This Dating App Lets You Search for Celebrity Lookalikes

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Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images

Online dating is a slog. Forget true love; it can take hours of swiping just to find a few people you think are kind of cute. But maybe finding your next date would be easier if you could filter profiles by appearance—say, if they look like your favorite celebrity. That’s what the UK-based dating site Badoo is banking on, according to Fast Company.

Badoo has rolled out a new "lookalike" feature that lets you browse profiles based on how much a potential mate resembles a particular famous face. Based on image-matching technology that takes into account 160 different facial features, from chin size to eyebrow style, you can find lookalikes for actors, musicians, sports stars, and even the occasional Silicon Valley hotshot like Elon Musk or politicians like Barack Obama, in case your tastes run a little more on the dweeby side.

You can also upload your own photos to the search function, so if you aren’t over your ex, you can find someone that looks just like him or her. You can even connect your Facebook account, so that you can verify exactly which one of your high school friends looks the most like Justin Bieber.

Screenshot of Badoo website showing celebrities you can select to find lookalikes
Badoo

The algorithm seems to be pretty hit or miss when it comes to actually figuring out who looks like Beyoncé or Kevin Durant, but it's not surprising that the world isn't teeming with people who look exactly like Beyoncé. And trolling for people who look like cute celebrities doesn’t seem any crazier than filling out surveys with hundreds of questions in search of your soulmate on OkCupid or spending hours mindlessly swiping on Tinder. And it's definitely no stranger than matching with someone based on their love of bacon or your mutual disdain for cargo shorts.

These days, there are not that many differences between the popular dating apps, except color schemes and the occasional feature like video uploads or Bumble’s women-message-first rule. So it's not surprising that companies are coming up with more inventive ways to help them stand out from the rest of the crowd. Now, daters who honestly just want to have dinner with a Chris Evans lookalike know which app to download.

Just maybe don’t tell your date that you only found them because you wanted to date someone who looked like Uber's disgraced ex-CEO Travis Kalanick.

[h/t Fast Company]

A Handy Map of All the Royal Residences in the UK

Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Somewhere along the way, you probably learned that Buckingham Palace is home to the ruler of the United Kingdom and many unflinching, fancily clad guards. And, if you watch The Crown or keep a close eye on royal family news, you might recognize the names of other estates like Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace.

But what about Gatcombe Park, Llwynywermod, or any of the other royal residences? To fill in the gaps of your knowledge, UK-based money-lending site QuickQuid created a map and corresponding illustrations of all 20 properties, and compiled the need-to-know details about each place.

quickquid map of royal family residences
QuickQuid

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip kept eight estates for themselves, and divvied up the rest among their children and grandchildren, some of whom have purchased their own properties, too. Though Buckingham Palace is still considered the official residence of the Queen, she now splits most of her time between Windsor Castle and other holiday homes like Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House, which Prince Philip is responsible for maintaining.

quickquid illustration of royal family residences
QuickQuid

Windsor shares its grounds with two other properties: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home, Frogmore House, and the Royal Lodge, where Prince Andrew (the Queen’s second youngest child) lives.

illustration of frogmore house
QuickQuid

Southwest of Windsor is Highgrove House, Prince Charles’s official family home with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They also own Birkhall in Scotland, Clarence House in London, Tamarisk House on the Isles of Scilly, and the aforementioned Llwynywermod in Wales. Much like the Queen herself does, Charles and Camilla basically have a different house for each region they visit.

illustration of highgrove house
QuickQuid

In 2011, the Queen gave Anmer Hall—which is on the grounds of Sandringham House—to Prince William and Kate Middleton as a wedding gift, but they’ve recently relocated to Kensington Palace so Prince George could attend school in London.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter, Anne, resides in Gatcombe Park with her daughter, Zara Tindall. Anne also owns St. James’s Palace in London, where her niece (Princess Beatrice of York) and her mother’s cousin (Princess Alexandra) sometimes live.

Lastly there's Edward, Elizabeth and Philip's youngest son, who lives with his wife in Bagshot Park, which architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner called “bad, purposeless, [and] ugly.”

illustration of bagshot park
QuickQuid

If you’re feeling particularly cramped in your tiny one-bedroom apartment (or even regular-sized house) after reading about the royal family’s overabundance of real estate, take solace in the knowledge that at least you’ll never have to follow their strict fashion rules.

A Book Fair for Grown-Ups Is Coming to New York

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seb_ra/iStock via Getty Images

Amid all the prepubescent drama and uncertainty of elementary school was one glimmering spot of hope and happiness: the Scholastic Book Fair. Getting to take just a few minutes out of your regular school day to wander the temporary bookshelves seemed about as enchanting as walking through the wardrobe into Narnia.

For folks who’ve been chasing that particular brand of ecstasy well into their adult lives, we have some big news. Next month, Penguin Random House is hosting a book fair for grown-ups. The Pop Insider reports that the event will take place at Lightbox in New York on Saturday, November 23, and you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

It’s not intended to be an exact replica of the book fair from your own school days, but rather a full-fledged recreation of your entire grade-school experience. The electronic invitation promises pop culture trivia, Mad Libs, an “awkward school photo booth,” spin art, snap bracelets, Mr. Sketch markers, cubbies, and “severe middle school flashbacks.”

There will also, of course, be books for sale, though it’s not clear if the inventory will include throwback series like Junie B. Jones and The Magic Treehouse, or just books for adults.

In addition to tsunami-sized waves of nostalgia, the event will feature appearances from some of Penguin Random House’s beloved authors. The list hasn’t been revealed in full, but Viking Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, tweeted that its author John Hodgman will be there to promote his new book, Medallion Status.

Tickets are $25 for a one-hour time slot, or you can pay $50 to stay for the whole five hours. And your afternoon of embracing your inner kid will benefit actual kids—Penguin Random House will donate a portion of ticket sales to Read Ahead, a non-profit that uses reading to help students learn life-long social and emotional skills.

While the Scholastic Book Fair is still going strong in schools today, the same can’t be said for card catalogs, dodgeball, or these other things.

[h/t The Pop Insider]

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