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14 Pop Culture Coloring Books for Adults

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Still waiting on that next season of Game of Thrones or Sherlock? Missing Breaking Bad? Ease the pain with one of these pop culture-themed coloring books. As we’ve mentioned before, these books aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults have been utilizing coloring as an effective way to unwind and manage stress. And since you’re going to be breaking out your colored pencils, it might as well be to add some color to Harry Styles’s face.

1. HARRY POTTER COLORING BOOKS

Wizards rejoice! Soon there will be a whole series of Harry Potter coloring books for you to enjoy. Scholastic is already selling a general Harry Potter version with more specific topics like creatures, artifacts, and magical places and characters coming soon. Finally you can give Hogwarts the color makeover you always wanted. You just have to wait for the book to come back in stock.

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2. GAME OF THRONES

The elaborate and ornate world of Game of Thrones offers plenty of complex designs and patterns to color in. From the lavish castle in King’s Landing to the twisty Weirwoods in the North, there is no shortage of incredible scenes to color. There are 45 illustrations in total, drawn by artists Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomić, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold.

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3. DOCTOR WHO

Color your way through 96 timey-wimey illustrations from Doctor Who. There are planets, galaxies, villains, heroes, the Doctor, and the TARDIS, all ready to be filled in with colored pencils. This coloring book does not come out until February, but you can order the UK version right now. 

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4. SHERLOCK

Here is another English classic for your coloring pleasure. The book contains over 50 scenes and cast images from the show to color, but the most intriguing part is the clues. One clue from each episode is hidden in the book’s pages, and will only be revealed as you complete the scene.

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5. TOLKIEN’S WORLD

Enjoy coloring Tolkien’s vast Middle-earth, from the Trees of the Valar to Mount Doom. This unofficial coloring book was created by illustrators Ian Miller, Allan Curless, and Mauro Mazzara, and comes with 90 pages of intricate artwork.

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6. HARRY STYLES

Get lost coloring in the eyes of One Direction’s front man Harry Styles. Ever wonder what Harry would look like as a blonde? Now you can find out! You can also design and draw some cool tattoos for the singer to sport. Once you finish coloring, you hang up your work with this themed duct tape

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7. THRILL MURRAY

Over 10 illustrators have come together to create a celebration of the enigmatic Bill Murray. You can color him in some of his best roles like The Life Aquatic, Ghostbusters, and Lost in Translation.

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8. CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS

Remember the classics with this old school coloring book. You can color in posters of such films as Gone With the Wind, North by Northwest and 28 other timeless classics. If you would like to change Clark Gable’s hair to a lovely shade of green, no one can stop you.

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9. DONALD TRUMP

“Let’s Make Coloring Great Again!” This Donald Trump-themed coloring book takes a look at some of the things the GOP candidate could accomplish in office. Color in awe as Trump meets with aliens, defeats Kim Jong-un in Connect Four, and finds his way onto Mount Rushmore. Love him or hate him, this is the perfect coloring book for all your political pals.

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10. TED CRUZ

This 24-page coloring book is a little more self-serious than the Trump version. The book offers colorable pages as well as direct quotes from Cruz about his political stance and ideas for the country.

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11. HILLARY CLINTON

For the liberal counterpart to Ted Cruz’s coloring book, try Hillary Clinton's version. This coloring book follows Clinton from childhood to her campaign for presidency.

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12. BREAKING BAD

While Breaking Bad might be over, the love of the show remains strong. You can relive the action with Gus, Jesse, Skyler, and the rest of the gang thanks to this 80-page coloring and activity book. You better break out a blue crayon!

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13. STAR WARS

The excitement of the new Star Wars movie is probably enough to make you a nervous wreck, so chill out with this relaxing coloring book. The clever book takes symbols and objects from the Star Wars world and turns them into abstract, kaleidoscopic designs.

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14. BUN B’S RAPPER COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK

This is the perfect activity book for any hip hop lover. There are 48 pages of coloring and activities including some notable names like Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Tupac, and Drake.

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New 'Eye Language' Lets Paralyzed People Communicate More Easily
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The invention of sign language proved you don't need to vocalize to use complex language face to face. Now, a group of designers has shown that you don't even need control of your hands: Their new type of language for paralyzed people relies entirely on the eyes.

As AdAge reports, "Blink to Speak" was created by the design agency TBWA/India for the NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute and the Asha Ek Hope Foundation. The language takes advantage of one of the few motor functions many paralyzed people have at their disposal: eye movement. Designers had a limited number of moves to work with—looking up, down, left, or right; closing one or both eyes—but they figured out how to use these building blocks to create a sophisticated way to get information across. The final product consists of eight alphabets and messages like "get doctor" and "entertainment" meant to facilitate communication between patients and caregivers.

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This isn't the only tool that allows paralyzed people to "speak" through facial movements, but unlike most other options currently available, Blink to Speak doesn't require any expensive technology. The project's potential impact on the lives of people with paralysis earned it the Health Grand Prix for Good at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity earlier in June.

The groups behind Blink to Speak have produced thousands of print copies of the language guide and have made it available online as an ebook. To learn the language yourself or share it with someone you know, you can download it for free here.

[h/t AdAge]

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How Bats Protect Rare Books at This Portuguese Library
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Visit the Joanina Library at the University of Coimbra in Portugal at night and you might think the building has a bat problem. It's true that common pipistrelle bats live there, occupying the space behind the bookshelves by day and swooping beneath the arched ceilings and in and out of windows once the sun goes down, but they're not a problem. As Smithsonian reports, the bats play a vital role in preserving the institution's manuscripts, so librarians are in no hurry to get rid of them.

The bats that live in the library don't damage the books and, because they're nocturnal, they usually don't bother the human guests. The much bigger danger to the collection is the insect population. Many bug species are known to gnaw on paper, which could be disastrous for the library's rare items that date from before the 19th century. The bats act as a natural form of pest control: At night, they feast on the insects that would otherwise feast on library books.

The Joanina Library is famous for being one of the most architecturally stunning libraries on earth. It was constructed before 1725, but when exactly the bats arrived is unknown. Librarians can say for sure they've been flapping around the halls since at least the 1800s.

Though bats have no reason to go after the materials, there is one threat they pose to the interior: falling feces. Librarians protect against this by covering their 18th-century tables with fabric made from animal skin at night and cleaning the floors of guano every morning.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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