TIME Tech

Watch a Bunch of Puppies Test Out the Latest Star Wars Toy

Vanity Fair recruited cute canines to play with the new BB-8

Sphero’s new spinning robot is the new Star Wars toy every kid will want for Christmas this year. We now believe it’s also the toy every dog will want, too.

Vanity Fair recruited a pack of cute puppies to test out this toy, the BB-8, which is based on the new Star Wars’ film’s spinning droid. It’s controlled with a Star Wars-themed smartphone app and, according to Sphero Chief Creative Officer Rob Maigret, is “the closest we get to an actual droid.”

So, will this high-tech toy be a good plaything for your pet? Watch above and decide.

TIME celebrity

Ja Rule Is Very Upset With Wikipedia For Misreporting His Height

onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Jason Kempin— Getty Images Ja Rule onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The site says he's 5'6" but he swears he's 5'9"

So, Ja Rule started some beef on Wednesday. With Wikipedia. He took to Twitter to vent about the online encyclopedia, which he claims is horribly inaccurate and irresponsible with its reporting, specifically when it comes to his height:

As the New York Daily News points out, Ja may not fully understand how Wikipedia — a free, collaborative, user-generated encyclopedia — really works. Fans let him know he could edit the page himself. Still, he demanded that Wikipedia itself step in:

Full disclosure: I met Ja Rule last year for an interview about his memoir. I remember a few things about Ja. I remember him being very friendly and receptive to my questions, I remember him being muscular and I remember him being short. I am 5’7″ and if I recall correctly — please, Ja, don’t be mad at me here — he was a smidge shorter than me. That would mean Wikipedia is correct: Ja Rule is 5’6″.

What’s tripping me up here, though, is a mug shot that indicates Ja is 69 inches — or, like he claims, 5’9″. Racked points out that this mug shot could come from anywhere and could be Photoshopped — and appears different from other Ja Rule mug shots — so it might not be trustworthy.

So what’s going on here? Is that mug shot unreliable? Am I misremembering the time I hung out with Ja Rule? Or am I simply mistaken about my own height?

 

TIME Sports

Ronda Rousey Immortalized With a Giant 20-Foot Mural

The UFC champ's new mural can be found at Venice Beach in Los Angeles

Looks like Ronda Rousey’s celebrity status is just growing and growing, because now, the UFC champ has her very own, very large mural in Los Angeles.

Artist Jonas Never created the mural, which is located near a Mexican restaurant called Clutch in Venice Beach, The Post Game reports. Rousey proudly posted a photo on Instagram, writing, “Growing up in Venice gives you a real appreciation for street art, and this is the biggest possible compliment from one local to another.”

“It’s a local mural for a local star,” Never told The Post Game. “I’d love to see her in front of this mural, it’d be really cool to get her to come out with a 20-foot-tall version of herself.”

Read next: What to Say When Your Daughter Wants To Grow Up To Be Ronda Rousey

TIME animals

Look How Hard This Beagle Puppy Works to Keep the Car Window Open

Inspiring us all to work hard to keep our dreams alive

If you’re a dog, one of the greatest pleasures you’ll ever know is riding in a car with the window down. You get to smell so many smelly smells!

This beagle puppy — who, by the way, has huge ears and is really adorable — really wants to experience that joy, and when someone tries to roll up the car window, he fights. He fights hard. Watch as he hangs on the window with both paws, staying strong no matter how high the window goes.

Let’s just hope this pup’s owners eventually let him win and go for a ride with his entire head stuck out the window. He deserves it.

TIME celebrity

Watch Kanye West’s VMAs Speech Recut as a Stand-Up Comedy Act

Kanye West MTV VMA 2015
Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Kanye West at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

All it needed was a laugh track

Still haven’t seen Kanye West’s speech from this past weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, where he announced he was running for president in 2020? Then we recommend watching the below clip, which reimagines the speech as a stand-up comedy act.

All it took was a laugh track and some clever cuts to audience members — including Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift — laughing and clapping. “Pryor, Carlin, Seinfeld, C.K…Yeezy?” writes creator David Elmaleh in the video description. We can totally see it.

This video has inspired others to create their own Kanye speech mashups, including this one, which incorporates the Seinfeld intro music.

TIME Internet

The 20 Weirdest Things Ever Sold on eBay

In honor of the site's 20th anniversary, a look back at the most outrageous listings

Thursday, Sept. 3, marks the 20th anniversary of eBay. The online auction site is celebrating its birthday with a two-day conference in California, but we’re celebrating by taking a look back at the most outrageous items that went up for auction — and then actually sold.

At any given time, there are 800 million listings on eBay, but few of them are as bizarre as the following 20.

