TIME U.S.

City Forces 9-Year-Old Boy to Move “Little Free Library” From Front Yard

It violates a city code that bans detached structures

City officials in Kansas shut down a “little free library” that a boy set up in his front yard because it violates city code, and the family is fighting the decision.

Spencer Collins, 9, set up “Spencer’s Little Free Library” in Leawood, Kansas, so neighbors could “take a book, leave a book.” As he told FOX 4 News, “Reading is one of my favorite things to do. We built it on Mother’s Day as a present for my mom because she really wanted one.”

City code prohibits detached structures, so the family moved it earlier this week — reportedly to the garage — and set up a Facebook page Thursday to solicit support for petitioning the city to amend its code. By publication time, it boasted more than 1,000 fans nationwide and counting.

Spencer’s Little Free Library is part of a movement to promote literacy and lifelong learning that claims to boast about 15,000 of these homemade libraries nationwide.

(h/t ABA Journal)

TIME viral

Here’s Proof That Southwest Flight Attendants Are the Sassiest People Of All Time

"For those of you traveling with children... why?"

Air travel is so much more pleasant when your flight attendant jazzes up the usually dull pre-flight safety speech with a hilariously sassy shtick. Southwest is usually pretty good at training its staff to do this. Take, for example, this flight attendant on a recent flight from San Francisco to Chicago.

He kicks off his speech with a pretty solid zinger: “In the event you haven’t been in an automobile since 1960, flight attendants still have to show you how to fasten a seatbelt.” From there, he continues for nearly five minutes, and according to the YouTube description, he even threw a cocktail party mid-flight. Oh, and be sure to check out his super patriotic necktie.

TIME animals

Happy Sloth Week! Here’s a Live Sloth Cam

A glimpse at life in the slow lane

Starting today, Animal Planet is celebrating Sloth Week, which is like Shark Week for people who were too slow getting their acts together to tune in to Shark Week.

So there’s no better time than the present to check out the live sloth cam from Zoo Atlanta launched in October, featuring a Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth named Cocoa, a 21-year-old male, and his “lady friends” Okra Mae and Bonnie. Sloths may move slowly, but Cocoa was quick to make a move on the 19-year-old Okra Mae, who is now pregnant and is expected to have their baby in July.

TIME celebrity

A Photographic History of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift Being BFFs

It's a (platonic) love story, baby just say yes

What does every successful English singer-songwriter need in their life? Taylor Swift as their BFF, of course. (Who wouldn’t?)

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s friend-scapades know no bounds, with the two pals routinely crashing each other’s concerts for surprise performances, hanging out at awards shows together, Swift making him a Drake needlepoint — you know, typical best friend stuff.

We all wish we could be BFFs with Swift, but until that comes to pass, we’ll have to settle for living vicariously through Sheeran via this gallery of their friendship.

Sheeran’s new album, x,comes out June 23.

TIME

Baseball Player Who’s Secretly a Sorcerer Hits Ball Directly Back Into Pitching Machine

We're onto you, Matt Joyce

During batting practice Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Joyce managed to launch a ball directly back into the pitching machine. It fired it back out quickly before he could realize what had happened. So sadly, no, he didn’t manage to hit it back into the machine, prompting some kind of perpetual back-and-forth pitching-and-hitting loop. But we still suspect that some kind of sorcery was happening here and someone should probably look into it.

TIME Science

Here’s How NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid

Don't worry — not because it's crashing towards earth


Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Animation. by mistersexybuzz

NASA has a special project of Bruce Willis proportions: It’s going to have astronauts redirect an asteroid. (Don’t worry, not because it’s plummeting towards earth—it’s for science.)

And the mission isn’t mere speculation. Although the project has been discussed for a while, NASA announced that it will pick an asteroid in 2019 and the spaceship is expected to launch in 2019. In the following years, astronauts will stalk and capture the asteroid, sending it off into a lunar orbit. You can see how NASA plans to pull it off in the above video.

Michael Bay literally cannot wait! Hopefully this will all be streaming, because, in the words of Aerosmith, “I don’t want to miss a thing.”

(h/t: The Verge)

TIME

Pictures of the Week: June 13 – June 20

From Iraq’s eternal war and Spain’s early Word Cup exit, to a deadly double twister in Nebraska and Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s submarine ride, TIME presents the best photos of the week.

 

 

TIME animals

Cat Who Thinks He’s a Dog Excitedly Welcomes Home His Soldier Owner

#NotAllCats

While cats may have an usually well-deserved reputation for indifference, especially towards magic and baseball, some cats really know how to love (or at least know how to figure out who is holding the cat nip).

Take for example, Finn, a giant grey furball of a cat, who is really really excited for his beloved owner to return home. Not only does Finn know that the soldier is about to walk through the door that he is meowing at vociferously, but he’s clearly dying for his chance to deliver up some much needed cuddles. This cat is determined to be a one-soldier, one-cat USO tour for love of owner and country, no cat nip required.

MORE: Discerning Cat Walks 12 Miles Back to Old Home Because He Didn’t Like His New One

MORE: There’s a Kickstarter to Help People Experience Life as a Cat

TIME Food & Drink

Kraft Recalls Velveeta Cheese Because It Doesn’t Have Enough Preservatives

Kraft Foods Warns Of Possible Velveeta Shortage
Scott Olson—Getty Images

In several Walmart stores around the country

If you were planning on doing your Velveeta shopping today, just a friendly heads up: Kraft Foods has recalled a batch that was shipped to Walmart stores around the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The company said this particular batch of the pseudo cheese didn’t contain enough of the preservative known as sorbic acid, meaning it can spoil prematurely and possibly lead to food borne illness. The product was shipped to three Walmart distribution centers and could have been shipped to as many as 12 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The code on the package should read 021000611614, Kraft told the Associated Press. The containers will have a “Best Used By” date of Dec. 17, 2014.

Who knew sorbic acid was so crucial?

 

TIME Family

Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parenting Advice From a Child

Get this little girl a parenting book deal

Jimmy Kimmel and his wife are expecting a third child, but since it’s been a while since he had a baby around the house, the comedian decided to brush up on his parenting skills with the help of an adorable child.

Her biggest piece of advice? “I suggest you start changing the diaper.” This isn’t payback for all those Halloween candy pranks, is it?

But don’t worry Jimmy, at least “you’re not really like, going to eat the poop.” Phew.

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