TIME Sports

Here’s Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Watching the NCAA Finals Game

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with Laura Bush, sat next to each other last night at the NCAA championship game, in which the UConn Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54. The trio was sitting in a luxury box that is owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Tony Gutierrez / AP

 

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Watch Two Little Girls Attempt Judo in The Most Adorable 2 Minutes of Your Day

Hand-to-hand combat has never been so cute to watch

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It’s fun to watch these little girls knock each other over in Judo because they can barely stand upright themselves.

(h/t Uproxx)

TIME nation

Here’s the Chilling 30-Second Ad about the Dangers of Texting and Driving That Everyone Is Talking About

The super short ad shows how fatal a quick text can be

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The U.S. Department of Transportation launched its first-ever national advertising campaign last week, featuring a 30-second PSA going viral now that depicts a fatal side collision in which three young Americans are in a car, and the driver is killed after she runs a stop sign and fails to see the truck coming from the side because she picked up her phone to answer a text. The tagline: “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”

It is the latest graphic PSA about the dangers of distracted driving to go viral worldwide. While the DOT spot is graphic, a 2009 dramatization produced by a Welsh police department now boasts 5.3 million views on YouTube because of its gory scenes of women’s heads slamming into windows and blood streaming down their faces, a strategy that raised eyebrows at the time. A 2012 video produced by Belgian road safety NGO Ryd Belgium that has racked up more than 2 million views shows an instructor dictating texts to student drivers because he says they need to know how to type accurately while they are driving to get their licenses. When the tables are turned, the younger men and women end up being the ones shouting “It’s impossible!” while the older adult chastises them for misspellings.

The most moving texting-and-driving PSAs seem to be the real testimonials. Last summer, in what some have called the most gruesome driver’s ed movie ever, a documentary directed by Werner Herzog and produced by AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign features interviews with victims of crashes caused by drivers who were texting and driving, such as the mother of a child who is now a paraplegic and a woman who is now brain damaged after being struck while walking her dog. And just this time last April, police in northern Colorado released a photo of a text message that a 22-year-old driver was midway through typing when he was killed after drifting into oncoming traffic: “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw.”

But will video PSAs work? According to a New Yorker article on the effectiveness of the Herzog film and PSAs from government agencies in general, “This kind of behavior modification is tough to pull off, and many psychologists have argued that people require more tangible incentives to make these kinds of changes—for example, rewards system similar to the lowered insurance rates offered by State Farm to young drivers who submit a driving log, or by Geico to customers willing to take a defensive-driving course. A plea to stop texting may be emotionally powerful, but it might not be enough.”

TIME

Only 1 in 6 Americans Can Find Ukraine on a Map

Some even think it's in the Midwest

Only 1 in 6 Americans know where Ukraine is on a map, The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage blog reports.

Between March 28-31, a national sample of 2,066 Americans were asked to locate Ukraine by clicking on a high-resolution map. In the image below, red dots represent the most accurate responses (“you’re getting warmer…”), while blue dots represent the least accurate ones.

“Most thought that Ukraine was located somewhere in Europe or Asia, but the median respondent was about 1,800 miles off — roughly the distance from Chicago to Los Angeles — locating Ukraine somewhere in an area bordered by Portugal on the west, Sudan on the south, Kazakhstan on the east, and Finland on the north,” according to the Monkey Cage post, written by political scientists Kyle Dropp of Dartmouth College, Joshua D. Kertzer of Harvard University and Thomas Zeitzoff of Princeton University.

Younger Americans’ answers were more accurate than that of older Americans, however, 77% of college graduates still could not correctly identify the country’s location.

The point of the poll was to see how foreign policy views can be affected by people’s perceptions of where countries are located. In fact, according to the post,”The further our respondents thought that Ukraine was from its actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene militarily.”

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TIME relationships

Study Claims People Who Frequently Use Twitter May Be More Likely to Cheat and Get Divorced

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A new study says active Twitter use leads to confrontations that may catalyze divorce or infidelity

People who are active on Twitter are more likely to get involved in the types of confrontations that may eventually lead to infidelity and divorce, according to a study published online in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

The study surveyed 581 Twitter users of all ages, gauging “active Twitter use” by answers to questions about how often they log into Twitter and tweet, how often they reply to tweets, direct message users, and scroll through the Twitter timeline.

