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Weird Al’s Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” Is About…Foil

You might even be blinded by science

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest music video is a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” about aluminum foil. It also features a cameo by Patton Oswalt.

Sample lyric: “I just like to keep all my flavors sealed in tight / with aluminum foil (foil) / never settle for less / that kind of wrap is just the best / to keep your sandwich nice and fresh.” Things start to get a little weird, however, when he starts ranting about conspiracy theories.

Weird Al is releasing a music video a day for eight days to promote his new album Mandatory Fun, which came out July 15. Past spoofs include a parody of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” called “Tacky” and a grammar-themed parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” called “Word Crimes.”

MORE: The Al Yankovic Paradox: He Doesn’t Seem That Weird Anymore

WATCH: Let Weird Al Teach You About Grammar in His New “Blurred Lines” Parody

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3-Year-Old Helps Rescue Elderly Man Trapped in Overheated Car

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He's a hero

A three-year-old boy in Tennessee called for help just in time when an elderly man was overheating and could not open the door of his car on a 90-degree day, Good Morning America reports.

Bob King, 68, had been sitting in the car waiting for his wife to come back from an event at Vestal Baptist Church in Knoxville. He was having trouble opening the door, which gets stuck a lot, when he saw Keith Williams, 3, pass by. He yelled for help, and the youngster went and got Pastor Jack Greene who was finally able to open the door. He took King into the church to cool off.

The amazing coincidence of this story: Williams’s mother Jessie said she had just taught Keith hot car safety.

 

TIME Internet

Here’s The First Instagram Photo Ever

Today in Internet history

Four years ago today on July 16, 2010, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom uploaded the first photo to the app, which was called Codename at the time. This picture of a golden retriever was taken at a taco stand called “Tacos Chilakos”, and the foot belongs to Systrom’s girlfriend, according to a spokesperson for Instagram. The name of the dog and its owner are unknown.

It may come as no surprise that the first image was a photo of a dog. After all, Instagram has become the kind of site where dogs can become celebrities, as a Shiba Inu and a persistently smiley dog named Tuna boast more than 890,000 followers and 870,000 followers respectively.

 

TIME Bizarre

3,000 Ping Pong Balls Accidentally Rain onto a Highway

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They were supposed to be dropped on a waiting crowd

As video of hail the size of golf balls pelting a Siberian beach goes viral, 3,000 ping pong balls have pelted a highway in Idaho, the Associated Press reports via the Idaho State Journal.

A pilot was supposed to drop them over a crowd, but accidentally missed.

The ping pong balls were supposed to be redeemable for candy and $100 gift cards during an event called Blackfoot Pride Days, a periodic celebration of local pride.

The good news is that prizes were reportedly passed out anyway despite the mishap.

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Superman Fans May Be More Likely to Get a Computer Virus

Superman, played by American actor Christopher Reeve (1952 - 2004), holds a green crystal at the Fortress of Solitude, in a promotional still from 'Superman', directed by Richard Donner, 1978. Silver Screen Collection –Getty Images

PSA of the day

Superman leads the list of “Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes” published by the Internet security software company McAfee. The list is supposed to warn web users that surfing online content about these superheroes gives you a greater chance of reaching a bad link, “malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information” or any “website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware,” according to a statement.

McAfee’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes:

1. Superman
2. Thor
3. Wonder Woman + Aquaman (tie)
4. Wolverine
5. Spiderman
6. Batman
7. Black Widow
8. Captain America
9. Green Lantern
10. Ghost Rider

The research is pegged to the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, expected to take place July 24-27.

TIME Family

This 4-Year-Old Girl Went Around the City Clerk’s Office Asking Brides If She Could Be a Flower Girl

A different kind of proposal

A four-year-old Brooklyn girl wanted to be a flower girl so badly that she walked around the Manhattan City Clerk’s Office asking couples if she could participate in their weddings, NBC News reports.

Decked out in a floral dress and white gloves, Annabelle Earl carried a dozen pink and purple roses purchased at a bodega and held up a green poster that said “Can I Be Your Flower Girl.”

Finally, one bride said “yes.” When the moment finally came, the youngster was briefly overcome with stage fright, but got through the rest of the ceremony without a hitch. Afterwards, her mother Kim bought her “wedding cake” at a nearby bakery.

No word on whether the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio will invite her to be a flower girl at the weddings he officiates.

 

TIME Business

The 10 Most Endangered Jobs of 2014

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According to CareerCast.com

CareerCast.com has released a list of the top 10 “endangered” jobs, which draws on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The occupations are:

  • Mail Carrier
  • Farmer
  • Meter Reader
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Travel Agent
  • Lumberjack
  • Flight Attendant
  • Drill-Press Operator
  • Printing Worker
  • Tax Examiner and Collector

As Forbes put it, “The theme this year seems to be paper.”

