TIME politics

Watch President Obama Take Over ‘The Word’ on The Colbert Report

It's hilarious

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President Barack Obama got a lot of laughs Monday night when he hosted Stephen Colbert’s popular segment “The Word” on The Colbert Report.

Re-branding “The Word” as “The Decree,” the commander-in-chief launched into a health care-themed monologue, while words and phrases making fun of him and his opponents appeared on the right side of the screen.

For example, when he said, “There are things that people from both parties actually like about Obamacare,” the phrase “Everything but the ‘Obama'” showed up. Memorable asides gave hypothetical health care plans designed by Republican congressional leaders new names like “Fracking the elderly?” and “Walk-It-Off.gov.”

But the President cracked up the crowd the most when he said, “Young people don’t watch real news shows like this one. They watch comedy shows, and I just don’t see the President going on one of those. They’re beneath his dignity,” while the phrase, “but above his approval rating” flashed across the screen.

Afterwards, Obama sat down with Colbert, and you can read more about that interview here.

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TIME viral

Watch a Little Girl Stand Up to Gaston From Beauty and the Beast at Disney World

A reality check for the fairytale character

In a clip called “Little Girl Puts Gaston In His Place,” YouTube user JonasAlmostFamous claims she captured little girl Isabella putting Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston in his place, in front of his tavern at Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland in Florida.

Watch the character rattle off a series of insults: “I don’t know where this girl came from, but somebody needs to put her back in the kitchen right now” and “go ahead, smile like you’re making me a sandwich” and “no more thinking for you, you’ve already done enough of that.”

The youngster responds to those “beastly” comments, shouting that he won’t get Belle, and adding, “The beast just turned into a prince and he’s stronger than you… You don’t know what you’re doing!”

The Gaston figure concedes at the end, “I’ve been outdone by a girl!”

And everyone lived happily ever after (we think). The End.

TIME viral

Watch Oxford University’s All-Male A Cappella Group Sing ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’

They don't want a lot for Christmas... just your money for charity

Out of the Blue (OOTB), Oxford University’s all-male a cappella group, has released a cover of Mariah Carey’s holiday hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and a music video filmed at the historic school’s Bodleian Library and Divinity School.

Proceeds from purchases of the single will be donated to the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults.

The group claims its cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” released over the summer, raised more than £10,000 ($15,700) for the charity. It also boasts more than 5.1 million views so far—thanks to some Twitter encouragement from the Colombian pop star herself.

TIME Internet

Listen to Marvel’s Avengers Sing Christmas Carols

Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy also makes an appearance

Here is a viral mashup that is sure to get Comic Con fans into the holiday spirit. Video editor James Covenant edited together movie clips from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise to make it look like “Joy to the World” was being sung by the Avengers cast and “Jingle Bells” was being sung by Groot, the giant, tree-like extraterrestrial being from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Around this time last year, he edited footage from Star Trek to make it look like Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) was singing “Let It Snow.”

(h/t Laughing Squid)

TIME celebrity

Watch Elton John Fall Out of a Chair From More Than One Angle

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Jordan Mansfield—Getty Images

At a tennis match

Renowned singer-songwriter Sir Elton John is going viral after video emerged showing him falling out of his chair at a charity tennis game on Sunday. (Don’t worry, he seems to be fine.)

Another angle:

He was co-hosting the event, Mylan WTT Smash Hits (World Team Tennis), with tennis legend Billie Jean King at Royal Albert Hall in London to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Other tennis greats, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Kim Clijsters, were also in attendance. They may have better luck with their seats, though.

TIME Food & Drink

This Pizza Hut Crust Made Out of Doritos Is the Ultimate Snack Mashup

Looks like a dream come true

Say hello to the Doritos Crunch Crust Pizza! #pizzahutcrunch #dinner #pizza #doritos

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Pizza Hut Australia recently debuted a “Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza,” which — you guessed it — is pizza crust topped with Doritos, with a layer of mozzarella cheese holding everything together.

