TIME Internet

New Google Doodle Honors Bartolomeo Cristofori, Inventor of the Piano

The May 4 Google Doodle is seen featuring its inventor Bartolomeo Christofori.
Leon Hong—Google The May 4 Google Doodle is seen featuring its inventor Bartolomeo Christofori.

Named for its ability to play "forte" (strong) and "piano" (soft)

Considered the “king” of musical instruments, the piano has proved a key vehicle for the genius of Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven and many other composing greats, which is why today Google is celebrating the 360th birthday of the instrument’s inventor, Bartolomeo Cristofori, with a new Doodle.

Already an accomplished musical instrument maker, Cristofori moved from the Northern Italian city of Padua, then part of the Venetian Republic, to Florence in 1690 at the behest of the famed Medici family. There he would eventually invent his masterpiece.

The piano was not a “voilà” ’invention — Cristofori’s first incarnation was built in 1709 but it took 17 more years before he created a version that encompassed all the elements of the modern day piano.

The piano was originally called the “gravicembalo col piano e forte” (harpsichord that plays soft and loud) in reference to the instrument’s ability to produce varying volumes based on how hard or soft the key is struck. But Cristofori’s greatest instrument was largely ignored in Italy and did not become well-known until after his death in 1731, when the Germans popularized it through articles in music dictionaries.

Monday’s Google Doodle features a figure of Cristofori playing a melody from Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and features a sliding scale that allows visitors to adjust the volume of the piano’s volume — much like the characteristic that gives the instrument its namesake.

TIME Food & Drink

This Is Chipotle’s Actual Guacamole Recipe. Enjoy!

But be warned: there are 230 calories in each 4 oz. serving

Not near a Chipotle? No matter. The Mexican fast-food chain posted its guacamole recipe on the web on Sunday, so now you can get that guac fix anytime.

2 ripe Hass avocados
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 jalapeño, including seeds (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp kosher salt


1. Choose the right avocado. It should feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand), and be a nice dark green color on the inside.
2. Cut the avocado in half and the remove the pit (carefully!)
3. Scoop the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
4. Toss and coat with lime juice.
5. Add the salt and using a fork or potato masher, mash until a smooth consistency is achieved.
6. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
7. Taste the guacamole (over and over) and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Source: Chipotle

TIME Crime

Police Found a Stoner’s Hilarious To-Do List

"Go home & get a stick"

When Australian police found the to-do list of a marijuana user while executing a search warrant, they decided to have a little fun at the stoner’s expense.

The Murdoch police posted the to-do list on Twitter, asking “Are ur Saturdays hectic like this”? The answer is probably no, since the list includes such pressing tasks as “Go home & get a stick” and then “chop up & get stoned.”

And for those of you wondering if this to-do list is real, the Murdoch police have a response:

TIME society

‘It Was Never a Dress’ Campaign Will Change How You See Bathroom Signs

It's not a dress—it's a cape

We’ve all seen the woman in the triangle dress that marks women’s bathrooms. But what if that triangle silhouette isn’t really a dress?

That’s the idea of the new campaign called It Was Never a Dress, which seeks to “shift perceptions and assumptions about women,” according to its website. Instead of a bulky frock, the people behind the campaign at software developer Axosoft instead see the bathroom woman wearing pants and a cape.

The idea is getting a lot of praise on Twitter:

So next time you go to a public bathroom, take note of the superhero on the door.

TIME animals

Man Punches Bear in the Face to Protect His Chihuahua

"Boom, I hit him hard"

We normally like to think of our dogs protecting us, but in this case, a man went to extreme lengths to protect his canine companion: he punched a bear that was trying to eat his Chihuahua.

Carl Moore, 73, saw a black bear trying to crawl into his yard in Meadow Vista, Calif. and nab his little dog, the LA Times reports. Moore is a former boxer, and those fighting instincts kicked in. Moore punched the bear in the face and it ran away.

“The man or beast that I run from ain’t been born,” Moore said in the below interview with CBS Sacramento, “and its mama’s already dead.”

TIME World

This Stunning Drone Footage Will Convince You Antarctica’s the Most Gorgeous Place on Earth

Precious few people ever get the chance to visit Antarctica, so allow this stunning eight-minute video to provide you with a rare glimpse of the remote region.

Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung and his crew shot this drone footage during a 20-day trip to Antarctica this past December/January. “We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica,” Ljung explains in the video description.

The resulting video is a breathtaking look at the region’s natural beauty. It captures an overwhelming feeling of isolation and stillness — but also captures some rare moments full of life, like a gently moving fishing boat and a family of whales.

We recommend watching this video in full-screen mode, and with the volume turned up, because it also features some very soothing music.

Read next: Antarctica May Have Just Set a Record for Its Hottest Day Ever

TIME Television

Here’s How Long It Will Take to Binge Watch the Internet’s Favorite TV Shows

From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Pretty Little Liars, these are the most talked-about shows on Twitter

Looking for some new shows to watch now that Broad City is over and you’ve already cycled through Friends on Netflix? Nielsen has created this handy infographic that calculates how long it will take you to binge watch some of television’s most popular shows, so you can plan accordingly.

The ratings service has created similar binging guides in the past, but this one uses social media data to pinpoint television that people have been tweeting about the most. So this way, you can plan to watch the shows other people are talking about — and then rapidly binge them so you can join the conversation.


As you can see, you’ll be able to get through some shows, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in one day if you apply yourself. But others will take a whole other level of commitment.

TIME celebrity

Watch Idina Menzel and James Corden Do Their Best Dirty Dancing Routine

You're in for a surprise

Idina Menzel belted out one of the biggest songs of 2014. Now, here’s her great rendition – with some unlikely help – of a classic hit from 1987.

The actress and singer, 43, visited The Late Late Show on Thursday night and joined James Corden for a surprise performance of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – that’s right, the classic Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes duet made famous in Dirty Dancing.

And they did some of that, too, though not quite to the sultry and acrobatic level of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Check it out above, as Menzel delivers a predictably awesome performance. Oh, and who knew James Corden could sing like that?

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Bizarre

Kirstie Alley Responds to ‘Christie Ally’ Bridge Scandal Confusion

The actress joked that she takes full responsibility

Friday in “No, The Nation’s Schools Are Doing Fine, Why Do You Ask?,” actress Kirstie Alley was trending on Twitter because people were misreading news headlines referring to a “Christie ally,” as in, an ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

And while the headline “Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in George Washington Bridge Lane-Closing Case” could conceivably be misinterpreted by people speed-reading through their various news feeds, that’s no reason to blame Alley.

The actress herself seems to be taking her newfound Twitter popularity in stride – and might not be as blameless as you might think.

“I take full responsibility!” the actress tells PEOPLE. “You see, I bought a new Aston Martin and wanted the whole freeway to myself to test drive and … oops.”

This article originally appeared on People.

TIME celebrity

Watch Hoda Kotb’s Extremely Enthusiastic ‘Baby Got Back’ Lip Sync

Also enjoy Michael Strahan performing Fergie's 'London Bridge'

In the latest episode of Lip Sync Battle, it was a battle of daytime TV hosts.

First up, Today Show host Hoda Kotb performed a rousing rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” She really committed, and included plenty of booty-centric dancing in her performance. Next, former NFL player and Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan took the stage to perform Fergie’s “London Bridge.” He clearly didn’t want to let Hoda one-up him, so he also showed off some suggestive dance moves. And a lot of hip gyrations.

As always, enjoy LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen swaying along in the background.

Read next: Mike Tyson Pushes It (Real Good) in Lip Sync Battle

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