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Cat Returned To Shelter Because It Farts All The Time

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Smelly cat, smelly cat

It’s a sad and stinky tale —with an ultimately happy ending.

Lenny the cat was found as a stray by the Scottsville Veterinary Hospital and Pet Adoptions in Rochester, N.Y.. The shelter nursed him back to health and set out to find the adorable cat a permanent home.

Happily, he was adopted in March, but, as occasionally happens, the adoption didn’t take and poor Lenny was returned to the shelter after living with his new family for only two days. The reason? He “farts all the time,” reported the Democrat & Chronicle.

Upon his return to the shelter, the supposedly farting feline didn’t display any indicators that he had earned his new nickname of “smelly cat,” however the cat may be best suited to a life outdoors.

Lenny was made a minor celebrity after the Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions’ posted his story to their Facebook page. That’s when one brave — and perhaps hard of smelling — family stepped up and adopted Lenny. Happy trails, happy tails.

[Via Democrat & Chronicle ]

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Watch Bryan Cranston Help This Teen Ask a Girl to Prom

Best prom proposal ever

Bryan Cranston may be the one who knocks, but he is also the one who makes a mean prom invitation.

When teen Stefan Montana ran into Cranston, he didn’t waste his opportunity and merely ask the Breaking Bad star for a measly autograph to impress his friends and/or sell on eBay.

Instead, Montana enlisted the actor to help in what would be the ultimate prom-posal for a Breaking Bad fan. The teen asked the actor to briefly reprise his role as Walter White and make his dream date an offer she couldn’t refuse, by warning her to “tread lightly” if she dare say no to the invitation.

Obviously she said yes.

Watch above and here’s another angle on the action:

[Via Neatorama]

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TIME relationships

These Cities Have the Most Open-Minded Daters

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Unsurprisingly, Vegas takes the "open minded" cake

There has been a lot of recent data stating that most daters are complete narcissists when it comes to romance and only want to pursue people who remind them of themselves. But according to a new study from dating site Zoosk, many online daters are open minded to pursuing people with different characteristics. And it turns out that Las Vegas, home to contortionists and “no judgement” policies, is the most flexible city when it comes to being “open minded” in romance.

Here are Zoosk’s results for the cities you should consider traveling to for singles who aren’t interested in dopplegangers:

Top 10 Most Open-Minded Cities for Dating:

1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2.Detroit, Michigan
3.Columbus, Ohio
4.Sacramento, California
5.San Antonio, Texas
6.Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
7.Indianapolis, Indiana
8.Jacksonville, Florida
9.Nashville, Tennessee
10.Memphis, Tennessee

Top 10 Least Open-Minded Cities for Dating:

1. Raleigh, North Carolina
2. San Jose, California
3. Birmingham, Alabama
4. Richmond, Virginia
5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6. Washington DC
7. San Diego, California
8. Atlanta, Georgia
9. Riverside, California
10. Orlando, Florida

Zoosk also specifically broke down what cities are the most open minded in different categories, showing where people of one religion are open to dating someone from a different denomination, or where someone of one height would be more open to dating someone of a different height (although this assumes a 5’4″ is just as open to dating a guy who’s 5’10” as she is one who is 4’10”):

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But don’t move just yet. Zoosk gathered data from matches who engaged in “deep conversation,” meaning that they exhibited interest by sending at least two messages to one another each. That means a conversation consisting of: “Hey sexy, I want to take you to the moon,” “Please stop,” “I’m revving up my engine to take you out of this world,” “Oh dear God,” shows sustained romantic interest.

TIME Bizarre

China’s New Panda Hotel Is as Creepy as It Is Cute

The Panda Inn comes with a panda-themed Titanic room because, hey, why not

Rarely do you hear someone say, “You know what the world has too much of? Pandas.”

Not only would that statement be categorically false—in 2004, there were only 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild!—but even if there was an overabundance, who would complain? Pandas are adorable! Until now…

Welcome to China’s Panda Inn, a panda-themed hotel set to open next month that not only boasts panda decor but a very involved panda-costumed staff that will do everything from keep you company during tea time to playing the Jack to your Rose in the hotel’s Titanic-themed room.

