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Can You Guess the Meaning of These Scripps National Spelling Bee Words?

See if you can define the words that teenagers were able to spell

Spelling complicated words for the Scripps National Spelling Bee is hard enough, as this year’s co-champions Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam know. But if we give you the spelling, can you guess tricky words’ meaning by looking at them? We rounded up some of the hardest words from the 2015 bee to test you.

TIME weather

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Switches to Canning Water to Aid Flood Victims

The cans will go to those in need in Texas and Oklahoma

The next time Texans and Oklahomans crack open an Anheuser-Busch can, it may contain water instead of Bud Light.

The company has temporarily halted beer production at its Cartersville, Ga. brewery to instead can drinking water for victims of the severe flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. Approximately 50,000 cans are on their way to the two states. The company has a partner in the American Red Cross, which is helping distribute the water to the areas most in need.

Anheuser-Busch says the company switches to emergency production like this several times a year to help in crises. Earlier this month, it sent about 50,000 more cans to those affected by tornadoes and storms in the Oklahoma City area.

Twenty-five people have died in these recent floods, and more are missing.

TIME Television

Jayma Mays on Wet Hot American Summer and the End of Glee

arrives at the Milk + Bookies 10th Annual Story Time Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on April 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Gregg DeGuire—Getty Images Jayma Mays arrives at the Milk + Bookies 10th Annual Story Time Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on April 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The actress says she was "flipping out" when she got the Netflix gig

Jayma Mays has been one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood lately. From two Netflix shows (The Adventures of Puss in Boots, already out, and Wet Hot American Summer, coming in July) to wrapping up Glee and starting work on Doug Liman’s new movie Mena (also starring Tom Cruise), Mays has a full dance card. We caught up with the actress to hear about her many projects.

Jayma Mays: There’s a cat meowing in the background. Just know that it’s not me doing a voice. It’s my actual cat.

TIME: You’ve talked about your cats before, haven’t you?

Yeah, I feel like I’m slowly becoming the crazy cat lady. I almost got a third cat this weekend and then I realized that was pushing it too far.

Speaking of cats, The Adventures of Puss in Boots has been streaming on Netflix for a few months now—what has the feedback been like from parents and kids?

So far so good—this is my first job doing voiceover, and it’s different because when you’re out and about, people don’t necessarily know who’s doing what voice. But for my family and friends, I have lots of friends with kids, and I have young nieces and nephews, and it’s really cool because I’m getting to experience it through them a little bit. I have nieces in England, and they’re able to watch it, too. They give me notes, tell me my diction is awful, because they’re English, obviously. But they love the show.

Do you want to do more voice work?

Yeah! If I’m fortunate enough, I’d love to. It works your imagination in a completely different way, and you’re not just limited to your physicality. And I don’t even need to shower before work, which is a big bonus!

I’m a big fan of another show you’re on, Getting On. Will your character be back for the last season?

She’s supposed to—I don’t have any specifics on what the storyline is or where she goes as a character, but yeah, they phoned to see if I’ll be available to do [the episodes], so hopefully that means that I’ll be coming back, because that’s just another dream-come-true job for me. I’m a huge fan of Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash.

It’s one of the first shows to really deal with end-of-life care. Is that something you’ve had to deal with in your own life?

Well, I don’t have any of my grandparents surviving anymore. I guess I’ve experienced that world through my parents discussing it with me. But my parents are still alive and healthy, thank goodness. The character I play in particular is all about healthcare and death for profit, so I do feel like that’s something that’s a hot topic, especially in a country with, clearly, issues about healthcare. To deal with it in a comedy, albeit a dark comedy, I think is supremely relevant and really cool. But it’s also just wildly entertaining. Watching it, I’ll find myself chuckling at stuff, and I’m like, “Should I be laughing at this? Why am I laughing at this? Is it because we don’t talk about it?”

There’s so much enthusiasm for the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer series on Netflix. Were you pumped to be a part of that?

Yes! I was like, flipping out on the phone when I got the phone call. I feel like so many people have seen that film now—it felt like such an underground thing when it came out.

Who were you most excited to work with in the cast?

Well, without giving anything away, my stuff is a little bit separate, so I didn’t get to work with the whole cast, but I was super stoked to work with Michael Showalter and David Wain—they created that world, it’s iconic. People quote things from it all the time. Knowing that they would let me be in their show was the most exciting thing that could have happened.

