TIME People

This Paralyzed College Student Walked Across Stage at His Graduation

Chris Norton graduates at Luther College and walks across the stage to receive his diploma with the assistance of his girlfriend and a standing ovation from the crowd.
Aaron Lurth, Luther College Photo Bureau Chris Norton graduates at Luther College and walks across the stage to receive his diploma with the assistance of his girlfriend and a standing ovation from the crowd.

Doctors had given him a 3 percent chance of regaining movement below his neck

An Iowa college student left paralyzed after a sports injury during his freshman year thought he had little chance of ever regaining movement below his neck. Still, 23-year-old Chris Norton set a seemingly impossible goal: to walk across the stage at his graduation.

And on Sunday, Norton accomplished that feat after more than four years of physical therapy and some assistance from his fiancée, Emily Summers.

“My graduation walk was what I considered my game day or Olympic event,” the Luther College graduate told NBC News on Tuesday. “My full focus was to take the best steps I could possibly…”

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TIME fashion

Lilly Pulitzer Employee Posted Fat-Shaming Cartoons on Office Wall

While the plus-size line of its Target collaboration is only available online

A photo feature about the offices of fashion house Lilly Pulitzer has uncovered an uncomfortable detail: nestled among bright dress prints and fabric samples were some mean-spirited doodles.

The drawings, which an online New York article showed displayed on a wall in the Lilly Pulitzer offices, show two overweight women. On one, a caption says “Just another day of fat, white and hideous… you should probably just kill yourself.” The other is accompanied with the phrase, “Put it down, carb-face!”

A Lilly Pulitzer spokesperson said the illustrations were displayed by a lone member of staff but Twitter users erupted with outrage at cartoons many saw as fat-shaming:

“These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area,” says Jane Schoenborn, Lily Pulitzer’s Vice President of Creative Communications. “While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused.”

The kerfuffle comes a few weeks after some accused the designer’s new collaboration with Target of discriminating against plus-sized customers; while all sizes up to 14 are carried in stores, larger sizes are only available online.

 

 

TIME movies

Watch the Trailer for Sundance Favorite The Diary of a Teenage Girl

“This is for all the girls when they have grown”

“I wonder if anyone loves me that I don’t know about,” wonders Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) in the new trailer for The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a coming-of-age tale that won rave reviews at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Minnie has just had sex for the first time, and she is glowing. The world—which for Minnie is San Francisco in the 1970s—looks entirely different than it did the day before, everywhere a hint of the possibility for love. The only potential complication? She slept with her mother’s boyfriend.

The film offers the first major role for the British Powley, with the cast rounded out by Kristen Wiig as her mother and Alexander Skarsgård as their shared love interest. The trailer offers a glimpse of the film’s unique visual style, a color palate of 1970s-era yellows and browns blended with animation that appears to pay tribute to the eponymous graphic novel, by Phoebe Gloeckner, from which the film was adapted.

In an interview with Sundance, first-time director Marielle Heller explained that the film is not a “morality tale.” “We’re not trying to pass judgment on this relationship or this girl or what she’s going through,” she explained. “We’re just trying to show honestly what it feels like to be a teenage girl.”

The Diary of a Teenage Girl hits theaters Aug. 7.

MONEY Autos

This Car Safety Demo Went Terribly Wrong

The car may have lacked the auto-stopping feature

A demo for driver assistance features in a Volvo XC60 did not go as planned last week, when a dealer decided to test the system by driving into a group of onlookers expecting the vehicle to automatically stop.

Unfortunately, according to Volvo spokesperson Stefan Elfström, the car’s system is not meant to be used in this fashion and the vehicle barreled into observers. In the video, embedded below, viewers can see the Volvo slowly rolling backward, pausing, and then abruptly accelerating into two people watching the demonstration.

Luckily, both Volvo and the video’s description say the men seen here were bruised but not seriously hurt:

The original video, posted on Remolacha.net, suggests the car malfunctioned while trying to self-park.

