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Black Family Tree Tapestry

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The Black family had a tapestry depicting their family tree. Gayle Spiller managed to recreate the tapestry in LEGO and it is stunning! The magical artwork was made in the 13th century and contains family members from the Middle Ages all the way through to the present. It is located at 12 Grimmauld Place, which means it is currently owned by a certain mister Harry Potter who is not at all pictured on the tapestry. The Black family having been horrifyingly concerned with being purebloods, quite a few of the family members got disowned for various reasons; supporting Muggle rights or being a Squib. Walburga Black, Sirius Black’s mother, is presumably responsible for removing most of the disowned family members.

This incredible brick version really deserves a good zoom in. Gayle used the LEGO flag for the banners where the family members’ names are portrayed, and most of the hats are brick-built using all sorts of parts, from cones, to skirts to the ruff neckpiece. She even managed to include the Black family coat of arms. You can more find closeups on her Instagram.

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The One Million Moms hate groups is triggered by fruit bowls

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One Million Moms is an anti-LGBTQ organization listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. As we've pointed out before, "the group's true size obviously falls far short of its ambitious name, and may even be the effort of a single person operating under the broader aegis of the American Family Association."

Today, One Million Moms is hating on TV commercials by Dole that makes lighthearted use of the term "fruit bowl" as a catch-all code word that adults can use to have adult conversations in front of children. In its call for people to sign a petition against Dole, it said:

The commercials use "fruit bowl(s)" as code words for intimacy, in place of swear words, and as a demeaning reference to children.

Here is the dialogue from one commercial that features a set of grandparents and one of their grandchildren: "Well, with the grandkids home now, finding alone time is a challenge. That's why we have a secret love language. … You in the mood for fruit bowls? … I would love some. …" (Then a granddaughter interrupts: "Can I have some fruit bowls too?") "We are eating a lot of fruit bowls, just not having a lot of fruit bowls."

Another ad features a couple saying the following: "Times are stressful, but we are trying not to swear in front of the kids. So, we use 'fruit bowl' instead. Fr*it B*wl! What the fr*it b*wl?! We eat a lot of fr*it-b*wling fr*it b*wls."

The third commercial features two lesbian moms who are frustrated over their kids' behavior. They use "fruit bowls" as a code word to talk about their kids in front of the kids. The mothers are regretting and questioning whose idea it was to even have these "fruit bowls."

The insinuations and tone in these ads are offensive because of what is represented, and the fact that children actually appear in the commercials is also disturbing. It's sad that a well-known company has made a deliberate decision to produce a controversial commercial instead of a wholesome one.

Rupen Desai, CMO, Dole Packaged Foods commented:

Our purpose, at Dole, is to champion Sunshine for All. With that, we believe it is important to bring levity and "sunshine" to all families during these dark times. We believe that by coming together, sharing honest moments we have in common, and sharing a laugh – we can help each other through this. We also believe in celebrating diversity and inclusion in all its forms. For these reasons, Dole proudly stands by our campaign.

Dole's 3 spots are above and below. If you are wearing pearls, nows the time to clutch them.

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Thrift store paintings "enhanced" with Star Wars elements

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DaveRuinsArt of Canton, Ohio is not the first artist to buy and augment thrift store paintings, but The Force is strong with his Star Wars pieces.

"I started making these designs because I owned a vintage store and had some really beautiful landscapes but I couldn't sell for $5," he told DIGG. "I think I had one for two years and was thinking about just throwing it away and keeping the frame but I decided to give it a shot and added an ATST that had fallen over with Ewoks fishing off of it."

You can see more of his "altered art" at his shop: Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods.

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CNN graphic shows Trump woefully inadequate in pissing match with CDC Director

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Every time a White House official speaks about the pandemic we need a graphic just like this.

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CNN on Thursday burned President Donald Trump for contradicting his own administration's medical experts by displaying a graphic that showed his stark lack of qualifications.

Specifically, the graphic listed all the medical qualifications for embattled Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

Among other things, the graphic noted that Redfield has a medical degree from Georgetown, a record of service in the Army Medical Corps for two decades, and a place on former President George W. Bush's advisory council for HIV/AIDS.

Trump, on the other hand, only had one medical "qualification," which is that he had an uncle who once taught at MIT.

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Maybe Dr. Redfield can also prescribe some lotion to Trump for the severe burn he got from CNN?
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Build a Miniature Hangout with a DIY Wooden Treehouse Kit

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“Treetop Hangout.” All images © Tiny Treehouses, courtesy of Lars Wijers, shared with permission

A new DIY kit transforms any ordinary houseplant into a miniature haven complete with mood lighting. Created by Australia-based British designer Lars Wijers, Tiny Treehouses feature multiple configurations, from an ornate gazebo to a multi-roofed structure resembling tropical architecture. Each is equipped with LED lights (batteries included!) and manufactured to hang from a branch or rest on a flat surface.

Back the project on Kickstarter—$1 from every treehouse will be donated to restoring Australian forests—and follow Tiny Treehouses on Instagram for updates on designs and buying options.

 

“Tropical Lookout”

“Home Base”

“Tropical Lookout”

“Temple of Gratitude”

“Tiny Gazebo”

“Temple of Serenity”

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This painting took me 4 years to complete! I made the first...

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This painting took me 4 years to complete! I made the first sketch of it in 2016 and then completely ignored it until I opened the file again last month ~ so here it finally is!

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