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This Exists: A Levitating Gin and Tonic

A bartender may be able to make you a decent gin and tonic, but it takes a mad food scientist who dabbles in mixology to make it levitate

Charlie Harry Francis, a culinary inventor who has brought the world such edible items as zero-calorie mists in flavors like apple pie, lobster and smoked bacon, glowing jellyfish-flavored ice cream, Viagra-flavored frozen desserts, a Popcorn Hairdryer and something called the Soup Washing Machine has turned his attention to making an anti-gravity cocktail.

Francis and his Lick Me I’m Delicious laboratory teamed up with Bristol University ultrasonics expert Bruce Drinkwater to create the floating cocktail and put the Levitron to good use making strong drinks. The machine suspends droplets of very strong alcohol in levitating field formed by supersonic sound waves. (The truly curious can read more here).

Because the droplets simply float in space, there is no glassware necessary to drink the cocktail. Instead, imbibers simply slurp up the floating droplets. Beware, though, a mere four droplets may be enough to get you drunk. “It has to be strong because it is such small quantities of alcohol,” Francis told the Bristol Post.

“So far we have made a levitating gin and tonic at 70 per cent proof and a levitating Bloody Mary cocktail using vodka at 160 per cent proof which will blow your socks off.”
If the cocktails don’t blow your socks off, the machine’s price tag might. It currently costs $48,000 (£30,000) and takes two hours to set up.
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Dancing With the Stars Watch: Tears, Cheers and Memorable Years

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The Carlton was finally loosed upon the world

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars, but brace yourself, because this is the week that the show reaches down into your soul and squeezes out the tears by setting the stars’ most painful, challenging and difficult moments to dance and then judging them on it. But this year, it’s not just the judges who will be weighing in on the stars’ fleet-footed interpretations of their most memorable years — America will also be assessing the routines. Yes, America is the guest judge tonight. Let’s hope they use their powers for good and don’t let it go to their heads.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Janel dedicated her routine to her vocal coach and mentor BJ, who inspired Janel to move to Los Angeles and pursue her dreams. While Janel was in L.A., BJ got sick and died before Janel could say good-bye. It’s her biggest regret. She wanted to pay homage to her “second grandma” by slow-dancing a rumba in a glittery toga to a romantic version of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know?” Grandma BJ is probably very touched. Janel and Val already know they are safe this week, and will probably be safe next week with a score of 36/40.

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Jonathan chose not to toast the year that he was cast in Mean Girls, but instead to commemorate the year he lost both his parents. Yes, he is an orphan, but instead of wallowing in it and angling for some well-deserved sympathy votes, he admirably decided to samba to an unexpected mash-up of “Jingle Bell Rock” and Kelis’ “Milkshake” instead. The judges dared to pick on his technique, though, with even supposedly nice judge Carrie Ann Inaba almost calling him a one-note wonder and Julianne Hough calling him “Flat Stanley.” Luckily they are already safe this week and may be able to redeem themselves next week. 24/40.

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: The designer’s most memorable year was 1975 when her daughter Lulu was born, and she decided to start her own fashion company. To kick off her routine, Lulu escorted her mother onto the dance floor, kissed her on the cheek and then left her in Tony’s hands for a meandering jive. Lest you forget that Betsey is not your average grandma, the routine included a handstand and dance-pants-revealing slide. In Julianne’s words, “Wow, you got your knees up really high!” 29/40.

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Bethany chose to mark the year 2009, when she started “to YouTube.” She didn’t start her channel just “to create content,” but because she was being bullied, even by people she considered friends. To interpret the pain of bullying in dance, she and Derek danced a rumba while Colbie Caillat performed her song “Try” live. The routine and the message brought Julianne to tears, but even through the tears she had to nitpick at her brother for the lack of true rumba content. After their perfect score last week, there was little doubt that they would be safe this week too. 33/40.

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: The NASCAR driver’s most memorable year was 2001, when he won the Daytona 500 and his friend Dale Earnhardt died. To mark the moment, he did a quick step to a song that reminded him of Dale — Delbert McClinton’s “Givin’ It Up for Your Love,” which they would sing on the back of a boat. The routine was shaky, and Michael was already in jeopardy. 25/40.

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Lea chose to commemorate the year that her father died, and when he had just one week to live, they celebrated all the holidays with him one last time. The contemporary routine was set to the very on-point song “Dance With My Father Again.” It was well executed, fluid and really emotional. Lea had no choice but to start ugly crying on camera the second the song was over. The judges loved the routine, but America ruined the perfect score by doling out a 9. 39/40

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Antonio decided to commemorate the year that he came to America and was cast in Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” and kick-started his career. Obviously he had to set his shirtless (but with suspenders!) samba to the Jackson song. Bruno Tonioli dubbed it an audition for Magic Mike 2½, while Julianne pointed out that he needs to work on filling the space around him. 29/40.

