Royal Family

Check Out Queen Elizabeth’s Fancy New Birthday Portrait

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This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken and made available on April 20, 2014, by British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday April 21, 2014. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and was commissioned on behalf of the British Government's GREAT Britain campaign. David Bailey—AP

The photographer sought to capture her 'kind eyes with a mischievous glint'

A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has been released in honor of her 88th birthday, which falls on Monday, April 21. And if we may be so bold, she’s looking pretty great.

British photographer David Bailey took the simple black-and-white portrait at Buckingham Palace, the BBC reports. Bailey said he’s always been a big fan of the Queen.

“She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint,” Bailey said. “I’ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman.”

Well, anyway — happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth! Most people hope to be treated like queens on their birthdays, but you already are one! Good job.

society

Watch Clippers Star Blake Griffin Dump Water All Over a Warriors Fan

Innocent mistake or act of vengeance?

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When the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin fouled out Saturday during his team’s first playoff game against the Golden State Warriors, he was, naturally, pretty unhappy. It appears he just might have taken out some of that frustration on a Warriors fans.

After watching the replay of the foul, Griffin threw his hands in the air — you know, that universal sign for “What the f–k man?” But he just so happened to be holding a cup of water, so he doused a Warriors fan standing behind him.

As Sports Illustrated points out, the man and his friend — both dressed in Warriors t-shirts — had cheered Griffin’s ejection, so he could have done this on purpose. But the fan, 22-year-old Will Meldman, suspects it was an accident.

Honestly, I think it fell out of his hand,” Meldman told Yahoo Sports. “He fouled out and he was frustrated, so it just fell out of his hand. It just slipped out.”

But Meldman’s friend, who was seated beside him the entire game, totally thinks Griffin’s move was intentional. We’ll never know for sure, so let’s all just keep watching the clip over and over:

 

 

Appreciation

Happy 4/20! Here Are 10 Things to Stream on Netflix While You Enjoy the Holiday

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From the funny to the awe-inspiring to the nostalgic: here's what to watch while enjoying this fine holiday

It’s 420, the national counterculture holiday that happens ever year on April 20th to celebrate all marijuana everything. Here’s a list of movies you might enjoy streaming today–you know, in case you live in Colorado.

The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson Science is awesome even when you’re not in an altered state, so just sit back and let Neil deGrasse Tyson talk at you about the wonders of our universe.

Too Cute! This show is seriously nothing more than a bunch of cute puppies and kittens and other baby animals running around being cute. That’s it. You’re welcome.

Freaks and Geeks All of it. The whole season. Seriously, why not?

Blue Planet: Natural History of the Oceans Because isn’t the ocean just, like, so crazy when you think about it? Plus, huge bonus: this is narrated by David Attenborough, who is arguably the most pleasant-sounding human of all time.

Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive The Parks and Recreation actor’s latest stand-up special is hilarious, so prepare for some uncontrollable, pain-inducing laughter.

Good Burger Allow yourself to drift back to a simpler time: the 1990s.

The Twilight Zone Built for marathoning, this show will present you with endless questions your sober self would never take the time to ponder.

Coneheads Remember this movie? It’s about people whose heads are shaped like cones. Don’t over-think it.

Bob’s Burgers If you don’t already watch this show, now is a really great time to start. And if you already do watch it, go ahead and watch some old episodes again. You won’t regret it.

Marley Yeah, there’s a Bob Marley documentary on Netflix. When else are you actually going to watch this?

 

Bizarre

Did Apple Maps Just Find the Loch Ness Monster?

A mysterious image found on Apple Maps is "likely" evidence of the fabled Loch Ness monster in the Scottish Highlands, says a bunch of monster enthusiasts. Others note the picture resembles the wake of a boat

Apple is known for inventing the iPhone and revolutionizing personal technology, but now it is famous for solving one of the enduring mysteries of man’s encounters with the uncanny: it has found the Loch Ness monster.

Or so claim Loch Ness theorists, who point to a satellite image on Apple maps that shows a mysterious shape in the Scottish body of water where the famous monster is said to dwell, reports the Daily Mail.

The image appears to show a large ripple in the water, similar to the wake of a boat. But monster conspiracists see something else altogether. After a comprehensive analysis, enthusiasts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club have concluded that the figure is “likely” the fabled beast:

“It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is,” Club president Gary Campbell told the Mail. “Whatever this is, it is under the water and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.”

The image was spotted by two people who noticed it at the end of last year on their phones, who said they were just perusing Apple maps when they found the mysterious image. The map image can only be seen on some iPads and iPhones and beamed by the Apple satellite map app.

So next time you’re on Apple maps, keep an eye out for the Yeti in your backyard.

[Daily Mail]

Marijuana

Whoopi Pens Column About How Much She Loves Weed

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Whoopi Goldberg at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013 portrait studio on April 17, 2013 in New York City. Larry Busacca—Getty Images

Writing for The Denver Post, Whoopi Goldberg describes her love affair with her vaporizer pen, which offers relief from severe headaches caused by her glaucoma and allows her to control the amount of THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—she ingests

In a column for The Denver Post titled “My vape pen and I, a love story,” published Thursday, Whoopi Goldberg extols the virtues of marijuana and describes her close relationship with her vaporizer pen.

“The vape pen has changed my life. No, I’m not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy. Yes, she’s a she. And yes, I named her Sippy because I take tiny, little sips — sassy sips, even — from her. And with each sip comes relief — from pressure, pain, stress, discomfort,” Goldberg writes. Her column appeared in the Colorado paper’s marijuana section, The Cannabist.

