TIME animals

This Sneaky Turtle Just Photobombed a Group Picture in the Philippines

Is this the cutest photo-bomb of all time? Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment
Whitehotpix/ZUMAPRESS.com Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment.

Call it photo-shelled

A sea turtle managed to photobomb a group of swimmers in the Philippines earlier this month, launching itself squarely in the frame of a group shot.

“We were posing for a group photo at Apo Island when this sea turtle surfaced to breathe and photo-bombed!” Diovani de Jesus, who took the shot, explained on his blog. “This is a reminder that humans and creatures like this gentle [sea turtle] can co-exist,” he added, saying the shallow area”is a feeding ground for sea turtles.”

Many sea turtles are endangered, as they are often poached for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, and are also harmed by climate change and habitat destruction, the Huffington Post noted.

TIME relationships

This Elderly Couple That’s Finally Getting Married Will Restore Your Belief in Love

Better late than never

This couple certainly didn’t rush into marriage.

George Kirby, 102, and Doreen Luckie, 91, are finally tying the knot shortly after Kirby’s upcoming 103rd birthday. The English couple has been together for 27 years, and after much pressure from their elderly children, they have finally decided to get serious.

“I didn’t get down on one knee, because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up,” Kirby said, the Telegraph reports.

The pair lives in a hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and met in 1988 through an organization that helps seniors find friends. Kirby is a former boxer, physical education instructor, restaurant manager and gardener; Luckie spent much of her life as a typist.

See the couple in an interview here.

[Telegraph]

 

TIME animals

Miniature Dachshund Rescued After 2 Weeks Underground

Dachshund Rescued
Matt Riedl—AP Lucy, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund, at her Derby, Kans. home April 22, 2015.

The Kansas dog literally dug herself into a hole

Lucy is one lucky pooch.

The miniature dachshund has been rescued two weeks after accidentally digging herself underground in Derby, Kansas, and getting trapped underneath a concrete slab, the Wichita Eagle reports.

The dog, which was let out in the yard each day by owner Rebecca Felix and her husband, dug a hole in the ground and then turned and burrowed for 4 feet beneath a concrete slab supporting an air conditioning unit.

After two weeks of searching for the dog, the couple heard a quiet bark and called 911 to rescue her.

“It really is a miracle that God gave me back Lucy right before her birthday, and if she could talk, we’d be able to write a book about it,” Felix said of Lucy, who turned 4 years old hours after she was rescued.

[Wichita Eagle]

TIME U.S.

Missing Sisters Survive in Wilderness for 2 Weeks on Girl Scout Cookies

Michigan State Police Lee Wright (L) and Leslie Roy (R) after being rescued by Michigan State Police, April 24, 2015.

They made eight boxes last for two weeks

A pair of sisters survived for nearly two weeks in the woods on cheese puffs and Girl Scout Cookies after getting stranded in their car in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula.

Lee Wright, 56, and Leslie Roy, 52, got stuck in the snow on a one-lane tree-lined road on April 11 after visiting family in Ishpeming, reports the MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. They tried to reach police but had no cellphone service.

They relied on eight boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and cheese puffs for food, as well as snow for water.

On Friday they were rescued by a state police helicopter that spotted the windshield of their Ford Explorer.

“It is unbelievably remarkable,” Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker, who was one of four rescuers aboard the helicopter, told MLive. “They had multiple layers of clothes on and they were rationing their food.”

[MLive/The Grand Rapids Press]

 

TIME Business

Abercrombie & Fitch Is Ditching Its Shirtless Models

Abercrombie & Fitch Open Munich Flagship Store
Hannes Magerstaedt—Getty Images Male models outside Abercrombie & Fitch during the opening of Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store on October 25, 2012 in Munich, Germany.

The store is revamping its image in the face of declining sales

It’s time to take the abs out of Abercrombie & Fitch.

The retail store that once felt like a strange nightclub full of oddly attractive patrons is actually going to be, well, just a normal clothing store, thanks to new rules by Abercrombie brand president Christos Angelides.

That means saying goodbye to the shirtless hunky young men with ripped abs greeting patrons outside.

It also means clerks won’t be known as “models” but as “brand representatives” and won’t have to be beautiful human specimens just to fold a T-shirt: the company is abolishing the attractiveness qualification for new workers, Bloomberg reports.

In the past few months, outlets have turned the music down and the lights up in an effort to boost sales.

Abercrombie & Fitch has seen declining success in recent years, and in 2014, profits shrank 5.1%.

Maybe there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.

[Bloomberg]

TIME U.S.

Lucky Woman Finds 3.96-Carat ‘Hallelujah Diamond’ in State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Best state park visit ever?

This was one profitable trip to the park.

Susie Clark visited Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro on Thursday and found a 3.69-carat diamond about the size of a pinto bean.

Clark, who plans to keep her diamond, said she discovered it after saying a prayer—so she’s calling it the “Hallelujah Diamond.”

Clark, of nearby Sharp County, first visited the park 33 years with her mother and grandmother from Germany. Her triumphal return trip yielded the diamond found near South Washing Pavilion of the park’s search field.

Conditions in the park are perfect for diamond hunting, said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox, as it recently rained heavily, washing away some of the soil.

TIME animals

Buffalo Herd Gunned Down After Escaping From a Farm

A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015,
Mike Groll—AP A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015

The animals posed a threat to public safety, authorities said

A small herd of buffalo escaped from a farm in upstate New York on Thursday, roaming free across roads and through rivers until local authorities gave the signal to open fire.

