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Mumbai Police Transform Iconic ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Scene Into Mask-Wearing PSA

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You can almost hear the voices in this still, and now they’re harping on you to mask up and help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Looking up to Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s NYPD as inspiration, the Mumbai police have updated the famous scene in season five episode 17 in the form of a meme to send out a crucial reminder about wearing a mask during the pandemic.

In the meme, all but the fifth suspect in a police lineup have masks plastered on their faces. The image is paired with the caption, “It was number five! Number five endangered our lives.”

In the iconic cold open, a witness named Gwen (played by Devin Sidell) tells Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) that she did not see the face of her brother’s killer, but might be able to recognize the culprit’s voice since he was singing the Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way around the time of the crime. Jake then orchestrates an impromptu performance from the five confused murder suspects.

“It was number five. Number five killed my brother,” Gwen declares after a captivating singalong. “Oh my God, I forgot about that part!” Jake blurts out.

In response to Jake’s memory lapse, the police department drills into its caption, “You simply cannot forget your mask!… #WeWantItThatWay.”

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It was number 5! Number 5 endangered all our lives. You simply cannot forget your mask! . . संशयितांपैकी बेजबाबदार नागरिक नेमके कोण आहे हे ओळखणे आमच्यासाठी अजिबात कठीण नाही. कायदेशीर कारवाईला सामोरे जायचे नसेल तर मास्क लावा! #99ForMasks #WeWantItThatWay

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[via News18.com, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410635/Mumbai-Police-Transform-Iconic-Brooklyn-Nine-Nine-Scene-Into-Mask-Wearing-PSA/

WFH Quiz Determines What To Change Around You Since You’ll Be Here For Awhile

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There’s a fair chance that your home will remain as your default office for a while, so it’s time to elevate the comfort levels in your workspace instead of making do with a makeshift desk.

If you’ve been having mysterious backaches and can’t pin down their cause, try this insightful quiz from furniture brand Herman Miller. It evaluates your home ergonomics to help you discover what to change in your surroundings for a more pleasant work-from-home situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The test offers recommendations based on areas of your home office that probably need improving, such as Environment, Physical Support, and Ways of Working, so you can get fully adjusted to this new life. Sometimes your frustrations might stem not from the furniture but from the slow Wi-Fi connectivity at home, and if that’s a problem you’ve stated to be facing, the quiz reinforces that you’ll have to look into it so you retain your productivity—and sanity.

The test then rates your work-from-home setup out of a score of 100 and shares expert-recommended solutions on how to make your new office environment more conducive. Take it here.

[via Apartment Therapy, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410634/WFH-Quiz-Determines-What-To-Change-Around-You-Since-You-ll-Be-Here-For-Awhile/

Aquarium Maps Out The Complex Love Lives Of Its Penguins In A Flowchart

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If you think your love life is complicated, think again. The Kyoto Aquarium in Japan has to house several penguins within a complex flowchart in order to keep track of their love lives.

The complicated graphic was spotted by Twitter user @OliviaJia1014 when he visited the aquarium. He then snapped a photo of the flowchart—which features a ton of arrows, heart, and broken heart shapes to note the love ties between the birds—and shared it on Twitter.

The post, with over 40,000 likes, has bewildered several Twitter users. One of them described, “This looks like the relationship chart for a rom-com manga that should’ve ended 100 chapters ago.”

One of the penguins, for instance, is labeled as “basically demonic” because she has already broken six hearts and counting.

A Twitter user also pointed out the indication of an odd relationship between a human and a penguin, as well.

Unravel the romantic connections between the penguins of Kyoto Aquarium below.

This looks like the relationship chart for a rom com manga that should’ve ended 100 chapters ago

— Pictsel (@pictsel) July 4, 2020

Found the high resolution version for anyone interested. pic.twitter.com/6CgiL0yP91

— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) July 6, 2020

We… we need to discuss this. pic.twitter.com/g4Ftw7yRJ9

— Sean of the 🅱️oreal Murphy (@SMurphy2112) July 4, 2020

The Japanese comment says: "Basically demonic" lmao.

— 木の実旭 (@Kinomi_Asahi) July 7, 2020

[via Happy Magazine, cover image via Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410632/Aquarium-Maps-Out-The-Complex-Love-Lives-Of-Its-Penguins-In-A-Flowchart/

Netflix Film ‘365 Days’ Faces Backlash For Glorifying ‘Stockholm Syndrome’

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Sensual film 365 Days on Netflix is facing pushback for glorifying “sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape.”

The Polish drama, starring Michele Morrone and Anna-Maria Sieklucka, has been described as “controversial” on Netflix’s website and received a “mature” television rating for “sex, nudity, sexual violence, language and smoking.”

The film is based on Blanka Lipinska’s novel 365 dni. It tells the tale of a mafia boss imprisoning a young woman and giving her 365 days to fall in love with him.

Welsh singer Duffy wrote an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings requesting for the “irresponsible” film to be taken down from its platform.

“365 Days glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape,” Duffy wrote in the open letter, shared by Deadline. “This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner.”

The musician went into detail about how the movie might have “brought great hurt” to victims who have endured trauma the “film glamorizes.” A change.org petition was also posted online asking for the film to be removed from Netflix, claiming it promotes “Stockholm Syndrome and abuse.”

“For Netflix to make a movie glorifying sex slavery is not only in bad taste, but it continues to perpetuate sexual stereotypes of women being treated as property and sexual conquests, as well as promoting Stockholm Syndrome,” the page’s description reads. 

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Change happens one conversation at a time. Sign the petition in my bio. #365days #netflix #365dni #abusesurvivor #domesticviolenceawareness #mentalhealthawareness #365daysmovie #netflixmovies

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[via Vice, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410631/Netflix-Film-365-Days-Faces-Backlash-For-Glorifying-Stockholm-Syndrome/

Playboy Hires First Male Cover Star Besides Hefner, Bad Bunny, For Digital Copy

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Musician Bad Bunny fronts Playboy magazine’s first-ever digital issue on two covers. He is also the 66-year-old magazine’s first-ever male cover star besides the late Hugh Hefner.

The musician spoke about his career, surprise albums and sexuality in a story dubbed as Bad Bunny Is Not Playing God.

When asked about sexuality, the Yo Perreo Sola singer described it as a “giant world.”

“Everyone is free to see it as they want and do it with whoever they want, however they want, with infinite possibilities. In the end, we are human beings. Everybody feels, everybody falls in love with whoever they’re meant to,” he said.

