TIME Family & Relationships

The Amazing Story of How Two Men Saved Each Other 30 Years Apart

They were reunited over the weekend at a charity event

A paramedic and pediatrician who saved each other’s lives participated in a charity event Sunday that raised money for life-saving cancer research.

KTLA reports that paramedic Chris Trokey was one of the people who rescued pediatrician Dr. Michael Shannon from a car accident on March 29, 2011. Trokey did not realize until he got to the hospital that he was the same Michael Shannon who, 30 years prior, had worked round the clock to nurse him back to health after he was born prematurely, weighing just over three pounds.

Trokey told KTLA that Shannon is now his son’s pediatrician.

According to the news station, Shannon and Trokey shaved their heads at a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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Watch an A Cappella Group Perform ‘Dayenu’ in 8 Totally Different Musical Styles

The Maccabeats celebrate Passover with a dubstep version of the traditional seder song

In a new video for Passover first published on Time.com, the all-male members of the Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats sing “Dayenu,” a traditional seder song of thanks, in different musical styles — doo-wop, polka, funk, metal, “island,”dubstep, barbershop and even to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

The short film shows the group members singing these covers to liven up the seder experience for two little kids, who act bored and are falling asleep at the table. Julian Horowitz, Director of the Maccabeats, says the point of this Passover-themed parody is to encourage youngsters and others around the seder table to “make the traditions their own,” as “engaging the younger generation is one of the major themes of the Passover seder.”

Passover lasts from the evening of April 3 to the evening of April 11.

Read next: Rock Hashana: 10 Stars of the New Jewish Music

TIME society

Watch a Woman Recreate 100 Years of Fitness Trends in 100 Seconds

Grab some hand weights

A new viral video pays tribute to fitness trends from the early 20th century to the present day, where Zumba! classes are apparently all the rage.

Produced by Benenden Health, a healthcare service in the U.K., the clip showcases every fitness fad, such as stretches dating back to the 1920s that mimic the Charleston dance moves, and the Trim Twist, which dates back to the 1960s and consists of a brown board that women would stand on to twist away “bulging thighs” and “heaping hips,” as one advertisement put it.

The montage will also bring back memories of Jazzercise, 80s aerobics and workout wear that consists of wearing fanny packs over brightly-colored leotards — and aren’t we glad those days are behind us?

Read next: See 100 Years of Korean Beauty Trends In Just 90 Seconds

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Justin Bieber and the History of the Roast

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Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic Justin Bieber attends the Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber

How the tradition of honoring people by humiliating them got its start

On Monday night, schadenfreude-lovers can tune into Comedy Central to watch Justin Bieber get honored by means of humiliation.

The teen-dream-turned-angsty-20-something is the latest victim/guest of honor of a comedy roast, which will air at 10pm EST but was filmed earlier this month. Though Bieber’s a very modern target, the ribbing he’ll endure is a tradition that has a century-old history.

In the early 20th century, testimonial dinners held to praise an invited guest were all the rage among clubs and organizations.

“They were huge,” says Barry Dougherty, historian and head roast writer for the Friar’s Club, the fraternal and funny organization famous for hosting roasts. “But when other organizations had these things, they would be nice. Because of our particular group of friars, who were sharper vaudevillians, they would be witty, smart and sarcastic. They would make jabs.”

Dougherty says that the club, founded in 1904, probably had its first testimonial turned (not-yet-named) roast in 1907. A 1910 headline in the New York Tribune documented the early days of the unorthodox dinners with the headline: “FRIARS KID MR. HARRIS: Veteran Theatrical Manager Butt of Jokes at Dinner.”

“It was a new thing, no one ever thought to do it before,” Dougherty tells TIME, adding that other organizations started jumping on the sarcastic bandwagon. But the dinners started to get out of hand.

“[The roasters] kept upping the ante,” Dougherty says, and over the years the jokes got more and more extreme. “When you got to the ’40s [the friars] wondered if they should put the breaks on it or have a separate event, all roasting, no nice stuff.”

They went with the latter.

The first official roast, so named because of the many times a guest of honor would get “burned,” occurred in 1949. The subject was French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier. While many of the roasts were initially only open to men — when Humphrey Bogart was roasted in 1955, his wife sent them a tape that played her message, “This is Lauren Bacall, the uninvited guest, you rat bastards” — they would later open their doors. Lucille Ball was roasted in 1962.

