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This Alarm Clock Wakes You Up by Brewing a Fresh Cup of Coffee

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Um, yes please

Wouldn’t you hate your alarm clock so much less if it woke you up with a steaming hot cup of joe? Like, you’d still hate it a little, because waking up is the worst, but you’d have fresh-brewed coffee waiting for you inches from your face!

That’s the idea behind Barisieur, an alarm clock/coffee brewer hybrid engineered by London-based industrial designer Josh Renouf. The base is just an average digital alarm clock — but the important part is what’s resting on top. It looks like a mini version of those chemistry sets nerds play with in movies — you know, when they’re doing “experiments” in their bedrooms instead of developing social skills or whatever. Anyway, here’s how it works, according to PSFK:

The sleek device has stainless steel ball bearings inside a bespoke hand blown glass beaker that boils water through induction heating. The boiling water is pushed out of the beaker through a slim glass tube and is poured over the ground coffee which is placed in a sustainable stainless steel coffee filter. The coffee then drips through the filter and into a glass cup. In the middle of the tray is a small glass container that holds the milk or cream.

Renouf is now in the process of developing the Barisieur for commercial use. The estimated retail price is between £150 and £250 (or around $250 to $420).

So basically, this thing wakes you up with the gentle sounds of metal clinking against glass paired with the aroma of coffee. It’s trying to ease you into a state of awakeness rather than aggressively force you into it like most alarms. Plus, it’s a very safe way to wake up to a nice smell. Remember that time on The Office when Michael burned his food trying to wake up to the smell of crackling bacon?

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People Apparently Called the Police Because Facebook Went Down

According to amusing tweets from a sergeant with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

If you freaked out about Facebook going down earlier today, we hope your next call wasn’t 911. Sounds obvious, right? Apparently not to everyone, according to these tweets from Sergeant Burton Brink of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

Add this incident to the list of inappropriate times to call the police – from the British woman who called 999 because the ice cream man didn’t put enough sprinkles on her ice cream to the Florida woman who called 911 because she claimed a restaurant served her undercooked waffles.

LIST: Top 10 Non-Emergency 911 Calls

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Old People Swooning Over Elvis Footage Is as Adorable as it Sounds

"Oh, oh, oh, I love you Elvis"

The Fine Brothers have gained Internet fame for creating YouTubes of children, teens, and elders reacting to a variety of things. Thursday’s new installment tackled adorable nostalgia. This is how elders react when they see footage of Elvis.

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Stuntman’s GoPro Video Shows What It’s Like to Jump Off The Roof of a Building

This video is not for the vertiginous

GoPro has posted a terrifying video of professional stuntman Ethan Swanson jumping off a roof in Chicago, Illinois. The build-up is suspenseful, but fast forward to the 1:10 mark if you want to cut to the chase. The clip has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

After this horrifying footage, Swanson’s second most viral stunt is his leap from one rooftop to the rooftop of a building across the street.

LIST: The Most Mind-Blowing GoPro Videos in 1 Minute

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Dad Builds NASA Spaceship Simulator in His Son’s Bedroom

Complete with interactive switches, LED lights and sound effects

Some kids have Star Wars posters in their bedrooms — but this kid has an actual SPACE SHIP.

Father of two and general hero Jeff Highsmith decided to craft an interactive space shuttle for his 4-year-old kid, he explains on MAKE. It’s got controls, switches, glowing lights and a bunch of other realistic-looking spaceship stuff. Oh, it’s even got a bass shaker to simulate the feeling of the shuttle taking off.

He decided to build the spaceship after creating a mission control desk a few months back. Clearly, he thought, his kids would need a spaceship to go with it. The mission control center is in one room and the spaceship is in another — but his sons can collaborate on space mission using headsets. Coolest. Dad. Ever.

(h/t Laughing Squid)

 

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WATCH: Oxford A Cappella Group Covers Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie”

The pop star has endorsed it on Twitter

Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, has produced a cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” for charity. Proceeds from purchases of the single will be donated to the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults.

Shakira recently tweeted her endorsement of the students’ rendition, which now boasts more than 2.7 million views on YouTube

This medley is not the first Oxford-Shakira crossover. The Colombian pop star gave a speech about “universal access to education” at the university in December 2009.

WATCH: Shakira Plays ‘Truth or Dare’ on the Dance Floor

WATCH: Shakira and Rihanna Flip Their Hair a Lot in “Can’t Remember to Forget You” Video

LISTEN: Shakira’s New Single “Grandeur”

TIME Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week: Jul. 25 – Aug. 1

From an Ebola outbreak in Africa and Eid al-Fitr celebrations around the world, to the destruction of underground tunnels in Gaza and people dancing in the streets of North Korea, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts Peg Each Other With Balls

Roberts was there to promote HBO's The Normal Heart

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon came up with a new game called “Face Balls” while Julia Roberts was on-set Thursday.

The premise is simple: you throw balls at a person’s face and then watch their reactions in slow motion. The results were hilarious.

“This is like the comedy version of Fifty Shades of Grey,” Roberts said to Fallon.

 

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Drunk Passenger Attacks Crew with Prosthetic Leg

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She just wanted to smoke her cigarettes in peace!

A plane was diverted Wednesday night after an inebriated woman had the mild mannered response of attacking flight crew with her prosthetic leg after they informed her that not only couldn’t she have cigarettes, but she couldn’t have access to a parachute so that she could leave the aircraft and its stringent rules.

There’s now word if Real Housewives of New York was streaming on the flight to provide her with feud tactic inspiration.

A spokesperson for the Sussex Police released the following statement:

At 10.22pm on Wednesday a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at the North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thompson flight 297 from Tunisia to Edinburgh. The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew.

She was swearing blue murder, saying she was going to do this and that and the other, so the flight was diverted to Gatwick.

Passenger John Smith, 48, described a pretty horrifying scene to the Telegraph.

“She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane,” he said. “She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg.”

The flight was originally expected at its destination at 11:30 pm Wednesday, but it was delayed to 2:30 am Tuesday so that the police could escort the woman off the plane and take statements from passengers.

It kind of makes that plane that was diverted because a woman refused to stop belting Whitney Houston sound pleasant.

[BBC]

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Adorable Deer Cries When You Stop Petting His Belly

But watch what happens when he tries to stop

A video going viral on Reddit shows Justin Lewis, an electric company lineman from Kentucky, cradling a fawn and giving it belly rubs. The young deer squealed whenever he stopped. As he wrote on Facebook, “momma deer was watching from the hillside. The fawn was following us around the job site, so we carried it up the hillside and he left with his mother.”

WATCH: Deer Essentially Falls from the Sky and Crushes a Car

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