The chain is promoting it with a short commercial reminiscent of Apple’s over-the-top product announcements:

Is the photo of this decadent meal making you drool? If you don’t live in Australia, you could probably recreate a similar meal by dumping a bag of Doritos over any pizza pie — and maybe wash it down with Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew, if you really have no shame.

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TIME animals

The 11 Most Influential Animals of 2014

Here are the animal stories that defined the year and sparked the most discussion and debate.

  • 11. Giant Green Anaconda

    Discovery Channel
    Paul Rosolie is seen with an anaconda. Discovery Channel

    Eaten Alive doesn’t air on the Discovery Channel until Dec. 7, but PETA already started protesting it a month ago. For the special, naturalist and author Paul Rosolie is supposed to be “consumed” in some way by a giant green anaconda while wearing a “snake-proof” suit built to withstand the anaconda’s natural constriction. In a statement, PETA argued Discovery “tormented” the reptile for ratings. Rosolie told EW he hopes the stunt, which took 60 days to film over the summer, will raise awareness about conserving the Amazon rainforest.

  • 10. Westminster Best in Show Winner

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    Sky the Wire Fox Terrier is seen at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014. Ben Hider—USA Network/NBC/Getty Images

    Sky, a wire fox terrier, was named “best in show” at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Feb. 11. The victory speaks to the pedigree of the breed, which has won the honor 14 times, more than any other breed.

  • 9. Tortoises With iPads

    On Aug. 9, the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado premiered “Moving Ghost Towns,” an exhibit by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang featuring three African sulcata tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs that played video footage of abandoned areas. While the curators said the tortoises are supposed to symbolize longevity in Chinese culture, animal rights advocates said the iPads attached to their backs were symbols of animal cruelty and in “bad taste.” A petition racking up more than 18,000 signatures, plus inclement weather, forced the museum to transfer the reptiles to a conservation area.

  • 8. World Cup Animals

    The armadillo called Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches the soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16, at the zoo in the western city of Muenster
    This armadillo named Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches the soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16, at the zoo in Muenster, Germany on June 13, 2014. Ina Fassbender—Reuters

    “Psychic” animals at zoos and aquariums worldwide “predicted” 2014 World Cup games by gravitating toward a ball or box of food with stickers of different countries’ flags. Oracles included an elephant, lions, donkeys, penguins, an armadillo, a loggerhead turtle and dolphin. Bob, a sloth at the Toronto zoo, correctly “predicted” Germany would beat Argentina in the final, but no single animal became a household name as the late Paul the Octopus did for his 2010 World Cup predictions.

    Correction appended, December 8, 2014: The original version of this article misstated Germany’s opponent in the final match of the 2014 World Cup. It was Argentina.

  • 7. Tara the ‘Hero Cat’

    Surveillance video shows a cat named Tara chasing off a dog that was harassing her human, four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo, in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 13. The story went viral after the boy’s family uploaded the footage to YouTube (more than 23 million views to date), and Scrappy, the eight-month-old labrador-chow mix, was put down. Lauded as “The Hero Cat,” the feline was invited to “throw” the first pitch during a minor league baseball game, and Kern County declared June 3, 2014, as “Tara ‘The Hero Cat’ Day.”

  • 6. Jiff

    Guinness World Records

    Jiff, a Pomeranian known for his cameo in Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video and for being Kesha’s “new boyfriend,” became the fastest dog on two paws. He set world records for fastest 10 meters on hind legs (6.56 seconds) and fastest 5 meters on front paws (7.76 seconds) at an Illinois kennel in September.

  • 5. California Chrome

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    Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky, May 3, 2014 Morry Gash—AP

    On May 3, California Chrome became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. Bred off a $10,000 investment, Chrome was off to the races, set to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, but he finished tied for fourth at the Belmont Stakes in June.

  • 4. Giant Panda Triplets

    Panda triplet cubs on display to celebrate their 100-day milestone at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province, November 5, 2014 AP

    Rare giant panda triplets born July 29 at China’s Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou made their public debut at the beginning of November after reaching a 100-day milestone. Their mother Ju Xiao, impregnated with sperm from a panda at a Guangzhou zoo in March, gave birth to the two male and one female cubs — reportedly the fourth set of panda triplets born through an artificial breeding program. This set is believed to be the first known to survive.

