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Watch David Letterman Work at Taco Bell

"Are you Howard Stern?"

In his final episode of the Late Show on Wednesday night, David Letterman featured a blast from the past.

The clip below shows a much-younger Letterman take a stab at running a Taco Bell drive-thru, with hilarious results. None of the frustrated customers seemed to recognize Letterman’s voice, though one woman thought he sounded strangely familiar, asking, “Are you Howard Stern?”

The clip was a bittersweet reminder of what we’ll be missing out on as Letterman brings his 33 year late-night career to a close.

Watch it below.

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Watch David Letterman’s Final Goodbye

"Thank you for everything, you've given me everything"

For the last time, David Letterman signed off from his late-night show on Wednesday night. Light on the jokes, but heavy on the graciousness, the Late Night host thanked his entire staff — including crew, writers and the band — for all they had done for the show. “These people collectively,” he said, “deserve more credit for this show than I ever will.”

Yet, in the middle of Letterman’s good-bye, bandleader Paul Shaffer summed up everyone else’s thoughts, saying, “Thank you so much Dave, you’ve changed our lives.”

Watch the full signoff here.

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Watch the Foo Fighters Sing ‘Everlong’ for David Letterman’s Final Show

The late-night host says goodbye to his favorite song

Though David Letterman was dry-eyed throughout his final episode of the Late Show, the montage that played during Foo Fighters performance of “Everlong” ensured that no one in the audience was.

The song, which Letterman has previously declared a favorite, played over a video of highlights spanning the late-night host’s 33-year career, which included myriad stunts, countless interviews with celebrities and politicians and, most of all, lots of laughs.

Check out the performance below.

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Watch Bill Murray Jump Out of a Cake for David Letterman

The actor makes a sweet final appearance on the Late Show

You didn’t think Bill Murray’s last appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman would be any ordinary interview, did you?

Murray has a long history with Letterman’s late night gigs: He was Letterman’s very first guest on the Late Night show on NBC back in 1982 and the first guest to appear on the Late Show when Letterman moved to CBS in 1993. For his final appearance as a guest of the legendary host—Letterman signs off Wednesday night—Murray didn’t disappoint, jumping out of a giant cake with the words “Goodbye Dave” written across the front.

The eccentric actor then proceeded to smear the legendary host—along with a few audience members—with icing in the Murray-version of a sweet send-off. Watch the full clip below.

MORE Why Bill Murray and David Letterman Are Meant for Each Other


Watch the Last Few Minutes of the Mad Men Finale

One last look at all your favorite characters

The last few moments of Mad Men‘s finale Sunday night gave fans a glimpse into where their favorite characters are headed.

The sentimental montage shows that everyone seems to be doing OK, with some faring better than other (Joan’s a boss!). There were some characters that didn’t make an appearance in the series closer, but all the heavy hitters are featured.

Watch it above, and read more about the Coke ad that closed out the series here.


Nurse Found Guilty of Murdering Patients in U.K.

An undated handout photograph shows 49 year old Filipino Victorino Chua, a former nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, north west England.
Greater Manchester Police/EPA An undated handout photograph shows 49 year old Filipino Victorino Chua, a former nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, north west England.

Victorino Chua was found guilty of poisoning patients at the hospital where he worked

A nurse working in a hospital in north England has been found guilty of murdering two patients and poisoning many others.

Victorino Chua, a 49-year-old father of two, was found guilty of killing 44-year-old Tracey Arden and 83-year-old Derek Weaver, both patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, England, where Chua worked, by injecting insulin into saline bags, which were then inadvertently used by other nurses. The court heard that Chua also “changed tack” after police were alerted and began sabotaging prescription charts, increasing patients’ dosages. Chua was cleared in the death of a third patient, Arnold Lancaster.

The poisonings took place between June 2011 and January 2012, when Chua was first arrested, BBC reports. Chua was then rearrested in March 2014.

During the trial, the court was shown a letter found in Chua’s home in which the nurse wrote that he was “an angel turned into an evil person” and “there’s a devil in me.” Yet the prosecutor, Peter Wright QC, told the jury that the motive for the nurse’s actions was “impossible to fathom.” Chua now faces life in prison.

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What to Know About the Coke Ad From Mad Men’s Finale

The story of 'I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke'

Sunday night’s finale of Mad Men ended with Don Draper meditating on a hillside, right before the 1971 “Hillside” Coca-Cola commercial plays, sparking debate about whether the fictional advertising maven had created the actual iconic ad.

