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Inequality, be it for a common man or an artist, is quite a common thing since the stone age. No matter how much we proclaim it as uprooted or a non-issue it still is present. Hollywood is the biggest instance of this inequality as the female actresses are still not paid equal to men. Even with better skills and looks the actresses are underestimated and assumed to be inferior. Even after a prolong era of protest this trend is still not changing much. However there yet are some actresses who have earned more than their male counterparts. We have arranged a list of top 10 Hollywood actresses earning more than their male colleagues.

10. Tina Fey

Tina Fey Earning
Funny, charming and cute is the most suitable description for this attractive actress. Tina is among a few female stars of Hollywood who’ve earned the hearts of people through her acting skills, most notably her comedy roles. She is considered to be worth $45 million which is raising each year by a huge ratio.

9. Tina Turner

Tina-Turner Earning
The basic reason that got Tina Turner limelight was her singing for which she got a Grammy award. Born in 1939 this actress, despite her race, got much appreciation and made her way to the acting too. From a role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderstorm and appearing with Mike Jagger she became a hit on the acting industry as well. Tina is estimated to be worth $200 million.

8. Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock Earning
Hot and sexy is what defines Sandra. Sandra’s acting skills are hotter than her looks. These feature combined make her much more worthy and deserving than any other actors in the industry. That is the reason Bullock is earning more than some of her male colleagues. The net worth of this dazzling actress is $200 million.

See also; Top 10 World’s Highest Paid Actresses.

7. Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone Earning
This most beautiful Indian actress who has recently started working in Hollywood. She has gained immense popularity in a short time. She is appreciated as a beautiful, hot actress who has found her way quite quickly in a young age. This stunning actress has left so many popular male and female actors behind in terms of her net income. In addition, Deepika’s worth $7 million.

See also; Top 10 Most Beautiful Actresses of 2017.

6. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Earning
Talking about highest paid actresses, who could not mention Angelina Jolie. Though this ever loved actress signs just one or two movies a year but out of them she earns more than her male colleagues; Who are earning signing dozens of movies a year. Angelina takes around $7 million to $15 million a movie. In addition, she is summed up to be making $160 million a year.

See also; Top 10 Hottest Actresses in Hollywood.

5. Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley Earning
Known for Pirates of the Caribbean, Keira became popular over nights. Since childhood, this British actress have been interested in working in the industry. Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Jacket are one of her highly succeeded movies. Keira is estimated to be worth $4.1 million.

See also; Top 10 Hottest British Actresses in Hollywood.

4. Julia Roberts

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Well with such success who could possibly think Julia does not earn good? This charming, beautiful actress has a long history of limelight and carrier. Julia is worth $170 million, also is one of the highest paid actress of the Hollywood. Julia is often asked about her husband who is not as popular as her and does not earn much. Her compassionate answers are a proof of love for him.

See also; Top 20 Most Beautiful Women Over 40.

3. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Earning
Opera is one of only a few women in the world to enjoy such power, wealth and success. She is a beacon of hope for all the working women in the field. Breaking all the stereotypes, Oprah has the honor of being the very first black billionaire woman in the history. Apart from acting carrier, she is a successful author, producer and an entrepreneur too. Opera is considered to be worth 2.9 billion dollars.

See also; Top 10 Personable Hot Black Female Celebrities.

2. Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway Earning
Known for Princess Diaries; Anne Hathaway is earning more than her male counterparts in the industry especially her husband who happened to be an actor too. After the splendid success of Princess Diaries, Ann Hathaway became the apple of the producer’s eyes. She is one of the few actresses who have enjoyed success on such a huge level in a young age. Hathaway is assumed to be worth $15 million yet her husband earns much less.

See also; 10 Famous Actors Hollywood Won’t Cast Anymore.

1. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston Earning
Jennifer Aniston is not only the most popular and hot actresses of Hollywood but one of the most paid too. Since 1994 the actress has been a huge name for the industry. She is best known for her role in Friends; The most popular and high rated program in the television history. In addition it got her to earn $1 million per episode. This is what got Jennifer on limelight of her carrier. Since then she’s been earning more than so many actors in Hollywood. Jennifer is worth $110 million up till now.

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Somewhere in the foldings of the clouds, lightening is forming. There are about 40 to 50 lightning strikes around the world every second making the annual hitting over 1 billion times. Every 1 in 12,000 people is likely to get struck by lightning and out of the 500 people who do, 90% survive. There are humans who have provided an attractive target for the lightning bolts to unleash their energy n them. Let’s check out 10 of those people who were struck by lightning and lived to talk about it.

#10- Winston Kemp

Winston Kemp
When Winston Kemp was struck by the lightning bolt, he walked away as if nothing had happened. It was probably because it was a ground strike and the bolt had impacted him after rebounding from the ground. He didn’t realize he was hit until his arm started to hurt. Soon the blisters formed on his am and on healing, they now look like a beautifully textured tattoo, which are actually fractal patterns, given to him by nature.

See also; 10 Incredible Stories of Survival in Extreme Situations.

#9- Peter McCathie

Peter McCathie
In July 2015, not only was he hit by lightning but also had won a one million dollar lottery the same day! 14 years old at that time. He was on a boating trip when a white cloud formed above him and the lightning struck him through the trees. He survived the strike. And, was able to split the lottery money with his co worker with whom he had bought the lottery ticket. He told people that his odds of getting hit by lightning again are much higher than winning a lottery!

#8- Britney Wehrle

Britney Wehrle
11 year old Britney was walking in the streets of Washington Pennsylvania with a friend in 2011. It was a pleasant sunny day. But she got struck by a lightning bolt from a storm occurring a few miles away. What are the odds! It is not unheard for people getting struck under sunny skies. Because lightning can travel miles before impacting the ground or a unfortunate person. Britney did not even realize it until she struggled to open the door to her home and could not move her left arm. Next she noticed a burn mark on her wrist and shoulder and at the hospital the doctors told her that the bolt had entered her body through the shoulder and exited through the wrist, breaking her arm in the process. She was lucky that the shock did not reach her heart and she recovered gradually.

#7- Melvin Roberts

Melvin Roberts
The chances of a normal person being struck in a year is out of 700,000 other people but Melvin Roberts has been hit 11 times! The probability of getting hit this many times could be factored down to the account for living in a specific area but it is still a rare thing to have happened. Roberts lives in a state Seneca, South Carolina where the average likelihood of getting a hit is higher than other places. Surprisingly, he was struck in a sunny day while mowing his neighbor’s grass and twice while driving a bulldozer. His wife claims to have witnessed him getting struck all the times but Guinness book of world records wont place him due to lack of evidence.

#6- Alice Svensson

Alice Svensson was hit by lightning
In 2011, 12 year old Alice from Sweden was taking a shower in her home when lightning struck her, not once, but twice. Her family heard her scream twice after a brief interval. When they rushed to the bathroom, they found her screaming and clutching on to the metallic shower head. It was revealed that electrical charge had surged to the plumbing and travelled through the pipes. Despite being all wet and barefooted, fortunately, her injuries for not life claiming.

#5- Sophie Frost and Mason Billington

Sophie Frost and Mason Billington
Sophie who was 14 years old. One day she was walking along with her friend Mason; Also 14, when the lightning bolt hit them both. Mason suffered optical injuries while Sophie’s had burned down the front of her body as the electric charge had travelled through the wires of her iPod. Doctors believe that the diversion of current due to the iPod actually saved her vital organs from a fatal damage. Thanks to her grandmother who gifted her the iPod. They both recovered from the injuries.

