TIME celebrities

Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair Had a Cruel Intentions Reunion

The trio went to see Cruel Intentions the Musical together

Reese Witherspoon summed up all of our feelings when she posted a pic of herself with her Cruel Intentions costars on Thursday and captioned it, “Best girls night of the year!!!”

Best girls night of the year!!! #cruelintentions

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The Oscar winner reunited with her costars from the 1999 teen hit – Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar – for an evening of fun in Los Angeles.

The trio took in Cruel Intentions the Musical, which features a ton of ’90s hits.

While their costar (and Witherspoon’s ex Ryan Phillippe) was noticeably absent, Witherspoon’s partners in crime also shared their excitement about the reunion on social media on Thursday, with Gellar posting a photo on Instagram and joining Blair in wishing the film’s writer/director, Roger Kumble, a happy birthday.

#CruelIntentions @reesewitherspoon @therealselmablair #cruelintentionsmusical

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@sarahmgellar Sebastian and Kathryn reunite! #cruelintentionsmusical #90sflashback

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This isn’t the only ’90s reunion Gellar has taken part in recently. She got together with former Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alyson Hannigan on Saturday

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME health

When Shedding a Few Pounds Meant Reaching for Some Milk

In the 1930s, women attempted to lose weight by spending time at a dairy farm

In recent years, rich dairy foods haven’t exactly had a reputation as fad-diet favorites. That may be changing, and it wouldn’t be the first time that foods like butter appealed to those hoping to get healthy. In fact, dairy was so central to a women’s weight loss retreat in the 1930s that the camp was situated on a milk farm.

Rose Dor Farm, located up the Hudson River from New York City, was run by siblings Bob, Rosalie and Doris Taplinger. A ten-day stay came with a strict diet—three days of what today would be called juicing, followed by a week of cultured milk and vegetables—as well as gym classes. As LIFE described the farm:

Men who get out of condition from sitting too long at a desk or leading too high a life have long been in the habit of slipping off for a couple of weeks of clean living and hard exercise at some health farm. Now women whom the pace of modern life requires to look their best are turning increasingly to “milk farms” where strict diet and regular scientific exercise takes pounds off oversize figures.

If many of the women in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photographs don’t appear to have much weight to lose, it’s because the farm attracted “not only stylish stouts but many a young girl who wants to work off a few pounds to get that modeling job.”

Some women, like one Mrs. Remer of Kansas City, couldn’t resist the temptation to cheat (“she sneaked fried chicken till caught”). Barring lapses from the milk-and-veggies diet, women could expect to lose a pound per day.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

TIME Travel

Disney Is Weighing Surge Pricing for Parks

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle At Walt Disney World Resort
Matt StroshaneHandout—Disney Parks/Getty Images In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, in a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The flyover featured the Blue Angels' six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two dramatic passes above the Magic Kingdom, with Cinderella Castle as a focal point, en route to an air show in Florida.

The company sent out a survey asking questions about whether guests would pay more for peak days

Visitors to Disneyland and Disney World may find themselves paying more for entry to the parks on peak days during the summer, spring break and Christmas time.

Walt Disney Co. sent out surveys to annual pass holders asking questions that suggest it is considering this change, gauging how they would react to a tiered pricing system, the L.A. Times reports. In Anaheim, Calif.’s Disneyland, a day pass currently costs $99 for those aged 10 and up; under the hypothetical new system, that price would stay the same for off-peak days, but most other, regular days would cost $105, while peak days would cost $115. In Disney World, the Orlando Sentinel reports, the current rate of $105 for ages 10 and up for the Magic Kingdom might remain an option while the most expensive days might cost $125.

The company told both papers that it frequently polls its customers on a wide range of topics, giving little weight to this particular survey.

[L.A. Times]

TIME Television

Bob Saget Is On Board for Fuller House Too

Bob Saget
J. Vespa—WireImage Bob Saget at the GQ Lounge at GQ Lounge in Los Angeles, California.

The reunion series will feature most of the original cast members

The final puzzle piece is in place!

John Stamos announced via Twitter Thursday that Bob Saget will reprise his role as Danny on Fuller House, the Netflix revival of the old ABC comedy.

News of Saget’s addition comes just hours after it was announced that Lori Loughlin will join the reunion series that will also feature Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber. The only original castmembers who aren’t joining in on the fun are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who seem to have bigger fish to fry.