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: In 2003, Tommy went to jail for transporting “drug paraphernalia” across state lines. He paid homage to that year by dancing a jive to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.” The judges didn’t think it was his best routine, but admitted that they all loved him and the energy that he brought to the show. He’s in jeopardy this week, and his score may not be enough to carry him through. 28/40.

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 17-year-old Sadie’s most memorable year was not when she got her braces off or made honor roll, but the year that Duck Dynasty became a national phenomenon. Sadie also mentioned how her grandpa made some remarks that upset people, and they almost didn’t want to do the show anymore, but then they did. The sassy samba to Pharrell Williams’ “Hunter” involved Sadie dressed as a duck dancing with Mark, who was dressed as her dad — complete with fake beard and head-to-toe camo gear while her real dad and uncles sat in rocking chairs on a fake porch honking duck calls. Only on Dancing With the Stars, people. 37/40.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: Alfonso’s most memorable years were the ones he spent on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, obviously. To celebrate the moment and to take us all on a trip down memory lane, Alfonso finally busted out the Carlton, which he had to teach his pro partner, who is too young to know the show or the dance. The audience went wild and the judges loved it too. Julianne appreciated that he made everyone wait for it, “like dating.” While, Carrie Ann just said one word, “finally.” 40/40.

Going Home: Tommy Chong, Michael Waltrip and Betsey Johnson were all in jeopardy after the scores from last week. It was quickly announced that Tommy was safe, while Betsey and Michael were forced to wait to hear their fate. Finally, Betsey was sent packing. It’s sad to see the limber lady sent home, but there was no way the judges could let Michael leave after his interpretative dance to Dale Earnhardt. They have souls.

Best Reason to Come Back Next Week: It’s the switch-up when all the stars have to go slightly outside their comfort zones by dancing with other pros.

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Singin’ in the Rain Without Music Is Hilarious

Gene Kelly still manages to walk on water

Singin’ in the Rain minus the singing and score is the latest in the series that brought us “Dancin’ in the Streets” sans music, the “Turn Down for What” video absent its soundtrack, and showed us just how creepy the video for Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” looks without a song.

In the new clip from Musicless Musicvideos, the famous musical becomes a very soggy farce as Gene Kelly dances through puddles, climbs on lamp posts, spins under the raindrops and generally takes up too much space on the city sidewalk. Absent a score, Kelly’s fancy footwork and elegant silhouette fade into the background as the sound effects and goofy behavior take center stage. The actor ends up looking like the long-lost member of The Three Stooges, in a good way.

 

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Man Who Hates Nickelback Starts Campaign to Make Sure Band Doesn’t Play in London

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Members of Canadian rock band Nickelback BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP—Getty Images

‘Don’t Let Nickel Back’ is the name of the London campaign.

Correction appended, October 7, 2014

Nickelback doesn’t have any shows scheduled in London right now, and if one man gets his way, the much-maligned band will never have any shows in London again.

Inspired by a recent Tilt campaign, that brought the Foo Fighters to Charlottesville, VA for a previously unscheduled gig, Craig Mandell has created a Tilt crowd-funding campaign to prevent Nickelback from returning to his city.

The campaign, titled “Don’t Let Nickel Back,” hopes to discourage the Canadian band from playing in London through a barrage of emails. For every $1 donated to the cause, Mandell will send one email to Nickelback. A $5 donation gets you a “slightly more forceful email” while a $50 contribution “will result in an email to Nickleback with an attached mp3 of Nickelback’s music. This way, the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately, thereby ensuring the success of our campaign.”

“Just imagine, thousands – perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers – all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London,” wrote Mandell. “It will be glorious.”

Mandell states on the page that the campaign is not for his own profit. “All proceeds will go to charity,” the site says. “Or perhaps therapy for those who’ve been affected by the band.”

(h/t NME)

The original version of this story misidentified the crowd-funding platform. It was Tilt.

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Sarah Silverman Hosts SNL: Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

Sarah Silverman paid tribute to Joan Rivers and… blenders?

Sarah Silverman made a triumphant return to Studio 8H last night–triumphant because Silverman was fired as a featured player on Saturday Night Live after appearing for just one season (1993-1994), but now, thanks to her subsequent success, gets to host the whole evening. That definitely deserves a victory lap.

