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Every year it gets harder and harder to find that perfect Fathers Day gift. Mini Vader pictured above captures that frustrating feeling, surrounded by all kinds of wonderful things and you just can’t make up your mind. We’ve decided to help nudge you in the right direction.

What we’ve done is gather some items that can also be given to the father that isn’t a nerd, things that can stretch across that border while being useful and nerdy at the same time. Perhaps these could even help you bring your father to the Nerdy side. After all, the Nerd Side does have the coolest stuff.

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T-Shirts can be a great gift. What’s your father’s favorite movie or character, doesn’t have to be nerdy. A cool T-Shirt with a subject matter your father is interested in will always be a hit. Maybe even something that ties into Father’s Day like this I am your father T-Shirt.

 

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Dad’s always got some stuff in the garage that he’s running low on. That everyday kinda stuff that he uses around the house. A bucket full of Avengers Duck Tape or other garage type-use around the house products could come in handy for Dad.

86413If Dad’s not retired yet then he probably has a work security badge he’s got to wear everyday. Why not get him a nice lanyard with something he likes on it. Something to let him show his nerdy side or interests at work. This Super hero Lanyard ID Holder fits fits the bill. Check Etsy and you can find something for everyone.

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This is one that I think is pretty cool. Get Dad a new Cell phone case or Ipad / tablet case. There are tons out there for every subject and interest. Just match one up with your Dad’s personality.

GOT-Shot-GlassesA set of drinking glasses for Dad’s bar or just to use around the house. This Game of Thrones drinking glass set is a great example of what kinds of sets are out there.

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If your Dad is anything like mine, then he really just wants to spend time with his kids. What better way to spend an evening or afternoon than playing some Board Games? If your Dad is not a gamer type then start out with one of the Dice Games like Zombie Dice. I brought a set one night we went out to dinner and we had a ball playing until the meal arrived.

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There’s always the DVD set. Maybe it’s your Dad’s favorite action star or maybe you can make the commitment to watch a series with him. Something you like and think your Dad would like as well.

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If Dad is a sportsman, just get him something that goes with his hobby. Maybe Golf Head Covers of Superheroes or fishing equipment with a nerdy bent.

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Maybe Dad isn’t into all the nerdy stuff you like, but you can bridge that gap by buying him tools that serve dual purpose. During the day it’s a useful tool Dad can use around the house, but throw in a Zombie Apocalypse and now he has the tools he needs to survive.

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OK, buying your Dad underwear is not really the first thing that pops into your head when you start thinking of what to buy him, but think about what he will actually use or wear. Super Hero Underwear is a great way to let him have his nerdy side while not throwing it into everyone’s face every day. Besides, maybe Mom deserves a little hero every now and then.

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The last item is sometimes the hardest to do in this rat race of a world we live in, spend some time with your Dad. Spend it talking about what he likes and introduce him to the things you like. You might be surprised what you learn about him and yourself.

What do you think? If you have an idea that you think should be on the list, put it in the comments section below.

What ever you end up getting your Dad, just make sure that besides the gift you give him your time, your affection, and your attention. He deserves it.

It’s all fun and games until someone puts out an eye, chops off an hand, or lops off a head. Then it’s all sniveling, running to Mom, and the sting of Iodine. I’m not sure there’s enough Iodine on hand in the bathroom cabinet for the people in the movies listed below. That might take more than just a tube or two. Everyone likes the scenes in movies that shock or surprise you. The best of those scenes also throw in a little mutilation and limb flying action. It’s interesting to note that of the ten movies scenes listed below, only three of the ten, are concidered Horror movies.

You might notice that the list is not numbered and not in any real order. It’s a random listing of ten of the greatest scenes where someone is chopped, has a body part lopped, or removed with extreme prejudice. This NerdBastard is confident that you, the reader,  can arrange the scenes in order of your preferences and probably add a scene or two that escaped this NerdBastard’s feeble memory. That’s what the comments section is for isn’t it? Before you start drafting that comment to slice, dice, and eviscerate this writer’s humble attempt to amuse the masses, check out the scenes below. You can watch the videos by clicking on the highlighted links, isn’t technology wonderful?

