TIME College Basketball

Michigan State Students Celebrate Final Four Place by Tossing Bagels in the Air

We can't understand it either

Michigan State is the only non-number one seed to make it to the Final Four this year, and the students are celebrating by…hurling bagels into the air?

Yep, hundreds of Michigan State fans gathered on the campus to celebrate the Spartans’ overtime victory against the Louisville Cardinals Sunday by tossing bagels like confetti. Some students even took the festivities to the next level by burning sweatshirts and couches. Police dispersed the crowd, making at least four arrests, according to The Detroit News.

The Michigan State University Police Department, who apparently was as confused by the bagel throwing as everyone else, issued a warning on its Twitter about the festivities:

Even the lieutenant governor tweeted about the bagel-tossing:

Though Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has reached the Final Four seven times, this one is perhaps the most incredible. The Spartans entered the tournament as a 7-seed after losing their best players from last year’s season. They’ll play Duke on Saturday.

What breakfast food will the fans throw if the team makes it to the championship game?

TIME Television

9 Hilarious Tweets From New Daily Show Host Trevor Noah

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NBC—NBC via Getty Images Comedian Trevor Noah performs on January 6, 2012

One-liners from the comedian replacing Jon Stewart

Comedy Central announced Monday that South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

The 31-year-old made his Daily Show debut just this past December and has only appeared on the late-night comedy three times, so it’s hard to tell what kind of spin he’ll put on the show. But judging by his Twitter profile, Noah is great at one-liners.

Noah’s Twitter bio describes him as a comedian from South Africa who “was in the crowd when Rafiki held Simba over the edge of the cliff, like an African Michael Jackson.” Here are some of his best Tweets:

TIME Internet

Tom Brady Scares Fans With Waterfall Dive

All of Boston just held its breath

Tom Brady nearly gave Patriots’ fans a collective heart attack on Saturday when he posted a video of himself diving off a cliff.

The Super Bowl MVP posted the vacation footage, in which his wife Gisele Bündchen encourages him as he leaps, to his personal Facebook page. The comments section quickly became a treasure trove of gifs and collective gasps posted by the quarterback’s fans.

Don’t worry. His arm is just fine.

TIME ice skating

Why Americans Aren’t Winning Figure Skating Medals Anymore

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GOH CHAI HIN—AFP/Getty Images Ashley Wagner of the US competes in the ladies' free skating of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on March 28, 2015.

The women extended their nine-year drought

American female singles skaters failed to make the podium for the ninth year in a row at the World Championships on Saturday, while the U.S. men also failed to medal for a sixth year running. It’s the longest medal drought in American figure skating history.

To their credit, Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold just barely missed the podium finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, and they both improved on their previous performances. Nineteen-year-old Gold was second in the free skate Saturday and moved from eighth place to fourth overall. Wagner, 23, also jumped from 11th to fifth this weekend.

Still, the Americans had a perfect opportunity to break their losing streak this year with reigning Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova and three-time World Champion Mao Asada both sitting out.

Perhaps it’s a dated Cold War mentality, but women’s figure skating fans have always expected America to be on top—or at least make it to the podium. Even after Team U.S.A. lost 16 members in a 1961 plane crash, the program didn’t have such a long dry spell. (Peggy Fleming won bronze for the U.S. in 1965.) In 1991 when Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan took home all three medals from the worlds, American figure skating seemed unstoppable. And American women medaled every year from 1995 to 2006.

But now the Russians are dominating the scene.

In part, Russia’s success can be attributed to the Russian government decision to increase funding for ice skating by a factor of 10 in 2006—the last time the American women medaled. Meanwhile American skaters, like many other American athletes, largely have to fund their expensive training on their own.

It’s also possible that the less cutthroat American training system is finally taking its toll. Whereas Russian skating programs encourage competition at a young age, mercilessly cut those who cannot execute and relocate promising athletes to top skating schools, American programs tend to be more lenient. Young U.S. skaters are rated in a non-competitive setting and are permitted re-skates if they fail at certain skills. Some coaches have suggested that these child-friendly practices don’t ingrain the mental toughness needed under extreme pressure, as Rolling Stone pointed out earlier this week.

