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Forget DNC 2016: It’s Time for BronyCon

Now that the political conventions are over, America can turn its attention to what really matters: mermen, fetish-cons, and Brony paradise.

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Lincoln Presenters

Every year, a group of men who impersonate Abraham Lincoln gather to tour historic Civil War sites and compare their renditions of Gettysburg Address. (All photos from 'Conventional Wisdom,' by Arthur Drooker, Glitterati Press, 2016).

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Merfest

Maksim the Yellow Tailed Sea Witch suns himself at Merfest in Cary, North Carolina, 2015.

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Fetishcon

"Behind" the scenes at Fetishcon in—where else?—Tampa, Florida.

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Bronycon

Bronies on parade at the world's largest gathering of My Little Pony lovers. This year's convention, which takes place the second week of August, will feature events such as Bronypalooza, Cosplay, and the Grand Galloping Gala. Get a room, ponies. Get a room.

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World Clown Association

What could be more terrifying that a cluster of clowns at the annual World Clown Association?

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Ventriloquists

Ventriloquist Mr. D and his friend show off their taltents at the Vent Haven ConVENTion in Hebron, Kentucky, 2015.

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World Taxidermy Championships

The aptly-named "Dust to Dust" at the World Taxidermy (and Fish Carving!) Championships in 2013. Last year, the top award went to a particularly lifelike Rooster Pheasant.

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Santa's Drill Team

Down the road from Fetishcon, the Santa Drill Team shows off at its Santa Celebration in Tampa, Florida.

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Merfest

What do you wear to a mermaid wedding? Your best tails.

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Conventional Wisdom by Arthur Drooker is available for preorder on Amazon and is published August 22, 2016 by Glitterati Press.