Body Image

Beyoncé Wants You to Tell the World What ‘Pretty’ Means

Beyoncé is pretty great at inspiring people to start hashtags —just think #serfbort and #iwokeuplikethis — but with the announcement today of her inclusion in this year’s TIME 100 and the exclusive premiere of the official video for “Pretty Hurts” on TIME.com, she’s decided to mint her very own. The superstar is asking fans to define the word pretty by posting photos that represent what the word means to them using the hashtag #WhatIsPretty.

Check out a few choice submissions below (if you like selfies and Beyoncé photos, you’re in luck).

Sports

You Will Never Know Joy Like This Adorable Little Kid at a Hockey Game

He is positively giddy when player Jordin Tootoo gives him his stick

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Hockey player Jordin Tootoo failed to make the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff roster and was recently sent to the team’s AHL affiliate, but he seems to be maintaining a pretty good attitude nonetheless.

While walking to the locker room during a recent game, Tootoo spotted a young fan and completely made the kid’s night (or week, or probably his entire life) by letting him keep his hockey stick. Seriously, has anyone else ever known euphoria like this?

Meanwhile, though, another young fan (who you’ll notice in the top right corner of the video) is just looking for a high-five, and Tootoo totally leaves him hanging. That boy’s complete and utter despair kind of cancels out this other kid’s unadulterated joy, reminding us once again that the world is a dark place and life is ultimately pointless and nothing really matters. Bye.

Appreciation

This Is the World’s Most Accurate Depiction of IKEA

And now we just want some meatballs

If you’ve ever set foot inside an IKEA, then you know that this is a spot-on representation of the store’s layout:

Blueprint of Ikea

 

This Weatherman Can’t Stop Laughing

Yes, the weather is laughable

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For certain parts of the country, the weather this year has been completely laughable. (Avert your eyes, Los Angeles dwellers.)

Between the unseasonable cold spells, unending downpours and serious lack of spring weather, it should come as no surprise that the meteorologists are starting to crack up a bit under the pressure of reporting rain, rain, snow in April, and then some more rain.

At least that’s why we assume WGRZ’s weatherman Andy Parker broke into a three-minute long giggle fit while trying to report the weekly weather forecast on Tuesday.

If you can’t laugh at the terrible weather, what can you laugh at? Oh right, this.

MORE: The 10 Best Viral Weather Forecast Videos

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Dating

LoveRoom And Other Apps That Should Be Reality Shows

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The folks who created the 'Tinder of AirBnB,' are now casting a reality TV show about hooking up with renters. But why stop there? Here are 6 more app mash-ups that would make great TV

Reality shows have been putting humans together in twisted ways for more than a decade now, but like everything else, apps are now involved. LoveRoom is like the demon love child of Airbnb and Tinder; the premise is that hosts can use this social platform to rent out their spare rooms to hotties who just might have sex with them. And if its creators have their way, some of these antics will be fodder for broadcast TV.

To be clear, LoveRoom doesn’t have any official relationship with either AirBnB or Tinder, but they might as well be family. This mash-up of 21st century convenience apps is casting its own reality show founder Joshua Bocanegra told BetaBeat. An announcement on LoveRoom’s website says the show is seeking “sexy singles” with “dynamic personalities” who are “looking for love — or maybe just a hookup — in their cities.” (Which is of course way different from all the reality shows who want to cast people with boring personalities who hate sex.)

Bocanegra didn’t reveal which production company he’s working with, or any other details of the show, but he did say that the show would be “on national television” by October even though the concept hasn’t been picked up by a network yet. Sounds a little sketchy on the details, but that didn’t stop us from thinking of other app pairings that could make the leap to reality TV.

1. Words With Friends + Coffee Meets Bagel = LoveLetters

The app would sync your Words With Friends challengers with daily romantic matches from Coffee Meets Bagel. The reality show could be a couples Words With Friends round-robin tournament where contestants with dynamic personalities and large vocabularies have to choose between love and victory.

2. CandyCrush + Venmo = CandyCost

CandyCrush is already supremely addictive, but what if you could win cash? CandyCost the app would match users against specific players so you could put real money on the table (if that were legal.) The reality show can place 20 drama-loving contestants on a deserted island and them face-off on high-stakes CandyCrush games. Think Survivor meets the Player Channel.

3. Hinge + Kindle = Book of Love

The app would set you up with friends of friends who are reading the same chapter of the same book. The reality TV show would be the Oprah’s Book Club of love. Everyone would have to take a reading quiz at the end of each episode, and the person with the lowest score gets eliminated. Oh, and everyone has to wear bathing suits the whole time.

4. Seamless + FourSquare = FoodSquare

The app would tell you which friends are close by and want to split a food order with you. The reality TV show would feature 20 contestants who battle to agree on what to order for dinner. The hitch is that each contestant has a food allergy, but nobody knows about anybody else’s allergies.

