Best of the Best of Halloween Costumes

Have you seen these Halloween costumes? Here are our pick of the best and cutest Halloween costumes we have seen;

1) Gramps & Granny Kiddo

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2) Red Riding Hood with her dog

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3) Why so serious……

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4) Wolverine

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5) The Lego Kid

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6) Much “Halloween” Doge

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7) Dumblewh*re

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8) Microsoft’s Clippy

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9) Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce

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10) “Hi ho, there neighbor”

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All images are courtesy of 9gag.com

Jimi Hendrix: An Eclectic Mix of Innovation and Sound

“When I die, I want people to just play my music, go wild and freak out, do anything they want to do.” – Jimi Hendrix, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (1942-1970)

And Jimi Hendrix got what he wished for. At only 27 years old, Hendrix was young when he died on September 18, 1970 from drug-related complications. A talented recording artist, an accomplished songwriter, and a musical experimenter, Hendrix left his mark in the world of rock and roll, and remained popular until today. His passing led to a realization that he was the ultimate guitar player, and that he made use of the electric guitar more than anyone.

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A 3-in-1 Rock Star. Just add a guitar: Jimi Hendrix, short for James Marshall Hendrix, was born as Johnny Allen Hendrix. Photo by Cinema Arts Centre.

The Bumpy Road to Rock-Stardom

  • Date and Place of Birth: November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Date and Place of Passing: September 18, 1970, in Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed to James Marshall Hendrix), and learned how to play the guitar during his teenage years. He was destined to become a legendary rock star when he grew up, and his dreams came true in the 1960s, rocking the world with his innovative electric guitar-playing skills. A rock version of “The Star Spangled Banner” was one of Hendrix’s most memorable performances at in Woodstock (1969), dazzling the crowds with his musical talents. He survived a difficult childhood which sometimes involved living with relatives and acquaintances. His parents had a stormy relationship despite having three boys (Hendrix and his two brothers, Leon and Joseph). His mother was only 17 when Hendrix was born. His father was present during his childhood years but did not care much for his sons. Hendrix’s mother eventually left the family, whom Hendrix only met sporadically before she died in 1958.

A Rock Star’s Dream

Due to his shattered childhood, Hendrix turned to music as an outlet for his emotions and taught himself to play the guitar. At 14, Hendrix attended his first concert performance by Elvis Presley. A year later, he got his first electric guitar and played with two bands – the Rocking Kings, and the Tomcats. In 1959, Hendrix dropped out of high school and worked odd jobs while keeping his musical dream alive. In 1961, Hendrix enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained at Fort Ord, California, to become a paratrooper. Even though he was in the army, he still made time for music, and created a band called The King Casuals. In 1962, he was discharged due to an injury and pursued his musical aspirations by working as a session musician. His role as a backup guitarist for performers such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, and the Isley Brothers paved the way for him to form his own group called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. They played gigs around the neighbourhood of New York City’s Greenwich Village.

In mid-1966, Jimi Hendrix met Chas Chandler, a former member of the successful rock group, the Animals, who became his manager. Chandler convinced Hendrix to go to London where he joined forces with two other musicians Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell to create the Jimi Hendrix Experience. His presence in London resulted in an explosion of followers among the UK’s rock royalty. Members of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Eric Clapton greatly admired Hendrix’s work. A critic for the British music magazine Melody Maker quipped:

“He had great stage presence, and looked at times as if he was playing with no hands at all!”

The band’s first single, Hey Joe, released in 1967, became an instant hit in Britain, followed by Purple Haze and The Wind Cried Mary. That same year, Hendrix delighted audiences with his outrageous guitar-playing skills and his innovative, experimental sound while on tour to support his first album, Are You Experienced?. His stunning performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 (which ended with Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire) won the hearts of many American music fans. Other 1968 hits by Jimi Hendrix included: Axis: Bold as Love from his second album, Electric Ladyland from his final album as part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and All Along the Watchtower from the same album, written by Bob Dylan.

