TIME Music

This Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ Performed on a Harp Is Extremely Soothing

But also a little haunting

A few months ago, we got a Grease version of Taylor Swift’s hit “Style,” and now we’d like to share a very different cover of the same song.

This one comes from Emilie & Ogden, which is the magical combination of singer Emilie Kahn and her harp, Ogden. She performs a slower, more soulful version of the Taylor Swift tune. The harp adds a very soothing element, while her vocals are at times quite haunting.

Swift has been to known to tweet her support when someone does a great cover of her song, so we’ll have to wait and see if she likes this one.

(h/t Stereogum)

 

TIME animals

Just a Friendly Reminder That Mark Zuckerberg Has the Best Dog Ever

He and wife Priscilla Chan may be having a baby, but we can't forget about Beast

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday (in a Facebook post, natch) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. The announcement included a photo of Zuck and a newly-pregnant Chan—but the true star of the photo was clearly their dog:

 

Yes, that ridiculous-looking beast is named Beast, and he’s not a mop. He is a dog. Zuckerberg announced the pregnancy—and also started an honest conversation about miscarriages—but lots of people couldn’t help but turn their attention to Beast:

Beast, who is a type of Hungarian sheepdog known as a Puli, has his own Facebook page, where he is listed as a public figure. He has a casual 2.1 million fans. Look at him:

 

LOOK AT HIM:

 

Mazel Tov to Beast, who we know will make an excellent big brother to Zuckerbaby.

TIME celebrity

Chris Pratt Wants You to Design Him a New Facebook Cover Photo

He has already received several excellent submissions from fans

Now that Jurassic World mania has calmed down a bit, Chris Pratt has time for other important projects, like selecting a new cover photo for his Facebook page.

Pratt has many, many talents, but he admits that Photoshop is not one of them — so he’s turning to his fans for help. Whoever creates the best header for his page will receive the following honors:

  • Having their work (and signature) displayed on Chris Pratt’s official Facebook page
  • Maybe a free dinner at Applebee’s
  • Maybe more — “sky’s the limit”

The actor does, of course, have a few specific requests along with some more general ideas to help you get started. He’s looking to have his characters Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. He’d also like some other fun stuff in there such as his family, eagles, explosions, cigars, raptors, trophy elk, rollerblades, steak “or maybe even some corndogs.”

Just eight hours after posting this request, Pratt has already received some excellent submissions. For example: a montage of Parks and Recreation cast members faces’ Photoshopped onto dinosaur bodies, a very comprehensive collage and an American flag made of Pratt’s face.

Now everybody else, get to work!

TIME animals

Animal Psychic Claims Cecil the Lion Has Shared a Very Profound Message

'Let not the actions of these few men defeat us or allow darkness to enter our hearts'

The Internet pretty much exploded over the news that American dentist Walter James Palmer had killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. Some people responded by signing a petition to extradite Palmer. Others flooded his Yelp page with negative reviews. (PETA simply called for his death.)

But Karen Anderson, who calls herself an “animal communicator,” responded to all this by getting in touch with the departed lion himself. She said on Facebook that she was able to communicate with him and received a “profound message.” Here’s her post, complete with Cecil’s message:

So, according to Cecil, it is now time for us all to move on.

TIME viral

July’s Best News Bloopers Include Obscene Gestures and Lots of Taylor Swift References

Another monthly dose of schadenfreude

Remember the news anchor who had an, uh, interesting theory about why Amazon is so successful? Watch him and several other memorable TV reporters in this round-up of July’s best news bloopers.

This compilation also includes that weatherman who basically incorporated Taylor Swift’s entire discography into his forecast — although we’re not really sure that counts as a blooper, because he obviously did it on purpose.

One more great moment to look out for: some awesome little kids dancing in the background of a news report.

Read next: Watch All the Funniest News Bloopers of 2014

TIME celebrity

This Picture of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence On a Jet Ski Is the Definition of Joy

The best friendship of our dreams is becoming a reality

A few weeks ago, Amy Schumer shared her priceless reaction to Jennifer Lawrence merely uttering Schumer’s name. Fast-forward to right now, and the two of them are apparently besties.