“If high amounts of Twitter use does, indeed, lead to high amounts of Twitter-related conflict (i.e., arguments pertaining to a partner’s Twitter use, etc.) among romantic partners, it is plausible to speculate that such conflict could lead to unfavorable relationship outcomes such as cheating, breakup, or divorce,” Russell B. Clayton, the study’s author and doctoral student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, concluded. And while a previous analysis conducted by Clayton found Facebook-related conflict was more detrimental to relationships that lasted three years or less, Clayton’s Twitter study claims Twitter-related conflict occurs regardless of duration.

The findings have several limitations. The survey was promoted via the researcher’s Twitter account and The Huffington Post’s Twitter account, so the sample size skewed towards people who were following those accounts. Data may also be skewed because participants knew they were answering questions for a study about Twitter use and relationship outcomes.

Incidentally, a recent TIME article found that some men are more likely to share their feelings on social networks than with their significant others because while they’re not ready to share certain thoughts with their partners, they post them online because they want “someone” to see them. Psychologists say these men, who tend to experience social anxiety, may also share these insights online because they are afraid of facing blowback in real life.

But there may be hope. More and more, love begins on social networks like Facebook, according to a new analysis. And a Pew Research Internet Project report published in February says 41% of 18-29 year olds in serious relationships feel online conversations have brought them closer together, with 23% of them say they have used “digital tools” to resolve an argument they were having trouble fixing in person. That said, the Pew findings also found “young adults are more likely to report tension in their relationships over technology use,” especially if they think their significant other is distracted or spending too much time online.

“Some couples share joint social networking site accounts to reduce relationship conflict,” Clayton said in a news release, citing 2life, a private messaging app designed for couples. Maybe the preschool adage “sharing is caring” makes a good point?

TIME animals

9 Animals That Are On the Verge of Disappearing Forever

It's almost too late

Over the weekend, the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar opened in theaters. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, it is an attempt to raise awareness about efforts to conserve what researchers call the most threatened mammal on Earth. Here’s a glimpse at other threatened and endangered animals that have made headlines recently.

  • Lemurs of Madagascar

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    Between poaching and habitat loss due to illegal logging, some researchers now say the lemurs of Madagascar are “the most threatened mammal group on Earth,” according to a recent article in the journal Science. In addition to national conservation efforts, the international research team concluded that increased ecotourism — tourists who pay to see threatened species in their natural habitats — will benefit both the lemurs and the island’s poor rural communities. These newly minted pop culture icons can now be seen on the silver screen in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, an IMAX documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman.

  • Giant Panda

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    Fewer than 1,600 giant pandas are left in the world, making it the rarest bear species. During a recent trip to China, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, feeding five approximately 18-month-old pandas by holding out sticks with apples at the end. In addition to the center’s panda cams, you can also see these giant cuddly creatures on cams run by the National Zoo and the San Diego Zoo.

  • Polar Bear

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    Polar bears are considered a vulnerable species because their sea ice habitat, which they use to reach seals, their prey, is melting away, forcing them to swim longer to find places to hunt — a phenomenon many scientists and conservationists attribute to climate change. Now you can see them without leaving your home, thanks to Google Street View, which filmed polar bears in Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba in conjunction with Polar Bear International.

  • Lesser Prairie Chicken

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    Starting April 11, birders will flock to the annual Central Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival to see the feathered animal’s elaborate mating dance. On March 27, the Obama administration updated the lesser prairie chicken’s status to “threatened,” a step below “endangered,” after the species’ population hit record low numbers last year because its habitat has been diminished due to ranching, oil and gas drilling and the construction of wind turbines and power lines. Oklahoma, North Dakota and Kansas have filed a lawsuit challenging the decision, arguing that it will be detrimental to oil, gas and wind-energy businesses, dealing a blow to the states’ economies.

  • West African Lion

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    In January 2014, researchers found that lions in West Africa are nearly extinct, with only about 400 left altogether and about half at breeding age, according to Panthera, a non-profit that spent six years tracking them in 17 West African countries. As Philipp Henschel, co-author of the report, told the BBC, “we are talking about some of the poorest counties in the world — many governments have bigger problems than protecting lions.” Some of the last of these lions can be seen at Pendjari National Park-Biosphere Reserve in Benin.

  • Pygmy Elephant

    Pygmy elephant
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    Found on the northeastern tip of Borneo in the Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Malay peninsula, the endangered pygmy elephants are the “world’s smallest known sub-species of elephant,” according to the World Wildlife Fund. The biggest threats to their habitat are logging and the construction of palm oil plantations, which has led to confrontations between humans and elephants. This conflict was widely speculated to be the cause of 14 pygmy elephants deaths, likely caused by poisoning, that made headlines in January 2013. People who want to see them can “adopt” one through the World Wildlife Fund, which will send them photos.

