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Meet the World’s New Oldest Person

Danny Johnston / AP Gertrude Weaver holds a flower given to her a day before her 116th birthday at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, Ark on July 3, 2014.

She's 116, but wants Obama at her next birthday party

Following the death on Wednesday of Misao Okawa, a 117-year-old who lived in Japan, the world’s new oldest person is an American.

The title now belongs to Gertrude Weaver, 116, who lives at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation, a nursing home in Camden, Ark., according to the Gerontology Research Group.

“At the moment, Gertrude Weaver is the oldest living person for whom the Gerontology Research Group can adequately verify her age, with the three documentary conditions of original proof of birth, name change and recent identification having been met,” Robert Young, director of the group’s supercentenarians division, tells TIME.

In an interview with TIME last year after she was first recognized as the oldest-living American, Weaver said her secret to longevity is “kindness.”

“Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you,” she added. These days, she enjoys “wheelchair dancing,” manicures, Bible study and attending concerts by singers from schools and church groups.

On Wednesday, Weaver told the Associated Press she would like President Obama to attend her party for her 117th birthday on July 4.

Read next: Long Life Secrets from an (Almost) 115 Year Old Woman

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Watch Katie Couric Pull an Epic Prank on James Corden

The look on the new Late Late Show host's face is priceless

Journalist Katie Couric pulled an amazing April Fools’ prank on The Late Late Show host James Corden Wednesday night, using a stunt double to pretend she fell down the stairs as he welcomed her into the studio. As he rushes off stage and kneels besides the woman who he appears to think is the Yahoo News anchor, the real Katie Couric is standing at the top of the stairs yelling, “Up here! Up here, James! James! April Fools!”

After he gets over the shock, Corden just looks relieved that a guest did not get injured during his first week hosting the show.

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

 

 

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5 April Fools’ Pranks That Went Horribly Wrong This Year

Things went terribly awry for more than a few people

While April Fools is supposed to be a day of laughter and good cheer—we rounded up the best jokes here—some people just went way too far. Below, a glimpse at a few pranks that backfired:

• The student newspaper at the University of Virginia apologized for publishing a joke issue with articles like “ABC officers tackle Native American student outside Bodo’s Bagels” and “Zeta Psi hosts ‘Rosa Parks’ party.” These pieces were published two weeks after the bloody arrest of a black student by white officers from the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control sparked campus-wide protests.

• A gag involving fireworks resulted in a laundry hamper on fire in an apartment complex near Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Residents were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

• The following tweet from the Greater Manchester Police Radcliffe reportedly offended parents with children who have been incarcerated.

• Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Bruce Irvin apologized for joke tweets in which he said he was caught drinking and driving after his prank sparked outrage on Twitter.

Happy Endings, the cult ABC comedy that was cancelled in 2013, will be lucky if it has any fans left after teasing fans with a website of a countdown to April 1 that revealed nothing.

Read next: These Radio Hosts Pulled the Best April Fools’ Prank on Their Coworkers

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These Radio Hosts Pulled the Best April Fools’ Prank on Their Coworkers

It's more than a little embarrassing

Hosts at the New Zealand radio show ZM Breakfast pranked two of their colleagues by telling them to rush into work to fill in for co-workers who had fallen ill.

The victims, who go by Jase and PJ, thought they were broadcasting to the entire country from 7-8 a.m., but actually, they were just sounding off to the officemates who were supposed to be out sick. They did not know what to talk about so they asked people to call in and tell them how much money they earn, among other outrageous topics.

Now, the entire country—and world—can watch the humiliating moment on YouTube.

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

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This Couple Made an Awesome Action Movie as Their ‘Save the Date’

Wedding crashers, assemble!

Instead of a save-the-date card, a couple has made a video that looks like an action movie, so the entire Internet can crash their wedding, or at least buy them a present from their registry. The video starts with a scene straight out of a James Bond movie, and shows the nattily attired couple undergoing a series of wedding rituals while trying to save “the date” from a group of thugs.

The two are no strangers to show business. In 2006, Tyler MacNiven won the reality TV show The Amazing Race, while Kelly Hannigan is the sister of former WWE wrestler John Morrison.

Next video idea: wedding planning as a horror film?

