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Watch Kelly Clarkson Sing a Karaoke Duet With a Young Fan

They perform "Love Shack"

When 10-year-old Ava Davis spotted Kelly Clarkson at a restaurant in Nashville, she worked up the courage to ask the singer to join her for a round of karaoke. Clarkson of course said yes because she’s a magical angel bursting with vocal talent and kindness.

They ended up going with a classic karaoke tune: “Love Shack” by the B-52’s. Ava’s mom, Angie, recorded the performance and told Yahoo! that Clarkson was “so gracious” and “very, very sweet.”

After the duet, Clarkson also signed a t-shirt for Ava and took a photo with her.

Read next: Here’s What Kelly Clarkson Had to Say About American Idol’s Falling Ratings

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TIME Food & Drink

Here’s When You Should Really Be Drinking Your Coffee

It all comes down to science

Many coffee drinkers probably reach for their morning cup of joe immediately after waking up, but this video from AsapSCIENCE reveals that that’s not really the best idea if you want to maximize your levels of energy and alertness.

The main factors at play are your body’s circadian rhythm and the times when your body produces the hormone cortisol, which affects your level of alertness throughout the day.

The video’s narrator explains that 9 a.m. is probably the ideal time for most people to drink their coffee, because it’s right after your body’s peak cortisol production. Watch up top to learn more.

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Watch This Incredible Sign Language Version of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’

She absolutely crushes it

Shelby Mitchusson uploaded this video of herself performing “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, entirely in American Sign Language, back in September. Now, it’s getting some much-deserved recognition after it was posted on Reddit this week. The poster “expected it to be silly” but then realized it’s “actually really, really well done.”

Indeed. Her performance — complete with body movements and intense facial expressions — is mesmerizing.

“I have a deep love for interpreting music and would love to share more as I am always interpreting music,” Mitchusson wrote in a YouTube comment. She also promised to upload more videos soon, so stay tuned.

Read next: These Neighbors Learned Sign Language So a Deaf Resident Would Feel More at Home

TIME Music

Listen to a Beautiful A Cappella Version of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’

Performed by the group Twisted Measure from Elon University

If you still haven’t seen Pitch Perfect 2, these four minutes of aca-awesome a cappella magic should tide you over in the meantime.

Twisted Measure, an a cappella group from Elon University, recorded this haunting version of Sia’s “Chandelier.” It could never replace the original, obviously, but it’s an interesting, stripped-down arrangement and it shows off some impressive vocal talent. Oh, and the version was arranged by Twisted Measure members, so, you know, don’t worry about any copyright issues.

The video could have used some killer dance moves like in Sia’s original version, but it’s still pretty good.

Read next: This College Student’s Version of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Video Is Awkward and Perfect

TIME World

Watch Chess Champ Magnus Carlsen Win Three Games at Once (While Blindfolded)

He's the highest-rated player in the history of chess

Magnus Carlsen is a 24-year-old chess mastermind, who’s currently the top-rated player in the world — and the highest-rated player in the history of chess, period. In 2013, TIME named Carlsen one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

At the recent Sohn Conference in New York, the Norwegian chess grandmaster took on three opponents simultaneously — and he was completely blindfolded. This meant he had to visualize the three games in his mind while playing against the clock.

Sounds tough, but Carlsen was up for the challenge. Watch the drama unfold in the clip above.

TIME society

This Whimsical New Scrabble Ad Is the Perfect Love Story for Word Nerds

It tells a tale entirely through anagrams

She’s a cab driver; he’s a crab driver. She lives in Tokyo; he lives in Kyoto. Her name is Agostina; his is Santiago.

This whimsical 80-second video, part of a new Scrabble campaign, tells a little love story using some major wordplay. Anagrams are what link these two people and eventually bring them together — when they meet at a costume party, one dressed as a pineapple, the other as an apple pie.

The clip, posted on Mattel Games’ YouTube channel, was created by the agency Lola Madrid.

“The idea of using anagrams was a way to salute the intelligence of avid Scrabble players, but by using a love story, the spot became universal,” Pancho Cassis, executive creative director of Lola Madrid, told Adweek. “This communication was aimed at opening up to a broader audience, specifically younger players and non-players who spend a lot of time online but are seeking out offline experiences.”

