TIME celebrity

Ja Rule Is Very Upset With Wikipedia For Misreporting His Height

onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Jason Kempin— Getty Images Ja Rule onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The site says he's 5'6" but he swears he's 5'9"

So, Ja Rule started some beef on Wednesday. With Wikipedia. He took to Twitter to vent about the online encyclopedia, which he claims is horribly inaccurate and irresponsible with its reporting, specifically when it comes to his height:

As the New York Daily News points out, Ja may not fully understand how Wikipedia — a free, collaborative, user-generated encyclopedia — really works. Fans let him know he could edit the page himself. Still, he demanded that Wikipedia itself step in:

Full disclosure: I met Ja Rule last year for an interview about his memoir. I remember a few things about Ja. I remember him being very friendly and receptive to my questions, I remember him being muscular and I remember him being short. I am 5’7″ and if I recall correctly — please, Ja, don’t be mad at me here — he was a smidge shorter than me. That would mean Wikipedia is correct: Ja Rule is 5’6″.

What’s tripping me up here, though, is a mug shot that indicates Ja is 69 inches — or, like he claims, 5’9″. Racked points out that this mug shot could come from anywhere and could be Photoshopped — and appears different from other Ja Rule mug shots — so it might not be trustworthy.

So what’s going on here? Is that mug shot unreliable? Am I misremembering the time I hung out with Ja Rule? Or am I simply mistaken about my own height?


TIME technology

This Guy Made His Own ‘Super Drone’ Using 54 Propellers

It's creating quite a buzz

Technology blogs have been circulating a YouTube clip of a man who appears to be going for a ride in a type of aerial vehicle that looks like it is made out of a bunch of parts that would normally be found in a drone. A description of the footage posted by a user named “gasturbine101” on the video-sharing platform claims the monstrosity can “lift” up to 361 pounds, is made up of “54 counter-rotation propellers” and can stay in the air for about 10 minutes.


TIME celebrity

Read Idris Elba’s Classy Response to ‘Too Street’ Comment

Idris Elba at "Mandela, My Dad And Me" photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France on April 14, 2015.
Tony Barson—FilmMagic/Getty Images Idris Elba at "Mandela, My Dad And Me" photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France on April 14, 2015.

He responded in the best way

Somehow it’s become unofficial law that Idris Elba’s name must be a part of any conversation about who would be the next best James Bond. (Trivia: Elba has said that it was current 007 Daniel Craig who started this whole thing in the first place: “I blame Daniel,” Elba has joked. )

So it’s hard to imagine how the actor felt after yesterday’s kerfuffle. To recap: Anthony Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, told The Daily Mail that he didn’t think Elba was the right man for the job. “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz said. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

The world reacted with appropriate outrage and Horowitz quickly took to Twitter to apologize: “I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”

On Tuesday, Elba took to his Instagram account — this controversy is hitting all the social media platforms — to respond, keeping things classy (as usual):

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Sports

Ronda Rousey Immortalized With a Giant 20-Foot Mural

The UFC champ's new mural can be found at Venice Beach in Los Angeles

Looks like Ronda Rousey’s celebrity status is just growing and growing, because now, the UFC champ has her very own, very large mural in Los Angeles.

Artist Jonas Never created the mural, which is located near a Mexican restaurant called Clutch in Venice Beach, The Post Game reports. Rousey proudly posted a photo on Instagram, writing, “Growing up in Venice gives you a real appreciation for street art, and this is the biggest possible compliment from one local to another.”

“It’s a local mural for a local star,” Never told The Post Game. “I’d love to see her in front of this mural, it’d be really cool to get her to come out with a 20-foot-tall version of herself.”

Read next: What to Say When Your Daughter Wants To Grow Up To Be Ronda Rousey

TIME animals

This Beluga Whale Photobombed the Connecticut Governor

Talk about whale watching!

A press conference at the Mystic Aquarium Wednesday turned into a whale watching session when a beluga whale photobombed Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

While the Democrat was talking about the growth of the tourism industry in the state, the nearly 12-foot-long, 1,320 pound marine mammal stole the spotlight, pressing its face against the glass and hovering behind the politician, WFSB reports.

Images taken by the press conference attendees:

NBC Connecticut points out that it is not the first time Juno has gone viral for interacting with visitors, between that time in 2012 when he made visitors laugh by looking over an artist’s shoulder as he drew in a sketchbook, and that time in 2011 when he was serenaded by a mariachi band — a clip that has racked up more than 4.3 million views on YouTube to date.

TIME celebrities

Donald Trump Hopes to Run Against Kanye West in 2020

Kanye West
Matt Sayles—Invision/AP Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Doesn't "quite get" comparisons between the two

Every since Kanye West announced Sunday that he plans to run for president in 2020, the hip-hop artist and current Republican candidate Donald Trump have been compared for their similar braggadocio and outsider status.

