animation museum will allow visitors to read comics and watch animation in its library. It will also house three movie theaters (Including one IMAX) that can display films and host film festivals.

Check out this virtual tour of the new building after the jump.

A room with nothing but anime, theaters, game space and a lake tour. Looks like nerdvana to me.

Via: You Bent My Wookie