Ultimately, according to Cassis, the goal is “to convey that words are magical and powerful, and that they connect us with people.”

Read next: ‘Lolz’ And Thousands Of Other Words Added to Scrabble Dictionary

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You Can Soon Buy Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Action Figures

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Because they are society's true superheroes

Want to recreate the magic of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s beautiful best friendship? Of course you do. Want to pretend they’re both still manning the Weekend Update desk at Saturday Night Live? Duh.

Finally, you’ll be able to do that with these nifty new Tina and Amy action figures, created by toy company Bif Bang Pow!

That’s right, it’s your favorite comedy duo as miniature plastic figurines. They also come with a Weekend Update desk, because obviously.

Sadly, the action figures won’t be on sale until July. They’ll first be available at San Diego Comic-Con, from July 8 to 12, at the Entertainment Earth booth. (You can also pre-order them now for $29.99.)

Try to contain your excitement till July.

Read next: Watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Joke About Bill Cosby at the Golden Globes

TIME viral

Watch the Funniest Videos From the Charlie Charlie Challenge

So much screaming

The latest Internet craze is a game called the “Charlie Charlie Challenge” that uses two pencils balanced on a sheet of paper to summon an alleged Mexican demon. It’s become so popular that the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge has been tweeted more than 1.8 million times — and the topic has recently spiked in search on Google.

People — mostly teens — have been sharing clips of their attempts to summon Charlie the demon by asking “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” and waiting to see if their pencil moves toward the words “yes” or “no” scrawled on the paper. The pencils often do move — likely thanks to gravity — which has led to tons of videos of people screaming in disbelief. Other people, however, have taken this challenge less seriously. Here are some of the funniest and most irreverent takes:

TIME society

The Craziest New Baby Names of 2014 Include Sadman, Ruckus and So Many More

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We've got some great ideas for potential nicknames

Some of the most popular baby names of 2014 were Noah, Emma, William, Sophia and Jacob — but there were some, uh, less conventional names too.

According to Nameberry, a total of 1,393 new baby names were coined by imaginative parents around the U.S. To earn a place on the Social Security extended name-popularity list, these new names had to occur at least five times. (Feel free to browse that list, sorted into national and state-specific groups.)

Some of these new names are just spectacularly outrageous — and it’s quite entertaining to think about the fact that more than five sets of parents came up with them independently.

Here are some of our favorite new baby names of 2014, along with our ideas for some potential nicknames:

  • Ruckus — This name is basically a portmanteau of the last and first names of Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, so baby Ruckus could be called Hootie, just for fun. He could also be called Wu-Tang in honor of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 song “Bring Da Ruckus.” Either way, this is going to be a kid very well-versed in ’90s music.
  • Mickinley — This is a U.S. President’s name, but misspelled. So the appropriate nickname here would obviously be Prezident.
  • Sadman — Sadman’s nickname would have to be something like Smiley, just for the irony. Or, his nickname could be inspired by a famous sad man, like Thom Yorke or Napoleon.
  • Princecharles — This kid will not have a nickname. You will exclusively refer to him as Princecharles and nothing else. Have some respect.
  • Payzley — Payzley is an independent woman. She will choose her own nickname, or wait patiently for the Universe to present a nickname to her.
  • Legendary — The five boys all named Legendary will have to duke it out with several Feats of Strength. The winner will get to go by Legendary; the losers will all be called Scott.


TIME Food & Drink

Here’s How to Make McDonald’s French Fries at Home

This recipe explains how to make those delicious, crispy fries without ingredients like citric acid

A few months ago, McDonald’s shared an inside look at how the chain makes its signature french fries. Now, thanks to this handy tutorial from PopSugar, you can make your own copycat snack at home.

It’s certainly a much more labor-intensive process than simply walking to the nearest McDonald’s location and buying some — but this way, you can make them without chemical additives like citric acid and sodium acid pyrophosphate. According to another McDonald’s video released earlier this year, the recipe contains 19 ingredients, but to make this at-home version, you just need potatoes, corn syrup, peanut oil, beef lard, water and salt. Oh, a decent knife will help too.

Watch the video tutorial above, and check out the full recipe here.

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