#4- Austin Melton

Austin Melton
14 year old Austin Melton was hit by lightning when he was at a basketball game at his middle school. When the thunderstorm knocked out the power to the gym, his friends said “that is scary” and he vouched to go out saying “at least what could happen?” He walked outside and had an impact. The next thing he saw was the hospital with burns on his head, chest and ankles and a perforated ear drum due to the concussive effect of electric charge through his body. He adopted the nickname “Sparky” to his bravery credit after the foolish spectacle.

#3- Dylan Nicholas

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21 year old Dylan was sitting against a garage door where he worked, minding his own business and having lunch when lightning bolt decided to charge at him. After being struck, he lay on the ground watching his chest while complaining of pain and numbness. His inmates though he was having a heart attack and hustled him to the hospital. It turned out that the garage door had taken the brunt of the thunder strike and he was absolutely fine.

#2- Jaime Santana

jaime santana struck by lightning
In April 2016, Jamie Santana was horseriding in the woods along with his brother in law in Buckeye, Arizona. When a storm started to roll in, they both tried to get of there. But it was too late and not just he got hit, but so did his horse. Sadly enough, the horse could not survive the impact and Jamie had to spend four months in the hospital for recuperation which still continues. He hit the headlines. He is thankful for his second chance to life and to his beloved horse who took half of the charge meant for him.

#1- Roy Sullivan

Roy Sullivan struck by lightning
As rare as it seems to get hit 11 times. There is a guy named Roy Sullivan who has been struck by lightning seven times between 1942 and 1977. Sullivan worked as a U.S park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The lightning seemed to have a terrible attraction to him and he earned the nickname ‘Human Conductor’. Once he got hit while in his truck which acted like a Faraday’s Cage and diverted the electric charge to the ground. While another time he got hit inside the station. He swore that the clouds followed him and that was when he was hit fifth and sixth time. His last encounter was the craziest. When he got struck while fishing in a boat and had to fight off a bear who tried to steal his fish.

See also; Top 10 Unluckiest People Who Ever Lived.

All of his seven hits were documented. He became a media sensation who also holds a placement in Guinness Book of World Record; As the man who survived most of the lightning strikes. Sadly, he shot himself in the head in 1983.

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Spend enough time online and you’ll eventually encounter a person mockingly talking about overly PC, censor-happy snowflakes who’re triggered by mean words. This, as it happens, isn’t a new phenomenon, or even one limited to one specific end of the political spectrum (who’d have thought it?). Here are 10 examples of the most innocent things busybodies of the era tried to censor, starting with…

10. A school once censored the painting of Washington crossing the Delaware

The words “George Washington” likely conjure one of two images in your head: his portrait on the dollar bill, or that one painting of him crossing the Delaware, looking like a total boss. The painting is easily one of the most famous depicting American history so you’d of course expect it to be found in history textbooks across the States, because why wouldn’t you? One, it looks awesome. And two, it’s a painting showing a guy in a boat. Who could possibly take offense to that?

Well, schools in Georgia sure as hell did when, in 1999, they had someone airbrush the photo after the superintendent of the Muscogee County school district, Guy Sims, insisted that it kind of looked like you could see Washington’s erect penis in the painting. Specifically, Sims put forward that the watch Washington is wearing in the painting kind of looked like a penis if you looked at it the right way, and he was worried that older kids would laugh at it. So, Sims did the only sane thing and had an art teacher mix up a kind of paint that was the same color as the one used for Washington’s trousers, and spent several days painting over the pseudo-dong in all 2,000 copies of a textbook the offending painting appeared in.

Just to clarify what happened here, because it’s glorious: a school official tried to censor American history because he personally couldn’t unsee George Washington’s erect penis in a 200 year old painting. We don’t know about you, but if anything, the idea that George Washington was so confident he literally went balls out while crossing the Delaware only makes us respect him more and they should probably edit paintings to make the watch look more like a penis.

