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This High School’s Choreographed Dance to ‘Uptown Funk’ Is Basically Glee in Real Life

We assume the students only agreed to do this so the teacher who initiated it would write them good college recommendation letters

Well, you at least have to admire how elaborate this is.

A high school teacher at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas, Texas, recruited a bunch of students to be his backup dancers in a choreographed dance to Mark Ronson catchy hit song, “Uptown Funk.” He basically goes on a madcap romp through the school’s hallways, busting out his best moves and gyrating his hips with abandon.

According to the YouTube description, “This is a great example of how a bunch of technology students let go of their fears, trusted their teacher and got down to Uptown Funk!!!”

Or, it’s a great example of how a teacher desperately wanted a thing to go viral and students agreed to do it because they needed him to write them good letters of recommendation for their college applications. Either way.

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s Why Americans Who Love British Chocolate Are Freaking Out

Chocolate Production Continues At Cadbury During Hostile Takeover Bids
Cadbury's Creme Eggs move down the production line at the Cadbury's Bournville production plant Christopher Furlong—Getty Images

A lawsuit brought by Hershey's is keeping British-made Rolos and Cadbury Eggs out of the U.S.

Thousands of Rolo, Cadbury and Toffee Crisp lovers in the U.S. have signed a petition protesting a lawsuit that threatens the importation of British chocolates into the United States.

As the result of a lawsuit brought by Hershey in August, Let’s Buy British Imports (LBB) has agreed to stop importing popular British chocolates into the United States.

While Cadbury won’t disappear completely from American shelves, it’ll be the chocolate manufactured by Hershey, which has a licensing agreement to market products made in the U.S. under the Cadbury name. The Hershey recipe has a lower fat content, a less creamy texture and, British chocolate fans insist, an inferior taste.

The news isn’t likely to affect American consumers who buy their Cadbury Creme Eggs from supermarket chains (which have sold the American recipe for years), but lovers of the British variety are incensed.

“Due to legal action by the so-called chocolate maker Hershey’s, we can no longer import the real Cadbury chocolate from England,” Tea & Sympathy, a New York shop specializing in British goods, wrote on its Facebook. “They want us to sell their dreadful Cadbury approximation but we can’t in good conscience sell you such awful chocolate when we have made our reputation on selling you the yummy real English stuff.”

The New York Times reports that various British treats will disappear altogether from American shelves because consumers may confuse them with competing American chocolates. The Toffee Crisp bar has orange packaging similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Yorkie chocolate bars allegedly infringe on York peppermint patties.

TIME Videos

Watch Rowlf Sing Biz Markie’s ‘Just A Friend’ to Miss Piggy

Even Muppet dogs get put in the friend zone.

Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date, but she was smitten with your little green friend Kermit? Welcome to the friend zone, Rowlf.

Biz Markie’s 1989 riotous rap classic “Just A Friend” gets a Muppet-themed remix video by Mylo the Cat and it’s the perfect thing to watch on a Monday afternoon (or if you’re snowed in thanks to winter storm Juno).

In the video, Rowlf, the piano-playing Muppet dog, sings about his love for a certain blonde pig, who has a thing for a frog, but swears he’s just a friend.

By the end of the song, though, it’s clear that Rowlf tragically learned his lesson to never talk to a pig who says she just has “a friend.”

[via Laughing Squid]

TIME celebrity

Watch Jennifer Lawrence Give the Most Jennifer Lawrence Speech Ever

She manages to be cute and endearing while also joking about drug use

Everybody’s bestie Jennifer Lawrence is back in action. At the Producers Guild Awards in Los Angeles Saturday, the actress brought the laughs as she presented an award to Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, which produces the Hunger Games films that Lawrence is known for.

“Jon has been in this business longer than I’ve been alive,” the 24-year-old begins. “I love saying that. Anything like that.” She continues with a irreverent speech that blends slightly off-color jokes with sincere praise and gratitude. Because she’s J-Law, and she knows how to make you want her to be your pal.

She explains that she normally says no to this kind of stuff due to her “crippling anxiety” and the “unbreakable bond between woman and couch” — but she agreed because she assumed she was contractually obligated.

Watch highlights from J-Law’s speech above.

TIME Food & Drink

Thanks to KFC’s New Hot Dog Wrapped in Fried Chicken, Gluttony Has Never Been So Easy

We're all doomed

KFC’s Double Down Dog is a real as it is terrifying.

The hot dog wrapped in a fried chicken patty is currently a special promotion that’s only offered in the Philippines.

