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BBC Aired Robin Williams Family Guy Episode as News Broke of His Death

Public broadcaster said the scheduling of the episode, which features a suicide attempt, was an "uncanny coincidence"

A British TV channel aired a Robin Williams-themed episode of Family Guy Monday night that features a suicide attempt, just as news broke of the 63-year-old comedian’s apparent suicide, Yahoo UK reports.

In the “Viewer Mail #2″ (season 10, episode 22), shown on BBC 3 Monday night, Peter Griffin is outraged by a roast of Robin Williams on TV that he thinks is too mean. After declaring, “I wish everyone was Robin Williams,” he gets struck by lightning and then wakes up from a coma with the power to turn everyone he touches into Robin Williams.

But he becomes overwhelmed by the number of Robin Williamses in the world and tries to kill himself by jumping off a cliff, landing on Mrs. Doubtfire. One of the next scenes shows Peter Griffin with his hands cut off, his way of finally trying to get rid of the superpower.

Twitter and Reddit users balked at the airing of the show on the same evening as Williams’ death was announced:

But the BBC said the show’s airing had not been intentional. “It was scheduled more than two weeks ago so it is just an uncanny coincidence,” a BBC spokesperson told Yahoo UK.

The episode, which had aired on the channel more than once in the past, will not be shown for a second time on Friday as was initially planned.

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8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Robin Williams

Robin Williams, left, and Christopher Reeve, attempt to hail a taxicab in New York City on Feb. 9, 1981. Williams went to see Reeve, who is appearing in the play "The Fifth of July", backstage after his performance Friday night. Steve Sands – AP

From his favorite video games to the story behind his Picasso painting

In light of the death of Academy Award–winning actor Robin Williams at age 63, NewsFeed rounds up some fun tidbits you might not have known about the comedic genius.

• He was a gamer. During a Reddit AMA in September 2013, a Redditor asked him if he named his daughter Zelda after the video game The Legend of Zelda. Williams said, “It wasn’t actually me, it was my son Zachary who came up with the idea. But once Marsha [his ex-wife] and I heard it, we said it was great.” Williams also said he’s been playing Call of Duty, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Portal and Battlestations Pacific.

• During that same discussion, Williams said his favorite celebrity to impersonate is Jack Nicholson, while Dana Carvey did his favorite celebrity impersonation of himself.

• Williams’ favorite book growing up was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

• Christopher Reeve was Williams’ roommate and best friend at Juilliard. The comedian was the first person who made the Superman actor laugh a few days after he was paralyzed in a riding accident. ”He announced that he was a proctologist and had to examine me immediately,” Reeve wrote in his memoir Still Me, according to a New York Times review. “And for the first time since the accident I laughed.”

• Williams got angry with Disney for using his voice as the Genie in Aladdin to sell merchandise for the movie because “I don’t want to sell stuff. It’s the one thing I won’t do,” he told New York magazine. Disney attempted to make up for it by sending him a Picasso painting, believed to be worth $1 million, in which the artist imagined himself as Vincent van Gogh.

• When Williams was first starting out, he performed as a mime outside New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to make money.

• Williams owned a vineyard in California, which, he joked in a TIME “10 Questions” interview, is “weird,” like “Gandhi owning a delicatessen.”

• In a 1979 TIME cover on his rise to fame as Mork in ABC’s Mork & Mindy, Williams said he was going to stick to driving his 1966 Land Rover as opposed to a flashier car like a Mercedes or a Rolls-Royce because “I can’t deal with new cars. I like a car that’s like me — you never know what’s going to happen next.”

 

 

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Two-Headed Dolphin Found Dead on Beach in Turkey

This photo of a conjoined dolphin was taken by gym teacher Tugrul Metin, while he was vacationing during the first few days of August 2014, in the Aegean Sea coastal town of Dikili, Turkey Tugrul Metin—AP

A rare occurrence, marine biologists told Turkish media

A corpse that appears to belong to a two-headed dolphin calf washed up on a beach in Turkey, the Associated Press reports.

Tugrul Metin, a gym teacher, was on vacation when he found the conjoined cetacean on a beach in Dikili, which is near the Aegean city of Izmir.

Marine biologist Mehmet Gokoglu called the incident rare, AP reports, and that the dolphin will be studied by researchers at Akdeniz University.

PHOTO: Here Is a Crocodile Eats a Shark

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Apparently, There’s an Auto-Tune Remix of the Interview with ‘Apparently Kid’

This was inevitable

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Last week at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania, a five-year-old boy named Noah Ritter took the mic from WNEP anchor Sofia Ojeda and won over the Internet with the way he said “apparently” after every word in his reaction to the rides and his explanation of why he doesn’t watch the news a lot.

Now The Gregory Brothers, the YouTube channel famous for auto-tuning news sound bytes that go viral, have remixed the clip that now boasts nearly 12 million views since it was uploaded Aug. 4. The YouTube parodies are in full force, including one of a grown man doing a dramatic reenactment of Ritter’s interview.