9. Censors tried to cut a toilet flushing from Psycho

Psycho is a genre-defining movie, regarded as one of the finest examples of psychological horror ever committed to film. The film broke new ground in several regards. However, the most impressive (considering how many films came before it) is that it was the first film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen… something censors objected to and tried have removed. For context, the offending flush takes place roughly 40 seconds before a character is brutally stabbed to death in a shower while completely naked.

Sure, censors also took offense to the shower stabbing scene, but Hitchcock was careful to frame and shoot that scene in such a way it technically complied with most every censorship rule about violence and nudity that existed. Hitchcock also made the scene consist of dozens of rapid cuts that actually showed very little, with most of the violence merely being hinted at rather than shown. This made it difficult for censors to actually point to any specific thing they objected to. The toilet flushing, however, was an unbroken shot that broke production codes of the era. However, because Hitchcock famously didn’t give a crap about stuff like that and was dogged in his persistence, censors eventually gave up trying to “fix” the film and let the toilet be, flush and all.

8. A store once put an “explicit lyrics” sticker… on an instrumental album

We think it’s safe to say that given today’s musical ecosystem, nobody has paid attention to a parental advisory sticker on an album in several years, presumably because physical album sales have been hemorrhaging for years. However, back in the days before streaming and YouTube, those little stickers were considered a death sentence for certain albums as they effectively prevented them from being sold by large chains of stores that wanted to project a “family friendly” image, Walmart being the most notable example.

Albums could be slapped with an explicit lyrics sticker for containing a single objectionable lyric, which Frank Zappa heard about before presumably saying “that’s cute.” We say this because Zappa holds the dubious honor of being the only artist known to have received a parental warning sticker for explicit lyrics on an entirely instrumental album.

Called Jazz from Hell, the album contains no lyrics of any kind. It does, however, contain a track simply titled G-Spot Tornado. This was enough for the Fred Meyer chain of stores to put an explicit lyrics warning label on the album even though, if they’d listened to it, the song and indeed the entire album are entirely lyric-less. Wow, it’s almost like heavy handed censorship without a deeper understanding of the medium you’re censoring is a bad idea.

7. The full quote of the famous Frankenstein “It’s alive!” bit was cut for 70 years

Until it gets horribly rebooted as part of the Dark Universe (a new cinematic universe centered around the classic movie monsters of the ’30s and ’40s that we’re absolutely not making up and kicked off with Tom Cruise’s terrible Mummy movie), Frankenstein will be fondly remembered as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Perhaps the most iconic moment of the entire film is when the eponymous Dr. Frankenstein yells “IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” as a bolt of lightning brings his horrific creation to life.

That quote has been endlessly homaged and parodied in the 80-plus years since the film was released, which is odd since the actual full version of the quote was censored for, like, 70 of them. You see, in the original cut of the film, Frankenstein has a bit of dialogue after that, that was censored in the original cut, where he proclaims Now I know what it feels like to be God!

Censors judged the line to be blasphemous and demanded it be cut. This scene, among others that were cut for similar reasons, remained absent from the film for over half a century until they were all found and spliced back into a more comprehensive version of the movie a few years ago.

6. I Love Lucy was heavily censored due to even the implication of pregnancy

Censors in the ’50s weren’t exactly a fun-loving bunch and TV shows and movies were effectively banned from showing anything that went against Hollywood’s incredibly narrow idea of traditional family values at the time. To this end couples couldn’t be shown sharing a bed or even kiss for more than three seconds. Censors were so against even suggesting the idea of sex that you couldn’t even say the word “pregnant” on TV. This became a problem for actress Lucille Ball when she became pregnant and her being with child was written into the show I Love Lucy.

Luckily for Ball and the writers, the show was one of the most popular on the air at the time so they were able to reach a compromise with censors, agreeing to only use the word “expecting” instead of pregnant to appease advertisers. A fact that is absurd in retrospect when you realize that not only did an entire season of the show incorporate Ball’s pregnancy into the plot, but one episode revolved around her giving birth.