  • 3. Marius the Giraffe

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    Marius the Giraffe is seen at the Copenhagen Zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark on Feb. 7, 2014. Keld Navntoft—AFP/Getty Images

    The Copenhagen Zoo outraged animal lovers when it euthanized a two-year-old giraffe named Marius on Feb. 9, performing the autopsy and feeding his remains to lions as children looked on. While it’s not uncommon for culls to take place at zoos to prevent inbreeding, doing it so publicly may have been uncharacteristic, arguably sparking numerous petitions to save Marius, death threats and calls for boycotts of the zoo, TIME reported. Defending the decision, the zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst told TIME, “If we’re serious about science, we can’t be led by emotion.”

  • 2. Marnie the Dog

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    Marnie the dog attends Small Business Saturday Night at Warm Boutique on November 29, 2014 in New York City. Craig Barritt—Getty Images

    Marnie, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu rescue with a tilted head and an outstretched tongue, only pounced onto the viral scene six months ago, but already boasts nearly 700,000 Instagram followers and photo ops with James Franco, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Demi Lovato. Based in New York City, this rising star is the Internet celebrity to watch in 2015.

  • 1. Grumpy Cat

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    Grumpy Cat appears on NBC News' "Today" show on Nov. 24, 2014. Peter Kramer—NBC/Getty Images

    Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) tops the list for the second year in a row. While most of the animals on this list have already had their 15 minutes of fame, Grumpy Cat’s permanent frown (caused by feline dwarfism) is still making the Internet smile two years after her photo went viral. With the help of Ben Lashes (aka, the ‘world’s first meme manager’) she has gone from Reddit to red carpet—hamming it up at the MTV Movie Awards with a miniature version of Pharrell’s infamous brown hat (ironically, of course), posing with Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez on American Idol, and “hosting” an episode of WWE Raw. Now boasting corporate sponsorship, two books, a toy line, coffee brand (“Grumppuchino”), a Lifetime movie, and a possible Hollywood movie deal, she won’t be going away anytime soon. After all, she’s supposed to have nine lives, right?

TIME politics

Watch Obama Break Out His Best Dad Dance Moves With Santa

Clearly the President is being a good sport to make sure he gets on Santa's "nice" list

During the National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Thursday night, President Barack Obama attempted to keep things light by breaking it down with Santa Claus. He gave ‘ol Saint Nick an enthusiastic high-five, and then the President started grooving, basically moving his hands, which were in a thumbs-up position, from side to side, before dancing his way off the stage.

At one point, you can even see Santa saying something to the President. Maybe it was in response to Obama’s Christmas list, which we imagine is made up of requests like more bipartisan cooperation in Congress, or coal in the stockings of those who have challenged his authority.

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TIME Internet

This Is the Only Mashup You Need to Hear of 2014’s Best Songs

Taylor Swift seems to dominates the 2014 version of this annual mix

DJ Earworm, an Internet celebrity known for mashing up pop music, has uploaded the 2014 version of his annual mix of the year’s 25 most popular songs in the U.S., “The United State of Pop (Do What You Wanna Do).” Taylor Swift seems to get the most play, and you can detect a few seconds of “Let It Go” from Frozen.

See if you can recognize them all, and if you can’t, then the full list of songs is in the description of the video on YouTube.

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Top 10 Worst Songs of 2014

Top 10 Best Songs of 2014

 

TIME celebrity

Watch James Franco and Seth Rogen Make Korean BBQ Lasagna

They're promoting their upcoming film with the folks from the 'Epic Meal Time' YouTube series

James Franco and Seth Rogen have teamed up to make a Korean BBQ lasagna with Epic Meal Time, a YouTube channel known for creating food mashup monstrosities like Four Loko-infused chili and sushi made out of fast food burgers. Warning: watching them make this “lasagna”—a recipe that also includes french fries—may make you lose your appetite for lunch.

The stunt is a promotion for their upcoming film The Interview, in which the comedians fly to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong Un and are recruited by the CIA as assassins.

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