May the Force Be With Your Feet in These Star Wars-Themed Sperry Shoes

Sperry
Sperry

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars, Sperry—the beloved purveyor of boat shoes that your dad probably wears—has teamed up with Disney to create the appropriately named Stars Wars x Sperry collection.

The creative set of five shoe styles features a range of iconic designs from a galaxy far, far away that are sure to make even the shoeless Jedi master Yoda jealous.

There’s a C-3PO and R2-D2 design, featuring the saga’s trusty droids stranded on the desert planet Tatooine, while another option shows Han Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca ready to take on the Empire (no Wookiee will want to pull your arms out of your sockets as long as you're wearing these).


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Then there’s the basic Rebel pilot design, inspired by the jumpsuits worn by X-Wing pilots and featuring the Rebel Alliance insignia along the side.


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There’s also a Death Star design sporting the Imperial symbol along the side, and perhaps the coolest (read: geekiest) detail of them all—a green stripe along the bottom that represents the Death Star laser beam.


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Those are all well and good, and anybody in their right mind wearing a pair would be strong with the Force, but the shoes we have our eye on feature the instantly timeless “Laser Duel” concept art by painter Ralph McQuarrie.


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They showcase the famed illustrator’s image of a lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader—though, as any true fan knows, Vader’s foe would technically be Deak Starkiller, from the second draft of George Lucas’s screenplay that McQuarrie worked from. But no one will stop to argue with you about that since they’d mostly just want to admire your Light Side/Dark Side-inspired kicks.

The Star Wars x Sperry collection will be available at stores and online from August 10. Now Lando won’t be the best-dressed person in the galaxy.

Game of Thrones's The Mountain Needed a Stunt Double for the First Time Ever in Season 8

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HBO

There’s no question that Game of Thrones's final season will be action-packed. But Iceland native Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the TV series, recently confirmed just how much more hardcore the upcoming episodes will be.

In a recent interview with Mashable, Björnsson dished on the final season (as much as an actor sworn to secrecy can dish about a show). Though he couldn’t reveal any really juicy details, he did spill a very interesting piece of information about The Mountain. According to the 30-year-old strongman, the final season was "the hardest season I’ve filmed for Game Of Thrones."

Filming got so complicated that, for the first time in his four seasons on the show, Björnsson needed a stunt double to play The Mountain.

“All the seasons prior to this season that we just finished filming, I never had stunt doubles. I always did everything myself," Björnsson said. "But the last season I filmed, the season that hasn’t been shown on television, I had a stunt double there."

Though fans certainly wanted to hear more about the scene (or scenes) that required a stunt double for the actor, Björnsson—much like The Mountain—didn't budge. “I can’t go into detail ... but I had a stunt double there I can tell you that,” he said. "He was big. He was tall, not as muscular."

It couldn’t have been easy for the show's producers to find a match for Björnsson, who is a professional strongman when he's not acting. He stands 6 feet 9 inches tall, and currently holds the title of "World’s Strongest Man."

As Björnsson has never needed a stunt double before, we can’t help but wonder what exactly happens to The Mountain in season 8. We'll be looking forward to finding out when Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019.

[h/t: Mashable]

New Book Provides an Intimate Look at the Handwriting of Freud, Marie Antoinette, and Other Historical Figures

TASCHEN
TASCHEN

Handwriting analysts would have a field day with TASCHEN's latest book. Titled The Magic of Handwriting, the 464-page tome offers a rare glimpse into the intimate lives and correspondences of some of the most well-known names in history.

In modern times, handwriting is a dying art, which makes it all the more meaningful to see nearly 900 years' worth of writing preserved in vivid detail in the book. A letter penned a year before the French Revolution shows Marie Antoinette’s neat signature written in small letters. In contrast, French writer Marcel Proust’s handwritten manuscripts were frantically scrawled on whatever scraps of paper he could find. Charlie Chaplin sometimes included a sketch of his signature hat and cane while signing autographs, and Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota leader who was known for his courage in battle, dotted his i’s with what look like hearts or v's.

A signed picture of Sitting Bull
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A letter signed by Marie Antoinette
A letter signed by Marie Antoinette
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A manuscript handwritten by Marcel Proust
Marcel Proust's writing
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These artifacts come from the collection of Pedro Corrêa do Lago, a Brazilian art historian and curator who has acquired thousands of handwritten letters, manuscripts, autographed photos, and musical compositions over the years. The book features over 100 items from his collection, which also went on display last year at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

In addition to displaying different styles of handwriting, the book also highlights little-known facts about historical figures and insight into their personality. There’s a handwritten invoice from Sigmund Freud, who charged one client 2000 schillings (nearly $500 in 1934, or roughly $9400 today) for 20 hours of psychoanalysis. When his patient tried to negotiate a lower price, Freud reportedly replied, “I am still forced to make a living. I cannot do more than five hours of analysis daily; and I do not know how much longer I shall work at it.”

An invoice signed by Sigmund Freud
An invoice signed by Sigmund Freud
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Ernest Hemingway’s snark is on full display in a “Who’s Who” questionnaire he filled out for the publishing firm Scribner’s in 1930. Under the career section, he merely replied “yes." Under "hobbies," he listed skiing, fishing, shooting, and drinking.

For more stories like these, order a copy of The Magic of Handwriting from TASCHEN’s website or Amazon.

A cover of the book 'The Magic of Handwriting'
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