Curiously, cigarette giant Philip Morris (who sponsored the show at the time) is said to have actually reached out to the show’s writers upon learning of Ball’s pregnancy to specifically request that her character not be shown smoking while pregnant. So we guess that’s one good thing, at least.

5. Two separate transgender characters have been censored in Mario games for Western audiences

Video games are a form of media consumed by people across the gender spectrum and in recent years a definite push has been made to represent individuals who fall outside the strict heteronormative narrative found in most popular games. This is, for some reason, a controversial statement that triggers people who like to make fun of the word triggered. As if the idea of people who are gay, lesbian, or transgender wanting to see themselves represented in their favorite medium is a big thing to ask.

Although the medium contains only a few well-known LGBT characters, at least one series has been flying the rainbow flag since the ’80s. We’re of course talking about the Mario franchise, which has introduced two transgendered characters in the past: Birdo and Vivian. In each case the character is described as being physically male, but identifies as female. The games don’t make a big deal out of this and most every character, including Mario, respectfully refers to them by their preferred gender pronoun during interactions.

For some reason this didn’t sit well with censors translating the English versions of the games each character was first introduced in, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door respectively, removing mentions that the characters are transgender to secure a child-friendly rating. In the case of Birdo, game manuals for Super Mario Bros. 2 did initially note that Birdo was a male who identified as female, but it was later changed for unknown reasons.

4. Sections of Anne Frank’s diary were censored because she talks about her vagina

Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most famous recollections of WW2, and it has remained one of the most studied and widely disseminated personal accounts of the war since it was published in 1947. A thing to keep in mind, though, is that Anne Frank’s diary was first and foremost a freaking diary that contained some of her most intimate thoughts and feelings. Frank never intended for her diary to be read by millions of people the world over, so she talks about some pretty personal stuff in it, like her vagina.

In fact, Frank’s diary contains an astonishingly detailed section in which she vividly describes her girly parts, which the guy who originally edited the whole thing decided to cut out wholesale. To be fair, the guy who edited Anne Frank’s diary was her father, so it’s understandable that he felt uncomfortable reading about his daughter’s burgeoning sexuality. However, there have been multiple examples of parents who object to the unabridged version of the diary being read in schools, even though in most cases it was going to be read by kids Anne Frank’s age.

3. The word “blowhole” was almost cut from a TV show because nobody knew what it meant

When it comes to making TV for kids, writers often get a lot of stuff past the radar of censors, whether it’s The Animaniacs joking about fingering Prince or a sultry Harley Quinn seductively asking the Joker if he wants to “ride his Harley” in Batman: The Animated Series. Sometimes, though, censors get suspicious and will pull creators up on a word or joke they feel is offensive somehow.

The most amusing example of this is the show The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which aired on Nickelodeon in the ’90s. Censors particularly zeroed in on one character’s repeated use of the word “blowhole” which they suspected was a new swear they’d never heard of. The creators apparently found this hilarious, and after composing themselves, walked into the Nickelodeon offices armed with a dictionary and read out the definition of what a blowhole is to the censors.

Apparently nobody in the office had any idea that the word blowhole was real and after realizing it’s just something you find on top of a whale’s head and absolutely wasn’t just a PG-version of the word a-hole , let the creators use it as much as they wanted.

2. Spider-Man wasn’t allowed to hurt pigeons in the ’90s

You often see the words “Ruining my childhood” thrown around online and most of the time it’s hyperbolic nonsense. However, we are genuinely about to say something that could potentially cause you to never look at one of the most popular interpretation of Spider-Man the same way ever again.

Okay, ready? In the 1994 Spider-Man cartoon, Spider-Man never punched a single bad guy. Seriously, go back and watch any fight scene from that series. Spidey never throws a single punch, or at least never one that lands.

