TIME Food & Drink

Arby’s Launches Bacon Hotline for ‘Tempted’ Vegetarians

You can leave a message at 1-855-Meat-HLP

Arby’s, the American restaurant that offered Jon Stewart a job and bought the oversized brown hat that Pharrell wore at the 2014 Grammys, is out with a new gimmick called the “Vegetarian Support Hotline.” Just dial 1-855-Meat-HLP, which launched Tuesday to promote the brand’s brown sugar-glazed pepper bacon.

The chain thinks the new menu item, available through July only, sounds so delicious that vegetarians will be “tempted” to eat it. When the number is dialed, there are different prompts depending on whether or not the caller has caved in. An example of the so-called “reassuring” advice that it dishes out: “Now, take a deep breath, and go make a salad.”

But aren’t vegetarians usually health-conscious people? And isn’t bacon so unhealthy in the first place that adding brown sugar would just turn them off bacon (and meat in general) even more? Just a thought…

Also, the Internet may be interested to learn that, while there isn’t a human operator on the line, callers are supposed to be able to leave a message, so happy trolling.

TIME Business

New Bubble Wrap Has Bubbles You Can’t Pop

Bad news for people who find it cathartic to pop the stuff

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sealed Air, the original seller of bubble wrap, is rolling out new version of bubble wrap with bubbles that do not pop and that takes up less space in online retailers’ storage centers.

According to the article,Traditional Bubble Wrap ships in giant, pre-inflated rolls, taking up precious room in delivery trucks and on customers’ warehouse floors. One roll of the new iBubble Wrap uses roughly one-fiftieth as much space before it’s inflated.”

Talk about sucking the air out of a room, right?


TIME politics

Watch a 93-Year-Old Man Sing a Campaign Song He Wrote for Hillary Clinton

"Don't dilly-dally / Let's all start a rally"

YouTube user Katie Miller has uploaded a video of a 93-year-old man named Jerry Rosenblum, who lives in Santa Monica, California, singing a campaign song he wrote for Hillary Clinton at Silvercrest Senior Citizens Residence, where she is a volunteer.

Sample verse:

So don’t dilly-dally
Let’s all start a rally
Don’t hesitate
She’s the one you should choose
No one else can fill her shoes
Give her your vote, and you won’t sing the blues

The kicker: “And maybe some day when you’re old and gray, you’ll vote for Chelsea.”

As Miller wrote in the YouTube description, “A year ago he composed a campaign song for Hillary, recorded it on a ‘compact disc,’ and mailed it to her campaign team. He sadly never heard from her… Regardless of your political views you have to admit Jerry is the cutest and deserves a chance to meet Hillary.”

(h/t Digg)

TIME celebrities

Watch Stephen Colbert Host a Public Access TV Show in Michigan

He even interviews Eminem

Comedian and late-night star Stephen Colbert hosted a show called “Only in Monroe” on the Michigan city’s public access TV channel, in which he interviewed Eminem, the rapper from Detroit, at the 21:55 mark. Watch as he tries to get him to sing along to songs by Detroit-area singer-songwriter Bob Seger and ask the kind of questions that only an elderly person who has never heard of the Grammy-winning recording artist would ask, such as:

“What kind of rap do you do? … Are you more political or are you more booty rhymes? Where do you hope this goes? Is this a career or more of a hobby? Is this just sort of like a thing to do with your buddies on the weekends? It’s a pretty tough business though, do you have a fall back position?”

(h/t Digg)

TIME Food & Drink

This Pizza Is Filled With 6 Pockets of Cheese and Meat

But you can put salad in the middle so it's healthy

A restaurant called Nya Gul & Blå in Piteå, Sweden, recently unveiled an enormous pie called the “Vulcan Pizza.”

Two pockets contain ham and cheese, two have beef tenderloin and cheese, and two boast bacon and salami, while customers can put salad and fries in the middle — all for 120 kronor or about $14, The Daily Mail recently reported.

It took two months for chef Halmat Givra and employee Kifa Algaf to come up with the dish, the owner’s daughter Vean Algaf told The Daily Mail in an interview.

While the meal is only available in Sweden, buzz has been spreading worldwide, as the photo of it on Nya Gul & Blå’s Facebook page has racked up more than 13,000 “likes” and has been shared more than 3,300 times.

TIME Food & Drink

Parents Who Name Their Babies ‘Quinoa’ Could Eat Free at This Restaurant

How far would you go to get a free meal?

