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Mother-Daughter Team Makes Impossibly Intricate Cookie Masterpieces

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Most of the time, it would seem criminal to not immediately stuff a delicious-looking cookie in your mouth. But every once in a while, you come across one that looks so amazing, you couldn't ever imagine chomping through its decorated exterior. 

ButterWinks is a mother-daughter cookie company comprised of Shelley Bean and Mallory Mae. The duo churns out cookies that are so pristine and elaborate, they hardly even look real. The jaw-dropping creations feature pop culture characters, politicians, and other beautiful designs. 

"My cookies are completely freehand from start to finish—no templates, projectors or printed icing images," Mae explained to mental_floss in an e-mail. "They begin with many sketches before I get the composition I'm pleased with and the final sketch becomes the shape of the cookie I cut out from the dough." 

Mae also uses a very small PME 00 piping tip to help her achieve those miniscule details. "People despise working with this thing as it's smaller than a pinhole—I live for it," she wrote. 

Larger cookies take as much as three to five hours, which the bakers spread over two days. The piece seen above was created for Mae's first competition, and she spent a few hours every day for a week and a half decorating it. The hard work paid off: she won first prize. 

Mae was originally in the cake-making business until one customer asked for some decorated cookies on the side. Shelley had the perfect recipes to use, and the business naturally moved towards cookies from there. Mae is currently working every weekend until July with The Food Artist Group to create cookie masterpieces for food and wine festivals at Busch Gardens in Florida and Virginia, as well as Sea World in Texas. 

You can check out more of Mae's sweet works of art on Instagram and FacebookThe collection features everything from Rick & Morty to Bernie Sanders. 

Images via Butterwinks.

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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