In reality, the commercial was brewed up by Bill Backer, the creative director on the Coca-Cola account for the McCann-Erickson advertising agency at the time. According to Coca-Cola’s website, Backer came up with the idea when en route to meet with Billy Davis, the music director on the Coca-Cola account, as well as British songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, in London. But bad weather forced his plane to land in Shannon, Ireland, instead, and Backer noticed how many of the initially irate passengers on his flight seemed to calm down and relax after chatting over food and Cokes in the airport cafe.

According to Backer:

In that moment [I] saw a bottle of Coke in a whole new light… [I] began to see a bottle of Coca-Cola as more than a drink that refreshed a hundred million people a day in almost every corner of the globe. So [I] began to see the familiar words, ‘Let’s have a Coke,’ as more than an invitation to pause for refreshment. They were actually a subtle way of saying, ‘Let’s keep each other company for a little while.’ And [I] knew they were being said all over the world as [I] sat there in Ireland. So that was the basic idea: to see Coke not as it was originally designed to be — a liquid refresher — but as a tiny bit of commonality between all peoples, a universally liked formula that would help to keep them company for a few minutes.

When Backer made it to London, he shared his idea of giving everyone in the world a bottle of the soft drink with Billy Davis and Roger Cook. Davis was initially doubtful, saying, “Well, if I could do something for everybody in the world, it would not be to buy them a Coke.” Instead, Davis prioritized giving people a home and sharing peace and love. Backer replied: “Okay, that sounds good. Let’s write that and I’ll show you how Coke fits right into the concept.”

The team played around with the concept and eventually came up with the song “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.” A British group, the New Seekers, recorded the track.

And the commercial’s visuals were not inspired by Don’s hippie retreat, but came from art director Harvey Gabor, who pitched a concept called “The First United Chorus of the World.” Featuring a diverse group of young people singing the jingle together on a hillside, the idea was approved by Coke advertising manager Ike Herbert. He gave the team more than $100,000 to film it.

Yet the ad’s shoot—which first took place in Dover, England, then in Italy—was marred by bad weather numerous times and production costs eventually hit $250,000. According to Coke’s website, 500 young people were hired for the chorus from embassies and schools in Rome and many of the close-ups of the leads were actually filmed away from the hillside, at a racetrack in Rome.

Eventually the ad, known as the “Hilltop” commercial, was released in the U.S. in July 1971 and became an instant hit. Letters about the ad poured in at the Coca-Cola company. The New Seekers and a U.S.-based group, the Hillside Singers, recorded new versions of the jingle, titled “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony),” which left out the mentions of the soft drink — and became a chart hit.

Here’s Backer discussing the commercial in 2007:

The Hillside ad certainly had a big impact on Backer’s career: it was considered one of his highlights and he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Carey Mulligan: ‘There’s Nowhere Near Enough’ Complex Roles for Women in Film

_D3S5020.NEF Carey Mulligan as "Bathsheba Everdeen" in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.
Alex Bailey—Fox Searchlight Pictures Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdeen in Far from the Madding Crowd

“People do want to see great female stories," the actress tells TIME

What’s in a name? Sometimes quite a bit. The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins has said that the protagonist of her series, Katniss Everdeen, “owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the lead character in Far From the Madding Crowd.” Audiences of the lush new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 19th-century novel, starring Carey Mulligan, will find it easy to see why. Like Katniss, Mulligan’s Bathsheba is determined and independent—though she’s often unsure of her own feelings.

“She’s a real contradiction,” Mulligan tells TIME of her character, who runs her own farm and grapples with multiple suitors. In fact, it was those very traits that attracted Mulligan, who has shied away from British costume dramas in recent years, to the part. “I was never that interested in playing the girl who starts the story looking for a husband,” she says. But Bathsheba “starts the story saying that she doesn’t want one and nor has she given it any thought. I loved that in the first few chapters of the book she’s already turned down a marriage proposal from [Gabriel Oak] who is, in the film, a good-looking hunky man.” (Oak is played by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts.)

“She was just such a forward-thinking modern woman,” says Mulligan. That’s surprising, considering the fact that the character was written more than 140 years ago.

Though Mulligan has played a range of nuanced characters throughout her career, with starring turns in An Education, Shame and The Great Gatsby, the actress still says that quality roles for women in Hollywood are limited. When mention of the Bechdel Test comes up, Mulligan asks for a clarification of the rules. (Created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the test asks whether a film has a scene with two or more women who speak to each other about something other than a man. If the answer is yes, the film passes.) She thinks for a moment. At last, she says, “I’m literally going through all the roles I’ve done and seeing which passed the test.”