In an interview with the Today show, the five-year-old said his newfound viral fame feels like “a thousand drops of heaven.”

(h/t Digg)

TIME viral

This Baby’s Mind Is Completely Blown By a Remote Control

He is probably as confused about what all of the buttons do as we are

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Watch this baby look completely perplexed and petrified whenever a remote control is held up in front of his face. When the gadget is moved away, the tot instantly calms down as if nothing ever happened. Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” is playing in the background, which is ironic because, as you can see from the baby’s face, he doesn’t seem to want to be anywhere near the device.

Although, in all fairness, remote controls have so many buttons these days that most adults are still confused about how all of them work – especially when they hit a wrong button, accidentally switch off the system, and are desperately trying to figure out how to get their TV or movie back on the screen.

This youngster’s frightened expression also reminds us of the 2011 YouTube video boasting over 56 million views that shows a baby looking absolutely terrified whenever his mother blows her nose. Refresh your memory of that viral clip below:

WATCH: Adorable 5-Year-Old Really Doesn’t Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up

WATCH: Baby Stops Crying When Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Is Playing

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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Kim Kardashian Is Publishing a Book of Selfies

Universe

The selfie-titled book is due out next spring

Kim Kardashian is coming out with a book of selfies called Selfish. The 352-page hardcover ($19.95) will be published in April 0f 2015, by the Universe imprint of the renowned art bookseller Rizzoli, E! reports.

During an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the 33-year-old reality TV star said she got the idea from a “sexy” Polaroid photo book she gave hubby Kanye West for Valentine’s Day. “It ended up turning out so cool that we come up with this idea to do a book, a selfie book,” she says. “And so, I’m going to make some super-racy. I mean every girl takes full pictures of their a** in the mirror…I might share some of them.” (For background, see the viral one she posted last fall to show her fans how her backside looked after giving birth to North West.)

That means you can probably expect most of the book’s 352 pages to be filled with selfies like this one she posted a week ago featuring Kanye lying in bed with the caption “Side chicks be like….”

And in addition to the risqué ones, will she publish the selfies that she risked her life taking? Like that time she got “attacked” by an elephant mid-selfie in Thailand? (Well, technically, the elephant was just trying to “kiss her back,” she joked at the time.)

 

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Crocodile, Whatcha Eating? Oh, Just a SHARK!

Five Metre Crocodile Attacks Bull Shark
Andrew Paice—Getty Images

Shark Attack-ed!

A dad on a family vacation snapped this photo of an approximately 18-foot crocodile chowing down on a live bull shark in Kakadu’s Adelaide River on August 5, 2014, in Australia’s Northern Territory.

“The crocodile forced the bull shark into the mangroves and devoured the bull shark,” according to the Getty Images description of the photo taken by Andrew Paice, 43, who was on a wildlife cruise with his partner and seven-year-old daughter, the AFP reports.

Believed to be 80 years old, this massive crocodile named Brutus has been a tourist attraction, especially after it reportedly went viral in 2011, thanks to a photo of the reptile leaping out of the water to devour a hunk of kangaroo meat that a tour guide dangled from a stick.

Hopefully the shark population will be able to salvage its reputation as killer beast when Shark Week starts up again on August 10.

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Meet James Corden, the Rumored New Host of The Late Late Show

A 2-minute video primer on the British comedian who's rumored to take over The Late Late Show

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British comedian James Corden is the frontrunner to replace Craig Ferguson as the host of The Late Late Show on CBS, EW reports.

This two-minute video mashup highlights some of TV shows he has appeared in, from Doctor Who to The Wrong Mans.

The funnyman has also starred in One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway, as a guy who finds himself working for two bosses simultaneously; for that, he won a Tony Award for best leading actor in a play, and the video caps off with his emotional acceptance speech at the 2012 ceremony.

And you can catch him on the big screen this summer in Begin Again and the upcoming modern adaptation of Into the Woods due out Christmas Day.

 

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Weird Al at the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Maybe!

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The creator says he submitted the petition when he was drunk

Want “Weird Al” Yankovic to play this year’s Super Bowl halftime show? Of course you do — and you’re not alone. More than 5,400 people have signed a Change.org petition to get the satirical songster the big gig.

“The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany,” according to the website’s description of the petition. “The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”

The campaign’s organizer, a user named Ed Ball from Washington state, wrote an update on the website saying he was surprised at how fast the idea took off after he “drunkingly submitted” the petition.

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People Apparently Called the Police Because Facebook Went Down

According to amusing tweets from a sergeant with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

If you freaked out about Facebook going down earlier today, we hope your next call wasn’t 911. Sounds obvious, right? Apparently not to everyone, according to these tweets from Sergeant Burton Brink of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

Add this incident to the list of inappropriate times to call the police – from the British woman who called 999 because the ice cream man didn’t put enough sprinkles on her ice cream to the Florida woman who called 911 because she claimed a restaurant served her undercooked waffles.

LIST: Top 10 Non-Emergency 911 Calls

MORE: Woman Calls Police Because There Aren’t Enough Sprinkles on Her Ice Cream

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