This Scratch-Off Poster Lets You Keep Track of All the Van Gogh Paintings You’ve Seen

Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
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People love scratch-off cards, posters, and famous artworks—so why not put them all together? Today Is Art Day combines all three in their Vincent van Gogh Scratch Poster, which you can use to record the van Gogh paintings you’ve seen in museums around the world.

The poster includes 40 minuscule renderings of van Gogh’s most notable works, each covered in a thin layer of foil that you can satisfyingly scratch off with a coin. Its primary purpose is to help you keep track of which masterpieces you’ve actually seen in person, and, at 17 by 24 inches, it can also solve your problem of how to fill that blank bit of wall space you’ve been staring at for far too long.

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The paintings are organized in the following categories: self-portraits, early works, places, portraits, still lifes, and nature. So you’ll never mistake Still Life: Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers for Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers again. We recommend that you keep this solution sheet somewhere accessible and consult it before you scratch off a spot, because van Gogh titled several paintings similarly or even identically—three of the six self-portraits are simply named Self-Portrait.

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It’s true that you’ll have to do a fair bit of traveling in order to complete the bucket list, but a cursory glance at this list of museums where the paintings are located will tell you that some house multiple works. After a trip to Paris’s Musée d'Orsay, for example, you can scratch off a Self-Portrait, The Church at Auvers, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Portrait of Eugene Boch, and Starry Night over the Rhone. And you can scratch off 15 of the 40 works without even leaving the U.S. Three, including The Starry Night, are in New York City, and Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Pasadena, New Haven, and Washington, D.C. all boast guardianship of at least one artwork each.

An astute disclaimer on Today Is Art Day’s product page advises you to verify with museums that specific paintings are on display before you visit, since exhibits can change.

You can purchase the poster for $20 from Today Is Art Day’s website here, and it will ship by mid-August.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.