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50 Cent Explains What Solange Was Yelling at Jay Z About in That Elevator

Ever since video surfaced yesterday of Solange Knowles allegedly attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z, we’ve all been wondering: what the heck prompted this?

The lack of audio in the security footage is probably the greatest disappointment any of us will ever know. But rapper 50 Cent decided to weigh in and provide us with his take on what Jay Z and Solange were yelling about while Beyoncé stood calmly in the corner. He posted the above voice-over on his Instagram. He later deleted it, but despite what the European courts say, Fiddy should know the Internet can never actually be deleted.

Uh, thanks so much for this, Fiddy.


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Alec Baldwin Arrested for Riding His Bike The Wrong Way Down Fifth Avenue

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The famously irascible actor was handcuffed and placed in a cop car after getting "belligerent" with officers who had informed him that he was bicycling the wrong way down a one-way street and asked to produce ID, an NYPD detective confirms

In what’s shaping up to be an especially juicy week for celebrity news, TIME has confirmed that Alec Baldwin was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in Manhattan for riding his bike the wrong way down Fifth Avenue.

Detective Annette Markowski, and NYPD spokesperson, tells TIME Baldwin was informed that he was going the wrong way and was asked to produce ID but refused.

“He got belligerent and began arguing with the officers,” Markowski says. “He was taken into custody at the 13th precinct [for identification].”

Markowski says Baldwin was given two summonses, “one for a VTL, meaning he was riding the wrong way, and the other was for disorderly conduct.”

In Touch originally broke the story after they spoke to an “insider” who said Baldwin was handcuffed and put in the back of a cop car after he was “riding his bike the wrong way and didn’t have ID on him.”

Baldwin took to his Twitter to protest the arrest:

-with reporting by Laura Stampler

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This Guy Traveled Around the World for Three Years Just to Take an Epic Selfie

All while you were probably taking selfies of yourself sitting at home eating Popchips and watching Law & Order

You know how all your friends who studied abroad in college really like to use social media to brag about their travel experiences? Well, they’re nothing compared to this guy, who spent three years crisscrossing the globe to put together a 360-degree video selfie.

Admittedly, he does have plenty to brag about. His name is Alex Chacón and he made his way through 36 countries, primarily on a motorcycle, using a GoPro camera on a stick to record snippets of selfie videos at every jungle, desert, beach, historical monument, natural wonder and architectural feat he visited.

Chacón explains on his website that prior to his trip, he sold all his belongings, including his car, TV and clothing. He also outlines some of the struggles he faced throughout the three-year journey:

He faced life endangering situations, bureaucratic difficulties, politics, crime, natural disasters, sleeping in parking lots, running out of money while at the same time raising funds internationally for charity from sponsors and individuals following the journey online.

So, yeah, a bit braggy, maybe. But the video he ended up with was pretty awesome, and a much cooler travel souvenir than the rusted Moroccan lantern that I probably paid way too much for.

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Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Bieber and Madonna Lookalikes Form Band, Make Awful Music Video

It's awful, but also amazing

What do you do with your free time after you’ve spent your life savings on plastic surgery to look like a famous celebrity? You form a supergroup with other über-fans who have spent thousands of dollars to look like other famous celebrities, of course.

Toby Sheldon, the Justin Bieber fan who underwent $100,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like his idol has teamed up with Kitty Jay, the woman who spent $25,000 on surgery to look like Jennifer Lawrence, and Venus D’Lite, the RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant who dropped some serious cash to morph into Madonna, to form an aptly-named group, the Plastics.

Their first release is a celebration of celebrity lookalikes that opens with a question: “Are you one of those boring people who don’t want to be beautiful?” The video features the trio extolling the virtues of their lifestyle choices and could easily double as a late-night cable ad for plastic surgeons everywhere.

[Via Daily Dot]

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This Appears to Be the Only Photo of Beyoncé Left on Solange’s Instagram

Please let this just be a big misunderstanding

Following an alleged fight between Solange Knowles and Jay Z after the Met Gala, the younger Knowles appears to have deleted every photo of her sister Beyoncé but one from Instagram, according to Jezebel. The only remaining photo appears to be the one below of Solange and Bey with music video director Melina Matsoukas.

After the video’s release, fans flooded Solange’s Instagram with comments like “You forgot to delete this,” claiming that Solange had scrubbed Beyoncé’s presence from her feed and fueling rumors of a sisterly feud.

I don’t think my heart can take a Knowles family feud, so hopefully this is all just a big misunderstanding and the sisters can get back to dancing onstage at music festivals together.

