TIME health

Meet the Utah Teen Who Is Allergic to Water

Only 50 cases of the condition have been documented worldwide

Ever since she was a little girl, Utah teen Alexandra Allen has broken out in hives every time her skin was exposed to water.

In 2013, her family discovered that her condition was most likely aquagenic urticarial, an allergy to water when it comes in contact with the skin. There are only 50 cases documented in medical journals worldwide.

To avoid water exposure, Allen takes five-minute cold showers twice a week, cut her hair short and became a vegetarian so her body would produce less oil.

Read more at People.com.

TIME animals

These Endangered Penguins Are Getting ‘Honeymoon Suites’

Biologists hope privacy will encourage endangered African penguins to breed

Things are about to get a little racy between the animals at the New England Aquarium.

Aquarium experts are building “honeymoon suites” for eight pairs of endangered African penguins, as a way of encouraging them to breed more chicks, the Associated Press reports. The aquarium hopes to grow the population of the birds, which are expected to be extinct in the wild by 2025.

The honeymoon suites will be plastic igloo-like homes and private nooks built off of the main exhibit to protect the penguins’ modesty from the prying eyes of the aquarium’s visitors.

 

TIME animals

Watch 3 Escaped Zebras Run Through Brussels

A video captures three zebras galloping calmly through the city


Three zebras were caught on video running through the streets of Brussels on Friday, after escaping from a ranch in Vilvorde near the city, the Guardian reports. The city dispatched two police crews and a traffic team to apprehend them. The zebras ran loose for about an hour. The best part is the sound of their hooves clopping on the street.

TIME animals

Watch This Gorilla Test a Zoo’s Shatter-Proof Glass With His Fists

Captivity, shmaptivity

A family at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium cut their visit to the gorilla exhibition short after one silverback, evidently in no mood for guests, charged the glass partition, putting several cracks in the pane.

The footage of the close encounter has racked up almost 1.7 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday.

Zoo officials told the Omaha World-Herald that the gorilla’s behavior was nothing out of the ordinary, and that the glass was triple-layered, “so there was no danger it would fall out.”

So it only resembled the worst nightmare of zoo goers everywhere.

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TIME celebrity

A DJ Just Mixed Your Favorite Carrie Underwood Hits Into One Four-Minute Supersong

DJ Earworm's at it again

On Friday, Internet mashup artist DJ Earworm released a mashup he put together as a tribute to the music of Carrie Underwood, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music singer and songwriter. Hit songs in the compilation include:

– “Something in the Water”
– “Little Toy Guns”
– “Blown Away”
– “Before He Cheats”
– “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
– “Two Black Cadillacs”
– “Good Girl”
– “Cowboy Casanova”
– “See You Again”
– “Wasted”
– “So Small”
– “All-American Girl”
– “Last Name”
– “Undo It”

DJ Earworm’s best-known mashups string together the hit pop songs of the year and come out every year in December.

Read Next: Carrie Underwood Writes About Time 100 Influencer Audra McDonald

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TIME society

See Lucasfilm’s Sweet Letter to a 7-Year-Old Boy Who Wants to Marry as a Jedi

Young Colin Gilpatric, who has autism, wrote the studio with a very specific question

For most Star Wars fans, the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highlight of their week. But one Star Wars fan is more excited about the letter he received from Lucasfilm.

Colin Gilpatric and his mother Peggy wrote a letter to the film company saying he wants to become a Jedi Knight, but “I want to get married without becoming a Sith. Please change the rule.”

Lucasfilm said yes, in the voice of a Jedi. Here’s the full response:

The letter was cited in a New York Times article to show how Lucasfilm takes the time to personalize letters as part of a larger story about how the studio engages with fans, from the biennial gathering “Star Wars Celebration” to promoting exclusive information on its social networks.

TIME Food & Drink

Oregon Regulators Approve Plans to Make Beer Out of Sewage Water

Not available in bars...yet

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently approved the use of recycled sewage water to brew beer, the Oregon Public Broadcasting’s environmental news organization EarthFix reports.

Brewed via a purification process developed by Oregon’s Clean Water Services, the beer would not be available for commercial or retail use, and the finished product would still need to undergo tests to make sure it is safe to drink. And it won’t be on tap at any bars. It would only be served at tasting events hosted by its manufacturers, the home brewing club Oregon Brew Crew, and other water professional society functions.

In 2014, Oregon’s Clean Water services hosted a brewing competition to challenge beer enthusiasts to make beer out of “30 percent purified wastewater,” according to EarthFix. Overall, the point of developing this beer is to encourage innovative uses of the wastewater and spark a nationwide conversation about conserving water in creative ways in the midst of news about severe water shortages along the West Coast, a spokesperson for Clean Water Services told the news outlet.

TIME

Overturned Truck Spills Millions of Bees on the Highway

Beekeepers attend to a semi-trailer truck that overturned with a cargo of bees on a highway in Lynnwood
Ian Terry—Reuters Beekeepers wait to start clearing out the scene of semi-trailer truck that overturned with a cargo of bees on a highway in Lynnwood, Wash., on Apr. 17, 2015.

"Lots of stinging going on," according to the Washington State Department of Transportation

A semi-truck loaded with honeybees overturned on a Washington state highway Friday morning, spilling boxes containing millions of the insects near the town of Lynnwood. Beekeepers and firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after the 3:30 a.m. crash, the Seattle Times reports.

The truck was carrying 458 hives, holding an estimated 14 million bees. The entire load was worth around $92,000. Beekeepers managed to recover some of the hives, but as the insects became agitated, firefighters killed them by spraying a mixture of foam and water on the hives.

With many bees still on the loose, the Washington State Department of Transportation advised drivers to keep windows and vents closed.

In conclusion:

 

TIME viral

This Pokémon Tattoo Is So Bad It Has Become a Meme

He wanted his tattoo to be the very best, like no tattoo ever was

A tattoo of Pokémon character Charmander that fans say looks nothing like the character has been going viral on Reddit, inspiring memes and earning the nickname “S****y Charmander.”

Redditor Yllwsnow2 uploaded the image on April 14 with the caption “My friend was drunk and on Xanax when he decided to tattoo a black face Charmander with no experience or artistic ability. The flame saves it.” The picture racked up nearly 2.5 million views over the next two days, according to a timeline by KnowYourMeme, an online encyclopedia about memes and trending topics.

The illustration now has its own subreddit “/r/shartmander,” and the photo-sharing site Imgur has rounded up some of the best memes. The editor of Know Your Meme Brad Kim made a flow chart of merchandise inspired by the tattoo:


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It is the third time that something so random has captivated the Internet recently, between a debate about the color of #TheDress and a photo of a cat that looked like it was either going up or down a staircase.

TIME Food & Drink

Starbucks Introduces S’mores Frappuccino

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Jamie Grill—Getty Images/Tetra images RF Close up of smores

The limited-time drink will roll out starting April 28

Can’t wait for summer campfires?

Starbucks has introduced a new frappuccino flavor: s’mores. In a statement, the company says the drink is made up of “marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce” plus “a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk, and ice” topped “mashmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.” There will also be a bottled version available in stores.

The limited-time drink will roll out starting April 28, but if people like it enough, then maybe they’ll make s’more.

Read next: Howard Schultz Has a Radical Plan for Starbucks—And America

 

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