TIME Internet

Good News, Homestar Runner Fans: Strong Bad’s Back After a 6-Year Hiatus

Allow Strong Bad to rant about all the dumb April Fools pranks on the Internet

Back in July, we reported that the beloved Internet cartoon series Homestar Runner would be revived — and that we might eventually be rewarded with a new installment of the beloved “Strong Bad Email” segment, first introduced in 2001. It took a little while, but we are pleased to say that dream has now come true.

The new Strong Bad Email segment is the first one since October, 2009, and it clearly acknowledges how much time has passed. He wipes a huge mound of dust off the ol’ compy to find it has been transformed into a newer, sleeker model. Soon, Homestar pops up to engage Strong Bad in a discussion about April Fools’ Day. Strong Bad, of course, insists that the Internet has ruined the holiday.

Strong Bad’s goal becomes to bring April Fools’ off the Internet and back into the real world, “where it can physically hurt people.”

Okay, so, this isn’t the best of the now 206 Strong Bad Email videos — but we’ll take it, mostly for the extreme nostalgia factor.

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

TIME Internet

Watch R2-D2 Find Love in This Touching Short Film

The 'Star Wars' character gets his heart broken, and then puts it back together

You might think of robots as emotionless shells, but this sweet new short film shows R2-D2 of Star Wars fame as a complex, sentient being.

The film is called Artoo in Love and premiered this weekend at the Sonoma Film Festival.

“People have definitely been having real emotional reactions to it,” director Evan Atherton told Mashable. Atherton is an engineer at software company Autodesk, where he used 3D printers to construct props for the film. (He has spent the last two years building them, Gizmodo reports.)

In the film, R2-D2 deals with unrequited love, but eventually finds a way to mend his broken heart. Artoo in Love is cute — and it’s especially impressive knowing how much work went into it.

TIME technology

Watch This Guy Use a Chainsaw to Go Ice Skating

This looks both highly exhilarating and highly dangerous

Technically it’s spring, but it’s still pretty cold in Sweden, where many lakes remain frozen. Swedish skier Erik Sunnerheim decided to take advantage of the wintry conditions by going ice skating — but to spice things up, he propelled himself using a power tool. Specifically, a chainsaw.

As you watch him zip across the frozen lake, you might think, Wow, that looks fun. Maybe I’ll try that. But you’ll probably realize that this is pretty dangerous and it’s probably best to just stay inside, watching Sunnerheim from the comfort of your couch.

TIME viral

Watch TV Reporters Fall Down and Burst Out Laughing in March’s Best News Bloopers

Another month, another collection of hilarious on-air mishaps

Remember the anchor who stared her colleague down after he mocked her outfit and called her the Hamburglar? Well, now you can watch that clip — and several other funny, strange and awkward moments — in this collection of March’s best bloopers.

There are some good slapstick moments, like the weather anchor who falls backward and utters a gentle “ow” and the reporter who sleds face-first into a large snowman. There are also plenty of uncomfortable moments when anchors don’t realize they’re on air, along with several moments of uncontrollable giggles.


Read next: Watch All the Funniest News Bloopers of 2014

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TIME Music

Listen to Delta Rae’s Soulful New Album After It All: Premiere

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It's big, bluesy and—best of all—refreshingly earnest

The members of six-piece folk rock band Delta Rae have always been big proponents of enthusiasm—in 2013 they told TIME they hoped to “dispel the myth that apathy is cool”—and their new album, After It All, is as unabashedly emotional as ever.

After It All, which premieres today on TIME, is the band’s sophomore effort following its 2012 debut Carry the Fire. Big, lush and full of harmonies, After It All practically demands that you crank the volume and dance around. Consider the exhilarating second track, “Run”: it’s heavy on the drums, with singer Brittany Hölljes shouting, “I wanna run!”

Other tracks, like the piano-heavy “The Meaning Of It All” and the title track, are mellow and tender, with sentimental lyrics. But whether the songs are upbeat and aggressive or soft and subdued, After It All is driven by emotion.

