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This Baby Sloth Totally Thinks This Teddy Bear Is His Mother

The sloth's real mother, Marilyn, can't rear him

The London Zoo has released photos of its seven-week-old, two-toed baby sloth Edward hugging a stuffed animal.

The sloth is named after Johnny Depp’s role as Edward Scissorhands because of its four-inch-long claws.

It is being hand-reared by a zookeeper, Kelly-Anne Kelleher, after its mother, Marilyn, stopped producing milk. According to the zoo, “To help build up the muscles that Edward would normally use holding on to [mom], keeper Kelly-Anne customised his sloth-teddy with carabiners so that it can be hung from a branch, enabling the youngster to climb on and strengthen his little limbs.”

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Animal Psychic Claims Cecil the Lion Has Shared a Very Profound Message

'Let not the actions of these few men defeat us or allow darkness to enter our hearts'

The Internet pretty much exploded over the news that American dentist Walter James Palmer had killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. Some people responded by signing a petition to extradite Palmer. Others flooded his Yelp page with negative reviews. (PETA simply called for his death.)

But Karen Anderson, who calls herself an “animal communicator,” responded to all this by getting in touch with the departed lion himself. She said on Facebook that she was able to communicate with him and received a “profound message.” Here’s her post, complete with Cecil’s message:

So, according to Cecil, it is now time for us all to move on.

TIME Food & Drink

This Distillery Is Going to Age Whisky in Space

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Akio Kon—Bloomberg/Getty Images An employee holds a bottle of Suntory Holdings Ltd.'s Yamazaki whisky at the company's Yamazaki distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka, Japan, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

The company wants to learn how space whisky compares to Earth whisky

Japanese distillery Suntory is undertaking an alcoholic science experiment to find out how its whiskeys age in space.

The company announced in a release that it would send five different types of whiskey up to the International Space Station on Aug. 16, as well as a bottle of 40% ethanol, to study the “development of mellowness” in a microgravity environment. Identical samples will stay on Earth for comparison when the space whiskey returns. Some of the samples will remain in orbit for one year, some for a period of two years or more (the final number is still to be determined).

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Suntory/AFP/Getty ImagesPouched whisky, from Japanese company Suntory, which will be sent up to space at JAXA’s space center in Tsukuba, Ibraraki prefecture, outside Tokyo on July 22, 2015.

If project is successful, it will help the folks at Suntory pin down the “mechanism that makes alcohol mellow.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the space whisky will not be for sale, meaning customers are going to have to put their dreams of drinking a truly out-of-this-world spirit on hold. But who knows? If the experiment is a hit, an astro aged bottle might one day appear in liquor store right here on Earth.

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The Number of Ways You Can Put Together 6 LEGO Bricks Will Astound You

The math professor who created this computer program appears in the documentary A Lego Brickumentary, out July 31

With the Danish documentary on LEGO, A LEGO Brickumentary, premiering in U.S. theaters, iTunes, and OnDemand Friday, the gaming news website Kotaku posted a clip from the film profiling the math professor who became famous for calculating that there are 915,103,765 ways to combine six, eight-stud LEGO bricks.

Inspired by a LEGOLAND display that seemed to lowball the number at 103 million, Søren Eilers from the University of Copenhagen created a computer program that now drums up that figure in 5 minutes. Why was LEGO’s estimate off? Eilers says it’s because it only counted the ways bricks could be stacked on top of each other in tower formations, not accounting how low, wide structures can be put together.

To figure out how many ways seven bricks can be combined, it took Eilers two hours. Eight bricks? Nearly 21 days (20.83 to be exact). Nine? Ten? That would take years, hundreds of years, he says, so something to think about if you have some free time this summer.

 

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This Is the Best Pizza City in America

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Sorry, New Yorkers

New York City pizza lovers, it’s time to defend your honor as pizza capital of the U.S.

TripAdvisor released a list of the top 10 pizza cities in the U.S. this week, based on the quality and quantity of users’ reviews. The No. 1 city: Chicago.

“Travelers come from all corners of the country to sink their teeth into Chicago’s deep dish, the big cheese of pizza destinations according to reviewers on TripAdvisor,” Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

The ranking comes as a blow to New Yorkers, who have long defended their pizza as superior to Chicago’s deep dish. New York City did, however, come in the second spot, followed by New Haven, Conn., Orlando, Fla., and San Francisco.

The method behind TripAdvisor’s pizza madness was based on three factors: the quality of pizza restaurant reviews, the number of restaurants and reviews and the ratio of pizza restaurants and reviews compared to all restaurants in the city. In other words, a city with a higher proportion of good pizza restaurants might edge of a city with fewer pizza restaurants selling higher-quality pizza.