However, Volvo tells MONEY the dealer in question was trying to demonstrate the XC60’s City Safety system, which helps avoid or mitigate rear end collisions with other vehicles at low speeds. This system is not able to detect pedestrians; the model in question lacked an optional $3,000 Pedestrian Detection system. But even if the vehicle had been equipped with a Pedestrian Detection system, the automaker says it still isn’t safe to deliberately drive into a group of people.

“In the video, the driver would anyway override any active safety system since he is actively accelerating towards to pedestrians,” explained Elfström in an email. “I would like to emphasize that Volvo Cars strongly recommends never to perform any tests towards real humans, only dummies or similar objects should be used.”

When asked whether the dealer who performed the demonstration would be disciplined, Elfström said Volvo has been “in contact with our sales representatives for this market and we are now looking into necessary actions to avoid something similar happening in the future.”

TIME language

Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Jeggings,’ ‘NSFW,’ and ‘Sharing Economy’

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The American dictionary added 1,700 new words to its ranks

Have you ever struggled to define exactly what WTF means when awkwardly responding to a curious grandparent? Well, flounder no longer. That acronym, along with about 1,700 new entries, have just been defined in Merriam-Webster’s latest update to their unabridged online dictionary.

The American reference provided a selection of the new words on its blog. Many embody our modern obsession with digital life (clickbait, NSFW, emoji). Others will teach future generations about the curious fashion choices of people living in the early 21st century (jeggings). And still others provide a linguistic term for our tendency to mishear Elton John lyrics as “Hold me closer, Tony Danza” instead of “Hold me closer, tiny dancer” (eggcorn).

Here are the definitions that the lexicographers at M-W came up with for this latest reflection of who English speakers are and what we care about:

WTF (abbrev.)
Definition: what the f—, used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion or bemusement.

NSFW (abbrev.)
Definition: not safe for work; not suitable for work, used to warn someone that a website, email attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment.

jeggings (n.)
Definition: a legging that is designed to resemble a tight-fitting pair of denim jeans and is made of a stretchable fabric.

photobomb (v.)
Definition: to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank.

eggcorn (n.)
Definition: a word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase either on its own or as part of a set expression.

meme (n.)
Definition: an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.

clickbait (n.)
Definition: something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink, especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest.

colossal squid (n.)
Definition: an extremely large squid occurring in deep waters of the Southern Ocean that is the largest known living invertebrate.

net neutrality (n.)
Definition: the idea, principle or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source or destination.

emoji (n.)
Definition: any of various small images, symbols or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc.

sharing economy (n.)
Definition: economic activity that involves individuals buying or selling usually temporary access to goods or services, especially as arranged through an online company or organization.

click fraud (n.)
Definition: fraud committed by clicking through an advertisement on a website multiple times to spuriously increase the cost to the advertiser.

dark money (n.)
Definition: money contributed to nonprofit organizations that is used to fund political campaigns without disclosure of the donors’ identities.

upcycle (v.)
Definition: to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item.

sriracha (n.)
Definition: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment.

twerk (v.)
Definition: sexually suggestive dancing characterized by rapid, repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks, especially while squatting.

vocal fry (n.)
Definition: a vocal effect produced by very slow vibration of the vocal cords and characterized by a creaking sound and low pitch.

Read More: Get Your Creak On: Is ‘Vocal Fry’ a Female Fad?

TIME celebrity

Keira Knightley Welcomes New Baby

The baby's gender still remains a mystery

Keira Knightley is a mom!

The Imitation Game actress and her husband, musician James Righton, welcomed their first child, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Although PEOPLE confirmed her pregnancy in December, the mom-to-be, 30, kept mum on the news, and let her baby belly speak for itself in the weeks leading up to award season.

But after stepping out several times in gowns that kept her bump under wraps, Knightley — who later joked her ‘waist had disappeared‘ — opened up about the perks of pregnancy while walking the Golden Globes red carpet in January.

“Luckily, I don’t have lipstick. I only have nuts in here. It’s the wonderful thing about being pregnant. You just need to make sure you have snacks. So this is a snack bag,” she told Entertainment Tonight of her clutch.