You came back for the end of Glee! How did you feel about the finale?

I was really glad that they asked me to come back. First of all, it’s really nice to know when a show is ending, because so many shows get pulled now and you don’t get to say your goodbyes or have closure for your character. It’s a gift when you know that it’s the end.

People always talk about Will & Grace influencing America’s thoughts on gay rights, but I think Glee has been even more powerful for a younger generation. Do you think the show pushed the needle on public opinion?

It’s so funny, I don’t know that this show necessarily set out to do any of that. It started out as a little show that was like, “Can a musical work on television? I don’t know!” But clearly it’s a topic that’s been discussed. Has it influenced a generation? I don’t know. But if it has in a positive way, then how fortunate are we to have been a part of something that did that.

Do you have a dream role?

I’m really drawn to comedy, I grew up in the south so I’m drawn to all things southern, so my role in Getting On has been fun for me to play something southern—I always feel like I understand those characters more because of where I was raised. I’m starting a Doug Liman movie, Mena, where I get to play a southern girl as well, but she’s really foul-mouthed and sassy, nasty and headstrong. For me right now, that is my dream role, because it’s so different to anything that I’ve ever done. It has my artistic juices flowing.

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TIME cities

See the View From the Top of the One World Trade Center Observatory

It opens to the public on Friday

The observatory at One World Trade Center is opening to the public Friday, providing visitors with a view that stretches 50 miles.

Reaching 1,776 feet into the sky, the building is the tallest in the U.S. The observatory takes up floors 100, 101 and 102 of the tower.

Admission costs $32 for adults, but is free to all family members of 9/11 victims and to rescue and recovery workers who responded to ground zero.

Check out TIME’s interactive view from the top of the spire.

TIME Fine Art

Virgin Mary Painting Encrusted With Elephant Dung to Go to Auction for $2.3 Million

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Doug Kanter—AFP/Getty Images Artist Chris Ofili's controversial work "The Holy Virgin Mary" is seen in the Brooklyn Museum of Art as part of the Sensation exhibit in New York 30 September 1999.

Chris Ofili’s "The Holy Virgin Mary" stirred controversy when it debuted

Chris Ofili’s 1996 painting “The Holy Virgin Mary” created a stink when it showed in New York in 1999—then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani was among the protesters of the elephant dung-encrusted portrait of the Madonna surrounded by photos of butts. But now its upcoming auction may prove the work’s value once and for all: Christie’s in London has set an estimated price of $2.3 million.

Ofili was one of the Young British Artists (YBAs) who scandalized and delighted the art world with works like Tracy Emin’s “My Bed,” a mattress covered in detritus like empty liquor bottles and used condoms, and Damien Hirst’s shark preserved in formaldehyde. Ofili is a winner of the prestigious Turner Prize and has been recognized with several high-profile retrospectives.

An Australian collector, David Walsh, is the current owner of the 8-foot-tall painting, and says the proceeds will go toward funding an expansion of his Museum of Old and New Art. The auction is set to take place June 30.

[NYT]

TIME

B.J. Novak Signs On for McDonald’s Movie

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Michael Tullberg—Getty Images Actor B.J. Novak attends the premiere of IFC Films' "The D Train" at ArcLight Hollywood on April 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Michael Keaton is already attached to star in the biopic

Fresh off his $7.5 million book deal with Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak has a new project in the works: he’s set to join the cast of the McDonald’s biopic The Founder.

Michael Keaton will star in the film as Ray Kroc (who didn’t actually found McDonald’s, but took over the fledgling business from Mac and Dick McDonald and amped it up to world dominance). Novak will play a McDonald’s executive and protegé of Kroc, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nick Offerman and Laura Dern are also attached to the project.

The Founder is slated to come out in the fall of 2016.

[THR]

TIME animals

Stressed Students Now Using Piglets to Calm Down

Nottingham Trent University has discovered the best way to ease tension during exams

Gone are the days when college students managed their anxiety by gorging themselves on bacon. Today’s university students would rather use pigs for cuddling.

Students at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. have organized an event for their peers to kick back and relax during exam season by spending a few minutes petting and playing with piglets, Mashable reports.

The organizers had a popular event last year featuring a puppy room to raise money for guide dogs. This year’s piglet room will raise funds for the same cause, and the seven piglets are joined by barnyard friends like two goats, a donkey and chickens. But most folks just seem excited about the #PigletRoom.

