TIME animals

Watch This Super Lucky Dog Play in a Surprise Ball Pit

He has pretty much the best owners ever

Maymo the beagle just got the treat of a lifetime: a DIY ball pit right in his living room. His owners simply pushed some couches and tables together and then dumped dozens of brightly colored plastic balls onto a rug. Then they hung back and let Maymo have at it.

Note: Maymo’s people call this the “best dog birthday surprise.” However: they uploaded this video on June 28, but on their YouTube page, they list his birthday as Jan. 15. Something feels off about that, right? Maybe they made this ball pit for Maymo just because and now they’re suggesting other people do it specifically for their dog’s birthday.

Either way, Maymo does not love his ball pit nearly as much as Grover the pug loved his.

TIME viral

Hilarious Dad Shows How to Hold a Baby in 17 Creative Ways

He names every move, from the "Double Baby Jesus" to the "Bird on a Wire"

Unsure how to properly hold a baby? Don’t worry, because this father and expert baby-holder is here to help. Jordan Watson of New Zealand demonstrates 17 different ways to hold a baby — and he offers a clever name for each one.

Watson starts simple with the “Standard Shoulder Hold,” which can easily become the “Need to Pick Something Up Chin Standard Shoulder Hold.” He eventually shows off some more complicated moves like the “Dance Partner” and the “Show Off to Other Kids Fish.”

And don’t worry: Watson notes that no babies were harmed in the making of this video.

TIME society

Watch an NYPD Officer Dance With a Gay Pride Parade Marcher

A beautiful, beautiful moment

Most New York City police officers remained stoic at Sunday’s annual gay pride parade, but one officer went above the call of duty. Way above. The officer — whose identity is sadly unknown — joined in on the festivities by showing off some dirty dance moves. (You can enjoy a taste of said moves in the video above.)

Paige Ponzeka, a member of an LGBT softball league, posted the clip to YouTube after the parade. One of Ponzeka’s fellow marchers, Aaron Santis, told BuzzFeed that he’d been trying (and failing) to get cops to dance with him all day. Finally, his plan worked.

“I didn’t expect him to get into it as much as he did,” Santis said. “The crowd just loved it and I think it made him want to dance more.” He added: “It was such a fun moment. He was such a good sport and I’m so glad he decided to dance.”

This certainly gives new meaning to the old NYPD nickname “New York’s Finest.”

TIME viral

Watch a Series of Uncomfortable Freudian Slips in June’s Best News Bloopers

Plus: lots of awkward silences and technical difficulties

If you want to brighten your day a little, take 10 minutes and watch this compilation of the funniest (and most uncomfortable) news bloopers from the past month.

You’ll see a variety of Freudian slips, unintentional double entendres and awkward pauses. And, as always, you’ll see plenty of technical difficulties and distracting videobombs.

Also, keep an eye out for Workaholics actor Blake Anderson, who went on a morning show to promote his new movie, Dope. Exhausted and bleary-eyed, he drops an f-bomb and then sort of apologizes it.


Read next: Watch Danny Glover Yell at an Anchor in May’s Best News Bloopers

TIME celebrity

Emma Watson Is the Newest Member of Taylor Swift’s Crew

They took a photo together after Swift's concert in London

Taylor Swift is known for her posse of high-profile, mostly female friends — and it looks like she just added another member to the crew. After performing in London’s Hyde Park Saturday night, Swift hung out with actress Emma Watson.

Swift and Watson — who we are just going to assume are total besties now — posed for a photo with a few of Swift’s other pals. Here they are with models Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss and singers Sydney Sierota and Lauren Aquilina:

We already knew Swift was a big fan of Watson after she praised the actress’s speech about feminism. So really, it was only a matter of time until they became friends.

Oh, Tay also hung out with Gwyneth Paltrow in London, because why not?

TIME Food & Drink

In Case You Were Wondering, This Is What a Deep-Fried Big Mac Looks Like

Delicious or repulsive? You be the judge

Didn’t think you could possibly make a McDonald’s Big Mac more unhealthy? Think again, friend-o, because you totally can.

All you have to do is coat it in Panko breadcrumbs, deep fry it, put it on a stick, and throw some Big Mac sauce on top, like the intrepid chef at Peep My Eats did. Behold:

Any Guesses On What I Deep Fried n Put on A Stick ? #PeepMyEatsOnAStick #BellyBonerOnAStick

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That’s the deep-fried burger, fully intact. Here’s what it looks like on the inside:

Some people think it looks horrifying, but others are totally into it. If you too are intrigued, check out the recipe. You’ll just need eggs, Panko breadcrumbs, toothpicks and, of course, one Big Mac.

TIME Bizarre

People Really Think It Looks Like Michael Jackson Is Moonwalking in These Clouds

Six years after his death

During a lightning storm in central Virginia, some people swore they saw Michael Jackson moonwalking his way through the clouds. Behold, this image captured by recreational photographer John Plashal:

Plashal captured the image on Tuesday, June 23, but told CBS affiliate WTVR that he didn’t even notice the Jackson resemblance at first. He submitted several storm photos to the station’s Facebook page — and once other people noticed the Michael Jackson imagery, the photo started to go viral.

“I see it. I see it now,” Plashal told the New York Daily News. “It’s pretty wild. It’s one of those things — believe what you will.”

TIME Television

Silent Norma From Orange Is the New Black Used to Be a Punk Rocker

Actress Annie Golden fronted punk rock band The Shirts in the 1970s

You probably know Annie Golden as Orange Is the New Black‘s silent inmate Norma, who became something of a religious figure in the show’s latest season. But Golden is so much more than: she’s an accomplished film and stage actress and, we now know, a former punk rocker.

Back in the 70s, Golden was the lead singer for a New York City punk band called The Shirts. This is what she looked like:

Here’s Golden in action, performing a tune called “Teenage Crutch” with The Shirts:

Oh, Norma. You contain such multitudes.

TIME Television

Amy Schumer Shows Why Girls Should Stop Aspiring to Become Princesses

Incest, beheadings, misogyny...

On the latest episode of Inside Amy Schumer, we were treated to this fake trailer for a movie called Princess Amy, which stars Schumer as a “rancid peasant girl” who learns that she’s actually royalty.

Princess Amy thinks her life is going to become totally perfect and wonderful, but she soon learns that being a Disney-style princess isn’t as great as so many young girls think it is. For example: she is forced to marry her weird, creepy cousin. She’s only 14. Her one job is to produce male heirs. When that doesn’t happen, well, there are extreme consequences.

Maybe it’s finally time for girls to grow up dreaming about becoming lawyers or PR professionals instead.

Read next: Why It Matters That Inside Out’s Protagonist Is a Girl — Not a Princess

TIME Internet

Here’s Why Women Are Posting Selfies With Makeup On Only Half of Their Faces

"I don't wear make-up for others, I wear it for myself"

Last month, the popular beauty blogger known as NikkieTutorials shared a video about the “power of makeup.” She said many people shame women who love makeup, claiming that they’re only wearing it to impress men or hide their insecurities.

In response to these critics, Nikkie decided to make one half of her face “full-on flame” and leave the other half “raw, unedited, nothing, me.”

Since then, other women have been inspired to share their love for makeup by posting similar photos of their own half made-up faces. They’ve mostly been sharing their selfies on Instagram, with the hashtag #ThePowerOfMakeup, along with personal reasons for loving mascara, lipstick, foundation and more:


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