The vaporizer pen, she says, offers relief from severe headaches caused by her glaucoma and allows her to control the amount of THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—she ingests. She says she’s discrete when using the implement in places where medicinal marijuana is not legal.

Goldberg, who quit smoking cigarettes two years ago, says she tried smoking joints but found it too harsh—that’s when her daughter turned her on to the vaporizer.

“I took a sip. It was beautiful. And my pen and I have been together ever since.”

animals

Kittens Survive Accidentally Being Boxed Up and Shipped

It remains a mystery how two kittens wound up in a box full of fiberglass equipment shipped from Hollywood to Chula Vista, California. They are being nursed back to health at San Diego Humane Society

Two feisty black kittens with their umbilical cords still attached survived a 130-mile journey packed up in a sealed box full of fiberglass equipment earlier this week.

A Cox Communications warehouse worker found the siblings while unloading a delivery in Chula Vista, California that had recently arrived from Hollywood. The kittens were quickly shuttled to the San Diego Humane Society, where they are being nursed back to health. “We’re actually one of the only around the clock kitten nurseries in the country,” says Humane Society worker Kelly Schry.

While no one knows for sure how the kitties wound up on the semi, Humane Society Nurse Jenny Bonomini offered a plausible explanation to KGTV: “What we think happened was the mom had the babies and she put them in a safe spot … and she left. Then they got boxed up and they got shipped.”

Now named Mouse and Wifi, the fluffy kitties will be moved to a foster home in a few weeks, spayed and neutered, then put up for adoption. We’re pretty sure they won’t be orphans for long.

Food & Drink

Watch a Guy Eat 100 Peeps in about 2 Minutes

Happy Easter?

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In the most uncomfortable 2:10 of your day, watch this guy scarf down 100 pink and yellow Peeps shaped like chicks in a YouTube video produced by Matt Stonie, a competitive eater also known for inhaling four Chipotle burritos in three minutes. Then, if you celebrate Easter, see whether you feel like eating the Peeps in your basket on Sunday. (h/t Digg)

animals

The White House Can’t Seem to Catch the Fox Living on Its Lawn

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He's apparently been there since the government shutdown

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece Thursday that a wild fox has breached White House grounds, out-foxing (sorry, that’s not even creative, I just had to) administrators, security, and groundskeepers who have tried to kick him out of the Rose Garden and rolling lawns.

This fox first invaded White House grounds during the government shutdown (remember that?) in October, wreaking havoc on Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden. He settled in when groundskeepers were furloughed, meaning that he has been running free for six months.

And, short of using deadly force, the WSJ reports that White House grounds officials have been trying everything to get him out including spending “hours plotting to lure him into the traps with rotting hunks of chicken, so they could relocate him some 3 miles south to a park along the Potomac River.”

So we put a man on the moon, but we can’t get a fox out of the White House garden. Where’s Olivia Pope when you need her?

viral

The Birth Of Instagram’s Latest Trend: Playing Cats Like Musical Instruments

If your air guitar was made out of… a feline

A group of friends in Philadelphia unintentionally became the creators of Instagram’s latest, bizarre hashtag meme: the #catband. And they all think it’s really, really weird that now hundreds of strangers have started playing their cats as if they were air guitars, air bongos, and even air bagpipes.

Julie Malone’s cat, Lilly, has become a staple in her friendship circle “because she’s fat and really nice and you can just do anything to her and she thinks it’s great,” the 25-year-old Anthropologie jewelry buyer told TIME. And so, when Malone’s boyfriend started playing music during dinner, she thought it would be a funny idea to play her cat like a ukelele — er… “Uke-Lilly”—and tag the obese feline’s adoring fans in an Instagram video.

Lilly’s unperturbed thumb licking made the video really shine.

Jack Hartman soon responded with a video of himself playing his screaming cat Dusty —”He’s so mean!” Malone said—like a bongo drum. “Let’s start a band,” he posted.

Then Kenny Kim started blowing his 20 lb cat Sketchie like a bagpipe, threw on the hashtag #catband so he and his friends could keep track of what was going on, and pretty soon a meme was born.

Dan Toffey, who manages Instagram’s #weeklyfluff feature and keeps up with emerging animal trends in the community told TIME he noticed the hashtag gaining traction over the past couple of weeks—with as many as a hundred in the last week, gaining in volume every day.

There are cat flutes:

Cat trumpets:

And even rabbit rebuttals:

Kim finds this all surreal. “All the original catbanders are definitely sitting back shaking their heads at what has become of it for sure,” he said. “The fact that there is a post on Knowyourmeme.com really legitimized it for us.”

Malone agrees. “I did it just for our dorky friends who like the cat,” she said. “If I knew that people from France and Russia were going to see it, I would have shot a more flattering video.”

Kim and his fiancée Hilary set up a #catband Tumblr, but he says maintaining the new entries has become a sort of part time job. “Cats, man.”

World

Kate Middleton Photobombs a Selfie

Captured during her visit to Christchurch, New Zealand, on Monday.

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton photobombed a fan’s selfie during an April 14 visit to Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband and the Duke of Cambridge Prince William. The image was reportedly posted on Reddit via Imgur earlier this week with the caption “Royal with cheese.” A Reddit commenter joked that the royal was “determining whether to high five or fist bump.” In the world of selfies, this photo would be considered a royal flush.

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