Lensed by photographer STILLZ, the magazine’s photoshoot saw the Puerto Rican artist embellished with the iconic Playboy bunny logo on his nails and makeup.

Check out some of the photos below, or read the full story right here.

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“I think that sex is a giant world, and everyone is free to see it as they want and do it with whoever they want, however they want, with infinite possibilities.” ⭐️ @badbunnypr for PLAYBOY’s first digital cover. Visit the link in bio for the full story by @er_pulgar ✨ Photography by @stillz

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@badbunnypr for PLAYBOY 🐇 “He has powers because he thinks differently and has a vision of the future beyond what others see.” Introducing our first digital cover. Visit the link in bio for the full story by @er_pulgar ✨ Photography by @stillz

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“This record is so lit that [the last song] is me tucking you into bed and saying, ‘You hung out, you drank, you threw up. Go to sleep, friend. Shh…’” Click the link in bio for the full video of @badbunnypr for Playboy and read the full story by @er_pulgar 🐇 Videographer: @mpeschiera3

A post shared by Playboy (@playboy) on Jul 7, 2020 at 10:42am PDT

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[via Billboard, cover image by STILLZ for Playboy] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410629/Playboy-Hires-First-Male-Cover-Star-Besides-Hefner-Bad-Bunny-For-Digital-Copy/

Kanye West Announces Running Against Trump For POTUS Under The ‘Birthday Party’

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Kanye West announced that he will be running for president this year, and even got a positive response from US president Donald Trump for the decision.

However, in an interview with Forbes, he mentioned that he has yet to register with the Federal Election Commission and also missed the deadline to be on the ballot for several states.

In the same interview, West declared that he will be running for president under the “Birthday Party” banner because he believes “it’s everybody’s birthday” when the party wins. He also revealed that his running mate will be Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball and that his campaign slogan is simply, “Yes!”

Despite his famous bromance with the US president, West proclaimed that he no longer supports Trump as Commander in Chief. “It looks like one big mess to me,” he shared. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”

West did not fall short in confidence as he described himself to be “one of the most powerful humans” in the world. The rapper and fashion mogul expressed confidence of his win as he politely asked Trump and Joe Biden to step out of the race now.

“For the other candidates, I just gracefully suggest [you all] bow out. Trump and Biden, gracefully bow out,” West declared.

We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION

— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020

[via The Week, cover image via Liam Goodner / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410628/Kanye-West-Announces-Running-Against-Trump-For-POTUS-Under-The-Birthday-Party/

Samsung Proves How Reflections On TVs Can Ruin The Plot In Humorous Ads

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So you’ve stayed away from social media and done everything else you could to avoid spoilers for something you’ve been meaning to catch on your telly. You’re all set to kick back with a bowl of popcorn you’ve just taken out of the microwave. What could go wrong from here?

Well, it turns out, everything. Samsung’s hilarious new prints, created by advertising agency Leo Burnett Frankfurt, presents an unforeseen factor that could ruin your viewing experience: reflective television screens.

The amusing visuals cast the reflections of lighting from living rooms against pretty intense film scenes, completely changing their moods.

There’s a lampshade skirt for a Jason Voorhees-like character, and a lit candle under the crotch area of a martial artist in mid-air. Two lanterns also glow over the head of a warrior, making the otherwise formidable character look straight out of something from the House of Mouse.

The emphasis is that viewers should switch to a television with anti-glaring features, like the ones in Samsung’s QLED TV range with Ultra Black Elite technology, to “enjoy perfect picture quality in every light situation,” the ad agency explained.

Image by Leo Burnett Frankfurt via Ads of the World

Image by Leo Burnett Frankfurt via Ads of the World

[Images by Leo Burnett Frankfurt via Ads of the World] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410633/Samsung-Proves-How-Reflections-On-TVs-Can-Ruin-The-Plot-In-Humorous-Ads/

Lady A—Newly-Renamed From Lady Antebellum—Sues Singer Lady A Over Trademark Use

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Country band Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, is suing blues singer Anita “Lady A” White for the sole custody of the name Lady A.

The band announced the change of name last month due to the “Antebellum” term’s ties with slavery amid anti-racism protests across the US. According to Billboard, the band also reasoned that it had trademarked the name since 2010.

The lawsuit was filed in response to White’s attempt of “[enforcing] purported trademarks rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade.” White has been using the moniker Lady A for over 20 years, according to her website.

She told Rolling Stone that she is not planning to change her name for the band as she believes they only changed it “because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time.” 

The band and White had discussed the matter over a video conference previously. The band members, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and David Haywood, posted a tweet stating that the outcome from the video call was to find “positive solutions” and “common ground.”

The members later revealed, per Billboard, that White and her team “have demanded a US$10 million payment,” which drove them to file the lawsuit.

The band explained that it has used the Lady A name over the years, including on its website from 2008. Billboard reported that the band trademarked the name Lady A for entertainment purposes back in 2010 and it was registered officially in 2011.

The country music group said it does not wish to prevent White from using the Lady A name, and is not looking for any monetary compensation from White for using the trademarked moniker while performing.

“We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will,” the band’s statement read.

No Weapon formed against me shall prosper #LadyABluesSoulFunkGospelArtist #TheRealLadyA pic.twitter.com/KBYGnlw6Lw

— Lady A (@ladiawhite) July 8, 2020

Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come.#LadyABluesSoulFunkGospelArtist pic.twitter.com/P3uyhfO3gX

— Lady A (@ladya) June 15, 2020

[via Vulture, cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410627/Lady-A-Newly-Renamed-From-Lady-Antebellum-Sues-Singer-Lady-A-Over-Trademark-Use/

‘The Sims’ Heads To Reality TV In Competition Show Where Players Vie For $100K

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Iconic video game The Sims is getting the reality television show treatment.

According to Variety, the simulation game is making its way to TBS and BuzzFeed on 17 July 2020 in the form of a new reality television competition series called The Sims Spark’d. 12 contestants will compete with each other through challenges within the virtual realm of The Sims.

Players will be split into teams under three main categories: character design, home building, and story. The winning team will ultimately walk away with a US$100,000 grand prize.

The four-episode series will be hosted by season 14 American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen. The contestants will be judged by BuzzFeed Multiplayer producer and YouTuber Kelsey Impicciche, musician Tayla Parx, and game developer David “SimGuruNinja” Miotke.