In 1969, the group disbanded and Hendrix tried his luck with another group, Band of Gypsys with his army buddy Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. They didn’t get very far, and Hendrix decided to work on a new album called First Rays of the New Rising Sun with Cox and Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Sadly, Hendrix didn’t live to complete his project and was found dead in Notting Hill, London from a combination of alcohol and substance abuse.

Show of Support for Jimi Hendrix

It is indeed devastating when you learn of the passings of your idols, be it superstars on the big screen or singer-songwriters of their time. You can show your love and support for Jimi Hendrix and get your version of the Hendrix experience by getting your posters from our us. Click here for our Jimi Hendrix poster album.

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To Malaysia, With Love

It’s understandable that most Malaysians can only associate with National Day which is celebrated annually on August 31. After all, it is a nation-wide event that has been marked as important to us ever since we gained independence on that fateful day.

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Happy Malaysia Day! (Selamat Hari Malaysia!). Photo by Say U Lov Me (Blog).

But wait, we have another national public holiday to celebrate and it is known as Malaysia Day! This equally important day is celebrated annually on September 16, and has been steadily gaining recognition. In 2009, the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Abdul Razak made the decision at the Malaysian Parliament to officially announce Malaysia Day as a national public holiday in 2010. This means that Malaysians now have two national celebrations related to the country’s independence. Sadly, not many are aware of the significance of the date. Come, let me tell you a story…

The Birth of Malaysia Day

The plan to officially declare the formation of Malaysia was initially dated August 31, 1963 to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the Malayan Independence. The formation of the country had initially  included Sabah, Sarawak, Malaya, and Singapore. Due to issues surrounding the Indonesian and Filipino objection to the formation of Malaysia, the date was postponed to September 16 that same year. Another reason given for the postponement of the date was to allow the United Nations time to conduct referendums in Sabah and Sarawak regarding the two states’ participation in a new federation. On September 16, Tunku Abdul Rahman was given the title “Bapa Malaysia” (Malay for “Father of Malaysia”), and the national flag was raised for the first time in all 13 states  (11 Peninsular states and two from East Malaysia). The formation of Malaysia was successfully made through the introduction of the Malaysia Bill to the Malayan Parliament on July 9, 1963 and consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on August 29, 1963. However, on August 9, 1965, Singapore officially announced its separation from Malaysia to form an independent nation on its own.

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Malaysia Day, so let us all celebrate this national event together with all our heart and soul. Happy Malaysia Day everyone! From us at Posterific!

Ground Zero Remembered

On September 11, 2001, two planes were hijacked by terrorists and flown straight into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The towers crumbled, crushing the occupants of the towers as well as killing scores of innocent bystanders on level ground and those who were nearby. A third plane intended for the White House changed its flight course and crashed into an open field after the passengers onboard fought back. A fourth plane was flown straight into the Pentagon. It was the darkest day for the Americans, and those who survived, lived to tell the tale that they had seen with their own eyes. Those who have gone to lend a hand to help out included the brave firemen and policemen, and while they were able to rescue others, some of them have lost their lives in the aftermath of the incident. The devastating attacks were caught on public television, shocking every other nation who tuned in to their local news channel and watched the whole event unfold before them.

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9.11.2001. The power to believe. The will to win. The strength to go on. Photo by Vicki Blackwell.

Today, we remember the brave firefighters who lost their trying to save people who were trapped beneath the rubble.

Today, we remember the courageous policemen who lost their lives trying to contain the terrorists and hijackers from attacking elsewhere.

Today, we remember those who lost their lives after being trapped in the towers as they desperately tried to escape, the innocent bystanders who lost their lives despite being outside the Towers, and the families who lost their loved ones in the horrific incident.

Today is the 13th anniversary of 9/11 (as it is fondly known as today). Today, we put our differences aside and pray for the victims and their families.

