TIME animals

This Giant Squid Will Haunt Your Dreams

Do these pictures gross you out? We had an inkling that they would


A New Zealand aquarium has shared photos of a giant squid that washed up on a beach in Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium has put the sea creature in a freezer with glass windows that is on display for visitors. The mantle is about 6.5 feet long, while the longest tentacle is about 16 feet long. Parts of it will be donated to Auckland and Otago universities for research, according to Facebook posts.


TIME Sports

‘Couple’ Smooching on Kiss Cam Spills Beer on Everyone

"Drunk in love...."

A Kiss Cam moment at the Wizards-Hawks NBA game in Atlanta Wednesday night was so hilarious that it was probably staged.

In this viral Vine, a woman pulls the man next to her into a hug and appears to deliberately pour beer onto the couple sitting in the row below them. Everyone seems to be smiling too much for the stunt to be real.

Past viral Kiss Cam stunts include the woman who “got back” at her boyfriend who wouldn’t kiss her in an ingenious way to the mascot who “intervened” in a couple’s “quarrel,” whisking away the “girlfriend.”

TIME animals

School Apologizes Over Video Showing Students Playing With Dead Cats

The video went viral after PETA shared it


An Oklahoma school apologized Wednesday after a video circulating on social media showed students holding up dead cats and making it look like they were dancing when they were supposed to be dissecting the specimens in a biology class.

The clip was filmed in fall 2013, but went viral this week after the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shared it on social media.

“We agree that animals should be treated and handled with respect and dignity, a standard that was not upheld in this instance,” Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City said in a statement on the school’s website.

TIME society

Hero Professor Soothes Crying Baby During Class, Keeps Teaching Like Nothing Happened

A photo of the sweet moment is going viral

When a student’s baby boy started crying in class, the professor picked up the child, soothed it and continued his lecture on organizational behavior with the babe in his arms.

A photo of this hero professor Sydney Engelberg, a grandfather of five who teaches at Hebrew University, was uploaded to Facebook by his daughter Sarit Fishbaine, with the message “That’s what I call “organizational behavior”!” Since it was first posted on May 11, it has racked up nearly 50,000 “likes,” 4,400 shares and an influx of “love letters,” his wife Fredi Siskind Engelberg told Yahoo’s Parenting section.


See How a 911 Operator’s Good Deed Helped a Struggling Man

Marilyn Hinson brought over groceries

When a hungry, elderly North Carolina man called 911 because he didn’t feel well enough to go buy food, one of the operators personally delivered groceries to him, reports ABC 11 Eyewitness News (WTVD).

“I can’t get out of my damn chair,” the recently hospitalized 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon of Fayetteville, N.C., told 911 operator Marilyn Hinson, according to the news station. He asked if someone could bring him a head of cabbage, cans of beans and beets, popcorn, tomato juice and a soft drink. Hinson not only brought him groceries, but also made him ham sandwiches to save for later.

ABC 11 Eyewitness News (WTVD) reports a home health aide will be coming by to help him keep the refrigerator stocked in the future.

TIME animals

This Bird’s Villainous Cackle Is the Stuff of Nightmares


A video going viral on Reddit appears to show a bird cackling like a “super villain.”

Some experts say talking birds mimic sounds they find appealing, and parrots may rely on their strong memories to get the hang of something after a single listen. Parrots may use “vocal imitation” to attract a mate or find one another in a crowd. As Michael Schindlinger, an assistant professor of biology at Lesley University, wrote in Scientific American, “Maybe this is the best reason for these parrots to imitate: to better command the attention of a potential listener by producing sounds for which the listener already has a memory.”

TIME celebrity

Watch Prince Harry Do a Traditional Haka Dance in New Zealand

The visiting royal had 20 minutes to learn the moves

Prince Harry performed a haka, a traditional dance and war chant native to New Zealand’s Maori people, with soldiers at the Linton Military Camp, a major military base near Palmerston North on Wednesday.

AFP reports that the royal, decked out in military fatigues, only had about 20 minutes to learn the moves—which involve a lot of foot stamping and chest grabbing. The All Blacks rugby team can usually be seen doing the ancestral tribute before a match.

On past trips, Prince Harry has performed a traditional Lesotho dance with deaf children in South Africa, boogied down to Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jamaica in support of the Rise Life charity, and grooved to Katy Perry’s “Firework” with children in Chile who have mental and physical disabilities.

TIME viral

Here’s Proof That Pitch Perfect Totally Overuses the ‘Aca’ Joke

Needless to say, the satirists do not think the movie is "aca-awesome"


YouTube channel “ScreenJunkies,” which makes brutally honest parodies of movies in the form of trailers, has released one for Pitch Perfect, which the narrator sarcastically hails as “the best film of all-time about making noises with your mouth.”

It describes the campus in the film as a “fantasy version of college” where “the students actually like and respect a cappella groups.” While the movie’s fans love Anna Kendrick’s outsider character, the Internet jokesters describe her as the kind of person one wouldn’t want to be around in real life—someone who doesn’t like to work, doesn’t like movies, doesn’t like it when guys flirt with her, and doesn’t like that her dad pays for college.

And it slams the way the characters use the first few letters of the word a cappella to describe everything: “aca-nough, aca-stop it,” the narrator says.