Listen to the album, out April 7th, here:


TIME Science

Watch Two Students Extinguish Fire Using Sound

George Mason University engineers use low-frequency sound waves to put out a blaze

A pair of engineering students at George Mason University in Virginia managed to create a fire extinguisher that operates using sound waves.

This started as an idea for a senior research project, and after a year’s worth of tinkering (and spending $600 of their own money), Seth Robertson and Viet Tran created something fully functional, the Washington Post reports. As you’ll see in the clip above, the portable device puts out a blaze in mere seconds.

Sound waves are also “pressure waves, and they displace some of the oxygen,” Tran told the Washington Post, explaining how the apparatus works. At the right frequency, the sound waves “separate the oxygen [in the fire] from the fuel,” he said. “The pressure wave is going back and forth, and that agitates where the air is. That specific space is enough to keep the fire from reigniting.”

After quite a bit of trial and error, Tran and Robertson found the frequency that worked. Before applying for a patent, though, the engineers plan to do a lot more testing. Stay tuned for the day when you’ll be able to use this in your kitchen.

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This Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Flowers Blooming Will Make You Really, Really Ready for Spring

Watch a dozen types of gorgeous cactus flowers bloom in seconds

It’s technically spring, but several parts of the U.S. are still facing cold temperatures and generally unpleasant weather. Watching the above video, though, will help us all feel like it’s spring.

Created by filmmaker Greg Krehel (also known as EchinopsisFreak), this time-lapse video shows a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers blooming (and then wilting.) These types of flowers bloom overnight and then last for one day, he explains in the video’s description. They’re at their “peak beauty” for just one or two hours.

“With their garish colors, their crazy shapes, and the contrast between spiky parent and the flowers, the cacti provide the drama,” Krehel writes. “My job is simple: bring their freaky nature to your attention.”

TIME celebrity

Watch Ed Sheeran Surprise a Couple at Their Wedding

And then sing "Thinking Out Loud" for their first dance

Ed Sheeran continued his streak of doing adorable and sweet things by making a surprise appearance at an Australian couple’s wedding.

The couple, Kya and Matt, had won an all-expenses-paid wedding from Sydney’s KIIS FM after Matt called in to explain the couple’s situation. They’d been planning to get married, but after Kya’s mother took her own life they had to postpone the event. Since then, they’ve been struggling to get enough money together.

The wedding KIIS FM planned for Kya and Matt included a special appearance by Ed Sheeran, who’s currently touring in Australia. He surprised the couple and then sang his hit “Thinking Out Loud” for their first dance.

It was all really adorable and then Ed wished them well with some parting words: “Make lots of babies tonight.”


See the Entire Construction of Disneyland in One Minute

A time-lapse video marks the 60th anniversary of the park

To get ready for its 60th anniversary celebration in July, Disney has released a time-lapse video which shows the park’s construction in the 1950s. (It officially opened on July 17, 1955.)

The video shows several bare-bones structures becoming full-fledged houses and castles — and eventually shows the completed park swarming with visitors.

This video is just a small part of Disneyland’s 60-year anniversary celebration, which will also include keeping the park open for a full 24 hours.

Read next: Why Disneyland Closed its Doors on Christmas

TIME movies

Here’s What Anna and Elsa From Frozen Would Look Like in Real Life

According to a digital artist in Australia

Frozen may have come out in 2013, but people are still all about it. So to feed everybody’s appetite, an Australia-based digital artist named Jirka Väätäinen produced some very realistic portraits imagining what the movie’s stars, Anna and Elsa, would look like in real life.

Väätäinen shared them on his Facebook page this week:

The portraits are part of his “Real Life Disney” series, which also features realistic-looking portraits of Jane from Tarzan, Cinderella, Ursula from The Little Mermaid and more.

(h/t Daily Dot)

Read next: Watch Steelers Player DeAngelo Williams Dance to Frozen Soundtrack With His Daughter

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