TIME animals

Rabbits Are Disabling Cars at Denver Airport

Rabbits are chewing up wires under parked cars

Cars parked at the Denver International Airport are under siege by a bunch of furry menaces.

Rabbits from the surrounding prairie lands are hopping into the parking lot and chewing up wiring under cars, sometimes causing thousands of dollars in damage. The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services in Denver have been removing around 100 rabbits every month from the area, but the issue continues to persist, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Some believe the rabbits are seeking shelter under the cars for warmth. The airport is reportedly trying new solutions like adding additional fencing and perches for hawks.

[L.A. Times]

 

TIME Internet

Watch a Daughter Totally Crush Her Dad in an Epic Beatbox Battle

Like father, like daughter

Nicole Paris and her father have something amazing in common. Both are incredibly talented beatboxers, able to spin complicated rhythms using just their mouths as instruments. In a recent video uploaded to YouTube by Nicole, father and daughter engage in an intense beatbox competition. The pair has previously battled online, and as her dad says in the new video, decided to film a rematch because viewers thought Nicole won the first round.

Her father kicks it off with an incredible verse, and the two go back and forth while showing off their syncopated skills. But opportunity knocks when her father flames out just 25 seconds into his turn, exclaiming that he “messed up.” But never fear, Nicole is ready. She takes over for an incredible two-minute medley that include beats, vocalizations and playful taunts directed at her dad.

The best part? Watching Nicole’s father’s obvious pride and joy at listening to her absolutely nail it. Like father, like daughter.

 

TIME Sports

Football Association Slammed Over ‘Sexist’ Tweet About England’s Women’s Team

The tweet has since been deleted

When men return home from sporting competitions, they’re lauded as heroes, plain and simple. But a tweet from England’s Football Association sums up exactly how female athletes are treated differently.

The tweet, since deleted, came after the England team returned home after placing in third at the Women’s World Cup, noting, “Our #Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title — heroes.”

While the FA maintained that it was a well-meaning message and part of a larger story on the team’s homecoming, fans pointed out that the men’s team would not be described as “fathers, partners and sons” in the wake of a third place victory, but simply as athletes.

With or without the sexist tweets, the women of Team England have plenty to celebrate: as at least one person tweeted, they progressed farther in the competition than their nation’s mens team has since 1966.

[The Guardian]

TIME viral

Watch Philadelphia’s Mayor Cover ‘Rapper’s Delight’ with The Roots

Mic drop.

There’s one thing every politician should know if they want to succeed in the rough-and-tumble world of Philadelphia politics — all the words to “Rapper’s Delight.” That’s the takeaway from a new video where Philly mayor Michael Nutter jumped on stage with local boys-turned-The Tonight Show house band The Roots to perform the Sugarhill Gang’s classic rap song.

The mayor didn’t miss a beat as he spit out the rhymes on stage at the 4th of July celebration at the Wawa Welcome America! festival. He walked the stage like a pro, throwing down verses, and even dropped the mic at the end after nailing the performance. There’s no doubt that the mayor’s performance was way better than the time then-NBC anchor Brian Williams “rapped” the Sugarhill Gang’s classic. As Uproxx points out, there’s a reason that Nutter is so good at this: before he started a career in business and politics, he worked in the city’s nightclubs and had performed the song before.

TIME animals

Watch This Dog Totally Rat Out Another Dog For Making a Mess

Dog on dog shaming

The only thing worse than getting caught red-handed doing something you’re definitely not supposed to do? Being sold out by a friend.

Watch as this French bulldog silently owns its shame, all while draped in a cloak of illicitly obtained toilet paper. The ostensible owner then interrogates the embarrassed pup: “Is that what you want? You want to wear that toilet paper all day long? Did you make this mess?”

The camera slowly pans over to a sitting bullmastiff, tail wagging as it contemplates selling a buddy down the river. The dog seems to make a decision, sits up and points a single paw in the Frenchie’s direction. The effect of the friend’s betrayal is clear, and makes one thing quite obvious: this bullmastiff has absolutely no chill.

TIME Television

Ed Sullivan Theater Marquee Gets An Unexpected Makeover

Stephen Colbert puts in an early appearance

The world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater marquee, which has displayed “The Late Show with David Letterman” since 1993, has gotten an unexpected makeover.

The theater is busy preparing for Stephen Colbert’s debut on the Late Show stage in September, but CBS didn’t want renovations hampering business for their long-time neighbor, Angelo’s Pizza. Instead, a new marquee was unveiled on Monday featuring a reclining Colbert chomping down on some pizza and letting pedestrians know that Angelo’s is open during renovations.

The best part? CBS offered it free of charge.

“They moved the old marquee down and it looked like a dead place,” Alex Kondilis, the restaurant’s manager, told TIME. “They offered to do that for free, just to help us.”

