Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

Sneak a Peek at the New Season of Game of Thrones

Helen Sloan/HBO
Helen Sloan/HBO

Winter is coming—though probably not fast enough for Game of Thrones fans, who have more than two months to wait until the series makes its much anticipated return to HBO on April 24. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of the sixth season, in photos.

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Conleth Hill as Varys. Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly and Hannah Murray as Gilly. Photo by Helen Sloan /HBO

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark– photo Helen Sloan/HBO

Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark and Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Dean-Charles Chapman as King Tommen Baratheon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton– photo Helen Sloan/HBO

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO

Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy. Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth– photo Helen Sloan/HBO
François Prost
Photo Series Shows Paris, France Alongside Its Chinese Replica
François Prost
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.

Can You Spot the Python Hiding in the Photo?

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.

Give up? Scroll down to see where it was hiding.


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