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President Obama Poses With America’s First Couple

Commander-in-chief was granted an audience with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ask to get an autograph every now and then.

Mrs. West shared a photo on Instagram Friday with President Obama and Kanye – complete with a personal message from the Commander in Chief himself.

“To Kanye & Kim – Thanks for the support and best wishes to your lovely daughter!” the president wrote.

The picture was most likely taken in October, when the Wests met POTUS for a sit down at the White House.

#FBF POTUS

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

“Me and my wife met with President Obama two weeks ago,” Kanye Tweeted after the meeting.

Although no one knows what the threesome discussed, we’re guessing Obama refrained from calling the rapper a jackass … again.

This article was originally published on People.com

TIME Super Bowl 2015

You Can Watch All the Best Super Bowl Ads Right Here, Right Now

Why wait?

The Super Bowl might not be until Sunday, but you don’t have to wait to watch one of the most enjoyable part of the event, a.k.a. the ads. Companies including Budweiser and T-Mobile have released their spots ahead of the game—and whether they star adorable puppies or Kim Kardashian, they are pretty entertaining. TIME has compiled a list of the Super Bowl ads and teasers that you can watch ahead of the game. Companies spent upwards of $4.5 million for a 30-second slot.

 

  • Always

    Procter & Gamble condensed an ad — which redefines the phrase “Like a Girl” to be inspiring rather than insulting — that went viral this summer to become its minute-long Super Bowl spot. This is Always’ first time advertising in the pricey big game.

    Ad agency: Leo Burnett

     

  • Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light

    Bud Light created a life-size Pac-Man game for its ad “Coin.” The maze came complete with technicolor ghosts and everything.

    Ad agency: Energy BBDO

  • Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser

    Budweiser’s ad about an adorable lost puppy is an emotional roller coaster. Set to an acoustic version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), “Lost Dog” follows an 11 week old golden lab on a Homeward Bound-like adventure back home to his Clydesdale best friend.

    Ad agency: Anomaly

  • Avocados From Mexico

    Avocados might be considered a warm weather treat, but Avocados from Mexico decided that it was worth the $4.5 million fee to buy a 30-second spot to run in the end of the game’s first quarter. Spoiler alert: There’s a koala,

    Ad Agency: GSD&M

  • BMW

    Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel flashback to 1994, when they were wowed by the “Newfangled Idea” that was the internet from the comfort of another newfangled contraption: the BMW i3. The ad will play in the first quarter.

    Ad agency: KBS

  • Carnival Corp.

    The cruise line is letting viewers vote for what they want to serve as its first-ever Super Bowl ad. Here are some of the options:
    Ad agency: BBDO
  • Coca-Cola

    Coca-Cola said in a release that its ad will “tackle the pervasive negativity polluting social media feeds and comment threads across the Internet.” While the company hasn’t debuted the actual ad, it released a teaser starring Danica Patrick.

    Ad agency: Wieden & Kennedy

  • Doritos

    Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest is back for its ninth — allowing people to get their own 30-second ad into the big game. Two ads will air during the broadcast.

  • Dove Men+Care

    Dove tries to redefine masculinity in its 30-second ad, called “Real Strength.”

    Ad agency: The Marketing Arm

  • Esurance

    The above teaser indicates that Esurance’s big game ad will star Lindsay Lohan, in her biggest role in years.

    Ad agency: Leo Burnett

  • GoDaddy

    The above ad was what GoDaddy had intended to play during the Super Bowl. That is, until the internet erupted with criticism saying that the company condones animal cruelty and puppy mills — the site is about a lost dog who gets sold on a GoDaddy-created website. The company pulled the spot.

    GoDaddy will still advertise, we just don’t know what the ad will be.

  • Kia

    James Bond — err — we mean Pierce Brosnan stars in the 60-second Super Bowl ad to promote the 2016 Kia Sorento.

    Ad agency: David & Goliath

  • Lexus

    Apparently driving a Lexus turns indoor parking structures into clubs — complete with writhing backup dancers. “Make Some Noise” will air in the first half of the game.

    Ad agency: Walton Isaacson

  • McDonald’s

    McDonald’s Super Bowl ad touts a strange new payment service: Rather than supply cash, customers can buy fries with “Lovin.'”

    Ad agency: Leo Burnett

  • Mercedes-Benz

    The luxury car company’s ad is a re-imagining of Aesop Fables’ story The Tortoise and the Hare. Spoiler alert: The tortoise drives a “hare”-raising Mercedes and wins.

    Ad agency: Merkley+Partners

  • Michael Hill

    Rather than panning to diamonds, the Australian jeweler uses its 30-second commercial to show close-ups of peoples’ faces as they cry, smile, and stare in awe. The spot is called “What Would You Do For Love?”

  • Mophie

    Mophie, which makes smartphone cases and battery packs, made an ad that imagines what would happen if God’s smartphone ran out of batters. (Answer: Only bad things).