Fuller House will focus on a pregnant and widowed D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure), who is living in San Francisco with her aspiring musician sister Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) and fellow single mom Kimmy Gibbler (Barber). The revival won’t premiere until 2016.

This article originally appeared on Ew.com

TIME language

Here’s a Theory About Why South Asian Americans Totally Rule the Spelling Bee

Champion Spellers Compete In Scripps National Spelling Bee
Alex Wong—Getty Images Speller Vanya Shivashankar (2L) of Olathe, Kansas, and speller Gokul Venkatachalam (R) of St. Louis, Missouri, celebrate with family members after winning the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Anthropology professor Shalini Shankar shares her ideas with TIME

South Asian-Americans, whose forebears immigrated from countries like India or Pakistan, have now won the Scripps National Spelling Bee eight years in a row. At one point in the 2015 final, six of the remaining seven spellers were of that ethnicity, and in the end there were two: co-champions Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam. That means that out of the last 16 years, spellers of South-Asian origin have lost only four competitions. And one Northwestern academic says it’s not a coincidence.

Shalini Shankar, an associate professor of anthropology and Asian-American studies, spent this week with the 283 elite spellers who qualified for the bee in National Harbor, Md., continuing her research into what, exactly, might have produced this string of success. TIME spoke with Shankar about her interviews with parents, the kids’ intense preparation and how immigrant culture might lead to dominance in “brain sports.” (Hint: It doesn’t hurt that there is a spelling bee circuit exclusively for spellers of South-Asian descent.)

Who exactly are we talking about when we talk about top spellers in South Asian cultures?

Primarily India and Pakistan and Bangladesh are the countries that appear to have a lot of spellers. And when you look at South Asians in the South Asian spelling bee, it’s a range across those three countries. Occasionally from Sri Lanka as well. But once you get down to the finals or the championship level, it tends to be more spellers just from India. So Indian-Americans. Usually they are second generation. They were born in the United States to parents who are first generation Indian immigrants.

Is there a chance the string of wins by South Asian-Americans is a coincidence?

I think we can safely say it’s not a coincidence. I hesitate to call it dominance, only because it sounds like something premeditated or strategized. These kids come from families where their parents are really well educated, many of them, and their parents really emphasize education and certain types of extracurricular activities. Combined with that, they seem to have a real love of words and language and their parents foster that.

What kind of extracurricular activities are we talking about?

The parents spend a lot of their time and resources taking [their kids] to participate in what some of them describe as brain sports. So rather that going to travel baseball or travel soccer, they’re traveling this academic competition loop. Part of why you’re seeing their success on the rise is they’re in constant preparation mode for these various academic competitions. And there are several competitions that are exclusively for children of South Asian parentage. So they have more opportunities to do what they’re doing.

If part of this is the parents spending money on the travel circuit, does income level come into play in explaining the phenomenon?

I can’t speak to income levels because I don’t have that data. But I can safely say there’s at least one professional parent in most of these families that have what they call elite spellers. So they’re certainly socially upwardly mobile families even if they may not be wealthy, per se.

How much have you found the kids are into this intense competition because their parents are pushing them, versus pursuing it themselves?

The parents are definitely facilitators to this process but they can’t actually produce champions. They can only enable their children to excel in this activity if they’re predisposed and dedicated to doing it themselves. But I don’t think that’s so different from spelling bee champions of any other race or ethnicity. Any time you see spellers who really are dedicated and they’re making it to the highest levels of competition at the national level, generally their parents have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy helping them.

But isn’t there something, even if it’s not Tiger-Mom tactics, like a value the parents are passing along about what kind of competition is worth winning?

I have some partially formed ideas about that. I’m still looking into it. Part of what I’m seeing is that there’s a lot of prestige in this community to winning something like a spelling bee or winning a geography bee or a math bee. And that is valued as much if not more than winning some sort of physical sport … These are very important bragging rights among South Asian-American communities. There’s some real status linked to it, that the kids feel too. The kids are really excited about the prospect of being on ESPN. They want to be on television.

 

Is there a more fundamental place in the culture that this value on academic prowess comes from, like what brought these immigrants to America?