TripAdvisor’s ranking of the best pizza restaurants in the U.S. will soothe the bruised egos of New York pizza lovers, with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Juliana’s Pizza topping the list. To quantitatively calculate the best of the best in pizza joints, TripAdvisor focused on restaurants with at least 500 reviews, at least 10 percent of which had to mention “best pizza.”

Here’s TripAdvisor’s full list of the 10 best pizza restaurant in the U.S.:

1. Juliana’s Pizza, New York City

2. Pizza Time of St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Fla.

3. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska

4. Keste, New York City

5. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

6. Pizzeria Regina, Boston

7. Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, Ga.

8. Bill’s Pizza, Palm Springs, Calif.

9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Conn.

10. John’s Pizzeria Bleeker St., New York City

This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com

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J.J. Abrams Broke His Back Helping Harrison Ford on the Set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Kevin Mazur—WireImage J.J. Abrams attends the New York premiere of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" at Times Square on July 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

He was trying to lift a door

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation producer J.J. Abrams was a guest on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, and while Abrams was ostensibly there to promote the new Tom Cruise movie, host Jon Stewart only wanted to talk to him about Star Wars. Abrams didn’t reveal anything substantial about directing The Force Awakens, but he and Stewart did get to geek out about Harrison Ford.

“The guy is like a real-life superhero. He should have the Marvel logo above his name,” Abrams said, before recalling what happened when the actor broke his leg on The Force Awakens set last year.

“He’s down there and he’s toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making jokes,” Abrams said. “This door had gone down, and I’m trying to help lift it up – because that’s the kind of guy I am. I’m trying to lift up this door and I feel this pop in my back. I’m like ‘Uh, that’s weird.’”

Cut to a couple of days later, and Abrams found himself at a doctor’s office. “He goes, ‘Oh you have a broken back,’” Abrams said. “I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”

Abrams said he had to wear a back brace under his shirt, while Ford – despite his broken bone – healed relatively quick, and was even able to run at Abrams to give the director a hug at an event a few months later.

“I felt like the most nebbishy Jewish director ever,” Abrams joked about his injury. He then broke into a pretty great Woody Allen impression.

“He’s a Miracle Man, and I’m like, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Darth Vader, could you be more evil?’”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Ice T’s Version of The Smurfs and Care Bears Will Make You Rethink Your Childhood

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NBC—NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Actor Ice-T during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 30, 2015

Ice T is a man of many talents: he raps, he acts — and now he does inappropriate voice-overs for cartoons

To screams of laughter from the crowd, Ice T showed his talent as a voice actor when he dubbed over scenes from Care Bears, The Smurfs and Dora the Explorer on Thursday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“Yo, yo, yo why don’t you all quit your moaning and check this” said Ice T as Grumpy Bear in his NSFW version of the cartoon. “I turned this Rumba into a bomb.”

Ice T, who brought along British bulldogs for the interview with Fallon, is expecting his first child with Coco, his wife of 14 years. Luckily, there now will be plenty of Ice T-approved children’s entertainment available for the little one.

Watch the whole interview below.

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Christopher Meloni: Playing Gene in the Wet Hot Prequel ‘Was Like Going Home’

Christopher Meloni attends the 2014 Power of Pink in West Hollywood, California on October 23, 2014.
Jason LaVeris--FilmMagic Christopher Meloni attends the 2014 Power of Pink in West Hollywood, California on October 23, 2014.

The star of 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' talks to TIME about reprising the role of his sweater-fondling camp chef

When we first meet Gene in the 2001 movie Wet Hot American Summer, he is a bearded, bandana-sporting summer camp chef running his kitchen with all the intensity of a military commander. When we meet him again in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the movie’s Netflix prequel premiering July 31, he appears ready for the yacht club: clean-shaven, elegantly coiffed and sweater-vested.

Exactly what happened to Gene between the first and last days of camp during the summer of ‘81—and what happened to the rest of Camp Firewood’s horny staff—is the prequel’s subject (as if a pretense were even needed to reunite such a star-studded cast). Christopher Meloni, who reprises the role of Gene after a 12-year stint playing detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, is one of a dozen-plus returning cast members whose stars have risen in the 14 years since the movie.

Throughout his career, Meloni has deftly traversed the comedy-drama divide, as heartbreakingly hilarious playing out Gene’s sexual preference for inanimate objects as he is convincing in the role of Pascal, ex-stepdad to the titular teenage girl in the forthcoming drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Aug. 7), in which he stars opposite Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig.

Meloni recently spoke to TIME about the staying power of a cult classic, his own summer camp experience and life since leaving SVU.

TIME: What’s it like to return to a character you played more than a decade ago?

Christopher Meloni: It was like going home. I really enjoy working with these guys. Gene is always sweet to go back to because he’s such a nut and people seem to enjoy him.

For fans of the movie, so much of the appeal of First Day of Camp is seeing this all-star cast reunited after all this time. What was the atmosphere on set?

