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A King Cobra Is on the Loose in Florida

King Cobra
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The snack 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:



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?


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.


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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.

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