TIME viral

This Man Just Quit His Job With a Cake

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?

The newscast director at the Arizona CBS affiliate KOLD broke the news that he was leaving by bringing in a cake with the text of his resignation letter on top.

Mark Herman did give the station’s news director a print copy, but thought the dessert—white cake with strawberry filling and whipped cream frosting made by a Tucson bakery—would be a fun way to inform the rest of the office.

Herman, who is taking a new job at the Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, tells TIME he wasn’t trying to get back at his bosses in any way: “I have a great relationship with my managers, so it’s all in good fun.”

TIME viral

These Three Guys Just Lip-Synced Their Way Through Pop Music History

Their "Chandelier" parody is worth sticking around for

In this viral video, three guys lip-sync hit songs from the 1950s to the present day, from Little Richard and the Four Seasons to Bruno Mars and One Direction. They cap off the performance in drag with their best impersonation of the video for Sia’s hit song, “Chandelier.”

The enthusiastic clip is inspired by a similar video produced in a car by SketchSHE, a trio of Australian women, that has racked up more than 22 million views on YouTube.

TIME society

This House Was Totally Trashed After Being Rented on Airbnb

See footage of the destruction

A couple is reeling after their house in Calgary, a city in Alberta, Canada, was trashed over the weekend by guests arranged through Airbnb, a website that allows people to rent out their homes to vacationers.

A video on the YouTube page for lifestyle blogger Misty Hamel shows police in the home of Star and Mark King, who came home to find condoms clogging their toilets and couch cushions in a pile on the kitchen floor. Photos also show cigarette butts on plates in the kitchen sink.

The party animals arrived last Saturday, and over the next few days, police responded to various noise complaints from neighbors, including one who claimed to see the house guests roll up in a party bus at one point during their stay, CTV News reports.

Surveying the damage, Staff Sgt. Jim Leung told the CBC that it the worst instance of a home being trashed that he had seen in his 27-year career with the police.

Airbnb is working with the home owners to provide them with resources to clean up the mess, a spokesperson tells TIME in a statement:

“We have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and our team is working quickly to make this right.

We have banned this guest from Airbnb, and our Trust and Safety team will offer its full assistance to law enforcement in any investigation of this incident.

We have been in very close contact with these hosts and we are working quickly to reimburse them under our $1 Million Host Guarantee, which covers a host’s property in the rare event of damages. Over 35 million guests have stayed on Airbnb, and property damage is extremely rare.”

TIME society

How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

Chris Telford Kayla Davis (right) and her kidney donor Jennifer Moss post-surgery at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta on March 28, 2015.

Jennifer Moss and Kayla Davis ended up discovering they had much more in common than a blood type and have bonded over a mutual love of pizza and corgis

Jennifer Moss is not your typical Reddit user. Every week, the 33-year-old utility company analyst from Marietta, Ga., reads posts on the social news site Reddit to see if she can help people who say they are in need. A father says he can’t afford to take his son on a trip? She sends him gas money via Paypal. A pregnant mom says she ran out of food stamps to buy vegetables? She sends her a gift card to a produce company. “Just because I never met them, doesn’t make them any less in need,” Moss said.

Last month, nearly 170 million visitors flocked to the site, which currently boasts more than 9,600 active communities that are typically devoted to niche subjects, anything from diet and exercise to video games. And while the site has occasionally drawn attention for the wrong reasons — a spokesperson apologized in 2013 for users who falsely accused a student of plotting the Boston Marathon bombing — its most fervent participants celebrate Reddit for fostering a vibrant community.

On May 28, 2014, Kayla Davis of Columbia, S.C., posted a message on the site about her need for a kidney transplant. Since age 10, Davis had suffered from a kidney disease called glomerulonephritis, which damages the parts of the organs that filter waste and fluids from the blood. She had been on dialysis for the last three years, which always left her feeling exhausted. Playing video games like The Legend of Zelda was the only thing Davis said she could do that wouldn’t wipe her out.

Davis was looking for a live donor with an O blood type. After setting up an unsuccessful Facebook page and realizing her mom and brother weren’t good matches because they have thyroid problems and high blood pressure, respectively, Davis, a 26-year-old, turned to Reddit. “It was almost like a last resort,” she said.

Five hours after the plea was posted, Moss posted a note of her own, saying she would call a living donor coordinator the next day and start the necessary tests to see if she was a match. They were. And Moss decided to donate her kidney. “I have something that the other person needs, and if it’s not going to hurt me, why not?” she thought.

Over the next nine months, the pair exchanged messages on Facebook three to four times times a week and found out they had more in common than a blood type. They both loved pizza, which Davis couldn’t eat when she was on dialysis. They also loved dogs, especially corgis. Moss regularly sent Davis photos of her corgi-Jack Russell terrier mix Conan, named after comedian Conan O’Brien, to keep Davis’s spirits up.

They met for the first time in March before the transplant surgery at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta. The surgery took place on March 26. It was a success: both women were up and walking the next day. Worried that Davis would be bored or lonely when Moss was discharged first, she and her fiancé Chris Telford bought the younger woman a tablet computer so she could keep up with friends back home.

