TIME politics

Watch Obama Break Out His Best Dad Dance Moves With Santa

Clearly the President is being a good sport to make sure he gets on Santa's "nice" list

During the National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House Thursday night, President Barack Obama attempted to keep things light by breaking it down with Santa Claus. He gave ‘ol Saint Nick an enthusiastic high-five, and then the President started grooving, basically moving his hands, which were in a thumbs-up position, from side to side, before dancing his way off the stage.

At one point, you can even see Santa saying something to the President. Maybe it was in response to Obama’s Christmas list, which we imagine is made up of requests like more bipartisan cooperation in Congress, or coal in the stockings of those who have challenged his authority.

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TIME Television

Your Favorite Boy Meets World Characters Will Reunite on Season 2 of Girl Meets World

Boy Meets World
ABC/Getty Images

Including Shawn, Eric and, yes, FEE-HEE-HEENAY

Alright, Boy Meets World fans (we’re looking at you, ’90s kids). If you haven’t watched Girl Meets World because you think it’s kind of weird the Disney Channel actually made that a show, or perhaps because you don’t own a TV, you might finally have a compelling reason to tune in.

That compelling reason is that all your favorite characters from Boy Meets World will appear in the second season! Well, some of your favorite characters. Most notably: Cory Matthews’ bestie Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), his older brother Eric (Will Friedle) and his beloved teacher/mentor/neighbor/person who always somehow shows up in every single aspect of his life, Mr. Feeny (William Daniels.)

Ben Savage, who plays Cory, tweeted this photo, giving us a glimpse at the glorious reunion to come:

Also appearing in the holiday reunion episode, which airs today, Dec. 5, will be Cory’s parents Amy and Alan (Betsy Randle and William Russ), E! Online reports.

The Girl Meets World writers have been sharing snippets of information on Twitter to build up the hype for this special episode. For example:

Oh boy.

TIME Television

Watch James Franco and Nicki Minaj Declare Their Best-Friendship in SNL Promo

Also, dash our dreams about flying

In case you forgot in the last ten hours that NBC’s Peter Pan Live! was the television event of the year (it was, at least, the most plugged), James Franco and Nicki Minaj are here to remind you. Franco and Minaj, who are host and musical guest, respectively, of this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, teamed up for a promo in which a little tribute to Allison Williams’ Pan goes off with a bit of a hitch.

The pair also attempts to prove, to anyone who’s ever doubted the depths of their bond, that they’re actual real-life besties. By the looks of it, she’s forgiven him for the derrière-obsessed interview he conducted with her back in August. (Although to be fair, he was in character at the time.)

Franco will host the show for a third time, promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview. Minaj will presumably perform tracks off her new album The Pinkprint, which drops Dec. 15.

TIME celebrity

Aaron Paul’s New ‘Yo B’ App Does Exactly What You’d Expect

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Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic/Getty Images Actor Aaron Paul poses in the press room at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Now you can send "colorful greetings" to your friends in the Breaking Bad actor's voice

Sometimes, just texting your friend a bland “hey, what’s up?” won’t cut the mustard. That’s when Aaron Paul’s new app “Yo B-tch” will come in handy.

The app, named after the signature phrase of Paul’s Breaking Bad character, will allow you to send your friends audio recordings of his voice saying “colorful greetings” like the app’s name, or alternatives such as “Bueno, b-tch,” or “I love you, b-tch.”

The app, which is free in iTunes but offers in-app upgrades for purchase, was announced by Paul on Twitter on Friday, just in time to spread some good cheer for the holidays.

Read next: Aaron Paul’s Response to Toys ‘R’ Us Breaking Bad Controversy Is Perfect

TIME viral

‘Gangnam Style’ Has Had So Many Views That It Broke YouTube

The viral K-Pop hit surpassed 2 billion views, prompting the site to expand its counter to over 9 quintillion

Update appended

Remember “Gangnam Style,” the viral music video by Korean pop star Psy that took the world by storm two years ago? Well, it just hit more views on YouTube this week than the site’s creators thought a single video would ever get.

The video has now been watched more than 2.15 billion times (2,156,711,995 times as of this writing), prompting YouTube to announce that it will increase its maximum viewing limit to more than 9 quintillion.

“We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY,” the video-streaming website said in a statement on Monday, explaining that the computer data units it uses to count views of its videos have now been doubled to a 64-bit integer.

UPDATE: YouTube said Friday morning that its statement was intended as a joke, Variety reports. “It’s an easter egg,” a representative said. “We updated the counter to 64-bit months ago.”

TIME viral

And Then Here’s an Owl Going for a Swim in Lake Michigan

Could he be the avian Ryan Lochte? This video points to yes

Silly owl, your primary mode of transit is supposed to be flying, not swimming! But alas, here you are, doing what is essentially the butterfly stroke in the cold waters of Lake Michigan.

