TIME Television

Mandy Moore to Play a Doctor on Red Band Society

The show premieres September 17

Mandy Moore will be appearing regularly on FOX’s upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced teen-hospital-dramedy Red Band Society, The Wrap reports.

The A Walk to Remember and Tangled actress (and singer) will play Dr. Erin Grace, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, in the show, which follows patients in a pediatrics wing.

Red Band Society premieres Sept. 17 at 9:00 p.m.

TIME Bizarre

Why Smoke 110 Cigarettes at Once? Anything For a World Record

From the May 13, 1974, issue of TIME
From the May 13, 1974, issue of TIME TIME

The Guinness Book of World Records has inspired some dubious feats over the years

Guinness World Records releases its 2015 edition this week, featuring a Pomeranian that’s the fastest dog on two paws and Metallica, the first musical act to perform a concert on every continent.

The book is also the 60th anniversary edition, but things have changed since the first-ever Guinness records book arrived in 1955. Though early editions were full of miscellany and trivia, its records tended to be fairly basic: fastest, tallest, smallest, deepest. But, as TIME reported in a May 13, 1974, feature on an “oddball Olympics,” a group of 200 California students who gathered to beat previous world records and set new ones, the records have gotten weirder. This passage shows the great lengths people will go to achieve such an honor, something current record holders will be able to relate to:

During the week-long oddball Olympics, contestants in 75 events set eleven new world records. John Parker, 24, made himself a 1975 edition Guinness notable by downing 300 goldfish, 75 more than the previous oldie goldie. Rick Sumner, 14, polished off 20 doughnuts in 9 min. 59 sec., beating the old record of 20 in 15 min. John McKinney, 17, and Rick Sackett, 25, each crammed 52 cigars into their mouths and kept them alight for 30 sec. (v. the previous record of 28 lit for 30 sec.). Another titlist, Scott Case, managed to smoke 110 cigarettes simultaneously for 30 sec. without endangering his health. Kevin Farrell and Corey Fletcher each stood on one leg for 7½ hr., 60 min. longer than anyone ever has before.

Allan Littman, 17, consumed a pound of grapes, with seeds, in 52 sec. to crush the old mark of 65 sec. Allan Greenberg, 22, twirled a record album on his forefinger for 5 hr. Bruce Stewart and Robert Argust slapped each other’s faces for 31 hr. to top the old record by one hour. Frank Dolce blew 116 smoke rings on one drag to break the old high by 30.

And the weirdness has continued. Other fun records TIME highlighted over the years include:

The longest song title, mentioned in the People section in 1969: “I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat-on-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues” by composer Hogey Carmichael.

The world’s largest diary, reviewed in 1995: 20 million words spanning 67 years and roughly 35,000 pages, penned by New York World reporter Edward Robb Ellis. The quality of the writing lives up to the quantity, based on his description of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, the face of the Red Scare: “McCarthy has the slim hips of an athlete, a thick trunk and shoulders like a buffalo. Almost lacking a neck, his huge head seems perched on his shoulders. His mouth is long and thin, like a knife-gash in a melon.”

Fastest beer drinker, featured in a 1983 profile. Before Robert Hawke was known as Australia’s longest-serving Labor prime minister, he guzzled 2.5 pints of beer in 12 seconds at Oxford, earning a spot in the record book.

Read about the 1974 record-breakers here, in TIME’s archives: Oddball Olympics

TIME Books

Forgotten Dr. Seuss Stories Find a New Audience

In 'Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories,' familiar characters like Horton and the Grinch appear in new predicaments

Dr. Seuss fans will have a chance to read four of the famed cartoonist’s long-forgotten stories in a new volume, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, out today. The book features beloved characters as Seuss (whose real name is Theodor Geisel) rendered them for Redbook magazine in the 1950s. Though Seuss died in 1991, a collector and biographer, Charles Cohen, helped catalyze the new Horton after finding archival material in the magazine.

An illustration from Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
Marco in an illustration from Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss Courtesy of Random House

In “Marco Comes Late,” Marco, from his first children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, makes up a fantastical story to explain why he was really late to school.