In 1998, the Friar’s Club partnered with Comedy Central to air the roasts on television. While the two have since parted ways, both organizations now regularly hold roasts of their own. Though more roasts may mean more humiliation, it’s a win for the rest of us: The more celebrities we get to see cringe, the better.

 

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Why Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye Have Gone Blue on Twitter

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Elsa—Getty Images Rappers Sean Combs and Jay Z attend the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

No, it's not for charity

Jay Z has prompted musicians to turn their Twitter avatars and Instagram photos into a square of solid bright blue Sunday night — and it has nothing to do with Blue Ivy.

Musicians are going teal to support Jay Z’s new music streaming service called Tidal. Details are still sparse, but Tidal is marketing itself as an artist-friendly streaming experience. Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal last year explaining that she was pulling her music from Spotify because artists weren’t properly compensating.

“Together, we can turn the tide and make music history,” Kanye West tweeted.

Here’s who else is joining in:

More details to come Monday at 5 EST.

 

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This Drone Is Surprisingly Good at Herding Sheep

You're fired, Babe

Get ready to cash in your 401ks, sheepdogs, because you can retire now.

An ingenious Irish farmer has discovered the sheepdog of the future, and it doesn’t require kibble, a warm bed or even a pat on the head for a job well done. That’s because the sheepdog of the future isn’t a dog at all— it’s a drone.

In this video, filmed by Paul Brennan in Carlow, Ireland, the aptly named Shep the Drone flies above a flock of sheep, filming as it herds them from one field to another. It’s unclear why the drone is so good at the job (sheep pliancy induced by terror, perhaps?) but it is incredibly effective at moving the flock across fields with no training, breeding or Milk Bones required.

TIME food and drink

This Culinary Genius Built an Easy Cheese 3-D Printer

Someone get this guy a MacArthur "Genius Grant"

A slightly mad evil genius has used his powers for good and rigged a 3-D printer to craft its product in Easy Cheese. While the printer is still in initial testing, per the video, it’s clear the future looks delicious.

In this video, posted by Andrew Maxfield-Parish, the cheese-rigged 3-D printer looks like something built in the basement laboratory on Wallace and Gromit. The video shows that the printer and its creator are still figuring out the logistics of an Easy Cheese-filled future, but by the end of the clip, the machine seems to get the hang of the whole building-in-cheese thing. Give the man and his robot a little more time to perfect the process and perhaps they can build a White House replica just in time for next year’s Big Block of Cheese Day.

 

TIME Family & Relationships

This Fetus Appears to Be Clapping Along to Mom’s Singing in the Womb

Captured during an ultrasound appointment

YouTube user “Jen Cardinal” uploaded an ultrasound that appears to show a fetus clapping as the doctor and the baby’s family sing “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” The video has racked up more than 2.4 million views and questions about whether a fetus could really do that.

While the family claims the fetus clapped three times, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told TODAY.com in a statement that a fetus could unknowingly make movements that look like that, and if it did clap, then it is possible that it happened once and the video was edited to look like it happened over and over again.

TIME Food & Drink

Easter Egg Cookies Recalled For Containing … Eggs

Yes, really

Well here’s an ironic food recall for you.

Silver Lake issued a voluntary recall Friday for Easter Egg Cookies because they contained eggs. The company hadn’t declared the ingredient in the “nutrition facts” section of its label.

According to the FDA release, “People who have an allergy or a severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these cookies. The cookies are safe for consumption by those who do not have egg allergies.”

No illnesses have been reported yet.

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Watch Justin Timberlake Mock Taylor Swift’s Reaction to Winning Awards

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia Singer Justin Timberlake attends the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

He did what all of us were thinking on our couches

At the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, Justin Timberlake mocked the way Taylor Swift freaks out at awards shows. When her song “Blank Space” cinched the award for “Best Lyrics,” Timberlake mimed losing his cool and walked toward the stage, pretending to accept the award for her. She played along, and a viewer captured the whole act on Vine:

This time, however, such outbursts could be considered understandable given that she won several top awards, such as Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Shake It Off.”

(h/t Cosmopolitan)

 

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