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You Can Now Grope Benedict Cumberbatch’s Waxy Figure at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Unveil New Wax Figure Of Benedict Cumberbatch
The unveiling of the new wax figure of Benedict Cumberbatch at Madame Tussauds Fred Duval—FilmMagic

"What a weird and wonderful compliment," said the Sherlock and Imitation Game star

Benedict Cumberbatch’s beautiful, waxy figure debuted at Madame Tussauds London on Tuesday, and we have to admit that we’re a little concerned. After all, less than a year ago, Justin Bieber’s replication went into early retirement due to excessive groping — and with Cumberbatch’s die-hard following, it’s easy to assume that the Sherlock and Imitation Game star could suffer a similar fate.

Cumberbatch himself, however, appeared unconcerned about melting, and was instead excited at the prospect of finally being able to photobomb himself.

“What a weird and wonderful compliment… I’ve been accused of being wooden in my work but never waxy!” he said in a statement. “Also my agents will be thrilled, they’ve wanted a clone of me for some time!”

We just hope that, given Madame Tussauds’ open-door policy allowing visitors to “get up, close and personal… in a fully interactive experience” that the Cumberbabes will be more gentle than those fiesty Beliebers were.

TIME Bizarre

Russian Artist Cuts Off Earlobe in Government Protest

He previously nailed his scrotum to the stones in Red Square

Less than a year after nailing his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square, a Russian artist cut off his earlobe Sunday in protest of the Russian government’s treatment of dissidents.

The artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, was hospitalized following the incident and will be released from the hospital soon, The Guardian reported.

In a Facebook post, Pavlensky said that he was protesting the government’s alleged detention of dissidents under the false pretense of insanity.

“Armed with psychiatric diagnoses, the bureaucrat in a white lab coat cuts off from society those pieces that prevent him from establishing a monolithic dictate of a single, mandatory norm for everyone,” he wrote, according to the Guardian.

[Guardian]

TIME Internet

29 Colorful Instagrams That Perfectly Capture the Essence of Fall

So much foliage.

Isn’t there something so magical about fall, something that just makes you want to sip a pumpkin spice latte in a meadow? Though many regions are still a few weeks away from Peak Leaf, plenty of deep reds, bright yellows and vivid oranges have already popped up around the world. And, of course, dedicated photographers have made sure to document these changing colors on Instagram using the hashtag #foliage.

Here, a look at some of the best #foliage photos we’ve seen so far. (Note: we did not account for the fact that some of these photos are heavily filtered. Nature is incredible, yes, but keep in mind that sometimes nature is even more incredible when you really up the contrast.)

 

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Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a ‘Rapist’

The explicit remarks are going viral now

New York-based comedian Hannibal Buress referred to Bill Cosby as a “rapist” during a stand-up set at the Trocadero in Philadelphia last Thursday.

In his act, Buress suggested that The Cosby Show creator, widely recognized for his portrayal of one of America’s favorite dads, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, was hypocritical to give out advice, given a string of sexual abuse allegations against the entertainer. Buress encouraged the audience to “Google ‘Bill Cosby, rape,'” and joked that it would produce “more results than Hannibal Buress.”

The remarks were reported by PhillyMag.com and became viral Monday after BuzzFeed and Gawker aggregated them.

You can watch the Cosby-related part of the performance here:

Buress concluded the joke with a self-deprecating quip: “I don’t know what I’m doing by telling you this. I wanted to at least make it weird to watch Cosby Show reruns.”

It is not the first time that Cosby, whose pioneering career in standup influenced comedy legend Richard Pryor, among others, has been called out by another comic onstage. Eddie Murphy famously impersonated Cosby in his 1987 HBO special Raw, saying that the elder comedian “chastised” him for material that was “too dirty.”

MORE: Bill Cosby’s Maddening Paradox

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Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On) Is Back

Comedy on the half shell.

Marcel the Shell has put his shoes back on and marched on over to YouTube to take the Internet by storm — again.

The adorable mollusk is the brainchild of comedian Jenny Slate, who tweeted about the surprise third installment of his YouTube series this morning.

In the video, Slate’s earnest little shell with shoes is joined by her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, who plays Marcel’s exceedingly patient off-camera interviewer. Fleischer-Camp keeps the camera rolling as Marcel talks about how shrimp “are the idiots of the sea,” explains that his “shell gets tight” when he gets worked up, sings a sweetly sad song and announces his favorite saying, which is, of course, “life’s a party, rock your body.”

It’s Marcel’s first video since 2011 and it seems that the happy little univalve was brought out of retirement to help promote his latest children’s book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been.

 

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If Disney Characters Instagrammed, They’d Be Guilty of These Selfie Crimes

Artist Simona Bonafini created a series that will rock your childhood

The Little Mermaid always wanted to be a part of our world. And we live in a world of selfies — lots and lots of selfies.

