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Graceland, Memphis, TN
Fat Elvis Shots from the Vegas strip. Flickr photo by Doctor Popular (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Fat Elvis Shots from the Vegas strip. Flickr photo by Doctor Popular (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Elvis Presley was famed for his bingeing. As his weight ballooned at the end of his life, the King allegedly began to wear specially-designed mirror glasses—so he could lie down and eat while watching TV.
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Freddie Mercury in New Haven, CT at a WPLR Show. Credit: https://weheartit.com/entry/58777168 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Freddie Mercury in New Haven, CT at a WPLR Show. Credit: https://weheartit.com/entry/58777168 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Freddie Mercury once owned a fashion stall in a London market opposite a women's clothing boutique. One day, Mercury moved his cash register and went into the boutique and adjusted the angle of the dressing-room mirrors—so he could see the girls while he was making change.  ["If I didn't do this (music) well, I just wouldn't have anything to do," Mercury once remarked. "I can't cook, and I'd be a terrible housewife!"]
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Professional baseball player Mickey Mantle. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
Professional baseball player Mickey Mantle. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
When Mickey Mantle wasn't playing baseball, he indulged in a curious "hobby": using mirrors to peek under the doors of neighboring hotel rooms.  [Compare Reggie Jackson, who once said that he'd rather hit a baseball than have sex.]
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The Beastie Boys' <I>Licensed To Ill</i>
The Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill
The cover of the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill features an airplane labeled 3MTA3. Held up to a mirror, it spells "Eat Me."
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President Donald Trump poses for his official portrait at The White House, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead). Credit: Shealah Craighead (Public domain)

President Donald Trump poses for his official portrait at The White House, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 6, 2017. ...(more)

"If there is one object that symbolises him, it is perhaps a mirror," Guardian reporter David Smith once remarked of Donald Trump. "Mirrors line the backdrop of the Trump Grill at Trump Tower, creating the illusion that it is double its actual size, while the lobby is full of shiny, reflective surfaces. Mirrors decorate the gaudy, gilded, Versailles-style ballrooms of Mar-a-Lago, Trump's would-be winter White House in Florida." On one occasion, Smith was amused to hear Anthony Senecal, Trump's 84-year-old former butler, say, "He's really got good taste in mirrors."
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Bournemouth International Centre
Boy George Here and Now Tour, 2011. Flickr photo by Andrew Hurley <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>(CC BY-SA 2.0)</a>
Boy George Here and Now Tour, 2011. Flickr photo by Andrew Hurley (CC BY-SA 2.0)
In December 1999, Culture Club frontman Boy George narrowly escaped serious injury when a wire holding a massive glitter ball snapped during a concert rehearsal at the Bournemouth International Centre in Dorset, England. George suffered severe bruising after the 62lb mirror ball clipped his face and landed on his left shoulder. The ball shattered into hundreds of pieces. Witnesses said it missed George's head by about two inches. "It would have been both ironic and glamorous," George later remarked, "to be finished off by a four-foot glitter ball." Though his back & ear were "really sore," George insisted that the show must go on.
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Phyllis Morris Originals
Stewart Performing in Hamburg in September 2013 <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Stewart Performing in Hamburg in September 2013 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
One day in 1978, raspy rocker Rod Stewart visited Phyllis Morris Originals, a tony L.A. sleep shop in West Hollywood. Unsure about what to buy, Stewart stepped into the men's room—and bought that. Or, to be precise, an exact replica. Stewart loved the light-studded, mirrored floor, walls and ceiling, which, a staffer explained, creates "an illusion of infinity." Lights & mirrors? $8,000. Illusion of infinity? Priceless.
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Roth performing in 1978. Flickr photo by Carl Lender (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Roth performing in 1978. Flickr photo by Carl Lender (CC BY-SA 2.0)
While recording an Italian TV special one day in 1980, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth took a flying leap onstage, smashed head-first into a giant mirror ball, and broke his nose in the collision.
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<i>CHRISTINA O,</i> owned by Morley Yachts, in 2017. Wikipedia photo from Stef Bravin (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
CHRISTINA O, owned by Morley Yachts, in 2017. Wikipedia photo from Stef Bravin (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Aristotle Onassis lived on a 325-foot yacht (the Christina O) aboard which he entertained various luminaries, among them Winston Churchill and Maria Callas. Adjoining his elegant office was a lavish private bathroom, the door of which was in fact a one-way mirror through which Onassis enjoyed observing unsuspecting visitors. During a business meeting one day, Onassis excused himself to visit this bathroom. Comfortably enthroned, he chanced to glance up at the door—and was horrified to see his own reflection: earlier in the day a workman, while repairing the door, had inadvertently re-installed the mirror the wrong way around. [Esquire once ran an article entitled "How to Have Fun For Under $1 Million." Suggestion #5? "Rent Ari Onassis's 325-foot yacht, ...