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Jack White Was Not Impressed by the Cubs Game Last Night

More like take me out of the ball game

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Jack White, the American musician best known as one half of the The White Stripes, was spotted looking as if he was bored and annoyed during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on July 22.

The Internet has been having a field day over his expression.

A MLB.com post described the scene in the form of his songs. (“Looking to have a baseBall and a Biscuit, Jack White was spotted at Wrigley In The Cold, Cold Night.”)

Hopefully, for his fans’ sake, he turns that frown upside down before his concerts in Chicago tonight, July 23, and tomorrow night, July 24.

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Whale Lifts Up Kayakers in This Absolutely Terrifying Video

Whale watching

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Kayakers reportedly paddling off the coast of Argentina recently got the fright of their lives when a whale swam under them and lifted their boat up with its back. The scary moment, which reportedly took place near Puerto Madryn in Patagonia, was captured in a video uploaded to YouTube by user gisela6652 and has been going viral on Reddit in the past day.

Fortunately, the kayakers appear to be okay at the end of the clip, unlike this National Geographic video of a fatal encounter between sea lion pups and a killer whale off the coast of Argentina that boasts more than 12,000,000 views on YouTube.

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MORE: Japan Is Planning To Resume Whale Hunts

TIME Food & Drink

Meet the Man Behind Hot Dog University

Mark Reitman

A frank conversation with a professor at "the nation's college of encased meat knowledge." Mark Reitman is neutral about ketchup but doggedly opposed to the meatless and veggie impostors

In honor of National Hot Dog Day on July 23 and National Hot Dog Month, TIME talked to the man behind Hot Dog University, also known as “the nation’s college of encased meat knowledge.”

On Mondays and Tuesdays at Vienna Beef’s Chicago factory, Mark Reitman, 66, who has been called a Ph.D — “Professor of Hot Dogs” — teaches a $699 two-day course about the business of operating a hot dog stand — or as he calls it, “the art of the cart.”

Reitman has been serving hot dogs since he was eight years old and even did it part-time when he worked as an appliance salesman and taught middle school and high school before opening his own stand in 2003. After working at events in Wisconsin, he started Hog Dog University in 2006 and partnered with Vienna Beef in 2009. Now there are satellite campuses in Vernon, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Reitman says over 800 students have taken the class — 300 have opened restaurants nationwide and 500 have set up hot dog carts.

“When I first started this, my friends thought I was doing swan dives into empty pools, or they thought I had lobsters growing out of my ears,” he says. “But guess what? The joke’s on them!”

What’s the trick to cooking a hot dog properly?

Just put a pot of water on a stove, get it up to 165 degrees and drop the dog in there for 6-8 minutes. Simmer it, don’t boil it because that will cause it to split at the ends or crack, and you’ll bleed out the spices.

You can chargrill a dog, but don’t just throw the dog on there. You take it, score the dog, crosscut the ends, and they will begin to open up. Same goes for putting a hot dog on a stick and cooking it over a campfire. They’ll taste so much better than sticking them right into the fire, where they start getting large and explode.

Is there a right way to put on the toppings?

When you put the condiments on a hot dog, you never put them on the bun. And there is an order. A Chicago-style dog has seven condiments, starting with a thin line of mustard on top, then green relish, then diced onions. On one side of a poppyseed bun, you put two thinly-sliced tomato wedges, and on the other side, you put two sport peppers. Then throw on a cold pickle spear in the middle and a dash of celery salt.

New York-style uses a red onion sauce and sauerkraut, and for Carolina-style, run line of mustard on it, cover it with chili, throw on some chopped onions and finely shredded cheddar cheese or coleslaw. Those are the three main style dogs.

As you go further West, like in Seattle, they’ll dress their dog with cream cheese and put grilled onions on it.

How do you feel about ketchup on a hot dog?

I don’t become politically involved with the use of ketchup. It doesn’t belong on a Chicago-style hot dog because the tomatoes and relish already provide that sweetness. But if customers want ketchup on a hot dog, they can have it on a hot dog. That’s my philosophy on ketchup.

What do you think of veggie and meatless dogs?

I’m not a fan of them. Hot dogs are not health food, they’re comfort food. People have wanted me to cater parties with veggie dogs, and I don’t want to do it because I don’t want to develop a reputation for being the caterer of veggie dogs, okay? I do hot dogs that are all-beef. I’ve never had a veggie dog. And I won’t.

What do you think of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and competitive hot dog eating in general?

It’s a popularity contest. Hot dogs taste so good when you have them in the right bun, downing them is something I could never do. But I don’t have any objection to it.

When did you serve your first hot dog?

In 1955 when I was eight years old. My father owned a soda fountain, and I would go in on Saturdays and Sundays and serve people ice cream and milkshakes. One Saturday when I went to work, he had a [new] machine, a big glass case with a wire rack in it. I cooked the hot dog, put it on the plate and gave out ketchup and mustard packets.

What’s the future of hot dog stands?

We lead our students to become private caterers with these little hot dog carts so they can do corporate and private parties where there’s a referral system that comes off of it. Right now with what’s going on with the economy, I really think [running a hot dog stand] is going to be an alternative for people who have lost their jobs or who want to do something for additional income.

What tips do you give your students for selling hot dogs?

