TIME Family & Relationships

This Couple Is Using a Meghan Trainor Parody to Help Them Find a Birth Mom

They have been trying to adopt a baby

The same week that Meghan Trainor debuted the music video for “Dear Future Husband,” a parody of the song made by two men who want to adopt a baby has been making headlines.

Joe Morales and Joey Famoso of Minneapolis, Minn., who have been looking for a birth mom over the last year, have written a song about what great parents they will be. Sample lyrics:

We won’t let you cry
Always keep you dry
Even when ya diaper makes us wanna freaking die Cause We will treat ya right Give you the perfect life Buying what you need Buy-buying your binkies

We know. Just how to treat you like a baby Even when Your acting cranky We’ll make everything alright

Dear future baby,
Here’s a few things
You’ll need to know cause
you’re gonna be our one and only all our life

ABC News reports that the couple came close to adopting in November when they flew out to Michigan to be there for a delivery, but the woman decided to keep the baby. The two men hope the song will go viral and be seen by another birth mom. The video ends with a link to the adoption agency that they are using.

TIME celebrity

Watch Ryan Gosling Help a Woman Propose to Her Girlfriend at SXSW

"Do you want the mic?"

During a Q&A at the premiere of Ryan Gosling’s latest film Lost River at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, a woman posed a very important question, not to the panelists, but to her girlfriend.

Around the 11:45 mark in the video above, a woman in the audience says, “I think your film was amazing, and I’m going to kinda take away for a second if I can, and ask my girlfriend of 11 years if she’ll marry me.”

Gosling’s face lit up. He asked, “Do you want the mic?” and hurried across the stage to hand it over.

The woman said she was inspired to pop the question right then and there because she was so moved that her girlfriend moved to Austin for her.

After the girlfriend said yes, she said,”Sorry, thank you!” Then The Notebook actor led the audience in another round of applause.

Read next: Watch This Guy Propose to His Girlfriend 365 Times Without Her Knowing

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TIME society

Iowa Woman Was Taking a Shower When She Suddenly Gave Birth

"I was like, there's a baby here"

An Iowa woman recently gave birth to a baby while taking a shower, the Des Moines Register reports.

Brittany Young, 24, of Des Moines said she decided to take a shower because she was having stomach pains. But they didn’t go away, and before she knew it, she pushed out a 6-pound, 8-ounce baby aptly named Miracle. A friend called an ambulance. Paramedics arrived, cut the umbilical cord and took the baby to Mercy Medical Center.

Young told the Des Moines Register that the baby opened its eyes and did not cry: “I was like, there’s a baby here.”

The more “surprise birth” stories are reported—whether it happens on a PATH train or in a Baltimore airport bathroom—the more it shows how unpredictable labor can be. “Some women don’t feel the pain of labor contractions,” as Time.com previously reported, based on a conversation with an obstetrician. “In other unusual situations, women who don’t realize they’re pregnant in the first place don’t identify contractions for what they are. As obesity rates rise, that scenario is likely to become more prevalent.”

Read next: Japan Eyes Matchmaking, Paternity Leave to Lift Birth Rate

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TIME viral

Watch the ‘Destructive’ Tirade That Got These X-Factor New Zealand Judges Fired

Natalia Kills and Willy Moon went after Josh Irvine's looks and performance

Two X Factor New Zealand judges were fired because they went overboard critiquing a contestant’s performance Sunday evening.

British singer Natalia Kills said that 25-year-old Josh Irvine completely copied her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon’s look, calling the so-called reinterpretation “artistically atrocious” and saying, “I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer.” Moon called it “cheap” and “absurd” and said Irvine looked like “you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”

In a statement posted on Facebook, TV3 said “Mediaworks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show.” Mediaworks CEO Mark Whedon called the comments “unacceptable,” and added, “We will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.”

Read next: Why Marina and the Diamonds Wrote a Song About Rape Culture on Her New Album

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TIME Crime

Meth Lab Found in Walmart Bathroom

Breaking bad in Muncie, Indiana

Police say an “active meth lab” was found inside a backpack in the men’s restroom at a Walmart in Muncie, Ind., Thursday night, according to a news release from the state police department.

While the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Team dismantled the meth lab and got the chemicals out of the store, the men’s and women’s restrooms would still need to be “thoroughly decontaminated” before customers could use them again, police said.

In the statement, Indiana State Police said this strategy of cooking meth is not uncommon:

Rather than the Meth cook blowing up or contaminating their house, they are now often leaving behind the deadly explosive chemicals in public places to return later to get the finished product. They will often times dump their trash, which includes Sudafed blister packs; Liquid Fire drain cleaner bottles, battery casings, and plastic drink bottles with white residue in the bottom, in rural or desolate areas, or in alleys or vacant lots.

