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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]

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If You Love Antique Stores, This Subscription Box Is For You
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Courtesy of Royal Treasure Chest

Do you love wandering the aisles of antique malls, shopping at vintage clothing stores, and filling your home with knick-knacks and ephemera from the past? Then this subscription box is for you.

Royal Treasure Chest is a curated monthly subscription that sends a package full of vintage goodies to your door, thoughtfully hand-picked based on your personal taste. The subscription box offering is an extension of Royal Treasure, an online vintage shop with a presence on Etsy and eBay and run by wife-and-husband team Denise and Royal.

Prices start at $15 for a monthly single-item box. Also available is a $40 plan (three items) and a $60 plan (five items). Your box is highly customizable. First, you select your category (or categories) from the following options: Beautiful old hardcover books, curios and knick-knacks, jewelry, tie bars and cufflinks, paper ephemera (like postcards or photographs), and ladies' or gentlemen's accessories. Then you can go into detail about your style, favorite eras, and likes and dislikes. That means it's great for indecisive people who want to treat themselves to a box of nice things every month.

To find the vintage collectibles, Royal Treasure's Pittsburgh-based team travels to estate sales in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Every box comes with a note printed on parchment paper recounting where your new treasures were found and gives details about the families that once owned them. (The grandfather was a World War I fighter pilot! This family of dance instructors counted a young Gene Kelly among their pupils!) It reads like a letter from a friend and gives a homespun feel to the whole operation.

I subscribed to the $40 plan and loved the items I got. Every box also included a bonus postcard with a message written by someone from another era. I definitely took Royal Treasure up on the opportunity to go into detail about my taste. One of the things I wrote was that I like dogs, and I got a lot of dog-themed stuff that made me smile. In one month's box, I got a porcelain dog figurine as well as a trinket box and a decorative plate with country scenes on them. I liked the puppy statuette and thought the box and plate were nice enough, but then I looked closer and realized they each had a tiny dog cavorting around the landscape and I appreciated them even more. Now that's attention to detail.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
Mathew Tucciarone
Mathew Tucciarone

A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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