The herd of 15 escaped buffalo reportedly forged the Hudson River and crossed a heavily trafficked interstate some 20 minutes out of Albany, Fox News reports. They were pursued by police, hunters and local experts, who agreed that there was no effective way of tranquilizing or containing the animals. Fearing the risk to public safety, authorities asked hunters to gun the herd down.

TIME animals

Baby Giraffe Born at Dallas Zoo Now Has a Name

Animal Planet—Dallas Zoo Katie and Kipenzi

More than 50,000 votes were cast to name the youngster

As the royal baby name game continues to leave us guessing, we can all sleep a little more soundly knowing at least one adorable newborn finally has her moniker.

And the Dallas Zoo’s newest giraffe addition’s name is … Kipenzi, which is Swahili for loved one.

More than 50,000 fans around the world voted to pick the name of the calf, whom Katie the reticulated giraffe welcomed April 10.

We’ve been keeping tabs on Kipenzi via Animal Planet’s live-cam, which began rolling before Katie even gave birth.

As for Kipenzi, the calf has gained more than 30 lbs. since birth and stands over 6-ft. tall. Dallas Zoo visitors, get excited: The giraffe baby is preparing to make her public debut in the habitat for her first full day as soon as the rainy weather clears up, which will likely be early next week.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME celebrity

The 10 Funniest Things Chris Pratt Said in His Reddit AMA

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" - Los Angeles Premiere
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic/Getty Images

"I want to do an AMA and you can't stop me I'm Starlord!"

Soon it will be time for Chris Pratt to begin promoting Jurassic World, which really just means he’s about to do a bunch of charming and sweet and funny things like he did during Guardians of the Galaxy mania. First up? A Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A session, which he kicked off by revealing that he was “still half-drunk” after drinking a bunch of tequila on a plane.

Pratt said that once he decided he wanted to do an AMA, he called his publicist and said, “Hey, I know your job is to typically babysit me and make sure I don’t do anything too stupid or say anything to ruin my career, but, I want to do an AMA and you can’t stop me I’m Starlord!”

Naturally, Pratt’s Q&A session was filled with lots of other hilarious little gems, so we rounded up some the best lines.

1. Question: I was recently bitten by a radioactive Chris Pratt. What is about to happen to me?

Answer: Oh no. You’re probably gonna get fat and then skinny.

2. Question: Hey Chris, did Eminem ever give his thoughts on your awesome performance of “Forgot About Dre?”

Answer: No. But I met Dr. Dre last night!!!! Holy s–t bro! That was crazy. I wanna see that “Straight Outta Compton” movie so bad. Looks great.

3. Question: Hey Chris, what would Andy Dwyer/Johnny Karate/Bert Macklin be doing right now?

Answer: Here’s something you might not have known about those characters. They smoked a lot of weed. They’d probably be doing that right now.

4. Question: What’s your favourite dinosaur?

Answer: Not just saying this but probably the velociraptor. They are pack hunters and super cool. But also I love the Mosasaur. That’s the water dinosaur thing from the trailer that is SO F—ING BADASS! Funny story, before I got Jurassic Park I gave James Gunn a wrap gift of an authentic Mosasaur Jawbone Fossil. So basically I can control the future.

5. Question: Would you rather fight 1 Lil’ Sebastian-sized duck or 100 duck-sized Lil’ Sebastians?

Answer: Most definitely 100 duck sized Lil’ Sebastians. Because I could kill most of them easily, but the remainder I would capture and breed as glamour pets. We could make literally hundreds of dollars.

6. Question: If you could change a word from the title of any films or television show you’ve starred in, what would the new title be? Example, “Sharks and Rec”

Answer: Zero Dark Thirsty?

7. Question:What would be in your perfect sandwich?

Answer: Perfect sandwich? Two slices of white bread, mustard, mayo and a platinum American Express card.

8. Question: I know that it is just a role, but are there any similarities between you and Peter Quill? What about Andy Dwyer?

Answer: Quill and I are basically the same person. We were born in the same year. We loved the same movies. The same music. If I were kidnapped at 10, taken to space and based my ideology on the pop culture of 1979-1989 I would be Peter Quill.

9. Question: What brand of tequila were you having? How you holding up?

Answer: I was drinking Patron. But then Hornitos, bad call. I’m holding up well. I’m on a juice fast thing so the tequila juice fit right in! Haha! Actually doing surprisingly well. I must be a pro!

10. Question: Who would win in a fight, you or Nick Offerman?

Answer: Trick question. We would never fight. Unless it was us against anybody else in which case we would win.

TIME Bizarre

Google Removes Illustration of Android Robot Urinating on the Apple Logo in Google Maps

The user-generated drawing was spotted in Google Maps on Friday

A new twist in Google’s and Apple’s battle for world domination: Google has removed an illustration of the Android robot relieving itself on the Apple logo found in Google Maps, just outside of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

CNN Money reports that former Samsung employee Ahmad Babar noticed the crude image and uploaded this screenshot to Instagram:

Has anyone else seen this on Google Maps? Saw it while searching for a place in Rawalpindi

A photo posted by Ahmad Babar (@ahmadbabar) on

Another user-generated image that has since been removed:

The tool relies on contributors to keep maps of their areas current with local, insider information, and a regular, “vetted” contributor appears to be responsible for the gag, a Google spokesperson told the website.

It’s not the first time this kind of a joke has happened. The Washington Post points out that last week, a map of the White House displayed a fake business called “Edward’s Snow Den.”

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