The opening monologue took full advantage of her history on the show, cutting between old footage of a ’90s bit in which the baby-faced, 20-something Silverman acted as an audience plant to pepper the host with questions, and the current 40-something Silverman onstage answering herself.

The odd questions included “how does a human knee bend?” and “what did dinosaurs eat?” which current-day Silverman answered charmingly.

Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live was far more consistent than the Chris Pratt’s season opener, with more gems than clunkers. While the writers and cast work on getting their post-hiatus groove back, it seemed like the right move to let a professional comedian host.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird:

The Best Joke: “Adam Levine, we are not stopping at Pizza Hut!” Silverman gets to yell, in a scene about a pick-up from the airport goes that deteriorates after she confesses to cheating on her boyfriend. As for most prolonged joke, the trailer for The Fault in our Stars 2: The Ebola in our Everything was timely, hilarious and strangely moving. You can’t quarantine your heart!

The Best Sketch: Pairing the production values of a political commercial with Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” SNL‘s white cast members and Silverman gently remind white people that while they’ve had a great run, they are going to be in the minority soon. The ad encourages white people to make the most of their remaining time as a majority by hiking, camping and maybe electing four more white presidents, even if they have to be women. The sketch was especially funny as it seemed to also poke fun of itself, as SNL has continued to come under fire over the years for not casting many people of color.

The Worst Sketch: What was meant to be a funny jab at a woman’s love of her expensive blender just felt like an overt attempt at product placement. Hopefully Vanessa Bayer and Silverman got free blenders for agreeing to this.

The Weirdest Sketch: Silverman donned a fur coat and wig to play Joan Rivers roasting people in heaven. As befits a Joan Rivers tribute sketch, there were some harsh-but-funny zingers, including one aimed at Richard Pryor (“The longest relationship he had was with multiple sclerosis”). Other targets included Steve Jobs, Ava Gardner and Freddie Mercury (played here by Adam Levine), the latter of whom earned the comment, “You’re so gay, even your teeth aren’t straight.” While well-intentioned, the tribute may have fallen into the “too soon” category for the audience, and the dearth of laughs made the sketch uncomfortable to watch even from home.

Other Things:

Maroon 5: As Silverman asked in the cheating sketch, “Why is Adam Levine here?” Oh right: To remind the world to go buy “Animals.”

“Supportive Women”: While the sketch itself was not exactly hilarious —with Silverman, Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong contradicting soap opera tropes and playing supportive women—Kenan Thompson’s performance as the truly odd host of Forgotten TV Gems is worth watching.

Pete Davidson: The show’s first millennial star made a strong debut last week, but was completely absent this week.

If you DVR’d it:

Skip: Riverboat Sisters. Kenan Thompson played a riverboat emcee who introduced a trio of singers—Silverman, Cecily Strong, and Sasheer Zamata—dressed as Tina Turner in wigs and flapper dresses singing “Proud Mary”. They interrupted their performance for heartfelt personal monologues spoken directly into the camera. The actors seemed to want the sketch to end as much as the audience did.

Do Not Skip: Weekend Update. Michael Che and Colin Jost have hit their stride as the new hosts of Weekend Update. Their easy back-and-forth about what words each of them can say (“in the club” is out for Jost and “toodle-oo” is off-limits to Che) and their quick-witted, straight-faced banter is a good omen for the future of the segment. Highlights include Che’s question about the spread of the Ebola virus into the United States (“Who goes to Texas and Africa?”) and Kenan Thompson’s Al Sharpton’s mispronunciations.

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Harry Styles Helped a Fan Propose at a One Direction Concert

Squee!

If there’s one thing we can learn from the Sad Dads at a One Direction Concert video, it’s this: Finding a man to take you to a One Direction concert is a challenge. Finding a man who will take you to a One Direction concert and conscript band member Harry Styles to help propose to you is even harder.

Bradley Chisenhall wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Christine Kozlowski, during the One Direction concert in Atlanta and reached out to the band via Twitter to make the moment happen.

Fans helped draw attention to Chisenhall’s plea by using their impressive numbers to get the #1Dproposal hashtag trending. By Wednesday evening, some so-called Directioners noticed that Harry Styles had started following him on Twitter. Sure enough, something was in the works.

The band stopped their show on Wednesday night and Harry Styles said that his “friend Brad” wanted to do something. The spotlight turned to Chisenhall who dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring as the entire audiences swooned. Kozlowski quickly said yes and the crowd erupted in cheers. In classic Directioner style, the night was well-documented on social media, resulting in the #1Dproposal trending again.

