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So Mermaid School is a Thing

In the heat of the New York summer, Gothamist associate editor Rebecca Fishbein and videographer Jessica Leibowitz spent a day in Coney Island, Brooklyn visiting the World of Swimming‘s Mermaid School. The skilled instructors at the school teach the students how to swim like a mermaid, a feat that requires a great deal of core strength, and in doing so, encourage self-confidence and pride. Ummm ok, sure…it’s all fun and games until someone drowns. Merman…Merman! 😉

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Hate Mail – Anti-Greeting Cards sent on your Behalf

Loving these anti-greeting cards from the Hate Mail shop, which will allow you to send out some beautiful insults to your favourite enemies – they’ll even customise by personally handwriting your message and sending to your recipient anonymously. Standard insults such as ‘Eat A Dick!’ are available or you can create a fresh one 🙂

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Bryan Sansivero – Abandoned New York Mansion

Bryan Sansivero captures an abandoned lavish mansion with a secret past

Just outside New York City, there’s a sprawling, 57-room mansion sitting on 6 acres and equipped with a bowling alley, indoor tennis court, two bars, a library, opulent interiors, with spiral staircases and chandeliers. It is also entirely abandoned. Built in the late 1930s and last inhabited in the 1970s, the neglect is allegedly down to an owner who would buy lavish mansions and leave them to rot. While the building itself is in need of repairs, the collections within it remain untouched and have been beautifully captured by photographer Bryan Sansivero – there are dolls, old photographs, plastic flowers, paintings and two pianos, stark reminders of a privileged life from the past. Fascinating stuff! 🙂

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Butcher Billy – Trump x Magritte

Butcher Billy imagines a portrait sitting between painter René Magritte & Donald Trump

With his new series of mashups Trump x Magritte, Brazilian artist and illustrator Butcher Billy imagines an improbable encounter between painter René Magritte, the master of Surrealism, and American politician, wanna-be president, and billionaire Donald Trump. Love it! 🙂

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Kanye West – ‘Famous’

Kanye West's new video is an interesting commentary on fame & celebrity

Kanye West has unveiled the slightly bizarre yet interesting new video for his track ‘Famous’ featuring an array of naked celebrities in bed together including wife Kim Kardashian naked and asleep, along with Taylor Swift and Kim’s sex tape buddy ex, Ray J. A slow zoom out reveals their other bedmates to be Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Chris Brown, all snuggled up beside them in an enormous bed. Controversial yet an interesting visual commentary on the intertwined, exposed nature of fame and the cult of celebrity. Check it out 🙂

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Japanese Donald Trump Commercial…Kawaii!

In case you missed it, Donald Trump gets a Japanese TVC

A fake, tongue-in-cheek ad directed by Mike Diva entitled Japanese Donald Trump Commercial, this WTF video imagines what a commercial announcing Donald Trump as new president of the world would look like in Japan. Kawaii!! 🙂

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Elvis & Nixon Official Trailer

Elvis & Nixon tells how the King of Rock ‘n Roll met the POTUS

We love the official trailer for the semi-biographical film Elvis & Nixon telling the story of the impromptu historic meeting which resulted in the most requested photo from the United States National Archives. Looks as if Kevin Spacey might be playing the president for the rest of his career – check it out 🙂

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Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song) by Conner4Real

Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song) from 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' is our music vid OTD

Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song) is a tongue-in-cheek song by Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) from the upcoming parody film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The music video, which debuted on Saturday Night Livefocuses on Conner4Real’s romance with a girl who has a very specific request. Golden LOLz a plenty! 🙂

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Forms in Nature: Understanding Our Universe

Forms in Nature is an animated film tribute to wonders of the natural world

Created by the designers from ChromosphereForms in Nature: Understanding Our Universe is a stunning animated short film paying tribute to the geometric shapes of nature, focusing on the most perfect and pure shape, the circle. An audiovisual meditation on mankind’s scientific achievements and the wonders of the natural world, this film celebrates how science deepens our connection to the universe with study and curiosity. This is amazing work! 🙂

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Jasper St Aubyn West – Everyday Monsters

Jasper St Aubyn West draws monsters invading photos of daily life

To pass the time, American illustrator Jasper St Aubyn West has fun drawing strange and unique monsters invading photographs of our daily life – this awesome series of amusing and slightly twisted creations can also be followed on Jasper’s Instagram. Very cool stuff 🙂