Like most Hollywood films, not many of Mulligan’s pass the test. Even Far From the Madding Crowd, with its progressive heroine, just barely squeaks by with a passing grade. Modern as she is, Bathsheba spends a lot of time in a male-dominated world. That’s not to say that stories about women moving alone in a man’s world don’t have value, as Mulligan’s own career shows—yet she thinks that Hollywood desperately needs more, and better, roles for women.

She says her next project, the turn-of-the-century era film Suffragette, starring Meryl Street and Helena Bonham Carter and directed by Sarah Gavron, gave her the “thrilling” opportunity to “be working with a bunch of women. I’m so used to being a girl sitting in a room with 15 men and there [seems like] there are always very few girls in the room. This was the complete opposite experience and you could just see everyone relishing it.” Still, she says, the experience was a rarity.

“The public have expressed a real desire and a hunger for female-driven stories in the way that they’ve gone to the cinema to spend billions on The Hunger Games, or Blue Jasmine,” she points out. (According to Box Office Mojo, the Hunger Games films brought in a combined total of more than $2.3 billion at box offices across the world; Blue Jasmine pulled in a more modest $97.5 million at the box office, but earned an Oscar for its star, Cate Blanchett.) “People do want to see great female stories, but it’s like the industry hasn’t caught up yet. It’s sort of limited to one enormous franchise or Cate Blanchett, who is extraordinary.”

Citing films like Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, Mulligan says that comedy especially is a place where audiences want to see more women-leading roles. Change is happening. Yet when it comes to meaty, complex roles for women in film, “there’s nowhere near enough.”


Here are 5 Surprising Jobs You Can Get With the U.K. Royal Family

The Queen's Swan Marker David Barber holds a cygnet before releasing it back into the River Thames, after it was counted and checked during the annual "Swan Upping" census in July 2014.
Matt Dunham—AP The Queen's Swan Marker David Barber holds a cygnet before releasing it back into the River Thames, after it was counted and checked during the annual "Swan Upping" census in July 2014.

Amid the housekeepers, drivers and security forces, the royal household employs people in more peculiar positions

One of the biggest questions on people’s minds as the Duchess of Cambridge left London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, was just how Kate could manage to leave her doctors’ care less than ten hours after giving birth. (And looking stunning while doing it, no less.)

The answer partly lies in the fact that the royal household has a large and trusted staff including an appointed Surgeon-Gynecologist to the Royal Family, Dr Alan Farthing, who has held the position since 2008. In addition to his royal role, Farthing also has a private practice on London’s Harley Street and works at London’s Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.

While it may strike some as surprising that the royal household has its very own Surgeon-Gynecologist with a formal title, it’s actually one of the more logical positions that are currently held. Though historical jobs with the royal family tend to sound even more bizarre —formal titles included Chocolate Maker to the Queen and Keeper of the Lions in the Tower — there are still some peculiar positions within the current royal household.

Here are some of the more unusual royal job titles and posts that are currently held:

Warden of the Swans — Together with the Marker of the Swans — another formal position — the Warden will “conduct the annual census of swans on the Thames,” reports the Guardian, a process called swan upping. The Queen owns all of the unmarked mute swans in the U.K., yet she only chooses to exercise her ownership rights on certain stretches of the Thames. The current Warden, biologist Christopher Perrins, an emeritus fellow at Oxford University, has held the position since 1993. Prior to that, the Warden of the Swans and the Marker of the Swans was one position, known as the Keeper of the Queen’s Swans.

Master of the Queen’s Music — A position with no set responsibilities, the Master of the Queen’s Music is thought to be a position of honor given to a prominent musician for a period of ten years. The current Master is composer Judith Weir, who was appointed in 2014. Though the position does not formally require it, Masters of the Queen’s Music are able to compose music for royal or state occasions if they wish. Weir introduced a special arrangement of the U.K. national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” during King Richard III’s reinternment in March, 2015.

Astronomer Royal — Now largely an honorary title, the senior Astronomer Royal — presently Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, who has held the position since 1995 — is expected to “be available for consultation on scientific matters for as long as the holder remains a professional astronomer,” according to the British Monarchy’s official website.

Master of the Horse — Another honorary position, the Master of the Horse is required to attend all prominent ceremonial occasions where the Queen might be riding on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. The current Master of the Horse, Lord Samuel Vestey, 74, is also responsible for “periodic inspections of the Royal Mews (stables).”

The Queen’s Piper — A position since the Victorian era, the piper is tasked with playing every weekday at 9:00 a.m. for around 15 minutes under the Queen’s window when she is not traveling and in residence at either Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse or Balmoral Castle. According to the Monarchy’s website, in recent decades the “post has been awarded to a serving soldier and experienced army Pipe Major on [temporary transfer], who retains his army status and pay although becoming a member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace.” The current piper is David Rodgers of the Irish Guards.

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