TIME society

How the World’s Oldest Person Is Celebrating Her 116th Birthday

Courtesy of Michael Kinloch Jeralean Talley and godson Tyler Kinloch pictured with one of the seven catfish she caught at the Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter, Mich., on June 16, 2012.

She got a letter from President Obama

The world’s oldest person is laughing and feeling “good” about turning 116 on Saturday.

“I feel good, I just can’t get around like I would like to,” Jeralean Talley told TIME on the eve of her birthday in a phone call from her Inkster, Mich. home aided by her 77-year-old daughter Thelma Holloway. The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group named the Montrose, Ga. native the oldest person in the world last month after the two women who held the title before her died within the same week—Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan at 117 and Gertrude Weaver of Camden, Ark. at 116.

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in Inkster threw her a birthday party and gave her $116 as a birthday present—one dollar for each year of her life. She also received a letter from President Obama. “The breadth of your experiences and depth of your wisdom reflect the long path our Nation has traveled since 1899,” the message said. “You have been an important part of the great unending story that is America.” In addition, her physical therapist gave her a bouquet of roses Friday morning, and she is gearing up for two more birthday parties this weekend, including one this Sunday at her church, the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

When she isn’t going to party after party, she is home watching Jeopardy! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and clapping along to whatever is playing on the radio. Over the years, her hobbies have included fishing for trout and catfish, sewing dresses, making quilts, playing casino slot machines and bowling—scoring 200 in one game before she stopped at 104 years old because her legs got too weak. She can still eat her favorite foods like chicken wings and potato salad, and while her specialty dish has always been Hog Head Cheese (made from pigs’ ears and feet), her daughter Thelma Holloway says Talley “stays away from butter and cheese” now.

But that’s because her tastes have changed, not because of any health reasons. Holloway claims Talley’s doctor “didn’t find anything wrong” with her during a check-up earlier week and says blood pressure pills are the only medication that she takes regularly. “She’s still in her right mind,” according to Holloway.

It is not unheard of for people over 110 to be this healthy. As TIME previously reported, some experts think a rare combination of genes might explain why super-centenarians age more slowly and don’t develop age-related diseases like dementia, heart disease, or cancer, to name a few. It is also possible that these genes are on the X chromosome, and because women have two of those, that would explain why almost all of the verified super-centenarians are female.

Talley maintains the secret to long life is faith in God and being kind to others, but her family still can’t believe Talley is celebrating her 116th birthday this week.

“I want to be able to live that long myself,” Aisha Holloway, her 39-year-old great-granddaughter, said in a phone call. “I work at a rehab center where I see older people that give up, so it’s kinda emotional because I see my grandma at this age and still fighting.”

Likewise, Talley’s daughter Thelma adds Talley’s long life “is something her grand children and great-grandchildren can be proud of, history for them to read about.”

Courtesy of Christonna CampbellTalley holds great-great grandson Armmell Holloway at home, May 13, 2014.
Courtesy of Michael KinlochTalley pictured with her fishing buddy Michael Kinloch’s family the day after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2013. (L-R) Michael’s youngest son and Talley’s godson Tyler, Michael’s wife Elaine, and Michael’s oldest son Ramon and his fiancé Andrea (both doctors), and Michael.
Courtesy of Michael KinlochTalley puts the bait on her fishing pole at the Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter, Michigan, May 25, 2013.
Courtesy of Michael KinlochTalley with (L-R) the owners of Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter, Michigan, her friend Mary Kennedy, and her godson Tyler Kinloch, May 25, 2013.
TIME celebrity

Model Breastfeeds Her Son on Cover of Elle Australia

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Elle Australia

The Australian model hopes the image will make moms more comfortable about breastfeeding in public

A cover of the June 2015 issue of Elle Australia, which is only available to subscribers, is going viral because it shows model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her son Zion Rain Clark. The issue also features a story about Trunfio and new motherhood, as the 29-year-old and fiancé Gary Clark, Jr., welcomed Zion to the world four months ago.

“This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” Elle‘s editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said on the magazine’s website.

Supportive comments started trending on social media via hashtags #normalizebreastfeeding and ‪#‎weareonlyhuman:

Others, however, think it was cowardly of Elle Australia to only make the cover available to subscribers. An example of the outraged comments on Elle Australia‘s Facebook page:

“How sad you were not brave enough to use the image of a women’s body at its most beautiful on all of your mags.”

“You’re sending an incredibly negative message about the suitability of breastfeeding in public by choosing this image as a cover, yet only making it available to subscribers (ie only women). Yes, men will surely be offended by the photo, but 1) they don’t buy your magazine and 2) THIS ATTITUDE IS WHAT WE NEED TO ELIMINATE IN SOCIETY!”

Trunfio wrote on Facebook that she is proud of the photo, taken by photographer Georges Antoni, hailing it as a “positive and healthy” statement:

There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us‪#‎normalizebreastfeeding‬ there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public. ‪#‎weareonlyhuman‬ I’m so proud of this cover and what it stands for. I obviously don’t look like this or wear [this] while I am breastfeeding but this stands for all women out there, whether you breastfeed or not, we gave birth, we are women, we are mothers.