Catch the trailer for The Sims Spark’d below.

[via Dazed, cover image via The Sims] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410624/The-Sims-Heads-To-Reality-TV-In-Competition-Show-Where-Players-Vie-For-100K/

The Alps’ Snow Is Now Naturally Pink, A Pretty Sight But Grave Warning

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The snow in the Italian Alps has been naturally dyed pale pink, but the apparent stuff of dreams is, in fact, early beginnings of a more nightmarish affair.

The pink snow, also known as “watermelon snow,” poses a warning that the earth is heating up too quickly.

The pastel-hued phenomenon was spotted at the Presena glacier in northern Italy, and while the sight isn’t unusual in spring and summer, it becomes a red flag if it appears more often. Snow takes on a “watermelon” color from algae that blooms in polar regions under the presence of water, warmer temperatures, and exposed sunlight, and the growing frequency of this happening indicates that the snow is absorbing more heat than usual.

This is concerning as snow is designed to regulate temperature. The whiter it is, the more capable it is at deflecting the sun’s glowing rays back into space.

Pink snow won’t be able to modulate heat as effectively, sparking a vicious cycle where the snow melts faster, the algae becomes more abundant—causing even more snow to turn pink and bounce less sunlight into space—and the planet ultimately gets hotter.

Biagio Di Mauro, a researcher at the Institute of Polar Sciences at Italy’s National Research Council who uncovered the pink snow, believes that the algae is of the Chlamydomonas nivalis snow algae species, according to Earther.

The Alps’ tinted snow isn’t the only new warning sign about the planet’s accelerated deterioration by the hands of humankind. The United Nations recently predicted that more “zoonotic” diseases, illnesses transmitted from animals to humans, like COVID-19 will come to exist as a result of environmentally-destructive practices.

It is up to us to ensure Earth will remain liveable for future generations, and helping to safeguard it is as simple as making a few tiny changes in our living spaces.

Scientists in Italy @StampaCnr are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink snow in the Alps. It's caused by #algae that develops when snow melts, coloring the ice. In a vicious circle, the algae increases the melting snow by accelerating the absorption of radiation. pic.twitter.com/NhOFWjn4FX

— DW Global Ideas & Environment (@dw_environment) July 7, 2020

[via BGR, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410626/The-Alps-Snow-Is-Now-Naturally-Pink-A-Pretty-Sight-But-Grave-Warning/

Apple iPhone 12 Dummy Video Shows Closeup, Hands-On Look At Rumored 2020 Models

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Those eager to see more distinct design changes to the iPhone’s hardware should be in for a treat this fall. As numerous reports and leaks have suggested in the past, the flagship iPhone 12 models are expected to be encased in a metal frame reminiscent of that on the iPhone 4.

To help you visualize using the upcoming iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max in your hand, tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee secured dummy units of the lineup in all three anticipated sizes. He even fired them up with a simulation of the new iOS 14.

2020 will likely see Apple’s largest smartphone yet, currently referred to by the public as the ‘iPhone 12 Pro Max’. The model is believed to feature a display measuring at 6.7 inches, while the current iPhone 11 Pro Max sports a 6.5-inch display.

There should also be a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and two 6.1-inch models—the first being a basic-tier iPhone 12 and the other a higher-end Pro model.

In Brownlee’s video, the dummy models feature flat metal frames at the sides, much like the iPhone 4 frame and the edges of the new iPad Pros. Not only will they bring a refreshing change in terms of visuals, but the YouTuber also noted that the revamped design will make the iPhones easier to grip.

Through video editing, he also visualizes the lineup to run on iOS 14 for a more realistic take on how the real iPhones might appear.

However, since they’re dummy units, expect to see disparities in the finalized design as they are mainly utilized by accessory producers to design phone cases in time for launches. Phone case makers will only need to see changes affecting the fit of the covers, so updates to certain features like the notch or camera won’t be necessary here.

With that being said, the full iPhone 12 lineup is predicted to adopt OLED displays, including the lower-end variations. However, the two basic iPhone 12 handsets are believed to feature a dual rear lens setup, while the Pro versions will sport a triple rear lens configuration with a LiDAR scanner. A supply chain report by Nikkei Asian Review also purported that all the models will support 5G connectivity.

[via 9to5Mac, cover image via Lukmanazis / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410623/Apple-iPhone-12-Dummy-Video-Shows-Closeup-Hands-On-Look-At-Rumored-2020-Models/

Papa John’s Serves Old Spice Some Burn With ‘New Spice Guy’

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The unshakeable Old Spice campaigns, possibly the most recognizable ads ever, are now being shoved on the back burner by Papa John’s. Why? Because it’s out with the Old Spice and in with the New Spice.

Papa John’s UK, along with content agency The W Agency, has parodied the unmistakable Old Spice commercials by introducing a ‘New Spice Guy’ to help bring on the heat for its latest spicy pizza range.

Attempting to fill the shoes of beloved Old Spice Man Isiah Mustafa is Love Island winner Luke Trotman, the New Spice Guy.

Trotman starts off in front of a green screen with the familiar “hello ladies” opener, but continues it with, “Hello gentlemen, look at your pizza…” He is quickly interrupted by a booming voice, who declares, “Whoa! That spice is old. Time to turn up the heat.”

In a flash, New Spice Guy loses his shirt and finds himself in a desert and on the back of a camel as a testament to the all-new Hot Amarillo Chilli Base—also available for vegan options—being “hot, very hot.”

“Watch out, Old Spice, there’s a New Spice guy in town!” the pizza chain tweeted.

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There’s officially a New Spice guy in town @luketroytrotman 😎 We’re turning up the heat with our new spicy pizza range 🌶 Can you handle the yellow Amarillo chilli base? 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Available now nationwide via the Papa John’s app or website 🍕 #NewSpiceGuy

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Here’s a picture of @luketroytrotman on a camel, the rest will become clear soon! 👌🔥🌶

A post shared by Papa John's (@papajohnsuk) on Jul 5, 2020 at 8:57am PDT

[via Famous Campaign, cover image via Papa John’s UK] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410622/Papa-John-s-Serves-Old-Spice-Some-Burn-With-New-Spice-Guy/

Governor Cuomo Approves MTV Carrying Out In-Person 2020 VMAs Show

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MTV will carry out its iconic Video Music Awards this year in New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the event will take place on 30 August 2020 at the Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena with “limited or no audience,” per CNN.

