There's a ginormous Jeff Goldblum statue in London. It's as gloriously weird as it sounds.
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London has a lot of great sight-seeing sites: Big Ben, the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, and ... Jeff Goldblum?

Yep, that's right. On Wednesday, July 18, Twitter users reported seeing a 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum in front of Tower Bridge in London. The effigy features the "Jurassic Park" actor half-naked and lying down. It's also quite detailed.

The Goldblum statue has already attracted the attention of a lot of locals and visitors.


While most are taking selfies, some are bringing their lawn chairs over and are taking a longer look at the masterpiece.

Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images.

If it isn't clear already, the huge statue is a publicity stunt done by a United Kingdom based television company.

NowTV erected the statue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Jurassic Park." The company confirmed it on Twitter.

According to NowTV, the statue weighs about 330 pounds — or the alternative measurement of 48,000 tea bags.

The statue replicates a scene in the first "Jurassic Park" movie where a sweaty Ian Malcom (Goldblum's character) leans on his side with a broken leg after having run away from a dinosaur.

Goldblum has certainly become a cult favorite over the years.

He has been the subject of numerous memes and a two-month film festival, and people are even having his face tattooed on themselves. The actor is considered to be "effortlessly stylish, totally eccentric, and disarmingly charming." And it's no secret that quite a lot of fans find Goldblum rather sexy.

While a giant Goldblum statue is a bit absurd, there are a few good reasons to justify its presence.

Goldblum isn't afraid to get political. In November 2015, in true Goldblum fashion, he participated in a Funny or Die video mocking corporate opposition to then-President Barack Obama's climate change policies. In the video, Goldblum calls the corporate executive characters "selfish reptilians" while defending the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon limits for power plants.

"The fact that you’re objecting to these very simple and reasonable asks feels to me like you might be some of the worst, most execrable, selfish, reptilian nincompoops with whom I’ve ever had the distinct displeasure of working," the actor said.

One thing that makes Goldblum is so special is that he's able to find positivity in a world that sometimes feels downright chaotic.

In an interview with "The Late Show's" Stephen Colbert, Goldblum offered some advice on how to stay optimistic the night after Donald Trump's presidential win.

"Being inspired, encouraged, brave, bold, and active into the progress of your own future — and everyone’s future — depends on you," Goldblum said. "That’s in your circle of influence and I won’t be uninspired by this. I’m not going to say ‘If I lose, the whole thing has been a waste of time.’ That’s stupid, in my opinion."

Now that Goldblum statue seems to make a bit more sense.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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