If new parents name their babies “Quinoa,” then they can enter to win $10,000 worth of food at the chain BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. It is a promotion for two new quinoa menu items — one with roasted salmon and one with roasted chicken with spinach.

Reactions to the publicity stunt on Facebook have included comments like “Terrible idea,” “This is whacked!” and “I don’t know…if I didn’t know that it was a grain, I think ‘Quinoa’ would be kind of a pretty name.”

The key here is “enter to win,” so if you don’t win, then you will still have a baby named “Quinoa” to feed.


TIME relationships

Meet the Straight Couples Who Were Waiting to Marry Until All Gay Couples Could

Roxy Davis Roxy and Jordan Davis pose for pictures at the California State Capitol building in Sacramento after getting married at the County Clerk/Recorder's Office on June 26, 2015.

Now that the boycott is over, it's time to get legal. Maybe. Or not...

Last Friday in Sacramento, Calif., Roxy Davis, 29, was scrolling through her Twitter feed when she saw the news that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that all 50 states had to recognize same-sex marriages. As tears streamed down her face, she woke her partner of seven-and-a-half years, 29-year-old law student Jordan Davis, and screamed “Let’s go get married!” After “boycotting marriage” for six years, the heterosexual couple went to a flag store, bought rainbow flags, and told loved ones to join them for a “celebration of marriage equality” at the County Clerk/Recorder office, where they were married in a civil ceremony.

Likewise, in Portland, Oregon, Zoe Zachariades and her partner of seven years, Boris Kaidanov, both 28, got text messages from their moms asking if they were going to get married. Zachariades says she texted back “yes, then I looked at Boris, and asked, ‘Oh, are we?’ He said yes, and we hugged.” The two, who have a five-month-old baby, haven’t set a date yet.

These are just a few of the straight couples who have been waiting to get married until same-sex marriages were recognized as legal nationwide. Likeminded couples made headlines for getting married in 2013, after the Supreme Court both struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. But many also pledged not to wed until there was marriage equality in their states.

Even that wasn’t enough for Zachariades and Kaidanov. A federal judge ruled Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional last May, but the pair still held out. “We would do it when everyone in our country could do it,” Zachariades explains. She said their decision was influenced by college classes that taught them about “gay rights as human rights, and we wanted to be part of change.”

Zachariades and Kaidanov wanted to “bring more awareness to our friends and family” about the issue, as did Jordan Davis, who says, “I was boycotting marriage because I have family members who would say we don’t need marriage equality. They thought [the gay marriage debate] was someone else’s problem, so I was trying to make it their problem, too.”

Straight celebrities have also generated mainstream attention for this unusual cause. Actress Kristen Bell, who pledged not to get married until her gay and lesbian friends could marry, popped the question to actor Dax Shepard in a tweet on Jun 26, 2013 after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. Likewise, there were rumors that the court’s decision may have inspired Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to tie the knot, after Pitt famously said in 2006 that they’d only do it “when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.” When they wed secretly in August 2014, it was seen as a sign that they thought same-sex marriage was allowed in enough states.

And most recently, Girls creator Lena Dunham told Ellen DeGeneres that she and her boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff, would not get hitched until gay marriage was recognized in all 50 states. After the Supreme Court handed down that decision last Friday, she tweeted “.@jackantonoff Get on it, yo…”

There are also straight couples who have used their weddings to advocate for marriage equality, either by incorporating lines from court decisions on same-sex marriage into readings at their ceremonies, or asking guests to sign petitions supporting marriage equality, or by wearing lapel pins with a white-knot, a symbol of the movement.

As a “show of solidarity for our gay friends and family members,” Tony Curtis, 35, and Beth Moore, 33, of Louisville, Kentucky, had been planning a commitment ceremony at the LGBT-friendly Douglass Boulevard Christian Church — where, up until last Friday, ministers had refused to sign marriage licenses for straight couples until same-sex couples could get married statewide. (The Supreme Court case decided last Friday involved plaintiffs from Kentucky.) The couple was then going to drive to either Iowa or Indiana to get their marriage license signed because Moore, a behavioral analyst, said she didn’t want to get her marriage license signed in a state where same-sex and heterosexual marriages were not viewed equally under the law because she was frustrated by the way her relatives referred to her mom’s cousin and his husband as “roommates” at family reunions.