The network later released a statement clarifying that the event will include extensive social distancing measures, capacity restrictions, “the virtualization of components where possible, and limited capacity or no audience.”

Ultimately, the main priority of the 2020 VMAs would be the health and safety of the musicians, fans, industry members, staff, and partners.

The longstanding event hopes to bring fans all around the world together, as well as celebrate the “strength, spirit, and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents.”

The @MTV #VMAs are returning to NYC 🗽
Sunday, August 30th at @BarclaysCenter 🚀https://t.co/Hd3yzyUbD4

— Video Music Awards (@vmas) June 29, 2020

[via Vulture, cover image via David McGlynn / Shutterstock.com and Milan Alicia Miller / CC BY 3.0] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410619/Governor-Cuomo-Approves-MTV-Carrying-Out-In-Person-2020-VMAs-Show/

Freebies Of The Week: Faber-Castell’s Coloring Pages For Adults, Amazon Ebooks…

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Now that you’re beginning to acclimatize to remote-working, it’s time to see how else you can dial back on the mess and use this weird period to your financial and emotional advantage.

This week, consider reworking your résumé into an effortlessly simple template and introducing a handmade quality to your typography, before winding down with coloring pages from Faber-Castell and monthly Kindle books from Amazon, with DesignTAXI’s new freebie roundup.

The overarching theme of this week’s creative assets, albeit unintentional, appears to be simplicity. Take a breather and incorporate these in your upcoming plans, and hop here to see last week’s lineup of free design resources.

Faber-Castell’s coloring pages for grownups

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Faber-Castell’s lovely printable coloring sheets for adults, spotted by Romper, will implore you to get in touch with your inner child. The world’s oldest producer of office supplies has a generous collection of intricate coloring papers featuring beautiful elements of nature, mandala motifs, and styles like Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Take a minute and get coloring with the free-to-download papers here.

Images via Faber-Castell

Free résumé template

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You’ve heard many times over that job applications shouldn’t be too complex. Complement your streamlined résumé with this clean and elegant design by Graphic Design Junction’s Muhammad Faisal.

The beautiful template features three high-resolution PSD files, including a page for your cover letter, that you can easily customize and print out in A4 size. Get the set here.

Image via Muhammad Faisal

Image via Muhammad Faisal

Image via Muhammad Faisal

Two Kindle books for Amazon Prime subscribers every month

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Amazon Prime subscribers can download two free Kindle books, originally priced at US$6 in total, and keep them forever under Amazon’s monthly First Reads program. They’ll also get first dibs on editor picks before the book titles are released.

July’s lineup comprises: Debra Webb’s Trust No One (suspense); Allison Winn Scotch’s Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing (contemporary fiction); Brianna Labuskes’ Her Final Words (thriller); Aimie Runyan’s Across the Winding River (historical fiction); Barara Davis’ The Last of the Moon Girls (book club fiction); Alexander Miinninghoff’s The Son and Heir (memoir); Danielle Girard’s White Out (crime thriller); Laura Salas’s Clover Kitty Goes to Kindergarten (children’s picture book); and Melissa Faliveno’s Tomboyland (essays).

Non-subscribers can simply grab any of the aforementioned titles this month at US$1.99 each.

‘Marbella’ stationery mockup

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It wasn’t too long ago when digital screens were assets rather than necessities, but life after the coronavirus outbreak has changed things. The stylish stationery mockup by designer Ravi Java, via Pixel Surplus, is a refreshing reminder that you can still go analog and reconnect with nature.

The gorgeous earthy PSDs include two visiting card designs and a letterhead, all paired with “photorealistic natural sunlight and botanical shadows.” They’re free for personal and desktop commercial use, and can be downloaded here.

‘Ramona’ display typeface

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Cristian Tournier

For a personal touch in your projects, here’s a welcoming display sans-serif by type designer Christian Tournier. ‘Ramona’ is inspired by the appeal of late Argentine folk songwriter Mercedes Sosa, and comprises irregular hand-drawn outlines to mirror perfect imperfections in handcrafting. The more casual look settles harmoniously into “warm and friendly communications,” be they for posters, headlines, magazines, or branding, its creator describes.

‘Ramona’ is available in two weights, Light and Bold, and is free for both personal and commercial use. Install it here.

Image via Cristian Tournier

To add more assets to your arsenal, check out more freebies we have featured in the past.

[via various sources, cover image via Jino Kanjiramvila / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410621/Freebies-Of-The-Week-Faber-Castell-s-Coloring-Pages-For-Adults-Amazon-Ebooks/

‘Truman Show’ Details You Might Have Completely Missed, The More You Know

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1998 cult favorite film The Truman Show has surely made a mark in many people’s lives. One of them is social media user @moranmarc13, who decided to reveal some hidden details from the film via a Twitter thread. So, if you didn’t know then, now you know.

The film follows Truman Burbank, played by Jim Carrey, who grows up living a normal life, but without him knowing, he is a part of a television show about him with other actors playing various roles in his life.

Moran pointed out one scene where Truman visited a travel agent. It showed the travel agency being late to meet Truman as she was having her makeup done in a rush. This is because she was not supposed to be working on that day.

In the same scene, there are brochures on the rack that were “heavily water-based to play into Truman’s fear of the ocean.” If you look closer, there is also a hidden camera at the top of the rack.

Truman’s catchphrase, “Good morning! And in case I don’t see you, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Goodnight!” inadvertently addresses The Truman Show viewers from around the world in different time zones.

The film’s tidbits on the Twitter thread has garnered a ton of interactions, with over 300,000 likes and numerous contributions from fellow movie buffs.

View some of the hidden details below, or read the full thread here.

