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Kylie Jenner Weighs In on the #KylieJennerChallenge

"I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF"

Kylie Jenner from Keeping Up With the Kardashians urged fans to be themselves Tuesday afternoon in light of the viral hashtag #KylieJennerChallenge. Teens are posting photos of themselves sticking their lips in small glass containers and sucking as hard as possible in an attempt to mimic the reality TV star’s signature pout.

Doctors warn that such “DIY plumping” can cause swelling, bruising, infections and permanent disfigurement.

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Watch Courteney Cox Almost Fail at Friends Trivia on Ellen

See how much she remembers

Ellen DeGeneres quizzed Courteney Cox, (aka Monica on Friends) about the hit TV show as part of a promotion for the Friends-themed version of the party game app “Heads Up!”

Cox appears nervous in the beginning, exclaiming, “I won’t remember!” For the most part, she aces the test, but she does struggle to remember the word Ross shouts as the friends help him move his new couch up the stairs to his apartment (“Pivot!”) and “Ugly Naked Guy, the neighbor across the street who always walks around naked in front of his window.

TIME Music

Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos Just Wants to Make Music With RuPaul

Scott Legato/FilmMagic—Getty Images Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit performs on April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The singer-songwriter discusses his new album, Kindred, and his ongoing recovery from bipolar disorder

Passion Pit’s third studio album Kindred is out April 21. It’s been a long time coming: the band’s frontman, 27-year-old singer-songwriter Michael Angelakos, had to take a break from touring for his 2012 album Gossamer to focus on treatment for bipolar disorder, a condition he’s grappled with for nearly a decade.

In conversation with TIME, Angelakos discussed how his new album shows how far he has come with his recovery and his surprising dream collaborator.

TIME: A few years ago, you said you wanted your next record to be about “real love” and be something “optimistic,” because you felt like you hadn’t written an optimistic song in more than a decade. Did Kindred turn out that way?
Michael Angelakos: It is certainly a much more optimistic record. It’s autobiographical. I’ve never been in a more stable place where I can now look to the future [and] think of all the things I want to make better [and] healthier and be happy. There’s obviously tons of frustration and confusion all over the record, but that’s part of figuring it all out.

So what’s the album about?
Growing up. It’s all the things I wish I had been doing instead of dealing with all of the complications from my disorder. It’s also about figuring out my relationships with other people and how to deal with love in a very real way.

Who are these other people?
Friends. There’s this idea that comes up on the album of being alone but together. The idea of feeling like I’m around all these people, but I’ve been really alone. I’ve felt that way for most of my life. Three years ago, I would have said I have two friends. That was all due to the catastrophic events that took place around Gossamer. I think that’s part of growing up—starting to realize who your friends are and what constitutes family. I’m in a place where I can finally see the amazing support system I have that’s not just doctors. I haven’t been able to see all the love that is all around me and celebrate it in any way. This album is a celebration of that.

There’s a song on Kindred called “Lifted Up (1985).” Why was 1985 a good year?
My wife was born. The album is really for her ‘cause I was like, “Look, I finished a record!” It’s that simple. I was like “I don’t know if I can do it. I don’t know if I can push through.”

Were you really writing about your brother in “My Brother Taught Me How to Swim”?
That speaks volumes in regards to the album thematically. My brother is only three years younger than me, but as we’ve grown older, we’ve grown closer and closer.He is everything I’ve ever wanted to be. He is so selfless. He will take time out of his day for anyone.

It’s like he has ESP. I’ll be having a hard time, and he’ll call and say, “What’s going on? Should I come to New York?” I’ll talk to him, and he’ll be like “OK. You’re going to do this, this, and I’m going to dial in this person, and you’re going to call them and you’re going to actually step up and do this, and I’m going to help you do it.” He has kept my head above water.

You’ve appeared in PSAs to talk about coping with bipolar disorder. What are the biggest misconceptions about mental illness?
People are like, “Well, what would you do if you weren’t bipolar?” I’ve been asked that so many times, and it’s one of the most condescending questions. What would I do? I’d probably be seven albums deep because the main reason why I haven’t been able to finish records or write more is because of my disorder. Men have the hardest time actively pursuing help because they find it emasculating. So the best thing I can do is continue to make and create things that can show people that it doesn’t matter if you have it or don’t have it. You’re always going to be able to be prolific and healthy as an artist.

A fun question: Are there any other stars you’ve dreamed of collaborating with?
It’d be pretty awesome to do something with Madonna. She’s still crushing it. I’ve had this obsession—I’ve always wanted to do something with RuPaul. [He’s] total and utter genius. There are few people I can listen to and agree with a lot of the time. He’s so intelligent. Insanely witty. He’s hacking culture. He’s a huge inspiration as a human being. You want to talk about accepting love—RuPaul is a great person to quote.

