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The internet is currently brimming with touching tributes to Leonard Nimoy, testaments to his universal awesomeness and the profound way so many of us have been touched by both his great life and his recent passing. We’ve gathered a few of our favourites here.

Nasa astronaut Terry W. Virts tweeted a moving photo of his hand raised in the Vulcan Salute from aboard the International Space Station. Click here for additional messages from NASA.

Neatorama and Design Taxi assembled wonderful collections of fan art tributes. Here we see an oil painting of Nimoy the photographer by Mark Tavares, a wonderful Spock puppet created by animator and puppet maker Mike Chiechi (along with a great photo of a delighted Leonard Nimoy meeting his puppet self), and a stellar Spock portrait by CG artist and animator YAMG.

And up in Canada Trekkers are showing their love by altering the portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on their $5 banknotes to make him look like Mr. Spock, an awesome trend known as “Spocking Your Fives" that began back in 2008.

Head over to Neatorama and Design Taxi for many more fan art tributes to Leonard Nimoy, our beloved honorary grandfather.

[via Nerd Approved, Neatorama, Blastr and Design Taxi]

The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed with her son Sean Ferrer during their arrival at the evening gala of “American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire”, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (USA), on April 10, 1981.

Audrey was wearing:

  • Evening gown: Givenchy (one shoulder, of black satin with an asymmetric hem, of his haute couture collection for the Spring of 1981).
  • Fur stole: Yves Saint Laurent (of black mink, of his haute couture collection for the Autumn/Winter 1978/79).
  • Earrings: Bvlgari.
  • Clutch: Givenchy (lined with black satin, created exclusively at Audrey’s request in 1965).

The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games as a result.

Am I the only person who is kind of okay with Harry's death scene in Kingsman?

Although it caught us by surprise and was heartwrenchingly tragic and sudden, I feel like it built well into the character development of Eggsy and how he went on to save the world. I thought the last 30 minutes of the movie wouldn’t have been as impactful if Harry had lived - his death set a precedent that anyone could have been killed off instead of following the “good guys who are beloved characters are all powerful and can live through anything” trope. 

Also it’s rich grounding for the eventual PTSD fallout post-V-day that I have as headcannon for Merlin and Eggsy considering they witnessed in first person, Harry’s head snapping back from the force of the bullet and then smacking into the ground from the fall backwards.

I should also note that the main other fandom I am part of has had a leading good-guy character getting decapitated about 10% of the way into the story.(Who at that point in time is recognized as more or less the most powerful being in the series, and is universally adored by fans) Yes, the unshakable, all-powerful godlike angel of a leading character had her head cut clean off in front of the little kid she rescued from unfathomable abuse to whom she was the only living companion, caretaker, mother figure and protector. (Sound familiar? And you thought Harry’s death was bad!)This happened with no lead up or foreshadowing that something like this happening to that character was in the realm of possibility. And you better believe that overly tragic events like this makes for really amazing setup for character development of that little kid after. 

I speculate that the sequel to Kingsman might go in a similar direction with regards to shaping Eggsy as a character (I trust this was what Matthew Vaughn meant about Kingsman being the prequel to Eggsy’s story) and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Even if I still really want Colin Firth to at least come back in the form of flashbacks. But I feel the integrity of the first film would be compromised if Harry’s all fine and dandy/100% a-okay in the second.