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6 Instagrammers You Should Be Following

With the big news that Instagram is finally available, as of today, for the Android platform, it's time to look at some accounts you want to be following once you get on, or if you're one of the 15 million+ people using the social photo sharing service already. While the big accounts continue to be @zooeydeschanel, @taylorswift, @justinbieber, @ryanseacrest and @npr, these lesser-known IG-ers are my favorites.

1. @kellyoxford

A blogger since the '90s, Kelly is a mother of three from Calgary who became famous for her amazingly funny Tweets and is now penning scripts for Hollywood. As if that weren't enough, she's got a great eye and is always posting fantastic photos on IG.

2. @yoyoha

Josh Hara is a cartoonist who recently landed an Associate Creative Director position at Resource Interactive (a digital marketing firm in Columbus, OH) based on his Tweets, which garnered local and national attention. On IG, he likes to document his kids and has a wonderful eye for it, as you see below.

3. @smethanie

Another mom with serious nerd-creds, Smethanie is a budding IG-er who loves to, er, shoot about her gamer addiction. So follow her for that, and also: she loves Five Guys and that's just reason enough right there.

4. @bexfinch

Bex is an amazing photographer living in the Bay area. Once you start following her, you'll be checking your phone 10 times a day just to see if she's uploaded something new.

5. @lunchyprices

And speaking of gorgeous photos, though she isn't a "pro" like Bex, @lunchyprices is really doing amazing things with the camera. A mom raising kids in the Colorado area, she loves to shoot in the great outdoors, as well as at home. Follower her now or else!

6. @twaggies

I'd be remiss if I didn't plug my own account, Twaggies... because everyone needs a break from all the photos once in a while, right? We take funny tweets that would otherwise disappear into the bleak, black void of the ether and illustrate them for posterity. They fit nicely on IG, too!


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Photo Series Shows Paris, France Alongside Its Chinese Replica
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François Prost

If tourists want to see the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, and Versailles on their next vacation, they have options. The most obvious choice is Paris, France. Then, if they’re looking for something a bit different, they can visit Tianducheng on the edge of Hangzhou in China, which includes replicas of these attractions in its scaled-down model of the French capital. The resemblance is so convincing that it inspired photographer François Prost to capture both cities and showcase the pictures side by side.

There are Eiffel Tower replicas around the world, but Prost was intrigued by the level of detail invested in Tianducheng. “It seemed more extreme and obsessive,” he tells Mental Floss. “It was planned as a real neighborhood with people living there as they would live anywhere else in China.” So last year the Paris resident booked a flight to the city to document its people and its architecture. The Paris facsimile was built just over a decade ago, but as you can see from the photos below, the aesthetic is lifted straight from classic Europe.

After a week of taking pictures there, Prost returned to Paris where he tracked down the original inspirations of the subjects in his photos. The resulting series, titled Paris Syndrome, pairs each scene with its counterpart across the globe.

If you’re not from Paris or Tianducheng, it may be hard to match the photo to its country of origin. There are a few images that give themselves away, like the Parisian storefronts branded with Chinese lettering. According to Prost, the project “blurs our perceptions of reality. You can no longer tell what is real from the replica.”

After sharing the photos on his website and Instagram page, Prost plans to do a similar project comparing Venice in Italy to its Chinese doppelgänger. Check out the highlights from Paris Syndrome below.

Eiffel tower and replica at night.

Parisian building and replica.

Eiffel tower and replica.

Parisian storefront and replica.

Mona Lisa and replica.

Parisian fountain and replica.

Portraits of city workers.

Eiffel tower and replica.

Paris and Chinese replica.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of François Prost.

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Can You Spot the Python Hiding in the Photo?
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A homeowner in Cooroy, Queensland, Australia came home to find a rather frightening surprise in his garage: what appeared to be a large snake was actually a pair of breeding pythons. Fortunately, the eagle-eyed experts at Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional reptile relocation service, noticed that there was a second snake and snapped this photo after removing the first one. Would you have been able to spot the second slithery guy? Take a look at the photo above and see.

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