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Buffalo Herd Gunned Down After Escaping From a Farm

A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015,
Mike Groll—AP A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015

The animals posed a threat to public safety, authorities said

A small herd of buffalo escaped from a farm in upstate New York on Thursday, roaming free across roads and through rivers until local authorities gave the signal to open fire.

The herd of 15 escaped buffalo reportedly forged the Hudson River and crossed a heavily trafficked interstate some 20 minutes out of Albany, Fox News reports. They were pursued by police, hunters and local experts, who agreed that there was no effective way of tranquilizing or containing the animals. Fearing the risk to public safety, authorities asked hunters to gun the herd down.

TIME animals

Baby Giraffe Born at Dallas Zoo Now Has a Name

Animal Planet—Dallas Zoo Katie and Kipenzi

More than 50,000 votes were cast to name the youngster

As the royal baby name game continues to leave us guessing, we can all sleep a little more soundly knowing at least one adorable newborn finally has her moniker.

And the Dallas Zoo’s newest giraffe addition’s name is … Kipenzi, which is Swahili for loved one.

More than 50,000 fans around the world voted to pick the name of the calf, whom Katie the reticulated giraffe welcomed April 10.

We’ve been keeping tabs on Kipenzi via Animal Planet’s live-cam, which began rolling before Katie even gave birth.

As for Kipenzi, the calf has gained more than 30 lbs. since birth and stands over 6-ft. tall. Dallas Zoo visitors, get excited: The giraffe baby is preparing to make her public debut in the habitat for her first full day as soon as the rainy weather clears up, which will likely be early next week.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME celebrity

The 10 Funniest Things Chris Pratt Said in His Reddit AMA

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" - Los Angeles Premiere
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic/Getty Images

"I want to do an AMA and you can't stop me I'm Starlord!"

Soon it will be time for Chris Pratt to begin promoting Jurassic World, which really just means he’s about to do a bunch of charming and sweet and funny things like he did during Guardians of the Galaxy mania. First up? A Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A session, which he kicked off by revealing that he was “still half-drunk” after drinking a bunch of tequila on a plane.

Pratt said that once he decided he wanted to do an AMA, he called his publicist and said, “Hey, I know your job is to typically babysit me and make sure I don’t do anything too stupid or say anything to ruin my career, but, I want to do an AMA and you can’t stop me I’m Starlord!”

Naturally, Pratt’s Q&A session was filled with lots of other hilarious little gems, so we rounded up some the best lines.

1. Question: I was recently bitten by a radioactive Chris Pratt. What is about to happen to me?

Answer: Oh no. You’re probably gonna get fat and then skinny.

2. Question: Hey Chris, did Eminem ever give his thoughts on your awesome performance of “Forgot About Dre?”

Answer: No. But I met Dr. Dre last night!!!! Holy s–t bro! That was crazy. I wanna see that “Straight Outta Compton” movie so bad. Looks great.

3. Question: Hey Chris, what would Andy Dwyer/Johnny Karate/Bert Macklin be doing right now?

Answer: Here’s something you might not have known about those characters. They smoked a lot of weed. They’d probably be doing that right now.

4. Question: What’s your favourite dinosaur?

Answer: Not just saying this but probably the velociraptor. They are pack hunters and super cool. But also I love the Mosasaur. That’s the water dinosaur thing from the trailer that is SO F—ING BADASS! Funny story, before I got Jurassic Park I gave James Gunn a wrap gift of an authentic Mosasaur Jawbone Fossil. So basically I can control the future.

5. Question: Would you rather fight 1 Lil’ Sebastian-sized duck or 100 duck-sized Lil’ Sebastians?

Answer: Most definitely 100 duck sized Lil’ Sebastians. Because I could kill most of them easily, but the remainder I would capture and breed as glamour pets. We could make literally hundreds of dollars.

6. Question: If you could change a word from the title of any films or television show you’ve starred in, what would the new title be? Example, “Sharks and Rec”

Answer: Zero Dark Thirsty?

7. Question:What would be in your perfect sandwich?

Answer: Perfect sandwich? Two slices of white bread, mustard, mayo and a platinum American Express card.

8. Question: I know that it is just a role, but are there any similarities between you and Peter Quill? What about Andy Dwyer?

Answer: Quill and I are basically the same person. We were born in the same year. We loved the same movies. The same music. If I were kidnapped at 10, taken to space and based my ideology on the pop culture of 1979-1989 I would be Peter Quill.

9. Question: What brand of tequila were you having? How you holding up?

Answer: I was drinking Patron. But then Hornitos, bad call. I’m holding up well. I’m on a juice fast thing so the tequila juice fit right in! Haha! Actually doing surprisingly well. I must be a pro!

10. Question: Who would win in a fight, you or Nick Offerman?

Answer: Trick question. We would never fight. Unless it was us against anybody else in which case we would win.

TIME Bizarre

Google Removes Illustration of Android Robot Urinating on the Apple Logo in Google Maps

The user-generated drawing was spotted in Google Maps on Friday

A new twist in Google’s and Apple’s battle for world domination: Google has removed an illustration of the Android robot relieving itself on the Apple logo found in Google Maps, just outside of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

CNN Money reports that former Samsung employee Ahmad Babar noticed the crude image and uploaded this screenshot to Instagram:

Has anyone else seen this on Google Maps? Saw it while searching for a place in Rawalpindi

A photo posted by Ahmad Babar (@ahmadbabar) on

Another user-generated image that has since been removed:

The tool relies on contributors to keep maps of their areas current with local, insider information, and a regular, “vetted” contributor appears to be responsible for the gag, a Google spokesperson told the website.

It’s not the first time this kind of a joke has happened. The Washington Post points out that last week, a map of the White House displayed a fake business called “Edward’s Snow Den.”

