TIME Business

How Did British Gamblers Guess the Royal Baby’s Name?

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Depart The Lindo Wing With Their Daughter
Anwar Hussein/WireImage—Getty Images Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a Jenny Packham dress, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with their new born baby daughter on May 02, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge safely delivered a daughter at 8:34am this morning weighing 8lbs 3oz.

Bookmakers say they'll pay out $1.5 million in the U.K. after thousands placed bet on the name Charlotte

While many may have been surprised by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton named their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (especially people named Charlotte), the news comes as no surprise to British bookmakers.

The name Charlotte had been the odds-on favorite for several days — and bookmakers now estimate they will be forced to hand over about 1 million pounds ($1.5 million) to “punters” (a British term for gamblers).

So why were the people so confident the name would be Charlotte? Bookmakers are not exactly sure, but some speculate that a rush to make bets on the name “Charlotte” in the last 8-10 days indicates someone on “the inside” knew what the name would be.

“It sets off alarm bells that maybe there has been information leaked from the palace, and so the public followed the money,” says Nicola McGeady, a spokesperson for the bookmaker Coral, which saw more than 60% of bets on Charlotte in the last 24 hours, producing the company’s largest payout for this type of contest. Likewise, referring to bets made on the baby’s gender in the last six months, McGeady adds, “It should have been a coin toss, but the money was so lopsided in favor of the girl.”

That said, Charlotte had always been spoken of as a favorite, as were the princess’s other names Elizabeth and Diana. It’s the female version of her grandfather’s name, after all — and the middle name of her aunt Pippa.

Before the surge of betting on Charlotte, Alice was the favorite because the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have written a dissertation on Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, according to Rupert Adams, a spokesperson at William Hill.

William Hill maintains it saw more bets surrounding the birth of Prince George, arguably because he is the heir to the throne. Over at rival Ladbrokes, however, betting on the princess was a record—the most individual bets on a royal baby, according to Jessica Bridges, a spokesperson for the gaming company.

And people are wasting no time to make picks regarding the next member of the royal family. At William Hill, gamblers predict Will and Kate will stop at two kids — but if they have a third, then it will be a princess named Alice.

TIME Family & Relationships

Watch These Students Help Two Teachers Get Engaged

This adorable proposal involves Ring Pops and a New Orleans jazz band

Students recently helped two Teach for America alums get engaged at the school where they teach in the New Orleans area.

In the first half of the video, Chalmette High School teacher Jonathan Holt gets the students in a classroom to propose one by one to his girlfriend and fellow teacher Iris Howorth with candy Ring Pops. The joke proposals all lead up to the real one, when Holt gets down on one knee in front of the entire class.

She says yes, and a band plays “When the Saints Go Marching In” as the two walked out of the classroom and down the hallway together.

TIME Bizarre

See the Hilarious Moment When a Mayor Leaves His Mic on During a Bathroom Break

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term "livestream"

Everything about this April 28 city council meeting in Georgetown, Texas, sounded completely civilized and serious — until the mayor forgot to turn off his mic when he went to the bathroom.

It all starts when Mayor Dale Ross gets up from his seat at the beginning of this clip from the live-stream of the meeting. Thirty seconds later, as Mayor Pro Tem Rachael Jonrowe talks about friends and family members who have contracted antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases, the man can be heard urinating and then flushing afterward.

What could be more embarrassing than having that private moment amplified on a loudspeaker? The Internet alleging that he did not wash his hands because no one could hear the sink running. A sassy Facebook comment suggests the city should raise money for hand-washing supplies for the facilities.

TIME viral

This Man Just Quit His Job With a Cake

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?

The newscast director at the Arizona CBS affiliate KOLD broke the news that he was leaving by bringing in a cake with the text of his resignation letter on top.

Mark Herman did give the station’s news director a print copy, but thought the dessert—white cake with strawberry filling and whipped cream frosting made by a Tucson bakery—would be a fun way to inform the rest of the office.

