TIME Music

Every Dad’s Favorite ’90s Band Covers ‘Let It Go’ From Frozen

Say hello to your new Snow Queen, Eddie Vedder

Back in February, TIME offered a definitive ranking of the best “Let It Go” covers. Now, four months later, we’re still seeing new covers popping up left and right, including one by Pearl Jam. Yes, really. During an extended arrangement of their song “Daughter” at a concert in Milan this weekend, the band transitioned to the Frozen hit.

We have to admit: it’s pretty cool hearing Eddie Vedder’s voice belting out that catchy chorus. Now we’re kind of hoping a rapper tackles it next. We’re lookin’ at you, Weezy.

TIME animals

Watch Ducklings Get Rescued From a Sewer and Reunite With Their Mom

The mama duck waits patiently for animal control to save her babies

A handful of baby ducks fell into a sewer while crossing the road with mom, but luckily local animal control was able to save them from certain sewer death. Their mom waits patiently by as the rescuers retrieve them, then happily leads them back to the lake.

TIME Culture

You Won’t Believe How Little Americans Read

A paltry 19 minutes a day

Since the arrival of Gutenberg’s printing press in 1450, the primacy of the written word — as a means of distributing information, for delivering pleasure — has been mostly unquestioned. But with the rise of radio, television, and now the Internet, print’s reign has come under fire, and is perhaps approaching an end.

A recent study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the average American spends only 19 minutes a day reading; young people read less than ever, apparently, with people ages 25 to 34 reading eight minutes a day on weekends and holidays, while those 20 to 24 average around 10. This, of course, is a decline: a report from Common Sense Media found that 45% of 17-year-olds admit only reading for pleasure a few times a year — up from 19% in 1984.

The causes implicated were obvious, naturally having to do with the ubiquitous presence of screens in our lives. Is this progress? It’s hard to say. Vox has some pretty charts that’ll help you decide for yourself.

TIME Social Media

This Company Will Help Job Seekers Erase Unseemly Facebook Photos

Pretend your frat-star days never existed — at least on the Internet — with Social Sweepster

By the time this year’s college graduates grab their diplomas, they’ll likely have heard countless warnings about what not to post on social media.

But in case they never listened—and are only just starting to grasp what four years of keg stands and Solo cups might do to their employment prospects—Social Sweepster wants to help. The service goes through Facebook and Twitter accounts to find photos and posts that might make hiring managers think twice, the New York Times reports.

Similar services include SimpleWash, which searches profiles for “undesirable content” based on certain keywords, and Socially Clean, which identifies regrettable Facebook posts on both users’ profiles and those left on their friends’ profiles.

But Social Sweepster, founded by a 2013 graduate of Indiana University, has an emphasis on scanning images, looking through postings from as far back as 2005 to identify objects like beer cans and red Solo cups. Once those are found, users have options to untag, delete or ask a friend to remove the offending photos.

The image identification technology isn’t perfect yet, but founder Tom McGrath believes young job seekers, wanting to be safe rather than sorry, will still want to pay for the service, which is currently in beta.

“If you spent all this money on a college education and you’ll spend $5 on a coffee, why not prevent the slightest chance that a potential employer will be upset?” he said.

[NYT]

TIME animals

Meet Peanut, the Ugliest Dog in the World

The 2-year-old rescue dog won the official title of World's Ugliest Dog this week, but his owner loves him just the way he is

He’s got a face only a mother could love: Peanut, a rescue dog with unknown breed origins, was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., earlier this week.

The dog’s owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, N.C., says 2-year-old Peanut is a victim of animal abuse and was injured in a fire, though he’s healthy now, CBS reports.

“He doesn’t have lips anymore,” Chandler says. “His eyelids are also gone, and so he can’t close his eyes, so therefore his eyes water. The tears drain into his nose and so he has nice little snot bubbles because of it. So it’s great, that adds to his character.”

Chandler plans to use the $1,500 prize money to help pay for other pets’ veterinary bills and hopes Peanut’s big win will call attention to animal abuse, the Associated Press reports.

“He’s my baby,” she said. “I guess I don’t see him every day as being that ugly. But I guess the judges thought so.”

[CBS]

TIME

This 80-Year-Old Agave Plant Is About to Bloom

It blooms once in its lifetime, and it's happening now.

There’s a giant agave plant in Michigan. Its stalk is fully 25 feet tall (where most agave plants fall between 15’ and 30’), it’s 80 years old, and it’s on the cusp of blooming.

As you might imagine, hardcore horticulturists are ecstatic—blooming, you might say.

“We’ve experienced a more than 50% increase in our visitors compared to the same time frame last year,” said Joe Mooney, spokesman for the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum, told USA Today. “We’ll run another report when the agave is finished and my guess is that it will be even better than a 50% increase.”

Unfortunately, the plant will die after it flowers, although it will leave behind many clones of itself, and potentially thousands of seeds (some of which visitors will be able to buy).

TIME politics

Start Your Summer With Joe Biden and a Super-Soaker

Joe Biden's Day Off

Almost every year, Vice President Joe Biden hosts a first-day-of-summer party with reporters, bouncy castles and a whole lot of kids. There’s face painting, lounging on the lawn, and super soaker battles that the Vice President does not shy away from.

In fact, Biden seems more enthusiastic than many of the kids and reporters he’s super-soaking.

The party at the Naval Observatory has included guests like then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Candy Crowley, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow among others, Politico reported last year.

TIME Aviation

Another Amelia Earhart Plans to Circumnavigate the Globe

No, not that one

Amelia Mary Earhart was an aviation pioneer—and international celebrity, and famed feminist—in an age when flying was anything but routine, especially for women. Her legacy inspired a generation of pilots and continues to fascinate anyone who’s ever thought about jumping into a cockpit.

Which, of course, is why her disappearance over Howland Island in June 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe was a jarring reminder that the skies weren’t yet ours.

Now, another Amelia Earhart—Amelia Rose Earhart—is attempting to bear out her predecessor’s legacy by completing the original flight plan. “As pilots, whenever we fly, we have a flight plan. We open that flight plan, and then when we return safely, we close that flight plan,” Amelia Rose, who isn’t related to history’s Earhart, told CNN. “I started thinking, ‘What if I could symbolically close Amelia’s flight plan for her?’”

Amelia Rose plans to take off from Oakland, California between June 23 and 26, returning two and a half weeks later; unlike Amelia Mary Earhart, you can track her progress online here. Godspeed.

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