While Knightley and the Klaxons’ keyboardist, 31, opted to keep the sex a delivery surprise, the expectant actress admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that the thought of having a son was frightening.

“Somebody said to me the other day, the problem with boys is — sorry, this is horrible — but when you’re changing their nappies, you can get the wee in your face,” she said during a February appearance.

—Additional reporting by Mary Green

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Crime

Students Release 72,000 Ladybugs in School for Senior Prank

The suspects reportedly purchased the beetles online

Some pests set 72,000 ladybugs loose throughout a Maryland high school as part of a senior prank, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Five suspects wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts broke into Chopticon High School in Morganza, Md., at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday and released ladybugs purchased online in the hallways, while two waited in a car, authorities say.

Four suspects have been charged with burglary, property destruction and disruption of school activities, while the other three have been charged by criminal summons.

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s How to Make McDonald’s French Fries at Home

This recipe explains how to make those delicious, crispy fries without ingredients like citric acid

A few months ago, McDonald’s shared an inside look at how the chain makes its signature french fries. Now, thanks to this handy tutorial from PopSugar, you can make your own copycat snack at home.

It’s certainly a much more labor-intensive process than simply walking to the nearest McDonald’s location and buying some — but this way, you can make them without chemical additives like citric acid and sodium acid pyrophosphate. According to another McDonald’s video released earlier this year, the recipe contains 19 ingredients, but to make this at-home version, you just need potatoes, corn syrup, peanut oil, beef lard, water and salt. Oh, a decent knife will help too.

Watch the video tutorial above, and check out the full recipe here.

TIME Books

Nick Offerman on Gumption, Feminism and Getting Along

In Nick Offerman's second book, the 'Parks and Recreation' star explores how we might treat each other a little better

Nick Offerman is trying to differentiate himself from Ron Swanson, the carnivorous, libertarian patriot he played for seven seasons on Parks and Recreation. He’s shaved his facial hair and lost some weight with the goal of landing roles that allow him to tap into something other than an insatiable appetite for bacon. But Offerman’s latest project is neither a movie nor a television show. It’s a book, his second, and it’s as full of heart as Swanson’s face was full of mustache — which is to say, very.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, out May 26, tells the stories of 21 artists, politicians, writers and prominent figures who share what Offerman calls “a general sense of American pluck.” Some, like Benjamin Franklin and Carol Burnett, will be familiar to most readers. Others, like Thomas Lie-Nielsen — whose company, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Offerman calls the “Cadillac” of American hand tools — may be new to anyone who isn’t handy in the woodshop.

In his exploration of these 21 lives, Offerman touches on both the personal (hard work, tolerance and the joy of creating) and the political (gay rights, marijuana legislation and some of the more unsavory aspects of American history, such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans). But more than anything, he hopes to encourage readers to think about “how can we all continue to be more decent to one another.” Offerman applies this to things like how we talk about the pay gap between men and women, and the way religious principles are sometimes wielded in ways that, as he sees it, can hamper the quest for decency.

In his first book, the bestselling Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman mines his own experiences for meaningful (and humorous) advice. Here, he turns the focus on the lives of others, but with the similar goal of encouraging the reader to find some inspiration to live with more honesty, integrity and tolerance for the choices of others.

In conversation with TIME, Offerman talks about the eye-opening experience of moving from a small town to the big city, what feminism means to him and the plight of the American meat eater.

TIME viral

The Hilarious Jeopardy! Answer That Everyone Is Talking About

"It was either that or the Book of Mormon," the contestant later said

A contestant on Jeopardy! cracked up viewers nationwide Monday by guessing “What is Kinky Boots?” as an answer to a Final Jeopardy! question, “A Christian hymn & a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical.” Host Alex Trebek, however, was looking for the answer “Rock of Ages.”

In an interview online with contestants after the episode aired, viral sensation Choyon Manjrekar of Providence, R.I., explained, “Musicals aren’t exactly my forte…That’s the first thing that came to mind…It was either that or the Book of Mormon, but I guess that wasn’t a Jewish book…so I panicked and put down something…The moral of this story is bone up on musicals next time.”

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