Herman, who is taking a new job at the Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, tells TIME he wasn’t trying to get back at his bosses in any way: “I have a great relationship with my managers, so it’s all in good fun.”

TIME viral

These Three Guys Just Lip-Synced Their Way Through Pop Music History

Their "Chandelier" parody is worth sticking around for

In this viral video, three guys lip-sync hit songs from the 1950s to the present day, from Little Richard and the Four Seasons to Bruno Mars and One Direction. They cap off the performance in drag with their best impersonation of the video for Sia’s hit song, “Chandelier.”

The enthusiastic clip is inspired by a similar video produced in a car by SketchSHE, a trio of Australian women, that has racked up more than 22 million views on YouTube.

TIME society

This House Was Totally Trashed After Being Rented on Airbnb

See footage of the destruction

A couple is reeling after their house in Calgary, a city in Alberta, Canada, was trashed over the weekend by guests arranged through Airbnb, a website that allows people to rent out their homes to vacationers.

A video on the YouTube page for lifestyle blogger Misty Hamel shows police in the home of Star and Mark King, who came home to find condoms clogging their toilets and couch cushions in a pile on the kitchen floor. Photos also show cigarette butts on plates in the kitchen sink.

The party animals arrived last Saturday, and over the next few days, police responded to various noise complaints from neighbors, including one who claimed to see the house guests roll up in a party bus at one point during their stay, CTV News reports.

Surveying the damage, Staff Sgt. Jim Leung told the CBC that it the worst instance of a home being trashed that he had seen in his 27-year career with the police.

Airbnb is working with the home owners to provide them with resources to clean up the mess, a spokesperson tells TIME in a statement:

“We have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and our team is working quickly to make this right.

We have banned this guest from Airbnb, and our Trust and Safety team will offer its full assistance to law enforcement in any investigation of this incident.

We have been in very close contact with these hosts and we are working quickly to reimburse them under our $1 Million Host Guarantee, which covers a host’s property in the rare event of damages. Over 35 million guests have stayed on Airbnb, and property damage is extremely rare.”

TIME society

How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

Chris Telford Kayla Davis (right) and her kidney donor Jennifer Moss post-surgery at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta on March 28, 2015.

Jennifer Moss and Kayla Davis ended up discovering they had much more in common than a blood type and have bonded over a mutual love of pizza and corgis

Jennifer Moss is not your typical Reddit user. Every week, the 33-year-old utility company analyst from Marietta, Ga., reads posts on the social news site Reddit to see if she can help people who say they are in need. A father says he can’t afford to take his son on a trip? She sends him gas money via Paypal. A pregnant mom says she ran out of food stamps to buy vegetables? She sends her a gift card to a produce company. “Just because I never met them, doesn’t make them any less in need,” Moss said.

Last month, nearly 170 million visitors flocked to the site, which currently boasts more than 9,600 active communities that are typically devoted to niche subjects, anything from diet and exercise to video games. And while the site has occasionally drawn attention for the wrong reasons — a spokesperson apologized in 2013 for users who falsely accused a student of plotting the Boston Marathon bombing — its most fervent participants celebrate Reddit for fostering a vibrant community.

On May 28, 2014, Kayla Davis of Columbia, S.C., posted a message on the site about her need for a kidney transplant. Since age 10, Davis had suffered from a kidney disease called glomerulonephritis, which damages the parts of the organs that filter waste and fluids from the blood. She had been on dialysis for the last three years, which always left her feeling exhausted. Playing video games like The Legend of Zelda was the only thing Davis said she could do that wouldn’t wipe her out.

Davis was looking for a live donor with an O blood type. After setting up an unsuccessful Facebook page and realizing her mom and brother weren’t good matches because they have thyroid problems and high blood pressure, respectively, Davis, a 26-year-old, turned to Reddit. “It was almost like a last resort,” she said.

