TIME fun

Feel Good Friday: 11 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From the joy of the World Series to a grinning Pope Francis, here's a collection of photos to get your weekend started with a smile

TIME Internet

This Interactive Honda Ad Will Make Your Jaw Drop

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Just press "R"

What kind of person drives a Honda? Apparently any kind. A new, interactive commercial by the car company shows a double-sided story. While watching the commercial on a special YouTube landing page, you can press the “R” button on your keyboard in order to switch between story lines.

One story follows a dad picking up his children from school, the other a getaway driver. Try it yourself. The videos are perfectly parallel.

 

 

TIME relationships

These Are the Top 5 Reasons People Reject Marriage Proposals

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Key takeaway: if you want them to say yes, choose a romantic setting

If you’re thinking of proposing to someone soon, then you’re presumably hoping they will say yes. Or, better, yet, “Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!” or some other dramatic thing. If that’s the case, a recent study conducted by VoucherCloud about why people choose to reject proposals might be of use to you.

The company surveyed 2,144 American residents, both male and female, who were 21 years or older and had previously rejected a proposal, Bustle reports. The participants didn’t have to choose one specific reason — instead, they were asked for all the factors that contributed to their rejection. These were the five most reasons:

  1. Unromantic proposal setting: 67 percent
  2. Poor ring choice: 53 percent
  3. Bad wording of the proposal: 51 percent
  4. Lack of trust in the relationship: 39 percent
  5. Scared of the commitment: 36 percent

These results may seem a bit surprising. The reasons seem fairly: poor ring choice? Lame location? “As much as it seems silly to turn down the big question because the cost isn’t high enough, it’s important to remember that getting engaged is a huge moment in your life,”VoucherCloud’s Matthew Wood told Bustle. “It’s an investment and should be treated as such.” Of course, he added that there “are ways to make a person feel special during a proposal without going bankrupt.”

So, take all of this with a grain of salt, of course, but it couldn’t hurt to pick an extra romantic proposal location. Just in case.

(h/t Bustle)

TIME Food & Drink

Papa John’s Now Sells a Pizza Topped With Fritos and Chili

"I can't believe I waited 30 years to put Fritos on a pizza"

In a new ad, Papa John himself admits he’s ashamed of something: “I can’t believe I waited 30 years to put Fritos on a pizza!”

A pizza topping that surely someone must have been asking for. Right? Maybe? Well, Papa John’s CMO Bob Kraut told Businessweek a chili and Fritos-topped pizza was a “no-brainer,” so clearly someone thought it was a good idea.

While we have yet to try the new dish, which is being marketed to NFL watchers, the staff of Esquire did it for us. In the words of the publication’s Anna Peele, “Eating this pizza is like having sex with a coworker: Primarily intriguing because it’s transgressive, then instantly regrettable.”

American fast-food chains have a long way to go before entering the same league as its Asian-based locations’ weird fusions — Pizza Hut Korea literally put shrimp, calamari, bacon, steak and sausage on a pizza and then stuffed the crust with either cranberry or cinnamon apple nut and cream cheese filling — but it’s good to know America is putting its hat in the ring.

TIME celebrity

These Photos Show Taylor Swift Experiencing the Full Range of Human Emotion at a Knicks Game

Euphoria! Shock! Confusion!

It’s been a busy week for Taylor Swift, but she managed to make time to attend a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden Wednesday evening with her bestie, supermodel Karlie Kloss. (Maybe it was actually part of her new job as New York City’s Tourism Ambassador. Unclear.)

What we do know is that Tay — who sat next to Ben Stiller and his son — really seemed to experience the full range of human emotion while attending the game, making for an emotionally rich game-watching experience. Take a look.

Euphoria:

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Shock:

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Confusion:

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Melancholy:

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Bemusement:

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Hopefulness:

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And more euphoria:

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TIME Bizarre

The 32 Most Surprising Photos of the Month

From the return of Kim Jong Un to spooky Halloween traditions, TIME shares the most outrageous and intriguing images from October 2014

TIME video

Try to Survive This Virtual Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Haunted House

Because for some of us, the real thing is too scary

If you’re too lazy, busy, or afraid of wetting your pants to visit an actual haunted house this Halloween, YouTube has got you covered. YouTube Nation produced a Halloween-themed choose-your-own-adventure experience, making use of a set designed by director and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro for maximum spookiness.

The adventure features several YouTube celebrities, including Tay Zonday (best known for “Chocolate Rain”) and web series host Steve Zaragoza. After “entering” the haunted house — from the comfort of your chair — and meeting the cast of characters, you’re periodically presented with options, which usually consist of bailing, partying or exploring the mansion’s creepy nooks and crannies. Depending on your choices, you may not make it out — virtually speaking — alive.

TIME Music

Watch Sam Smith Surprise Everyone by Bringing Ed Sheeran on Stage to Sing ‘Stay With Me’

Seriously, the ladies in the crowd can NOT contain their excitement

Prepare to get so emotional, because this is a video of Ed Sheeran unexpectedly strolling onstage to join Sam Smith in a duet of his hit “Stay With Me.”

Smith was performing in the U.K. Wednesday night at Manchester’s Albert Hall when he launched into the popular tune. About 45 seconds in, Sheeran walked out and everyone totally lost it, which is understandable, because they were expecting just Sam Smith and then they got Ed Sheeran as a bonus.

The duet was, of course, lovely. Sheeran has had practice singing this song, as he recently covered it:

Anyway, after the show, Smith got all lovey-dovey and posted a photo of the pair on Instagram, with the comment: “So amazing to have this KING @teddysphotos on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x”

So. Emotional.

Read next: T-Pain Singing Without Auto-Tune Is the Most Confusing Thing You’ll Hear Today

TIME Books

Harry Potter Site Teases New J.K. Rowling Story

Trick or treat?

Last week, J.K. Rowling’s website Pottermore announced that the writer would be unveiling a new 1,700 word story about Harry Potter characters on Oct. 31.

While fans were told that the story would focus on Dolores Umbridge, a former Hogwarts professor that Pottermore referred to as “one of the most malicious Potter characters,” little else is known about the new tale’s content. However, recent social media updates have been hinting at what Rowling has in store on for us on Halloween.

For example, will it involve Bellatrix Lestrange?

Here are some other hints:

Rowling released a different story based in the Harry Potter world in July.

TIME viral

Grieving Dad Grants Deceased 13-Year-Old Daughter’s Wish to Be Famous

Listen to Anna van Keulen beautifully play Downton Abbey's theme on the piano

Two weeks ago, 13-year-old Anna van Keulen died from injuries she sustained during a bike accident on her way to school in the Netherlands.

On Tuesday, her grieving father Niek van Keulen decided to do what he could to fulfill at least one of his deceased daughter’s wishes: To be famous. He tweeted out a video of Anna playing the theme song from Downton Abbey on the piano, and the heartfelt performance immediately went viral. Less than two days later, the video has been viewed almost 1.5 million times.

A day after the video went up, van Keulen tweeted, according to Google translate, “It’s overwhelming … thanks all. Anna’s goal is reached: she’s famous.”

But he wants to keep the attention directed to his daughter rather than himself. “Dear journalists: please stop calling,” he tweeted. “I do not want [to be] on radio or TV, it’s not about me, it’s about Anna. Thank you.”

(h/t: Mashable)

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