MORE: The Top 10 New Species of 2014

Chicago area photographer and birder Steve Spitzer captured the brief (but, come on, totally riveting) footage this week in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood, WGN reports. The Great Horned Owl had apparently been forced into the water by two peregrine falcons — but clearly, he ended up making the best of the situation.

Read next: This Is How Electric Eels Shock Their Victims

TIME viral

Watch a Pregnant Woman Confront Anti-Abortion Demonstrators Outside a London Clinic

“You’re standing out here making people feel guilty. I think this is wrong on so many levels.”

A pregnant woman’s passionate diatribe against anti-abortion protesters outside a London health center that offers abortions has gone viral.

“You’re standing out here making people feel guilty,” the unidentified woman can be heard telling members of British pro-life group Abort67 on the video, which has racked up 140,000 views in the 24 hours after being posted Wednesday. “I think this is wrong on so many levels.”

Her occasionally profane speech, which begins about a minute into the video, was captured by journalist and activist Sunny Hundal. Hundal has covered Abort67 in the past, and tells TIME that he went to the clinic with the intention of showing women being intimidated by protestors:

“I was walking over to confront them about their use of video cameras, [to document who goes into the clinic] when I saw [the pregnant woman] standing by and then she started criticizing them, at which point I let her speak her mind. She did a far better job of showing their hypocrisy than I could have.”

In the video the woman, who has a very visible baby bump, objects to the protesters “judging and filming” women going in and out of the clinic, accusing them of potentially traumatizing victims of abuse by showing graphic images of fetuses. “Many people have been abused, you don’t know what their reasons are for,” she said.

Abort67 posted a response to the filming on its Facebook page:

In the video, an Abort67 activist said that the cameras weren’t used to identify patients at the clinic but rather to gather evidence to counter claims that they use harassment tactics during protests. The group also told BuzzFeed:

Suggesting that we are harassing and intimidating women when there is no actual harassment or intimidation occurring is misogynistic. It suggests that women are inherently too weak to be fully informed about abortion. If harassment were occurring, the police who keenly observe us at our invitation, would arrest us.

Sunny seems to miss the irony of filming us outside the clinic whilst he vilifies us for filming ourselves outside a clinic.


TIME movies

Here’s What the New Star Wars Would Look Like if Wes Anderson Directed It

The Episode VII trailer gets a very twee makeover

The trailer for the latest Star Wars installment has exploded in popularity and amassed more than 60 million views since it debuted last week, and also racked up tons of parodies.

Now, it has the quirkiest parody yet — a re-edit in the cutesy, iconic style of Wes Anderson. Yes, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens starred Bill Murray and had 1960s British invasion rock on the soundtrack its trailer might look something like this.

But if you’re digging the aesthetic, don’t get your hopes up. Anderson has already said that, although the Star Wars films have greatly influenced him, he doesn’t think he has what it takes to direct one. “I don’t know if I have all the right action chops,” he once told Deadline, “But at least I know the characters from the old films.”

TIME Bizarre

These Pillowcases Smell Like Bacon

bacon pillowcase
J&D’s Foods

This bedding retails for just $12.99

By now, we know the whole world is bacon-crazy, so let’s forgo all the pomp and puns and wishes of “savory dreams” and just cut to the chase: bacon-scented pillowcases are for sale.

From J&D’s Foods, the two-man operation that turned Bacon Salt into a bacon empire, you can now purchase pillowcases that smell like cured meat. These bacon-scented pillowcases, if cared for according to included instructions, claim to maintain their aroma “for 6-12 months or more.” They can even handle multiple wash cycles, though the company advises you to wash them separately from the rest of your clothes, lest you end up with a wardrobe that makes you smell like a short order cook.

Unfortunately, this bizarre bedding—which retails for just $12.99—is currently sold out, because everything that finds its way to Internet fame sells out. But their website promises “new product will be available next week (before holiday shipping deadlines).” Sounds like a lot of people will wake up on Dec. 26 smelling like a headful of bacon.

This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.

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TIME Internet

Watch All of the 2014 Movie Trailers in One Glorious Mashup

Grab the popcorn

The Sleepy Skunk has just released the annual movie trailer mash-up and everything from Boyhood to Birdman to The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy to The Imitation Game, Lucy to Annabelle to Belle is included in the mix. Even films not in theaters yet are represented, including Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and the assassination comedy The Interview, raising the ire of North Korea.

Boasting a soundtrack made up of Dario Marinelli’s score from V for Vendetta and songs by The Prodigy and OneRepublic, the trailers are seamlessly woven together to not only remind viewers of the individual films seen this year, but also of everything we watched on the big screen in 2014. It’s a mesmerizing step back to see the greater whole of the stories we were told this year.

Whether you’re working on a year-end list (here’s TIME’s list of the best movies of 2014), or trying to get a jump start on your Oscar ballot, the video takes you on a helpful, fascinating and beautiful stroll down movie memory lane.

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