TIME Education

Happy Pi Day! Here Are Some of the Wackiest Celebrations

Why this year's Pi Day is a once-in-a-century affair

March 14 (3/14) is celebrated annually as Pi Day because the date resembles the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — 3.14 for short. And this year’s date syncs up with the first four digits after the decimal point, so 3.14.15 looks a lot like 3.14159265359 (etc). That won’t happen again until 2115.

In case you don’t remember from math class, Pi is an “irrational and transcendental number” with decimals that “continue infinitely without repetition or pattern,” according to PiDay.org, the official website for the holiday.

Celebrations are planned worldwide, but here is a glimpse at some of the most unusual ones. If you can’t make any of them, plan your own around 9:26:53 in the morning or in the evening.

• Lucky high school seniors will find out at 9:26 a.m. if they got into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The letters could be delivered by drones, based on this video released by the admissions office.

• In New York City, hundreds are expected to gather around a park fountain at 9:26 a.m. and with glow sticks in hand at 9:26 p.m. (to represent pi as 3.1415926) in an event organized by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

• Lovebirds can get married — “pi the knot” — in Vegas for $314.15, a deal that comes with an apple pie.

• Chicago athletes and science lovers will run a “Pi K,” organized by the Illinois Science Council. Because March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday, participants named “Albert, Alberta, Albertina or Alberts” got $5 off registration. A sternly-worded disclaimer says, “If you show up on the 14th and are not so appropriately named, you will be fined $3.14, have to run backwards the whole route, and people will call you “Einstein” but not in a positive way.”

• Admission at the Salvador Dalí Museum in Saint Petersburg, Fla., will be $3.14. The surrealist often incorporated the mathematical principle into his art

• The National Security Agency’s National Cryptographic Museum in Annapolis, Md., will show you how to measure the diameter of your head using pi.

• At the birthplace of the holiday, the San Francisco Exploratorium, there will be pizza pie dough tossing and a ceremonial procession.

 

TIME society

Watch Michelle Obama Get Down to ‘Uptown Funk’ With Ellen DeGeneres

Her mic falls off due to her dancing

A preview clip released Thursday for an upcoming episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show shows Michelle Obama and the comedian dancing to “Uptown Funk,” the Mark Ronson song featuring Bruno Mars that has become a very popular tune to spoof on the Internet. The dance party starts at the 3:13 mark in the clip above.

In fact, the First Lady was so excited to start dancing that her mic fell off. “Is it going to stay? Because there is some hip-thrusting, so. There’s a lot of it, so…”

The dance-off was prompted by Obama’s “#GimmeFive” challenge, which celebrates the fifth anniversary of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to raise awareness about active, healthy living and combat obesity in the United States.

The full episode premieres March 16. So far, it does not look like the First Lady’s appearance ends in a push-up contest like that one time.

Read next: Watch Michelle Obama Slow Dance With Big Bird

TIME animals

Meet the Blind Dog Competing in the Iditarod

Mark Thiessen—AP Musher Kelly Maixner, of Big Lake, Alaska, and an auction winner who rode in his sled, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 7, 2015.

Her handlers say the pup is a cheerleader for the whole team

A musher from North Dakota, Kelly Maixner, is banking on a blind dog to help finish in the top 10 at the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in western Alaska, the Associated Press reports via KTUU-TV.

Five years old and weighing 50 pounds, the Alaskan husky named Laura has a cornea disease called pannus, which a veterinarian diagnosed two years ago when the dog’s eyes started to look cloudy, according to the Anchorage news station.

“Sometimes I have to throw snacks on the ground extra hard so she can hear where it falls,” Maixner told the news channel.

 

TIME viral

Here’s the Only Thing Sadder Than ‘Final Jeopardy’ With One Contestant

It's lonely at the top

There was only one person in the “Final Jeopardy!” round Thursday night.

Host Alex Trebek joked the experience would be “an opportunity to get to know each other.”

It was already sad that she was the only person in the round. But what’s even sadder is that she did not get the answer right. The question was: “On Aug. 15, 1994, 59 years and 1 day after FDR signed the original act, Bill Clinton made this an independent agency.” Her answer was “What is the FDIC?” The correct one would have been “What is the Social Security Administration?” However, with a 2-day total of $31,601, she still gets to compete the next day.

(h/t Mashable)

TIME animals

What’s This? Just a Poodle Walking Like a Human and Wearing Human Clothes

Its owner spent two months training the dog to do that, and it can allegedly walk up to a mile.

A poodle wearing human clothes and walking on its hind legs has raised eyebrows in China’s Sichuan province.

CCTV footage captures the one-year-old dog, dressed like a school girl—backpack and all—walking down a road in what looks like a park. NBC reports that its owner spent two months training the dog to do that, and it can allegedly walk up to a mile.

The sight even confused other canines, for at one point in the video, a small dog tries to sniff it, but a man takes the poodle by the paw and drags it away.

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