TIME nation

Man Arrested After Police Find Marijuana in Container Marked ‘Not Weed’

It was in a sour cream container under the front passenger's seat

Nebraska police arrested a 21-year-old man from Lincoln after finding 11.4 grams of marijuana in a container marked “Not Weed” underneath the front passenger’s seat of a car, the Associated Press reports via the Lincoln Journal Star. The driver, who admitted the pot in the 16-ounce sour cream container belonged to him, was cited for possession, though the sheriff’s office said the three passengers in the car were “not under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” according to the newspaper.

TIME World

Two Men Built This 30-Foot Tunnel in Toronto as a ‘Man Cave’

File photo of a ladder leading to a 33-foot-long tunnel supported using lumber which was found in Toronto
Reuters A ladder leading to a 33-foot-long tunnel supported using lumber found in Toronto on Feb. 24, 2015.

They just wanted to dig a cave to hang out, police say

Two men dug a secret 30-foot tunnel in Toronto as a “man cave,” police said Monday.

The tunnel discovered last week near a university campus led to an investigation by police that found the pair, both in their twenties, had built it with no criminal intent.

“It is simply two guys who just wanted to dig a cave,” said Toronto police spokesman Victor Kwong, according to CBC News. “They just wanted to dig a cave to hang out.”

No charges have been filed and the investigation is considered complete, police said. The police said the two unnamed men didn’t have formal engineering training, making the scale of the tunnel an impressive feat. It measures about 30 feet long, six feet tall and three feet wide.

TIME celebrity

This Mashup Proves Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Style’ Sound Exactly the Same

Both are tracks from her album 1989

A mashup produced by SoundCloud user DJ Dwibbit shows how Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and “Style” almost sound like the same song and were definitely meant to be played simultaneously in a DJ’s dream mix.

In the ultimate Christmas present, the Grammy-winning pop star tweeted days after the holiday that she was “OBSESSED” with another mashup of the two tracks from her latest album performed by musicians Louisa Wendroff and Devin Dawson.

(h/t Digg)

TIME viral

This Brave Soul Strapped Mentos to His Body and Jumped in a Bathtub Filled With Coke

It's kind of like a DIY jacuzzi.

Type Diet Coke and Mentos into YouTube’s search engine and you’ll be rewarded with more than 150,000 videos of people recording themselves getting into a sticky situation with this amateur science experiment.

The most recent variation on the theme involves a teenager spending his free time filling his bathtub with Coke Zero, taping Mentos all over his body and then jumping into the tub. He recorded the event and it’s a fascinating study in science, DIY Jacuzzi tub making and the extremes to which some people will go to amuse themselves.

Don’t try this at home, kids, because the one thing this video doesn’t show is the young man trying to clean up the bathroom after this experiment.

TIME weather

Coolest Dad Ever Builds Homemade Luge Track For His Kids

One of the few great things about winter

Everyone knows that horrible winter weather is actually really awesome if you’re a kid. (Think sledding, snowman building, school cancellations and not having to worry about digging your car out of the snow.)

But one dad in New Jersey made winter even better for his young children by constructing a homemade high-speed sledding track. It’s pretty simple — and not quite as elaborate as the Olympics-themed backyard luge track one dad made last year — but it’s still awesome and his kids seem pretty into it.

He’s not like a regular dad, he’s a cool dad.

TIME viral

Watch a Skydiving Instructor Save a Man Having a Seizure in Midair

A man who survived a seizure while skydiving from 12,000 feet in Australia said he spent 30 seconds unconscious in free fall before his instructor saved him.

Christopher Jones described the “scariest moment” of his life in a video published on YouTube on Sunday.