The Truman Show is filled with a crazy amount of little details so here's a thread of some of my favourites: https://t.co/T1ysdDip8h

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

In one scene, you can see that Truman has to take Vitamin D supplements in the morning. This is because he doesn't get any natural Vitamin D, as there is no real sunlight in the TV set he lives in pic.twitter.com/QPVlL7wmK8

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

When Truman is sitting on the beach, the moon is illuminated by the lightning, which shows the moon is much closer to Truman than it should be pic.twitter.com/Xe6UOUtdk6

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

The brochures on the rack are also heavily water based, to play into Truman's fear of the ocean

There's also a hidden camera on top of the rack pic.twitter.com/TBjqLKN0xm

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

When Truman tries to leave Seahaven Island with Meryl, the sign at the bridge says "Are you sure it's a good idea?" pic.twitter.com/wbeJZ2jYfr

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

Truman's catchphrase is "Good morning! And in case I don't see you, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Goodnight." This is Truman unintentionally addressing all Truman Show viewers in different time zones around the globe pic.twitter.com/pforlEKvZL

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

Truman's catchphrase is "Good morning! And in case I don't see you, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Goodnight." This is Truman unintentionally addressing all Truman Show viewers in different time zones around the globe pic.twitter.com/pforlEKvZL

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

When Truman starts getting suspicious, you can see one of the set controllers looking at job listings in the LA Times Classifieds pic.twitter.com/qdQS8w3EZI

— marc moran (@moranmarc13) July 4, 2020

[via Bored Panda, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410618/Truman-Show-Details-You-Might-Have-Completely-Missed-The-More-You-Know/

Kim Kardashian’s Throwback OOTD Photos Will Make You Reminisce The 2000s

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Kim Kardashian revisited her old outfits from the 2000s in her recent Instagram and Twitter posts. The 39-year-old showed some behind-the-scenes shots of her outfits to showcase fashion from the era.

“So I keep everything and have been organizing my [pictures] during quarantine and found all of my old fitting pics! So many good gems in here!” Kardashian wrote in her Instagram post.

The series of looks included her glamorous plunging red draped dress, as well as the strapless ivory gown, which she paired with Christian Louboutin heels.

Kardashian even reminisced her cringe-worthy sunburn photos back in 2009. “Who remembers when I got this crazy sunburn in Mexico?” she questioned in a Twitter post, which showed her sunburnt skin.

Walk down Kardashian’s memory lane of fashion looks from the ‘00s below.

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So I keep everything and have been organizing my pics during quarantine and found all of my old fitting pics! So many good gems in here! Do you guys remember some of these looks? Or the sunburn I got in Mexico swipe to see

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I think this is 2008. Fittings in my condo pic.twitter.com/F4c23W38Nw

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 7, 2020

Who remembers when I got this crazy sunburn in Mexico pic.twitter.com/hTzoMTYzm4

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 7, 2020

[via Page Six, cover image via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410614/Kim-Kardashian-s-Throwback-OOTD-Photos-Will-Make-You-Reminisce-The-2000s/

Usain Bolt Clinches Gold Medal For His Daughter’s Clever Olympic-Inspired Name

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Usain Bolt has unveiled a series of photos of his baby daughter for the first time on Instagram. Bolt and his wife also gave their adorable daughter a clever name: Olympia Lightning Bolt, a clear nod at Bolt’s Olympic legacy.

One photo showed his partner Kasi Bennett donning a flowy nude dress while cradling their daughter. He also took the opportunity to wish Bennett a happy birthday.

“I want to wish my girlfriend a happy birthday. I get to spend your special day with you. I want nothing but happiness for you and will continue to do my best keeping a smile on your face,” Bolt tweeted. “We have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt.”

The photos feature little Olympia wearing a pink dress with matching headband as she smiles at the camera. Another photo showed Bennett wearing the elegant gown while holding Olympia in a matching outfit.

Bennett also shared photos of their child, describing her child as a “gift.” The pictures were taken by talented photographer Adrian McDonald.

Girl Dad #OlympiaLightningBolt pic.twitter.com/LLlQMAaTvH

— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 7, 2020

I want to wish my gf @kasi__b a happy birthday. I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u & will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face. We have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt ⚡️🎉🎊💫 pic.twitter.com/FhlwdaF2Zx

— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 7, 2020

My gift… Olympia Lightning Bolt pic.twitter.com/U9FNWEWDNX

— Burner . Account (@kasi__b) July 7, 2020

[via Usain Bolt, opening image via Shahjehan / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410608/Usain-Bolt-Clinches-Gold-Medal-For-His-Daughter-s-Clever-Olympic-Inspired-Name/

CNN’s Live Broadcast Gets Thunder Stolen By Woman Pulling Down Pants To Defecate

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A woman was caught pooping on live television.

CNN correspondent Sarah Sidner was addressing the coronavirus pandemic with the team in New York City. While she was discussing the issue on Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles about how the area had seen a spike in positive cases with over 3,000 people diagnosed, a woman was captured wandering into the camera shot.

The allegedly homeless woman was seen dumping a black trash bag onto the sand before pulling down her pants, preparing to relieve herself like she was in a bathroom.

Sidner was reportedly warned over her earpiece about the situation behind her as she shuffled to the right to block the woman during the broadcast. Her coworker in New York tried to keep a straight face after witnessing the scene.

[via News.com.au, opening image via AngieYeoh / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410620/CNN-s-Live-Broadcast-Gets-Thunder-Stolen-By-Woman-Pulling-Down-Pants-To-Defecate/

Bella Hadid Lashes At Instagram For Censoring Palestinian Dad’s Passport Photo

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Bella Hadid has lambasted Instagram after the social media platform censored her Instagram Story that featured her father’s passport photo.

The supermodel shared a photo of Mohamed Hadid’s expired US passport, which noted his birthplace as Palestine. Unfortunately, she was notified by the platform that her content was against its community guidelines.

Hadid aired out her frustrations on Instagram Story, writing, “Instagram removed my story that only said, ‘My baba and his birthplace of Palestine’ with a photograph of his American passport.”

“@Instagram, exactly which part of me being proud of my father’s birthplace of Palestine is bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity?” she asked the platform. “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people,” she continued.

She also shared the response from Instagram to her fans, which read, “We removed your story because it goes against our Community Guidelines on harassment or bullying. We have these guidelines because we want our community to feel respected and safe.”

While it is still unclear why Instagram removed her post, Bella received tons of support from her fans. “We are sick of having Palestinian content censored on social media platforms,” one fan wrote, before adding, “Mohammad Hadid’s passport considered hate speech because it stated he was born in Palestine. Thank you @bellahadid.”

“What part of telling people your ethnicity counts as ‘hate speech’? You can’t say this was a mistake,” another tweeted.

Proud of this women so fkn much @bellahadid ! Palestine keeps getting silenced and I’m sick of it! #PalestinianLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Ib4BMKRTq1

— anissa🧡 (@aanyssa_z) July 7, 2020

I have respect for Bella Hadid because she postsed her dads passport that showed his birthplace of Palestine and instagram removed it and she posted again… people are trying so hard to erase Palestine completely but never will

— مديحة (@madiha0chohan) July 7, 2020

@bellahadid's Insta story was removed just because it was a picture of her father's passport, which said his birthplace was Palestine. What part of telling people of your ethnicity counts as 'hate speech'? You can't say this was a mistake.