An illustration from Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
Horton and the Kwuggerbug in an illustration from Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss Courtesy of Random House

In “Horton and the Kwuggerbug,” a demanding insect called a Kwuggerbug sends Horton, the elephant best known for hearing a Who, on a wild mission that involves climbing mountains and standing up to crocodiles to find Beezlenuts—a delicious, sought-after dessert.

The Grinch is still as grouchy as ever and preaches about the pitfalls of consumerism in “The Hoobub and the Grinch,” reflecting the author’s “feelings about his history in advertising,” according to the book’s introduction written by Charles D. Cohen, a dentist who collects Dr. Seuss memorabilia.

An illustration from Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
Officer Pat in an illustration from Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss Courtesy of Random House

And the extremely paranoid policeman Officer Pat from “How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town” was meant to be a book unto himself, but Random House opted to publish Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories instead.

The original illustrations live in the archives of the Dr. Seuss Collection at the University of California at San Diego.

TIME celebrity

Of Course Kim Kardashian Took a Selfie While Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Exactly what you'd expect from her

Kim Kardashian has finally participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which people get doused in ice water and post video proof online or donate to ALS research as part of a viral fundraising effort that has raised more than $100 million.

Kardashian, who is married to Kanye West and stars in Keeping up with the Kardashians, made the challenge her own by taking one of her signature selfies as Ellen DeGeneres dumped a bucket of ice water over the reality TV star’s head on The Ellen Show. Just before she got soaked, the “selfie queen” exclaimed, “Oh my god, I don’t even want to see this happening to me.”

Also, there’s a lot of screaming, so you may want to turn the volume down on your computer before you watch the above clip.

Here’s another view that Kardashian posted on her Instagram.

No word on whether the selfie will be in Selfish, her upcoming book on selfies due out April 2015.

TIME Books

How a Baby Changed William and Harry’s Royal Relationship

With a second child on the way for Prince William, a new book reports that the arrival of Prince George calmed William and his brother Harry's raging social life

With the news that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is pregnant with a second royal baby, a new biography of Prince Harry sheds light on the evolution of his relationship with his older brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, since the birth of Prince George last July.

“It’s fantastic to have an addition to the family,” Harry said about his nephew, as royal-family biographer Penny Junor writes in Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son. “I only hope my brother knows how expensive my baby-sitting charges are.”

And if Will’s change in behavior since George’s birth is any indication, the birth of his second child will likely mean Will and Harry will spend less time playing around with friends at clubs and more time playing with babies. Junor writes in Prince Harry:

William’s focus has changed. He is no longer in the military, no longer up for partying till dawn, or tripping over guy-ropes in the early hours at Glastonbury. He is more interested in getting an unbroken night of sleep and listening to George’s growing vocabulary.

The biography quotes “a friend” adding that Prince Harry “loves” having dinner with Will, Kate and George and says that’s basically what the brothers’ nights out are like now, even though Harry does not appear to show signs of settling down himself anytime soon.

It would be a different night from the one they would have spent three or four years ago, which would have been, ‘Who can remain standing longest?’ … They are very, very close and Harry loves the whole domestic bit which his brother’s doing now … I think he sees what his brother’s getting out of it …

The book will be released tomorrow, ahead of Prince Harry’s 30th birthday next week.

TIME celebrity

10 Surprising Facts You May Not Have Known About Joan Rivers

Charles Sykes—NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

From her kiss with Barbra Streisand to her obsession with dogs and Fabergé eggs

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died on Thursday at 81 after complications from throat surgery, her family said. Here are some facts you may not have known about the comedian and television personality:

• She collected Fabergé eggs and had a fair amount of Fabergé elephants. “My husband just loved elephants,” she said when she was getting ready to sell a collection of objects in 2001. ”It has nothing to do with politics, though I don’t think too many Democrats will be bidding on them.”

• She once kissed Barbra Streisand. They acted in the off-Broadway play Driftwood in 1959. Barbra “was all tongue,” Rivers joked to Bravo.

• Starting out, she wrote jokes for Candid Camera.