The pair are not the first organ donor and recipient to meet through social media. Last year, a 36-year-old man found a live kidney donor on the social network, and a Minnesota mother found one for her two-year-old daughter after making a Facebook page. Over the past month, Sammy Griner, an 8-year-old boy known from the Internet’s popular “Success Kid” meme, raised more than $100,000 for his dad’s kidney transplant surgery through crowdfunding. And in March, a photo of an ad on the back of a man’s pickup truck pleading for a live kidney donor for his wife went viral on Reddit, flooding the University of Colorado hospital’s voicemail with calls from potential matches.

Moss hopes the chance way she met Davis can set an example. As of April, more than 101,000 Americans were waiting for a kidney, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. “If someone can see how easy it was for me to go through this process,” Moss said, “they might look at themselves and go, ‘Well, I could do it.’”

Finally off dialysis, Davis says she wakes up before 6 each morning filled with energy. She plans on getting a driver’s license. She wants to apply to college and pursue a career in computer science. Davis continues to share her story on Reddit, posting reguarly to let fellow users know about her recovery. And in September, Davis will see Moss again. This time, they’ll meet at Moss’s wedding.

TIME Business

This Elaborate Post-It Proposal Is Surprisingly Sweet

Will she stick with him?

An ad made by 3M brand Post-It in Korea shows a man renting out three floors of a skyscraper for an elaborate marriage proposal.

A description of the spot says he used 250 people to create an image of a heart with Post-It notes and a special message asking his girlfriend to marry him. The clip has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on April 19.

The ad was made in honor of White Day, a South Korean holiday similar to Valentine’s Day in which men give women candy and gifts (whereas on Valentine’s Day, women give men sweets).

(h/t AdWeek)

TIME celebrity

Watch Taylor Swift Try to Have an Entirely Rational Conversation With Sheep

See the look of shear frustration on her face

Important lessons from today: 1) Sheep are impossible to reason with. 2) Sheep are rude.

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Taylor Swift: Singer, songwriter … shepherdess? Not so fast. On Monday, the pop star posted a video on Instagram of herself talking to some sheep with the caption “1) Sheep are impossible to reason with. 2) Sheep are rude.”

The animals seem to be more interested in whether she brought food for them than listening to whatever the seven-time Grammy winner has to say. And they do not look a bit sheepish about interrupting her either. Maybe they just want her autograph? Regardless, she is turned off by their dismissiveness. Talk about bahhh-d blood.

 

TIME animals

90-Year-Old Tortoise Gets Wheels After Losing Legs in Rat Attack

Her owner says Mrs. T is on a roll

A 90-year-old tortoise named Mrs. T now has a pair of wheels to get around after a rat gnawed off her front legs while she was hibernating in a garden shed earlier this month in Pembroke, West Wales, The Telegraph and BBC News report.

Owner Jude Ryder turned to son Dale Sinclair-Jones, an engineer, who glued an axis connecting wheels from a model aircraft onto her shell.

Now the pet reptile can reportedly move faster than ever, so hares everywhere better watch out.

TIME Food & Drink

This is Where You Can Try Taco Bell’s Fritos Taco

Tacos with a shell made out of Fritos

Reddit is all abuzz about Taco Bell’s new Fritos Taco, which has been spotted in Memphis, Tenn.

The fast-food chain is testing this $1.49 item, which boasts a shell made out of “original” and “chili cheese”-flavored Fritos. Taco Bell hopes the item will be as successful as its Doritos Locos taco.

The test has been expected since December 2014, when Taco Bell showed a photo of one during a presentation to investors.

The chain already offers a burrito stuffed with Fritos corn chips.

TIME viral

Watch Jack Nicholson React to Jared Leto as The Joker

Batman's famous foe gets a makeover

An entertainer known as “ToniEmCee” has created a video that makes it look like actor Jack Nicholson is sobbing at a terrifying new photo of Jared Leto as a tattooed version of The Joker from the upcoming film Suicide Squad — an image that has now become a meme.

The clip adapts a scene from the 2002 movie About Schmidt, in which the three-time Academy Award winner — who played The Joker in the 1989 Batman — breaks down while looking at drawing by Ngodu, a six-year-old Tanzanian boy whom he sponsors.

Read next: See Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

TIME Internet

You Can Now Use Emojis in Hashtags on Instagram

emojis instagram new filters
Lionel Bonaventure/AFP—Getty Images

The update also includes three new photo filters

This Instagram update will make emoji lovers :-) .

The social network has announced that emojis will now show up in hashtags and in the app’s search function, bringing us one step closer to a society that does not have to use words to communicate.

The photo-sharing site is also rolling out a few new filters called “Lark,” “Reyes” and “Juno” (named after Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger’s dog). According to a description of these filters in a blog post:

Lark desaturates reds while punching up blues and greens to bring your landscapes to life. Reyes brings a dusty, vintage look to your moments. And finally, Juno tints cool tones green while making warm tones pop and whites glow for vibrant photos of people.

Read next: Google Removes Illustration of Android Robot Urinating on the Apple Logo in Google Maps

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