TIME politics

Guy Wears Polo Shirt to Meeting Not Realizing Obama Would Be There

Carolyn Kaster—AP In this April 3, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama, center, participates in a roundtable about clean energy with Judy Fisher, clockwise from Obama, Marvin Lance Futch, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Harry "Buddy" Briesmaster III, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Michelle Fisher at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

At least wear a tan suit

A man who wore a white polo shirt last week to a meeting with President Barack Obama at Hill Air Force Base north of Salt Lake City, Utah, is making headlines because of his unintentionally casual attire.

Lance Futch told the Associated Press he thought he would just be meeting a senior White House official. Turned out he was sitting one seat away from the commander-in-chief at a table that also included U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R).

The White House asked Vivant Solar to send someone with a military affiliation to discuss job opportunities for veterans in solar energy, so the company sent Futch, a member of the Utah Air National Guard.

“If I had known it was my commander in chief, I definitely would have been wearing my blues,” referring to the guardsman uniform.

Or at least a tan suit.

TIME technology

Today’s iPhone Update Gives You Hundreds of New Emoji


Including more racially diverse options

After some beta tests, Apple has released iOS 8.3, an update that comes with 300 new emojis, a highly-anticipated feature since the tech giant pledged last year to make the popular characters more diverse after users protested.

Notable new emojis in this keyboard — in addition to faces with different skin tones — include same-sex families, a range of gadgets like the new Apple Watch and flags from 32 countries.

The update also boasts bug fixes to CarPlay, the Messages app, WiFi and Bluetooth, among others.

(h/t 9to5Mac)

TIME Food & Drink

Pepperoni Pizza Fries Are the Snack Hybrid of Your Dreams

Carl's Jr. is appealing to pizza bros

You’ve probably seen pizza burgers on a menu, but pizza fries?

Carl’s Jr. is testing “Pepperoni Pizza Fries,” fries topped with mozzarella cheese, parmesan marinara sauce and pepperoni slices, at select locations in Southern California.

But the $2.39 item is more than just a stoner’s dream. It’s also an attempt by the burger restaurant chain to appeal to male millennials, or “Young, Hungry Guys,” as a statement to TIME refers to them. (Think the demographic that drools over “Epic Meal Time” videos.)

Carl’s Jr. says the pepperoni pizza fries are piling onto the trend of “loaded fries.” Varieties that the chain has previously offered include gravy, chili cheese, bacon cheddar, and bacon ranch.”

TIME celebrity

Zach Braff Wants to Make Pizza for Gay Weddings in Indiana

He tweeted a photo of himself with former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison

The bromantic pair from Scrubs is getting into the wedding business.

Zach Braff tweeted a photo of himself with an arm around Donald Faison, who played his partner in crime Dr. Christopher Turk on NBC’s beloved medical spoof. He wrote, “If you really and truly want pizza for your gay wedding in Indiana… We will make it for you. @donald_faison.” This show of solidarity for gay rights activists and the larger LGBT community has racked up more than 8,100 retweets since last Friday afternoon.

The reference to pizza alludes to the owners of a Walkerton, Ind., pizza parlor who sparked outrage nationwide when they said they would not cater a gay marriage in the middle of the controversy over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

TIME animals

Your Pup Will Eat Better Than You at This Five-Course Meal and Drink Pairing For Dogs

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Bone appetit!

British dog owners with a dogged devotion to their pets, take note: A pop-up restaurant called The Curious Canine Kitchen will serve up a five-course organic meal and drink pairing for dogs in London’s Shoreditch neighborhood on April 11 and April 12. This “Doggie Fine Diner” is donating all of the proceeds to Amazon CARES, which promotes wildlife conservation in the Peruvian Amazon region.

According to its website, pampered pooches will get to feast on:

Textures of Tripe with seaweed and kale puree, crispy Paddywack with reishi mushroom flaxseed cream and coconut and blueberry chia pudding with gluten-free cinnamon quinoa ‘dog biscuits’ to name a few. Served alongside refreshments such as Alkaline water, beef consommé and coconut water, the menu will be polished off with a piquant marrowbone, known for its teeth cleaning properties and a ‘Fresh Breath’ herbal tea tonic to aid digestion.


TIME society

Meet the World’s New Oldest Living Person

Courtesy of Michael Kinloch Jeralean Talley and godson Tyler Kinloch pictured with one of the seven catfish she caught at the Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter, Mich., on June 16, 2012.

Here's what 115-year-old Jeralean Talley of Michigan had to say about the news

The last two known people on Earth born in 1898 have passed away just five days apart, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Following the death of 117-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa last Wednesday, Gertrude Weaver of Camden, Ark., became the world’s new oldest living person at 116 years old. But she passed away Monday morning at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center after complications due to pneumonia, the Associated Press confirmed.