5. Instagram + Epicurious = InstaCulinary

The app would tell you how to make the food you see on Instagram. The TV show would make amateur chefs compete to prepare food found on celebrity Instagrams. Then the celebrities would taste the food to select the winner each episode.

6. SnapChat + Grindr = SnapR

Obviously this app would feature raunchy pictures that disappear. The reality TV show would be like one of those memory card games where contestants have to match the body part to the owner. Then they compete to find true love with a sensitive partner who appreciates them for who they are.

 

 

 

 

 

Sports

Watch a Red Sox Player Giveth a Ball to a Child, Then Watch an Adult Taketh It Away

Rude

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Boston Red Sox short stop Xander Bogaerts tossed a ball to a young boy in the stands, but an adult standing next to him reached over and grabbed it before he could catch it during last night’s game against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, SportsGrid reports.

As the sports blog notes, if the adult was not with the child to begin with, we can only hope that he gave the ball to the child afterwards. The Internet loves to hate these kinds of moments. “Evil woman” is what the web users called a woman who did the same thing to a little girl at the Houston Astros Minute Maid Park based on a 2011 YouTube video.

More recently, after seeing how happy this little boy was after a man handed him a foul ball that he caught at a San Francisco Giants-Colorado Rockies game in Denver Monday, there’s really no other choice.

Food & Drink

Here’s an Extremely Realistic 400-Pound Cake Replica of Wrigley Field

In honor of the Chicago ballpark's 100th anniversary

We assume the Cubs are celebrating Wrigley Field’s centennial by drinking a whole lot of booze, but they’re also going to be eating a whole lot of cake.

Buddy Valastro, also known as New Jersey’s “Cake Boss,” created a 5-foot-by-5-foot cake replica of the famed Chicago stadium to celebrate the occasion, the Chicago Tribune reports. It took a team of four bakers six days to complete the creation, which weighs in at 400 pounds.

Behold:

Seriously, look at that detail:

It’s probably delicious, but it’s a shame to take a knife to such a beautiful work of art. Oh man, isn’t everything wonderful in life so fleeting? Now we’re just sad. Oh well. Happy 100th birthday or whatever, Wrigley.

 

Bizarre

The Cool New Way to Get High Is Apparently To Rub Burt’s Bees Lip Balm On Your Eyelids

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It's called "Beezin"

Apparently, the youths have found yet another bizarre and probably unsafe way to alter their mental states.

Oklahoma City’s Fox-25 reports that teens are now getting a new kind of “buzz” by applying Burt’s Bees lip balm to their eyelids. Naturally, they’re calling it “Beezin” and apparently it adds to the experience of already being drunk or high by adding an additional tingling sensation. Others say it keeps them alert.

But like, why did the youths choose Burt’s Bees?

It’s the peppermint oil that’s causing the burning sensation and I suppose some people think that is kind of funny,” Dr. Brett Cauthen at Today Clinic told Fox-25.

Yeah, funny until you get pink eye, dude! Then no one will want to hang out with you because you’re that weirdo with red swollen eyes.

If you don’t believe that “Beezin” is a real thing, then allow this video to convince you:

(h/t Gawker)

selfies

Woman Gets Plastic Surgery So She Can Look Better in Selfies

Selfie-harm?

Triana Lavey, a talent manager in Los Angeles, used filters to make her selfies look perfect. But she was tired of having to use filters at all and decided to step up her selfie game by getting plastic surgery. She “didn’t like the face staring back at her in Skype chats or on Facebook,” she told ABC News.

After undergoing surgery that included additions to her cheekbones and chin (which Lavey considered a particular problem) as well as a nose job and fat grafts, she was happy with the results. Laney then uttered the slightly dystopic line that should make us pause and consider what selfies are actually doing to us: “I feel like I look like myself, but Photoshopped,” she said.

Lavey is motivated by business concerns—Botox is a job expense. “Your selfie is your headshot,” she argues. “Your social media presence is just as important as your real-life presence.” Sure, models and celebrities have altered their bodies for a century to look good for their audiences, but now we’re making those alterations for images that we take of our own volition.

No one is forced to take selfies, but the preponderance of selfie culture inspires a heightened self-consciousness of our personal images online. Lavey was worried about how her face looked in Instagram and Facebook photos, so she changed it. The motivation is logical, to an extent, but it’s worth questioning why she had that thought in the first place.

It might be because with social media, we have all become celebrities with audiences we have to placate, snapping more selfies and sending more updates. As Lavey’s case shows, selfies aren’t so much about ourselves, but other people.

VIDEO: Obama Met a Robot on His Tokyo Trip

The revolution has begun

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It’s finally happened: The President has gone head-to-head with a robot.

President Barack Obama played soccer against a ASIMO, a very lifelike robot created by Honda, at the Natural Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on Thursday.

Despite sharing some friendly conversation and bowing to one other out of respect, Obama later confessed to the Associated Press that “the robots were a little scary. They were too life-like.”

MORE: Smooth Moves: The History and Evolution of Honda’s ASIMO Robot

 

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