  1. A grilled cheese sandwich, which purportedly bore a portrait of the Virgin Mary, sold for $28,000 in 2004. The Florida woman who had made it 10 years earlier said it never went moldy.
  2. Clippings of Justin Bieber’s hair fetched $40,668 in 2011. The pop star had gifted his hair to Ellen DeGeneres, who decided to put them up for auction. The proceeds went to an animal rescue organization.
  3. A latex Casey Anthony mask, originally made for a parody video, sold for $999,900 in 2011. It was billed as “possibly the most frightening mask on the planet.”
  4. Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten French toast, left behind after an interview with a New York radio station, sold for $1,025 in 2000. A DJ put the leftover breakfast up for auction, and a 19-year-old superfan placed the winning bid.
  5. Ad space on a guy’s forehead, in the form of a temporary tattoo, went for $37,375 in 2005. A company called SnoreStop used web developer Andrew Fischer’s face to advertise its snoring remedy.
  6. A suit of armor for a guinea pig fetched $1,150 in 2013. The creator promised that the tiny hand-made suit (and matching helmet) would keep a “guinea pig protected and secure in all situations.”
  7. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s tie, which he wore when he confessed to smoking crack at a 2013 news conference, sold for $1,445 in 2015. The so-called “crack tie” featured logos of several NFL teams.
  8. Pharrell’s infamous brown fedora, which he wore at the 2014 Grammy’s, sold for $44,100. The winning bidder? Fast food chain Arby’s, which had pointed out that Pharrell’s hat greatly resembled the one in its logo.
  9. A fun-filled weekend with four Australian men went for about $920 in 2006. The men said they wouldn’t pay for travel costs, but promised a weekend full of “some beers, some snags, some good conversation and a hell of a lot of laughs.”
  10. Princess Beatrice’s royal wedding hat, which some likened to a toilet seat, sold for $131,648 in 2011. Proceeds went to UNICEF and Children in Crisis.
  11. William Shatner’s kidney stone fetched $25,000 in 2006, raising money for a housing charity. “This takes organ donors to a new height, to a new low, maybe,” the actor said. “How much is a piece of me worth?”
  12. A lunch with Warren Buffet sold for $2.3 million in 2015. The chairman of Chinese gaming company Da Lian Zeus Entertainment placed the winning bid, and proceeds went to charity. (The previous year, a Singaporean businessman paid $2.2 million for the annual lunch.)
  13. A corn flake shaped like Illinois went for $1,350 in 2008. Two sisters from Virginia (not Illinois) put it up for sale, and the owner of a trivia website bought it for his traveling museum.
  14. A Dorito shaped like the Pope’s hat sold for $1,209 in 2005. The buyer? Online casino GoldenPalace.com, also known for buying the Virgin Mary grilled cheese.
  15. A barbecue pit the size of a bus, which stretched 75 feet in length and featured seven smokestacks, sold for $350,000 in 2015. Dubbed “The Indisputable Cuz,” it can cook four tons of meat at once.
  16. A box of 10 Twinkies sold for $59.99 back in 2012, following the announcement that Hostess was closing its factories. Panic spread, and many Twinkie-hoarding entrepreneurs hoped to cash in.
  17. The original Hollywood sign sold for $450,400 in 2005. The seller had bought the sign two years before from a man who acquired it after the city put up a new sign in 1978.
  18. The meaning of life sold for $3.26 in 2000. The seller wrote, “I have discovered the reason for our existence and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder.” Eight people were curious enough to place bids.
  19. A single corn flake sold for about $1.63 (£1.20) in 2004. The seller, an English university student, said “there were no takers at first.” eBay had told him to withdraw the listing because he had no “Best Before” date, but he managed to complete the transaction just in time.
  20. Britney Spears’ (alleged) pregnancy test, acquired by an Ottawa radio station, went for $5,001 in 2005. It was apparently found in the garbage outside Spears’ Los Angeles home. The buyer, once again, was GoldenPalace.com.

Read Next: Everything to Know About eBay in One Graphic

 

TIME Tech

Watch This Farmer Catch a Fish Using a Drone

'My first drone fish!'

It’s been a big week for fishing news. First, there was the story of the Alabama fishermen who rescued a tiny pair of kittens swimming by their boat. Now, there’s a farmer who caught a fish using his drone.

This technologically skilled fisherman is Farmer Derek Klingenberg, who is very active on YouTube. (His most popular video features him serenading cattle with a trombone rendition of Lorde’s “Royals.”)

Klingenberg says this is his first attempt to fish with a drone, but of course, it’s possible he practiced before shooting the video. Either way, we’re impressed.

TIME animals

This Golden Retriever Cannot Contain His Excitement Over Bath Time

Just a little something to get you through the day

Some dogs really, really hate taking baths and will put up a fight as you attempt to get them into the tub. Not this Golden Retriever, though. As you’ll see in the clip above, he’s having the time of his life splashing around and gleefully making a big mess.

We suspect this pup is trying to turn the bath into a jacuzzi, and totally loving it. However, we’re not sure he ultimately enjoyed his bath as much as Barry the pug:

TIME viral

This Army of Inflatable Ducks Screaming in Unison Will Haunt Your Dreams

If you want to hear a sound that’s annoying, terrifying and, somehow, totally captivating at the same time, check out this video that started going viral over the weekend. It features a single hand reaching into a large container full of inflatable squeaky ducks, prompting them all to scream in unison. It’s rather hellish.

A version of the video was uploaded to Vine, where it has been looped more than 36 million times. However, as Mashable points out, an Instagram user named Kevin Synnes claims to be the original creator. Behold his video, uploaded on Aug. 29:

Naturally, this has already become a meme, and people have been having a lot of fun interpreting it:

Good luck trying to sleep tonight.

TIME Television

Here’s the Trailer for the 6th and Final Season of Downton Abbey

The drama will air in the U.K. on Sep. 20 at 9 p.m

ITV has released a trailer for the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey. The network has also confirmed that the drama will air in the U.K. on Sep. 20 at 9 p.m., Deadline reports.

The trailer, which you can watch above, offers a brief glimpse into the farewell season. There aren’t too many details yet, but we do know the show will pick up in 1925, about six months after it left off.

Read next: A Downton Abbey Musical Could Be in the Works

 

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