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Waitress Tracks Down Customers Who Left $1,300 Behind

Kantessa Smith used Facebook to find them

ABC 9 reports that a Georgia waitress who found an envelope with 13 $100 bills while cleaning tables returned the money to the owners, whom she tracked down via Facebook.

Kantessa Smith, a waitress at Country’s Barbecue in Columbus, Ga., told ABC 9 that she reviewed the restaurant’s security cameras with her manager to find footage of the couple and posted zoomed-in pictures on Facebook, asking followers if they could identify the two.

Sure enough, the post went viral this week, and made its way to the couple, who returned to the restaurant to claim the money.


France Just Banned Ultra-Thin Models

"Barbareschi Sciok": Italian TV Show
Ernesto Ruscio—Getty Images Isabelle Caro attends the Barbareschi Sciok Italian TV Show at La7 Studios on March 5, 2010 in Rome, Italy.

Using a model who has a BMI under 18 could result in jail time

France has become the latest country to ban excessively skinny models from working in the ultra-chic country’s fashion industry, joining Israel, Spain and Italy.

According to Reuters, the French legislature voted for a bill Friday the declares: “The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labor.”

Fashion agencies that are discovered using models with a BMI under 18, which is approximately 121 pounds for a 5 ft., 7 in. model, could face up to six months of jail time and a fine of 75,000 euros ($82,000).

The bill, which requires models to have a medical certificate vouching for what the government deems a healthy BMI, was paired with another recent bill that bans pro-anorexia websites that offer “thinspiration.” The legislation is an attempt to stop the idealization of the dangerously thin and, perhaps, curb anorexia.

The bill is the latest piece of an ongoing effort to try to stamp anorexia out of the fashion industry. In 2007, French fashion model Isabelle Caro posed for a shocking anti-anorexia campaign before succumbing to the disease, dying at 28.

But some are loudly protesting the legislation of “healthy” weight, noting that thinness does not always connote disease.

“When you look at the criteria behind anorexia, you can’t look only at the body mass index when other criteria are also involved: psychological, a history of hair loss, dental problems,” Isabelle Saint-Felix, the head of France’s National Union of Modeling Agencies, told AFP. “It’s important that the models are healthy, but it’s a little simplistic to think there won’t be any more anorexics if we get rid of very thin models.”

Model Lindsey Scott told Cosmopolitan that she was a healthy college athlete whose BMI was under 18 in college—she weighed 108 pounds at 5 ft., 8 in.—but she has also known people with disorders who may have a “so-called healthy” BMI.

“Perhaps they should have doctors check for signs of anorexia and bulimia instead of making assumptions based on weight,” she said. “Having a bunch of tall, thin, pretty, potentially healthy teenagers cram cupcakes for two weeks and fill themselves with fat injections until they’re runway-ready might sound like a great idea for a reality show, but really, is forcing some models into a thicker body type that may not be natural for them the best way to solve a health problem?”

But according to French health minister Marisol Touraine, “This is an important message to young women who see these models as an aesthetic example.”

Read next: How the Average American Man’s Body Compares to Others Around The World

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TIME Television

Watch The Rock Crush Jimmy Fallon With His Lip-Sync Cover of ‘Shake It Off’

The Rock's got moves

Lip Sync Battle, the Tonight Show sketch turned Spike TV show, premiered last night and featured a thrilling throwdown between Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Rock, fresh off his fantastic Saturday Night Live hosting gig, opened the show with a spirited take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” The Furious 7 star put his massive frame to use while shaking it off to the music and in a move straight out of the WWE taunting playbook, wagging his finger in Fallon’s face.

The best part of the performance might be the realization that there is no way The Rock got this good at this song without engaging in a lot of Taylor Swift car karaoke. Of course he’s not the only celebrity caught singing along to the earworm. (Check out TIME’s list of the six best celebrity covers of “Shake It Off.”)

Round two featured Fallon tackling Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” with a full choir, while Johnson delivered a dazzling, hip-swiveling version of the Bee Gee’s “Staying Alive.”



Take This Simple Test to Find Out How Good (Or Bad) Your Eyesight Is

Do you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe?

Concerned about your vision? The video above provides a quick test to determine how good your eyesight is — and then lets you compare your vision with other people around you.

The video, created by the YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, will show you an image that, depending on your eyesight, will either look like Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe. If you have good eyesight, you’re more likely to see Einstein — but the farther away you get, the more likely you are to see Monroe.

After the quick test, the video explains the science behind this optical phenomenon.

TIME animals

Cranky Runaway Pig Terrorizes Burger King

Just in time for a special on bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches

On Thursday morning, a pot-bellied pig that escaped from its pen overnight wandered into the parking lot of a Burger King in Boswell along U.S. Route 30, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Coincidentally, there was a two-for-$4 special on bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches going on, but it does not sound like the animal ate any of its own kind. Instead, it was fed hash browns by customers and tolerated some picture-taking before police arrived after the runaway pig also reportedly nipped a bystander’s foot, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

No word on whether any customers became vegetarian after their encounter with the pig.

