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Cotton Candy From The Reel World: Watch A Supercut Of The Best T-Shirts In Film History

Embedded above: a visual history of the greatest prop t-shirts — and the occasional tank, polo, and sweatshirt — from film! A full list of every tee, film, and year of release is included below after the jump. What’d we miss? Post your thoughts, complaints, and critiques in the comments!

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Supercut: 65 Iconic Movie Sunglasses, 1962-2012

T-shirts are the currency of the realm here at It Goes to 11, but on occasion we turn our gaze to cool accessories. Like, say, sunglasses.

Even cooler than normal sunnies (as the Australians might say) are shades from the reel world (that is to say, film). To wit, we’ve cobbled together a supercut of our favorite movie sunglasses and embedded it above.

Between classic selections from Back to the Future, Dr. Strangelove, and pretty much everything Tom Cruise appears in to a variety of carefully vetted darkhorse entries, we’ve stitched our excellent eyewear into a triumphant aggregation, all soundtracked to a 1966 Dean Martin gem entitled “Shades” (apropos, yes?).

Movies, as sequenced, after the jump:

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Aging T-Shirts In Six Easy Steps: Muriatic Acid (Part 4)

All you need is glove.

Materials: Muriatic Acid, Clear Plastic Tub, Measuring Cup(s), Latex Gloves, Safety Google.

Method: 1. Mix 3 gallons warm water with 2 cups of Muriatic acid (a 24-1 ratio).

2. Soak shirt for one hour.

3. Pull, rinse, and wash.

Revised Method: 1. Mix 14 cups of warm water with 7 cups of Muriatic acid (a 2-1 ratio).

2. Soak shirt for 60 hours.

3. Pull, rinse, and wash.

Results & Conclusions: Muriatic acid is, according to Wikipedia, “a solution of hydrogen chloride (HCl) in water, that is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses.” Among other things, it’s typically used to process leathers, pickle steel, and disinfect pools. You would think, as a result, that it might eat through a cotton tee shirt, but you’d be wrong, as you can see in the picture below which reveals absolutely no change to the Elsinore design, be it the blank or the actual design.

From left to right: treated, untreated. No change detected, either visually or via touch at the 60-minute mark.

Said failure led us to revise the methodology for added potency and a longer duration. Again, however, there were no positive results to report, which leads us to the following conclusion: it doesn’t work. Which should be no surprise: according to these helpful Cotton Factoids, its fibers “are not affected by cold weak acids… [and] there are few solvents that will dissolve [them] completely.”
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Dress The Part: Our 2010 Halloween Costume Guide Is Here!

Halloween is creeping closer, which, naturally, begs the following question: got costume? For those suffering from a lack of inspiration, fear not, loyal readers: your friends at Found Item Clothing are here to help!

We’ve just posted our annual Halloween Costume Guide, which takes the Found Item model to its logical terminus, sourcing not only the shirts in question but all of the related elements and props necessary to build a convincing ensemble. This year’s version adds seven movie-themed get-ups to the mix, bringing the grand total to a whopping 28. Included among them are a few gems that you won’t find anywhere else, including Coach Steroid from The Ramones’ camp classic, Rock & Roll High School and Edgar Frog from the 80’s vamp classic, The Lost Boys. By popular demand, we’ve also developed hilarious outfits for Bob Wiley (What About Bob?) and Mr. Larson (Happy Gilmore). Click on the image/links above to see the entire spread. Because you never know when you might need a good costume…

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