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Chris Christie Did the Ice Bucket Challenge And Here’s Video Proof

He nominates Jimmy Fallon, Mark Zuckerberg, and Cory Booker to take the plunge next

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, became the latest high-profile figure to participate in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” Tuesday evening. That’s the Facebook trend in which people post videos of themselves getting doused with ice water, then nominate others to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS research.

In the video posted to Christie’s Facebook page, he’s seen grinning as two of his children, Patrick and Bridget, do the honors. He nominated New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D), Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to complete the challenge next.

Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Senator Robert Kennedy, nominated President Barack Obama to do the challenge, but a White House spokesperson said he will just give money. Other influencers who have completed the challenge include Martha Stewart, Matt Lauer and Lance Bass.

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Chinese Panda Brings to Bear Rare Batch of Triplets

Three of a kind

A rare batch of panda triplets was recently born at China’s Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, the Associated Press reports.

Their mother, Ju Xiao, was impregnated with sperm from a panda at a Guangzhou zoo in March, and she gave birth to the cubs on July 29. China made the announcement this week after it was certain that the cubs had survived, according to the AP via China News Service.

The AP also reports that the triplets, which reportedly weigh between 8-12 ounces, mark the fourth panda triplet born via an artificial breeding program. It is unclear how many of those triplet groups have survived, however.

MORE: TIME Launches Panda Cam During Government Shutdown

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Twitter Users Mistakenly Mourn Death of Robbie Williams

Some seem to have mixed up the comedic actor with the British singer

Some people on Twitter appear to mistakenly believe that the British singer Robbie Williams has died instead of Robin Williams, the 63-year-old comedic actor who passed away Monday.

The hashtag #RIPRobbieWilliams suggests plenty of people are either getting their celebrities mixed up, or using a confusing diminutive when paying tribute to the late actor:

Robbie Williams – who is apparently alive and well – recently started a live tour called “Swings Both Ways,” which has performances coming up next month in Australia.

(h/t The Daily Mail)

MORE: Complete Coverage of Robin Williams on TIME.com

MORE: BBC Aired The Robin Williams Family Guy Episode Just as News Broke of The Comedian’s Death

 

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BBC Aired Robin Williams Family Guy Episode as News Broke of His Death

Public broadcaster said the scheduling of the episode, which features a suicide attempt, was an "uncanny coincidence"

A British TV channel aired a Robin Williams-themed episode of Family Guy Monday night that features a suicide attempt, just as news broke of the 63-year-old comedian’s apparent suicide, Yahoo UK reports.

In the “Viewer Mail #2″ (season 10, episode 22), shown on BBC 3 Monday night, Peter Griffin is outraged by a roast of Robin Williams on TV that he thinks is too mean. After declaring, “I wish everyone was Robin Williams,” he gets struck by lightning and then wakes up from a coma with the power to turn everyone he touches into Robin Williams.

But he becomes overwhelmed by the number of Robin Williamses in the world and tries to kill himself by jumping off a cliff, landing on Mrs. Doubtfire. One of the next scenes shows Peter Griffin with his hands cut off, his way of finally trying to get rid of the superpower.

Twitter and Reddit users balked at the airing of the show on the same evening as Williams’ death was announced:

But the BBC said the show’s airing had not been intentional. “It was scheduled more than two weeks ago so it is just an uncanny coincidence,” a BBC spokesperson told Yahoo UK.

The episode, which had aired on the channel more than once in the past, will not be shown for a second time on Friday as was initially planned.

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8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Robin Williams

Robin Williams, left, and Christopher Reeve, attempt to hail a taxicab in New York City on Feb. 9, 1981. Williams went to see Reeve, who is appearing in the play "The Fifth of July", backstage after his performance Friday night. Steve Sands – AP

From his favorite video games to the story behind his Picasso painting

In light of the death of Academy Award–winning actor Robin Williams at age 63, NewsFeed rounds up some fun tidbits you might not have known about the comedic genius.

• He was a gamer. During a Reddit AMA in September 2013, a Redditor asked him if he named his daughter Zelda after the video game The Legend of Zelda. Williams said, “It wasn’t actually me, it was my son Zachary who came up with the idea. But once Marsha [his ex-wife] and I heard it, we said it was great.” Williams also said he’s been playing Call of Duty, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Portal and Battlestations Pacific.

• During that same discussion, Williams said his favorite celebrity to impersonate is Jack Nicholson, while Dana Carvey did his favorite celebrity impersonation of himself.

• Williams’ favorite book growing up was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

• Christopher Reeve was Williams’ roommate and best friend at Juilliard. The comedian was the first person who made the Superman actor laugh a few days after he was paralyzed in a riding accident. ”He announced that he was a proctologist and had to examine me immediately,” Reeve wrote in his memoir Still Me, according to a New York Times review. “And for the first time since the accident I laughed.”

• Williams got angry with Disney for using his voice as the Genie in Aladdin to sell merchandise for the movie because “I don’t want to sell stuff. It’s the one thing I won’t do,” he told New York magazine. Disney attempted to make up for it by sending him a Picasso painting, believed to be worth $1 million, in which the artist imagined himself as Vincent van Gogh.

