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This “Tribute to Downton Abbey" Tour Keeps the Crawley Spirit Alive

On Sunday, Downton Abbey—the record-breaking Masterpiece series-turned-pop culture phenomenon—will bid a final (and undoubtedly very proper) farewell on PBS. As viewers prepare for life without the Crawley clan and their lovable staff of servants, online luxury travel company Zicasso is keeping the Grantham spirit alive with a “Tribute to Downton Abbey" tour.

Over the course of nine days (with costs starting at $4499 per person), travelers will explore some of the series’ most iconic locations throughout England and Scotland, including private guided tours of Grantham House, Downton Place, and (on day five) Highclere Castle, the magnificent British country house that doubles as the Crawley family’s titular home.

The tour begins in London, where guests will enjoy afternoon tea at The Ritz, before heading south to Horsted Keynes Station (which regularly plays the Downton Railway Station) and the Goodwood Estate, home of the Goodwood Motor Circuit (where the scenes of Brooklands Race Track were filmed for Downton’s final season). The final two days will be spent in Scotland, where fans will roam the grounds of Inveraray Castle, which filled in for Duneagle Castle, the childhood home of Lady Rose, in 2012's gut-wrenching Christmas special.

If it seems like a lot to organize, fear not: the travel pros at Zicasso have planned it all out for you. Which is the next best thing to having your very own Mr. Carson.

Images courtesy of Masterpiece.

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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[h/t Thrillist]

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Can You Figure Out Why the Turtles Bulge in This Optical Illusion?
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Ready for a little vision test? Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a Kyoto-based psychologist who studies visual illusions, created this eye-bending image that appears to bulge and bend. In the image, shared on Syfy.com, the horizontal and vertical lines actually run straight across and down, but they look like they ripple, and the shapes (Kitaoka calls them turtles) look like they’re different shades of gray, even though they’re an identical color.

As Phil Plait explains for Syfy, the key is in the corners—the turtle “legs,” if you will. “At each vertex between turtles, they form a rotated square divided into four smaller squares," he writes. "Note how they're offset from one another, giving a twist to the vertices.” If you zoom in closely on the image, the lines begin to straighten out.

The difference in the colors, meanwhile, is a result of the contrast between the black and white pixels outlining the turtles. If the outlines of the turtles were entirely black or entirely white, instead of a combination, the grays would look identical. But the contrast between the two fools your eyes into thinking they're different.

To see more of Kitaoka’s illusion art, you can follow him on Twitter @AkiyoshiKitaoka. Then, go check out these other amazing optical illusions.

[h/t Syfy]

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