TIME Business

‘Puff, The Magic Dragon’-Themed Restaurants Might Actually Happen

Peter Yarrow Performs At Barnes & Noble
Joe Corrigan—Getty Images Puff the Magic Dragon children's book is seen here at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on July 1, 2009 in New York City.

And merchandise

Steven Schussler, the businessman behind The Rainforest Café restaurant chain, has announced that his company Schussler Creative has acquired the worldwide licensing rights to develop restaurants and merchandise inspired by the eponymous 1963 hit by American folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary, according to a news release.

Written by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, the song also inspired an animated TV program and children’s book.

No word on whether these stores or restaurants will open in Colorado or Washington, where marijuana is legal for recreational use.

(h/t Grub Street)

TIME U.S.

Can You Guess the Meaning of These Scripps National Spelling Bee Words?

See if you can define the words that teenagers were able to spell

Spelling complicated words for the Scripps National Spelling Bee is hard enough, as this year’s co-champions Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam know. But if we give you the spelling, can you guess tricky words’ meaning by looking at them? We rounded up some of the hardest words from the 2015 bee to test you.

TIME society

Hooters Waitress Donates Kidney to Customer

The server was inspired to do so because her grandma recently died after her kidneys failed

This weekend, a Hooters waitress is donating a kidney to one of the restaurant’s regular customers, Atlanta news station 11 Alive reports.

Don Thomas lost kidney function due to cancer, and Mariana Villarreal, who works at the Roswell, Ga., franchise, was inspired to donate because her grandma recently died of kidney failure.

“I wasn’t able to do anything for my grandma,” she told 11 Alive, but “if [Don] can live two more years, happy as he’s ever been, that’s fine with me.”

It is not the first time a stranger has donated a kidney to someone in need. TIME recently reported that a woman found her kidney donor on Reddit. The successful transplant surgery took place in Augusta, Ga., and the two are now close friends.

Read next: How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

TIME celebrity

Taylor Swift Swag Saves Lives

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Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin—GC Images NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Taylor Swift is seen arriving back to her apartment in New York City on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Light-up bracelets from the singer's concert were useful after a car accident, according to teens

Bracelets designed to create a nifty visual effect during Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour are also apparently handy in emergency situations.

Teens who were in a car accident following Swift’s concert in Baton Rouge, La., last week reportedly used the light-up bracelets to alert passersby to their circumstances after the crash, according to WBRZ. A woman came to their aid after seeing the lights. “She could tell that there was someone in the car,” one of the passengers, Caroline Dazzio, told WBRZ.

Swift herself tweeted out the story saying, “This is unreal.”

The accident occurred after Elizabeth Dazzio, Caroline’s sister, fell asleep while driving. Avery Talbot—who describes herself as a friend of the teens, but who was not in the accident—explained how the situation unfolded on a blog post on Swift’s website via USA Today:

On her way home Daz unfortunately fell asleep while getting off the interstate and got stuck under a pole. It was almost 1 AM and pitch black and the girls and totaled car could not be seen. When the two girls in the back (Emma & Caroline) realized they could not receive help one of their Bracelets flashed. The Bracelet from the concert. It lit up. As you touch your bracelet post concert, it lights up and changes color. They started tapping the Bracelets to the windows & eventually a lady pulled aside to help and call 911. She said without those bracelets they probably would have not been seen. HOW AWESOME. Daz is doing good, but prayers are appreciated. A Taylor swift bracelet saved her life. Thanks Taylor!!!!

Here is an example of the bracelets in action at a concert:

TIME Sports

Husband and Wife Score Back-To-Back Hole-in-One Shots

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That's two aces for the happy couple

A husband and wife in Michigan claim they each made a hole in one back-to-back — at the same hole, no less — during a round of golf last weekend. The couple were playing at Ledge Meadows golf course in Grand Ledge, The Lansing State Journal reports.

After Tony Blundy hit his first hole-in-one as an amateur golfer, his wife Janet told him, “You’re gonna be really mad at me when I put mine in,” the Journal reports. According to Golf Digest, the odds of two amateurs in a foursome making a hole-in-one on the same day and on the same hole are 26,000,000 to 1.