• When Williams was first starting out, he performed as a mime outside New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to make money.

• Williams owned a vineyard in California, which, he joked in a TIME “10 Questions” interview, is “weird,” like “Gandhi owning a delicatessen.”

• In a 1979 TIME cover on his rise to fame as Mork in ABC’s Mork & Mindy, Williams said he was going to stick to driving his 1966 Land Rover as opposed to a flashier car like a Mercedes or a Rolls-Royce because “I can’t deal with new cars. I like a car that’s like me — you never know what’s going to happen next.”

 

 

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Two-Headed Dolphin Found Dead on Beach in Turkey

This photo of a conjoined dolphin was taken by gym teacher Tugrul Metin, while he was vacationing during the first few days of August 2014, in the Aegean Sea coastal town of Dikili, Turkey Tugrul Metin—AP

A rare occurrence, marine biologists told Turkish media

A corpse that appears to belong to a two-headed dolphin calf washed up on a beach in Turkey, the Associated Press reports.

Tugrul Metin, a gym teacher, was on vacation when he found the conjoined cetacean on a beach in Dikili, which is near the Aegean city of Izmir.

Marine biologist Mehmet Gokoglu called the incident rare, AP reports, and that the dolphin will be studied by researchers at Akdeniz University.

PHOTO: Here Is a Crocodile Eats a Shark

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Apparently, There’s an Auto-Tune Remix of the Interview with ‘Apparently Kid’

This was inevitable

Last week at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania, a five-year-old boy named Noah Ritter took the mic from WNEP anchor Sofia Ojeda and won over the Internet with the way he said “apparently” after every word in his reaction to the rides and his explanation of why he doesn’t watch the news a lot.

Now The Gregory Brothers, the YouTube channel famous for auto-tuning news sound bytes that go viral, have remixed the clip that now boasts nearly 12 million views since it was uploaded Aug. 4. The YouTube parodies are in full force, including one of a grown man doing a dramatic reenactment of Ritter’s interview.

In an interview with the Today show, the five-year-old said his newfound viral fame feels like “a thousand drops of heaven.”

(h/t Digg)

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This Baby’s Mind Is Completely Blown By a Remote Control

He is probably as confused about what all of the buttons do as we are

Watch this baby look completely perplexed and petrified whenever a remote control is held up in front of his face. When the gadget is moved away, the tot instantly calms down as if nothing ever happened. Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” is playing in the background, which is ironic because, as you can see from the baby’s face, he doesn’t seem to want to be anywhere near the device.

Although, in all fairness, remote controls have so many buttons these days that most adults are still confused about how all of them work – especially when they hit a wrong button, accidentally switch off the system, and are desperately trying to figure out how to get their TV or movie back on the screen.

This youngster’s frightened expression also reminds us of the 2011 YouTube video boasting over 56 million views that shows a baby looking absolutely terrified whenever his mother blows her nose. Refresh your memory of that viral clip below:

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

WATCH: Baby Stops Crying When Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Is Playing

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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Kim Kardashian Is Publishing a Book of Selfies

Universe

The selfie-titled book is due out next spring

Kim Kardashian is coming out with a book of selfies called Selfish. The 352-page hardcover ($19.95) will be published in April 0f 2015, by the Universe imprint of the renowned art bookseller Rizzoli, E! reports.

During an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the 33-year-old reality TV star said she got the idea from a “sexy” Polaroid photo book she gave hubby Kanye West for Valentine’s Day. “It ended up turning out so cool that we come up with this idea to do a book, a selfie book,” she says. “And so, I’m going to make some super-racy. I mean every girl takes full pictures of their a** in the mirror…I might share some of them.” (For background, see the viral one she posted last fall to show her fans how her backside looked after giving birth to North West.)

That means you can probably expect most of the book’s 352 pages to be filled with selfies like this one she posted a week ago featuring Kanye lying in bed with the caption “Side chicks be like….”

And in addition to the risqué ones, will she publish the selfies that she risked her life taking? Like that time she got “attacked” by an elephant mid-selfie in Thailand? (Well, technically, the elephant was just trying to “kiss her back,” she joked at the time.)

 

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Crocodile, Whatcha Eating? Oh, Just a SHARK!

Five Metre Crocodile Attacks Bull Shark
Andrew Paice—Getty Images

Shark Attack-ed!

A dad on a family vacation snapped this photo of an approximately 18-foot crocodile chowing down on a live bull shark in Kakadu’s Adelaide River on August 5, 2014, in Australia’s Northern Territory.

“The crocodile forced the bull shark into the mangroves and devoured the bull shark,” according to the Getty Images description of the photo taken by Andrew Paice, 43, who was on a wildlife cruise with his partner and seven-year-old daughter, the AFP reports.

Believed to be 80 years old, this massive crocodile named Brutus has been a tourist attraction, especially after it reportedly went viral in 2011, thanks to a photo of the reptile leaping out of the water to devour a hunk of kangaroo meat that a tour guide dangled from a stick.

Hopefully the shark population will be able to salvage its reputation as killer beast when Shark Week starts up again on August 10.

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