While any proposal has inherent risks, getting down on one knee at a One Direction concert is especially hazardous. Not only may your intended be overly dazzled by the presence of Harry Styles, but the earsplitting sound of thousands of girls simultaneously shrieking, “Squee!” could actually be detrimental to your hearing. These two may have a lifetime of hearing tests in their future, but they can face that together.

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Nik Wallenda to Wear Blindfold for Tightrope Walk Between Chicago Skyscrapers

The stunt will air on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 2

Apparently walking a tightrope between two 65-story Chicago skyscrapers isn’t exciting enough for daredevil Nik Wallenda. The stuntman has decided to kick the thrills up a notch by walking the tightrope blindfolded.

The thrillseeker, who most recently completed a tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon, will stroll between Chicago’s two 587-foot Marina City towers, which is the highest skyscraper walk in the history of his famed Flying Wallenda family, according to Deadline.

The stunt, which will air on the Discovery Channel on November 2, will be divided into two parts. In the first act, Wallenda will walk blindfolded over the streets of downtown Chicago. In the second act, the rope for Wallenda’s two-block walk will be slanted up at a 15-degree angle, which is the first time Wallenda has attempted such a steep angle. “I’ll not only need incredible physical strength to complete this walk, but laser-focused concentration,” Wallend said in a release.

Wallenda announced the new stunt on Today, and host Matt Lauer spoke for us all when he asked Wallenda a simple question, “Why?”

Wallenda said, “It’s about challenging myself and through challenging myself, inspiring other people.” While Wallenda may hope to inspire, it never hurts to add, don’t try this at home, kids.

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Watch a Guy Pretend to Be ‘Humans of New York’

You can't trust anyone anymore

The blog Humans of New York captures portraits of the people who populate New York City and tells a little of their story. Brandon Stanton, the brain behind the storytelling blog-turned-bestseller, was even one of TIME’s 30 Under 30 last year. Thanks to his hard work and poignant stories, apparently people will tell you anything if you say you are from the blog.

So a prankster did just that. Watch how many people who may normally be inclined to brush off someone with a camera stop in their tracks upon hearing the magic words “Humans of New York.” The YouTube joker, PrankDialz, then took numerous photos of them while engaging the unwitting subjects in deep conversations about personal aspects of their lives.

Watch, and trust no one.

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Listen to the Demo Version of MØ’s Slow Jam “Maiden”: Song Premiere

Thomas Skou

MØ's No Mythologies to Follow is in stores now

Danish electro-pop singer Karen Marie Ørsted, aka MØ, is on the brink of breaking big. Her cover of the Spice Girls’s “Say You’ll Be There” ranks with the best and most transformative covers ever, while her ironically danceable “I Don’t Wanna Dance” is the perfect dancing-with-myself song choice. In short, it’s hard not to be a fan.

Her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow, hit stores in March and was filled with mature electro-pop tunes, including “Maiden,” a slow-burner jam destined to soundtrack a future film noire montage. Today, TIME premieres the demo version of that track — and it casts the song in entirely new light.

Starting out with a mournful, gospel-inflected humming, this mix of “Maiden” is darkly haunting with gothic overtones. Expect to find it on many break-up playlists.

Listen now:

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Watch Pee-wee Herman and Karen Gillan in TV On the Radio’s New Video

"Happy Idiot" is the first single off the band's forthcoming album Seeds

TV On the Radio have released the video for the single “Happy Idiot” off of their forthcoming Seeds album, and it’s a winner. The clip stars Pee-wee Herman (also known as actor Paul Reubens) as a racecar driver losing his mind in the heat, seeing visions of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan.

As TV On the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe explained in a statement, “I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind. I took it to Funny or Die and they said, ‘That’s great, let’s go for that.’”

Luckily, Reubens was a longtime fan of the band and agreed to star in the video. In the clip, directed by Danny Jelinek and written by Jake Fogelnest, Gillan appears as a cheerleader, chef and balloon-carrying vision in black who may or may not be a hallucination. “Karen Gillan was absolutely great,” said Adebimpe. “We were really psyched to work with her, because she’s basically sci-fi royalty, and a great person. Full on geek fest in the desert.”

“It was really fun to do,” Adebimpe said. “I love how it came out. I think our fans will like it. I hope so. The cool ones will anyway. The rest can suck it.”

TV On the Radio’s new album, Seeds, is due out November 18th via Harvest Records. In support of the album, the band is heading out on tour mid-October. Check dates here.

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