This is surely just a little taste of what Colbert has in store. He is set to start hosting the Late Show on September 8.

TIME Music

Watch Damon Albarn Get Carried Off Stage After Refusing to Stop the Music

In 2014, TIME dubbed Damon Albarn “The Hardest Working Man in Rock.” The Blur frontman lived up to that title on Sunday when he played a whopping five-hour set at the Roskilde festival in Denmark and only stopped because he was carried off the stage.

Albarn headlined the music festival as part of his Africa Express project, a critically acclaimed collaboration between African and Western musicians. During his set, he was joined on stage by Nigerian artist Seye Adelekan, Malian band Songhoy Blues and Western artists like Laura Mvula and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner. Albarn was having so much fun playing that he kept going and going until 4 a.m. when the plug was finally pulled.

After playing The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go,” Albarn encouraged the crowd to protest the forced end of the set. “You want more, we’re going to give you more,” the singer declared before a man, who The Guardian reported is appropriately known as “Big Dave,” came on stage, put the singer’s jacket over his shoulders and lifted him off stage.

While both the crowd and the musicians wanted the show to go on, Roskilde has cracked down on crowd control after an incident in 2000, when nine people died and 26 were injured during a Pearl Jam performance.

Luckily for the fans and the artists, just because the show was over didn’t mean the music had to stop. According to The Guardian, Albarn and the rest of the collective continued to make music backstage, as did the crowd, who drummed “on the poles of the tent” and kept chanting for an almost an hour.

TIME World

Man Flies High in Lawn Chair Attached To Balloons in Real-Life Up Stunt

The police weren't too happy about it

A Canadian man flew high in the sky on Sunday on a lawn chair attached to around 110 helium balloons.

CBC News reports that Daniel Boria did the stunt to gain attention for his cleaning products business. Police didn’t think it was very charming, however, as they arrested Boria.

Boria reportedly intended to parachute off the lawn chair into the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo in the area. However, he missed and ended up in a field.

The lawn chair and balloons may still be in the air.

[CBC News]

TIME Icons

See Photos of the Beatles on the Brink of Beatlemania

On the anniversary of the release of “A Hard Days Night,” a look back at the early days of the Beatles’ American invasion

When the Beatles landed in the U.S. for the first time, on February 7, 1964, American teens went wild. The editors of LIFE Magazine, taking notice of the phenomenon, quickly assigned photographers to cover the band’s first American tour and television appearances.

A week into the tour, Bob Gomel was dispatched to photograph the “Fab Four” in Miami Beach, where they were scheduled to perform for a second night on The Ed Sullivan Show at the Deauville Hotel. But when the time came to photograph the band, the hotel was swarming with so many fans that a shoot would have been nearly impossible.

The shoot was moved to the private residence of Paul Pollak, a hotel owner, and his wife Jerri Pollak, a former big band recording artist. Away from the spotlight and overwhelming hoards of fans, Gomel was able to capture candid moments of the young lads relaxing and goofing around in the family pool and on the beach.

In the book Memories of John Lennon, edited by Yoko Ono, Gomel recalls the shoot:

After changing into matching bathing suits, four pale, skinny guys entered the pool. I asked them to just have fun. Ringo started a splash fight. John did a few cannonballs off the diving board. That captured moment became my favorite photograph. It hangs in my gallery today.

The Pollaks’ daughter Linda, who was 15 years old at the time, later wrote about what it was like to witness four of the most famous musicians in the world splashing around in her parents’ pool. “The photographers asked my three brothers and me to get into the pool first, so they could focus,” she wrote in the Chicago Tribune in 1989. “Then the Beatles tiptoed in to take our positions … They started splashing and goofing around, except John. He got out of the pool and sat in the back with his wife, Cynthia, just watching. Even then he wasn’t much for publicity.”

The photos, which never made it to the pages of LIFE — the editors instead ran a different swimming pool photo by LIFE staffer John Loengard — capture the youthful exuberance of four young men as their careers were taking off and Beatlemania was taking hold. Long before the rifts that would lead to their breakup in 1970 and before fame took its toll, Gomel documented the rare moments of playful bliss of a band soaring rapidly to the top.

See more photos by Bob Gomel at the Monroe Gallery.

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

TIME celebrity

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Have Tied the Knot

The former That 70s Show co-stars have known each other since 1998

It’s been a long time coming, but Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have tied the knot at last, People reports.

The couple, whose engagement was revealed in early 2014, first met on the set of That 70s Show in 1998. Since the pair began dating, they have managed to keep many details of their relationship under wraps. (The couple also has a baby daughter, Wyatt.)

So when the secretive couple neither confirmed nor denied past rumors that they had wed, many suspected the pair had already walked the aisle. But according to People, Kunis and Kutcher finally exchanged vows over the Fourth of July weekend.

Read more at People

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