— realDonaldTrump ✪ (@shafinchyy) July 7, 2020

@instagram removing content that has relation to #Palestine is RACSIM 😡 @bellahadid @GiGiHadid pic.twitter.com/oAPl21FEPi

— Noor 🌛💫✨ (@NoorAlmuzaffar) July 8, 2020

So @instagram remove a post from @bellahadid because she said her Dad was born in Palestine. Which ‘community violation’ does a historic fact represent? When it comes to Palestine, the eradication of history is widely encouraged. pic.twitter.com/lNT5PAUgG9

— Mark Donne (@donne_mark) July 8, 2020

We are sick of having Palestinian conetnt censored on social media platforms. Mohammad Hadid's passport was considered hate speech bc it stated he was born in Palestine.
Imagine how hard it is to show our side when we are not allowed to present our identity
Thank you @bellahadid pic.twitter.com/h3l6G7AUzV

— حنان (@nassarha_) July 7, 2020

[via The National, opening image via BAKOUNINE / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410616/Bella-Hadid-Lashes-At-Instagram-For-Censoring-Palestinian-Dad-s-Passport-Photo/

Floyd Mayweather Will Say Whatever You Want If You Pay Up US$999

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Former boxer Floyd Mayweather is reportedly one of the richest athletes in the world, with his earnings amounting to US$915 million in the past decade. Now, he has found a new way to continue making some money through retirement.

Mayweather has launched a Cameo account in partnership with Stardam, a third-party firm that supports celebrity endorsements. Cameo is a social media app which allow users to pay celebs to record a personalized video message upon request.

This means you can ask Mayweather to utter anything you would like him to say—but the catch is it will cost US$999 per submission.

If you’re curious about the high price, Mayweather simply justified it by saying, “I want to be the first celebrity to make a million dollars on Cameo.”

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I'm looking into taking over the tech game! My partners @stardamimages has teamed up with @cameo to go undefeated and bring you both fan shout outs and commercialized business shout outs. We will give you what you need to take things to the next level. Random orders this week will receive signed boxing gloves! #StardamImages #Cameo #Undefeated

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First I want to congratulate every other athlete on this list and second I am honored to have accomplished such record breaking numbers. No disrespect to anyone but I did these numbers really in 5 years due to a couple of layoffs and with NO endorsements. I never wanted an endorsement deal from anyone because my vision was always to be my own boss and have no obligations to anyone. So I started my own promotion company and own brand (TMT) in which we are continuing to grow and soon will be the endorsers. You can say what you want about Floyd Mayweather but the numbers and accolades don’t lie. This is truly about hard work and dedication and knowing your worth. @mayweatherpromotions @themoneyteam

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[via Forbes, cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410615/Floyd-Mayweather-Will-Say-Whatever-You-Want-If-You-Pay-Up-US-999/

Fashion Store Shein Apologizes For Selling Muslim Prayer Mats As Decorative Rugs

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Fashion e-retailer Shein has suffered backlash for selling Islamic player rugs and calling them “fringe trim carpets” on its portal.

Shoppers have taken to social media to share images of the rugs, calling them “disrespectful,” and accused the brand of cultural appropriation. They have also demanded the items to be removed from the site.

The carpets featured prints of Kaaba, a sacred building in Islam that is located in the center of Mecca. A US$17 rug was described as the ‘Fringe Trim Greek Fret Carpet’ and was full of mosque imagery and Arabic motifs. The ‘Flower Print Tassel Trim Carpet’ featured a migrab—a wall niche where congregation faces to pray.

“I am disgusted. @sheinofficial is also profiting off Muslim prayer mats by selling them as “fringe trim carpets” for people to use casually around the house. This is highly offensive,” Instagram user @s.khadija.r wrote. “Not only is it disrespectful but they renamed and stole credit from a whole faith this time, by failing to label it as a Muslim prayer mat, which allows people to use it casually as a decorative mat.”

@s.khadija.r also explained that prayer mats are important equipment used by Muslims for daily prayers. “It is not a carpet and must be treated with respect and you don’t ever wear shoes on it. Action must be taken to remove this product from their line,” she said.

Twitter users have also voiced their rage over the rugs, including YouTube star Nabela Noor. “This is unacceptable. @SHEIN_official is selling Islamic prayer mats & calling them ‘floral trim carpets’. I’ve reached out to the brand directly asking them to remove + to have a dialogue on why this is wildly offensive. Will update with their response,” she tweeted, adding, “My culture and religion is not a trend or something to rebrand and sell.”

Shein has removed the rugs off its website and issued an apology on Instagram. “To our community — we made a serious mistake recently by selling prayer mats as decorative rugs on our site. We understand this was a highly offensive oversight and are truly sorry,” the statement reads.

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UPDATE: @sheinofficial has now removed most of these items from their website, which is what we wanted; however there’s been no acknowledgement, statement or apology from them. . I am disgusted. I am livid. @sheinofficial is also PROFITING off muslim prayer mats (janemaz/sajadah) by selling them as ‘fringe trim carpets’ for people to use casually around the house. A few have the Kaaba printed on them. THIS IS HIGHLY OFFENSIVE, Not only is it disrespectful but they once again renamed and stole credit from a whole faith this time, by failing to label it as a muslim prayer mat; which allows people to use it casually as a decorative mat. *A prayer mat is an important piece of fabric, used by Muslims, placed between the ground and the worshipper during their five daily prayers. It is NOT a carpet and must be treated with respect and you don’t ever wear shoes on it. It's important for us to acknowledge the disrespect that is committed here, and that action must be taken to remove this product from their line. Corporate organisations can be difficult to take down, but you can do your bit by: -BOYCOTTING THEM -RAISING SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS (can really make a difference) – SENDING EMAILS . They are a company based in china, which makes it more difficult to take certain actions, therefore tagging and raising awareness which will enable people to boycott them is the way forward until they take down the items, acknowledge and apologise. If anyone has any ideas of what more we can do, DM me. . Thanks to @toobzz__ for bringing my attention to this. . #shein #sheinofficial #muslim #prayermat #culturalappropriation #islam #china

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To our community💌 We’re sorry.

