TIME viral

Watch a French Bulldog Frolic With a Wild Deer for Two Glorious Minutes

What a beautiful, unlikely friendship

Meet Ellie-Mae, a 3-year-old French bulldog who is really great at fostering interspecies friendships. Watch here as she romps around with a very large buck who she encountered in her human’s backyard in Nova Scotia. Apparently they were already playing for a half hour before this video even began.

Eventually, the pup chases the buck back into the woods.

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TIME viral

Couple Makes Pregnancy Announcement Into the Perfect Wes Anderson Parody

This new saga, if you will, debuts Spring 2015

If you are a fan of films by director Wes Anderson, and babies, then this video will be relevant to all of your interests.

In a birth announcement that is a spot-on parody of the quirky films, “The Pretentious Presentation of The Uterine Inhabitant” stars YouTube user Jacqueline Shu, her husband Ben Snyder, and the family dog Sir William. This new saga, if you will, debuts Spring 2015.

The creative clip is the latest example of how viral videos have become the new birth announcements, after a timelapse video of a mother’s stomach growing before giving birth made the rounds on the Internet earlier this week.

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TIME animals

Here’s a Giant Dead Whale That Just Washed Up on a New York Beach

It was about 58 feet long, and the cause of death is unknown

On Thursday, things took a strange turn for early morning beach-goers at Smith Point County Park on Long Island, New York. A massive finback whale washed up dead on the beach, NBC New York reports. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Prevention estimates that the creature was around 58 feet long, and though it showed no visible signs of injury, it did show signs of advanced decomposition. That means it had probably been dead for some time before washing ashore.

The foundation is now working with park officials to investigate — and to figure out how to get rid of it.

Clearly, this incident proves why you shouldn’t go to the beach when it’s obviously autumn. Just embrace the changing seasons — why not grab a pumpkin spice latte and head to an apple orchard instead?

TIME viral

Damian From Mean Girls Made a Hilarious Parody of ‘Stay With Me’

"Oh won't you please go home / I wanna be alone"

Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese is once again showing off his singing skills — this time with a parody of Sam Smith’s hit “Stay With Me.” It’s called “Please Go Home” and pretty much conveys the opposite message of the original tune. The spoof features Franzese and fellow actor Adrian Anchondo, who also wrote and directed it. Members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus get in on the fun too.

If you want more Daniel Franzese in your life, the actor will appear in the next season of HBO’s Looking. Maybe then we’ll finally find out whether or not he got his pink shirt back.

TIME beauty

This Video Proves Just How Ridiculous the Concept of a ‘Thigh Gap’ Is

"Because you aren't good enough."

In a brilliant send-up of the ‘thigh gap,’ a disturbing beauty goal that encourages girls to be so thin that there’s a space between their thighs, sketch comedy group JustBoobs released a parody ad for the Gap’s new competitor — Thigh Gap.

The video promotes the sale of Thigh Gap jeans (just $69.99!), which come with a wooden rod that forces your legs apart, creating an elusive space.

“I thought a thigh gap was an unattainable body myth championed by the media to lower women’s self esteem and make them easier targets for advertising!” one woman exclaims when she sees her friend looking fabulous and pained while wearing her Thigh Gap jeans.

The friend cheerfully replies, “The scars are a constant reminder of the sins of my womanly figure!”

Watch the video and see the thigh gap for the ridiculous trend that it is. Because after all, beauty is pain?

 

TIME technology

Watch Key and Peele Perfectly Capture the Dangers of Misunderstood Texts

It's all about how you interpret the other person's tone

Texting is, overall, a great thing. It allows us to communicate without actually having to speak to one another, which is a huge blessing. But, as this hilariously spot-on sketch from Key & Peele reminds us, communicating solely through text messages has its pitfalls. Watch as a simple exchange between friends goes totally awry, all because they’re completely misinterpreting each other’s tones.

Also, if anyone can let us know where to get a pizza sweatshirt like the one Peele is wearing in this sketch, that would be awesome. Thanks.