(h/t The Daily Dot)

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The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

From a selfie stick for dogs to salmon-flavored vodka

For April Fools, we’ll be updating the following list of 2015 pranks all day so you can make sure you don’t fall for any of them. Or if you see gullible friends or family members passing them around, share this article with them and rub it in their faces.

• The newest Teach for America member: Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction. [TFA]

• California Democrat Rep. Mike Honda “introduces” legislation cracking down on acronyms in bill titles—aka the Accountability and Congressional Responsibility On Naming Your Motions (ACRONYM) Act. [House.gov]

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• Government agency bans Comic Sans. [Texas General Land Office]

• This type of insurance “Presurance” alerts purchasers to their next mishap up to a week in advance. [Esurance]

• The Shakespearean English option for profiles on Zoosk tries to show chivalry is not dead. [Zoosk]

• The dating app Hinge, which pairs up singles with friends of friends on Facebook, launches a play-dating app for toddlers whose mommies tell them “not to talk to strangers.” [Hinge]

• The school of veterinary medicine at Ohio State paints fire hydrants in Michigan’s colors. [The Columbus Dispatch]

• Car company designs a motorized office chair with a calendar so it can whisk workers away to their next meeting and facial recognition technology so it can help them steer clear of the boss. [Audi USA]

• Google always has a bunch of tricks up its sleeve. With Google Japan’s new product “Google Panda,” users run Google searches by talking to a stuffed panda.

The Chrome mobile feature which snaps selfies, so users can send photos of their reactions to what they are reading or watching online and sharing with people.

• Also the smart mailbox, which electrocutes postal workers who try to put spam letters inside and opens with the wave of a hand.

• And a search engine that’s totally backwards. (com.Google)

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• The world’s first Samsung smartphone that is also a chef’s knife. (Samsung)

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• Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announces Virgin America headquarters will move to Branson, Mo., and start offering non-stop flights from the city to San Francisco. [Virgin America]

• The homepage for Amazon.com is from 1999.

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Sony PlayStation swim goggles and portable dryer so you can play video games in a swimming pool.

CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine, and researchers at the Large Hadron Collider found evidence of “The Force” (sorry, Star Wars fans) [CERN]

• The Army will use drones to deliver pizzas. [Army]

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• The publisher Penguin Teen Australia announces a new John Green book.

• Microsoft announces MS-DOS is now on the Lumia smartphone.

• The car rental company Alamo will make monsters trucks available. [Alamo]

• The latest in wearable tech: a fitness tracker for acts of kindness so users can compete with their friends to see who can give the most hugs and do the most nice things for strangers. [TOMS]

• Motorola introduces artisanal leather-bound selfie sticks.

• Watch out for sensational crowd-funding campaigns, like a virtual reality experience that transports users back to college. [Tilt]

• Watch out Uber: Groupon introduces a car service with cat drivers, who are ‘spayed, neutered and have no reason to curl up in your lap and make it awkward.” [Groupon]

• A social network for bookworms launches KINDLR, a dating app that matches users based on their book choices and offers folks who “want to turn each other’s pages” the option to “merge shelves.” [Goodreads]

• A new family plan that offers Tinder for pets. [T-Mobile]

• A selfie stick for dogs. [Unleashed by Petco]

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Zumba for Dogs (think “fitness paw-ty”). [Zumba]

• Redbox’s DVD rental service for pets (think “Fifty Shades of Greyhound”). [Redbox]

Hulu Pets offers pet versions of hit TV shows like “Clawed City” (Broad City with cats) and a Portlandia/Real Housewives spoof “Pugs of Portland.” (Hulu)

• ThinkGeek products like a Game of Thrones version of Clue (the board game) and a torso-mounted rig for taking selfies. [here and here]

• Basically be skeptical of any new selfie-taking tool, like selfie shoes. [Miz Mooz]

• Vodafone introduces an emoji keyboard.

