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Watch Sesame Street’s Delightful Spoof of When Harry Met Sally

We'll all have what Cookie Monster is having

Cookie Monster gets seriously greedy in the latest Sesame Street video, which spoofs rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally.

The dessert-loving Muppet takes on the Billy Crystal role, playing an impatient type who doesn’t want to wait in line at the fictional version of New York’s famous Katz’s Delicatessen. (You know, the place where that scene takes place.) The Sesame Street version of Sally tries to get him to chill out by distracting him with games like “I Spy” and “Patty Cake,” but he struggles with learning to wait his turn. And while Cookie’s wardrobe consists mainly of a hat, Sally greatly resembles Meg Ryan, who played the role in the 1989 Nora Ephron film, with perfect eighties-era hair and blue eyeshadow.

Once the two finally get to order and eat their meals, they devour — what else? — cookies, to which another customer responds with the perfect punchline: “I’ll have what they’re having.”

Read next: How the Internet Had Fun With Sesame Street Moving to HBO

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See President Obama Snuggling Some Puppies

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) looks at dog sled puppies belonging to 2011 Iditarod Dog Sled Race champion John Baker in Kotzebue, Alaska on Sept. 2, 2015.
Jonathan Ernst—Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama (R) looks at dog sled puppies belonging to 2011 Iditarod Dog Sled Race champion John Baker in Kotzebue, Alaska on Sept. 2, 2015.

It happened during his visit with Iditarod champion John Baker

President Obama is now a member of an elite dog sledding team – sort of.

On a last-minute stop in Kotzebue, Alaska, the president met Iditarod champion John Baker who presented him with a team jacket and hat.

Thrilled, Obama put on the cap and swapped his old jacket for the new one.

“Now I’m official,” he said, according to the president’s travel pool report.

Obama also got to meet two Husky puppies, both about three months old. He grabbed the smallest one, affectionately called Feather for his size, and reassured him: “Sweetie, you’re okay, sweetie,” before turning his attention to the other dog, known as Moose.

Got to meet Kotzebue's own Iditarod champion John Baker and Feather, one his puppies. -bo

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After posing for photos, the president peppered the group with questions about the long-distance sled dog race held each year in March, including: How many dogs are on a sled? 16. Dogs can start training once they’re 6-months old, in case you’re wondering.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME animals

Watch a Dog Lose an Unfortunate Fight With a Minion Toy

This tiny Shichon just wanted to play

When Minions aren’t causing utter chaos on busy roads, they’re apparently beating up on dogs. In the clip above, you’ll see Arne Doodle, a one-year-old Shichon, attempt to engage in some friendly play with an inflatable Minion toy. The toy, however, does not keep things friendly.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Shichon dog breed, here’s what Wikipedia says about it: “The Zuchon is also known as a Shichon, teddy bear dog, or fuzzy wuzzy puppy.” Yes, that’s what the entry really says. How dare that evil Minion mess with a fuzzy wuzzy puppy.

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Amanda Peet Is Probably Divorcing Her Husband Over Jon Snow’s Fate

Game of Thrones can't stop causing sadness

Game of Thrones just chalked up one more casualty — Amanda Peet’s marriage. The actress, who is married to showrunner David Benioff, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night to discuss her feelings over the death of a certain character. [Spoilers below for those not caught up on the show.]

In Peet’s opinion, if anyone should have been able to prepare their spouse in advance for the untimely murder of Jon Snow, it should have been her husband. And yet, when Snow’s brothers in black turned on him, Peet was just as shocked and horrified as the rest of us, which is grounds for divorce in most states (and all of Westeros). “I’m in the process of getting divorced,” she told Kimmel.

While Kimmel was surprised by the lengths that Benioff would go to maintain a separation between Game of Thrones and marriage, even turning his computer away from her to watch the dailies coming from the set, Peet kindly downplayed his outrageous behavior. “It’s a little bit like being married to someone in the CIA or something, except for not as important,” she said.

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A King Cobra Is on the Loose in Florida

King Cobra
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The snake is eight feet long

A king cobra has been on the loose in Orlando since Tuesday, officials say.

“We are used to snakes here in Florida, but a king cobra is a totally different story,” a TV anchor said on WESH2.

The male cobra is green and yellow and about 8-feet long. The owner, Mike Kennedy, didn’t report the escape right away when it went missing on Tuesday, and could face criminal penalties.

Kennedy is the star of the Discover Channel reality show Airplane Repo and calls himself an exotic animal dealer on his website. His site also features images of him with various exotic animals, including a king cobra.

Officials believe the snake will stay close to home in a woody area. According to National Geographic, one bite contains enough venom to kill 20 people.

TIME politics

Watch Barack Obama Attempt a Native Alaskan Dance

Surrounded by a group of cute students

As part of a three-day trip to Alaska to promote climate change initiatives, President Obama visited Dillingham Middle School Wednesday and performed with youngsters who were doing a Yup’ik dance in traditional headdresses decorated with jewels and fur.

“I’ve been practicing,” he told the crowd.

Also during his time in the fishing village, he gamely sampled salmon jerky — calling it “really good” — and laughed when a salmon spawned on his shoes, prompting him to joke that the fish was “happy to see me.”

The other part of his trip that created a buzz on Twitter was the video he filmed with a selfie stick at Kenai Fjords National Park on Tuesday:

 

TIME Tech

Watch a Bunch of Puppies Test Out the Latest Star Wars Toy

Vanity Fair recruited cute canines to play with the new BB-8

Sphero’s new spinning robot is the new Star Wars toy every kid will want for Christmas this year. We now believe it’s also the toy every dog will want, too.

Vanity Fair recruited a pack of cute puppies to test out this toy, the BB-8, which is based on the new Star Wars’ film’s spinning droid. It’s controlled with a Star Wars-themed smartphone app and, according to Sphero Chief Creative Officer Rob Maigret, is “the closest we get to an actual droid.”

So, will this high-tech toy be a good plaything for your pet? Watch above and decide.

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Ronda Rousey’s Marine Prom Date Freaked Out That She Said Yes

But under one condition

Ronda Rousey made U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert very happy when she accepted his invite to prom that he posted on Facebook.

TMZ, whose reporters confirmed that Rousey would “go for sure,” got a hold of Haschert to tell him the news, and he replied by saying “Oh my God, no way!”

“He’s cute. He’s gotta be a gentleman, though, I’m not a first date kind of girl,” Rousey said. “But, I dunno, we’ll see when I meet him.”

Her attendance comes under one condition: “He needs to find dates for my girls and then we’ll all go.”

Read next: Ronda Rousey Somehow Makes This Gluttonous Breakfast Sandwich Look Healthy

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How to Make a 10-Foot Pizza for National Cheese Pizza Day

What better way to celebrate than with a gigantic cheese pizza?

National Cheese Pizza Day is upon us—not to be confused with National Pizza Day (July 10) or National Pizza Party Day (third Friday in May), similarly important days of worship for lovers of the cheesy staple. With 40% of Americans eating pizza at least once a week, we hardly need a holiday to remind us to pick up a slice. But since it’s here, why not celebrate by making the largest pizza you can muster the ingredients for?

That’s what these Houstonites did back in the mid-1950s, and although the occasion they were celebrating is lost to history, their feat is forever preserved by these step-by-step photos shot for, but never published in, LIFE Magazine. Though their accomplishment has been overshadowed by more modern triumphs of pizza-making glory—like this 122-inch pie made in 1990—a ten-footer is nothing to scoff at, neither then nor today.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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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?

 

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