This is because censors of the time heavily objected to showing violence of any kind on screen and drafted a list of things Spider-Man couldn’t be shown doing. This list included punching bad guys, threatening people with being set on fire, and hurting pigeons. That last one sounds made up, but it isn’t. You see, in addition to being told to never show Spider-Man punching someone, the animators were also asked by censors to make it clear than whenever he landed on a rooftop he didn’t disturb any birds. Despite this, the creators were able to make a half-decent show by having Spider-Man outwit his enemies or tie them up with his web rather than socking them on the jaw.

1. The ninja turtles weren’t ninjas in the UK

There are really only four things you need to know about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and they’re all right there in the name. They’re mutant turtles who struggle to balance teenage angst with the responsibility of being a sick ninja.

UK censors, however, objected to exactly one quarter of the show’s content when TV stations acquired the rights to air the 1987 animated series over there. Specifically, they objected to the word “ninja” due to it having violent connotations and forced the creators to brand the show “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtlesinstead. Also, before anyone asks, yes – they forced them to change the theme song, too.

Along with demanding that of any mention of the word ninja was cut, British censors asked the creators to downplay use of weaponry in fight scenes. The most ridiculous thing, though, is that even though one of the turtles hit people with a sword censors went after Michelangelo the hardest because showing nunchucks in British media was illegal at the time. This forced the creators to remove Michelangelo’s nunchucks and replace them with a grappling hook in the third season.

We did originally plan to have a smarmy closing remark go here, but we think the image of a British guy angrily yelling about a turtle slapping people around with two sticks joined by a piece of rope is funnier than anything we could come up with.

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A long time ago (40 years today, to be exact), in a movie theater… well, not too far away, Star Wars premiered, and we were introduced to the most badass item with which to slice and dice our enemies we could ever imagine.

The lightsaber is the coolest fictional weapon to come out of pop culture in, like, ever. It’s a sword made of lasers you can use to punch a hole through a starship hull and it sounds like a nest full of electric bees when you swing it. Here are 10 facts about the favored weapon of Jedi and Sith you may not be aware of, starting with…

Note: We apologize to anyone who loses their afternoon following any of the links in this piece to the Star Wars wiki.

10. There are 7 Basic Styles of Lightsaber Combat (But Obi-Wan’s is the Best)

According to the Star Wars Expanded Universe (henceforth referred to as the EU for brevity’s sake) there are 7 basic forms of lightsaber combat, each with its own supposed benefits and shortcomings. Master Yoda, for example, uses a form known as Ataru, which makes up for his short stature and the fact he looks like a wilted cabbage by incorporating endless force-infused backflips to surprise an opponent.

Though the various books, comics, and games in the EU note that no singular style is better than any other, form three (or Soresu) is the only one where a master is described as being “near invincible” in combat. An entirely defensive style, Soresu became the favored form of Obi-Wan Kenobi after he saw Liam Neeson get killed by Darth Maul and realized that a guy who can’t be hit can’t be killed. In the EU, Obi-Wan is noted as one of the finest practitioners of Soresu and is described as being able to casually stroll “unscathed through hornet-swarms of blasterfire” like a boss.

9. Lightsabers Actually Weigh Quite a Bit

Contrary to the idea of a lightsaber being, well, a saber made of light, the weapon apparently has a significant weight behind it as, to quote one Star Wars character, You’re not fighting with a simple blade as much as you are directing a current of power.

In other words, those wielding a lightsaber aren’t just swinging around a beam of light like an excitable kid using a Wii for the first time, but are constantly fighting to control the direction of the blade. Preferably, directing it towards a Stormtrooper’s sack instead of their own. Think of fighting with a lightsaber as being more like holding a Shake Weight than swinging around a sword, though you’d probably look equally as silly doing both unless you’re wearing a cool robe.

8. Mace Windu’s Lightsaber is Completely Unique

Mace Windu is regarded as one of the Jedi Order’s most competent and baldest combatants, and it’s noted that his distinctive purple lightsaber was both a rallying cry for his fellow Jedi as well as a warning to enemies that they were about to have a very bad day.

