TIME society

Utah Teen Bullied for Her Big Ears Gets Free Surgery

The teen said she was called names like "Dumbo"

A Utah surgeon gave free corrective surgery to a teen who was bullied for having big ears.

Isabelle Stark told PEOPLE kids in her high school would walk up to her and tug her protruding ears and call her “Dumbo.” But thanks to a surgeon who was no stranger to ear-related taunts while growing up, the 18-year-old was able to undergo a corrective procedure free of charge.

“I know what it’s like to be bullied about something you can’t control,” Steven Mobley, a Salt Lake City surgeon who runs a foundation that offers free ear-pinning surgery to low-income kids, told PEOPLE. “I’m really happy for Isabelle—now maybe she can move on to the next chapter of her life.”

Read more at PEOPLE.

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TIME Appreciation

Find Out What Your Favorite Fireworks Are Called

A video taxonomy for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July means hot dogs, beer and beaches—and above all else, fireworks. The tradition actually began as early as Benjamin Franklin and has only picked up steam since.

In honor of families across America gathering to watch the colorful displays, here’s a guide to six of your favorite fireworks–so you don’t have to keep referring to them as “the one that looks like a dandelion.”

And if you’re trying to capture the perfect Fourth of July Instagram, check out 6 Secret Tips For Photographing Fireworks With Your Phone.

  • Aerial Shells

    The archetypical fireworks, aerial shells climb up to the sky without much fanfare before exploding. The explosion, however, is magnificent, with colors radiating from a central point, making for a vibrant circle that lights up the sky. It’s no wonder these are often used in the finale of Fourth of July festivities.

  • Aerial Repeaters

    Aerial repeaters are those fireworks that that explode into a few lines of color, before rapidly disappearing. They’re usually emitted rapid fire.

  • Cones

    Unlike aerial shells and repeaters, cones emit fireworks from the ground up, spraying out displays of color that grow taller as the fuse continues to burn.

  • Fountains

    Fountains are quite similar to cones, but are usually accompanied by a series of whistles, crackles and other sound effects, and, unlike cones, remain at a similar height the entire time they’re burning.

  • Roman Candle

    Roman candles are those fireworks that remind you of popcorn, spraying little balls of flame every second or so. Once in the air, the flames bounce around in a whirly frenzy before disappearing.

  • Skyrocket

    Skyrockets aren’t known for one particular type of explosion. Many of the explosions they emit are similar to aerial shells, but they’re also responsible for the explosions that resemble, yup, dandelions.

TIME animals

A Dog Is Running for Mayor in Upstate New York

The 13-year-old pooch is running as "Schenectady's best friend"

The latest candidate to enter the race for mayor in Schenectady, N.Y. doesn’t just have a leg up on her competition—she has two. Diamond, a 13-year-old dog, is running as a write-in candidate in the city’s race. And according to the Daily Gazette, she’s running as “Schenectady’s best friend.”

Diamond’s entrance into the race for mayor—which features three human candidates, Mayor Gary McCarthy, Roger Hull and Chris Gibbs—isn’t the first time a four-legged friend of the upstate town has made a foray into local politics. In 2007, Sparky the cat ran for mayor, followed by Roger the cat in 2011. In 1999, the Gazette reports, Loffredo the dog entered a mayoral race. No furry candidate, of course, has actually won, but McCarthy and Hull told the paper they welcome the competition.

“I assume our paths will cross in the campaign,” McCarthy said of Diamond.

[The Daily Gazette]

TIME celebrity

Here’s Games of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin With a Doll That Looks Just Like Him

The doll isn't giving out any spoilers

Between the five books of his A Song of Ice and Fire series and the hit HBO show that has grown from it, Game of Thrones mastermind George R. R. Martin has been quite prolific over the last 20 years. But for the GoT fanatics out there who can’t wait for the sixth book’s release to get their next Martin kick, a San Francisco Bay Area toy manufacturer has just created a talking plush replica of the Jersey-dwelling writer. Among the toy’s catch phrases? “It’s a nice day for a red wedding,” and “I’m working on it!”

Martin apparently thinks he’s pretty adorable in cuddly form:

TIME celebrity

America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Mobilizing Latino Voters

"Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you"

Donald Trump’s insensitive comments about Mexican immigrants haven’t come without punishment from his now former business partners like Univision and NBC. But actress America Ferrera, herself of Honduran descent, wants to thank Trump for his recent statements.

In an open letter published by The Huffington Post on Thursday, Ferrera wrote to Trump in appreciation for the fact that his words will push more Latinos to the polls. “Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric,” she wrote.

While the Ugly Betty actress wrote that Trump will never win the 2016 election without the Latino vote, and that he’s “living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America,” she thanked the billionaire for “reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat.”

Ferrera also provided some stats about recent Latino population growth in the U.S. and promised Latinos will fight back during elections season.

“We will do more than tweet about our indignation and beat piñatas of your likeness,” Ferrara wrote. “We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more.”

To read Ferrera’s complete letter, head to the The Huffington Post.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrity

Brody Jenner: I Get Along Better With Caitlyn Than I Did With Bruce

Brody Jenner at the Spychatter App Launch Party in Hollywood on June 30, 2015.
Paul Archuleta—FilmMagic/Getty Images Brody Jenner at the Spychatter App Launch Party in Hollywood on June 30, 2015.

"Caitlyn is a much freer, happier person"

After marrying Kris Jenner in 1991, even Caitlyn Jenner admits that her relationships with her four eldest children fell by the wayside.

However, now that she’s on her own and free to live a more authentic life as a woman, she has been striving to become a better parent – and to her children, it shows.

