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Here’s a Terrifying Video of a 6 Year Old Riding a Harley

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File this one under “questionable parenting.” And “insanity.” And “kinda awesome.”

YouTube user Jacob Hughes’ above video apparently shows a father and son motorcycle ride—that long cherished bonding ritual—except the son in question is six years old.

Sadly, there’s little context for the clip. Its description only says “6-Year-Old Boy Riding Father’s Harley On An Open Road!” It’s hard to say when or where this actually took place. Either way, it’s almost certainly totally illegal. Then again, the family that gets horribly maimed together stays together.

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Brian Williams Rapping ‘Gin and Juice’ Might Be The Best Thing You’ve Ever Seen

Jimmy Fallon made a mash-up of the NBC Nightly News host rapping Snoop Dogg. The result was glorious

Dreams that we never even knew we had really do come true.

The team at the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon spliced together clips of an overtly serious Brian Williams reporting the news to make it seem like he’s rapping Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” for Monday night’s show. And boy oh boy, when the NBC newscaster says his mind is on his money, and his money’s on his mind, we believe him.

This may be greater than when Team Fallon made a Williams “Rapper’s Delight” in February.

Looks like Allison Williams isn’t the only musician in the family.

TIME NextDraft

The Americans Who Question The Big Bang Theory and Other Fascinating News on the Web

April 21, 2014

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1. The Big Theory Bang

The closer science is to our bodies, the more we tend to believe it. Only four percent of us question whether smoking causes cancer, eight percent are skeptical about that whole DNA thing, and fifteen percent have doubts about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Things change as we move away from ourselves: “About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright disbelieve that the earth is warming, mostly a result of man-made heat-trapping gases, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old or that life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection, though most were at least somewhat confident in each of those concepts. But a narrow majority — 51 percent — questions the Big Bang theory.”

+ Americans are also becoming less religious. Is the Internet to blame? OMG.

+ Some new research from Carnegie Mellon suggests that although Millennials are shying away from organized religion, they are not without faith. From Vox: “While only 52 percent of Millennials look to religion for guidance, 62 percent of them say they talk privately to God.” (I didn’t know Millennials talked privately at all…)

2. A Holding Pattern

“We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people.” This was just a test of a mass surveillance system. But it could be coming to a city near you.

+ Quentin Hardy in the NYT: How urban anonymity disappears when all data is tracked.

+ In Kansas City, tracking technology helped police find a highway shooter. Do the upsides of surveillance outweigh the downsides? (You can just answer that silently in your head and your vote will be automatically tallied.)

3. Sunk

“Above all, the conduct of the captain and some crew members is unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense, and it was like an act of murder that cannot and should not be tolerated.” That’s South Korean President Park Geun-hye commenting on the arrests connected to the sinking of the Sewol ferry last week. Sixty-four bodies have been recovered and there are still more than 230 people missing.

+ Most of the victims are high school students. From Bloomberg: Two Hours Turned School Island Excursion to Horror at Sea

4. Back On Course

Thirty-eight year-old Meb Keflezighi from San Diego won today’s Boston Marathon while Rita Jeptoo came in first in the women’s competition. In some ways, the race was a victory for the whole city of Boston. Buzzfeed has a collection of images from the scene.

+ Artist Ronnie Goodman runs up to fifteen miles a day as trains for the SF marathon. He also lives under the freeway.

5. Internet Famous

Jerome Jarre. King Bach. Jamie Andries. Michelle Phan. NY Magazine takes you inside the weird world of Internet fame. Who did you think teenagers were watching on their phones?

+ Surprise! Your kids are really irritated when you ignore them and fixate on your phone. (I never gave my parents enough credit for being able to ignore me with nothing more than a rotary phone and some genuine disinterest.)

6. Sherpas On Strike

Some Sherpas are considering a strike after Friday’s brutal avalanche, the deadliest in Everest history.

+ “If, say, 1 percent of American college-aged raft guides or ski instructors were dying on the job — the mortality rate of Everest Sherpas — the guiding industry would vanish.” Outside’s Grayson Shaffer on the value of a Sherpa life. And here’s Shaffer’s 2013 piece: The Disposable Man: A Western History of Sherpas on Everest.

+ Who dies (and where) on Earth’s highest mountain?

7. Being There

Kenneth and Helen Felumlee never spent a night apart during their seventy years of marriage. “When Helen Felumlee passed away at the age of 92 Saturday morning, her family knew her husband Kenneth Felumlee, 91, wouldn’t be slow to follow her.”

8. This One Goes to 4-21

Yesterday was April 20, otherwise known as 420, a significant number in cannabis culture. The legend began at my high school. (San Rafael High was also the school attended by the guy who played Warren Coolidge on The White Shadow). A lot has changed since 420 originated in 1971. Pot has gone mainstream and is quickly going legal. And now it’s going high tech. Wired’s Mat Honan on how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis.

+ MoJo: 24 mind-blowing facts about Marijuana production in America.

+ Village Voice: A day in the life of your friendly neighborhood weed messenger.

9. Meow Nix

In the last decade, scientists have learned a lot about canine cognition. But they’ve learned very little about cats. Apparently, cats are too smart to let themselves be studied.

+ Related: Photos of metal-heads and their cats.

10. The Bottom of the News

It’s hard to believe, but the FBI reports that a 16 year-old survived a flight from California to Hawaii while stowed away in a plane’s wheel well. (And he left his cell phone on during takeoff and landing.)

+ Quartz: Chipotle continues to refine the science of burrito velocity. Velocity I believe, but burrito?