We know this because Schumer posted a photo on Instagram Thursday that showed the two women riding a Jet Ski together:

Jlaw #maniac

A photo posted by @amyschumer on

Of course J-Law is driving, of course Schumer is calling her a maniac, and of course Schumer has the wild-eyed grin of someone having the time of her life.

We can only imagine that the pair are on vacation together celebrating the success of Schumer’s movie Trainwreck. We also hope they’re taking this opportunity to kick around ideas for a new movie in which they play sisters. Make it happen, ladies.

TIME celebrity

Taylor Swift Just Shared More Behind-the-Scenes Clips From the ‘Bad Blood’ Video

Featuring Karlie Kloss and Hayley Williams

Taylor Swift released her epic star-studded music video for “Bad Blood” more than two months ago, but she’s still sharing all kinds of behind-the-scenes footage and stunt fails.

Her latest behind-the-scenes clips, which she posted on Instagram Wednesday, feature her pals Karlie Kloss and Hayley Williams.

“We just came up with my name: Knockout. We’re badass spies training together and we’re not messing around,” the supermodel Kloss explains.

"We just came up with my name: Knockout." @karliekloss Don't forget to vote for VMAs!

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

“My character, she is The Crimson Curse,” Williams, lead singer of Paramore, explains in another clip.

"My character… She is The Crimson Curse." @yelyahwilliams

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

TIME Music

Listen to This Surprisingly Good Whitney Houston/Jason Derulo Mashup

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" meets "Want To Want Me"

What happens when you mix a recent Jason Derulo hit with a Whitney Houston classic? The women of Little Mix, who won the eighth season of the British X Factor, have decided to show us.

The group stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform their mashup, backed by a full choir and organist. It starts off slow and smooth before eventually becoming loud and joyful. You’ll probably want to dance in your chair and clap along.

Little Mix have yet to become global superstars, but maybe this track will give them the boost they need.

Read next: Jason Derulo: Meghan Trainor ‘Insisted’ on Singing My Name

TIME animals

This Baby Elephant Playing With Birds Will Remind You That Not Everything Is Awful

Watch a sprightly calf meet a flock of swallows

There is a whole lot of ugliness and despair in this world, but occasionally, something will happen to remind us that not everything is terrible. Some things are actually wonderful. Like this baby elephant in South Africa who was spotted playing with birds.

You’ll see the sprightly, good-natured elephant calf chasing a flock of swallows in Kruger National Park. We can only imagine that shortly after this video was recorded, the elephant struck up a friendship with a few of the birds and now they’re all off somewhere creating a special language. Because miracles can and do happen.

Read next: This Adorable Teddy Bear Dog Is About to Take Over the Internet

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TIME celebrity

Taylor Swift Has Absolutely No Bad Blood With Her Adorable Newborn Godson

He's her friend Jaime King's son

Taylor Swift has been getting into all kinds of drama lately, but she appears to be on very good terms, at least so far, with her new godson, Leo. He’s the son of actress Jaime King (one of Swift’s close friends) and her husband, Kyle Newman.

Swift posted a photo of her first meeting with baby Leo. People are really excited, because the photo has already earned 1.6 million likes:

Meeting my boy. @jaime_king @kyle_newman

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Look at that loving gaze. That’s the kind of gaze that says, “If anyone ever crosses you, I will hunt them down and I will write a revenge song about them and I will start several Twitter feuds over it.”

The singer posted another adorable picture of Leo’s tiny hand wrapped around her finger. She used lyrics from her song “Never Grow Up” as the caption:

"Your little hand's wrapped around my finger and it's so quiet in the world tonight…"

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

“Choosing a godmother is a very sacred and important thing in our family,” King told Elle back in March. “They’re going to be guiding your child, and they’re responsible for them if something was to ever happen.”

King said Swift will be “the perfect godmother” thanks to her “thoughtfulness, her kindness, her authenticity.” And also, we assume, because she’s going to get baby Leo invited to so many awesome parties.

 

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