TIME Bizarre

Whole Foods Put 3 Sticks of Asparagus in a Jar of Water and Sold it for $6

The store said it was a mistake

Whole Foods has removed $6 asparagus water from the shelves of one store in Los Angeles saying that it had been offered mistakenly, a spokesperson for the grocer told CBS News.

The product, which consisted of three asparagus stalks sitting in a bottle of water, was discovered by a Los Angeles resident who posted a photo on Instagram ridiculing the concept. The photo led to widespread criticism that the upscale grocer was ripping off customers with an over-priced and frivolous product.

Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us.

A photo posted by Marielle Wakim (@marielle.m.n.o.p) on

When questioned by CBS News, Whole Foods said the offering was a mistake and had only been “carried briefly” at one location.

“We actually don’t sell asparagus water in our stores,” Whole Foods Market spokesperson Liz Burkhart told CBS. “We looked into the item as soon as it was brought to our attention.”



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Marilyn Monroe’s Life in Photos

Remembering the star on the anniversary of her death on Aug. 5, 1962

When Marilyn Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose on Aug. 5, 1962, devastated fans searched for a way to cope. LIFE Magazine, whose cover Monroe had graced six times, offered up a tribute in a manner befitting not only its mission, but also its relationship with the star: a collection of photographs. As the editors wrote:

Her death has diminished the loveliness of the world in which we live. Her life was filled with sadness—a bleak childhood, three unhappy marriages, her inability to have children. But for all her seeking, trying, hoping and never finding, she has left us many beautiful images to remember.

Here, in that spirit, are LIFE’s most timeless images of one of the most celebrated, emulated and complicated celebrities of the 20th century.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

TIME Internet

Female Engineers Are Using the Hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer to Tear Down Gender Stereotypes

Courtesy of @isisAnchalee

Campaign aims to redefine “what an engineer should look like”

After a photo of software engineer Isis Anchalee appeared on a recruiting ad for her employer OneLogin, she received numerous sexist comments online about female engineers (sadly, no surprises there).

So the 22-year-old “self-taught engineer, extreme introvert, science-nerd” and “anime lover” wrote a blog post to highlight the issues women in tech face. She said that most people in the industry are well intentioned “but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with.”

Fed up with the negative and ignorant comments, Anchalee invited those who “do not fit the cookie-cutter mold” to help redefine “what an engineer should look like” under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer.

And a Twitter storm followed …

Even astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently spending a year orbiting the earth on the International Space Station, got involved to show his support.

TIME Basketball

A Teen Tried the ‘What Are Those?’ Shoes Meme On Michael Jordan

Unfortunately, Jordan was shod in some of the most coveted sneakers on Earth at the time

In case you, like this writer, are not aware of the “What Are Those?!” meme, it’s an increasingly popular trend on video-sharing sites like Vine and Instagram where a person wearing dirty, unkempt or off-brand (read: lame) shoes is publicly shamed — like, hundreds of thousands of views shamed.

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A video posted by Snapchat @youngbusco (@youngbusco) on

But when you try and snare basketball demi-god Michael Jordan into that trap, as one young man did during a Q&A at the Michael Jordan Flight School summer camp, be prepared to have the shame handed back to you with interest.

“I have one question for you,” 17-year-old Bryce Lyle asked the 52-year-old Hall-of-Famer, following it up with “What Are Those?!” and sending the young crowd into peals of laughter.

Jordan looked confused, asked someone what it meant, and after admitting that he’s “lost in that Vine stuff,” delivered a kingly reply.

“What are those? These are 29 Lows,” he said, referring to the low-top, still unreleased, super desirable Air Jordan XX9s on his feet as young Lyle writhed on the ground in embarrassment.

Nice try, kid, but you didn’t think you could best His Royal Airness, did you?

TIME Google Doodle

Google Doodle Honors The First Ever Electric Traffic Light


The Doodle shows the jerky and chaotic traffic flow of a century past

Wednesday’s Google Doodle offers a glimpse of what American traffic would’ve looked like 101 years ago, when the world’s first electric traffic light was installed.

The device, the predecessor to what is used worldwide today, was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 5, 1914, at the corner of 105th and Euclid.

