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New Google Doodle Honors Inventor of Flat Map Gerardus Mercator

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Jailed for heresy in 1544, Mercator later revolutionized navigational theory

To celebrate his 503rd birthday, Flemish mathematician and cartographer Gerardus Mercator, who in 1569 discovered how to create a flat map that takes into consideration the curvatures of the earth, has been honored in a new Google Doodle.

His theory, dubbed the “Mercator projection,” was a major breakthrough for navigation because for the first time sailors could plot a route using straight lines without constantly adjusting their compass readings.

However, because the projection lengthens the longitudinal parallels, the scale of objects enlarge dramatically as they near the north and south poles and the method becomes unusable at around 70 degrees north/south.

Mercator was ahead of his time, not living to see his discovery become fully employed, but “by the eighteenth century the projection had been adopted almost universally by European navigators,” TIME wrote in 2013.

The cartographer was born on March 5, 1512, in the town of Rupelmonde in Flanders (today a part of Belgium). He was educated in the Netherlands and in 1544 was jailed for heresy due to his protestant faith and frequent traveling for research. He died on Dec. 2, 1594.

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New Google Doodle Honors Instant Noodle Inventor Momofuku Ando

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Peel off lid. Pour boiling water. Steep for three minutes. Stir well and serve.

Thursday marks the 105th birthday of Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando, whose instant noodles revolutionized the food world, and Google is honoring this king of quick cuisine with a new Google Doodle.

As TIME wrote back in 2006, “In 1958, Momofuku Ando, an unassuming entrepreneur living in Osaka, created the instant noodle — and a continent has been feasting on his invention ever since.”

However, the road was not easy for the founder of Nissin Food Products. Ando struggled to find the right balance and create noodles that were tasty but did not become mush when boiled. The secret, learned from his wife, was to spray the noodles with chicken soup and then fry them in tempura oil.

The instant noodle, a dietary staple for every college student from Asia to America, had come to fruition.

Ando was born during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in 1910, moved to Japan at the age of 23 became a Japanese citizen following World War II. He died in Osaka on Jan. 5, 2007, at the age of 96.

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George Takei and Others Give the Ring Finger After Alabama Halts Gay Marriage

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Michael Tran—FilmMagic George Takei and Brad Takei arrive at the AARP 14th Annual "Movies For Grownups" Awards Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The 'Star Trek' alum starts a hashtag protesting the court's decision

Star Trek actor and beloved social media personality George Takei took out his frustrations online Wednesday, one day after Alabama halted gay marriage licenses.

He and his husband flipped off the state’s Supreme Court—with their ring fingers—after a ruling Tuesday ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even though a federal court found the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

“I’m going to say it,” Takei wrote on Facebook. “Alabama is really starting to p**s me off.” Two hours later, he posted a photo of he and his husband, Brad Takei, giving Alabama the (ring) finger.

“Alabama just gave SCOTUS the finger by halting marriage equality there despite federal orders,” Takei posted. “Couples, let’s respond! Whether gay or straight, post a photo on FB or Twitter giving AL the ‘wedding finger’ and tagging #‎LuvUAlabama‬.”

The hashtag quickly spread on Facebook and Twitter, with couples and advocates posting their own pictures.

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PEEPS-Flavored Milk Is a Real Thing You Can Put Into Your Body

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Would you drink it or chicken out?

Prairie Farms is releasing PEEPS-flavored milk for spring. And no, this news is not some horror scene from the PEEPS movie that may be in the works.

Starting the first week of March, PEEPS milk will be available in three flavors: “Marshmallow Milk,” reduced-fat “Chocolate Marshmallow Milk” and reduced-fat “Easter Egg Nog”— all of which sound more flavorful than regular PEEPs, which generally tend to taste like plain sugar.

Up to you whether you want to dunk PEEPs into the milk or use it as pools of water in any of the upcoming PEEPs diorama contests.

(h/t Eater)

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Great Scott: Here’s Back to the Future‘s Best Scene Remade With LEGOs

Is it worthy of a LEGO Oscar?

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future this summer, London-based LEGO animator Macro Lego Universe has recreated the beloved science fiction film in six minutes. Pay close attention to the movie’s famous clock tower scene. Filmed at BRICK 2014, a convention for fans of the inter-locking bricks, it was animated and photographed by Vicki Smith and Daniel Jamieson, and the set was built by Elspeth De Montes.

Is it worthy of a LEGO Oscar?

