People are recreating famous works of art from home and some are seriously incredible

Social distancing, sheltering in place, self-isolating, quarantining—whatever iteration of "stay away from people" everyone is living in, they all come with needing things to do outside of our normal routines.

Some of us have used this time to establish new hobbies, like jigsaw puzzles, baking bread or figuring out viable alternatives for toilet paper. Others have gotten extra creative and shared their creations online for the rest of our entertainment.

According to a Facebook page called Art Consoles, museums asked people to recreate famous works of art at home—and wow, did people deliver. Art Consoles shared several dozen side-by-side photos of paintings and sculptures next to the home recreations people made.

Some are direct reproductions, impressive in their accuracy. Others are tongue-in-cheek takes, replacing flowers with cleaning products, using people in the place of objects, or putting an animal where a person should be. Some even managed to recreate surreal cubist paintings by Picasso, but with real people.

Clever, right? Unfortunately, the parade of photos did not include any credits, but many more people shared their own recreated pieces of art in the comments on the Art Consoles Facebook post, which you can see here.

Here's to exposing ourselves to more works of art and using some of the extra time on our hands to engage in creative silliness. If nothing else, it's at least a step up from toilet paper hoarding.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

Band of Gamers

Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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