Among the elite classes in India, both economically and socially elite, there’s a real emphasis on education and the use of education for social mobility. It’s not so different from other places in the world, but it’s certainly quite prevalent there. So I think that value is one that gets very magnified when you look at what Indian-American populations actually emigrated. It’s mostly professionals who immigrated post-1965. They are doctors or engineers or scientists, etcetera. So they are absolutely going to place a higher value on that than, say, other types of accomplishment. It doesn’t meant they downplay other types of accomplishments, but there’s an understood value of education that these contests jibe with very well.

What is it that drives these kids to dedicate themselves to spelling so intensely?

Unless you really love language and reading and words, it becomes very hard to care about preparing to the extent that one needs to for a spelling bee at this level. Kids who do this love words and they love thinking about words. They read the dictionary, among other things. And not all of them prepare to win. They set their own goals, like ‘I want to make it to Scripps’ or ‘I want to make it to the semi-finals’ or the finals and proportionately spend time preparing in whatever ways they think will allow them to attain those goals.

What is that preparation process like?

That process is usually every day, if not almost every day, they spend a few hours after school, after their homework, sometimes after their parents get home so they can quiz them. They spend several hours each weekend day preparing, maybe not year-round but certainly in the weeks and months leading up to the bee. Some of these spellers who compete in their school bees as well as these South Asian spelling bees, they don’t let too much time go by when they don’t have to be preparing for something. They’re kind of constantly keeping this fresh in their minds. So it’s an ongoing process for them, during the years in which they’re able to compete. And then suddenly it ends when they’re 14. It can be a very abrupt ending.

How do competitions like this affect the way we think about childhood?

If anything, the continuum of what childhood means is being expanded in productive ways to accommodate things that might have seemed extremely marginal or relegated to this untouchable nerd kind of activity. It’s something that has more mainstream cachet. I mean, being on ESPN is something very few kids get to do and these kids are very proud of participating in something that has such national recognition. It’s just expanding our ideas about what childhood means in ways that are keeping up with how the world is changing.

TIME language

The Scripps National Spelling Bee Has Co-Champions, Again

Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis Missouri lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee
Joshua Roberts—Reuters Vanya Shivashankar, left, and Gokul Venkatachalam lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Md., on May 28, 2015

The winning words in the nail-biter final were 'scherenschnitte' and 'nunatak'

In a dramatic, flawless final round, two eighth-graders proved to be joint winners at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. One a girl and one a boy, one from Kansas and one from Missouri, one a five-time finalist and one a four-timer, 13-year-old Vanya Shivashankar and 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam put both their hands on the trophy and thrust it into the air on Thursday evening—after spelling word after word that few people could even hope to pronounce correctly.

Shivashankar’s winning word was scherenschnitte, meaning the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. Venkatachalam’s was nunatak, a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice.

This is the second year in a row that the final has yielded co-champions. Last year was the first time in 52 years that two people had shared the trophy, and 2015 marks the first time in the bee’s 90-year history that there have ever been co-champions two years in a row. This is only the fifth tie ever.

How do two people win the bee? If three or fewer spellers are left when a round begins, the officials move to a 25-word “championship list.” As Scripps explained last year:

Once there are three spellers left in a round, the next round begins with a 25-word list. Ordinarily, a winner is declared if one speller misspells and the remaining speller correctly spells two words in a row. If no winner is declared before the list has been exhausted—or there are not enough words left for two consecutive spellings—co-champions are announced.

In the last minutes of the final, Shivashankar and Venkatachalam navigated—and sometimes breezed—through the championship words with poise, like tennis players returning near-impossible shots. And the announcers from ESPN, which broadcasts the competition held in National Harbor, Md., each year, espoused due color commentary.

Shivashankar started with bouquetiere.

“If they do want only one champion, the words are going to have to get tougher than that one was for Vanya,” the announcer scoffed.

Venkatachalam countered with caudillismo.

“It’s not the first time in this competition he’s proven he can handle a Spanish-derived word.”

She spelled thamakau, a word of Fijian origin that describes a large canoe.

“Very obscure.”

He spelled scytale, a message written in a method of cipher used especially by the Spartans.

“That’s how good these too are. For most spellers, that would be a nightmare,” the announcer explains. “That dictionary is no mystery to them.”

Tantieme. Cypseline. Urgrund. Filicite.

“I don’t know that either one of these is capable of not winning that trophy.”

Myrmotherine. Sprachgefuhl. Zimocca. Hippocrepiform.

