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Watch This Mascot Bring It With an ‘Uptown Funk’ Dance

The Mark Ronson song is rapidly becoming the "Happy" of 2015

During a recent halftime performance, the Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk and a couple of back-up dancers had the crowd on their feet with a lip-sync performance of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars.

As sports writers have been pointing out, the upbeat routine jibes perfectly with the NBA team’s 17-game winning streak in the Eastern conference. The team has even changed its name on Twitter to “aWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWks,” adding a “W” for each win.

 

 

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Watch Key & Peele Make Fun of Ridiculous Football Names (Again)

A hilarious treat, just in time for the Super Bowl

A few years back, comedy duo Key & Peele dazzled us with two editions of a bit known as the East/West College Bowl, poking fun at some of the ridiculous names in the NFL. Now, to promote their Super Bowl special airing Friday night, they’ve shared a third installment.

And yeah, it’s still funny. Really funny. This time around, though, they’ve included some real NFL players with real names, like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Leger Douzable, Frostee Rucker and D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Oh, they manage to get Aaron Rodgers in there too.

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Watch a Bunch of Reporters Break Down Laughing in This Month’s Best News Bloopers

Plus lots of other hilarious on-air mishaps

Remember the TV reporter who, earlier this month, lost his composure and broke down in an adorable fit of laughter? Well, he and several other giggly anchors made their way into this supercut of the very best news bloopers from the past month.

Other blunders include video bombs — both intentional and completely accidental — along with plenty of technical mishaps. You also get Tom Brady talking incessantly about his balls and an anchor bravely letting a tarantula rest on her chest.

All in all, a great dose of schadenfreude.

Read Next: Watch All the Funniest News Bloopers of 2014

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How 7 Seconds Cost a Man $21 Million

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Joel Ifergan's winning lottery ticket printed out seconds too late

A Québécois man missed out on winning a lottery jackpot worth $21.4 million (27 million Canadian dollars) because his winning ticket printed out seven seconds too late.

A Canadian court dismissed Joel Ifergan’s appeal Thursday after the almost-but-not-quite-winner said that he should still be eligible to win half the prize money.

Ifergan bought two Super 7 lottery tickets at 8:59 p.m. for the May 23, 2008 jackpot. But while one ticket was eligible for the 23rd, the second was printed out after the clock struck nine, and only counted for the May 30 jackpot. And as fate would have it, the ticket marked for the 30th had the winning numbers for the 23rd.

Ifergan blames Loto-Quebec’s ten second processing delay.

After spending years and at least $80,000 on the case, Ifergan tells CTV, “Yes, it cost me a lot of money, but it also consumed me for seven years.”

[CTV]

TIME celebrity

Justin Bieber Is Very Sorry for Being the Absolute Worst

The pop singer wants you to know how much he cares. Aww!

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber apologized for his erratic, immature behavior in a Facebook video Wednesday.

The singer, who recently posed in his underwear for a widely-mocked ad for Calvin Klein, said he was nervous about what people think of him during a recent taping of an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half,” he said. “I’m not who I was pretending to be.”

Examples of the behavior he is talking about: making disrespectful comments at a Tokyo shrine and the Anne Frank museum, fighting with paparazzi and getting arrested for a DUI while driving a yellow Lamborghini. Oh, and that time he abandoned a pet monkey at a German airport.

Read Next: Cursing Bill Clinton and 11 More Best Moments of “Bad” Justin Bieber

 

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Kenny G Says He Basically Invented the Starbucks Frappuccino

attends ISINA collaboration announcement at Capitol Recording Studios Holiday Party at Capitol Records Studio on December 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Musician Kenny G at Capitol Records Studio on December 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Paul Redmond—Getty Images

Or rather, he strongly encouraged Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to start selling them

You probably haven’t thought about Kenny G in a while, but here’s some fun new information about him: the smooth jazz legend says he’s basically the reason Starbucks Frappuccinos exist.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Mr. G reflected on his early days as one of Starbucks’ first investors, when the store sold nothing but coffee. But another company, called Coffee Bean, was selling a sweet “blended” drink had people lined up around the block. He said he would always call up Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and tell him about this great drink that was essentially a milkshake.

Soon enough, Starbucks created its signature Frappuccino and everyone fell in love with. “I’d like to think I was partially responsible for that,” Kenny G said.

So next time you’re kneeling before the Kenny G shrine we know you have in your closet, thanking him for the sweet musical bliss he has given the world, be sure to thank him for this other sweet gift.

h/t E!

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The 32 Most Surprising Photos of the Month

From fireworks in Munich to tiger cubs in London, TIME shares the most outrageous images from January 2015

Phil Bicker, who edited this photo essay, is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME

TIME Television

Watch a Hilarious Takedown of Subway ‘Manspreading’ on The Daily Show

Kristen Schaal talks directly to Jon Stewart's testicles to prove a point

On Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart brought up the hot-button issue of “manspreading.” That is, when men take up too much room on public transportation by spreading their legs, often taking up multiple seats and denying other passengers the opportunity to sit. (New York City’s transit authority recently started a campaign to encourage men to stop this practice.)

Stewart agrees that manspreading is no good, so he brings on senior women’s issues correspondent Kristen Schaal to back him up — but her take is a bit different than he expects. She totally goes on a pro-manspreading rampage. She even speaks directly to Jon Stewart’s crotch, all to prove a point.

TIME Advertising

Steve Buscemi Plays A Very Compelling Jan Brady in Snickers Super Bowl Ad

"Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"

Tom isn’t the only Brady making an appearance in Super Bowl 2015.

Snickers’ big game ad inserts the company’s “you’re not you when you’re hungry” trope into its most inspired scenario yet: The Brady Bunch.

Machete star Danny Trejo plays Marcia in ad agency BBDO’s reinterpretation of the show’s iconic “Marcia gets hit in the face with a football” scene. (Note: No footballs were deflated in the making of this ad.)

But the true standout is Steve Buscemi, who brings his trademark nuance and complexity to the role of Jan Brady.

We hope that Buscemi is available for Snickers’ Super Bowl sequel: An ode to George Glass.

TIME animals

These Red Pandas Had the Best Snow Day Ever

You'll bearly be able to contain your excitement

It is winter, which means ’tis the season for adorable photos and videos of zoo animals paling around in white stuff.

After a winter storm swept through the Northeast, video footage captured red panda Hope and her seven-month-old cubs Faith and MowMow frolicking in the snow. Their playground is the Trevor Zoo, where students at the Millbrook School care for the animals in Millbrook, N.Y.

While the weather was a bear for many, it looks like these animals are having a blast.

 

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