A post shared by SHEIN.COM (@sheinofficial) on Jul 5, 2020 at 10:10am PDT

This is unacceptable. @SHEIN_official is selling Islamic prayer mats & calling them “floral trim carpets.”

I’ve reached out to the brand directly asking them to remove + to have a dialogue on why this is wildly offensive.

Will update with their response. pic.twitter.com/zktW90VnBQ

— Nabela Noor (@Nabela) July 3, 2020

My culture and religion is not a trend or something to rebrand and sell. @SHEIN_official, let’s talk. pic.twitter.com/57q4nYvH0M

— Nabela Noor (@Nabela) July 3, 2020

you have got to be joking. SHEIN really taking prayer mats and reselling it like this? RELIGIOUS PRAYER MATS??????? AS RUGS? pic.twitter.com/faslMQQ4AF

— miki minach (@cxffeinatxd) July 3, 2020

@SHEIN_official first y’all sell jhumkas on your site as “tassel drop earrings”, then you sell salwar kameez as “split hem tunics”, and NOW since all of that cultural appropriation wasn’t enough, y’all are selling the muslim prayer mat as “fringe trim carpets”. r u serious rn? pic.twitter.com/JowvlJEFlP

— Etiha (@EtihaA) July 3, 2020

Absolutely disgusting. This is a prayer mat for Muslims. We r not even allowed to step on the front part of the mat and @SHEIN_official wanna profit off of our religion? Dude how sick fuck can you be? pic.twitter.com/PVaOUkfnhY

— Naz (@naz3karim) July 3, 2020

Hello @SHEIN_official can you explain why you’re currently selling PRAYER MATS as casual rugs?? Do you know how absolutely disrespectful this is to Muslims?? OUR PRAYER MATS ARE SACRED, THEY ARE NOT FOR AESTHETICS OR DECORATION????? TAKE THEM DOWN AND APOLOGISE IMMEDIATELY pic.twitter.com/XRQx1yUcqL

— N.✨ (@lilyoonberry) July 3, 2020

Hey @SHEIN_official!

Do you realise how disrespectful it is to sell our prayer mats as CASUAL “FRINGE TRIM CARPETS”???


Take them down and apologise for trying to profit off of our religion for your “aesthetic”!!! pic.twitter.com/i3xTmMD0fC

— Arsh (@HeyitsAKay) July 3, 2020

[via BuzzFeed News, opening image via studio / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410617/Fashion-Store-Shein-Apologizes-For-Selling-Muslim-Prayer-Mats-As-Decorative-Rugs/

Museums Go Rear-To-Rear In Battle Of The Best Butts From Their Collections

William Etty’s ‘Male Nude, Kneeling, from the Back’ (1840). Image via Google Art Project (public domain)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced museums to shut down temporarily around the world, but the Yorkshire Museum took it upon itself to bring art into the digital realm with its Curator Battle series.

The museum will present daily themes for museums to go head-to-head with each other by presenting the items in their collections. This time around, it was the battle of the buttocks.

“Today’s theme is #BestMuseumBum!” the museum wrote in a tweet with images of a Roman marble statuette.

Thee M.K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art joined onboard with an image of bronze female statue created by Meila Kairiūkštytė-Balkus. The work, titled Elena I, channels a realistic female body rather than “idealized forms of a woman.”

The Andy Warhol Museum also contributed to the online battle with an image of Warhol’s 1977 artwork, Torso (Male Buttocks).

For some “floofy butts,” the Horniman Museum shared an adorable bum photo of two bunnies, Tommy and Bella, in the Animal Walk.


Today’s theme is #BestMuseumBum!

This cracking Roman marble statuette depicts an athlete at the peak of fitness! It may have decorated the town house of one of Eboracum’s wealthier residents. Has someone taken a bite out of this 🍑?

BEAT THAT!💥 pic.twitter.com/N3A6KYz339

— Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) June 26, 2020

#BestMuseumBum #CuratorBattle @YorkshireMuseum
Throughout her life, Meila Kairiūkštytė-Balkus was interested in the topic of femininity, which is reflected in her work "Elena I". Her sculptures are naturalistic, seeking to convey real rather than idealized forms of a woman. pic.twitter.com/QJfmB9gg9z

— M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (@CiurlionisMus) July 1, 2020

Zeus’s bottom is always a real crowd-pleaser, too. This bronze cast of a statue of the Greek god dates back to c.470 BC, and is about 2 metres tall #CURATORBATTLE pic.twitter.com/t8TNdhwvhD

— Ashmolean Museum (@AshmoleanMuseum) June 26, 2020

In honour of our new most popular tweet here are some of our other #BestMuseumBum(s) that were on our shortlist. 🍑 (a thread)

This cracker is from the #AberdeenBestiary, who doesn't love a weaponised bum? (MS 24 f12r) 🐂💩 pic.twitter.com/bmjCprvMWt

— Aberdeen Uni Museums and Special Collections (@uoacollections) June 29, 2020

Another #CURATORBATTLE Etty for #BestMuseumBum today, this time 'Man Lying Face Down'.

We like to think he's just been to the freezer and realised he ate the last Cornetto last night. And that he can't get the drawer back in and that the whole freezer needs defrosting ☀️ pic.twitter.com/7pJ9gfTVdN

— Scarborough Museums (@SMTrust) June 26, 2020

Well, we don't want to be left behind. We think we've got to the bottom of it and this William Etty nude is the #BestMuseumBum pic.twitter.com/ExrNw2vzaE

— Anglesey Abbey (@AngleseyAbbeyNT) June 26, 2020

We think this is the #BestMuseumBum! Andy Warhol, "Torso (Male Buttocks)", 1977, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. #CuratorBattle @YorkshireMuseum #AndyWarhol #warhol #art pic.twitter.com/lg3X9vnZlh

— The Andy Warhol Museum (@TheWarholMuseum) June 30, 2020

How about these bums of SUMO wrestlers in our collections? These bums were painted by Hokusai!! #CURATORBATTLE #BestMuseumBum #おうちで浮世絵 pic.twitter.com/DH4rAyQ8Xs

— 太田記念美術館 Ota Memorial Museum of Art (@ukiyoeota) June 26, 2020

We don't think you can beat these two floofy butts, courtesy of rabbits Tommy and Bella in the Animal Walk 🐇🐰 #BestMuseumBum #CURATORBATTLE pic.twitter.com/sSjWJFjBXz

— Horniman Museum and Gardens (@HornimanMuseum) June 29, 2020

[via Mashable Asia, cover image via William Etty / Public domain] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410613/Museums-Go-Rear-To-Rear-In-Battle-Of-The-Best-Butts-From-Their-Collections/

UN Predicts Rise In ‘Zoonotic’ Diseases From Animals To Humans Like COVID-19

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A United Nations report foresees an increase in diseases passed from animals to humans, like COVID-19, due to environmental destruction.