Like we’d seen each other last Tuesday. Didn’t miss a beat. It was a little more compartmentalized because people are a little busier now with their careers than they were 15 years ago. I didn’t get to see probably 90% of the people who are in the movie. But I got to work with my boys Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio, and Molly Shannon and Janeane [Garofalo].

After the movie was released in 2001, it gained a sort of obsessive cult following. To what do you attribute its staying power?

Correct usage of marijuana.

Did you go to summer camp as a kid, or were you ever a counselor?

I went one year.

Anything like Camp Firewood?

No, because it was all boys, to begin with. And I had to go there in lieu of summer school. So it was kind of a drag because I had to do school work.

What’s it like to act opposite a can of vegetables?

I imagine it’d be like the same thing as working with Olivier, just a little shinier.

Without spoiling Gene’s backstory, what was your reaction to reading the script and finding out how he got to be the way he is?

What I appreciate about reading [Michael] Showalter and David Wain’s stuff is I can never guess where it’s coming from or where it’s going to go. It’s like being a three-year-old and being led by a hand through a funhouse.

In the trailer, you do a pretty impressive split. Did you have to train for that?

I’m pretty flexible. I took martial arts for many years and I’ve kept my flexibility somewhat. That was my idea—a subtle homage to a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.

How much did you stick to the script, and how much was improvised?

In my case there wasn’t a lot [of improv]. The absurdity is right there on the page. I didn’t feel a need to spice it up too much.

Speaking of working out, it’s been about a year since you were voted best butt on primetime

I was?

I’m pretty sure I saw you discuss it in an interview. I just wanted know if you felt a lot of pressure to keep your place in the rankings?

I think I feel the same type of pressure as maybe a curator of a World Heritage Site might feel to keep the authenticity or integrity of, say, some classic building.

That’s a lot of pressure.

I mean it’s a fair comparison, right?

Yeah, I think so.

Thank you.

Switching gears to a slightly more dramatic role, in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, you play Pascal, the former stepfather to Minnie (Bel Powley), and arguably the only responsible adult looking out for her and her sister. What attracted you to that role?

What drew me to it was the script. It was a really solid, tight, harrowing journey, and I appreciated the specificity of what each character represented. [Working] with the director, Marielle [Heller], was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had. It was a real honor to watch everybody do their work, whether it was the cinematographer or the set designer. And I like Pascal’s place in the whole storytelling.

What’s it like to be in a movie that so closely examines the sexuality of a teenage girl, being the real-life father of a teenager?

That didn’t strike me in a difficult place. I examined it from, how does a person without structure navigate the world? And it’s a chaotic personal world—the mother’s in chaos with her boyfriend and all the drugs. The idea of sexuality doesn’t scare me, but when it becomes scary is when you assume children are mature enough to figure it out on their own without any structure or guidance.

You played Elliot Stabler for more than a decade on Law and Order: SVU. What’s it like to inhabit the same character for such a long time?

It was a nice run, far more ups than downs. It just got a little more difficult toward the end. But you ask any actor if he’d like a steady job for 12 years, I think 99% of them would jump at it.

Was it hard to say goodbye to Elliot?

Oh yeah, and I knew it would be. It’s saying goodbye to everything, to people that you’ve worked with. I started out as a married man with this person and all of a sudden I’m a family man. I grew up as a family man being this guy. It was a wonderful journey.

Would you return for SVU: First Day in Court if they made it in a decade?

Absolutely.

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Nicole Richie Reveals The Meanest Prank She Ever Played to Jimmy Kimmel

Her dad Lionel Richie was the target!

Nicole Richie recounted her meanest April Fool’s joke on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, where she had a friend tell her dad, Lionel Richie, that she had been arrested.

“I had a guy friend of mine wake him from a dead sleep at around 3:30 or 4 in the morning and say they are from Nevada police and that I had been arrested,” said Richie.

The uncensored version of the story was revealed a few years back to Andy Cohen. According to the former The Simple Life star, it happened right after she left rehab, involved a security guard and the reason for her (fake) arrest was cocaine possession.

This shouldn’t have come as that big of surprise to those who know Richie well, as she is no stranger to pranks. Perennial targets have included both Kim and Khloe Kardashian, who’ve had their Twitter accounts hacked by Richie two years in a row.

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If the Modern Casino Royale Was Made in the 1960s, This Is What Its Trailer Would Look Like

Bond goes camp

There was a Casino Royale made in the 1960s, but this kitsch remade trailer imagines how the 2006 version would be promoted if it also appeared 40 years earlier.

The latter was Daniel Craig’s debut as the new blonde, muscular and rugged Bond. It was classy. It was sexy. It was just the film to bring Bond into the 2000s.

But this trailer remake—with its cheesy music, antiquated graphics and gimmicky sound effects—catapults you back into 007’s past.

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