 

Monty Python and the Holy GrailBlack Knight scene. This scene, hell this movie, is such a big part of many of our geek childhoods. One would be hard pressed to find a D&D player that has not said, “It’s only a flesh wound.” at least once while playing. Don’t even mention that we get FOUR limbs sliced and diced by Arthur in one great scene. When I was looking for this scene I have to admit that I ended up watching about half the movie before I got back to the article.

 

 

SawThe foot cutting scene. This might be the scene that most average movie goers think of first when thinking about limbs being chopped and or lopped off. The build up is fantastic, the music gripping, you just can’t look away, even when you want to. This is the Evil Dead 2 hand scene without the humor that made it bearable. Since we just mentioned it:

 

Evil Dead 2The Hand chop scene. Even considering the self fight scene from  Fight Club, this Evil Dead 2 scene is still the greatest self fight scene in the history of cinema. The mixture of humor and horror has never been done any better than in this scene with Ash fighting his own hand.

 

Reservoir DogsThe ear torture scene. When you get a moment look this scene up on YouTube  and check out how many re-shot, student /  film school videos this scene has inspired. The act of brutality is implied off screen making it even more horrible and the lightness of the accompanying music is a stroke of genius. The whole scene is chilling, not seeing the actual cuts makes you feel them even more.

 

HighlanderThe Death of Ramirez. This NerdBastard is not ashamed to admit tearing up the first time he watched this scene. The fight, the lightning storm, and the final beheading was great to watch, too bad they never made any other Highlander movies. I mean it wouldn’t be much of a Highlander movie without Ramirez in it and without his head Ramirez couldn’t come back, that would make NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER!

 

Dawn of the Dead 1970Helicopter vs Zombie scene. It’s an age old question, who wins in a helicopter versus Zombie fight. Dawn of the Dead is arguably the greatest Zombie movie ever made. I saw this movie before watching Night of the Living Dead. This was back when television played what it wanted to when it wanted to and you got lucky to catch a movie like this on some VHF late monster movie show. Now a days you young wipper snappers just go to the YouTube and watch what you want when you want. Crap, you made me pull out the old man rant.

 

Kill Bill 2The eye pluck scene. The entire movie is about Kiddo slicing and dicing her way through all her enemies to get to Bill. The Crazy 88’s scene must have at least 20 cut off limbs alone. The eye pluck rises to the top though as a body part removal with extreme prejudice. Watch Elle’s face just before while their swords are locked. See that smirk, Elle knows she is stronger and has the advantage as the situation stands. Beatrix knows it as well and changes the odds with the eye pluck, it worked before with the other eye years ago, why not now?

 

The Silence of the LambsHannibal escapes scene. Hannibal cuts off the face of one of the guards in order to wear it and escape. When The Office parodies the scene, you know it had to be good. Re-watching this scene was a treat. The classical music playing while Hannibal brutally beats and murders those guards with no expression on his face except a hint of superiority and smugness.

 

Conan the BarbarianThulsa Doom Death scene. This was the movie back in the day. Somebody should make a remake of this movie, ONE THAT DOESN”T SUCK BALLS!

Having your village destroyed – FREE.

Throw into slavery and trained as a gladiator – FREE.

Killing the man that destroyed your family with your father’s broken sword in front of his legion of followers – PRICELESS.

One has to admire that Conan went with a “V” cut instead of the traditional horizontal slice. The sheer barbarity of the two stokes makes it memorable. Conan hacks the head off then plays Plinko with it, oh you silly barbarian.

 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackLuke’s Hand scene. Everyone knew this one was going to be on the list, how could it not be? This scene made me gasp in the theater, one of those rare “OH SHIT” moments that gets you and takes you right into the scene. The later revels that his father was Vadar and that his hand / arm had also been cut off just iced the cake for nerdy boys and girls. Now that I think about it, how many hands did get cut off in the series?