Jones can be seen convulsing about halfway through the two-minute clip that was published under the YouTube account “Nomadic Adrenaline…”

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TIME Photojournalism Links

The 10 Best Photo Essays of the Month

A compilation of the 10 most interesting photo essays published online in February, as curated by Mikko Takkunen

This month’s Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world, including Stephanie Sinclair‘s work on child and underage brides in Guatemala in the latest installment of her decade-long project spanning 10 countries to document the issue of child marriage around the world. In Guatemala, over half of all girls are married before 18, and over 10% under 15. Many girls marry men far older than themselves, end up withdrawing from school and become mothers long before they are physically and emotionally ready. Sinclair’s powerful pictures and accompanying video capture Guatemalan girls trying to come to terms with the harsh realities of early motherhood, especially for those who have been abandoned by their husbands.

Stephanie Sinclair: Child, Bride, Mother (The New York Times) See also the Too Young To Wed website.

Sebastian Liste: The Media Doesn’t Care What Happens Here (The New York Times Magazine) These photographs capture a group of amateur journalists trying to cover the violence in one of the largest urban slums in Brazil, Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro.

Ross McDonnell: Inside the Frozen Trenches of Eastern Ukraine (TIME LightBox) The Irish photographer documented the Ukrainian soldiers in the week preceding the most recent, fragile cease-fire.

Sergey Ponomarev: Pro-Russian fighters in the ruins of Donetsk airport (The Globe and Mail) Haunting scenes of the Pro-Russian held remains of Donetsk airport.

Alex Majoli: Athens (National Geographic) The Magnum photographer captures the people of Greece’s struggling capital for the magazine’s Two Cities, Two Europes feature on Athens and Berlin.

Gerd Ludwig: Berlin (National Geographic) Ludwig documents Germany’s booming capital for the magazine’s Two Cities, Two Europes feature on Athens and Berlin.

John Stanmeyer: Fleeing Terror, Finding Refuge (National Geographic) These photographs show the desperate conditions facing Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Edmund Clark: The Mountains Of Majeed (Wired RawFile) The British photographer’s latest book is the Bagram Airfield U.S. Military base in Afghanistan, which one held the infamous detention facility. Also published on TIME LightBox.

Sarker Protick: What Remains (The New Yorker Photo Booth) This moving, beautiful series documents the photographer’s grandparents. The work was recently awarded 2nd Prize in the Daily Life stories category in the World Press Photo 2015 contest.

Muhammed Muheisen: Leading a Double Life in Pakistan (The Washington Post In Sight) The Associated Press photographer captures a group of cross-dressers and transgender Pakistani men to offer a glimpse of a rarely seen side of the conservative country.

TIME U.S.

You Can Now Buy a Huge Chunk of a Town Featured in Walking Dead

This deal could be a no-brainer

The former mayor of a town in rural Georgia town is using eBay to sell the downtown district featured on AMC’s hit television drama Walking Dead.

In an effort to leverage the new found fame of Grantville, Ga., Jim Sells is hoping to find a buyer for up to nine buildings, totaling 25,000 square feet, to help revitalize the area. His asking price is $680,000.

Sells prominently advertises the town’s attractiveness to the television and film industry on eBay.

“We have people coming from all over the world because of The Walking Dead,” he told USA Today.

The former textile town had fallen on tough times, with many residents leaving to find better jobs, creating the post-apocalyptic feel that the makers of Walking Dead found so attractive.

Sells bought the properties out of foreclosure during the recession and set to renovating the dilapidated zone.

Walking Dead, currently in its fifth season, is one of the most popular shows on television and follows a beleaguered cast of characters as they search for safety from a world inhabited by zombies.

TIME celebrity

21 Things You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Justin Bieber

They grow up so fast

Justin Bieber turns 21 years old today, but it seems like he’s been around forever. But how well do you really know the Biebs? (If you’re a responsible grownup, we’re betting, not as well as you think you do.) Read these 21 facts about the Canadian pop sensation, and you’ll be a Belieber in no time.

1. He’s the first solo artist to have four Top 40 singles before even releasing an album.

2. He is the youngest artist to have five number-one albums in the U.S.

3. He delayed the start of his Jan. 7, 2013 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, because he was visiting a 7-year-old girl with leukemia in the hospital.

