TIME animals

Cheetah and Dog BFFs Celebrate Their First Birthday With a Giant Popsicle

Cathy Burkey / Dallas Zoo

Paws-itively precious.

The Dallas Zoo hosted a first birthday party for its cheetah Winspear and black labrador Amani. Born three days apart, the two animals have been inseparable since they were two months old. To stay cool in the Texas heat, the two savored a red-white-and-blue popsicle made of “30 gallons of water, 2% milk, and low-sodium chicken broth for flavoring.”

Cathy Burkey / Dallas Zoo

(h/t Dallas News)

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TIME Science

WATCH: 20 Misconceptions About Sex

This video should arouse interest

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In this video produced by Mental Floss, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and author of Don’t Put That There! And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked, explains why “bigger breasts are not less sensitive” and “sex is not great exercise.” He also says women cheat as much as men and that it is not true that men are attracted to blondes more than brunettes. And in case you were wondering, dead males cannot develop erections.

Consider the 11-minute episode a crash course in sex research before the second season of Masters of Sex, the show about pioneering sex researchers Masters and Johnson, premieres on Showtime Sunday, July 13.

(h/t Digg)

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Man Finds Venomous Snake Slithering Out of Office Toilet

Not an April Fools Day gag

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Ever been tempted to prank a colleague with a rubber snake on April Fools Day? Turns out an Alabama construction worker found a real snake crawling out of his office’s toilet over the weekend, WBRC reports.

A member of the Hueytown Police Department grabbed the snake, believed to be a cottonmouth, and then drove to a place where she could “release it into the wild.”

It could have been worse. A Texas woman found a 12-foot African rock python hugging the toilet in her bathroom a couple of months ago.

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TIME Science

Doctors Say Justin Bieber Could Save Lives

Justin Bieber performs at his 'My World Tour' at Nokia Live on July 20, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Dermatologists argue boys who sport these bangs to look like the pop star tend to have fewer freckles on their foreheads – a risk factor for skin cancer

While some shake their heads at Justin Bieber’s recent antics, dermatologists say his biggest lapse in judgment was nixing the bangs.

An editorial in the July 2014 issue of JAMA Pediatrics (the Journal of the American Medical Association) touts the photoprotective effect of the bowl cut and bangs that sweep across the forehead, arguing young boys sporting this hairstyle to look more like Bieber seem to develop fewer freckles on the forehead — signs of skin damage and a risk factor for skin cancer.

“For the past few years, we have embraced this hairstyle in our teenage patient population to encourage discussion of sun protective measures,” write Crystal Agi and Bernard Cohen, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital.”It is believed that the majority of an individual’s lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence, making diligent sun protection during these years critical.”

The best part: The doctors are billing this outlook as the new “Big Bang Theory.”

(h/t New York Daily News)

TIME Family

Guy’s Grandma Hated His Beard So He Shaved It For Her 100th Birthday

She's so excited

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Copywriter Scott Cleveland had been sporting a beard for the last four years, and his grandmother hated the look. He promised he would shave it for her 100th birthday. Watch her applaud him as he shaves it.

(h/t Reddit)

TIME Science

Don a Poo-Shaped Hat and Go Down a Toilet Slide at This Weird Museum Exhibit

The Japanese exhibit hopes to raise awareness about a crappy issue

A new exhibit hopes to remove the taboo of “potty talk” — or flush it away — to raise awareness about pressing sewage disposal issues worldwide, as the UN estimates 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to proper sanitation.

People who visit The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo don hats shaped like poop and go down a slide inside a giant toilet that is supposed to simulate the journey of human excrement. Models of different toilets around the globe are also on display.

As one visitor summed up the show’s draw, “It’s not every day that you can become feces.”

The exhibit is open until Oct. 5.

TIME Internet

Seinfeld Emojis Are Here to Enhance Your Conversations About Nothing

In the 'The Puffy Shirt' episode, Jason Alexander as George Costanza (left) and Jerry Seinfeld as himself. lan Singer / NBCU Photo Bank – Getty Images

Maybe they will help people understand the "low talkers" better.

Ever try to make a joke about Seinfeld and then have to spend so much time setting up the episode before you get to the point of your story? Now, you can just type one key on your phone — like the “puffy shirt” — to make the reference.

Created by Seinfeld 2000, a Twitter account that imagines Seinfeld plot lines in the 21st century, the emojis below cannot actually be incorporated in your phone’s keyboard, but fans will still get a kick out of browsing the site.

Get the hang of using them if Emojli, the emoji-only social network, ever comes out.

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TIME Family

This Kid Is Not Impressed With a Surprise Trip to Disney World

Someone doesn't like surprises

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This dad and his wife thought they were the best parents ever for surprising their kids with a trip to Disney World. One of them is thrilled and starts screaming, while the little boy starts to sob and yell “I don’t want to.”

Usually these stunts are successful. Tears of joy, however, are seen in this 2011 video of a girl whose mom surprised her with a trip to Disneyland that has racked up close to 6 million views.

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TIME Family

This Video of an 88-Year-Old Grandpa Doing a Back Flip Off a Diving Board Will Make You Feel Forever Young

Terrifyingly awesome

If you watched the 41st President George H.W. Bush go skydiving on his 90th birthday, then you should watch this 88-year-old grandfather do a backflip off a diving board.

“Everyone thought he would simply jump off,” WUSA producer Joanie Vasiliadis wrote about this feat by her Uncle Nick, who also regularly plays piano and goes dancing. Her sister Charlee Vasiliadis uploaded the video to Instagram.

We are with this man in spirit, especially during these summer heat waves.

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These Are The Most Popular Baby Names of 2014 (So Far)

Khaleesi refers to the title belonging to Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Macall B. Polay – HBO

According to Nameberry, a baby names website

Imogen is the most popular baby name for girls while Asher is the most popular name for boys in a list of the top 100 baby names released by baby names database Nameberry.com.

Nameberry co-founder Pamela Redmond Satran wrote in a blog post, “The 2014 popular baby names list is based on the number of views each name attracted on Nameberry, out of a total of more than 100 million page views, for the first half of the year.” New names on this list are from hit TV and movie franchises: Khaleesi from Game of Thrones (18) and Elsa from Frozen (88).

Here is the top 10 (full list here):

Girls

1. Imogen
2. Charlotte
3. Isla
4. Cora
5. Penelope
6. Violet
7. Amelia
8. Eleanor
9. Harper
10. Claire

Boys

1. Asher
2. Declan
3. Atticus
4. Finn
5. Oliver
6. Henry
7. Silas
8. Jasper
9. Milo
10. Jude

You can also see how baby names will rise and fall in popularity in the future using this TIME tool. For instance, it predicts Asher, the top boy name in this Nameberry list, “last peaked in 2013″ and “will decline as a baby name every year from now through 2032.”

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