Now, Trump himself has weighed in on the possibility of a Kanye campaign. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Trump said he doesn’t “quite get” comparisons between himself and the Grammy award winner, but admitted to being a big fan of West.

“He’s actually a different kind of person than people think. He’s a nice guy,” said Trump. “I hope to run against him someday.” The real estate magnate even suggested he may have been an inspiration for Kanye’s White House ambitions. “That’s very interesting,” Trump said of Kanye’s campaign pre-announcement. “I wonder who gave him that idea?”

If Kanye does run against Trump in the next election, he may have his work cut out for him. The GOP frontrunner leads West in a hypothetical matchup, according to a survey conducted by a Washington based research group.

(Keep in mind that the survey has as much validity as the Ready for Kanye super PAC someone created. It was done using Google Consumer Surveys, so it’s not screening well for registered or likely voters.)

Watch the video of Trump’s interview below:


[Rolling Stone]

TIME Business

This Is the First Item Ever Sold on eBay

As the online marketplace celebrates its 20th anniversary, a look back at the unlikely item that helped launch the brand

In honor of eBay’s 20th anniversary Thursday, note that one of the most valuable brands on the Internet started with the sale of one of the least valuable items imaginable: a broken laser pointer.

Over Labor Day weekend in 1995, the site’s founder Pierre Omidyar wrote code for “AuctionWeb” and launched it as a personal project out of a spare bedroom in his Silicon Valley town house. He had bought a $30 laser pointer with the intention of using it to make flashy presentations, but ended up using it to make his cat chase the red dot, according to The Perfect Store: Inside eBay, a book written by former TIME senior writer Adam Cohen. Omidyar decided to list the $30 laser pointer, which broke two weeks after it was purchased, because “it would be a good way to test out AuctionWeb, he figured, and it would cost him nothing,” Cohen wrote. In the listing, he admitted the item didn’t work, even with new batteries. While no one bid on it for a week, a bidding war started the next week, and the product first listed for $1 ended up selling for $14.83.

Four years later, Cohen wrote, AuctionWeb — known as eBay — had grown to be an “online retailer valued at more than Sears, or Kmart and JCPenny.” Today, Forbes reports Omidyar’s personal net worth is $8.4 billion and lists the site as one of the “50 most valuable brands in the world. It boasts 157 million buyers, about 25 million sellers, and 800 million listings.”

Read Next: The 20 Weirdest Things Ever Sold on eBay

TIME animals

Look How Hard This Beagle Puppy Works to Keep the Car Window Open

Inspiring us all to work hard to keep our dreams alive

If you’re a dog, one of the greatest pleasures you’ll ever know is riding in a car with the window down. You get to smell so many smelly smells!

This beagle puppy — who, by the way, has huge ears and is really adorable — really wants to experience that joy, and when someone tries to roll up the car window, he fights. He fights hard. Watch as he hangs on the window with both paws, staying strong no matter how high the window goes.

Let’s just hope this pup’s owners eventually let him win and go for a ride with his entire head stuck out the window. He deserves it.

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s What a Watermelon Looks Like Without Its Rind

Skinning one feels so wrong but will make your party just right

A former NASA engineer has a party trick that is out of this world.

In this clip, Mark Rober, who used to work at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, demonstrates how to skin a watermelon and put the fruit back in its rind. Two watermelons are needed. He scraps the rind off of the first watermelon with a knife and skins it with a Scotch-Brite pad. Then he cuts the second watermelon in half and guts it so he can fit the skinned watermelon inside the two green halves. If all of that seems like too much work, then maybe his tutorial on how to make a watermelon smoothie by just carving a hole in the watermelon will be easier for you to pull off.


TIME Internet

Obama and Bear Grylls Pose for a Selfie During Alaska Hike

"Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park. -bo"

President Obama posted a tongue-in-cheek photo on Instagram while hiking the great outdoors with Bear Grylls, host of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

“Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park. -bo,” he captioned the picture Wednesday morning on the White House Instagram account, grinning ear-to-ear in a zip up jacket.

Obama is on a three-day trip to Alaska to test his wilderness skills and to survey the impact of climate change on the state.

The special edition of Grylls’ Running Wild will air later this year, according to NBC.

Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park. -bo

A photo posted by The White House (@whitehouse) on

Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! was quick to crack wise about Obama’s outdoor adventure.

“This is a show on which celebrities eat mice and squirrel and drink bodily fluids. In this one, the President teaches us how to survive alone in the wilderness, surrounded by 14 Secret Service agents disguised as trees. Bear Grylls and President Obama will trek through the forest together. Eating roots and berries – which is basically what his wife already makes him eat.”

Kimmel goes on to say: “A lot of people are upset that our President is appearing on a reality show. To which I say – big deal! A little over a year from now, we might have a President who hosted a reality show.”

Others have jumped in with suggestions for what Obama should do on the show. Someone put up a petition on the White House’s petition site, demanding the President drink his own urine “for science.”

Despite the petition, Grylls Tweets that he doesn’t foresee that happening.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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