4. He likes the movie The Notebook.

5. In its review of Bieber’s 3D concert film and documentary, Never Say Never (2011), New York Magazine described him as “a bland, pious, profoundly unthreatening little Furby of a pop idol.” The film grossed nearly $100 million worldwide.

(MORE: How the Internet Made Justin Bieber a Star)

6. Smallville and Friends are his favorite TV shows.

7. He loves Disneyland, and has visited it on a romantic Valentine’s Day date with former main squeeze (and Disney star) Selena Gomez and to perform at the 2011 Disney Christmas Parade.

8. Jeremy Bieber, his father, is a former MMA fighter.

9. T.G.I. Friday’s is Justin’s favorite restaurant. Sorry, Tim Hortons.

10. He likes the cereals Cap’n Crunch Berries and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

11. His haircuts have cost up to $750, one gossip publication claims. That’s one thing he and John Edwards have in common.

12. While R&B singer Usher famously helped launch Bieber’s career, he did initially turn him down, which meant the youngster was free to consider a partnership with another singer — Justin Timberlake — until Usher watched his videos and had a change of heart.

13. He and Kanye West are bros. Kanye teamed up with Wu Tang’s Raekwon for a surprisingly palatable version of Justin’s hit “Runaway Love.”

14. With more than 35.1 million followers, Justin became the most-followed person on Twitter on Jan. 21, 2013 — beating Lady Gaga. Now he boasts more than 60 million, but Katy Perry now holds that title with over 65 million. He still has more Twitter followers than the population of his native Canada. We can see why:

15. If he could do any other job, he would be an architect.

16. His favorite word is #swag. Or at least we think so because he uses it constantly.

17. His favorite website is FreeTypingGame.net

18. He has a fair number of tattoos for a 21-year-old, including: an owl and the word “Believe” on his left arm, a crown and Roman numerals on his chest, a bird on his hip and Jesus tattoos on ribcage and his left calf.

19. Before he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2013 (and apologized for smoking pot), his first appearance on the show involved performing in a “Church Lady” sketch with comedian Dana Carvey. Carvey debuted the character on SNL in 1986 — eight years before Bieber was even born.

20. In his backstage dressing room, he has been said to request three packages of white lo-rise tube socks—one in size XS and two in size L—as well as one XS mens white crew neck T-shirt and one in size L, according to The Smoking Gun.

21. His favorite sandwich is tomato and mayo on Wonder Bread.

This article was first published on March 1, 2013, and the statistics in the piece have been updated.

TIME relationships

Couple Married for 67 Years Die Together While Holding Hands

Couple Dies Holding Hands
Cynthia Letson—AP In this March 2014 photo provided by Cynthia Letson, Floyd and Violet Hartwig pose together in a yard in Easton, Calif.

"They wanted to go together," said the couple's daughter. "It was meant to be that way."

In the end, this couple, who were married for 67 years, got their wish of wanting to die together, surrounded by family.

Floyd, 90, and Violet Hartwig, 89, from Fresno, California, got married on Aug. 16, 1947, and died at home on Feb. 11 while holding hands, according to theFresno Bee.

Their family noticed something was wrong when their synchronized breathing stopped. Floyd died first, and Violet followed five hours later.

“They wanted to go together,” Donna Scharton, the couple’s daughter, told the newspaper. “It was meant to be that way.”

Violet had dementia for the last few years, and the family noticed a decline in her health over the holiday season, reported ABC News. Then, in January, Scharton got a call from Floyd’s doctor telling her that her father had kidney failure and two weeks to live. At that point the family decided to put them in hospice together.

When they noticed Floyd had passed, they pushed their hospice beds together.

“They weren’t fancy,” Scharton says. “They were just decent people that were always committed to each other, no matter the situation.”

The couple had three children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

“They never, ever asked for anything,” Scharton says. “All they ever wanted was their family, and it was amazing that they got that in the end.”

This story was originally published in People.com

 

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