“I’ve known Bruce for a long time and I didn’t really get along with Bruce,”Brody Jenner – Caitlyn’s son with Linda Thompson – told E! News. “Caitlyn and I get along a little more, because Caitlyn is actually who she really is and she’s living her life finally now as the person she actually was.”

“Caitlyn is a much freer, happier person and I think that’s very special,” added Brody, 31, whose new show, Sex with Brody premieres on E! on July 10. “I think that the most important thing is that people who are in that situation, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be yourself. And if you’re not accepted by your family, there will be people who will accept you.”

Brody is not the first of Jenner’s children to get candid about how their relationships have improved ever since she came out as transgender.

“My relationship with Caitlyn is much better than with Bruce, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Cassandra Marino – Caitlyn’s daughter with Chrystie Scott – previously revealed to PEOPLE. “We didn’t talk for years, and now we see each other every couple of weeks and talk on the phone, which I am grateful for.”

Her brother Burt Jenner agreed.

“I have high hopes that Caitlyn is a better person than Bruce,” Burt, 36, toldVanity Fair in the cover story that introduced Caitlyn to the world. “I’m very much looking forward to that.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME animals

Important: Stephen King Has a Corgi and You Need to Drop Everything and Look at Her

Her name is Molly but he refers to her as the Thing of Evil

The other day, international literary icon Stephen King shared a photo with his 4.3 million Facebook fans. It was a photo that would change absolutely everything. Absolutely everything. Behold:

Yes, that is Stephen King, reigning master of horror, holding his adorable pet corgi. Her real name is Molly, but he likes to refer to her as the “Thing of Evil.”

Here is the story of Molly. King first introduced her in December, when he showed her as a tiny pup chewing on a Santa hat. So festive!

A few months later, in February, King shared a picture of a then four-month-old Molly showing that she seriously knows how to chill.

No seriously, she is so good at chilling.

In April, we learned that Molly spends her days dreaming up wicked schemes.

Then, in May, the author revealed Molly’s true nature as both a Thing of Evil and also a ferocious hunter.

We also got a glimpse of Molly’s fitness regimen.

In June, we found out that Molly is also a really skilled destroyer of inanimate objects.

Oh, and for the record, King did not decide to get a corgi simply because they are the stubby-legged, fluffy-butted darlings of the Internet. He revealed in a Throwback Thursday photo that he had a corgi named Marlowe back in 1995:

A few of King’s literary characters have even been corgis: Horace in Under the Dome and Daisy in The Regulators.

TIME Business

New Bubble Wrap Has Bubbles You Can’t Pop

Bad news for people who find it cathartic to pop the stuff

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sealed Air, the original seller of bubble wrap, is rolling out new version of bubble wrap with bubbles that do not pop and that takes up less space in online retailers’ storage centers.

According to the article,Traditional Bubble Wrap ships in giant, pre-inflated rolls, taking up precious room in delivery trucks and on customers’ warehouse floors. One roll of the new iBubble Wrap uses roughly one-fiftieth as much space before it’s inflated.”

Talk about sucking the air out of a room, right?

 

TIME politics

Watch a 93-Year-Old Man Sing a Campaign Song He Wrote for Hillary Clinton

"Don't dilly-dally / Let's all start a rally"

YouTube user Katie Miller has uploaded a video of a 93-year-old man named Jerry Rosenblum, who lives in Santa Monica, California, singing a campaign song he wrote for Hillary Clinton at Silvercrest Senior Citizens Residence, where she is a volunteer.

Sample verse:

So don’t dilly-dally
Let’s all start a rally
Don’t hesitate
She’s the one you should choose
No one else can fill her shoes
Give her your vote, and you won’t sing the blues

The kicker: “And maybe some day when you’re old and gray, you’ll vote for Chelsea.”

As Miller wrote in the YouTube description, “A year ago he composed a campaign song for Hillary, recorded it on a ‘compact disc,’ and mailed it to her campaign team. He sadly never heard from her… Regardless of your political views you have to admit Jerry is the cutest and deserves a chance to meet Hillary.”

(h/t Digg)

TIME Food & Drink

This Graphic Shows How Many Hot Dogs It Takes to Win the Nathan’s Eating Contest

Nathan's Hotdogs
George Heyer—Getty Images Crowds outside Nathan's Famous hot dog stand on Coney Island, New York City, circa 1955

They scarf down a lot more than they used to

According to Nathan’s Famous lore, the first Fourth of July hot-dog-eating contest took place the very year the hot dog stand on New York’s Coney Island opened in 1916. The story goes that it began when four immigrants were trying to determine who was the most patriotic by scarfing the dogs. But there’s no proof that there was an organized contest until the 1970s– as the press agent Mortimer Matz told the New York Times and Nathan’s then acknowledged. So our tally of how many hot dogs it took to win the contest begins in 1972, when Nathan’s started keeping records. That year’s winner, Jason Schechter, ate 14 wieners—a number that’s puny by today’s standards. Current record-holder Joey Chestnut won his title by noshing a whopping 69 in 2013.

For your awe-filled—or vomit-tinged—enjoyment, scroll down to see how many frankfurters have been consumed by the winners of every Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest between 1972 and 2014. As for why the thing is at Nathan’s at all, here’s how TIME explained the importance of Nathan Handwerker’s beachside joint in 1960:

The spiritual home of the U.S. hot dog —and the world’s largest hot dog stand—is Nathan‘s Famous on Brooklyn’s Coney Island. To Nathan‘s gaudy green and white stands each summer flock many of the millions of visitors to Coney, gobbling up more than 200,000 hot dogs (at 20¢ each) on a weekend. Summer or winter, Nathan‘s never closes. Its customers have braved blizzards just to reach a Nathan‘s hot dog: it is a regular last stop for many early-morning survivors of Manhattan’s cafe society.

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