Five hours after the plea was posted, Moss posted a note of her own, saying she would call a living donor coordinator the next day and start the necessary tests to see if she was a match. They were. And Moss decided to donate her kidney. “I have something that the other person needs, and if it’s not going to hurt me, why not?” she thought.

Over the next nine months, the pair exchanged messages on Facebook three to four times times a week and found out they had more in common than a blood type. They both loved pizza, which Davis couldn’t eat when she was on dialysis. They also loved dogs, especially corgis. Moss regularly sent Davis photos of her corgi-Jack Russell terrier mix Conan, named after comedian Conan O’Brien, to keep Davis’s spirits up.

They met for the first time in March before the transplant surgery at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta. The surgery took place on March 26. It was a success: both women were up and walking the next day. Worried that Davis would be bored or lonely when Moss was discharged first, she and her fiancé Chris Telford bought the younger woman a tablet computer so she could keep up with friends back home.

The pair are not the first organ donor and recipient to meet through social media. Last year, a 36-year-old man found a live kidney donor on the social network, and a Minnesota mother found one for her two-year-old daughter after making a Facebook page. Over the past month, Sammy Griner, an 8-year-old boy known from the Internet’s popular “Success Kid” meme, raised more than $100,000 for his dad’s kidney transplant surgery through crowdfunding. And in March, a photo of an ad on the back of a man’s pickup truck pleading for a live kidney donor for his wife went viral on Reddit, flooding the University of Colorado hospital’s voicemail with calls from potential matches.

Moss hopes the chance way she met Davis can set an example. As of April, more than 101,000 Americans were waiting for a kidney, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. “If someone can see how easy it was for me to go through this process,” Moss said, “they might look at themselves and go, ‘Well, I could do it.’”

Finally off dialysis, Davis says she wakes up before 6 each morning filled with energy. She plans on getting a driver’s license. She wants to apply to college and pursue a career in computer science. Davis continues to share her story on Reddit, posting reguarly to let fellow users know about her recovery. And in September, Davis will see Moss again. This time, they’ll meet at Moss’s wedding.

TIME Business

This Elaborate Post-It Proposal Is Surprisingly Sweet

Will she stick with him?

An ad made by 3M brand Post-It in Korea shows a man renting out three floors of a skyscraper for an elaborate marriage proposal.

A description of the spot says he used 250 people to create an image of a heart with Post-It notes and a special message asking his girlfriend to marry him. The clip has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on April 19.

The ad was made in honor of White Day, a South Korean holiday similar to Valentine’s Day in which men give women candy and gifts (whereas on Valentine’s Day, women give men sweets).

(h/t AdWeek)

TIME celebrity

Watch Taylor Swift Try to Have an Entirely Rational Conversation With Sheep

See the look of shear frustration on her face

Important lessons from today: 1) Sheep are impossible to reason with. 2) Sheep are rude.

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Taylor Swift: Singer, songwriter … shepherdess? Not so fast. On Monday, the pop star posted a video on Instagram of herself talking to some sheep with the caption “1) Sheep are impossible to reason with. 2) Sheep are rude.”

The animals seem to be more interested in whether she brought food for them than listening to whatever the seven-time Grammy winner has to say. And they do not look a bit sheepish about interrupting her either. Maybe they just want her autograph? Regardless, she is turned off by their dismissiveness. Talk about bahhh-d blood.


TIME animals

90-Year-Old Tortoise Gets Wheels After Losing Legs in Rat Attack

Her owner says Mrs. T is on a roll

A 90-year-old tortoise named Mrs. T now has a pair of wheels to get around after a rat gnawed off her front legs while she was hibernating in a garden shed earlier this month in Pembroke, West Wales, The Telegraph and BBC News report.

Owner Jude Ryder turned to son Dale Sinclair-Jones, an engineer, who glued an axis connecting wheels from a model aircraft onto her shell.

Now the pet reptile can reportedly move faster than ever, so hares everywhere better watch out.

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