These pathogens are known as zoonotic diseases, which jump from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases include Ebola, MERS, HIV/AIDS, and the West Nile virus.

The UN Environment Program report, Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission, predicts that such diseases will increasingly emerge due to the stresses human have placed on animal habitats, like unsustainable farming practices and climate change.

“The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of these diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead,” UNEP executive director Inger Andersen said in the report.

Andersen also advised to invest in research of zoonotic diseases to get the world prepared and “ahead of the game… [in] preventing the type of global shutdown we’ve seen.”

Our #ZoonosesReport with @ILRI

🔴 Identifies 7 trends driving the increasing emergence of zoonotic diseases – including climate change & increased demand for meat.

🟢 Provides 10 recommendations to prevent future zoonotic outbreaks.

Learn more: https://t.co/IUTwtf1MlT#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/pJi9LU5HeC

— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) July 6, 2020

[via Fast Company, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410611/UN-Predicts-Rise-In-Zoonotic-Diseases-From-Animals-To-Humans-Like-COVID-19/

Halle Berry Criticized For Looking At Being Cast As Transgender Man In New Film

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Halle Berry has apologized to her fans after receiving backlash for considering taking up a role of a transgender male in an upcoming film.

Speaking in an Instagram Live chat before the controversy, the actress revealed to host Christin Brown that she was considered for a role where “the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man.”

“She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing,” Berry continued.

She also told Brown she wanted to “deep dive” into the role because “who this woman was, [was] so interesting” to her and she might be required to chop off all her hair. She also insisted that she wanted to “experience that world” and “understand that world,” which probably referred to the trans community.

“That’s what I want to experience and understand and study and explore. It’s really important to me to tell stories, and that’s a woman, that’s a female story—it changes to a man, but I want to understand the why and how of that,” Berry said.

Her comments led to a mass backlash, including the attention of transgender activist Serena Dianari, who took to Twitter to call the actress out. She also criticized Berry for incorrectly categorizing the character’s story as a “female” one.

“It absolutely is not a female story, it is a story about a man. And why is the aspect of physical transition the focal point of her,” Dianari voiced out. “Cis people’s understanding of trans issues is really miopic. Girl watch Disclosure on Netflix.”

Berry took to Twitter to address the criticisms and apologized for her earlier statement. She also admitted that she should not have “considered the role” in the first place.

“As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she said in a statement. “I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”

LGBTQ rights organization GLADD acknowledged Berry’s post and was pleased with the actress’ response. “We are pleased that Halle Berry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them. Other powerful people should do the same,” it tweeted.


— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 7, 2020

Hi @halleberry, we heard you're considering playing a trans man in your next project. We ask that you please watch @Disclosure_Doc on @netflix first to understand how cis actors like yourself acting in trans roles has major cultural consequences offscreen. #DisclosureNetflix

— Disclosure Documentary (@Disclosure_Doc) July 6, 2020

We are pleased that @halleberry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them. Other powerful people should do the same. A good place to start is by watching @Disclosure_Doc to learn about trans representation in media. https://t.co/SAxSvXxbk3

— GLAAD (@glaad) July 7, 2020

Halle Berry on playing a trans man in her next movie: “It's really important to me to tell stories, and that’s a woman, that’s a female story – it changes to a man, but I want to understand the why and how of that. I want to get into it.”

Cis actors need to stop doing this.

— Serena Daniari (@serenajazmine) July 6, 2020

It absolutely is NOT a female story, it is a story about a man. And why is the aspect of physical transition the focal point for her? Cis peoples' understanding of trans issues is really myopic. Girl watch Disclosure on Netflix.

— Serena Daniari (@serenajazmine) July 6, 2020

So, Halle Berry is planning to play a trans man in an upcoming film, and the first red flag is she keeps using "She/Her" pronouns to refer to this trans man (makes it clear she means FTM). https://t.co/dDUzioEQGu

— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) July 6, 2020

Why do we have to have this same fucking conversation every god damn summer?

Trans roles aren't cosplay for bored cis actors fishing for easy awards from other tonedeaf cis people. We are under unprecedented public attack and this shit. Isn't. Helping.https://t.co/1dn25nWqJX

— Crystal Frasier (@AmazonChique) July 6, 2020

halle berry talking about the trans man character she's playing like "understanding this woman is so important to me" jfc i hate how trans guys are infantilised and how cis women treat us

— korviday ¹³¹² (@korviday) July 6, 2020

[via Variety, opening image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410609/Halle-Berry-Criticized-For-Looking-At-Being-Cast-As-Transgender-Man-In-New-Film/

WHO Now Acknowledges The Possibility Of Novel Coronavirus Being Airborne Spread

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On Tuesday, the World Health Organization began considering “evidence emerging” of the novel coronavirus being airborne spread after a group of scientists prompted the global agency to revise its guidelines on its transmission from person to person.

“We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead on the virus pandemic, said in a news briefing, per Jakarta Post.

The WHO has previously noted that the virus spreads commonly through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of a COVID-19 patient. However, 239 scientists in 32 countries have since outlined evidence in an open letter showing that smaller floating virus particles can infect people through inhalation.

In their letter, published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, the scientists urged the agency to update its guidance on the transmission of the virus. The letter has been published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

Van Kerkhove mentioned that “the possibility of airborne transmission in public settings, especially in very specific conditions, crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings that have been described, cannot be ruled out.” The WHO technical lead also stated that the evidence requires further examination and interpretation, which the organization will “continue to support.”

I’ve recently had several colleagues ask me if @WHO has technical guidance for #COVID19

YES! it is here: https://t.co/MJK8qRnsku

Our guidance has been online since 10 Jan, and we regularly update it based on latest evidence. 👇@DrTedros @DrMikeRyan @SCBriand

— Maria Van Kerkhove (@mvankerkhove) March 26, 2020

[via Nikkei, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/410606/WHO-Now-Acknowledges-The-Possibility-Of-Novel-Coronavirus-Being-Airborne-Spread/