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Here’s Where It’s Legal for Women to Go Topless in the U.S.

A guide to patchwork and confusing laws on taking it off

Local officials in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles voiced support this week for allowing women to sunbathe topless, calling the move “a serious equality issue” and citing the city’s Italian namesake as one of many European regions where toplessness is socially acceptable. But topless sunbathing is illegal in the city and county of Los Angeles, and the local disagreement is just the skin of a patchwork of nudity laws and customs that vary by state and municipality across the country.

The vast majority of states actually have laws on the books making clear that women can’t be arrested under state law solely for being topless in settings where it’s OK for men. But many local ordinances ban the practice anyway. And there’s plenty of grey area for police officers to make their own interpretations and make arrests for “public indecency” or “disorderly conduct.”

Celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Miley Cyrus have been public critics of what they call a double-standard that women face when it comes to going shirtless, and have tried to get Instagram to stop taking down photos of breasts, garnering some support with the hashtag #FreeTheNipple. Scout Willis, daughter of the actor Bruce Willis, recently illustrated the point that women are technically permitted to walk the streets of New York City topless—but not to post topless photos on Instagram—by posting shirtless photos of herself on city sidewalks to Twitter.

GoTopless.org

So how to keep track of it all? The organization GoTopless, which advocates for “toplessness equality” in the U.S., has put together the map above illustrating the different laws in different states. Though green states indicate there is some degree of “topless freedom,” that does not mean it’s legal for women to go shirtless throughout the state. Local ordinances may ban or allow the practice in opposition to state law, and California is listed green despite the fight in Venice Beach. Orange states have “ambiguous laws;” in red states, female toplessness is illegal.

Even in areas with topless freedom, police officers may still arrest citizens for disorderly conduct. In in New York City, where it’s technically allowed, police officers have needed reminders that they cannot arrest women simply for going shirtless in locations where it would be permissible for men to do the same, the New York Times reports. “Simply exposing their breasts in public,” police were warned in 2013, doesn’t amount to a crime.

TIME celebrity

See What Happened When Late Late Show‘s James Corden Arranged a Blind Date on Air

He and Jason Alexander kept a close eye on the couple

On the The Late Late Show with James Corden Thursday night, one of the sketches involved the comedian setting up a man and a woman on a blind date at a Hollywood restaurant. Of course, because this is late-night television, Corden has bugged the room, so he and Jason Alexander (aka George on Seinfeld) could spy on the two.

 

TIME celebrity

Watch Mark Ruffalo Answer the ‘Sexist’ Questions Scarlett Johansson Always Gets

Get ready to learn about the Hulk's suit preferences

In this clip, Cosmopolitan UK asked Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo the kind of “sexist” questions his co-star Scarlett Johansson has to answer in interviews all the time, such as:

  • “What are you wearing on the red carpet this evening?”
  • “Do you have any special poses for the red carpet that you know will be so flattering?”
  • “Did you feel much pressure to slim down, get in shape, go on a diet?”
  • “Have you got any sort of cleansing tips on the removing the tough-to-remove makeup?”

Johansson, who plays the Black Widow in the superhero series, looks amused as Ruffalo embraces “his feminine side.”

TIME technology

Is the Apple Watch Sport Waterproof? Here’s a Test

Turns out it can be submerged for 15 minutes and still work

An Australia video blogger for FoneFox, a YouTube channel dedicated to smartphone reviews and tutorials, got his hands on a new Apple Watch Sport. So naturally, the first thing he and his fellow bloggers wanted to do was test how the device stands up to water damage. (Apple considers the devices “water resistant” and not completely waterproof.)

They begin with a basic splash test. The watch still worked fine. Then he brought it into the shower. Still fine. Then they submerged it into a bucket. Still fine. Finally, they took the watch for a 15-minute swim in a pool, and afterward, it still remained totally functional.

“It’s actually a lot more waterproof than we had originally anticipated,” they conclude. While it’s nice to know you don’t have to worry if your Apple Watch gets wet, we still do not recommend taking it for a swim. Be smart, guys.

TIME society

See the Sweet Way a Straight Teen Asked His Gay BFF to Prom

A heartwarming 'promposal'

The Internet is buzzing about Jacob Lescenski of Las Vegas Desert Oasis High School, who asked his gay best friend and Student Council president Anthony Martinez to prom in front of the whole school.

Here is a photo of how he asked, which has racked up thousands of retweets and favorites:

‘Tis the season for “promposals,” in which high schoolers ask each other to prom in elaborate ways, from the massively successful stunts shown on Jumbotrons in sports arenas to the massive fails like fake bomb threats that lead to week-long suspensions.

(h/t Logo)

TIME Television

Watch Terry Crews TKO Mike Tyson on Lip Sync Battle

It's a knockout fight

On Thursday’s Lip Sync Battle, former NFL star Terry Crews faced off against heavyweight champion and face tattoo enthusiast Mike Tyson in a battle for the Internet ages — and they were both ready to rumble.

Crews delivered a particularly stirring rendition of Vanessa Carlton’s heartfelt anthem “A Thousand Miles,” which he originally debuted in the 2004 film, White Chicks. He started his performance seated at the piano, accompanying his lip syncing with some faux piano playing. Crews then kicked it up a notch, jumping on top of the piano, adding in some rhythmic gymnastics, and making the crowd swoon by ripping off his white blazer to pump his pecs in time with the beat.

While Crews tugged at the heartstrings, Tyson went for the knockout with a stellar performance of Salt-N-Pepa’s classic “Push It.” While Tyson’s lip syncing was lackluster in that he kept forgetting to do it, he earned points for his extreme dance moves in his extra tight pants.

The winner by decision? There’s a new champion: Crews.

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