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Woman Sues Restaurant for $100,000 Because the Staff Wasn’t Nice to Her

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They also refused to give her takeout

A woman who dined solo at a Portland, Ore., eatery on Valentine’s Day is now suing the restaurant because she claims she received rude service.

Local small-business owner Kathleen Hampton is seeking $100,000 from Enzo’s Caffe Italiano. Hampton originally made a dinner reservation for herself and her husband, but, as she notes in the lawsuit, he “was still full from lunch” so he decided to bail, leaving Hampton to fly solo.

Once she was seated, Hampton said a waitress told her she had to give up her table and leave before she’d ordered any food. To be reasonable, Hampton said she’d just get her food to go, but the restaurant refused.

“That was the final straw,” she writes in the lawsuit. “I’ve never heard of a food place not having to go.”

Restaurant owner Enzo Lanzadoro, however, told the Oregonian that he remembers the night differently.

“She made reservation for two and when she got there, said: ‘Oh just by myself,'” Lanzadoro said. “We offered for her to sit at the bar with other single diners since Valentine’s Day is very busy and all we know is she got up [from the table] and left without paying after she drank two glasses of wine.”

In addition to the $100,000, Hampton, who’s representing herself, wants a public apology both in person and in local newspapers.

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Watch a News Anchor Stare Her Colleague Down After He Calls Her the Hamburglar

"It's your birthday, I'll let it pass. No I wont, I'll get you later."

When a TV news host in St. Louis noticed his colleague was wearing a black and white striped shirt similar to the outfit worn by the Hamburglar, he decided to make that observation known.

The host, Tim Ezell, makes the reference pretty seamlessly and clearly catches the anchor, April Simpson, by surprise. She gives him what can only be described as a death glare, and then says, “It’s your birthday, I’ll let it pass.” Then she adds, “No I won’t, I’ll get you later.”

The clip was actually shot a year and a half ago, but the TV station, FOX 2, just shared it on YouTube for the first time, Mashable points out. It’s gained popularity thanks to comedian Kevin Hart, who shared it on Facebook Tuesday.

Alas, we never did find out if Simpson gets Ezell back for the diss.

Read next: Watch a Dog Interrupt the Weather Report in February’s Best News Bloopers

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Adam Levine Handled a Fan’s Panic Attack in the Sweetest Way Possible

Christopher Warner is obsessed with the Maroon 5 singer

Christopher Warner, a 10 year old from Maryland with Down syndrome, loves Maroon 5’s Adam Levine so much, he made the singer a fan video:

When Hot 99.5’s Kane Show saw the video, the station arranged for Werner, his mom and his teachers, to go backstage after the band’s show at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., The Today Show reports.

But when the youngster met his hero, he had a panic attack and had to lay down on the floor. The pop star did the same and suggested everyone follow suit. So they just hung out there, took pictures and had a grand old time.

Read next: Ellie Goulding Joins The Voice as Adam Levine’s Adviser

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Ben & Jerry’s Founders Think Pot Ice Cream ‘Makes Sense’

Just think of the pun possibilities

Ice cream icons Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (a.k.a. the dairy deities behind Ben & Jerry’s) are in favor of a new flavor idea.

In a recent interview with Huffington Post Live, Cohen and Greenfield were asked about the possibility of making a pot-infused ice cream. “Makes sense to me,” Cohen said. “Combine your pleasures.”

“Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances,” added Greenfield, whose namesake company makes flavors like Satisfy My Bowl and Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies Encore Edition. “I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing, rather than putting people in jail for not hurting anyone.”

Does that mean cannabis-flavored edible marijuana ice cream will be on the shelf next to Half-Baked and Cherry Garcia in Washington, Alaska and Colorado, where weed is now legal? Potentially, but it’s not up to Cohen and Greenfield, who sold the company to Unilever in 2001. As Greenfield describes, “It’s not my decision. If it were my decision, I’d be doing it, but fortunately we have wiser heads at the company that figure those things out.”

Colorado sold nearly five million edibles last year.

Read next: Jimmy Fallon Just Got a New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor

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This Artist Uses His iPhone to Recreate Iconic Movie Scenes

A totally surreal use of technology

French artist Francois Dourlen has proven that iPhones are good for so much more than Snapchat and Candy Crush. He uses his device to reimagine famous movie scenes with clever visual trickery, resulting in a series of stunning photographs.

Dourlen pulls up stills from films ranging from Rambo to Up on his screen, and then carefully overlaps them with everyday real-life scenes to create entirely new, surreal images.

See more of Dourlen’s work on his Instagram or his Facebook.

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