TIME Science

Scientists Claim They Found a New Species of Frog, and It Looks Like Kermit

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Found in Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains

Photos of a “newly discovered and described” translucent species of frog are going viral because media outlets say the creature looks like Kermit the Frog.

Brian Kubicki, founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, claims his team has found six specimens of a type of glass frog that has been called Hyalinobatrachium dianae in the Talamanca Mountains.

“With the addition of this newly described species, Costa Rica is known to have 14 glassfrogs inhabiting its tiny national territory,” according to a statement on the center’s Facebook page.

The findings are detailed in a piece recently published in the journal Zootaxa by Kubicki, with co-authors Stanley Salazar and Robert Puschendorf.

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s How to Instantly Crack a Jawbreaker Without Breaking Your Jaw

Terrifying and delicious at the same time

Here’s one thing that can break a jawbreaker faster than you will ever be able to: a really hot nickel ball. Watch in awe — or horror — as green slime pours out of the rainbow-speckled orb and then browns.

This video is almost terrifying enough to make you never want to eat sweets again. Almost.

The aspiring mad scientists behind the YouTube channel “carsandwater” have also tried this trick with a block of ice (nearly 7 million views), watermelon (2.8 million) and ballistic gelatin (1.8 million).

 

TIME Science

This Astronaut Brought a Star Trek Uniform to the Final Frontier

An out-of-this-world outfit

Trekkies will appreciate this recent tweet from an Italian astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Samantha Cristoforetti donned the uniform from Star Trek: Voyager and tweeted “‘There’s coffee in that nebula’… ehm, I mean… in that #Dragon,” referring to last week’s launch of the Dragon spacecraft, which carried an espresso machine aptly named “ISSpresso,” among 4,300 pounds of other supplies.

The tweet has racked up nearly 6,500 retweets and 8,000 favorites since it was posted last week.

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Grumpy Goose Terrorizes New York High School

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Getty Images Fast-forward to the first day of high school

A pair of Canada geese decided to spend their spring break at a high school in Westchester, N.Y.

WCBS 880 Newsradio reports that the two made themselves at home in the parking lot of White Plains High School during the vacation period. The male has ruffled the community’s feathers, honking and chasing passersby in order to protect his mate, which is nesting atop a storage garage.

Besides the occasional wild goose chase, no serious injuries have been reported. “We probably had a dozen or more attacks the first few days, although it’s not as bad now,” the school’s principal Ellen Doherty told LoHud.com.

The birds have inspired science lessons and journalism class assignments, but no word on whether the geese will be going to prom.

TIME Crime

Fight Over LeBron James and Michael Jordan’s Basketball Skills Ends in Arrest

NBA: Heat v Bobcats Game 4
David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MC—Getty Images Charlotte Bobcats' team owner Michael Jordan shakes hands with Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6), after the Heat defeated the Bobcats, 109-98, in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., April 28, 2014.

According to police reports

A man was arrested on aggravated assault among other charges in the middle of the night on Saturday after getting into a physical altercation with another man about whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James was a better basketball player, according to police in State College, Penn.

The Centre Daily Times reports via online court records that Daniel Mondelice, 22, was released on bond and asked not to return to the apartment where the incident occured. Police say he was arrested a second time that day after he got argumentative with a group of women he was supposed to stay with at a different apartment complex.

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A DJ Just Mixed Your Favorite Carrie Underwood Hits Into One Four-Minute Supersong

DJ Earworm's at it again

On Friday, Internet mashup artist DJ Earworm released a mashup he put together as a tribute to the music of Carrie Underwood, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music singer and songwriter. Hit songs in the compilation include:

– “Something in the Water”
– “Little Toy Guns”
– “Blown Away”
– “Before He Cheats”
– “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
– “Two Black Cadillacs”
– “Good Girl”
– “Cowboy Casanova”
– “See You Again”
– “Wasted”
– “So Small”
– “All-American Girl”
– “Last Name”
– “Undo It”

DJ Earworm’s best-known mashups string together the hit pop songs of the year and come out every year in December.

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See Lucasfilm’s Sweet Letter to a 7-Year-Old Boy Who Wants to Marry as a Jedi

Young Colin Gilpatric, who has autism, wrote the studio with a very specific question

For most Star Wars fans, the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highlight of their week. But one Star Wars fan is more excited about the letter he received from Lucasfilm.

Colin Gilpatric and his mother Peggy wrote a letter to the film company saying he wants to become a Jedi Knight, but “I want to get married without becoming a Sith. Please change the rule.”

Lucasfilm said yes, in the voice of a Jedi. Here’s the full response:

The letter was cited in a New York Times article to show how Lucasfilm takes the time to personalize letters as part of a larger story about how the studio engages with fans, from the biennial gathering “Star Wars Celebration” to promoting exclusive information on its social networks.

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