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• A new kind of tool belt: pants covered in magnets. [Duluth Trading Company]

A roommate ratings app ROOMer, designed for renters. [Trulia]

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• An online car dealership for kids that sells a Frozen-branded Mustang and a Hello Kitty-themed Hummer. [Carvana]

• To channel road rage in a more productive way, this smartphone app that donates the car of the awful driver ahead of you to charity by scanning its license plate. [Kars4Kids]

Vodka flavors like salmon, cheesesteak and cream cheese bagel. [Pinnacle Vodka]

• To prevent brain freeze, an “ice cream headache prevention helmet.” [Turkey Hill]

• A PSA on paper cut prevention, reminding cubicle jockeys “take care, be paper aware.” [Ad Council]

GIFt delivery service will send a real cat as a gift every time you send a cat GIF. (Giphy)

• New spandex Premier League uniforms that will “completely eliminate shirt pulling from the game.” [Morphsuits]

• The sharing economy peaks with this recyclable underwear program that lets users track where pairs of underwear have been. (MeUndies.com)

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Cards Against Humanity Introduces Science-Themed Cards to Fund College Scholarships for Women

Students play Cards Against Humanity in Denver, Colorado in 2012.
Brian Cahn—Zuma Press/Corbis Students play Cards Against Humanity in Denver, Colorado in 2012.

The scholarships will be funded by sales of the game's new expansion pack

Playing Cards Against Humanity can result in one laugh-out-loud joke after another, but a new college scholarship sponsored by the game’s creators is no joke.

The company says proceeds from sales of its new science-themed expansion pack will go toward its new Science Ambassador Scholarship, which will offer a full ride for women who want to pursue undergraduate degrees in science and are starting college in the fall of 2016.

Applications will be reviewed by more than forty judges who have worked at NASA, Harvard Medical School and the National Science Foundation, among other prestigious institutions. The program will also be run in partnership with Zach Weinersmith of the web comic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal” and astronomer Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomy book and blog series.

Game co-creator Josh Dillon, who is getting a PhD in astrophysics at MIT, said in a statement: “Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering, and math, and we felt like the funding from this pack could have the greatest impact by making it possible for more women to get an education in those fields.”

Needless to say, while the game is a way to make science more fun, women studying for finals in these courses should not mistake these cards for flash cards.

 

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The Amazing Story of How Two Men Saved Each Other 30 Years Apart

They were reunited over the weekend at a charity event

A paramedic and pediatrician who saved each other’s lives participated in a charity event Sunday that raised money for life-saving cancer research.

KTLA reports that paramedic Chris Trokey was one of the people who rescued pediatrician Dr. Michael Shannon from a car accident on March 29, 2011. Trokey did not realize until he got to the hospital that he was the same Michael Shannon who, 30 years prior, had worked round the clock to nurse him back to health after he was born prematurely, weighing just over three pounds.

Trokey told KTLA that Shannon is now his son’s pediatrician.

According to the news station, Shannon and Trokey shaved their heads at a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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Watch an A Cappella Group Perform ‘Dayenu’ in 8 Totally Different Musical Styles

The Maccabeats celebrate Passover with a dubstep version of the traditional seder song

In a new video for Passover first published on Time.com, the all-male members of the Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats sing “Dayenu,” a traditional seder song of thanks, in different musical styles — doo-wop, polka, funk, metal, “island,”dubstep, barbershop and even to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

The short film shows the group members singing these covers to liven up the seder experience for two little kids, who act bored and are falling asleep at the table. Julian Horowitz, Director of the Maccabeats, says the point of this Passover-themed parody is to encourage youngsters and others around the seder table to “make the traditions their own,” as “engaging the younger generation is one of the major themes of the Passover seder.”

Passover lasts from the evening of April 3 to the evening of April 11.

Read next: Rock Hashana: 10 Stars of the New Jewish Music

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Watch a Woman Recreate 100 Years of Fitness Trends in 100 Seconds

Grab some hand weights

A new viral video pays tribute to fitness trends from the early 20th century to the present day, where Zumba! classes are apparently all the rage.

Produced by Benenden Health, a healthcare service in the U.K., the clip showcases every fitness fad, such as stretches dating back to the 1920s that mimic the Charleston dance moves, and the Trim Twist, which dates back to the 1960s and consists of a brown board that women would stand on to twist away “bulging thighs” and “heaping hips,” as one advertisement put it.

The montage will also bring back memories of Jazzercise, 80s aerobics and workout wear that consists of wearing fanny packs over brightly-colored leotards — and aren’t we glad those days are behind us?

Read next: See 100 Years of Korean Beauty Trends In Just 90 Seconds

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