However, CareerCast publisher Tony Lee told the business publication that flight attendants appear to make the list because airline cost-cutting reduces the number of them needed on each flight, plus more of them seem to be staying in their jobs longer, meaning there would be fewer openings.

MORE: How Technology is Making These 10 Jobs Obsolete

MORE: This Is The Most Expensive Place to Get Your Hair Cut in the United States

 

TIME celebrity

Kid Snaps Selfie with Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett

The ice cream shop they visited has named its July 14 flavors after the duo.

A young man snapped one of the selfies of the year on Sunday, July 13, catching former Beatle Paul McCartney and American business tycoon Warren Buffett lounging on a bench outside an ice cream shop in Omaha, Nebraska. Instagram user “speeeeeeed_of_white”, said to be named Tom White, writes in the photo’s description “Chillin with my homies”.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the recording artist ordered the award-winning vanilla ice cream at eCreamery after dining at an Italian restaurant that night. The newspaper aggregated other sightings of the power duo around Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood via Storify:

In honor of the celebrity sighting, eCreamery’s daily flavors for July 14 are inspired by “Beatlemania”, featuring “All You Need is S’mores” and “Help! I Need Some Sea Salt”. Buffett got his own flavor too: Root Buffett Float.
TIME viral

8 of the Absolute Worst Times to Take a Selfie

A participant runs in front of Jandilla's bulls as he takes a 'selfie' (photograph of himself) during the fifth bull-run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 11, 2014. Rafa Rivas/AFP – Getty Images

Whether it's in front of a speeding train or at a concentration camp

Police have been looking for the man who took a selfie during the Pamplona bull run, CNN reports. Carrying cameras had been banned to ensure the safety of festival-goers. While eight people were gored during the eight-day event, this man reportedly was not injured, but does face a fine of $4,100.

So in case you needed a reminder, below we’ve collected some of the most dangerous and inappropriate places to take a selfie. As millennials say, “can u not?”

As Tour De France Cyclists Are Trying to Race

Fans who try to take a quick selfie on the road as the athletes zoom by are endangering the lives of the riders. An American cyclist vented about the distraction on Twitter:

In Front of a Speeding Train

A guy who tried to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train got kicked in the head by the conductor in April.

At a Concentration Camp

Teens boasting “duck faces” and using language like “With my Besties at Auschwitz” has “fed a perception of today’s youth as a bunch of technology-obsessed, self-indulgent narcissists,” as a New Yorker editorial aptly described the outrageous trend.

At Funerals

Likewise, the Tumblr “Selfie at Funerals“, featuring youngsters taking photos in front of their deceased grandparents lying in coffins, raised questions about the appropriateness of taking selfies at such somber occasions, which are often in religious places. However, in a Guardian op-ed, the site’s creator Jason Feifer declared “victory” after President Obama took a selfie with UK Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

During an Emergency on the Brooklyn Bridge

A woman at Brooklyn Bridge Park snapped a selfie that captured cops rescuing a suicidal man on the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance. The moment made the cover of the Dec. 4, 2013, issue of the New York Post with the headline “My photo with Brooklyn Bridge suicide dude” plastered over the picture.

When Your Pregnant Teacher Is Having Contractions

All-smiles, this junior at Coral Springs High School north of Miami tweeted a photo of himself standing in front of his teacher, who is reportedly on the phone with her mother while she is having contractions. Local10.com reports she ended up not having the baby and went back to school the next day.

While Driving

We think we can safely say that AAA should not have had to publish a press release urging drivers to stop taking selfies while driving and tagging them with #drivingselfie, #drivingtowork, and #drivingfast.

As a Baseball Soars Towards Your Head

In this selfie at Fenway Park, a baseball looks like it barely missed reporter Kelly Nash’s head before the Astros-Red Sox game.

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“First Kiss” Director’s Latest Video Shows “Strangers” Undressing in Front of Each Other

Looks about as comfortable as it sounds

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Filmmaker Talia Pilieva’s latest viral video claims to show people undressing in front of one another and then getting into a bed together, laughing at the awkwardness of it all. As she says in the YouTube description, “I asked strangers to undress each other and get in bed. Nothing else. No rules.” It is part of a promotion for Showtime’s Masters of Sex, the show about pioneering sex researchers that starts up again on Sunday, July 13.

Her video of 20 “strangers” kissing for the first time went viral, boasting more than 86 million views on YouTube to date. However, some Internet users were bummed that it was an ad for clothing brand WREN featuring professional actors — so not as spontaneous as people initially thought. Refresh your memory below:

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