TIME Food & Drink

Here’s How You Should Really Be Cutting Your Vegetables

All about efficiency

Next time you need to chop up a bunch of vegetables, we recommend trying this handy tip from Household Hacker. The trick is using a pizza cutter to slice up vegetables like carrots and celery. After a little practice, you’ll cut your prep time in half.

We’re not saying you should always use a pizza cutter instead of a good old-fashioned knife. But as the video shows, a pizza cutter can be your best bet for quickly prepping a veggie platter.

The video also comes with a bonus tip for cutting cherry tomatoes. Enjoy.

 

TIME beauty

This Time-Lapse Video Shows How Much Photoshop Is Used in High Fashion Photography

See six hours of retouching in just 90 seconds

Rare Digital Art, a New York City-based retouching company, created a series of videos showing how much work (and time) can go into Photoshopping a fashion campaign.

In the above video, you’ll see the company’s head retoucher, Elizabeth Moss, spending six hours smoothing, shaping, and contouring a woman’s skin, nails, lips and more. (You can see the other videos in the series here and here.)

“With all the talk about photoshop use or overuse, I thought it would be interesting for people to see how we actually add pores to skin (we do this in the 2nd and 3rd videos, sampled from the girl in the first video),” Moss told PetaPixel.

Read next: Watch a Fitness Blogger Photoshop Herself In Real Time

TIME celebrity

Here’s Hugh Jackman Enthusiastically Lip Syncing the ‘Bacon Pancakes’ Song From Adventure Time

With absolutely zero context

Good morning….

A video posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on

If you’re anything like us, you once followed Hugh Jackman on Instagram to see photos of his precious dogs, but then unfollowed him because he wasn’t actually posting enough photos of said dogs. (Hugh, if you’re reading this, please share more photos of your dogs.)

One recent video, however, has us considering pressing that “follow” button again. It’s Jackman lip syncing the “Bacon Pancakes” song from Adventure Time with absolutely no context. It’s a pretty great mood-lifter.

Jackman has never lent his voice to the popular cartoon, but maybe he’ll make an appearance in an upcoming season.

TIME celebrity

Read Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s Adorable Late-Night Texts

They continue to prove they're the ultimate besties

We already knew that Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran were best buds (remember that time Taylor made Ed a Drake-themed needlepoint?) But now, we get a direct glimpse into their friendship thanks to a recent Instagram from Tay-Tay. She shared a screenshot of a late-night texting session with Sheeran:

Never not rhyming with @teddysphotos

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Sheeran’s right — we were expecting a little more poetry here, but it’s cute, so we’ll take it.

Read next: Ed Sheeran: “Taylor Swift is a middle-aged woman trapped in a 24-year-old’s body”

TIME World

This Stunning Drone Footage Will Convince You Antarctica’s the Most Gorgeous Place on Earth

Precious few people ever get the chance to visit Antarctica, so allow this stunning eight-minute video to provide you with a rare glimpse of the remote region.

Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung and his crew shot this drone footage during a 20-day trip to Antarctica this past December/January. “We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica,” Ljung explains in the video description.

The resulting video is a breathtaking look at the region’s natural beauty. It captures an overwhelming feeling of isolation and stillness — but also captures some rare moments full of life, like a gently moving fishing boat and a family of whales.

We recommend watching this video in full-screen mode, and with the volume turned up, because it also features some very soothing music.

Read next: Antarctica May Have Just Set a Record for Its Hottest Day Ever

TIME Television

Here’s How Long It Will Take to Binge Watch the Internet’s Favorite TV Shows

From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Pretty Little Liars, these are the most talked-about shows on Twitter

Looking for some new shows to watch now that Broad City is over and you’ve already cycled through Friends on Netflix? Nielsen has created this handy infographic that calculates how long it will take you to binge watch some of television’s most popular shows, so you can plan accordingly.

The ratings service has created similar binging guides in the past, but this one uses social media data to pinpoint television that people have been tweeting about the most. So this way, you can plan to watch the shows other people are talking about — and then rapidly binge them so you can join the conversation.

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As you can see, you’ll be able to get through some shows, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in one day if you apply yourself. But others will take a whole other level of commitment.

TIME celebrity

Watch Hoda Kotb’s Extremely Enthusiastic ‘Baby Got Back’ Lip Sync

Also enjoy Michael Strahan performing Fergie's 'London Bridge'

In the latest episode of Lip Sync Battle, it was a battle of daytime TV hosts.

First up, Today Show host Hoda Kotb performed a rousing rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” She really committed, and included plenty of booty-centric dancing in her performance. Next, former NFL player and Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan took the stage to perform Fergie’s “London Bridge.” He clearly didn’t want to let Hoda one-up him, so he also showed off some suggestive dance moves. And a lot of hip gyrations.

As always, enjoy LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen swaying along in the background.

Read next: Mike Tyson Pushes It (Real Good) in Lip Sync Battle

TIME celebrity

Watch Scarlett Johansson Totally Destroy Jimmy Fallon at His Own Game

She successfully fakes him out as they play "Box of Lies"

Scarlett Johansson stopped by The Tonight Show Thursday to promote her new movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and also to play one of Jimmy Fallon’s favorite games, “Box of Lies.”

If you’re unfamiliar with this game, each player takes turns selecting a random box and then making the other person guess if they’re telling the truth about what’s inside said box. And since ScarJo is a gifted actor, she turned out to be quite good at this game.

As always, there are some truly bizarre items in the boxes, like a Starbucks cup filled with baked beans, and a Black Widow action figure holding hands with Gumby on a miniature bench.

TIME viral

Watch the Most Ridiculous News Bloopers From April

The perfect pick-me-up

In case you missed it, earlier this week we shared a compilation of the best bloopers from the 80s and 90s. It featured some really, really ridiculous moments and some very big hair. If you’re thirsting for more hilarious bloopers, check out the above compilation, which features clips from just this past month.

It’s got all the classic elements: anchors laughing uncontrollably at inopportune moments, people accidentally (or totally intentionally) videobombing reporters, and, in a few cases, people doing things that are extremely raunchy without realizing it.

Read next: Watch All the Funniest News Bloopers of 2014

TIME Food & Drink

This Simple Trick Turns Sliced Apples Into a Super Portable Snack

Now you have no excuse to grab a bag of chips instead

Trying to pack more healthy snacks for yourself or your family members? Try this “tic-tac-toe” method of cutting an apple. It’s easier and faster than the way you’re probably cutting apples now — and then you can use a rubber band to keep the slices secure around the apple’s core. Doing so will prevent them from turning brown — which will make you more likely to eat them.

Now you have no excuse to grab a less healthy snack.

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