    Ad agency: Deutsch LA

  • Nationwide

    Nationwide hasn’t released its ad yet, but it did roll out a teaser in which Mindy Kaling turns into a super hero.

    Ad agency: McKinney

  • Nissan

    This might be the year of Super Bowl dad-vertising. After 18-years staying out of the game, Nisan is back with an ad that it created with YouTubers who have posted videos about dads and their families. The company released the above teaser for its “With Dad” campaign.

    Ad agency: TBWA/Chiat/Day

  • No More

    The NFL donated a 30 second slot for a PSA about domestic violence. The commercial shows a woman pretending to order a pizza when she is really calling 911, informing them that her abuser is with her in the house.

    Ad agency: Grey

  • Skittles

    We don’t know the specifics, but Skittles’ teaser implies that Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch will have something to do with it.

    Ad agency: DDB Chicago

  • Snickers

    Danny Trejo and Steve Buschemi take on the roles of a lifetime when they play Marcia and Jan Brady in Snickers’ hilarious Super Bowl ad.

    Ad agency: BBDO

  • T-Mobile

    T-Mobile will run two commercials in the Super Bowl this year. One will star “Kim Kardashian, Famous Person” in a faux PSA about a very serious issue: un-used data.

    “Data you paid for that could be used to see my makeup, my backhand, my outfits, my vacations and my outfits,” Kardashian says, as she’s shown taking selfies. “Sadly all lost. Please, help save the data.”

    Ad agency: Publicis

  • Toyota

    Toyota will run two ads in the game. One will star U.S. Paralympic Team snowboarder Amy Purdy:

    The other will honor dads. Here’s a teaser:

     

  • Victoria’s Secret

    Unsurprisingly, the lingerie store’s ad will feature models wearing lingerie. Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel star in the 30-second spot, which will run in the first quarter. It was created internally.

  • Weather Tech

    WeatherTech, which makes car mats, will be airing a Super Bowl ad for the second time. The 30-second commercial, which will be shown in the first half of the game, is called “America at Work.”

    Ad agency: Pinnacle Advertising

  • Wix.com

    The website development platform will air its ad in the fourth quarter of the game. The funny commercial imagines what football stars like Brett Favre and Terrell Owens will be up to when they retire from the NFL.

    We can’t wait for the premiere of Favre and Carve: Charcuterie.

    Ad agency: Committee LA

TIME Bizarre

Wrestler Kicked Out of Eating Contest For Hiding Chicken Wings in Fanny Pack

Wing Bowl 23
Professional wrestler Mick Foley participates in Wing Bowl 23 on January 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff—Getty Images

Show some respect for the Wing Bowl, people

If you’re unfamiliar, the Wing Bowl is a beautiful event held in Philadelphia each year — and by “beautiful event” we really mean “grotesque carnival of human gluttony.”

One participant in the annual chicken wing eating contest, retired wrestler Mick Foley, could not handle the pressure and was disqualified after he was found stuffing uneaten wings into his fanny pack, the Associated Press reports.

Foley long been a fan favorite at the annual event, which began in 1993. But this time around, he said he didn’t want to overstuff himself and get sick. “I didn’t want that to be my legacy,” Foley told the AP. “So I stretched the rules. I thought people would appreciate that, right here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!”

And for the record, the winner downed a record 444 wings in 26 minutes. God Bless America.

TIME Art

Seattle and Boston Art Museums Make the Most High-Brow Super Bowl Bet Ever

Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.7
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.7 Mike Agee—Clark Art Institute/Seattle Art Museum

These two paintings are on the line

This goes way beyond your office Super Bowl pool.

A pair of upper-crust art museums have made themselves a little painting wager over Sunday’s game: If Russell Wilson and his Seahawks win, then the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Mass., will have to fork over West Point, Prout’s Neck by Winslow Homer to the Seattle Art Museum for three months. Should Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come out on top, then Clark gets its hands on SAM’s Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt.

Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt
Albert Bierstadt (German, 1830–1902), Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast, 1870. Oil on canvas, 52 1/2 x 82 in. Seattle Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum, with additional funds from the General Acquisition Fund, 2000.70 Howard Gisk—Clark Art Institute

SAM Director Kim Rorschach told Artnews she wasn’t worried about Seattle’s odds.

“Look what happened in the championship game, how we pulled that out,” she said. “I’m totally confident that the Seahawks will prevail, no question in my mind.”

Correction: The original story incorrectly stated the owner of two artworks. The Clark Art Institute owns West Point, Prout’s Neck. The Seattle Art Museum owns Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.