“The record for the shortest reign is four days, and that was Emma Tillman in 2007 at 114 years old,” said Robert Young, director of the supercentenarians division of the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. “The average title holder keeps the title maybe for about a year. On top of that, we’ve never had two people over 116 years old die in one week before. So now you can close the book on 1898.”

Courtesy of Christonna CampbellTalley holds great-great grandson Armmell Holloway at home, May 13, 2014.

That makes Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., the new oldest living person at 115 years old. There could still be people who are older than Talley, but their claims have not been verified by the organization, which usually requires documentation such as original proof of birth, name change and recent identification.

MORE Long Life Secrets from the Second-Oldest American

“I feel good,” Talley told TIME in a Monday evening phone call, aided by her daughter, Thelma Holloway, 77. “I don’t feel sick. I’m still trying to do the right thing is all.”

Aisha Holloway, 39, Talley’s great-granddaughter, who was visiting from nearby Southfield, Mich., described the news as “amazing” and “overwhelming.”

Thelma Holloway said Talley is generally in good health and is still a night owl, awake as late as midnight. “She doesn’t get around like she used to, but she doesn’t have any pains and walks around the house. All she does is sleep and eat.”

Talley has always said the secret to her longevity is two-fold: “do unto others as you desire them to do unto you” and eat lots of pork—specifically hog’s head cheese—which doesn’t contain cheese and is mostly made of pigs’ ears and feet.

She has stayed active over the years by sewing dresses, making quilts, playing the slot machines at casinos and bowling—even scoring 200 in one game before retiring from the lanes at 104 years old, when her legs got too weak. Since then, she has been known to pass the time by watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Wheel of Fortune or listening to baseball on the radio. Around her birthday in May, one of her friends, Michael Kinloch, usually takes her fishing for catfish and trout.

Aisha Holloway said that while Talley does not have any hobbies she pursues regularly anymore, she still makes it to church on Sundays. “She’s a very solemn individual. Very quiet, very humble, very sweet.”

As Talley’s great-great-grandson, Armmell, shrieked in the background, she added, “We’ve got a two year old here that keeps her on her toes. She’s very stern with him and will say ‘You get off of there! You’ll hurt yourself!’ It’s amazing to watch an almost 116 year old watching out for a two year old. I think God kept her alive so she can watch over us.”


Courtesy of Michael KinlochTalley pictured with her fishing buddy Michael Kinloch’s family the day after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 29, 2013. (L-R) Michael’s youngest son and Talley’s godson Tyler, Michael’s wife Elaine, and Michael’s oldest son Ramon and his fiancé Andrea (both doctors), and Michael.
Courtesy of Michael KinlochTalley puts the bait on her fishing pole at the Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter, Mich., on May 25, 2013.
Courtesy of Michael KinlochTalley with (L-R) the owners of Spring Valley Trout Farm in Dexter, Mich., her friend Mary Kennedy, and her godson Tyler Kinloch, on May 25, 2013.

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TIME society

Watch Kids Scream in Horror as a Bee Interrupts Barack Obama at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Generating quite a buzz

During the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll festivities Monday, President Barack Obama started reading Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are — per tradition — when the children listening saw a bee buzzing around and started to scream.

The President kept pausing to laugh at the children’s reaction. “Wait wait wait wait,” he said, laughing. “Hold on! Hold on! You guys are wild things! You aren’t supposed to be scared of bees when you’re a wild thing!”

No word on whether any representatives from the new White House task force to reverse the decline in the number of bees nationwide showed up to the South Lawn and swarmed into action.

TIME celebrity

The Sweet Story of How ‘The Rock’ Helped a Young Fan Fight Cancer

The young man chased down Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a sort of high-speed car chase

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson met one of his biggest fans and his new hero over the weekend in an encounter that kind of resembled a high-speed car chase with the best possible ending.

(h/t MTV)

TIME society

100-Year-Old Woman Said to Set Swimming Record

A Japanese woman is believed to be the first centenarian to complete a 1,500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool, CNN reports.

Mieko Nagaoka, 100, swam backstroke for 1 hour, 15 minutes and 54 seconds at a Japan Masters Swimming Association event in Matsuyama. Some reports say she has set a world record, but Guinness World Records has yet to verify it.

Nagaoka started swimming at age 80 to speed her recovery from a knee injury and has been known to train four times a week for two hours at a time, according to FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports.

TIME viral

Sesame Street’s Game of Thrones Parody Is the Only Thing You Need to Get Ready for the New Season

The Iron Throne gets a fuzzy new occupant

In light of Game of Thrones coming back this weekend, Sesame Street has spoofed the show with a short film imagining the characters playing an elaborate game of musical chairs with mini replicas of the Iron Throne. There is a silver one made out of golf clubs and golf balls, a copper one made out of ping pong paddles and a gold one made out of baseball bats and wiffle balls. Sit back, and let the games begin.

Season five of the most-watched HBO series of all time premieres April 12.

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