Luckily, two “independent witnesses” — golfers at a nearby hole — saw the couple make these aces, otherwise, Tony said, “nobody would ever believe us.”

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s When You Should Really Be Drinking Your Coffee

It all comes down to science

Many coffee drinkers probably reach for their morning cup of joe immediately after waking up, but this video from AsapSCIENCE reveals that that’s not really the best idea if you want to maximize your levels of energy and alertness.

The main factors at play are your body’s circadian rhythm and the times when your body produces the hormone cortisol, which affects your level of alertness throughout the day.

The video’s narrator explains that 9 a.m. is probably the ideal time for most people to drink their coffee, because it’s right after your body’s peak cortisol production. Watch up top to learn more.

TIME celebrity

Mariah Carey Says She Will ‘Absolutely Not’ Return to American Idol

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"Pitting two females against each other wasn't cool"

Would Mariah Carey come back to American Idol in the show’s final season? “Hell no,” the singer said.

“Hell no, absolutely not, that was the worst experience of my life,” the former Idol judge said on an Australian radio show reports the The Wrap. “I’m not going to get into what it was, but let’s just say I don’t think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show.”

Carey’s time on the show was defined by the singer’s battles with fellow judge Nicki Minaj — let’s not forget the great Mean Girls war of 2013. Talk of the animosity between the stars began even before the season aired. (To relive those not-so-halcyon days, take a look at MTV’s timeline.) Back in 2013, Carey said her time on the show was “like going to work in hell with Satan.”

“Pitting two females against each other wasn’t cool,” she now has added. “It should have been about the contestants instead of some non-existent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness. I would never want to be involved with it again.”

So any potential judges reunion will probably be missing at least one alum.

TIME Music

This Swedish Band Released Music You Can Only Hear in the Woods

John Moose has specific plans for listeners of their pre-release album app

A folk band from Sweden called John Moose pre-released their first album on a mobile app that fans can only listen to from a forest.

The group’s website, where the album app can be downloaded for free, offers the following cryptic instructions: “Download the John Moose app and walk to the woods. Only there will the album be available for listening.” In an email to Rolling Stone the band explained, “The app uses Google Maps where forests have a specific green color. GPS coordinates are sent from the smartphone to a web service which scans the map through Google Maps Static API and uses a specific algorithm to determine if the user is in the woods ‘enough.'”

The band’s drummer Tobias Norén designed the geolocation feature to get listeners to think about nature, because the album is about a man who decides to remove himself from society and live in nature.

TIME celebrities

Kristen Bell Live-Tweets Hilariously Awkward Uber Ride

"It was full of surprises"

Uber horror stories get passed around like urban legends these days, so thankfully, Kristen Bell‘s was pretty innocuous.

It just happened to involve a Bon Jovi sing-along, and a man wearing a bulletproof vest.

Bell live-tweeted her entire experience, using the hashtag “#ubercarpool.” Read the story below, as it unfolded for her 1.79 million Twitter followers.

Thankfully, we’re all on the other side of this thrilling series of events safely. Hey, Kristen, maybe just let it go?

This article originally appeared on People.

TIME animals

Stressed Students Now Using Piglets to Calm Down

Nottingham Trent University has discovered the best way to ease tension during exams

Gone are the days when college students managed their anxiety by gorging themselves on bacon. Today’s university students would rather use pigs for cuddling.

Students at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. have organized an event for their peers to kick back and relax during exam season by spending a few minutes petting and playing with piglets, Mashable reports.

The organizers had a popular event last year featuring a puppy room to raise money for guide dogs. This year’s piglet room will raise funds for the same cause, and the seven piglets are joined by barnyard friends like two goats, a donkey and chickens. But most folks just seem excited about the #PigletRoom.

PIGLET 😍🐷🐷🐷 #pigletroom #ntu #Trent

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🐷 #pigletroom #wheresthecurlytail #ntu #ntsu

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My baby piggy playing sleeping lions #pigletroom @trentsu 🐯🐷

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[Mashable]


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