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This Flash-Animated Cartoon Character Got Me Through College

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If you had access to a computer back in the Wild West days of dial-up internet, you probably remember the Flash-animated internet cartoon Homestar Runner and its breakout star, Strong Bad.

Strong Bad started out as the antagonist for the other characters, but eventually became a main feature of the series…

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Voiced by Homestar Runner co-creator, Matt Chapman, the braggadocious and egocentric character of Strong Bad was a fan favorite because of his self-parodying sensibilities as well as his unplaceable accent and obscure mix of pop culture references that are somehow still ahead of their time.

He grew so popular that he was given his own segment…

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In the series “Strong Bad Email,” the character was given his own platform to shine like the lucha libre mask clad diamond that he is. The premise is basically that Strong Bad reads emails sent in by fans and then he — while wearing boxing gloves — types up a response as only he could.

“Strong Bad Email” was responsible for some the funniest spinoffs in the whole series…

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In the same way that “Happy Days” gave birth to “Mork And Mindy” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Strong Bad Emails” spawned “fhqwhgads,” a hilarious musical misunderstanding of a fan’s typo, and “Teen Girl Squad,” which was actually just a comic Strong Bad drew about four teenage girls.


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[VIDEO] Luchador Silver King, Also Known As Ramses From ‘Nacho Libre,’ Dies During Match

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[VIDEO] Luchador Silver King, Also Known As Ramses From ‘Nacho Libre,’ Dies During Match

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César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, a.k.a. Silver King, was born to live a life in the ring. As the son of the luchador Manuel González Rivera known as the professional wrestler, Dr. Wagner, Barron followed in the footsteps of his dad.

His stage names were Dr. Wagner Jr., El Invasor, El Bronco, El Hermano de Dr. Wagner Jr., and most recently as Silver King. Unfortunately, his life recently ended the same way it began —  in the ring.

Silver King died during a match in England at the age of 51.

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Silver King was part of the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre in Camden Town, London, England, when he collapsed in the ring. Witnesses thought Silver King was simply performing and his fall to the ground was part of the act.

“It felt like it was staged,” Roberto Carrera Maldonado told the BBC. “Obviously it was quite normal in the fight.

The BBC also reports that the referee tried to revive him to no avail. Although a cause of death has yet to be determined, speculation is that the Silver King suffered a heart attack.

“All of us were really shocked —it wasn’t clear what was happening,” Maldonado added, “I had the impression they didn’t know what to do.”

Silver King played Ramses in the hit 2006 film “Nacho Libre” opposite Jack Black.

The actor paid tribute to the great luchador on Instagram with a picture from the movie and said, “César González…vaya con dios, hermano.”

The actor paid tribute to the great luchador on Instagram with a picture from the movie and said, “César González…vaya con dios, hermano.”

Footage shows that his opponent thought he had won the fight. Some are calling out the referee for not helping sooner. Warning, this is tough to watch.

His opponent seems to be confused about his victory but continues to play along as if he won the match. The entire time, you can see Silver King clearly struggling to alert his opponent and the ref of his condition. Spectators were also unaware of the severity of the issue as you can hear boos and laughter from the crowd.

Minutes later, CPR was finally administered but by then it was too late. Again, this is very sensitive material.


The BBC reports that medical officials arrived five minutes after being called to the scene. During that time, the ref tried to administer CPR but the fighter was dead in the ring.

Here are some tributes from his fans.

He was so good as Ramses. That movie was a cultural moment in the U.S. giving people a comedic and touching look at lucha libre and Mexican culture. The use of real luchadors in the movie gave it a needed authenticity.

His fellow opponent and rival, El Hijo del Santo also tweeted his condolences.

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“I am profoundly sad at the death of my great rival and companion of numerous fights,” he tweeted. “He dies as he wanted: a fighter. @SILVERKING Farewell my dear friend, #SilverKing.”

Here he is without his mask.

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According to CNN, Sean Waltman, a former WWE star, said: “It was an honor to have been friends and shared the ring with the great Silver King. He truly was one of the greats and I’m heartbroken to learn of his passing.”

