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Kitty Litter to Blame for $240 Million Radioactive Leak

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Last February, a radiation accident occurred at the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. A drum containing radioisotopes like plutonium was improperly packaged at the Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe and ruptured, causing a leak.

The incident exposed 22 workers to radiation levels “not expected to threaten their health,” according to the contractor that operates the plant. In September, Energy Department officials estimated the cost of the initial recovery of the dump at $240,000,000 and said it might be two or more years before it’s fully operational again.

Investigators have now found the cause of the entire issue: The barrel was packaged with “chemically incompatible” contents – in particular, a brand of cat litter (used to absorb liquids) that caused a chemical reaction and created gases that resulted in the canister’s lid becoming dislodged.

A team of federal inspectors released a report last year that identified chronic lapses in safety procedures at Los Alamos, saying “waste processing and safety-related control procedures should have prevented the addition of these potentially incompatible materials,” which again, we’d like to stress, means cat litter.

The scariest thing about this story is that they never told us what the right brand of kitty litter to use for radioactive waste packaging.

How will we know?

This story originally appeared in People.com

TIME Transportation

Four-Year-Old Girl Boards Bus Alone in Late-Night Search for Slushie

The girl was unharmed and reunited with her parents

A four-year-old girl boarded a Philadelphia bus alone in the early hours of Friday, transportation officials said Sunday, and told passengers she was looking for a slushie.

Surveillance footage showed the girl acting cheerful with her feet dangling off her seats, while confused bus riders looked her way, Reuters reports. The driver pulled over when he noticed the girl, then called his control center and awaited authorities. She was taken to a nearby hospital and reunited with her parents, who said they didn’t realize she had left via a back door.

“I will take you to buy a slushie,” Jaclyn Mager said to her daughter in a television interview. “But promise me next time you’ll wait for me, okay?”

[Reuters]

TIME Internet

Tom Brady Scares Fans With Waterfall Dive

All of Boston just held its breath

Tom Brady nearly gave Patriots’ fans a collective heart attack on Saturday when he posted a video of himself diving off a cliff.

The Super Bowl MVP posted the vacation footage, in which his wife Gisele Bündchen encourages him as he leaps, to his personal Facebook page. The comments section quickly became a treasure trove of gifs and collective gasps posted by the quarterback’s fans.

Don’t worry. His arm is just fine.

TIME celebrity

Nick Jonas Delivers Booze and Music to Strangers

"IS THIS LIFE?????"

Nick Jonas, one-time JoBro and man of a thousand abs, made a very special house call when he “hijacked” the alcohol delivery app Saucey in Los Angeles – not just bringing booze to a bunch of unsuspecting people, but then playing them some music.

“He did ‘Jealous’ and ‘Chains’ and everyone sang along. Everyone was so excited and he served each customer their first drink when they got in the room before he played,” a source tells PEOPLE.

Or as some of those same house guests said on Instagram: “Nick Jonas just casually playing ‘Jealous’ for me. After we shared a bottle of wine. IS THIS LIFE????? Thank you Saucey, Nick, and the universe.”

Speechless. Nick Jonas in our apartment, delivering me wine and singing me songs. My life has been made.

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So how did this come to be?

“This was unplanned,” a rep for Saucey tells PEOPLE. “Nick is an investor in Saucey and wanted to meet some of the customers.”

Next, the 22-year-old will host Saturday’s Kids’ Choice Awards. And he can’t wait to get slimed.

— Reporting by Maria Mercedes Lara

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME viral

Meet a Math Teacher Who Is Also a Male Model

This math teacher became a fashion model

What would you do if you realized your math teacher was actually a super successful – and super attractive – male model? Because that’s exactly what happened to University College London student Arief Azli, who (like any college kid) then shared his discovery on Facebook.

“That moment when you realized your maths lecturer is one of the top designer model,” Azli wrote in a post comparing two photos of his teacher, Pietro Boselli: One of Boselli at the whiteboard, papers in the hand; the other of him … not wearing very much at all.

“#OnlyatUCL,” Azli hashtagged it, adding: “#Bromance.”

Other students reportedly followed suit, sharing more photos of Boselli in the classroom.

According to his LinkedIn account, Boselli worked as a teaching assistant and then lecturer at UCL until June 2014. As for his modeling work, he’s represented by Models1.

His Instagram says he has a PhD in engineering and is “addicted to training.”

We can tell.

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My mum took this random pic last summer ! I'm like: mum what r u doin r u taking a pic?! 😒🙈 😁😘 miss ya

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Don’t worry: There’s also video.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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TIME celebrity

Look at Miley Cyrus in Love With Her Pet Pig

Meet Bubba Sue the pig

We already knew Miley Cyrus loved her pet pig Bubba Sue – and now we know just how much.

Cyrus, 22, spent a recent sunny day in her Los Angeles home with her pig and several other friends, all of which she documented on Instagram. Activities included: kissing her pig, chasing her with brushes and admiring her face in the sunlight.

Cyrus first adopted Bubba Sue back in August following the death of one of her beloved dogs.