It is the latest magazine cover of a breastfeeding mom to go viral, from Brad Pitt’s photo of Angelina Jolie breastfeeding for the Nov. 2008 W magazine cover to a May 2012 TIME cover “Are You Mom Enough” showing a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, photographed by Martin Schoeller.

TIME Business

This Anti Selfie Stick PSA Is Actually a Pizza Hut Ad

"Please selfie responsibly"

A new Pizza Hut ad makes fun of selfie sticks to promote its rectangular “Big Flavor Dipper” pizza, which, designed for dipping, is nearly two feet long, thus “so big that it doesn’t even fit in a traditional selfie,” the chain says in a statement.

As solemn music plays in the background, a narrator questions the point of selfies and the narcissists who wield selfie sticks: “When can we say enough is enough? … After all what would we do without your daily outfit updates complete with duck face lips taken in your bathroom mirror … Please selfie responsibly.”

TIME Business

This PSA About a Man and His Dog Will Break Your Heart

Have tissues handy

A public service announcement for an Argentinian liver transplant foundation shows a day in the life of an elderly man and his loyal dog. One night, the man appears to have a medical emergency and is taken to the hospital. The dog follows him there and is left to wander outside of the building. After what seems like hours, a woman in a wheelchair leaves the hospital, and the dog races up to her. The implication is that its owner, an organ donor, saved her life.

TIME technology

We’re So Close to Getting a Bacon Emoji

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Kevin McCauley (L-R) Selfie, bacon, wilted flower, clinking glasses, "call me" hand, man dancing

Avocado, selfie, and Prince emojis could also be available on your phone as soon as next year

Yahoo! Tech reports that Unicode Consortium, the elite Mountain View, Calif. group that develops emojis, could soon approve 38 new ones that would debut in June 2016 as part of the Unicode 9.0 update. The Unicode 8.0 update released earlier this year featured much-anticipated racially diverse emojis.

Examples of upcoming emojis reportedly include illustrations of a selfie, an avocado, bacon, a potato, a shark, an owl, a black heart, a drooling face, a pregnant woman and the musician Prince.

The complete list of emojis that the consortium may approve in the near future is on Yahoo! Tech’s website.

TIME Television

Hulu Announces When You Will Be Able to Stream Seinfeld

Sony Pictures Television

Starting June 24

Fans of Seinfeld and binge-watching television will be able to stream the “show about nothing” on Hulu beginning on June 24, the site announced Wednesday.

The announcement of a debut date comes just a few weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Hulu signed a $180 million deal with Sony Pictures Television for the rights to distribute all of the re-runs—out-bidding Amazon and Yahoo at approximately $700,000 per episode.

The cable channel TBS will continue to broadcast reruns.

TIME society

This Is Michelle Obama’s Workout Routine

Get a closer look at the First Lady's fitness regimen

Michelle Obama released a video of her workout routine to inspire Americans to exercise regularly as part of the #GimmeFive challenge, which celebrates the fifth anniversary of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to raise awareness about healthy living in the United States. The video is a response to a good-natured challenge posted by her husband, President Obama, on Twitter last week. It’s also reminiscent of an Instagram video that her friend Beyoncé released of her own exercise regimen.

In the video, you will see Obama lifting weights, jump-roping and boxing, but it looks like dancing is not part of her regular routine.

TIME viral

See How Many Memes Delta Packed Into This Ridiculous In-Flight Safety Video

Get ready to recognize plenty of old Internet friends

Delta’s latest in-flight safety video features the most popular memes on YouTube, such as the kid from the “Charlie Bit My Finger” video, the Annoying Orange, Keyboard Cat, screaming goats and the guy who freaked out about double rainbows.

Over the last couple of years, to make sure passengers pay attention to safety information before take off, Delta, United, Virgin America and Air New Zealand have been making music videos, while Southwest Airlines flight attendants have gone viral for incorporating the talking points into an original rap, country song or stand-up comedy routine.

Passengers may see it on their flights beginning May 25.

Watch next: Delta’s 80s-Themed Safety Video

TIME animals

These 4 Clouded Leopard Cubs Weigh Less Than a Box of Cereal

The tiny quadruplets were born last week

The Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Wash., has posted a video of zookeepers feeding four clouded leopard quadruplets that were born last week to mother Chai Li and father Nah Fun.

The cubs, which are not on view to the public yet, spend most of their time eating, with two-hour meal times taking place every three hours. The largest weighs about as much as a box of Corn Flakes, the zoo said in a statement.

Native to Southeast Asia, clouded leopards are endangered. They’re only bred by about two dozen accredited zoos in North America, so Chai Li giving birth to a litter of four cubs is a rare event, zoo curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said in a statement.

TIME society

Disney World Wants You to Stop Using Selfie Sticks on Rides

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Getty Images Tourists ride the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

It's the latest tourist attraction to crack down on use of the phone accessory

It’s a small world, and Disney World says there is no room for selfie sticks on rides anymore.

Now there is a “No Selfie Sticks” sign at Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, similar to policies recently implemented at Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland in California. A spokesperson for the theme park told the Orlando Sentinel that the accessories could be brought onboard but must be stored.

The theme park is the latest tourist attraction to ban selfie sticks, from museums worldwide such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art to sporting events like the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

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