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.

Watch the full video below.

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.

TIME viral

Watch This Incredible Sign Language Version of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’

She absolutely crushes it

Shelby Mitchusson uploaded this video of herself performing “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, entirely in American Sign Language, back in September. Now, it’s getting some much-deserved recognition after it was posted on Reddit this week. The poster “expected it to be silly” but then realized it’s “actually really, really well done.”

Indeed. Her performance — complete with body movements and intense facial expressions — is mesmerizing.

“I have a deep love for interpreting music and would love to share more as I am always interpreting music,” Mitchusson wrote in a YouTube comment. She also promised to upload more videos soon, so stay tuned.

Read next: These Neighbors Learned Sign Language So a Deaf Resident Would Feel More at Home

TIME animals

These Warthog Piglets Were Named After Game of Thrones Characters

Welcome, four-footed HBO fans!

Hodor is stocky and muscular with wrinkly, gray skin and a long, coarse mane. He also has four large tusks protruding from his snout and has not once said the word, “Hodor!” But we’re not referring to the Game of Thrones character — it’s a new baby warthog at the Detroit Zoo.

A set of five warthogs was born at the Detroit Zoo back in April, according to a news release, and they just made their web debut. There’s a good chance these guys will be popular, because each one is named after characters from Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire, depending on your particular level of geekdom). The female piglets are named Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, while the males are named after Tyrion and Hodor.

“We’re thrilled to have this new litter to add to our warthog family,” Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, said in a statement. “Like all pigs, warthogs are smart and precocious and a lot of fun to watch running and rooting around in their habitat.”

Based on the video that the zoo shared on Wednesday, at least four of those piglets don’t share their namesakes’ blood-thirst or desire for revenge. The fifth one, presumably Cersei, isn’t in the video, undoubtedly because she doesn’t play well with others.

 

TIME animals

See What a Herd of Elephants Did When a Calf Collapsed in the Middle of a Road

Some scientists argue elephants can show empathy

This viral video claims to show a baby elephant collapsing at Kruger National Park in South Africa and a herd of elephants “helping” it get back on its feet.

Some scientists argue elephants can show empathy. For example, a study of Asian elephants in Thailand published in February 2014 suggested “elephants adopted the emotional state of, touched and called out to those in distress, and did so in ways that seemed to mirror the consolatory behavior we see in other species,” Joshua Plotnik, one of the researchers from the University of Cambridge, said in an interview. In the study, “elephants often rumbled or chirped toward those in distress, and reached out to touch the distressed individual’s mouth and face. If a distressed elephant put their ears out and straightened their tail, the bystanders often did the same.”

TIME Music

Listen to a Beautiful A Cappella Version of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’

Performed by the group Twisted Measure from Elon University

If you still haven’t seen Pitch Perfect 2, these four minutes of aca-awesome a cappella magic should tide you over in the meantime.

Twisted Measure, an a cappella group from Elon University, recorded this haunting version of Sia’s “Chandelier.” It could never replace the original, obviously, but it’s an interesting, stripped-down arrangement and it shows off some impressive vocal talent. Oh, and the version was arranged by Twisted Measure members, so, you know, don’t worry about any copyright issues.

The video could have used some killer dance moves like in Sia’s original version, but it’s still pretty good.

Read next: This College Student’s Version of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Video Is Awkward and Perfect

TIME Bizarre

The Mystery of Disappearing Holes in Swiss Cheese Has Been Solved

Holes in Swiss cheese have declined in the last 15 years

(BERLIN)—The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk’s too clean.

A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that tiny specks of hay are responsible for the famous holes in cheeses like Emmentaler or Appenzeller. As milk matures into cheese these “microscopically small hay particles” help create the holes in the traditional Swiss cheese varieties.

The government-funded Agroscope institute said in a statement Thursday that the transition from age-old milking methods in barns to fully-automated, industrial milking systems had caused holes to decline during the last 15 years.

In a series of tests, scientists added different amounts of hay dust to the milk and discovered it allowed them to regulate the number of holes.

TIME society

These High School Students Gave Their Class Trip Money to Principal with Cancer

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They said it is the least they can do after all that she has done for them

After high school seniors in New Hampshire raised $8,000 for a class trip to the Adirondacks in New York, they learned that their principal, Courtney Vashaw, had cancer. So the students decided to use the money to fund her treatment instead.

Students at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem told WMUR that they would organize another trip in the local area and want to host additional fundraisers to help Vashaw.

Christopher Sirois, the senior class president, told WMUR that the principal “has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back.”

 

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