Here are the highlights from their day:

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@stephstonenails @vijatm @bradleykennetheyewear @cheythom #pigpig

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The videos do confirm that Bubba Sue’s hooves are still bright red, which means Cyrus wasn’t fazed by last November’s pedicure incident.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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TIME U.S.

Watch This Congresswoman Do the Worst Parking Job Ever

She does leave a note for the car next to hers

A 77-year-old congresswoman is the latest member of an elite club: people who are caught being truly terrible at parking.

In video first published by Roll Call, Eleanor Holmes Norton, a delegate representing Washington, D.C., appears to have forced her small sedan the incorrect way into a parking spot – the other cars are parked at an angle, but she pulled straight in.

As one of at least two people recording her notes aloud, “She has hit the red car next to her repeatedly … If she parks like that, she should not be a member of Congress anymore.”

After about 90 seconds, the video ends with Norton walking away. But she said she left a note.

“After the Congresswoman parked her car, we assessed the cars on either side to see if there was any damage. We could not find any,” a Norton aide told Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill. “But we left a note with a business card so the congresswoman could be contacted in case we missed any.”

The aide added: “The congresswoman heard from the owner of the only car she was close enough to damage. The owner reported no damage.”

That means Norton already has a leg up on this woman.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME relationships

Watch New York Jets Help High School Girl Ask Boy to Prom

It's a touchdown

Sarah Kardonsky knows the way to a man’s heart is through his favorite football team.

The Division Avenue High School student recruited nine New York Jets football players to help her ask friend Mike Pagano, who has high-functioning autism, to prom, ABC7 reports.

Kardonsky made this promposal a reality by reaching out to over a dozen players from the team and asking them for help with a video. The Long Island senior told ABC News she heard back from Jets’ wide receiver Saalim Hakim within minutes, with eight more yeses rolling in shortly after.

Each of the participating footballers filmed a clip of themselves telling Pagano to go to prom with his friend. Kardonsky edited all the segments together into a 30-second video, which she added to the school’s morning announcements on Wednesday.

After the video played in Pagano’s health class, Kardonsky showed up dressed in a Jets jersey to get her answer, which was yes.

“I didn’t really have a lot of words to say,” Pagano told ABC News. “It’s amazing that someone can go out of their own way and make an impact on my life. It’s pretty special.”

Originally it was Pagano who asked Kardonsky to prom, but she was already planning to go with someone else. After talking to her date, Kardonsky decided to go with Pagano instead and use the opportunity to do something special for her friend.

“He really deserves it,” she told ABC7. “He’s such a great kid. Everyone loves Mike. … I’m just really happy that he’s happy.”

Pagano is hoping to keep the Jets theme going through prom by getting a green and white tux to wear to the dance.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME faith

Here’s Why Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday in a catholic chapel
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It's the day Jesus entered Jerusalem before the Crucifixion

On Sunday, Christians all over the world will be carrying palms and other branches. That’s because it’s Palm Sunday, a celebration of the day Jesus entered Jerusalem before he was crucified and then resurrected, according to the Christian faith.

Christians carry palms on Palm Sunday because according to the Gospels, Jesus’ followers covered his path in palm fronds on the day he entered Jerusalem, after the custom of placing palms in the path of a high-ranking person. The palm branch also signified victory in Greco-Roman times, so the waving palms would have resembled a triumphal procession.

In many churches, congregants twist palms into the shape of a cross to commemorate the day, or use other branches if palms are not easily accessible– in some parts of Europe, churchyards are strewn with branches and flowers. The holiday is often celebrated with a procession.

Jesus also arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, which was considered highly symbolic. At the time, a king riding a donkey symbolized peace, while a king on a horse symbolized war — while Jesus was not technically a king, his followers considered him to be King of Israel. Palm Sunday is depicted in all four Gospels, which isn’t true of all stories about Jesus.

In some congregations, the palms are burned at the end of Palm Sunday and the ashes are saved to use on Ash Wednesday of the following year. But most of all, Palm Sunday signifies the beginning of the last week of Lent — and the beginning of Holy Week.

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TIME viral

This Black-and-White Footage of the Teletubbies Looks Like a Horror Film

Warning: You may never see the Teletubbies the same way after watching this clip set to the rock band Joy Division

Who knew that the Teletubbies in black and white would look like a shot from an Ingmar Bergman-directed horror film?

A grainy black-and-white image of the Teletubbies, those lovable, huggable children’s television characters, has been circulating the Internet for a few days. While many Twitter users have noted that the image of the huggable furries devoid of their technicolor hue is strangely haunting, verging on horrifying, others commented that the photo looked like a still from the Anton Corbijn-directed music video for “Atmosphere” by post-punkers, Joy Division.

YouTube user Christopher Brown latched on to that idea and ran with it. He took footage of the fuzzy little tubbies, stripped out the color, and soon enough Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po were frolicking through a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. Add in the downbeat Joy Division soundtrack, and the result is a wildly weird, strangely avant-garde, creepy video that feels equal part Bergman, David Lynch, and Disney cosplay. Clearly it’s a must-see.

If Joy Division isn’t your cup of tea, someone also made an Aphex Twin version.

(h/t Vanyaland)

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