TIME Bizarre

A Man Sent Naked Selfies to the HR Manager of a Company That Offered Him a Job

Not exactly getting off to a good start

A 23-year-old man from Chicago, reportedly sent nude pictures of himself to the human-resources manager of a company that had just hired him.

Police said the manager informed them of the incident on Aug. 14, one day after the man had sent her two naked selfies over three days, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Elmhurst police chief Michael Ruth said the company had made the 23-year-old man a “conditional offer of employment” earlier in the month. “He texted the HR director and sent a nude photo of himself,” Ruth added.

According to the police report, the man admitted to sending the photographs but said they were meant for someone else. The company did not respond to calls for comment from the Tribune.

“My understanding is they’ve rescinded the offer of employment,” Ruth said.

[Chicago Tribune]

TIME viral

This Boy Wrote an Adorable Apology Note to the Library for Ripping a Page

He felt bad for other kids who may want to read the book

An 8-year-old boy wrote an adorable apology note to the Toronto Public Library for accidentally ripping a page in an Asterix comic book.

The letter, written by Jackson Dowler, reads: “I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bed when I fell asleep reading it. It won’t happen again. I’m sorry. From Jackson.”

The library shared the letter on social media, and it had over 4,600 likes on Facebook and over 1,000 shares by Monday evening.

It was the widespread social media fervor over the letter that ultimately identified Dowler as the author of the letter, which was taped to the comic book in the overnight drop box addressed “Library.” One individual touched by Dowler’s letter shipped him some Asterix comics.

“We tried to tape it, but I wrote the note so I could tell the library it was ripped so they could fix it better,” Jackson told PEOPLE. “Other kids who want to read it don’t want to be missing a page. It was my dad’s favorite book and it’s mine too. It’s full of adventure!”

[People]

TIME animals

Watch Men Rescue These Tiny Kittens While Fishing

Adorable

Two men appear to have spotted and rescued kittens while fishing on a boat in Alabama’s Black Warrior River Saturday.

Jason Frost uploaded video of the moment when he and his fellow fisherman, Brandon Key, pull two orange tabby kittens out of the water and put them on their boat. As Frost joked on Facebook, “This puts a new spin on the term ‘catfishing.'”

News outlets have been having a field day with this story, as headlines range from “Catfishing turns into cat fishing on the Warrior River” to the completely over-the-top “You caught to be kitten me?”

TIME animals

Watch a Humane Society Parody Car Salesmen on TV

"We've got cats of all makes, models, and colors..."

In a recent spoof video produced by the Calgary Humane Society in Canada, a mustachioed man in a suit tries to sell people on adopting cats — “certified pre-owned cats,” that is. “We’ve got cats of all makes, models, and colors,” the faux salesman says, then describes one feline as “boasting a top speed of 30mph.” The video was made to promote an adoption day hosted in a parking lot earlier this month, but the message is relevant year-round.

(h/t Upworthy)

TIME celebrity

This Is Why Bill Murray Agreed to Appear in the Next Ghostbusters Film

Bill Murray speaks at Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 9, 2015.
Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images Bill Murray speaks at Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 9, 2015.

"I feel really good about it."

Ghostbusters fans around the world rejoiced earlier this month, when it was revealed Bill Murray will make a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot.

Murray, who had long been resistant to the prospect of starring in a third Ghostbusters project, explained how the role came about — and what made him agree to it — over the weekend at a screening of his new film, Rock the Kasbah, in East Hampton, N.Y.

“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray told Vulture. “They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”

Murray said the addition of actresses like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to the film’s cast made him come around to the idea of aGhostbusters return. “I like those girls a lot,” he added. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”

Still, he gave the prospect a lot of thought — by his count, years worth.

