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You Can Sleep in Ikea for a Night Thanks to Airbnb

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A man walks in an IKEA store, on Sept. 1, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Newspix/Getty Images

Don't worry, you don't have to put the furniture together yourself

Ever dream of sleeping on an Ikea bed without having to go through all the hassle of actually piecing it together? Now you can.

Airbnb and Ikea have partnered to allow a group of Australians to sleep in the Scandinavian furniture store for one night only on August 21 in Sydney for a mere 11 Australian dollars.

Participants must sign a waver acknowledging that they will “be awoken in the morning in a remarkable way,” according to Mashable. The store goes on to reassure the guests, “Nothing frightening — we promise!”

[Mashable]

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Hundreds of Strangers at This Starbucks Paid for Each Others’ Coffee for a Day

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Chai tea from Oprah Winfrey is available in hot and cold servings at Starbucks. Chicago Tribune—MCT via Getty Images

Remember that ho-hum movie with Kevin Spacey, Pay It Forward? Well it sort of happened in real life in Florida

A Florida woman started what became a chain of goodwill Wednesday. Around 7 a.m. she ordered an iced coffee at a drive-through Starbucks in St. Petersburg and offered to pay for a caramel macchiato for the stranger behind her. He, in turn, paid for the person in the car behind him.

And so it went.

378 people participated in the “pay it forward” chain until around 6 p.m., when customer 379 declined to participate in the experiment. The barista, Vu Nguyen, believes the last customer didn’t understand the concept, according to the Associated Press.

Way to be a downer, Stranger No. 379.

[AP]

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Watch a Fish Devour a Shark in One Bite

In case you needed a reminder that the ocean is terrifying

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Okay, so a grouper and a shark are hanging out near each other in the ocean. Then one of them SWALLOWS THE OTHER ONE WHOLE.

You’re probably assuming it was the shark who devoured the fish, because that’s a completely natural thing to assume, but in fact, it was the other way around. This video captures a goliath grouper eating a black tip shark (in one bite!) off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida, according to the video description.

In conclusion: fish are terrifying, the ocean is terrifying, everything is horrible and nobody is safe. The end.

 

TIME Television

Dating Naked Star Sues Because VH1 Showed Her Dating… Naked

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Her grandma is real mad

One of the “stars” of VH1’s highbrow new dating show Dating Naked is suing for $10 million because viewers at home saw her dating — naked! (She only signed up to date naked-ish.)

The New York Post reports that Jessie Nizewitz is suing Viacom, which operates VH1, and two production companies because producers failed to properly blur out her crotch while she was partaking in typical first date activities, including replicating WWE wrestling moves.

Emotional damages ensued. The 28-year-old model told The Post, “My grandma saw it. I saw her this week and she didn’t have much to say to me. She’s probably mad. My parents are just annoyed.” (If the blurring had stayed in place, they would have only been annoyed-ish.)

Not only didn’t Nizewitz fail to find love on the show, but it might have even cost her relationship with a man she dated for the month until her episode premiered.

“He never called me again after the show aired,” she said. “I would have hoped we could have had a long-term relationship. He was employed, Jewish, in his 30s and that’s pretty much ideal.”

[via NYPost]

TIME NextDraft

Everyone Is a News Editor Now and Other Fascinating News on the Web

August 21, 2014

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1. Awaiting Your Edits

The Ferguson story is big in part because it touches upon so many topics central to American discourse: Race, poverty, freedom of the press, law and order, the right of assembly, the militarization of police departments, leadership, justice, etc. But it’s also big because of what I call media momentum; the way social and mainstream media can feed off one another to make a story explode into our collective consciousness. Consider this stat: There were more than a million tweets about Ferguson before CNN gave the topic primetime coverage. From that point, the story dominated headlines. I like to think of myself as the Internet’s managing editor. But in truth, that title belongs to all of us. This story started small. People decided it was big. And the combined attention from the mainstream press and the Internet-enabled general public made it even bigger. From Pew, here’s a closer look at how the story grew and how we’ve become the new editors. Let’s just hope we’re the right people for the job.

+ What happens when a newsworthy story becomes a media spectacle? Here’s one journalist explaining why he left Ferguson.

+ And Matt Pearce, who has been covering the story for the LA Times and on Twitter takes us inside what has become a strange headquarters for news dissemination: “Amid the clouds of tear gas and hurtling bottle rockets that have turned this stretch of strip malls into a scene of mayhem through much of the past week, the one image rising above the turbulence has been the golden arches of the McDonald’s.”

2. Checks and Balances

Would James Foley be alive today if he was from Europe? Many Europeans countries pay millions in ransoms. The White House doesn’t. In Foreign Policy, James Traub on the agonizing question raised by these situations: Should states pay ransom to kidnappers?

+ Slate: Why the U.S. made a deal for Bowe Bergdahl but not James Foley.

+ Earlier this summer, the U.S. secretly attempted to rescue James Foley.

+ The hunt for Foley’s killer.

+ Buzzfeed: Photographers we’ve lost in conflict zones and their work

3. Free to Hug it Out

“Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.” The two health workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa walked out of an Atlanta hospital today after doctors confirmed they have recovered and are not contagious.

4. Ready for Duty?

“Do you believe in an ‘eye for an eye’? What do your parents do for a living? Do you watch CSI? Dateline? Read Perez Hilton? Have you ever undergone a medical procedure that required an anesthetic?” Those are just a few of the questions you might be asked when you’re being considered for jury duty. The NYT with the latest questions jury selection experts are asking, and a quiz to see if you’d be selected.

