TIME Bizarre

Watch This Guy Solve a Rubik’s Cube in 5.25 Seconds

Collin Burns broke the world record

A teenager has beaten the world record for fastest solution of a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube, completing the puzzle in just 5.25 seconds.

Although the World Cube Association (WCA) has not yet updated its website, it confirmed to Mashable that the young man, Collin Burns, is the new record-holder. Burns completed the task at an official WCA event in Doylestown, Penn. The previous champion was Mats Valk of the Netherlands, who unscrambled a cube in 5.55 seconds.

[Mashable]

TIME fashion

What To Wear on Your Vacation to Cuba

Inspiration from a 1950s LIFE photo shoot on Cuba's beaches

Since travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba were eased in January, Americans have begun plotting to visit the country before outside influence threatens to dull its history. Though American travelers need a reason other than tourism to make the trip—business or family visits, for example—that doesn’t mean many haven’t already yanked the suitcase from the closet and started digging for the passport.

But what to wear once you arrive on the island’s pristine beaches? These beach fashions from a 1950s LIFE photo shoot in Cuba are a good place to start. Gordon Parks took the photos in 1958, the year before American imports to Cuba ceased and, consequently, the year of a good portion of the Cadillacs and Thunderbirds that still cruise Havana streets. With its vibrant colors and flattering cuts, this beachwear is prime for a comeback—perhaps with the exception of the technicolor Pippi Longstocking wigs.

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

TIME Science

One Direction Fans Don’t Worry! Stephen Hawking Says Zayn Is Still with the Band

Stephen Hawking attends "Interstellar Live" at Royal Albert Hall on March 30, 2015 in London, England.
Dave J Hogan—Getty Images Stephen Hawking attends "Interstellar Live" at Royal Albert Hall on March 30, 2015 in London, England.

Unfortunately for the distraught masses, it's in another universe

To the relief of millions of teenage girls, Stephen Hawking has weighed in on Zayn Malik leaving One Direction.

A 3D hologram of the Cambridge University physicist and professor was beamed into the Sydney Opera House Saturday for a talk on the mysteries of the universe, his diagnosis with A.L.S., and the future of our planet, reports Buzzfeed.

After the lecture, one audience member asked, “What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?”

And Hawking’s response was genius.

“Finally, a question about something important,” he said. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes.”

“It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe — and in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.”

Hawking went on to say that, “this girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married.”

Stephen Hawking just became the most unlikely mender of broken hearts.

[Buzzfeed]

TIME technology

Watch This Guy Spray-Paint His Apple Watch to Make It Gold

Casey Neistat's latest video on the latest trend

The gold Apple Watch, like the one Beyoncé was recently seen wearing, probably costs more than you’re willing to spend. Casey Neistat, a filmmaker and YouTube star, had the same thought. So instead of buying one that way, he got a little creative.

Neistat found some gold spray paint, took the straps off the watch then taped off its face and back. Then, he carefully sprayed on both sides. Afterward, when he took the tape off and put the straps back on, the difference didn’t seem too noticeable from the real thing. But perhaps he shouldn’t show it off to jewelry experts; they’re likely to see something’s not quite right.

TIME celebrity

‘The Mountain’ From Game of Thrones Wants to Be the World’s Strongest Man

He finished second in the competition last year

It turns out Hafthor Bjornsson’s role as “The Mountain” on Game of Thrones isn’t the only time he gets to display his extraordinary feats of strength. The 440-pound Icelandic giant is currently competing in Malaysia to earn the title of World’s Strongest Man.

Bjornsson is no newcomer when it comes to strength competitions. He finished second in the World’s Strongest Man competition last year and, according to his profile on strongman.org, he excels at truck pulling.

From throwing “Norse Hammers” to carrrying enormous tires, many of Bjornsson’s feats of strengths at this year’s competition have been captured on video.

Read next: Game of Thrones Piracy Reaches Record High

TIME Bizarre

Man Sidetracked by Tater Tots During Suspected Robbery Attempt

The man was awoken when a woman tried to escape her home, police say

A suspected burglary attempt in California went awry last week when authorities say the man got side-tracked by, of course, tater tots.