To help build buzz, KFC provides only 50 Double Down Dogs Monday to smiling — still breathing — customers at select stores:

Lucky number 9 goes to Daisy! She's all smiles while enjoying the #NewKFCDoubleDown at Fort Triangle.

A photo posted by KFC Philippines (@kfcphilippines) on

Even though the over-the-top snack is a already source of Internet derision, it’s just the latest in a line of gluttonous fast food trends.

KFC Korea offers a Zinger Double Down that puts a bacon cheeseburger between two pieces of fried chicken:

And other forms of the Double Down sandwich have existed in the United States.

There are hot dog stuffed pizza crusts, waffle-wrapped tacos, macaroni and shrimp burgers.

The world is doomed.

TIME animals

Smartest Man Ever Teaches Pet Rabbit to Bring Him a Beer

Wallace the rabbit has his very own custom beverage cart

Man’s new best friend may be a rabbit.

In this video, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rabbit named Wallace—”Wallace the Mad King” on YouTube—delivers a beer to his owner’s boyfriend by pushing a cardboard “beer cart” containing a bottle of beer toward the man. As the user writes in the YouTube description, “I have been collaborating for the past year with my girlfriend’s pet rabbit to create performance art and ‘happenings’ that capture this rabbit’s capabilities and worldly passions.”

 

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Watch Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling Discuss Sexism in Hollywood

Other topics include Woody Allen, reproductive rights and sexual assault

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a few female Hollywood heavyweights gathered for a panel called Power of Story: Serious Ladies. Moderated by The New Yorker‘s TV critic Emily Nussbaum, the panel brought together Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan to talk about their experiences in the TV and film industries.

In the clip above, Dunham talks specifically about how females are so often compared to their characters in a way that is damning — and in a way that their male counterparts never experience. Kaling soon chimes in to back her up, referencing a specific scene on Dunham’s HBO show Girls.

Other topics include campus sexual assault, Woody Allen, better school lunches, reproductive rights, body image and more. You can watch the entire panel here.

TIME animals

Honor the True Spirit of Valentine’s Day by Adopting a Cockroach in Your Ex’s Name

Revenge special

Feeling particularly spiteful as Valentine’s Day approaches? The San Francisco Zoo’s new fundraising campaign offers an opportunity to adopt a hairy scorpion or hissing cockroach in honor of your ex.

As the zoo describes the promotion:

Much like your low-life ex, they are usually found in and around low-elevation valleys where they dig elaborate burrows or “caves.” Also just like you-know-who, when a suitable victim wanders by, the scorpion grabs the doomed creature with its pinchers and stings the prey. After the prey is immobilized, the scorpion tears the carcass apart with its pinchers and begins feeding. Charming.

Donations support the San Francisco Zoological Society.

TIME viral

Watch John Oliver Audition for 50 Shades of Grey

"It hurts not to have even been asked," Oliver says

Before Last Week Tonight ends it hiatus next month, John Oliver took to YouTube on Sunday night to half-heartedly apologize to 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan for perpetuating the #NotMyChristian hashtag.

“Now look, I’m sorry if anyone was offended by my incredibly accurate evaluation of a casting choice for a movie whose target audience, going by the trailer, seems to be suburban mothers of three who have somehow never had sex before,” Oliver began, bemoaning Hollywood’s safe choice of casting an actor “who specifies in handsome” rather than make a more daring choice.

MORE: How the John Oliver Effect Is Having a Real-Life Impact

Namely, a spectacled British comedian.

“It hurts not to have even been asked,” Oliver said, before launching into a passionate audition “for a movie that has already been made from a book I’ve never read.”

Luckily for Oliver, Fifty Shades is a trilogy.

See the full clip below.

TIME animals

This Man Turned His Home Into a Purr-fect Playground for Cats

He calls it the House of Nekko, meaning cat in Japanese

A builder from Goleta, Calif., has spent the past two decades converting his house into a kitty playground.

Peter Cohen spent tens of thousands of dollars building an elaborate home filled with colorful catwalks, hideouts, ramps and tunnels for his 15 rescue cats, the Huffington Post reports.

“I never intended to have so many,” he told the website Catster in an interview last year. “It is way too expensive and a tad too much work.”

Despite the expense, Cohen and his roommate are happy that they’ve built a safe and fun, and also very bright, feline haven.

“They give us unconditional love, and building the catwalks is one way of expressing my gratitude for that,” he said.

[Huffington Post]

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