TIME politics

These Photos of Joe Biden Eating an Ice Cream Cone Show That His Eternal Summer Shall Not Fade

Oh, Mr. Vice President, thou art so lovely and so temperate

Well, it looks like whoever runs the Joe Biden Eats Ice Cream Tumblr has some updating to do.

During a visit to Portland to campaign with Sen. Jeff Merkley Wednesday, the veep stopped by the city’s beloved Salt & Straw ice cream parlor for a little treat. Or actually, from the looks of it, a rather large treat.

Biden ordered a scoop of “Chocolate Woodblock” and a scoop of “Double-Fold Vanilla” in a waffle cone. Of course, he also bought a cone for Merkley. And of course, he kept his aviators on the entire time.

Biden, Merkley
Don Ryan—APVice President Joe Biden, right, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley enjoy ice cream cones after a campaign rally in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
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Don Ryan—APVice President Joe Biden, right, pays for ice cream cones for himself and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley after a campaign rally in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
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Don Ryan—APVice President Joe Biden enjoys an ice cream cone after a campaign rally for Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
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Don Ryan—APVice President Joe Biden holds an ice cream cone as he poses for a photo with Hope Lobkowizc and her son, Owen, at an ice cream parlor after a campaign rally in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
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Don Ryan—APVice President Joe Biden gets ready to pay for an ice cream cone after a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

Somewhere, Leslie Knope is going weak in the knees.

TIME apps

Oh Snap! Ads Are Coming to Snapchat

Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit - Day 1
Michael Kovac—Getty Images Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel speaks onstage during "Disrupting Information and Communication" at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Oct. 8, 2014 in San Francisco.

The ads will be an "opt-in" feature in Snapchat Stories

Advertisements will be integrated into the mobile app Snapchat for the first time, co-founder and chief executive Evan Spiegel said Wednesday, marking a potentially big revenue source for the startup valued at $10 billion.

No date for the ads to begin appearing has been set, Spiegel said at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, the Wall Street Journal reports. But, he added, “we think they’re pretty cool” and users should expect them “soon” in Snapchat’s Stories feature. Snapchat is famous for its photos and messages that self-destruct in 10 seconds or less, but Stories allows users to feature a longer series of videos and pictures in slideshow form that stays up for 24 hours.

Spiegel, 24, said the ads will not be targeted and users will have the option to either opt-in and watch the ad or skip over it. Prior to paid ads, companies like Taco Bell have used Snapchat for marketing purposes.

[WSJ]

TIME viral

The Motown Version of “Shake It Off” You Didn’t Know You Needed

Taylor Swift's song goes retro

It’s a sign of good songwriting that “Shake It Off” is as catchy in Taylor Swift’s head-bopping pop version as it is in a new retro take on the song by Postmodern Jukebox.

The video from the talented crew is filled with vintage glamour, Motown style and undeniably catchy harmonies courtesy of the back-up singers and horn section. Debonaire singer Von Smith belts out the tune, gleefully reminding the world that players are gonna play play play. YouTube poster and pianist Scott Bradlee accompanies him to deliver a jazzy rendition that will have you wanting to shake shake shaking it off on the dance floor (or at your desk).

The smooth remake of Swift’s song somehow manages to sound even more upbeat than the original. The retrofitting of the song is so seamless it’s easy to imagine that “Shake It Off” will be a jazz standard soon enough.

 

TIME Science

This Is Earth’s Biggest Storm This Year as Seen From Space

NASA/Reid Wiseman

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this shot from the International Space Station. 

Super Typhoon Vongfong is the strongest storm on Earth since the deadly Hurricane Haiyan swept through the Philippines last year, and it’s barreling up through the Western Pacific Ocean.

The storm, which was the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, is slowly losing steam, but it’s expected to near South Korea and the Japanese mainland by early next week. See an image of the massive storm as spotted and tweeted by Astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station above.

 

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