• Rivers was also once billed at a strip club by the stand-up name “Pepper January” — offering “Comedy with Spice.”

• The funniest people, in her opinion, were Robert Benchley, Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Sarah Vowell.

• Out of all their red carpet interviews, she and her daughter Melissa Rivers picked Tommy Lee Jones as the least friendly.

• European history was her favorite literary genre, she admitted. Growing up she was a fan of Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden and The Middle Moffat.

• A dog lover, she called herself “the Angelina Jolie of barkers.”

• She couldn’t get enough of a good steak or shepherd’s pie.

• She won Celebrity Apprentice in 2009.

TIME celebrity

Watch Mister Rogers Sing to Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show

A heartwarming scene

As news broke of Joan Rivers’s death at 81 years old Thursday after complications from throat surgery, NewsFeed would like to take time to reflect on one of her most cheerful moments on television.

This video shows the time when Fred Rogers, most famous for hosting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, serenaded Rivers with “It’s Such a Good Feeling” on a 1986 episode of The Tonight Show. Fast forward to the 2:08 mark when she is leaning against the piano, snaps her fingers and starts singing along with “Mister Rogers” with her arms around one of his.

Watching this clip is truly “such a good feeling.”

MORE: Remembering Joan Rivers, As If She’d Let Us Forget Her

MORE: Joan Rivers Joked About Death, Along With Everything Else

TIME celebrity

Flawless Beyoncé Memes for the Diva’s 33rd Birthday

The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Four
Beyonce headlines the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. Samir Hussein—Getty Images

With special props to a girl who may have told a professor she was skipping class on this special day

Today is Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday. For anyone else in the world, 33 would normally be a pretty uneventful birthday — but because we’re talking about Beyoncé, it’s automatically extraordinary.

In fact, if Twitter had its way, today would be an international holiday. And while school has started for many students, some are already talking about skipping class. BuzzFeed spotted a tweet of an email that may or may not have been sent to a college professor (regardless, the concept is hilarious):

Here are other musings and birthday tributes from tweeps:

And every day is Beyoncé’s birthday in this pizza company’s world, ever since the pop star wore a pepperoni pizza-patterned outfit last year:

This GIF will make you fall “Drunk in Love” with her all over again:

For more of where that came from: GIPHY, a website that compiles GIFs, claims it has aggregated every single Beyoncé one here.

TIME viral

Dad and Daughter’s Goofy Dance to ‘All About That Bass’ Will Make You Smile

The dad does handstands, is arguably way more into it than the little girl

Sometimes it seems like every day is Father’s Day on the Internet, specifically when videos of dads breakdancing to Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and Ke$ha and Pitbull’s “Timber” go viral.

The latest groove session worth spotlighting features Josh Rinder, 29, of Aiken, South Carolina, and his four-year-old daughter Audrey Rinder rocking out to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” You can argue that the father enjoys the dancing even more than his daughter, for he spends way more time in front of the camera, jiggling his behind, doing handstands, and break-dancing on a treadmill.

“What better way to spend time with your daughter than to be silly,” he says in an email.

For the duo’s latest video, dad donned a horse head mask to dance to Taylor Swift’s new single “Shake It Off” in an eccentric take on the hit single:

(h/t Viral Viral Video)

TIME animals

Florida Man Says He Ate 15 Threatened Tortoises and Planned to Eat 11 More

A gopher tortoise. Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute—Reuters

An officer found him in the woods, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Wildlife authorities say a Florida man confessed to killing gopher tortoises, a threatened species, for their meat.

On Facebook, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wrote that a member of the public tipped them off to tortoise shells that were being dumped in the woods in Citrus County, north of Tampa. Officer Thomas Reid went to the woods and found a container with 11 live tortoises. He stayed there until the man showed up, confronting him when he started to move the reptiles into a truck.

“The man told Reid that he had killed 15 gopher tortoises and dumped the shells in the woods and that he had caught the 11 that were in the container and was planning on eating them,” according to the Facebook post.

The officer freed the 11 reptiles. No word on whether the man was making turtle soup.

(h/t Reuters via WFTS Tampa Bay)

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