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Weird Al at the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Maybe!

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The creator says he submitted the petition when he was drunk

Want “Weird Al” Yankovic to play this year’s Super Bowl halftime show? Of course you do — and you’re not alone. More than 5,400 people have signed a Change.org petition to get the satirical songster the big gig.

“The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany,” according to the website’s description of the petition. “The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”

The campaign’s organizer, a user named Ed Ball from Washington state, wrote an update on the website saying he was surprised at how fast the idea took off after he “drunkingly submitted” the petition.

TIME technology

People Apparently Called the Police Because Facebook Went Down

According to amusing tweets from a sergeant with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

If you freaked out about Facebook going down earlier today, we hope your next call wasn’t 911. Sounds obvious, right? Apparently not to everyone, according to these tweets from Sergeant Burton Brink of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

Add this incident to the list of inappropriate times to call the police – from the British woman who called 999 because the ice cream man didn’t put enough sprinkles on her ice cream to the Florida woman who called 911 because she claimed a restaurant served her undercooked waffles.

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Stuntman’s GoPro Video Shows What It’s Like to Jump Off The Roof of a Building

This video is not for the vertiginous

GoPro has posted a terrifying video of professional stuntman Ethan Swanson jumping off a roof in Chicago, Illinois. The build-up is suspenseful, but fast forward to the 1:10 mark if you want to cut to the chase. The clip has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

After this horrifying footage, Swanson’s second most viral stunt is his leap from one rooftop to the rooftop of a building across the street.

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WATCH: Oxford A Cappella Group Covers Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie”

The pop star has endorsed it on Twitter

Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, has produced a cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” for charity. Proceeds from purchases of the single will be donated to the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults.

Shakira recently tweeted her endorsement of the students’ rendition, which now boasts more than 2.7 million views on YouTube

This medley is not the first Oxford-Shakira crossover. The Colombian pop star gave a speech about “universal access to education” at the university in December 2009.

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Adorable Deer Cries When You Stop Petting His Belly

But watch what happens when he tries to stop

A video going viral on Reddit shows Justin Lewis, an electric company lineman from Kentucky, cradling a fawn and giving it belly rubs. The young deer squealed whenever he stopped. As he wrote on Facebook, “momma deer was watching from the hillside. The fawn was following us around the job site, so we carried it up the hillside and he left with his mother.”

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How to Bury Your Pet in Space

Unlike this stock photo, your pet's cremated remains would be sent to space in capsules. Getty Images

First flight blasts off in the fall

A Houston company called Celestis, which has been sending cremated human remains to space since 1997, has announced a program for the remains of dogs and cats, Reuters reports.

On October 7, 2014, Celestis’s first pet memorial spaceflight is expected to blast off from Spaceport America in New Mexico carrying the remains of a blue merle Australian Shepherd, aptly named Apollo. A biography of his life on the Celestis website describes him as a dog who enjoyed long walks, though noted that as a “libertarian, he was not a fan of the local leash laws.”

The mission is part of the company’s Earth Rise service, which sends “a symbolic portion of your loved one’s cremated remains to space,” according to the Celestis website. “The cremated remains then return to Earth and are recovered.” The family will “receive the flown space capsule or module — with the cremated remains still inside — as a keepsake.”

The price of that kind of mission starts at $995. For $4,995, the remains will orbit the Earth. For $12,500, you can send them to the Moon or deep space.

Celestis is known for launching “22 lipstick-sized metal vials” containing ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and American psychologist and LSD expert Timothy Leary at 6,200 mph.

 

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WATCH: Swan Attacks Man Taking a Selfie

The man ruffled its feathers

A swan “attacked” a man who was just trying to take a selfie with it.

As YouTube user Steven Takata explains in the description of the video, “My brother-in-law got a little too close for his selfie with the trumpeter swans at the Great Bend Zoo in Kansas.” The clip also shows the selfie, which turned out pretty well, making the whole ordeal worth it after all.

It is possible that the swan wanted to make sure it was featured prominently in the shot, given it’s North America’s largest waterfowl.

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This Girl Is Replacing Photos of Her Ex’s Face with Beyoncé’s to Help Cure Her Broken Heart

For all the single ladies out there

After a breakup, Cassandra Blackwell photoshopped Beyoncé’s face over the photos she took with her ex-boyfriend. Then she compiled the images on a Tumblr called “Beyoncify My Boyfriend.” Since the website has gone viral, she has offered to “Beyoncify” other people’s photos with their exes. And now we can’t get the pop star’s hit “Single Ladies” out of our head.

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TIME World

You Can Send Your Child to Summer Camp in North Korea

The camp was started to teach foreigners about the Hermit Kingdom and boasts access to a private beach and water slides

The Associated Press has published photos of opening day at a nearly 30-year-old summer camp in North Korea on July 29, 2014.

The Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wonsan is supposed to help young foreigners (especially from Communist countries) get acquainted with the isolated country, attracting over 300 attendees from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland and Tanzania, the AP reports. Charging $270 per child, the government-subsidized camp boasts activities like cooking, volleyball, swimming at a private beach, boating and even access to a water slide. Accommodations include air-conditioned rooms with video games.

In the rest of North Korea, however, millions “suffer from malnourishment and inadequate health services,” according to a UN report cited in a TIME article last year. Due to malnutrition, “a third of children under the age of five show signs of stunting. Because of poor sanitation, diarrhea is a leading killer of children.” So it’s hard to ignore the irony while looking at pictures of “fun” camp activities.

North Korean school girls stand in formation during an opening ceremony for the start of summer activities at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Wonsan, North Korea. Wong Maye-E –AP
North Korean girls in similar bathing suits stand under a shower at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Wonsan, North Korea. Wong Maye-E –AP
The lobby of the dormitory at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp is painted in pastel colors, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Wonsan, North Korea. Wong Maye-E–AP
Students from the Laureat International School in Tanzania walk past a statue of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, surrounded by children, on the parade square of the Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Wonsan, North Korea. Wong Maye-E–AP
Students from the Laureat International School in Tanzania walk past a statue of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, surrounded by children, on the parade square of the Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Wonsan, North Korea. Wong Maye-E–AP
Young North Korean girls hold up signboards with the names of participating countries during an opening ceremony at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Wonsan, North Korea. Wong Maye-E –AP
TIME viral

Adorable 5 Year Old Really Doesn’t Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up

"I don't wanna die when I'm a hundred!"

Video of a five-year-old girl from Phoenix, Arizona, sobbing at the thought of her three-month-old brother growing up is going viral on Reddit.

Decked out in a Princess Sofia dress, Sadie wraps her arm around her little brother Carson, kisses his head, and says at one point, “He’s so cute, and I don’t wanna die when I’m a hundred!” Her brother just smiles, clearly amused by it all and loving the attention.

“She’s cried about not wanting to get older herself in the past, but this was the first time she was upset about her brother,” her father Ryan Miller said in an email statement provided by his brother Alex Miller, who uploaded the video to YouTube. “The funny thing is that this was totally out of the blue — we have no idea what prompted it.”

And to show you how devoted Sadie is to Carson, here’s a photo of the girl reading to him:

Courtesy of Alex Miller

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