A homeowner in Petaluma went downstairs Thursday afternoon and found an unfamiliar man, identified by police as James Adams, asleep on her sofa after he apparently enjoyed a snack of frozen tater tots, the San Fransisco Chronicle reports. After calling the police, she tried to leave her house but accidentally awoke the man.

Adams, 44, who was said to have a long criminal history, was apprehended by authorities as he tried to leave the yard.

[SF Chronicle]

TIME Cancer

New Documentary Chronicles One Dad’s Effort to Honor His Son’s Short Life

ThatDragonCancer.com

"The game has given me a way to grieve and mourn"

When a Colorado man’s one-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010, he decided to create a video game that would both honor his son’s life and give others a peek into the family’s reality of living with a child who would die too young.

Ryan Green told TODAY that his game, called That Dragon, Cancer and set in the family’s house and with hospital scenes, would help his family remember Joel and prompt a larger discussion about death and mourning. The game’s website states it allows players to”relive memories, share heartache, and discover the overwhelming hope that can be found in the face of death.” Poems and spiritual messages appear throughout the game, Green said, and it even includes Joel’s laugh.

Joel died in March 2014 at age 5, but Green continues to spread his message. The documentary Thank You for Playing, which screened this month at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the making of the game, which is due to be released later this year.

“Life moves on,” Green, who lives with his wife and four other children, said. “The game has given me a way to grieve and mourn. We have been open with the kids and when grief strikes, we can talk about it.”

TIME animals

This Sneaky Turtle Just Photobombed a Group Picture in the Philippines

Is this the cutest photo-bomb of all time? Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment
Whitehotpix/ZUMAPRESS.com Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment.

Call it photo-shelled

A sea turtle managed to photobomb a group of swimmers in the Philippines earlier this month, launching itself squarely in the frame of a group shot.

“We were posing for a group photo at Apo Island when this sea turtle surfaced to breathe and photo-bombed!” Diovani de Jesus, who took the shot, explained on his blog. “This is a reminder that humans and creatures like this gentle [sea turtle] can co-exist,” he added, saying the shallow area”is a feeding ground for sea turtles.”

Many sea turtles are endangered, as they are often poached for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, and are also harmed by climate change and habitat destruction, the Huffington Post noted.

TIME relationships

This Elderly Couple That’s Finally Getting Married Will Restore Your Belief in Love

Better late than never

This couple certainly didn’t rush into marriage.

George Kirby, 102, and Doreen Luckie, 91, are finally tying the knot shortly after Kirby’s upcoming 103rd birthday. The English couple has been together for 27 years, and after much pressure from their elderly children, they have finally decided to get serious.

“I didn’t get down on one knee, because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up,” Kirby said, the Telegraph reports.

The pair lives in a hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and met in 1988 through an organization that helps seniors find friends. Kirby is a former boxer, physical education instructor, restaurant manager and gardener; Luckie spent much of her life as a typist.

See the couple in an interview here.

[Telegraph]

 

TIME animals

Miniature Dachshund Rescued After 2 Weeks Underground

Dachshund Rescued
Matt Riedl—AP Lucy, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund, at her Derby, Kans. home April 22, 2015.

The Kansas dog literally dug herself into a hole

Lucy is one lucky pooch.

The miniature dachshund has been rescued two weeks after accidentally digging herself underground in Derby, Kansas, and getting trapped underneath a concrete slab, the Wichita Eagle reports.

The dog, which was let out in the yard each day by owner Rebecca Felix and her husband, dug a hole in the ground and then turned and burrowed for 4 feet beneath a concrete slab supporting an air conditioning unit.

After two weeks of searching for the dog, the couple heard a quiet bark and called 911 to rescue her.

“It really is a miracle that God gave me back Lucy right before her birthday, and if she could talk, we’d be able to write a book about it,” Felix said of Lucy, who turned 4 years old hours after she was rescued.

[Wichita Eagle]

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