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.

TIME animals

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

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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.

TIME celebrity

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.

Read Next: Carrie Underwood Writes About Time 100 Influencer Audra McDonald

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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.

TIME Food & Drink

Oregon Regulators Approve Plans to Make Beer Out of Sewage Water

Not available in bars...yet

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently approved the use of recycled sewage water to brew beer, the Oregon Public Broadcasting’s environmental news organization EarthFix reports.

Brewed via a purification process developed by Oregon’s Clean Water Services, the beer would not be available for commercial or retail use, and the finished product would still need to undergo tests to make sure it is safe to drink. And it won’t be on tap at any bars. It would only be served at tasting events hosted by its manufacturers, the home brewing club Oregon Brew Crew, and other water professional society functions.

In 2014, Oregon’s Clean Water services hosted a brewing competition to challenge beer enthusiasts to make beer out of “30 percent purified wastewater,” according to EarthFix. Overall, the point of developing this beer is to encourage innovative uses of the wastewater and spark a nationwide conversation about conserving water in creative ways in the midst of news about severe water shortages along the West Coast, a spokesperson for Clean Water Services told the news outlet.

TIME viral

This Pokémon Tattoo Is So Bad It Has Become a Meme

He wanted his tattoo to be the very best, like no tattoo ever was

A tattoo of Pokémon character Charmander that fans say looks nothing like the character has been going viral on Reddit, inspiring memes and earning the nickname “S****y Charmander.”

Redditor Yllwsnow2 uploaded the image on April 14 with the caption “My friend was drunk and on Xanax when he decided to tattoo a black face Charmander with no experience or artistic ability. The flame saves it.” The picture racked up nearly 2.5 million views over the next two days, according to a timeline by KnowYourMeme, an online encyclopedia about memes and trending topics.

The illustration now has its own subreddit “/r/shartmander,” and the photo-sharing site Imgur has rounded up some of the best memes. The editor of Know Your Meme Brad Kim made a flow chart of merchandise inspired by the tattoo:


See more on Know Your Meme

It is the third time that something so random has captivated the Internet recently, between a debate about the color of #TheDress and a photo of a cat that looked like it was either going up or down a staircase.

TIME Food & Drink

Starbucks Introduces S’mores Frappuccino

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Jamie Grill—Getty Images/Tetra images RF Close up of smores

The limited-time drink will roll out starting April 28

Can’t wait for summer campfires?

Starbucks has introduced a new frappuccino flavor: s’mores. In a statement, the company says the drink is made up of “marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce” plus “a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk, and ice” topped “mashmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.” There will also be a bottled version available in stores.

The limited-time drink will roll out starting April 28, but if people like it enough, then maybe they’ll make s’more.

Read next: Howard Schultz Has a Radical Plan for Starbucks—And America

 

TIME viral

Watch Matthew McConaughey React to the New Star Wars Trailer

Looks like the force is with him alright alright alright alright...

Oskar Arnarson, a filmmaker from Iceland, is dominating Reddit with a mashup of Matthew McConaughey’s character in Interstellar and the new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you are a Star Wars fan, you probably had a similar reaction: mouth agape, a big grin, tears streaming down your face, one hand raised as if you are simultaneously waving to the people on screen and giving them a high-five, before promptly losing it at the end when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) says, “Chewie, we’re home” to the Wookiee.

Read next: This Is the Company Behind the Coolest New Star Wars Character

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