8 Entertaining Pop Culture-Themed Pool Floats for Summer

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This summer, show off your fandom the cool way: with a pool float. Below are eight pop culture-themed inflatables we love, from Marvel rafts to Finding Nemo floats.

1. Star Wars Millennium Falcon Float; $22

SwimWays, Amazon

There's no need to fear the Dark Side (or the deep end) while floating on this raft. Celebrate the December release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a few months early with this 5-foot-long, 3.8-foot-wide inflatable starship.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Star Trek Captain's Chair Float; $59

Big Mouth Toys, Amazon

You can feel like the captain of your pool in this 4-foot-wide chair float worthy of James T. Kirk himself.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Dragon Party Tube; $20

GoFloats, Amazon

Channel your inner Daenerys while chilling out on this 4-foot-wide, 2-foot-tall dragon pool toy from GoFloats. You can choose from two designs: Fire Dragon or ;Ice Dragon. There's also a smaller version for kids available for $15.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Marvel Comic Book Float; $25

SwimWays, Amazon

Marvel fans can now lounge on their favorite heroes with this 5-foot-long comic book-themed float. Designs featuring other beloved superheroes like Captain America and Spider-Man are also available.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Batman Logo Float; $20

Edge Brands, Amazon

If you're more of a DC Comics person, this 5-foot-wide Batman float is perfect for you.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Blue Wave Clown Fish Float; $18

Blue Wave, Amazon

Make like Nemo and just keep swimming on this 5-foot-long ride-on pool float.

Buy it: Walmart or Amazon

7. Super Mario Kart Float; $24

Nintendo, Amazon

This Mario Kart bumper boat can bring your favorite video game to life in the pool. Just make sure to watch out for any errant shells or banana peels.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Jurassic World Float; $40

Coconut Float, Amazon

Who says a T-rex can't swim? This durable float will make you feel like you are on Isla Nublar with your favorite dinosaur.

Buy it: Amazon

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11 Masks That Will Keep You Safe and Stylish

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Design Safe/Designer Face Covers/Its All Goods

Face masks are going to be the norm for the foreseeable future, and with that in mind, designers and manufacturers have answered the call by providing options that are tailored for different lifestyles and fashion tastes. Almost every mask below is on sale, so you can find one that fits your needs without overspending.

1. Multicolor 5-pack of Polyester Face Masks; $22 (56 percent off)

Home Essentials

This set of five polyester masks offers the protection you need in a range of colors, so you can coordinate with whatever outfit you're wearing.

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2. 3D Comfort Masks 5-Pack; $20 (25 percent off)

Brio

The breathable, stretchy fabric in these 3D masks makes them a comfortable option for daily use.

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3. Reusable Face Masks 2-pack; $15 (50 percent off)

Triple Grade

This cotton mask pack is washable and comfortable. Use the two as a matching set with your best friend or significant other, or keep the spare for laundry day.

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4. Active Masks 3-pack; $23 (14 percent off)

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Don’t let masks get in the way of staying active. These double-layer cotton masks are breathable but still protect against those airborne particles.

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5. Washable Protective Cotton Face Masks 2-pack; $13 (35 percent off)

Its All Good

Avoid the accidental nose-out look with this cotton mask that stays snug to your face.

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6. Washable 3D Masks 12-pack; $24 (44 percent off)

Elicto

With this 12-pack of protective masks, you can keep a few back-ups in your car and hand the rest out to friends and family who need them.

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7. Reusable Dust-Proof Mask with 5 Filters; $22 (45 percent off)

Triple Grade

This dust-proof mask can filter out 95 percent of germs and other particles, making it a great option for anyone working around smoke and debris all day, or even if you're just outside mowing the lawn.

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8. Reusable Fun Face Cover / Neck Gaiter (Flamingo); $20

Designer Face Covers

Channel some tropical energy with this flamingo fabric neck gaiter. The style of this covering resembles a bandana, which could save your ears and head from soreness from elastic loops. Other designs include a Bauhaus-inspired mask and this retro look.

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9. Seamless Bandana Mask; $8 (52 percent off)

Eargasm Earplugs

This seamless gaiter-style mask can be worn properly for protection and fashioned up into a headband once you're in the car or a safe space. Plus, having your hair out of your face will help you avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth before washing your hands.

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10. Two-Ply "Love" Face Masks 2-Pack; $18 (40 percent off)

Design Safe

These statement masks allow you to have a voice, even if your mouth is covered.

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11. Neoprene/Fleece Neck and Face Mask (Purple); $10 (66 percent off)

Its All Good

This mask will definitely come in handy once winter rolls around. It features a fleece neck, face, and ear covering to keep your mask secure and your face warm.

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New Book From TASCHEN Presents a Visual History of Tarot Cards

TASCHEN
TASCHEN

Like many pieces of occult iconography, the origins of Tarot cards are murky. Legends tell of the cards' origins stretching back to the ancient Egyptians, but in reality, they began in 15th-century Italy. It would take another few centuries for Tarot to evolve from a playing card deck to its more familiar form as a fortune-telling device accompanied by elaborate, and sometimes macabre, artwork.

That's a bit of the history you can expect to find in Tarot, a new book from TASCHEN coming out on August 29. Written by author Jessica Hundley, with additional writing by Johannes Fiebig and Marcella Kroll, Tarot tells the story of the mystical cards through historical tidbits and stunning imagery. The 520-page book features more than 500 pictures showing the 78 classic Tarot cards in their various iterations throughout the years. Symbols and deeper meanings are explored for each, along with a look at how different cultures around the globe have interpreted the cards.

Even skeptics can appreciate the artistry that's gone into these artifacts. The cards have been used as a canvas by Medieval artists as well as contemporary painters like Salvador Dalí and Niki de Saint Phalle. You can see a few examples of the cards highlighted in the book below.

Tarot is the inaugural volume in "Library of Esoterica," a new series from TASCHEN exploring "the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine." You can preorder it now from Amazon or the TASCHEN store for $40.

The Wheel of Fortune by artist Cathy McClelland, 2017© Cathy McClelland/TASCHEN

Strength by Michael Eaton & A. A. Khan, 2015© A. A. Khan & Michael Eaton

The Sun by artists Pamela Colman Smith & A. E. Waite, 1910TASCHEN

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