Neither one betrayed much emotion as they cycled up to the microphone. The announcers explained that Venkatachalam was wearing a LeBron James jersey under his button-up. The audience learned that Shivshankar’s sister had previously won the bee. It was no wonder they kept so cool.

Nixtamal. Paroemiology. Scacchite. Pipsissewa. Bruxellois. Pyrrhuloxia.

At this point, there were only four words remaining. That meant that if both spelled their next words correctly, both would go home winners—because there would be just two words left, not enough for a winner to spell two correctly in succession.

After cycling through her questions about the origin, part of speech, definition and alternative pronunciations, Shivashankar nailed the byzantine mess of letters that is scherenschnitte. (She also won the Lifetime reality show Child Genius earlier this year, which was starting to look like an omen.)

Then Venkatachalam headed up to the microphone. The pronouncer said the word. The boy asked no questions and spelled nunatak like he was spelling his own name.

The ticker tape rained down on the stage and the spellers hugged each other. He held the left side and she held the right. “This is a dream come true. I can’t believe I’m up here,” Shivashankar said. But with nine bee appearances between them, it’s pretty easy to imagine that something this fitting would happen.

TIME viral

Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Once Made Her Case to Judge Judy

A young Marilyn J. Mosby worked to resolve a personal legal matter

Before she made national headlines by indicting six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby made an appearance on the small screen for a more personal legal matter.

A young Marilyn James made her case before none other than Judge Judy Sheindlin, the fiery host of the popular TV courtroom show, a spokesman for her office confirmed to the Baltimore Sun. The 20-year-old appeared before the judge to seek damages after discovering her neighbor trashed her college apartment while she was away on summer break.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Mosby attended Tuskegee University between 1998 and 2002, before heading to Boston College Law School.

The future prosecutor upstaged her neighbor in the courtroom, presenting receipts, photos and checks to aid her case. The defendant, on the other hand, offered little more than a shrug.

In the end, the young Mosby told the viewing audience there was “finally some justice served” when Judge Judy ruled in her favor and awarded her $1,731.90.

TIME technology

Steve Wozniak Is Getting a Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, speaks onstage during the National Geographic Channel's 'American Genius' panel at the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa on Jan. 7, 2015 in Pasadena, California.
Frederick M. Brown—Getty Images Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, speaks onstage during the National Geographic Channel's 'American Genius' panel at the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa on Jan. 7, 2015 in Pasadena, California.

And it'll be right next to Steve Jobs'

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is getting immortalized in wax. Madame Tussauds in San Francisco announced this week the inventor will be the next techie to get the wax treatment, joining the likes of Apple’s Steve Jobs and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

In a statement, Wozniak said he is “incredibly excited” to be added to the San Francisco location and equally thrilled that he’ll be placed next to his former partner.

“I remember visiting the London Museum as a kid,” Wozniak said. “I can’t wait to see my figure next to Jobs—it’ll be just like old times.”

According to Madame Tussauds, now the fun part begins. Wozniak will have to sit for 2 to 3 hours and have 250 measurements taken to ensure his figure’s accuracy. It takes about three to four months to complete the process, after which Wozniak will appear at his sculpture’s release for a side-by-side comparison.

TIME animals

Watch 2 Baby Bears Wrestle in Cutest Match Ever

Don't worry, mama bear was nearby

On a ride back from Hetch Hetchy, a valley in California’s Yosemite National Park, this tourist came across two baby bears duking it out in the middle of the road. While Jeff Molyneaux uploaded this video in July 2011 after his hiking and camping trip, the U.S. Department of the Interior just shared it via Facebook on Tuesday, noting “Don’t worry, the mama bear is out of the shot, just off the road and after the wrestling match, the bear cubs made it safely to her.”

Molyneaux also created a slapstick, lip-dub here:

TIME viral

Big Bird Lip-Syncing ‘Still Not a Player’ Will Ruin Your Childhood

There are some things that kids will just have to find out for themselves

Big Bird, the Sesame Street star, lip-syncs rapper Big Pun’s “Still Not a Player” in the latest YouTube video produced by Internet mashup artist “Animal Robot.” Enjoy the irony of the lyrics bragging about a man sleeping around mixed with video of the children’s TV icon singing a song called “That’s Cooperation.”

Just imagine if Sesame Street taught kids what a “player” is, or maybe it’s best that youngsters find out for themselves when they get to college.

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