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Burger King Franchisee of the Year Sells Huge Prize, Gives Employees Bonuses Instead

Food for thought

Burger King’s newly minted “Franchisee of the Year” sold a whopper of a prize and served up bonuses to Arizona employees, Phoenix’s 3TV reports.

The news station claims Tom Barnett of Barnett Management sold a Corvette and Rolex watch gifted by the corporate honchos, which generated enough dough to hand out $120,000 worth of bonuses to workers at roughly two dozen locations throughout the state.

“It was almost an entire month’s worth of pay for me,” Charity Callahan, who has worked at the chain for 15 years, told 3TV.

(h/t Consumerist)

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Kanye West Is Working on a Video Game

It's a tribute to his mom

Kanye West is following in the very successful footsteps of his wife, Kim Kardashian.

Over the weekend, West discussed a video game he is creating based on his recent single “Only One,” a collaboration with Paul McCartney that pays tribute to his mother Donda, who died of complications from surgery in 2007.

“It’s my mother going through the gates of heaven,” he said in a Feb. 20 interview with Power 105.1’s morning show The Breakfast Club. “We’ve been working on it for like six months.”

In a statement about the single, West said, “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter.”

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Here’s Why Emma Watson Wants to ‘Marry’ Steve Carell

She wrote a fan letter on Instagram and thanked him for supporting a cause that is important to her

Now we know why Emma Watson squashed those rumors about dating Prince Harry. She wants to “marry” actor Steve Carell. Well, figuratively speaking. The actress expressed her admiration for Carell after he sported “He For She” cufflinks at the Academy Awards on Sunday night in support of her ongoing gender equality campaign. As a way of thanks, she penned a gushing Instagram message to the actor and former Daily Show correspondent.


Patricia Arquette, who won the Best Supporting Actress trophy, also prompted a standing ovation when she called for wage equality and equal rights for women during her acceptance speech.


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TIME Family & Relationships

This Video Shows Why Being a Mom Is the Hardest Job Out There

Real talk

Toddler Ella unravels everything her mother Esther Anderson is trying to do at their Tampa, Fla., home in a video that feels like a parody of commercials for the perfect baby product. When the mom is cleaning up toys, her daughter takes another bag of play things and scatters them all over the room. When the mom is folding up clothes and putting them in the drawers, her daughter takes them all out and puts them on the floor. A mother’s work is truly never done.

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TIME Food & Drink

Your Girl Scout Cookies Might Be Late Because People Ordered Too Many Thin Mints

Sometimes, that's just the way the cookie crumbles

Demand for thin mint Girl Scout cookies is high. So high, in fact, that supplies are getting thin, so to speak — at least for one bakery that makes them.

ABC’s Good Morning America reports Little Brownie Bakers has pushed back delivery dates so it can meet the “greater than expected” demand for the chocolate-covered mint cookies, according to Girl Scouts USA.

A spokesperson for the organization also told GMA that the delays currently affect six percent of the 112 Girl Scout councils. Local councils that do not use this baker have taken to Twitter to reassure customers:


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This Chvrches Cover of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me a River’ Is Surprisingly Great

Fans and music critics love it

The Scottish electronic band Chvrches took a break from working on its next album to cover Justin Timberlake’s 2002 hit “Cry Me a River” at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge studios Thursday morning. The group’s lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry takes on the role of the former *NSYNC star.

Twitter fans already love the band’s rendition of the break-up classic:

Past pop songs performed by the group include Seal’s “Crazy,” the Arctic Monkeys song “Do I Wanna Know?” and “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac.

(h/t Pitchfork)

TIME Bizarre

This Guy Made a Snow Plow He Can Use While Sitting on the Toilet

Genius idea or loo-ney idea?

A hardware store in Bethesda, Md., demonstrated a novel way to plow snow on the street Tuesday morning after a winter storm pummeled the Washington D.C. area.

David Goldberg of Union Hardware whizzed down the street on this motorized toilet with a snow plow attached — nicknamed “Loo-cy” (it has also gone by “Loo-Cille”). He told WUSA 9 he made the contraption for the local pride parade last summer and just tacked on the snow plow recently.

No word on whether this snow plow is heading up to Boston.


TIME society

This Is the Best Beach in America

According to TripAdvisor's 2015 ranking

As temperatures drop below freezing stateside, travel website TripAdvisor has released its 2015 ranking of the best beaches in the United States and abroad. The list is determined by the quantity and quality of user reviewers and ratings posted on TripAdvisor over the last 12 months.

In America, it’s no surprise that Florida and Hawaii dominate the list:

  1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
  2. Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida
  3. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
  4. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Florida
  6. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California
  7. Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
  8. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
  9. St. Augustine Beach, Saint Augustine, Florida
  10. Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach, Florida

Outside of the United States:

1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
3. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
4. Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Cuba
5. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
6. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
7. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
8. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
9. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
10. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

TIME viral

Watch This Guy Solve a Wheel of Fortune Puzzle With Only One Letter on the Board

Pat Sajak is more than pleased

On a recent episode of the game show Wheel of Fortune, a contestant named Rufus managed to solve a puzzle with only the letter “T” on the board. The category was “event,” and the correct answer was “championship match.”

The same kind of solve happened a couple of months ago. A contestant only needed to see the letter “E” before he correctly guessed “The Lone Ranger” (the category was “character”).

Hopefully moments like these make up for all of the stupid guesses that cause host Pat Sajak to have a complete meltdown.

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TIME Food & Drink

Now You Can Pig Out on Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Crust

Little Caesars

We've reached peak bacon and that's just fine

Little Caesars is rolling out a deep-dish pizza with a crust wrapped in 3.5 feet of bacon.

Promoted with the tagline “in bacon we crust,” the pie is “an 8-corner deep dish pizza wrapped in decadent whole strips of thick-cut, crispy bacon, and then topped with pepperoni and even more chewy pieces of savory bacon goodness,” according to a news release.

And while some pizzas can be part of a healthy diet, this pizza is not one of them; each slice reportedly has 450 calories.

Little Caesars will be offering the pie from Feb. 23 through late April.

It is the latest eyebrow-raising bacon stunt at a time when there seems to be a bacon version of everything, from toothpaste to vodka to shaving cream.

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