That mental toughness and perfectionism is essential in the current judging system. Until 2005, skaters were given two scores—one for technical merit and one for presentation—on a 0 to 6.0 scale. Crowd-pleasing spins were prioritized over perfect execution.

But after a cheating scandal in 2002, the International Skating Union instituted a new, complicated judging system that scrutinizes every move and gives it a numerical ranking for both difficulty and execution. Skaters are encouraged to be technically perfect and less creative, and, to make a generalization, Russian skaters have tended to be better at the details than American ones.

That doesn’t mean that America’s luck couldn’t turn around. It just takes a few standouts: back in the days when Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski were duking it out, they pushed one another to the top of the rankings both at home and abroad. If skaters like Gold and Wagner can do that for each other in competition, they’ll have a better chance of getting America onto the podium.

TIME Drugs

Dad Thinks He Has a Stroke After Accidentally Eating Daughter’s Pot Brownies

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Thomas Barwick—Getty Images Double-chocolate brownie missing one bite

The 17-year-old admitted to putting a special ingredient in the baked goods

A father in Michigan called 911 after mistakenly eating several pot brownies his daughter had baked the night before. He said he thought he was having a stroke.

Firefighters and policemen responded to the call, at which point officials say the man’s 17-year-old daughter admitted to putting a special ingredient in the baked goods: marijuana. Police did not release the names of the father and daughter.

The 58-year-old father was taken to the hospital but has since been released and is in good health. Police took the remaining brownies to a lab for analysis. Officials said they had not yet determined whether the teenager would be charged with possession, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Though medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, those who don’t hold a medical marijuana card can be charged with a misdemeanor. Those found guilty face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized or legalized marijuana.

[Detroit Free Press]

TIME movies

Leonard Nimoy’s Son to Direct Spock Documentary

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, "Spock's Brain." which aired on Sept. 20, 1968.
CBS/Getty Images Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, "Spock's Brain." which aired on Sept. 20, 1968.

Zachary Quinto and William Shatner will be part of the film

Just one month after the death of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on Star Trek, his son Adam Nimoy has announced plans to produce a documentary about the iconic character titled For the Love of Spock.

Nimoy’s fellow Star Trek actors will help honor the star in the documentary. Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the last two Star Trek films, will narrate. Filmmakers say that William Shatner, who starred opposite Nimoy in the original series as Captain Kirk, has also agreed to appear in the film.

Adam Nimoy hopes to release the film in time to honor the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, which first aired on Sept. 8, 1966. Nimoy, who has directed episodes of Gilmore Girls and The Practice, told Variety that he and his father had discussed the project for months before the elder Nimoy’s death. Adam Nimoy says that the reaction to his father’s illness has inspired him to go ahead with the film.

“He felt as if he had plenty of time, but then he declined precipitously,” he said. “I was struck with the outpouring of affection for him after he died, so this feels like the right thing to do.”

Leonard Nimoy announced via Twitter last year that he had been diagnosed with COPD, a chronic respiratory disease caused by smoking that has no cure. He encouraged fans on Twitter not to smoke. Nimoy died on Feb. 27.

Read next: This Is How the New Spock Said Goodbye to the Old Spock

[Variety]

TIME climate change

Antarctica May Have Just Set a Record for Its Hottest Day Ever

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Getty Images Emperor penguins on an ice edge in Antarctica.

The continent appears to have hit 63.5 F for the first time thanks to global warming

You may want to consider balmy Antarctica for your next Spring Break. Weather bloggers at Weather Underground report that the continent likely hit a record-breaking high of 63.5 F (17.5 C) on Tuesday.

Antarctica has been heating up in recent years, thanks to global warming. The region’s temperature has risen an average of about 5 F (2.8 C) in the last half century, according to the British Antarctic Survey. Studies have also documented melting ice along Antarctica’s coasts.

Tuesday’s record is all the more impressive considering that it was set just one day after Antarctica had reached a new high of 63.3 F (17.4 C) on Monday. Prior to those two record-setting days, the hottest the continent had ever gotten was 62.8 F (17.1 C) on April 24, 1961.