The Legendary Icon Lives On

Date and Place of Birth: June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California

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Marilyn Monroe in Bed (colour) by THECOUNT.COM

Marilyn Monroe’s biological name was Norma Jean Baker. Not quite a name that you’d liken with a sex symbol status which she earned later on for herself. She  was a very successful American model and actress during her time, and remained one of Hollywood’s greatest sex symbols with her alluring style, champagne-blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. Sadly, this wasn’t always the life she had lived. She didn’t become a star overnight.

During her childhood years, Monroe (then known as Norma Jean) had a loveless and disrupted life, that included years moving from one foster family to another. Norma never knew her biological father, and Gladys Baker wasn’t exactly a model mum either. Her mother was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic where the condition was so severe that she had to be hospitalized. Norma even recalled her mother once tried to smother her in her crib with a pillow! Not exactly a family that you or I would like to live with. As a result, she became an orphan and the constant move from one foster home to another caused her background to be sketchy; torn, and tattered.

Her career as an iconic Hollywood actress may have begun on a high, but her yearning to have a normal life was not meant to be. Her first marriage to then boyfriend Jim Dougherty, a merchant marine, crumbled after he returned from war and discovered that she had found herself a name in the show business industry. He was displeased to learn that she chose her career over her marriage with him. Her 1954 marriage to baseball great Joe DiMaggio only lasted 9 months which was rumoured to have ended after he was furious to her reaction when wind blew upwards at her skirt and all she could do was laugh and enjoy that moment! Two years later, she got married to playwright Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961. That didn’t last very long either. Her string of unsuccessful marriages and relationships may have added fuel to her already troubled life.

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Marilyn Monroe and her wind-blown dress by DESKTOP NEXUS.

Her film honours include The Asphalt Jungle (crime drama, 1960), All About Eve, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (musical comedy, 1953), How to Marry a Millionaire, There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (dramatic comedy, 1956), Some Like It Hot (comedy, 1959 — this won her the honour of “Best Actress in a Comedy” that same year at the Golden Globe Awards), Let’s Make Love (1960), and her last completed film The Misfits (adventure drama, 1961). In 1962, during the ongoing production of Something’s Got to Give, Monroe was dismissed from the set for constantly failing to turn up. Until today, nobody knows the reason why. At that time, Monroe’s professional and personal lives were already in turmoil. So much so that her last two films Let’s Make Love (1960) and The Misfits (1961) were box office disappointments.

On August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe died at her home in Los Angeles at only 36 years old. There were speculations that she may have been murdered but the cause of her death was officially ruled as drug overdose as an empty bottle of sleeping pills was found by her bed. Lee Strasberg (the acting guru whom she trained under), Hugh Hefner, and Monroe’s ex husband, Joe DiMaggio (who famously delivered red roses to her crypt for the next 20 years after her death), were among the small group of family and friends who attended her funeral. Today, she is remembered as the world’s most popular icon of sex appeal and beauty, and for her idiosyncratic sense of humour and sly wit despite having acted in many ‘dumb blonde’ roles. She was Hollywood’s greatest sex symbol of all time that up until now, her style has been imitated over the years by a number of celebrities, from Madonna to Lady Gaga!

Today, we celebrate the death anniversary of the legendary sex icon to have ever lived! Are you a fan of Marilyn Monroe? Come over to our Posterific Facebook page and get your exclusive posters of Marilyn Monroe herself!

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Fourth of July: Independence in America

A Little American History

In 1779, Independence Day was first described as a nationwide party of patriotic displays of showmanship, colourful parades, picnics and barbecues, guns and fireworks, bells and bonfires, and family games and sports that Americans participated in. It is the anniversary of the declaration of independence from Great Britain, and an annual event celebrated on July 4 which is known as the “Fourth of July”. Americans use this day to give their thanks for the hard-fought freedom and liberties by the first generation of many of today’s Americans.

Did you know…?

… That Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence? And the Declaration of Independence was signed by both men, who were also former Presidents of the United States! What a coincidence!