TIME cities

These Are the 9 Best Cities for Biking to Work

They have more than just bike lanes

In honor of National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, TIME rounded up the best U.S. cities for people who want to commute by bicycle. Many of these cycling-friendly cities have special bike lanes that are protected from traffic, and they also boast bike-sharing systems, plenty of parking spots for bikes, active bike lobbies and mayors committed to enacting policies that make bicycling safer and easier.

To find out which cities to include, TIME asked three veteran bicycle policy advocates: Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists—believed to be the nation’s oldest bicycle advocacy organization—Jim Sayer, executive director of the Adventure Cycling Association, and Tim Blumenthal, president of PeopleForBikes.

  • Portland, Ore.

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    Clarke from the League of American Bicyclists praises the city with the highest percentage of bike commuters among the largest 70 U.S. cities (almost 6%) for painting bike lanes green and “reorganizing intersections” over the years to make it safe for bikers to get onto key bridges that span the Willamette River. On the Hawthorne Bridge, for example, sidewalks were made wider to accommodate bike lanes, while a running “Bicycle Counter” helps the city monitor bike traffic so it can make improvements. Sayler from the Adventure Cycling Association also points out that apartment buildings promote bike parking spots to attract residents, while local businesses do the same to draw in customers.

  • Washington, D.C.

    The Best Cities to Bike In - Washington, D.C.
    Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images A bicyclist stops to look up at the cherry trees as they blossom around the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington on April 10, 2015.

    The first jurisdiction in North America to start a bike-sharing program boasts the second largest percentage of bike commuters (4.5%) among the largest 70 U.S. cities and stands out because it has made bikes easily available and installed a protected bike lane along Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Capitol, said Clarke, from the League of American Bicyclists. In fact, Capital Bikeshare station docks or corrals for returning bikes have been getting so full in downtown D.C. in the mornings that, starting this week, riders will be able to hand their bikes to attendants rather than walk until they see an open dock.

  • San Francisco

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    The Bay Area stands out for the way its mass transit system accommodates bicyclists, argues Sayer from the Adventure Cycling Association. Bikes are allowed on BART trains, stations have bike racks and lockers, and the Caltrain has bike cars.

  • Minneapolis

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    The city has “great bike paths and bike lanes that are well-marked, interconnected, and scenic,” said Blumenthal from PeopleForBikes. “One of the great ways to commute by bike in the country” is the Midtown Greenway, a former rail line that was converted into a bike path with multiple entry points and runs through the heart of the city.

  • Philadelphia

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    Matt Rourke—AP Azephra Hamilton helps stage Philadelphia's bike share bicycles ahead of their inaugural ride Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Philadelphia. The city's bike share program is set to launch Thursday and Independence Blue Cross is the title sponsor of the program dubbed "Indego." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Its bike-share program just launched in April 2015, but already it is being touted as the most egalitarian one in the country because it does not require a credit or debit card to purchase a membership. “It’s serving all neighborhoods, not just the most affluent ones, making bike riding more available to people without a lot of resources,” said Blumenthal from PeopleForBikes.

  • Davis, Calif.

    A bicyclist rides west on the bike trail which parallels Russell Boulevard in Davis, Calif., on June 30, 2010.
    Randy Pench—Sacramento Bee/MCT/Getty Images A bicyclist rides west on the bike trail which parallels Russell Boulevard in Davis, Calif., on June 30, 2010.

    At 24.5%, the Northern California city boasts the highest percentage of residents biking to work in the country and is famous for pioneering bike lanes, which were initially implemented as an experiment in 1967. Today, the home of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame maintains 100 miles of bike lanes and paths, and at the University of California, Davis, cars and university buses come to a halt on campus at the top of the hour to make way for all of the students and faculty members who bike to and from classes.

  • Boulder, Colo.

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    There are bike lanes with concrete curbs and 75 underpasses ideal for bikers nervous about riding next to cars. As part of a transportation policy adopted in 1989, “the city has constructed an average of one mile of off-street paths, half a mile of on-street bicycle lanes, and two underpasses each year,” according to Boulder’s website.

  • Seattle

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    In addition to offering a bike-sharing program, Seattle also recently installed a bicycle lane on Second Avenue designated by plastic posts. These efforts, and others like harsher penalties for motorists who hit bicyclists, are said to be a result of tireless lobbying by the Seattle-based nonprofit Cascade Bicycle Club, one of the largest bicycle clubs. The club has about 16,000 members and organizes the Pacific Northwest’s top bicycling events.

  • Chicago

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    Because of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pledge to provide “a bicycle accommodation within [a] half-mile of every Chicagoan” by 2020, there are already 200 miles of “on-street, protected, buffered and shared bike lanes,” even in the toughest areas to bike, like the center of the city.

TIME society

This Woman Was Born to Be on Wheel of Fortune

She took home so many of the best prizes


A Connecticut woman was on a roll during a Wheel of Fortune appearance Monday night.

In just a few minutes, Shannon Buganski landed on the $10,000 spot and two “½ Car” spots, winning a car and a trip to Italy. In the end, she cleaned up with $86,368 in cash prizes—one of the larger hauls in show history, a spokesperson told The Hartford Courant.

She told the newspaper she would be using the winnings to pay her bills.

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