He was a great fighter till the very end. Here’s one of his greatest moments.

Rest in peace, Silver King.

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El Santo Puts A Sleeper Hold On Today’s Google Doodle

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El Santo Puts A Sleeper Hold On Today’s Google Doodle

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On what would have been his 99th birthday, Google is honoring legendary Mexican luchador El Santo with his very own Google Doodle.

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Casual Googlers might not know the history behind the man, the myth, the legend, but El Santo is one of the greatest luchadores in Mexico’s illustrious wrestling history. Knowing they couldn’t honor Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta with just a basic drawing, Google devoted several beautiful, biographical panels to highlight El Santo’s life and career.

This is the town of Tulancingo, El Santo’s hometown located in Hidalgo, Mexico.

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Born on Sep. 23, 1917, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta was the fifth of seven children.

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Though his time in Tulancingo was brief, the town is obviously proud of their connection to El Santo.

El más grande. #ElSanto #tulancingo #luchalibremexicana #elenmascaradodeplata #losrudoslosrudoslosrudos

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Tulancingo honored El Santo with his own statue, as well as naming as street – Boulevard Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, El Santo – after the famous luchador.

When he was barely a teenager, Rodolfo’s family moved to Mexico City, where he was introduced to the sport that would change his life.

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So entranced by the spectacle of luchadores he saw in Mexico City, Rodolfo began training to become a professional wrestler. Though no official record exists, it is believed that Rodolfo’s debut was at the Arena Peralvillo Cozumel in June 1934, a little before his 17th birthday.

In his early days as a luchador, Rodolfo wrestled under his real name and was a rudo, a rule-breaking bad guy.

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Rodolfo decided to drop his real name in favor of an wrestling alias, a common practice among luchadores. Some of Rodolfo’s earliest stage names include Rudy Guzman, El Enmascarado, El Hombre Rojo, El Demonio Negro, and El Murciélago 2. He was forced to give up the name El Murciélago 2, because it was infringed on Jesus Velazquez’s alias, which was El Murciélago.

At the suggestion of his manager, 24-year-old Rodolfo officially took the title of El Santo and donned his now iconic silver mask.

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El Santo’s official first match was at the Arena Mexico in 1942. No longer a rudo, Santo wrestled as a técnico, a good guy, which gave him the chance to show off his technical abilities for the fans. This change in approach was a success.

With his new name, El Santo was unstoppable, engaging in feuds that were as exciting as they were career defining.

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Depicted above is Santo’s feud with Blue Demon. Fans will notice the last panel may imply an unmasking of Blue Demon, which never happened. It was Blue who defeated Santo in a well-publicized series of matches that propelled both wrestlers to the heights of stardom.

El Santo’s popularity eventually grew beyond the boundaries of the ring.

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Outside the ring, El Santo tackled the entertainment industry, appearing in movies as well as the very popular comic, “Santo.”

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In Jose G. Cruz’s comic book, El Santo was pitted against enemies too big for the ring.

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Over the course of 35 years, Santo put his heroic strength to good use, defeating mummies, vampires, and even the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

The comic books are rare, but they can be found on internet auction sites.

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These Santo comics are typically priced for serious collectors. This one runs for about $40.

El Santo also became one of Mexico’s biggest movie stars, appearing in over 50 movies during the course of his acting career.

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Like the comics, Santo’s movie counterpart often found himself fighting off hordes of supernatural creatures.

Santo vs The Zombies,” was Santo’s third movie, but was the first one to connect with audiences already familiar with the luchador.

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Thanks to fans of Santo (or zombie enthusiasts) “Santo vs The Zombies” is available online in its entirety.

At 64 years old, and 48 years of wrestling under his belt, Rudy “El Santo” Guzman finally retired from lucha libre.

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Barely a year after retiring, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta passed away. He was 66 years old at the time. With a legacy lives on in the hearts and imaginations of the fans he inspired, El Santo is a true hero, in and out of the ring.

Happy Birthday Santo!

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The legend.

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