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Mothers keep telling their children not to play with their food. The reason is probably because mothers tend to eat a child's leftovers (been there, done that). Some children never grow out of this habit!

Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann authored a series of children's books on food art beginning with Playing With Your Food. See a collection of Freymann's wonderful creations at Funny Stuff.

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In Asia, watermelon carvings are used for weddings and other special events the way ice sculture is used in the west. Japanese food artist Takashi Itoh is a master of watermelon carving. You can see a gallery his works at Watermelon Special Fruitcarving.

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Italian fruit sculptor Paolo Pachetti has a gallery with diagramsoutlining the fruits he used to create them, as well as instructional books and videos for sale.

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Famous faces were constructed from fries and pizza ingredients to celebrate British National Chip Week 2007. This is an image of soccer player Wayne Rooney. See more faces at Spluch.

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Comedian Amy Sedaris recently issued a chllenge for her viewers to make food cuter by adding googly eyes. The submissions are posted at Flickr.

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Renaissance man George Hart is an artist, teacher, and math geek. He decribes himself as "neither a professor of gastronomy nor paleontology, but I like cookies." His website features instructions for creating these Trilobite Cookies.

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Not that you'd want to encourage such a thing, but a German Burger King placemat has instructions for how to build a throne from your french friesand ketchup! I wonder how many "second orders" were sold because of this?

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The Museum of Food Anomalies has food that looks like other things naturally with no human intervention. This photo is labeled "the saddest pickled egg on record." What's even sadder is that it was eaten soon after the photo was taken.
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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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