(h/t Jezebel)

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Stephen Colbert Turns 50 Today, So Listen to The Birthday Song He Wrote

But don't try to sing "Happy Birthday to You" to him

Stephen Colbert turns 50 today, so it’s a perfect time to re-watch his hilarious Colbert Report segment in which he composes and sings a new birthday jingle. He cannot sing the copyrighted “Happy Birthday to You” because he is afraid that Warner Music will sue him.

The late-night host’s royalty-free version of the classic tune sounds more like the national anthem, though we’re not sure everyone celebrating a birthday will appreciate someone singing, “You’re getting so old, and you’re shaped like a pear” to his or her face.

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Ruh-Roh! More People Share Cat Photos Than Dog Photos

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Feline photos are shared twice as often as canine candids

Photos of cats get more than double the shares compared to photos of dogs, according to data released today by Klooff, a photo-sharing app for pet owners.

Now while some Internet experts argue that cats have a “ruthlessly effective” — dare we say purrwerful — “propaganda machine” others point to Google trends data, which seems to show that people conduct more searches about dogs than cats.

That said, this Klooff infographic has something for every dog owner, too, prominently most popular breeds in 22 different countries.


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This Cat Loves His Owner More Than You Probably Love Your Own Family

He's so affectionate!

Franzie (pronounced like Fonzie) the cat just wants to be loved, and he makes sure to demand affection from his owners by reaching out for a big hug.

To be fair, though, he could just be looking for some belly rub action rather than a hug, like that one slow loris. Because sometimes he stretches out and then seems kind of disappointed when his human doesn’t proceed with the belly rubs:


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Thieves Break Into President James Garfield’s Tomb And Steal His Spoons

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This file photo shows a marble statue of America's 20th President, James A. Garfield, in the center of the James A. Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. Amy Sancetta / AP

Burglars broke into the former president's final resting place in a Cleveland suburb, stole commemorative spoons and left behind as evidence cigarette butts, a t-shirt and an empty Fireball whiskey bottle. Perhaps they thought it might be a fair exchange?

Apparently, someone’s idea of a great time is heading to the suburbs of Cleveland, breaking into President James A. Garfield’s tomb and swiping a set of commemorative spoons.

The burglars shattered a window to get inside the monument, which is housed at Lakeview Cemetery, Northeast Ohio Media Group reports. A cemetery worker later discovered that around two dozen commemorative demitasse and teaspoons had been stolen.

We were like, ‘Really? They took spoons?'” Katherine Goss, president and chief executive of the cemetery, told the Washington Post. They would be hard to sell at an auction house, she explained, “because everyone would wonder where they came from.”

When police arrived on the scene, they found a t-shirt, cigarette butts and an empty bottle of Fireball cinnamon whiskey outside the building. Goss said they even left some cash in a donation box — perhaps in an attempt to pay for the swiped spoons?

But let’s definitely talk about these spoons a bit more. Goss said they’re “flimsy little things” with practically no monetary value, though they do have his face engraved on the handles, so maybe some die-hard Garfield fans just wanted to add them to a shrine or something.

Investigators are searching for DNA on the items that the thieves left behind to try to identify them. If not die-hard Garfield fans, who could be the culprit here? Antique spoon collectors? Bored teenagers? Or, most likely, this was the ghost of James A. Garfield himself just looking to stir up some trouble and get himself back into the news cycle.

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The Best Reactions to the Supposed Video of Solange Knowles and Jay Z Fighting in an Elevator

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TMZ claims to have caught Beyoncé's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator. Where else but Twitter would you find people quipping that "Solange is now the 100th problem" or speculating that she was simply mad about Game of Thrones spoilers

The world halted on its axis Monday when TMZ published surveillance footage that purportedly shows Solange Knowles, the younger sister of the one and only Beyoncé, getting into a fight with Jay Z in an elevator while Bey stands in the corner. TMZ claims the video footage comes from the elevator at the Standard Hotel, where along with an apparently much-needed security guard, the trio attended an after party following the annual Met Gala, a red-letter evening on New York’s fashion calendar.

The hotel told The Grio it is “shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system,” but neither Solange Knowles nor Jay Z have commented.

Since the clip has no audio, it’s unclear what started the confrontation. But Twitter, of course, took the news and ran with it. Within minutes Solange was trending on both Facebook and Twitter, and shortly thereafter the hashtag #WhatJayZSaidToSolange became Twitter’s top hashtag. Below, our favorite reactions:



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