Artist Simona Bonafini created a series titled “Selfie Fables” that imagines what your Instagram feed would look like if it were habituated by your favorite cartoon characters. And while it isn’t as disturbing as other Disney re-interpretations, Hercules and company are guilty of some selfie faux pas:

Shirtless gym selfies. We know this is going straight to Tinder:

Simona Bonafini

Bikini shots. There’s no need for #perfectbody thinspo…

Simona Bonafini

Instilling feelings of FOMO. Maybe your invite to the tea party went into your spam folder?

Simona Bonafini

Nothing is wrong with this selfie. Maleficent owns it:

Simona Bonafini
TIME Crime

Woman Gets Trapped in Chimney Allegedly Stalking Her Online Date

Mary Poppins would not approve.

A woman rescued from a chimney was arrested and charged with allegedly using the chimney to try and break into the home of a man she had met online.

The Ventura County Fire Department was called to a Thousand Oaks, California, home early Sunday morning, when it was reported that a woman was stuck in a chimney.

Firefighters used a jackhammer to break apart the chimney and lubricated the flue with dish soap in order to lift the woman out of the chimney. She was then placed in a basket and lifted off the roof by a ladder truck, according to Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery’s tweets regarding the incident.

The woman, who remained conscious during the misadventure, was taken to the hospital for examination. Her condition was not immediately known, according to KTLA.

The so-called “entrapment patient” was later identified as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, and the home’s resident, who did not wish to be identified, said he met Nunez-Figueroa online and had gone on several dates with her, but had recently ended the relationship, according to the local ABC news affiliate.

The woman’s “intent was unclear,” according to police, but as Christmas is still months away, she was probably not playing Santa Claus or chimney sweep, as this is the second time Nunez-Figueroa was found on the man’s roof. Two weeks ago, she was spotted, but disappeared when police were called.

Nunez-Figueroa was arrested for allegedly illegally entering a residence and providing false information to a peace officer, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The home’s resident wanted other online daters to learn from his cautionary tale. “Before you have somebody come in your house really check them out … really give it some time before you let somebody in, because they might want to stay,” he told KTLA.

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2014 Could Be the Year of the ‘Sexy Lobster’ Halloween Costume

The CEO of Yandy explains his company's bizarre 2014 costume offerings

For this year’s sexy Halloween costume, consider the lobster.

According to Chad Horstman, the “sexy lobster” just may be the “it” costume of 2014. And he would know — as CEO of online lingerie retailer turned Halloween hotspot Yandy, Horstman is the man you can thank for a cornucopia of un-Kosher costumes ranging from riffs on fruit (what “sexy watermelon” costume is complete without a bite mark shaped cutout?) to once-wholesome Disney characters (you’ll never look at Frozen’s Olaf the same way again.)

But, apart from Horstman’s faith that “people love lobster,” what could make the recently debuted costume a grand success? Well, not only is it “cute with furry claws” to tug at the heart strings, but it follows a long line of winning “funny food” costumes that show a lot of leg.

“It’s kind of last year’s sexy pizza costume,” Horstman says. While colleagues questioned whether women would want to parade around as a carbohydrate, the 2013 sexy pizza earned a segment on the Daily Show and a trip for the costume’s model to the Playboy Mansion’s Halloween party.

Although, Horstman admits that in spite of viral success, actual sexy pizza sales were only moderate.

The creative costuming industry can be tough. Not all of Horstman’s passion projects take off. In an interview last year, Horstman told Time his dreams of women buying Yandy’s sexy corn costume in bulk to “wear them together and go as a [sexy] corn field” never came to fruition.

But there’s no use dwelling on the past.

This year, Yandy debuted other costumes that Horstman has high hopes for. Like the sexy taco — which is slightly more tasteful than the uber-sexy hamburger, complete with bun headpiece.

“We also just released the three-boobs girl,” Horstman says, touting a viral costume based on a viral news story. “We have a prosthetic middlebreast and a mesh top that she wore. I think, that’s one of the ones where I’m like, if you want to win a costume contest, you should buy this. But I guess that a lot of girls don’t want to win costume contests… Have we sold any?”

“A couple,” answers Yandy marketing director Sarah Chamberlain. “We’ve sold a couple.”

What are consumers thinking?

TIME viral

Watch Ohio State’s Marching Band Perform an Amazing Classic Rock Tribute

Rock on

Ohio State University performed a classic rock-themed halftime show during the Oct. 18 game against Rutgers.

The medley features KISS’s “Rock and Roll All Nite,” The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” and Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” And at the end of the 9-minute homage, the band members stand in the shape of a figure smashing a guitar.

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After Drake Totally Airballed a 3-Pointer, Nothing Was the Same

He was on his worst behavior on the court

Over the weekend, Drake was warming up with the University of Kentucky’s basketball team, because he’s a big basketball fan and the Wildcats are one of his favorite teams. Sadly, though, Drizzy’s participation indicated that he should probably stay beside the court, where he can safely lint-roll his pants, instead of on the court. Because when he attempted to go for a three-point shot, this is what happened:

Oh man. Aiiiirbaaaallll.

Here’s another angle which really captures the hopelessness:

Oh, Drake. Maybe you should just stick to doing Drake things like rapping and manufacturing lint rollers.

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