LOL [via Nina Reznick]

DNC launches ‘Donald Ducks’ mascot to make Trump release his tax returns [via Nina Reznick]

The new DNC mascot held a sign that

The DNC on Thursday introduced a mascot for the 2016 campaign in front of Trump Tower.

In an effort to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns, the Democratic National Committee has created “Donald Ducks.”

The mascot appeared with a spokeswoman, described by the DNC as Donald Ducks’ lead attorney, Thursday morning, who questioned why Trump has “ducked” releasing his tax returns.

“Is he ducking because he’s not as rich as he says he is?” she asked. “Is he ducking because he doesn’t donate to charities like he says he does?”

She also questioned whether Trump is paying a lower tax rate than most Americans or if he has “foreign investments that could compromise national security.”

The spokeswoman said Donald Ducks will follow the Republican nominee around the country.

“Mr. Trump can expect to see me all across our great country,” she said, speaking for the mascot. “Mr. Ducks is not going to stop quacking until the other Donald releases his taxes.”

Donald Ducks also went to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Trump held a rally Thursday evening, the DNC said. His next stops will be Friday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dimondale, outside Lansing, Michigan; and Saturday in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for a statement.

A sci-fi vision of love from a 318-year-old hologram

Science fiction writer Monica Byrne imagines rich worlds populated with characters who defy our racial, social and gender stereotypes. In this performance, Byrne appears as a hologram named Pilar, transmitting a story of love and loss back to us from a near future when humans have colonized the universe. "It's always funny what you think the future is going to be like versus what it turns out to be," she says.

Louisiana Via Denmark ... who knew? [via Karin Korvin]

Louisiana Museum in Denmark

Train station of Haemlebeck; 15 minutes walk to the Louisiana Museum

Example of room with beautiful inside/outside effect

Typical old houses with thatched roof in nearby village on the water where we had an early dinner

The #1's of the world... [via David Angsten]

Highest point in the world: Mount Everest
Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching space, while still standing on Earth.

Lowest point in the world: Challenger Deep
The lowest known natural point in the world is Challenger Deep, 35,797 ft below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Only three people have ever made it to the bottom, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.

Most photographed place: The Guggenheim
Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software, and can now show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to the landmark. The Winner? The Guggenheim in New York.

Sunniest Place on Earth: Yuma, Arizona
In Yuma, Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. Its forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours a year.

The world's most popular country: Germany
The results of the annual BBC World Country Rating Poll are in, and Germany came out on top as the most positively viewed country in the world among people probably under the age of 85 (at a 59% positivity rating).

World's least populated city: Vatican City
With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.

World's most populated city: Shanghai
At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the single city that is home to the most people in the world

World's wealthiest city: Tokyo
That tower might as well be made of gold, since Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion (only beating New York by a mere $310 billion).