TIME Food & Drink

Hotel Apologizes for ‘Apartheid’ Cocktail

Icelandair says an employee did not understand what the word meant

Words: sometimes they’re just so hard. A Reykjavik hotel owned by Icelandair has apologized for offering a cocktail called “Apartheid” on its bar menu, saying an employee was “unaware of its meaning.”

To make matters worse, when someone shared an image of the Hotel Reykjavik Marina’s menu on Twitter, Icelandair at first responded, “Simply scrumptious, enjoy! Happy Holidays.”

The company later apologized and explained the mix-up: “[The staffer] thought the word just meant separation and did not understand the connotation and historical significance.”

For the record, “separation” apparently tastes like vodka, stout liqueur, cream and roasted hazelnuts.


Here Are 10 Great Gifts Under $10

Need something cheap to stuff the stockings? We've got you covered

Maybe you just need a few more little somethings to keep the kids happy on Christmas morning. Maybe you need a trinket for an office Yankee swap. No matter the need, there are plenty of inexpensive options to fit the bill.


Race Concerns Americans More Than It Has in 2 Decades

San Francisco Public Attorneys Hold "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Demonstration
A protestor holds a black lives matter t-shirt during a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" demonstration in front of the San Francisco Hall of Justice on December 18, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

Amid national protests over police use-of-force against African-Americans

The percentage of Americans who consider “race relations” or “racism” to be the biggest problem facing the country is at its highest level since 1992, according to a new Gallup poll.

At 13%, the current rate is only two points behind its peak two decades ago, in the aftermath of the riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. Just last month, only 1% of Americans viewed race as the top concern, proving what an enormous impact the Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice cases have had on the public.

Among nonwhites, 22% named race relations or racism as the country’s biggest problem; among whites, it was only 9%.

“The economy” ties with race among those polled, and the highest-ranked concern is “government” at 15%.


TIME Social Media

U.S. Teens Are Deserting Facebook Faster Than Ever

Brendan O'Sullivan—Getty Images

Prefer social media with more youthful user bases, like Snapchat and Twitter

U.S. teenagers increasingly think Facebook is like, whatever.

A new report has found that Americans aged 13 to 17 who use social media are leaving Facebook faster than ever, with the percentage of those with accounts dropping six points from 94% last year to 88% in 2014. From 2012 to 2013, it only dropped one point.

This is not the first time analysts have reported a drop in Facebook’s popularity among teenagers, and the company’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on the record saying he’s skeptical of their claims. “Based on our data, that’s simply not true,” he said last year.

If the numbers aren’t growing in that demographic, Zuckerberg added, that’s only because the site is already so deeply engrained in the life of the American teenager that there’s nowhere to grow.

The group behind the new report, Frank N. Magid Associates Inc., found that teens are spending more time on messaging apps and even Twitter, which now boasts 48% engagement in that age group.

Part of their attraction to newer services like Snapchat and messaging apps are their youthful user base. After all, with parents and even grandparents on the social network, no wonder teens are saying thanks but no thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s friend request.


TIME Television

Watch Stephen Colbert End The Colbert Report With Help from Celebrity Pals

Goodbye, nation

An era ended Thursday night when Stephen Colbert signed off on Comedy Central for the last time, but as he and dozens of celebrity guests sang from the stage, “We’ll Meet Again.”

Colbert did one last round of his segment The Word, cheated death against “Grimmy” the grim reaper and finally flew off in Santa’s sleigh.

Now all that’s left to do is start the countdown until Colbert takes over for David Letterman in 2015.

MORE: Review: The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!

Watch the full episode here.

TIME celebrities

People Magazine Awards Honor Cream of Celebrity Crop

The PEOPLE Magazine Awards - Arrivals
Kate Upton arrives at The PEOPLE Magazine Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Kate Upton, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Lopez among the winners

People Magazine honored the top celebrities of 2014 on Thursday night, and the red carpet saw a high-voltage turnout.

While many long-established VIPs were celebrated (Gwen Stefani was designated 2014’s Style Icon, Jennifer Lopez its Triple Threat), there were a few fresher faces as well: Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street fame was named Breakout Star of the Year, and Karlie Kloss (close friend of Taylor Swift) was named Model of the Year.

Kate Upton was chosen as People’s Sexiest Woman (naturally) and Jon Hamm was honored for Television Performance of the Year in his role as Don Draper.

Read more about the event at People.

TIME weather

Christmas Eve Storm to Bring Chaos to East Coast, Midwest

Some regions can expect a white Christmas, but most will get rain

The weather outside really is going to be frightful this Christmas.

A major storm is predicted to hit the East Coast and Midwest beginning Dec. 23 and building to a climax on Christmas Eve. While snow may accumulate from Wisconsin to Western Pennsylvania, regions to the east can expect heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Strong winds will bring turbulent flying conditions and treacherous driving conditions along the Interstate-95 corridor. AccuWeather recommends bringing forward Christmas travel to Monday or Tuesday to avoid getting stuck on the road or in an airport.

But if you’ve no place to go… you’ll probably be alright.


TIME movies

9 Spooky Posters Inspired by Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

Artists took their inspiration from Margaret Keane's famous paintings

Tim Burton’s new movie Big Eyes is already generating Oscar buzz for leading lady Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, an artist known for painting faces with absolutely enormous eyes, whose husband (played by Christoph Waltz) took credit for her work and sold it under his own name.

It’s fitting that this film about artistic inspiration and envy might itself inspire a few artists. So the Weinstein Company invited artists to create their own posters for the film, reflecting the eerie look of Keane’s works. The first poster, by Anne Benjamin for Mondo, goes on sale Friday at MondoTees.com. The movie debuts Dec. 25.

TIME viral

Sarah Koenig Goes to Jail in This Funny or Die Parody of Serial


"What do you want, I do a podcast, it was supposed to be for four people!"

Serial has become so popular, there’s even a theory that its host and longtime This American Life producer Sarah Koenig is actually the guilty party behind the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee—that’s how good the case has been for her career.

But on the other end of the spectrum, many fans are worried that they won’t get answers in tomorrow’s final episode.

“Maybe we’ll never know who killed Hae Min Lee,” fictional Sarah Koenig says in this Funny or Die parody of the finale. “JK, JK, I know, I guess I know exactly who did it.”

[Funny or Die]

TIME Television

Charlie Sheen Will Reprise Ferris Bueller Role on The Goldbergs

Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg and Charlie Sheen as "Boy in the Police Station" on The Goldbergs. Gilles Mingasson—ABC


Charlie Sheen is about to return to TV, and not just for his rumored reappearance on Two and a Half Men for that show’s finale. The actor will perform in an episode of ABC’s sitcom The Goldbergs as “Boy in the Police Station,” a role he made famous in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The leather-clad teen served as a bad-boy voice of reason to Jennifer Grey’s more uptight character, who famously instructed, “Blow yourself,” before going on to make out with him. The episode will run sometime in 2015 when the show returns with more episodes.

Read more at People.

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