“I realized that if we had children, I wouldn’t want my children to think that their marriage was any less official or less important than other marriages or other relationships,” says Moore. Engaged since August 2014, the two now plan to marry in Louisville on July 18 and have the Douglass Boulevard Christian Church sign their marriage license.

But for some it was hard to find a partner willing to wait as a matter of principle. Mary Lunetta, a 33-year-old policy analyst in San Diego, (who was first quoted on this topic in the 2006 New York Times article “The Sit-In at the Altar: No ‘I Do’ Till Gays Can Do It, Too”) says her aunt came out as a lesbian at the same time that she got engaged. After talking with her fiancé, who also had gay family members, they agreed to wait. “How could I get married if my aunt couldn’t do that? It just didn’t seem right,” she told TIME. “I wouldn’t want to claim something for myself that was denied to people I love.” They ended up breaking off their engagement after she moved to take a new job.

Since then, she hasn’t met a guy who completely shares her views. She says she broke up with her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years about a month ago because “he wanted to get married, and he was supportive of marriage equality, but he didn’t understand my hesitation to do it until everyone in the country had that right. He’s not the only one who didn’t get the desire to wait. In discussions about this topic online, some critics argue these statements are akin to “not eating until there are no starving people in the world anymore.”

After last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, Lunetta says she is definitely open to getting married when she finds the right person. “Now that we can stop talking about who should and should not be allowed marry, we should talk about how to commit ourselves to a true, loving partnership,” she says. “I’m a millennial, and a lot of millennials are the kids of divorced parents, so we don’t know how to do the good, solid, loving partnerships thing.”

That comment may especially resonate among the share of American adults who have never married, which is at a “record-high,” according to a Sep. 2014 Pew Research report. “We felt committed enough to one another that we didn’t need a piece of paper anyway,” Zachariades put it simply. Also, some of the straight couples TIME interviewed haven’t felt pressured to get married because they work for companies that recognize domestic partnerships which allows them to get health insurance for their partners.

Still, marriage is tempting because of the government and tax benefits it offers. Fawn Livingston-Gray, 42, and Sam Livingston-Gray, 40, were featured in the 2006 New York Times article as a couple that weren’t going to marry till there was marriage quality, while they did wear “matching white-gold rings engraved with Celtic designs.”

Now, nine years later, the Portland, Ore. couple have a six-year-old daughter, and the decision is as much about practicalities as principle. Fawn, a volunteer coordinator at a women’s crisis hotline who identifies as bisexual, says they’re still considering marriage because of the “protections for our kid and access to things like Social Security when we’re older, and it would probably save us money to file tax returns jointly.”

TIME celebrities

Watch Stephen Colbert Do 20 Pushups to Support Veterans

John Oliver made him do it

Comedian Stephen Colbert, future host of the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, accepted former Daily Show co-star and HBO host John Oliver’s challenge to do 20 pushups in support of American veterans. Note, and chuckle at, the piece of paper pinned to a bulletin board that says “THINGS TO SUPPORT: -Troops -Veterans -Lumbar”.

The late-night host is the latest celebrity to participate in the #GiveThem20 campaign, which challenges Americans to do pushups or sit-ups to support veterans. Other stars that have promoted the cause include Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Rob Riggle, Carson Daly, Will Arnett and the Rockettes.

TIME viral

Watch 100 Years of Russian Beauty Trends in Less Than 2 Minutes

Featuring Pussy Riot's signature look

In this minute-and-a-half clip, a production company called Cut.com aims to show how Russian fashion and style has evolved from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. The video features looks inspired by Stilyagi, a Soviet counter-culture movement, and balaclavas, the signature face masks worn by Pussy Riot, the Russian dissident girl band.

Past “100 Years of Beauty” segments have sought to enlighten the Internet about Korean, Indian and Mexican hair and make-up trends, as well as American style.

TIME Television

Watch Alex Trebek Rap the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song on Jeopardy!

Trying to give Will Smith a run for his money

Now this is a story all about how…on Jeopardy! Monday night, host Alex Trebek started rapping the lyrics to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.

When the contestant Brandon chose to take on the “TV for $800″ challenge, the music started playing, and Trebek got really into it as he read the prompt: “In the theme to this ’90s sitcom, ‘I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie, ‘Yo homes, smell ya later!'”

Ankoor answered it correctly first, but Brandon won the episode, so he got to sit on his throne as the Prince of Bel-Air, er, Jeopardy!.

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