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See How This Man Surprised His Wife in the Hospital for Their 57th Anniversary

"I've known her since she was in pigtails"

A Georgia couple that typically enjoys a “low key” anniversary had a high-profile celebration last week.

Jim Russell surprised his wife, Elinor, on their 57th anniversary on May 20 by showing up to her hospital room wearing a tuxedo and carrying flowers and chocolate, ABC reported last week. The story had first gone viral after their granddaughter shared photos of the special moment on Twitter, eventually amassing over 60,000 favorites:

The tuxedo Jim wore was the same one that he’d warm to go ballroom dancing with Elinor, whom he has “known since she was in pigtails.” Afterwards, they watched their two favorite shows — Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy — while dining in the hospital room.

“Being in a hospital bed, you get bored, ” said Elinor. “So when they came in, it made me smile, like the younger days when we were dancing.”

[ABC]

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This Father-Son Duo Has the Star Wars Cantina Song Down

Relive the theme from the 1977 film

Pianist Brian Lockard and his son teamed up to play an original arrangement of “Cantina Band” from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), which they posted online Sunday.

Lockard appeared on America’s Got Talent with his brother, Anthony, back in 2009, and has posted several other piano arrangements on his YouTube channel. The cantina theme video is the first to feature his son, who clearly has no problem keeping up with the fast-paced tune.

Watch it below.

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The Star Wars References in This Graduation Speech Are Perfect

"The Force is strong with you all"

When the students of the University of Pennsylvania law school sat down to hear their commencement speech from Cass Sunstein, they probably didn’t think they were in for a dissertation on Star Wars.

“Graduates, faculty, family, friends—our topic today is Star Wars,” the legal scholar and former Obama Administration regulatory official opened his May 17 speech. “It’s not the most usual topic I know, but it’s not completely random. The Class of 2015 has the astounding good fortune of graduating in the very year of Star Wars‘ rebirth.”

And from there he was off, drawing thematic lessons from the movies that he said hold lessons for both graduates and their families.

But his closing line was the best: “The Force is strong with you all. May your ships make the kessel run in much less than 12 parsecs. Congratulations to the Jedi Knights of 2015!”

Watch the full speech below.

TIME Ireland

This Woman Proposed to Her Girlfriend Just Moments After Ireland’s Gay Marriage Vote

It's the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote

One Irish couple wasted no time after the country became the first in the world to legalize gay marriage through popular vote.

Billie, 41, proposed to her girlfriend of six years, Kate Stoica, 26, in Limerick, Western Ireland on Saturday, just minutes after the referendum was passed, Mashable reported. Watch the video of the proposal below:

Read next: 20 Other Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide

[Mashable]

TIME celebrity

J.K. Rowling Had the Best Response to Ireland Legalizing Gay Marriage

She summed up her feelings by tweeting a meme to a fan

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been tweeting up a storm since Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a national vote.

When an Irish fan tweeted to the best-selling children’s book writer with the hope that Ireland’s vote would make wizards like Albus Dumbledore feel more welcome in the country, Rowling tweeted back a photo of Keanu Reeves with the caption “WHAT IF DUMBLEDORE AND GANDALF WERE GAY TOGETHER.” (The meme is inspired by the horrified look on Reeves’ face in the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and in this case references Dumbledore, the headmaster of wizard school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, and Gandalf, the heroic wizard from The Lord of the Rings.)

Rowling revealed in 2007 that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay, though his sexuality was not stated in the books.

TIME viral

Toddler Throws Tantrum in Front of President Obama

The President handled it like a pro

Well, someone’s not very happy about meeting President Obama.

A toddler visiting the White House in April for Passover dinner had a fit and threw herself down on the Red Room’s carpet – right at Obama’s feet.

The Commander-in-Chief handled it like a pro, gamely mugging for the camera as young Claudia Moser, daughter of journalist Laura Moser, wailed in front of him.

Though the picture was taken nearly two months ago, it only surfaced on Thursday, when Claudia’s uncle, New York Times columnist Benjamin Moser, Tweeted it out.

“This really might be the best picture ever: my niece Claudia throwing a fit at Passover,” he wrote.

“My daughter is an Internet meme!” Laura later Tweeted, also sharing the photo.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME celebrity

Ryan Reynolds Helps a Young Cancer Patient Meet Deadpool

Tony Acevedo wanted to meet the character because "Deadpool never dies"

A young cancer patient got to meet the anti-hero Deadpool—as played by Ryan Reynolds—thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation sent Tony Acevedo, who suffers from Hodgkin Disease, a type of lymphoma, up to the Vancouver set where Reynolds is filming Deadpool, the movie based on the Marvel comic book due out in 2016.

As Reynolds wrote on Instagram, “I wasn’t expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile… and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Make-A-Wish spokesperson said Acevedo wanted to meet this particular fictional character because “Deadpool never dies.”

TIME animals

These 2 โ€˜Seeing-Eyeโ€™ Dogs Help a Blind, Old Canine Get Around

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Jessica VanHusen

Paws-itively heartwarming

These two pups are seeing-eye dogs—for another dog.

Jessica VanHusen of Waterford, Mich. has two healthy dogs that help out her older, blind pooch, a 10-year-old Akita named Kiaya.

Kiaya had to have both eyes removed after a two-year battle with glaucoma, according to a press release on the website for BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Now, the other Akitas that VanHusen owns, 8-year-old Cass and 2-year-old Keller, are always by Kiaya’s side, grooming her, lying next to her in the yard, and watching out for her while she’s eating or when they’re all in the car together.

“It’s clear the other dogs are trying to protect her,” Dr. Gwen Sila, the veterinary ophthalmologist who performed Kiaya’s surgeries, said in a statement.

 

TIME animals

Donations Pour in for Arizona Dog Found Hanging From a Tree

This undated photo provided by the Pima Animal Care Center shows Sunny, a shepherd mix, in Tucson, Ariz.
Pima Animal Care Center/AP This undated photo provided by the Pima Animal Care Center shows Sunny, a shepherd mix, in Tucson, Ariz.

Sunny the dog is recovering slowly

(TUCSON, Ariz.)—More than $20,000 has poured in for an Arizona dog that was found hanging from a tree more than a week ago but is now recovering in a foster home.

Sunny the dog made headlines when someone found him on May 12. The shepherd mix was hanging from a tree in Tucson with a rope tied around her mouth.

José Ocaño, director of shelter operations for the Pima Animal Care Center, said Sunny has slowly begun to recover and is now being taken care of by a foster parent.

“She’s getting her spirit back. Even the look in the eye looks more trusting and hopeful, which is a testament to how resilient animals are,” Ocaño said.

Ocaño said Sunny’s story attracted attention from all over the country and even internationally, drawing in thousands of dollars for her recovery. The shelter has used its Facebook page to post updates and pictures, many of which have gained more than 1,000 “likes.”

Sunny’s medical bills cost about $2,500, and the rest of the money raised will benefit other animals at the county shelter.

The shelter has on average about 650 dogs and 300 cats on a daily basis, and has a small budget, Ocaño said.

Meanwhile, police are seeking tips regarding Sunny’s previous owner. The dog was not microchipped and appeared to have been neglected before she was found hanging from the tree.

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