Now, the lightsaber was famously made purple due to a request from Sam Jackson, who wanted to be able to find himself in combat scenes more easily. George Lucas happily indulged this request and told a bemused Jackson that the decision to color his lightsaber purple was “annoying a lot of fanboys online” because purple isn’t a lightsaber color known to exist in the EU.

To fix this it was established in the EU that purple lightsabers do exist, it’s just that Mace Windu had the only one. Amusingly, the lightsaber also had the words bad motherf******carved into it at Jackson’s behest as a nod to his character from Pulp Fiction, but no fanboys complained about that for some reason.

7. There’s an Unspeakably Awesome Black-Bladed Lightsaber Out There

The color of a lightsaber is influenced by the crystal used to power it. These crystals come in nearly every color and can bestow a number of unusual and often unexpected effects on the blade itself. But we all know that if lightsabers were real, we’d all want a cool black one. Which is a shame, because there’s only one out there.

Known as the “darksaber,” this ancient and unique weapon is wielded exclusively by a chosen few Mandalorians. The darksaber is distinct from a traditional lightsaber as it has the appearance of a regular sword, albeit one that’s black and crackles with what we assume is sexual energy when used by a particularly talented Jedi, instead of looking like a unicorn’s erection. Other than that, the darksaber is functionally identical to a regular lightsaber, which doesn’t make us want it to exist any less.

6. They Make Giant Lightsabers for Giant People

We think it’s safe to say that for the first few moments Supreme Leader Snoke was on screen in The Force Awakens we all thought he was a giant. If you’re anything like us, before it became apparent Snoke was a hologram, you probably wondered how a 30 foot tall alien would even fight with a lightsaber.

As it turns out, they’d probably fight just like anyone else, as the EU not only notes that giant lightsabers are a thing but that they’re wielded by equally giant Jedi and Sith. Known as lightclubs, these oversized batons of plasma are similar to regular lightsabers, only massive and exceptionally hard to wield without superhuman strength or really big hands. Sadly, Snoke will probably end up being around the same size as a human being, meaning our dream of seeing a giant alien baseball swing a 15 foot long lightsaber at Kylo Ren’s face will have to remain just that. A wonderful, amazing dream.

5. Darth Maul’s Lightsaber was Created After He Got Beaten Up with a Stick

For many, Darth Maul is the only redeeming feature of the prequel trilogy and it’s not hard to see why. He’s a cool devil-looking man with tattoos and a rad double-ended lightsaber that he could use to stab two people at once. A lesser known fact about Darth Maul that makes him seem decidedly less badass, though, is that he only constructed that lightsaber after being beaten half to death with a stick. Not a special, lightsaber-resistant stick made of rancor hide or something, mind you, but a regular stick made of wood that would have burst into flames the instant it came into contact with his lightsaber if Maul had been able to block a single attack with it.

According to the EU, Maul initially wielded a regular old lightsaber until he was tasked with assassinating a Jedi master known as Siolo’urmanka. Maul, overconfident that he could stab the Jedi master to death before he knew what was coming, snuck up behind Siolo’urmanka as he was meditating. Siolo’urmanka responded by launching a 30 hit combo on Maul’s ribs with a simple wooden staff he had lying around before Maul could even move. When Maul attempted to draw his lightsaber to even the odds, Siolo’urmanka slapped it out of his hands and ended the fight with a staff assisted backhand to Maul’s exposed face. Siolo’urmanka then allowed Maul to flee.

So what did Maul do after being humbled by a clearly superior opponent who showed him mercy? He welded two lightsabers together and challenged him again, using the lightsabers hidden second blade to kill Siolo’urmanka when he wasn’t expecting it. The lesson here: never let Darth Maul live.