+ The private lives of public bathrooms.

+ How Dodgeball became America’s most demonized sport. We had Dodgeball. Our kids have web comments.

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TIME relationships

There’s Now A Wide Selection Of Tinder Alternatives For Jewish Singles

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Matchmaker, matchmaker, swipe me a match

Considering that there are dating apps for farmers looking for other famers, it should hardly be a surprise that there’s a new Tinder specifically geared towards Jewish singles.

JSwipe is a Tinder derivative that launched on the first day of Passover, perhaps aiming to distract a bread-starved consumer base with pictures of nearby Jewish matches. After clarifying your Jewish affiliation (Orthodox? Willing to convert?) and eating tendencies (What’s your stance on cheeseburgers?), users are free to swipe right (which prompts a happy face Star of David) and left (sad face Star of David) to their Semitic-seeking hearts’ content.

And why stop at just one Jewish Tinder alternative?

There’s also JCrush, an app that launched in early April for the less decisive lover. Not only do users have a “Maybe” option, but even if they swipe left for no (in this case shown by a red “x” mark with “Oy Vey” written across the symbol) they can go back to change their minds.

Note: Religious affiliation doesn’t assure quality control. Some mensch matches apparently believe “Mazel Tov, sweet cheeks!” is an appropriate conversation starter.

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IKEA Will Soon Serve Vegetarian Meatballs

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IKEA is developing an eco-friendly "green" version of their patently delicious Swedish meatball dish, a highlight for many making a trip to the massive furniture store, that will be completely meat-free. They have not set a date for the unveiling yet

Everyone knows that the best part of a trip to IKEA is taking a break to eat those delicious signature meatballs. That experience has heretofore excluded vegetarians, but soon, the Swedish furniture chain will begin offering a meatless option.

IKEA is developing this eco-friendly “green” version of the Swedish dish to cut carbon emission and tackle climate change, the Guardian reports. Each year, IKEA sells an estimated 150 million meatballs, which are made from beef and pork. The concern is that the farming process leads to high carbon dioxide emissions — so creating ‘veg balls’ would reduce IKEA’s carbon footprint.

The company hasn’t announced an official date, but we should expect the veg balls — along with a new chicken version — next year. Don’t panic, though. The original meatballs aren’t going anywhere.

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Here’s the Leader of the Free World Making Monster Faces

The dramatic reading of the Maurice Sendak classic is an annual tradition at the White House Easter Egg Roll

President Barack Obama got really into character during his annual reading of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are at the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House today. He pretended to be one of the wild things — growling, gnashing his teeth, and rolling his eyes. We imagine that one sees a lot of these scary faces in Washington, particularly during heated debates on Capitol Hill.

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WATCH: White House Makes 90s Sitcom-Style Easter Egg Roll Promo with Jim Carrey and Ariana Grande

MORE: A Brief History of the White House Easter Egg Roll

TIME U.S.

Man Proposes to His Girlfriend at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

"After last year I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly"

Shortly after completing the Boston Marathon today, runner Greg Picklesimer decided to make the day even more memorable by proposing to his girlfriend at the finish line.

He also completed the marathon last year, just a few hours before the terrorist attack that killed three people and injured dozens more.

“After last year I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly,” Picklesimer told CBS Boston. “I didn’t want to lose that so I decided to come back and seal the deal.”

She said yes, luckily, because wouldn’t that be so awkward if she didn’t?

 

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30 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep

A new parent will lose about 1055.6 hours of sleep in the first year of their child's life… that's almost 44 days

Sleepy’s mattress retailer is pretty pro-sleep. So to help educate a consumer base —and, you know, promote — the company came up with a list of 30 “insane” facts about it. They range from the awesome (gamers are more likely to be able to control their dreams) to depressing (a new parent will lose about 1055.6 hours of sleep in the first year of their child’s life… that’s almost 44 days.)

30 Insane Facts About Sleep

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Couple Asks Internet to Name Their Baby, Somehow Doesn’t End Up With Child Called “Kids’R’Gross”

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They also could have been forced to name her "Cthulu All-Spark" or "Not Zelda"

A few months back, a couple decided to turn to the Internet to name their baby. Their reasoning was never really clear, but their motivation probably fell somewhere on the spectrum between “Why the hell not?” and “Yeah, we’re bored so let’s just do this.”

So they set up NameMyDaughter.com and then casually placed the link on Reddit, inviting the online community to submit their ideas and ultimately vote for the winning moniker. Naturally, things escalated quickly. Sure, names like Leslie and Renee were thrown into the mix, but Megatron, Not Zelda, Salad and Streetlamp also topped the list. (Does that surprise anyone? Please raise your hand if that surprises you at all.)

The baby was born this month and the results are in. Her name is Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin, which is a real name, fit for a real human! This part is surprising.

To be fair, the father clarified that he and his wife would make the final decision, so it’s possible that Amelia wasn’t the true winner in the poll and they simply chose it over “Salad” because they’re not monsters.

(h/t Betabeat)

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Incredibly Amicable Meerkat Becomes Best Friends With a Husky

This just might be the animal friendship to end all animal friendships

Animal friendships are a wonderfully perplexing part of life. So intriguing, in fact, that TIME did a whole cover story about them in 2012. Anyway, here’s an exciting new development in the realm of surprising animal camaraderie: a meerkat befriended a Siberian Husky at the Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge in Namibia.

The dog doesn’t seem super into it at first, but the persistent little meerkat chips away at him until he gives in to the inevitable best friendship, and it’s a beautiful thing.

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