“I thought about it for a very long time,” Murray said. “Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”

Feig’s Ghostbusters, with Wiig, McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, and Neil Casey, opens in theaters on July 15. You can read the rest of Murray’s interview over at Vulture.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Sports

Viral Tom Brady Sketch Artist Gets Another Shot at Court Drawing

Tom Brady Portrait by Jane Rosenberg
NY Daily News/Getty Images Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg with a more pleasant sketch of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"It was a nightmare," she said after her first portrait got the Internet's attention

The last time sketch artist Jane Rosenberg had to draw a portrait of Tom Brady in court, the results weren’t so pretty—her work was derided by fans for depicting a version of the New England Patriots quarterback that some likened to Lurch from The Addams Family.

Rosenberg got another chance on Monday when Brady made another appearance in court over the Deflategate scandal, Sports Illustrated reports, and she fared much better this time. The NFL star is a lot more recognizable in this drawing compared to the last one, not that Rosenberg enjoyed the process any more.

“It was a nightmare,” she said.

Rosenberg, who has 35 years of experience, says she finds Brady “very hard to draw.” “Something subtle goes on with his eyes,” she told the New York Daily News. “He has a big chin with a cleft in it.”

[SI]

 

TIME animals

Watch This Young Gorilla Play Peekaboo with a Toddler

Great apish antics

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium posted a video of a toddler named Isaiah playing “peekaboo” with its two-year-old gorilla Kamoli last week.

The clip, filmed by Isaiah’s mother Sherry Chute, shows the youngster shrieking and laughing hysterically as the two chase each other on opposite sides of the glass enclosure — in what looks like a great workout for both parties involved. When it was time to go, Isaiah simply said “bye gorilla,” Chute told The Columbus Dispatch.

The footage has been shared nearly 6,000 times on Facebook.

TIME society

Watch a Daredevil Walk on Top of a Moving Train

It's a pretty terrifying balancing act

In a clip that we wouldn’t recommend watching if you’re prone to vertigo, a daredevil named Pasha Bumchik from the Ukrainian capital Kiev appears to jump onto the roof of a commuter train. He then proceeds to walk across like it is no big deal, as dramatic instrumental music plays in the background. He even manages to film a selfie video during the terrifying stunt. The clip has been viewed on YouTube more than 1 million times since it was uploaded two days ago — becoming the most popular video he has ever shared.

TIME viral

Kate Winslet Did Not Write This Facebook Post

Fans have been sharing photos of themselves without makeup

Several websites have been aggregating an Aug. 27 post on a Facebook page entitled “Kate Winslet” that encourages women to feel good about how they look without makeup — but the page is not the actress’s official fan page. Though the post was created by community members, fans have been commenting on it with their own “no makeup selfies” — a social media trend that started as a way to raise money for cancer, and grew into a larger campaign meant to empower women.

The photo of Winslet, however, is real, and was taken — without prep from a hair and makeup team — by renowned photographer Chuck Close for Vanity Fair last year. The actress, who has been outspoken in the past about the use of Photoshop in magazines, also recently appeared on NBC’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls without makeup. But the biggest clue that this “inspirational post” is fake is probably the page’s pinned advertisement for “Dogitude,” a site for dog lovers.

TIME Television

President Obama to Run Wild in Alaska With Bear Grylls

During an official visit to the state

The primary purpose of President Obama’s official visit to Alaska, which begins Monday, is to highlight the effects of climate change on the region. But between a possible hike along the Exit Glacier and visits with salmon fishermen, he will also test his capacity to survive in the wilderness as he tapes a special episode of the NBC reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, set to air later this year.

The show, now in its second season, has brought celebrities like Kate Winslet and Channing Tatum face-to-face with the elements as Grylls, a survival expert, offers tips on how not to die from snake bites (kill and eat the snake before it eats you) and hunger (eat worms if need be). Past episodes have been filmed in places like Appalachia, Scotland and Yosemite, but Obama’s turn on the show will mark its first trip to Alaska, as well as its first appearance by a sitting president.

Obama, who has taken to exclaiming, “the bear is loose!” when leaving the White House for a coffee or a walk, can only hope that his catchphrase remains in the metaphorical realm.

 

 

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