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🐷 #pigletroom #wheresthecurlytail #ntu #ntsu

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My baby piggy playing sleeping lions #pigletroom @trentsu 🐯🐷

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[Mashable]


TIME Television

TLC Is Mulling a 19 Kids and Counting Spinoff

The network might try to focus on the newlyweds

While TLC has not yet announced whether it will cancel 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of the Josh Duggar scandal, the network may be considering a spinoff of the show.

After it came out that the oldest son in the Duggar family had molested several girls, including some of his own sisters, while he was a minor, many called for TLC to cancel the show. The network responded by removing reruns from its current scheduling. But sources tell Deadline that a spinoff may be the solution. Discussions seem to indicate that the show could focus more on Josh’s sister Jill and her new husband Derick Dillard, whose wedding broadcast brought in blockbuster ratings for the network last October.

The network would not comment on a possible spinoff to Deadline.

19 Kids and Counting has been pulled from Hulu, and advertisers for the show have been dropping their sponsorship.

[Deadline]

TIME Travel

Disney Is Weighing Surge Pricing for Parks

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle At Walt Disney World Resort
Matt StroshaneHandout—Disney Parks/Getty Images In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, in a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The flyover featured the Blue Angels' six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two dramatic passes above the Magic Kingdom, with Cinderella Castle as a focal point, en route to an air show in Florida.

The company sent out a survey asking questions about whether guests would pay more for peak days

Visitors to Disneyland and Disney World may find themselves paying more for entry to the parks on peak days during the summer, spring break and Christmas time.

Walt Disney Co. sent out surveys to annual pass holders asking questions that suggest it is considering this change, gauging how they would react to a tiered pricing system, the L.A. Times reports. In Anaheim, Calif.’s Disneyland, a day pass currently costs $99 for those aged 10 and up; under the hypothetical new system, that price would stay the same for off-peak days, but most other, regular days would cost $105, while peak days would cost $115. In Disney World, the Orlando Sentinel reports, the current rate of $105 for ages 10 and up for the Magic Kingdom might remain an option while the most expensive days might cost $125.

The company told both papers that it frequently polls its customers on a wide range of topics, giving little weight to this particular survey.

[L.A. Times]

TIME Disease

How Dog Owners Can Keep Pets Safe From Canine Flu

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Kennels can be hotbeds for the illness

An outbreak of dog flu in Chicago, Illinois continues to plague pet owners there, and new cases have been reported in as many as 10 other states.

Much like influenza in humans, symptoms of the dog flu H3N2 include runny noses, coughing and fever—and in some dogs, even pneumonia and death. The number of dogs affected is impossible to gauge since there’s no organized system for testing and reporting this kind of pet illness, says Edward Dubovi, PhD, professor of virology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. There are likely many more than the 1,000 estimated cases in Chicago, he says, since many veterinarians stop sending in samples for testing after they’ve confirmed cases in the neighborhood.

Many of the states to which the virus has spread have seen only one confirmed case, often from a dog that recently visited Chicago. So while it’s not necessarily cause for major alarm, “that’s not to say there isn’t the possibility of independent introduction of this virus in other areas,” Dubovi says.

Humans are not at risk for the disease, but in areas like Illinois where the virus is most problematic, people can take steps to protect their pets from the flu.

Keep your dog out of close quarters. High-population areas like kennels, shelters and doggy daycare centers are hotbeds for the virus. And though we think about flu being a cold-weather disease, the warm weather may actually be part of the problem in this case, since vacationing dog owners often board their dogs in kennels. Dubovi says we need more information before drawing a definitive seasonal link, but just as a crowded plane can expose passengers to human flu, kennels can exposes pets to the virus. When possible, dog owners should try to avoid putting their pets in these cramped conditions in affected areas.

Put Fido on a leash. If dogs in your neighborhood are sick, make sure your pet isn’t able to come into physical contact with them, reports USA TODAY. Vaccination may be a good option, depending on your veterinarian’s advice.

If you’re a veterinarian, practice good hygiene. To protect against spreading the virus from one sick dog in the clinic to other healthy dogs, vets and their staff should be extra vigilant about maintaining clean hands, clothing and equipment. He also advises veterinarians to try to find out where the dog has recently been to help determine how the disease is spreading.

“Unfortunately with influenza virus, you can’t predict what it’s going to do,” Dubovi says. But as people become more cautious, “we may see an end to it,” he says.

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