The lights offered respite to policemen who had previously been forced to direct cars and horse-drawn wagons in the middle of crowded highways, even in the throes of a midwestern winter.

It wasn’t the first time that people had tried to find alternatives to traffic regulation, though. While gas-lit traffic signals were installed in the 19th century in the U.K., they often proved ineffective — especially since they were known to spontaneously explode.

The Doodle shows the jerky and chaotic traffic flow of a century past — a feature intentionally added by illustrator Nate Swinehart, who wanted to outline that the yellow light wasn’t introduced until even later to regulate traffic flow more effectively.

TIME viral

Watch Pranksters Trick iPhone Users Into Thinking Android Is the New iOS9

"I just think Apple is always better"

Alexander Spoor and Sacha Harland, the brains behind the Dutch YouTube comedy series “Dit Is Normal,” released a video in which pranksters demonstrate Android software on an iPhone and try to convince Apple customers that it is the highly-anticipated iOS9.

People on the street seem convinced, saying “I like it a lot” and “it does look better,” describing it as “faster, smoother, prettier, and more practical.”

According to the clip, the purpose of the stunt was to prove that “it doesn’t matter what Apple releases because people are going to think it’s prettier, bigger and better than the competition anyway.”

TIME Family & Relationships

A Baby Was Born Overnight at the World Trade Center

The One World Trade Center Tower is seen from West Street in New York
Mike Segar—Reuters The One World Trade Center Tower is seen from West Street in New York, May 20, 2015.

She was delivered by a Port Authority police officer

A baby was born at 2:36 a.m. on the PATH concourse inside the World Trade Center’s transportation hub.

Port Authority police officer and trained EMT Brian McGraw, 34, was at the scene with two other colleagues, and he helped deliver Mawra Abdrabo’s baby, with the woman’s husband and 2-year-old son there as well, the New York Times reports. An ambulance took mom and her newborn daughter, Asenat, to NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, where the baby, weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, is in stable condition, a Port Authority spokesperson told the Times.

TIME Television

This Norwegian High School Is Offering a Course Inspired by Game of Thrones

Helen Sloan—HBO

Just in case these kids ever run into White Walkers

Now that Jon Snow can’t save you (or can he?) from an army of White Walkers, the best way to make sure you survive a Game of Thrones-style onslaught of the undead is preparation. And now, if you’re willing to head to Norway, you can get somewhat formal training.

Led by self-proclaimed “recreational Viking” and “Game of Thrones” fan Jeppe Nordmann Garly—who looks like he’d fit in quite well with the Night’s Watch—the course from Seljord Folk High School will train its students in the fine art of being a Viking. That includes learning to make swords and knives and honing hunting, fishing and boating skills. There are also field trips to Oslo’s Viking Boat Museum and York, England.

Some of the students “have become interested through TV series” like “Game of Thrones,” the school’s principal Arve Husby told a Norwegian broadcaster.

Unlike the Hunger Games camp, there are no battles on the agenda. Not yet, at least.

[H/T Quartz]

TIME celebrities

Kermit and Miss Piggy Have Broken Up

"We will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al"

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy announced that they have broken up, just a month before The Muppets TV reboot premieres on ABC.

Here’s the statement that appears on both characters’ Facebook pages:

“After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Miss Piggy made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship. We will continue to work together on television (“The Muppets”/Tuesdays 8pm this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter. Thank you for your understanding.”

The two appeared together at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday, where Kermit revealed his new “girlfriend” works in marketing at ABC:

Miss Piggy remained her confident self:

TIME animals

This Dog Knows How to Do Summer

She decided to fill up her own kiddie pool

Most dogs know that a great way to cool off and relax in the summertime is to spend some time in an inflatable kiddie pool. That usually can’t happen for a pup unless there’s a human with opposable thumbs nearby to grab a hose and fill up the pool.

Six-month-old lab puppy Maddie, however, decided that she was a strong independent dog who did not need a human for anything. She grabbed her own hose and filled up her own pool. Or at least, she tried. As you’ll see in the clip above, she doesn’t have the easiest time with this task, but you can’t say she didn’t try.

Hopefully she can get some practice in over the winter, and be totally ready to operate a hose this time next year.

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