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Watch: Morning Joe Co-Host Loses It On Air After Learning What a Furry Is

She just couldn't handle the truth.

Sometimes you learn something that prompts an uncontrollable reaction of anger, laughter or surprise. And sometimes that epiphany happens on live television, for all to GIF. Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski had such a moment yesterday—and it’s still going viral on Facebook.

The co-hosts were discussing an incident that took place at a Chicago convention center this weekend, when an apparently deliberate release of noxious chemicals forced an evacuation of thousands of convention-goers. The convention, Midwest FurFest, is the second largest gathering of people who are interested, according to the website for Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., in “facilitat[ing] education in anthropomorphic literature, art and performance.”

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Many furries dress in animal costumes, and it was these images of people in fox, lion and bear suits that seems to have sent Brzezinski into a fit of giggles. She covers her face to hide it before fleeing from the set to regain composure.

Convention-goers were undeterred by the hiccup in their weekend plans. Organizers released a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune, that they planned to “give 110% to make sure that the fun, friendship, and good times of Midwest FurFest 2014 overshadow last night’s unfortunate incident.”

Co-host Willie Geist, to his credit, kept a straight face throughout the segment.

Read next: Watch a Little Girl Stand Up to Gaston From Beauty and the Beast at Disney World

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Watch Adorable Little Girls Cuss Out a ‘Sexist’ Santa

The Potty-Mouth Princesses are back

Remember those “potty-mouth princesses” who drop F-bombs in the name of feminism? Well, they’re back and have a bone to pick with Santa. Yes, that Santa.

The left-leaning advocacy group FCKH8 has raised eyebrows with its shock tactic advertising (swearing little girls wearing princess gear) to raise awareness on issues — like violence against women, gender inequality, and now the gender wage gap. Grade school girls holding up fractions of soccer balls and skate boards say, “How sh**** would it be if Santa were sexist as society?” … followed by a series of expletives.

There are few things more disarming than little girls in party dresses cussing out Santa Claus. Except maybe the fact that women make 78% of their male counterparts’ salaries should be.

 

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Watch President Obama Take Over ‘The Word’ on The Colbert Report

It's hilarious

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President Barack Obama got a lot of laughs Monday night when he hosted Stephen Colbert’s popular segment “The Word” on The Colbert Report.

Re-branding “The Word” as “The Decree,” the commander-in-chief launched into a health care-themed monologue, while words and phrases making fun of him and his opponents appeared on the right side of the screen.

For example, when he said, “There are things that people from both parties actually like about Obamacare,” the phrase “Everything but the ‘Obama'” showed up. Memorable asides gave hypothetical health care plans designed by Republican congressional leaders new names like “Fracking the elderly?” and “Walk-It-Off.gov.”

But the President cracked up the crowd the most when he said, “Young people don’t watch real news shows like this one. They watch comedy shows, and I just don’t see the President going on one of those. They’re beneath his dignity,” while the phrase, “but above his approval rating” flashed across the screen.

Afterwards, Obama sat down with Colbert, and you can read more about that interview here.

MORE: Watch Zach Galifianakis Interview Barack Obama on Between Two Ferns

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Watch a Little Girl Stand Up to Gaston From Beauty and the Beast at Disney World

A reality check for the fairytale character

In a clip called “Little Girl Puts Gaston In His Place,” YouTube user JonasAlmostFamous claims she captured little girl Isabella putting Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston in his place, in front of his tavern at Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland in Florida.

Watch the character rattle off a series of insults: “I don’t know where this girl came from, but somebody needs to put her back in the kitchen right now” and “go ahead, smile like you’re making me a sandwich” and “no more thinking for you, you’ve already done enough of that.”

The youngster responds to those “beastly” comments, shouting that he won’t get Belle, and adding, “The beast just turned into a prince and he’s stronger than you… You don’t know what you’re doing!”

The Gaston figure concedes at the end, “I’ve been outdone by a girl!”

And everyone lived happily ever after (we think). The End.

TIME Music

Watch a Totally Different Take on Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ From Last Night’s Episode of The Voice

By a self-described "Amish hipster"

Last night on The Voice, Taylor John Williams, a contestant who proudly describes his personal style as “Amish hipster,” decided to take on Taylor Swift’s recent single “Blank Space.” This wasn’t super surprising, as it’s kind of Williams’ thing to perform new, soulful takes on pop and hip hop songs. In his initial audition, for example, he sang Kanye West’s “Heartless,” and he’s also taken on Lorde’s “Royals.”

Still, though, it was interesting to hear a different arrangement of Swift’s infectious hit. He slows it down, turning it into more of a ballad than a catchy pop tune. Also, when he sings the lyric “got a long list of ex-lovers,” you can actually hear what’s saying, and it doesn’t sound like “Starbucks lovers,” so that’s something.