  • Galápagos Penguin

    Galapagos Penguins
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    The Galápagos penguin has been listed as endangered partly because its survival is threatened by El Niño events, in which the water becomes too warm and causes food shortages. Found in the Galápagos Islands off Ecuador, it is also the only species of penguin found on the equator.

  • Snow Leopard

    Snow leopard
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    Snow leopards in the mountains of Central Asia have been recognized as an endangered species since 1972 because of poaching and the illegal trading of fur and body parts, which are used in traditional Asian medicine. Fun fact: their white and gray fur helps them blend into their natural surroundings, and they have extra-large paws to prevent them from sinking into the snow, according to the Snow Leopard Trust.

  • Humpback Whale

    Humpback whale
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    Found in the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the humpback whales that flock to breeding grounds in Hawaii belt out a 20-minute mating song that can be heard as far as 20 miles away. While they can get tangled in fishing gear and struck by ships, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the middle of reviewing a petition to remove the North Pacific population of the whales from the endangered species list because their numbers have rebounded since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago.

TIME Food & Drink

This Man Wants His Cremated Remains Put in a Mayo Jar When He Dies

He even puts mayo on peaches and bananas.

A 67-year-old man loves mayonnaise so much that he wants to be buried in a jar of it when he dies.

Larry Clinton of Bessemer City, North Carolina, told WBTV that he will put Duke’s Mayonnaise on a “bologna sandwich or banana sandwich, I put it on peaches and pears and cheese.” And he decided he wanted to be buried in a jar of the condiment while at a funeral with his daughter Teresa Clinton-Edge.

She then called Duke’s, and they made a special jar with a custom label (see it here).

“We took the basis of the label and with the swirl on the bottom and put his name in there,” Mark Sauer, Executive Vice President of Duke’s parent company C.F. Sauer, told ABC News.

He is not the first person to take an eternal love for a brand to the grave. Earlier this year, an Ohio man was buried atop his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle, while in 2008, Fredric Baur, the inventor of the original Pringles can, was buried in one when he died at 89, his eldest son told TIME.

TIME Food & Drink

Students Make a 51-Foot Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Sound nuts?

Students in California made a 51-foot peanut butter and jelly sandwich Wednesday — or National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day to some.

In two minutes and 35 seconds, ten students from Escondido Charter High School built the enormous sandwich out of 30 pounds of creamy peanut butter, 16 40-ounce jars of jelly, and 25 two-foot loaves of bread, U-T San Diego and San Diego 6 report. A local dairy company donated milk to wash it down.

The students were trying to set a Guinness World Record for longest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, according to CBS 8.

And in case you were wondering where you could get a bite, don’t bother: the students have already eaten all of it.

 

TIME viral

Teen Gets Stuck in Storm Drain Trying to Retrieve Cell Phone

She was not injured

Firefighters in Dover, England, rescued a woman who accidentally dropped her phone in a storm drain Wednesday and got stuck inside while trying to retrieve it, Kent Online reports.

The 16-year-old Ella Birchenough asked a passerby to alert her mother, who lives in a home nearby. Witness told Kent Online that she was laughing and joking the entire time.

Firefighter rescued the girl, who was”uninjured,” according to Kent Fire & Rescue Service’s website.

Do you love your phone enough to chase it down a storm drain?

(h/t Uproxx)

TIME Appreciation

Ed Sheeran Reportedly Sang to Dying Teen Moments Before She Died

In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, English singer songwriter Ed Sheeran performs in concert at the Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. Owen Sweeney / Invision / AP

The song was "Little Bird"

Ed Sheeran reportedly helped make a dying girl’s dream come true, just moments before she passed away.

Spurred by a Twitter campaign called #SongForTri, the musician called Triona Priestley, a 15-year-old teen in Dublin, Ireland who suffered from cystic fibrosis, and sang “Little Bird” to her before she drifted off into a deep sleep, The Los Angeles Times reports via Ireland’s Independent.ie and British news outlets.

According to The Daily Mail, a friend of the teen named Lucy Hanlon posted to Facebook that Sheeran’s manager got in touch with her to arrange the call, and the teen’s brother Colm confirmed to Independent.ie that she passed away shortly after she was serenaded.

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