I’ll have my students grill onions because the smell, when we get that wafting into the air, oh my God, it just brings people from blocks away to come and buy stuff. Even if we don’t put the onions on the hot dogs, we do that whenever it gets slow to attract customers to the cart.

I also train my students to make fresh-squeezed lemonade and sell ice cream. On a day when it’s 100 degrees, people may not want to eat hot food, but they’ll buy a fresh-squeezed lemonade or an ice cream. That way, you can still make a living selling lemonade and ice cream.

One Halloween, my wife and I decided to hand out candy to kids. So every time a family came, we’d give bubble gum to the kids, and the parents would say, “What about me?” Basically hot dogs are kid food. You never grow up when you have a hot dog.

TIME World

Watch The Queen’s Guard Perform The Game of Thrones Theme Song

Part of changing the guard at Buckingham Palace

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A YouTube user captured the moment recently when the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace played the theme song from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

According to the British Monarchy’s website, the music played at the Changing of the Guard “ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs.” (h/t Rolling Stone)

MORE: Hodor from Game of Thrones Launches Thrones-Themed DJ Tour

WATCH: This Game of Thrones Cover Brings Winterfell to The Bayou

WATCH: This 80s Remix of The Game of Thrones Trailer

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WATCH: Weird Al Makes Fun of Every College Fight Song

They all sound the same

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“Weird Al” Yankovic has been parodying songs by prominent pop artists – from “Word Crimes”, the grammar-themed spoof on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, to “Tacky”, a spoof on Pharrell Williams’s “Happy”, to “Handy”, a spoof on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

His latest music video makes fun of every college fight song. Sample lyric: “We’re great, and you suck.”

Cheer that way at your own risk, for some sports are trying to crack down on vulgar chants.

WATCH: Weird Al and His Famous Friends Take On Pharrell’s “Happy”

WATCH: Weird Al’s Lorde Parody of “Royals” Is About…Foil

TIME World

Reporter Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Angela Merkel in This Cringe-Worthy Video

It's the thought that counts

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In honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 60th birthday, a German TV reporter serenaded her with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday, Liebe Bundeskanzlerin (Dear Chancellor)” during a press conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium.

No other journalists seemed to sing along with Udo Van Kampen, Brussels correspondent for ZDF.

“I should have sung along, then it would have been better,” Merkel said, the Associated Press reports. “But thank you.”

So far, she said she has received flowers and champagne from her colleagues attending a European Union summit, though arguably, Germany’s World Cup win on July 13 was the best birthday present she got.

 

TIME viral

Weird Al’s Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” Is About…Foil

You might even be blinded by science

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest music video is a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” about aluminum foil. It also features a cameo by Patton Oswalt.

Sample lyric: “I just like to keep all my flavors sealed in tight / with aluminum foil (foil) / never settle for less / that kind of wrap is just the best / to keep your sandwich nice and fresh.” Things start to get a little weird, however, when he starts ranting about conspiracy theories.

Weird Al is releasing a music video a day for eight days to promote his new album Mandatory Fun, which came out July 15. Past spoofs include a parody of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” called “Tacky” and a grammar-themed parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” called “Word Crimes.”

MORE: The Al Yankovic Paradox: He Doesn’t Seem That Weird Anymore

WATCH: Let Weird Al Teach You About Grammar in His New “Blurred Lines” Parody

TIME Family

3-Year-Old Helps Rescue Elderly Man Trapped in Overheated Car

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He's a hero

A three-year-old boy in Tennessee called for help just in time when an elderly man was overheating and could not open the door of his car on a 90-degree day, Good Morning America reports.

Bob King, 68, had been sitting in the car waiting for his wife to come back from an event at Vestal Baptist Church in Knoxville. He was having trouble opening the door, which gets stuck a lot, when he saw Keith Williams, 3, pass by. He yelled for help, and the youngster went and got Pastor Jack Greene who was finally able to open the door. He took King into the church to cool off.

The amazing coincidence of this story: Williams’s mother Jessie said she had just taught Keith hot car safety.

 

TIME Internet

Here’s The First Instagram Photo Ever

Today in Internet history

Four years ago today on July 16, 2010, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom uploaded the first photo to the app, which was called Codename at the time. This picture of a golden retriever was taken at a taco stand called “Tacos Chilakos”, and the foot belongs to Systrom’s girlfriend, according to a spokesperson for Instagram. The name of the dog and its owner are unknown.

It may come as no surprise that the first image was a photo of a dog. After all, Instagram has become the kind of site where dogs can become celebrities, as a Shiba Inu and a persistently smiley dog named Tuna boast more than 890,000 followers and 870,000 followers respectively.

 

TIME Bizarre

3,000 Ping Pong Balls Accidentally Rain onto a Highway

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They were supposed to be dropped on a waiting crowd

As video of hail the size of golf balls pelting a Siberian beach goes viral, 3,000 ping pong balls have pelted a highway in Idaho, the Associated Press reports via the Idaho State Journal.

A pilot was supposed to drop them over a crowd, but accidentally missed.

The ping pong balls were supposed to be redeemable for candy and $100 gift cards during an event called Blackfoot Pride Days, a periodic celebration of local pride.

The good news is that prizes were reportedly passed out anyway despite the mishap.

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