TIME curiosities

Classic Photos of Celebrities on the Phone

Three decades of world leaders and the Hollywood elite cradling receivers to their ears

LIFE’s final issue as a weekly magazine came out in December 1972, just three months before the first mobile phone call was transmitted from a New York City street corner on April 3, 1973. And perhaps that’s for the best—those plastic bricks would have looked a tad out of place in an Eisenstaedt shot of Sophia Loren. But although the Motorola DynaTAC never graced the magazine’s pages, LIFE’s subjects, it seemed, were always on the phone. Today we may use our phones to avoid awkward elevator conversations, but the images of world leaders and the Hollywood elite with receivers to their ears connote men and women in control, calling (quite literally) the shots.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.


James Corden Decided to Host The Late Late Show From an Unsuspecting Stranger’s House

Things got weird when Jeff Goldblum and a giant snake showed up

Well, here’s a late night gimmick we haven’t seen before — and, let’s face it, probably won’t see again.

In James Corden’s second week hosting The Late Late Show, the comedian decided to broadcast Thursday’s episode from a stranger’s house. And he found the living room by knocking on random people’s doors in the middle of the night. (Think Hugh Grant in Love Actually, only later and with fewer carols.)

Corden decided on Tommy’s living room — “You look so terrified,” the host told Tommy, who ended up being his first guest — and Beck played from #TommysHouse, a hashtag that obviously started trending.

Other guests included Jeff Goldblum and a very, very large snake.

Absolutely bizarre? Yes. In a good way? Sure, why not.

We can only imagine what Corden has in store for week three.

TIME portfolio

See the Most Surreal Easter Celebration

In a small Greek village, fireworks turn into a friendly war

In the late 1800s, when Turkey occupied the small island of Chios, which now forms part of Greece, the local Orthodox Christian population wasn’t allowed to celebrate Easter. But, in the small village of Vrontados, two churches came up with a cunning plan to keep the Turkish authorities away while they celebrated Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead: they staged a fake war using cannons and fireworks.

This tradition, born of religious fervor, continues to this day.

Each year, as Easter Sunday looms, the parishes of the Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani churches, which sit on opposite hills, unleash thousands of homemade firework rockets on each other, creating one of the world’s most surreal pyrotechnic displays.

Photographer Marco Kesseler witnessed the event last year. “Up until the Saturday before Easter, it’s a very secretive process,” he tells TIME. “They build these rockets all year long, chopping down trees, turning the wood into charcoal that they mix with sulfur and potassium nitrate to make a basic gunpowder.”

These homemade rockets are then stocked in houses up in the mountains – away from prying eyes. “In the days before the event, the village is almost deserted,” says Kesseler. “If you ask anyone, they wouldn’t tell you anything.”

On the day of the Rocketwar, as it’s now called, the village comes to life. “It’s all about the celebration of Easter and people really get into it,” says Kesseler. “The rockets are brought out with a kind of fanfare. In the morning, they build these huge firing ranges. One of the teams has this incredible barricade that goes across the valley, and they use scaffolding poles and planks to create this walkway that’s 10 to 20 feet up in the air. In the evening, they launch some rockets to test their aim. And when dusk comes, they all start to fire.”

Within just a few hours, more than 100,000 rockets are shot across the valley, illuminating the village under the gaze of hundreds of spectators.

At 11:30 p.m., a ceasefire is called between both sides to allow parishioners to enter their respective churches for mass. “They start again while people are in the churches,” says Kesseler, “before calling for another ceasefire after midnight, at the end of the service.”

The goal for both teams is to hit the opposite church’s bells. The team with the larger number of hits wins the war, but since it’s always impossible to count all successful hits, both teams agree to a draw and a rematch is called for the following year. “It’s their excuse to continue this tradition,” says Kesseler.

The next day, the village’s streets are littered with spent cartridges and sticks. “As the village wakes up, people come to collect old sticks either to reuse them the following year,” says Kesseler. “It’s an incredible spectacle.”

Marco Kesseler is a freelance photographer based in London, U.K.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

TIME viral

Oops! Watch a Price Is Right Model Help a Contestant Win a Car

"Manuela just gave you a car!"

A contestant on The Price is Right got a new set of wheels Thursday, thanks to a little help from one of the show’s models.

The woman’s first guess on the cost of the Hyundai Sonata SE was incorrect, so Manuela Arbelaez removed that option from the list. But then she errantly removed the one below it, too, which happened to be the correct price.

She quickly realized her mistake and, as host Drew Carey congratulated the contestant—”Manuela just gave you a car!”—she placed her hand over her mouth in disbelief and then hid behind the prop. A laughing Carey then cut to commercial.

Arbelaez later tweeted a few jokes about the incident and said she wasn’t in trouble: “phew!”

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

TIME Education

See the Hilarious Email This Student Wrote in Response to a Rejection Letter From Duke

"Despite Duke's outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications."

When 17-year-old Siobhan O’Dell received a rejection letter from Duke University, she didn’t respond by wallowing or pouting. She took action — by responding to the letter with a rejection letter of her own.

O’Dell posted a screenshot of her email (subject line: Rejection of Your Letter) on her Tumblr, where it quickly picked up steam, earning more than 100,000 reblogs.

Behold the brilliant letter:

“I wanted to give colleges a taste of their own medicine,” O’Dell told CBS News. Her goal was simply to make her friends laugh — but then Duke actually ended up responding. She posted a screenshot of the university’s very earnest response.

In the end, O’Dell has one piece of advice to fellow high schoolers dealing with the college admissions process. “Don’t stress too much. It’s not worth it.”

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