4. Lightsaber Combat Involves Aiming for the Balls

We talked above about the many forms of lightsaber combat, but we never specifically mentioned our favorite style, Shii-Cho, also known as the first form. This basic fighting style is noted as being the first invented and is taught to most, if not all, prospective Jedi and Sith to teach the fundamental elements of lightsaber combat. This said, some Jedi and Sith do chose to specialize in Shii-Cho exclusively for its deceptive depth and unpredictable movements.

One of the first things taught to Shii-Cho practitioners is a concept known as “body target zones.” Essentially, areas of the body an attack should be aimed for in a specific scenario. Various images from Star Wars media exist highlighting these zones for instructive purposes, and they’re all hilarious as “the groin” seems to be highlighted in all of them.

We should note that, according to the Star Wars wiki, the images are supposed to be marking an enemy’s legs as the intended targets. However, we think it’s equally important to mention that one of these images is of Anakin Skywalker and it clearly shows a target aiming squarely at his balls, and we don’t think anyone would argue that prequel trilogy Anakin didn’t need to be punched in the nuts at least once.

3. The Single Most Useful Technique with a Lightsaber is Only Used by, Like, One Guy

With the exception of it’s ability to deflect lasers and cut through giraffes with a single swing, the lightsaber, at least in combat, is largely identical in function to a regular sword. Sure, it kills in one hit, but the same could be said of any sufficiently sharp blade being swung by an expert with the ability to augment their blows with the Force.

In fact, one of the most unique and potentially lethal abilities of the lightsaber, in contrast to a regular sword, is that you can turn it off. Think about it: imagine if instead of letting their lightsabers ineffectually clash with one another, Jedi turned them off periodically to bypass their opponent’s defense. Or better yet, turned them off when their opponent swung so that they’d miss and turning them back on to stab their exposed torso like the film of a microwavable dinner. It’s an amazing, potentially groundbreaking technique we never see used by any of the supposed “masters” of lightsaber in the mainline films.

In fact, the technique is only used by a handful of f-tier characters in the EU even though it’s one of those things you’d think at least one guy would think of doing, if only to mess with their opponent and make them fall on their ass. Speaking of which…

2. There’s a Special Word Just for Talking Smack About Your Opponent in a Lightsaber Duel 

Yes, in the Star Wars universe calling your opponent a douche isn’t poor sportsmanship, but a legitimate battle tactic if you’re both holding lightsabers. Known as Dun Möch, the technique is described as “a form of combat that used distraction and doubt, usually through taunting.” Or in other words, being a bit of a dick.

Unsurprisingly, the technique of “calling your opponent mean names” is favored by the Sith and for some reason warrants a 3,000 word entry on the Star Wars wiki. Both Darth Vader and Darth Maul are listed as being expert users of Dun Möch and it’s listed unironically alongside their other abilities. So yeah, in the Star Wars universe being able to smack talk your opponent is an ability considered as useful in combat as being able to telekinetically choke them from across the room. What, you thought Vader was taunting Luke during their battles just for fun?

1. Lightsabers Can Only be Stopped by Extraordinarily Rare Metals, or Water

The lightsaber is famously able to slice through nearly any material, with its cutting power being limited only by the thickness of the material and the strength of the person wielding it. Since such a weapon would be kind of ridiculous in the hands of a person who can also fire lightning from their eyeball and dominate the minds of lesser beings, the EU has introduced a number of materials capable of surviving lightsaber blows.

For the most part, every lightsaber-resistant material in the known Star Wars universe is described as being exceedingly rare and difficult to forge into armor or weaponry, because if they weren’t, everybody would have weapons and armor made from them. However, the lightsaber has another glaring weakness few opponents ever take advantage of: water.

The EU notes that virtually every lightsaber, with the exception of a notable few like the one owned by Kit Fisto (the weird squid man who tries to kill the emperor in Revenge of the Sith), will short out if submerged in water. To put it another way, every Jedi in the universe could be killed the same way as the Wicked Witch of the West, by hucking a bucket of water at them and then shooting them with a laser gun. We may not be remembering The Wizard of Oz entirely correctly.

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