[Artnews]

TIME animals

50% of Pennsylvanians Would Rather Be Represented by a Groundhog in Congress

Fur real

Punxsutawney Phil Makes Annual Forecast On Groundhog Day
Ready to lead? Jeff Swensen—Getty Images

Just in time for Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed 50% of Pennsylvanians think the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil “would do a better job than most current members of Congress.” Twenty-nine percent said he would not, and 21% were “not sure.”

Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement, “Americans have so little faith in Congress these days they’d rather be represented by a groundhog.”

The data suggests the rodent should get a new job, considering only 8% thought the animal seeing his shadow was a reliable indicator of how long winter would last.

The pollsters surveyed 1,042 registered voters in Pennsylvania between Jan.15 and 18. The margin of error for this poll is ± 3%.

Past entertaining PPP polls have showed Americans favor Ronald McDonald for president over Burger King, and that Republicans prefer olives as a pizza topping twice as much as Democrats.

Read Next: What’s the Point of Goofy Polls?

TIME Music

Here’s What Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ Sounds Like as a Soulful Indie Rock Song

'Take Me To Church' singer Hozier puts a new twist on the pop tune

Well, here’s something nobody was really expecting: a version of Ariana Grande’s smash hit “Problem,” but performed by indie rocker Hozier. (Who you might know from his own recent hit, “Take Me To Church.”)

The Irish musician turns “Problem” into less of a bubblegum pop tune and more of a soulful, guitar-heavy anthem full of chanting. And no, he does not even attempt Iggy Azalea’s verse.

It’s kind of weird, but also pretty good.

Read Next: Watch a Little Girl and Her Dad Dance to Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

TIME Internet

This Hilarious Video Calls Out Everyone Who Spends Too Much Time Texting at the Gym

These personal trainers know how to take the best photo of the best you

Ever feel like 20-somethings spend more time talking about being at the gym than actually breaking a sweat? Or if they break a sweat, maybe it is because a text message is taking too long to type out, or worse, they sent something to the wrong person.

Such is the inspiration for the hottest gym in town, “#@THEGYM,” a fake promotional video for a fitness center that caters to millennials who won’t put down their phones to lift a dumbbell. Features include “wall to wall mirrors so you can snap the best selfie,” a staff “with accredited personal trainers who know how to get the best shot of the best you” and an Apple Genius Bar, among other hilarious amenities.

As the narrator of the parody puts it, “Come for the workout, stay for the WiFi.”

(h/t Boing Boing)

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TIME Sports

Watch John Oliver Explain How Intimidating the Super Bowl Is to the Rest of the World

He thinks he'd get deported if he didn't watch it

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver loves to go on rants about everything from net neutrality to the Miss America pageant. As a guest on The Late Show Thursday, he launched into a much smaller-scale tirade about the upcoming Super Bowl.

It begins when David Letterman asks him if he’s been persuaded — since “brainwashed” isn’t the right word — into the Super Bowl way of life here in the U.S. “Oh, brainwashed is the right word, because I’m on a green card,” says Oliver, who’s from England. “And I think if I don’t watch the Super Bowl then I get ejected.”

Then Oliver goes on to explain how to him, the Super Bowl represents “Peak America” and how even though there are huge sporting events all over the world, this one is truly intimidating.

Read next: How the ‘John Oliver Effect’ Is Having a Real-Life Impact

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TIME celebrity

Ryan Gosling Becomes Even More Attractive When Attempting an Australian Accent

The actor made a cameo at a recent Australian awards show

Stars: they’re just like us! In the sense that they also embarrass themselves with goofy attempts at foreign accents. Take Ryan Gosling, who tried to talk like an Aussie as he crashed Russell Crowe’s speech at the recent Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

The two actors “attended” the ceremony through a live feed from the Los Angeles set of their upcoming film, The Nice Guys. The movie takes place during the 1970s, and it totally shows, because Gosling and Crowe are rocking some serious retro looks.

“G’day folks, how ya going,” Gosling says, attempting to fit in with all the Aussies in the crowd. It’s a pretty terrible accent, but he’s Ryan Gosling so he makes it charming.

“It’s okay, I’m honorary Australian,” he then assues Crowe. “I lived in New Zealand for like, two years.”

(h/t Elle)

TIME Food & Drink

Starbucks Is Making a Special Seahawks Frappuccino for the Super Bowl

The Seahawks Frappuccino debuts Friday in honor of the team playing in the Super Bowl. Starbucks

The beverage is blue and green in honor of the team's colors

Seahawks fans in Washington and Oregon now have one more high-calorie way to cheer on their team at the Super Bowl this weekend: with a Seahawks-themed Frappuccino.

Seattle-based Starbucks announced that the beverage was invented by an employee in Kent, Wash., who added blueberries to a vanilla bean crème Frappuccino, then topped it with green tea matcha-infused whip cream, reflecting the team’s colors.

Fans can get the drink at participating stores in those two states from Friday through Monday. But should the Seahawks lose the game, it’s hard to imagine the drink will be too popular on Monday morning.

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