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‘Fourth of July’: The American Flag in Fireworks by the Burbank Association of Realtors

On this day, the US flag is displayed outside homes, offices, and shopping malls. Friends and families get together to organize events and fireworks displays, which are often accompanied by patriotic music. The media will cover the festivities for public viewing across the world. Politicians make public appearances to show their support for the history, heritage, and the people. Activities that are often associated with this day include hotdog-eating competitions, baseball and tug-of-war games, three-legged races, and swimming activities. Not to mention, the Statue of Liberty, which is the national monument of the United States, is also associated with Independence Day.

Similar to our public holidays in Malaysia, many people across the States will take long vacation days so they can enjoy themselves and celebrate at their favourite holiday destinations. But with every celebration comes traffic disruption, public transit systems that won’t normally operate on their regular timetables, and closed roads to make way for the celebrations. Government offices, schools, and some businesses will be closed on that day.

So here’s a shoutout to all our American friends:

Happy Independence Day! God bless you, and hope you all have a fantastic celebration!

 

D’oh! It’s The Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary

When you see yellow, what is the first thing you think of?

When you see a tall blue cylindrical head of hair, who is the first person you think of?

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Phrases like “Eat my shorts!” and “D’oh!” bring to mind the famous five-member family (starring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson) of Springfield. Let me give you a brief history of the Simpsons family, starting with the man of the clan down to the youngest child.

Homer is the sole breadwinner of the family. Fat and bald, all he ever thinks about is food (mostly donuts and bacon) and Duff beer. His hobby of frying bacon in the pan, and scraping off the oil and fats to be used as gravy for the bacon is a death-defying act! He may not be the brightest star in Springfield but he loves his family to bits. He just doesn’t know how to show it, or perhaps his ways of showing it isn’t always the right way.

Marge is his cylindrical blue-haired wife whose job at home is to be housewife and Super Mom. This is because she has to care for three children of different ages with different characters and personalities! Marge is more logical than her lazy husband who often tries to find the best solution to do less work and earn more money, but there were times when she did some stupid things as well. She means well, as is the case with every mother.

Bart is the oldest and only boy in the family. He is intelligent but boys will always be boys. When it comes to tricks and mischief, Bart is the champion of both. Bart has no interest in school and is always up to no good. He has been punished many times for things he’s done but he is undeterred. He may come across as a bully for the geeky students at his school but nothing can beat the biggest bully Nelson who takes pride in harassing Bart and the other students for lunch money.

Lisa is the second child and is very intelligent. She does so well in school to the point where she gets disappointed if she doesn’t hit the highest grade. Her hobby is playing the saxophone and has always dreamt that she will one day be a great sax player. Her love for the environment and nature has often landed her in trouble with the townsfolk, probably because they couldn’t be bothered and are annoyed with her attempts in trying to get them to care. I’d say the world could do with more Lisa’s and less Homer’s.

Maggie is the youngest and ever since she was born, she always had a pacifier in her mouth and found at her mother’s hip. Despite being the baby of the family, Maggie should not be overlooked in the series. There were episodes that showed Maggie holding her own and sometimes becoming the family’s saviour! She often casts a mysterious vibe to viewers, the things she does actually raises an eyebrow or both. Otherwise, she is a passive character in the series, enjoying her day time naps and occasional romps with the family pet dog and cat.

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Other characters include Moe the bar owner, Appu the convenient store owner, Barney, Lenny  who are all friends of Homer, the Flanders who are the Simpsons’ religious next-door neighbours, and Homer’s boss at the nuclear plant, Mr Burns. All these characters will be featured in the 25th anniversary special on Fox Channel. According to director and producer Al Jean, the Simpsons will be taking a new look in the form of Lego! Are you looking forward to it? In conjunction with The Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary, we have posters of Homer and Bart Simpson doing what they do best! Get your Simpsons posters here (while stocks last!)

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