PBS Announces That Season Six Will Be the Final Season of ‘Downton Abbey’

Downton Abbey Cast

The producers of Downton Abbey have announced that season six of the show, which is set to premiere in January 2016, will be the final season of the wonderful series that tell the story of the many trials, tribulations, and joys of the aristocratic Crawley family and all those who come in contact with them on their country estate in Yorkshire, UK.

Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced on March 26, 2015, that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey. Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and ‘Downton’ is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…”

A sad day indeed! After all, who can replace the Dowager Countess’ etiquette lessons, whether wanted or not?

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A Stop-Motion Animation Featuring a Life-Sized Artist’s Mannequin Moving Around a Public Square in Wales

A life-sized wooden artist’s mannequin walks around a square in Aberystwyth, Wales in this stop-motion animation created by artist Anton Hecht. Hecht and his collaborators enlisted members of the public to help adjust the mannequin for each animation frame. The animation was created as part of an installation at Aberystwyth Arts Centre gallery.

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‘Tour Eiffel’, Photo Series Capturing the Eiffel Tower as Viewed Through the Windows of Different Paris Apartments

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In his photo series Tour Eiffel, photographer Jasper White has captured the fantastic elegance of the Eiffel Tower as it is viewed from different apartments all around Paris. White said that he embarked upon this project because of his love of Paris and how the distinctive landmark connects the city’s residents, all of whom are able to gaze upon it at the same time.

I wanted to see how it was viewed from the many different residents of Paris, who can see it from their apartment windows, all around the city. Each window frames the tower from a different distance and angle, allowing it to play a role alongside the objects within the room, almost like a fairy tale castle in a children’s book. Whilst viewing the tower from different apartments, the viewer has a sense of experiencing part of the residents’ lives, sharing a connection with others who can also see it.

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photos by Jasper White

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The 30th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade in New York City

New York City April Fools' Day Parade

Veteran prankster Joey Skaggs has announced New York City’s 30th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade, scheduled for April 1, 2015. This year’s theme is “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” and the grand marshal will be Mayor Bill de Blasio.

We’re 30 and proud of it! New York’s spectacular April Fools’ Day Parade kicks into its fourth decade of hilarious irreverence, poking fun at the past year’s public displays of hype, hypocrisy, deceit, bigotry, and downright foolishness. Nothing and no one is sacred. Our satire knows no bounds. In honor of our 30th year, we’ll be giving 30 lucky revelers free cartoon interpretations of their favorite taboo religious icons, picked at random at the end of the parade in Washington Square Park.

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‘Boneshaker Big Wheel’, A Penny-Farthing-Style Cycle With a Pedal-Powered Walking Drive System

The Boneshaker Big Wheel is a wooden kinetic sculpture that combines the big front wheel of a penny-farthing bicycle and an articulating “walking” drive system inspired by the Strandbeest sculptures of artist Theo Jansen. It can be pedaled by a rider much like a penny-farthing. Artist Ron Schroer created the sculpture for the 2014 OneSpark festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Cycle by Ron Schroer

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Cycle by Ron Schroer

photos via Ron Schroer

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Actress Maisie Williams of ‘Game of Thrones’ to Guest Star on an Upcoming Episode of ‘Doctor Who’

Maisie Williams on Doctor Who

TV Guide has announced and the BBC has confirmed that actress Maisie Williams, known best for her role as the fiercely independent Arya Stark on the HBO series Game of Thrones, will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of the long-running BBC series Doctor Who. Details are sparse at this time.

No details on her character have been released, but executive producer Steven Moffat says “she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

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Another Round of Cringeworthy Chemistry Jokes That Hope to Get a Reaction From the Audience

“What do you do with a sick chemist? Well if you can’t helium, and you can’t curium, you’re going to have to barium.”

The American Chemical Society series Reactions has released another round of cringeworthy chemistry jokes they hope will get a reaction from the audience. Like the first video in the series, the jokes are primarily pun-based and make reference to elements, chemical formulas, and other basic principles of chemistry.