But the record is not yet official. The reading was logged on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, which may not be considered part of the continent in weather record keeping. The World Meteorological Organization is expected to examine whether the area was indeed in Antarctica or whether it is technically located in Argentina.

Read Next: The Antarctic’s Floating Ice Shelves Are Melting At an Alarming Rate

[Weather Underground]

TIME College Basketball

That Last-Second Free-Throw in the Duke-Utah Game Cost Vegas Millions

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Tom Pennington—2015 Getty Images Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils and Delon Wright #55 of the Utah Utes battle for a rebound during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

The whistle was ignored in the stadium but heard loud and clear by bettors

A seemingly meaningless free-throw shot in the Duke-Utah Sweet 16 game cost Vegas big bucks Friday night.

When the buzzer sounded, Duke was up five points 62-57. That was bad news for bettors who picked Duke. Since most sportsbooks had Duke as a 5-point favorite, Duke would have to win by more than 5 points for those bettors to get paid. But after players had already left the court, officials said they had called a last-second foul. Putting 0.7 seconds back on the clock, Duke guard Quinn Cook sank one free-throw that cost casinos thousands because they were forced to pay the three-quarters of bettors who had placed their money on Duke.

Exactly how much money casinos lost is still unclear, but it’s probably in the millions. “It caused a million-dollar swing with parlay liability, to the bad,” MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood told ESPN.

Here’s what happened: Duke led 62-57 with 10 seconds left in the game when Cook rebounded a missed shot by Utah forward Jordan Loveridge. Cook wrestled for the ball with Utah defenders in what could have been a jump ball call. But the whistles stayed silent, and Cook dribbled out of trouble.

With the game seemingly over, the Utes began to head back to the locker room as the Blue Devils celebrated. But officials said they called a foul on Utah guard Brandon Taylor who grabbed Cook as he was dribbling away with 0.7 seconds left. Officials called the Utes back to the court so Cook could shoot what seemed to the players to be pointless free-throws. Duke came away with its 6-point victory.

According to ESPN, 77% of spread bettors were on Duke on Friday night. Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology said they had a six-figure swing after the free-throw, according to ESPN.

Bettors tweeted their fury and joy—depending upon where they placed their bets:

Watch the last-second foul below:

Read next: Crazy Long Shot March Madness Bet Looks to Pay Off Big Time

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TIME climate change

People Across the Globe Switch Off Their Lights for Earth Hour

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Peter Parks—AFP/Getty Images Fireworks fade as lights go out on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House to signal the start of the Earth Hour environmental campaign, among the first landmarks around the world to dim their lights for the event on March 28, 2015.

From Australia to Austin, global citizens send a message about climate change

Seven thousand cities in 162 countries across the globe are turning off their lights for Earth Hour this year. Each city will dim their skyline beginning at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a World Wildlife Fund event in Australia and has grown to become a global message that citizens across the world must work together to fight climate change. Some of the world’s best-known landmarks will go dark this year, including the the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the United Nations building in New York City and the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro.

This year’s earth hour takes on extra significance ahead of the UN meeting on climate change in Paris scheduled for December.

Read next: Antarctica May Have Just Set a Record for Its Hottest Day Ever

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TIME movies

See Ryan Reynolds Lying on a Bearskin Rug in His First Picture as Deadpool

20th Century Fox Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

The film is set to hit theaters in February 2016

Ryan Reynolds has pushed hard for a Deadpool spinoff movie from the X-Men franchise, and now that he has it, he’s celebrating in style. The actor spoofed Burt Reynolds in the first picture of Deadpool released by Fox, posing on a bearskin rug in front of a fire. Reynolds tweeted the picture for comparison, along with a disclaimer:

Reynolds has been talking about making a Deadpool movie since 2005. “I would love to play that role,” Reynolds said at the time during a convention. “The merc[enary] with a mouth … it’s like that’s the reason I stepped out of my mother, to play that role. So someday. Hopefully.”

The character, who has super healing abilities and thus is very difficult to kill, last appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a box office disappointment compared to other entries in the franchise. But fans responded positively to leaked test footage of Reynolds playing Deadpool, likely convincing Fox to give the project the green light.

Reynolds is currently filming in Vancouver. Deadpool is set to hit theaters in February 2016.

 

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