Granted, this was certainly not Williams’ best performance (we prefer his rendition of “Mad World,” for example) but props to him for taking on Tay-Tay.

TIME Internet

Here’s the One Thing in 2014 America Facebooked About More Than the Ice Bucket Challenge

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From Ferguson to the Ice Bucket Challenge: 10 things Americans posted about most on Facebook this year

Facebook isn’t just a place to congratulate your friends for getting to “marry my best friend!! OMG #BLESSED!!!” anymore. The social network also serves as a platform to talk about actual news topics, ranging from ISIS to Ebola.

So as 2014 comes to a close, the social network analyzed what people were talking about most over the last year.

Here’s a list of what American’s posted about in 2014. Only one topic was more discussed than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

  1. Ebola virus outbreak
  2. Ice Bucket Challenge
  3. Robin Williams
  4. Super Bowl
  5. Michael Brown/Ferguson
  6. World Cup
  7. Conflict in Gaza
  8. U.S. midterm elections
  9. Malaysia Airlines
  10. ISIS

The viral fundraising campaign was a little lower on the list when Facebook analyzed the topics that were discussed the most on a larger scale. Here’s the top global topics of 2014:

  1. World Cup
  2. Ebola virus outbreak
  3. Elections in Brazil
  4. Robin Williams
  5. Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Conflict in Gaza
  7. Malaysia Airlines
  8. Super Bowl
  9. Michael Brown/Ferguson
  10. Sochi Winter Olympics

You can see the rest of Facebook’s year in review here.

Read next: Facebook Just Took a Huge Shot at Google

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Craft Beer Officially Isn’t Cool Anymore Because Delta Will Begin Selling It On Flights

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Though it's not yet known if they'll serve it in mason jars

Drinking alcohol is generally a good thing to do before and/or during a long flight. (Just remember not to get too trashed because you’ll cause problems.) Sadly, though, in-flight adult beverage options tend to be pretty disappointing. This week, however, Delta Airlines passengers will have a new option: craft beer.

Yup, Delta will soon be serving beer from the following craft breweries:

  • Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego)
  • Blue Point Brewing Company (Long Island, NY)
  • Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, Calif.)
  • Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport, Mass.)
  • Samuel Adams (Boston)
  • Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, Calif.)
  • SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta)

Has craft beer — the sweet, sweet nectar of urban hipsters trying to impress their friends who are in town for the weekend — officially jumped the shark? No, worse. It has boarded a plane and flown over the shark.

So, the next time that one co-worker of yours who, at an awkward group happy hour, raises an eyebrow at your Yuengling and snidely remarks, “I only drink craft beer,” you can be all, “Oh, like the kind they serve on planes?”

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Watch Oxford University’s All-Male A Cappella Group Sing ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’

They don't want a lot for Christmas... just your money for charity

Out of the Blue (OOTB), Oxford University’s all-male a cappella group, has released a cover of Mariah Carey’s holiday hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and a music video filmed at the historic school’s Bodleian Library and Divinity School.

Proceeds from purchases of the single will be donated to the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults.

The group claims its cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” released over the summer, raised more than £10,000 ($15,700) for the charity. It also boasts more than 5.1 million views so far—thanks to some Twitter encouragement from the Colombian pop star herself.

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Minnesota Man Fights Off 525-Pound Bear With a 5-Inch Knife

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"It's just going to town on my hand and I just keep stabbing"

A Minnesotan hunter claims to have survived a bear attack by fending off the 525-pound animal with a 5-inch knife.

Brandon Johnson told USA Today that he was tracking a black bear that his friend had shot in a densely forested hunting ground earlier in the day. It was nightfall by the time the bear had caught Johnson off guard. The bear charged, knocking him unconscious. But Johnson awoke moments later and fought back with his hunting knife, he said.

“It’s just going to town on my hand and I just keep stabbing it and stabbing it and stabbing away and I am screaming and yelling,” Johnson told USA Today.

The bear left and charged him on three separate occasions, until Johnson says he stabbed the knife into its open mouth.

He survived with extensive injuries and a slew of medical bills. His friends have set up a fundraising website with the goal of raising $10,000 to help defray the costs.

Read more at USA Today.

 

TIME Internet

Listen to Marvel’s Avengers Sing Christmas Carols

Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy also makes an appearance

Here is a viral mashup that is sure to get Comic Con fans into the holiday spirit. Video editor James Covenant edited together movie clips from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise to make it look like “Joy to the World” was being sung by the Avengers cast and “Jingle Bells” was being sung by Groot, the giant, tree-like extraterrestrial being from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Around this time last year, he edited footage from Star Trek to make it look like Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) was singing “Let It Snow.”

(h/t Laughing Squid)

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