+ New Republic: Convicting Darren Wilson will be basically impossible.

5. The Lady is a Champ

Picture the typical gamer. I bet the image that comes to mind is not an adult woman. But females now make up nearly half of all gamers, and “women over 18-years-old now represent a significantly larger portion of the U.S. game-playing population than boys under 18.”

6. Deuces Wild

Welcome to Twinsburg, Ohio; home of the annual Twins Days festival, and a dream research opportunity for scientists looking to gather genetic data. From one researcher: “They’re very aware that what they are is genetically interesting and the fact that people want to study that is something that resonates with them.”

+ Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker: Is there a gene that makes you need less sleep? (There definitely is if you have a baby named Gene.)

7. Burning Man(sion)

Nick Bilton in the NYT: “If you have never been to Burning Man, your perception is likely this: a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air. A few years ago, this assumption would have been mostly correct. But now things are a little different.” To identify the difference, just follow the money. The new millionaires and billionaires are spending big and threatening to turn Burning Man into dusty Internet conference, instead of letting it be what it is intended to be: A place to experience art, drugs, and the non-gender specific naked hugging of strangers that lasts a little too long but then is mysteriously forgotten a few hours later.

8. Thriller Whales

“I specifically remember Tilikum lying on the bottom of the neighboring pool masturbating. I’m right next door vacuuming the pool and watching him through a gate, humping the bottom of pool and climaxing. That stuff’s everywhere.” Three former SeaWorld employees on their unrivaled access to the animals — and the challenges of captivity. (I’m just glad my kids wanted a cat, not a whale.)

+ Slate: The strange, disturbing world of Koko the gorilla and Kanzi the bonobo.

9. Ice Breakers

“There are firmly established rules preventing the use of public office, such as our ambassadors, for private gain, no matter how worthy a cause.” And with that cable, U.S. lawmakers and diplomats were given the harsh news that they are not allowed to participate in the ice bucket challenge. Politicians can even throw cold water on cold water.

10. The Bottom of the News

You know how you’re never really paying attention during conference calls? Well, here’s a little secret. Neither is anyone else.

+ Hollywood wants to make you cry. But that’s harder than it used to be.

+ NYT: Breakfast might be overrated. (Then at least it properly sets your expectations for the rest of the day.)

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TIME Music

Lauryn Hill Dedicates Her Song ‘Black Rage’ to Ferguson: Listen

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It's an "old sketch" of a song she's been performing live for a few years

Inspired by the ongoing chaos in Ferguson, MO., several artists have released songs reflecting on the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the aftermath. The latest artist to offer a musical rumination is Lauryn Hill, who tweeted a link last night to a track called “Black Rage”:

But while artists like J. Cole and T.I. wrote and recorded entirely new tracks in response to Ferguson, Hill instead reprised a song she’s been performing live for a few years.

The emotional song is a reworking of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, taking the originally upbeat and flowery song and transforming it into something much deeper and darker. “Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person,” Hill sings. “Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up in strings / Black rage can come from all these kings of things.”

Read the complete lyrics on Hill’s website.

 

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Say Cheese!

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What have we here? An outtake from a Jurassic Park movie? Nope, just some perfect timing. A visitor takes a picture at an exhibit called “Dino Park” at Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday.

TIME Television

Here Are the 11 Best Celebrity Cameos on The Simpsons

Of more than 500 over 25 seasons

The Simpsons still holds the Guinness World Record for having the most guest stars featured in a TV series, with more than 500 over 25 seasons. Take a look back at 11 of the best celebrity cameos on the show.

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Here’s How Long It Will Take You to Watch Every Simpsons Episode

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The SImpsons travel to the Big Apple in the "Moonshine River". Fox

Without commercials and not counting the movie

The cable channel FXX started airing every single episode of The Simpsons back-to-back-to-back on Thursday, 522 episodes through 25 seasons that won’t end until Sept. 1. When news broke that FXX was releasing all 25 seasons of The Simpsons via its site and app, TIME critic James Poniewozik proclaimed: “Hello, Simpsons World. Goodbye, the rest of your life.”

But what if you were to attempt this feat of binge-watching without commercials? Well, if you were to watch all 552 of the 22-minute episodes (sans ads) back-to-back, you would only need to say goodbye to a mere 12,144 minutes of your life. That translates to a more digestible 202 hours and 24 minutes, which breaks down to just under eight-and-a-half days.

Without sleep, that is, and not counting the movie.

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Oh, Look: Robert Pattinson Did the Ice Bucket Challenge, Too

He accepted Zac Efron's nomination, and the result is hilarious

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Celebrities are really into nominating each other for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge right now and then posting the videos all over social media. Well, on Tuesday, Zac Efron nominated his famous buddy Robert Pattinson, even though he’s virtually invisible on social media.

It’s a bit of a surprise that he actually went through with the challenge. He ended up simply tasking Efron with sharing the video on his behalf.

After the Twilight star thanks Efron for the nomination, somebody dumps a pot of ice cubes over his head. Then someone else sprays him with a hose. When he thinks it’s all over, he lists his own nominations while ice cubes (and red Solo cups) are chucked at him.

Man, this really makes us wish he did the whole social media thing. Maybe the positive reactions to this video will make him come around.

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