There’s a Sailor Moon-themed room as well:

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A panda toy on a bed in a room of a panda-themed hotel AFP/Getty Images

The Inn is located at the foot of Emei Mountain and isn’t far from panda reserves:CHINA-LIFESTYLE-PANDA-HOTEL

A person wearing a panda suit introducing the rooms in a panda-themed hotel at the foot of Emei Mountain in Emeishan, southwest China’s Sichuan province. AFP/Getty Images

How could no one think of this completely non-terrifying idea sooner?

(h/t: Thrillist)

TIME Arts

Grab Some Tissues and Watch the Very First Clip From The Fault In Our Stars

It stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and a cigarette that's really a metaphor

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Behold: the first sneak peek at The Fault in Our Stars, the highly-anticipated film (coming this summer) based on John Green’s 2012 young adult novel.

In this one-minute clip, the two teenage protagonists (played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) flirt for the first time after meeting at a cancer support group. Things get real philosophical real fast and oh man we know we’re all just going to sob during this entire movie, aren’t we?

TIME World

Dutch Teen Reportedly Arrested For Tweeting Threat at American Airlines

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Not exactly the brightest idea

A 14-year-old girl who tweeted a threat at American Airline’s Twitter account on Sunday was arrested Monday, but not at the request of the FBI or the airlines, a Dutch police spokesperson told Business Insider and BNO News.

It began when a girl named Sarah (her account @QueenDementriax_ has since been suspended) tweeted, “Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

American Airlines replied: “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. YOur IP Address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

Before her account was removed, she tweeted, “omfg I was kidd,” “I’m so sorry I’m scared no,” “I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address,” and “I was kidding pls don’t I’m just a girl pls.” She also tweeted, “I’m just a fangirl pls I don’t have evil thoughts and plus I’m a white girl.”

The following confirmation of the arrest appears to have been tweeted by the Twitter account for the Dutch Police @Politie:

Wessel Stole, a spokesperson for the Dutch police, told Business Insider:

We’re not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point, we just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet.

Guess Sarah learned the hard way that tweeting threats is never funny.

We’ve reached out to Dutch police for our own confirmation and will update when we hear back.

Update at 12:25 pm: This post was updated to add links to tweets from the Dutch police account @Politie and the English version of the tweet.

TIME Food & Drink

Burger King China Is Selling a Beverage Called the PooPoo Smoothie

But don't let the name deceive you. Apparently it's delicious

Now that it’s getting warm out, doesn’t a nice cold smoothie sound so nice and appetizing? Probably not a PooPoo smoothie though, right?

Well, that’s the name of Burger King China’s latest cold drink, Kotaku reports. But don’t let the name deceive you. Apparently, the PooPoo smoothie is quite delicious. Its Chinese name is something that roughly translates to “mango ice smoothie with blow up pearls cold beverage” which is a much more accurate description than “PooPoo.”

According to Kotaku:

The PooPoo* Smoothie is pretty much like a Taiwanese Boba Tea. It’s a mango flavored slushie with what tastes like lychee flavored “pulp pearls” on the bottom of the cup. It’s topped off with a swirl of soft serve vanilla ice cream. I asked for chocolate but the staff didn’t get the joke.

That sounds delightful, doesn’t it? But like, naming it the PooPoo smoothie will clearly affect sales in a very negative way. Maybe Burger King’s marketing team should have thought this one through a bit further.

TIME viral

Dad’s Timelapse Video Shows His Daughter Grow Up from Age 0 to 14

In just four minutes

Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter Lotte growing up every day from when she was a newborn in 1999 to 14 years old to produce this four-minute timelapse video. His 2012 video of Lotte from age 0 to 12 in 2:45 minutes has 4.3 million views to date.

Hofmeester, who has also produced footage of his son Vince growing up, explained in an op-ed in The Guardian that he makes these timelapse videos because it has been a way for him to bond with his children. He used the Saturday morning shoots as an opportunity to ask them how their weeks went and about their likes and dislikes.

On a larger scale, he writes, “this is the most photographed and filmed generation ever, but what are we actually doing with these pictures? They just sit in a file on the computer…We don’t often look at the photographs we take, not in the same way that an artist would look at his paintings.”

(h/t Mamamia)

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TIME viral

These Confused Kids Have Never Seen a Walkman Before

Warning: this video will make you feel like a dinosaur

In the latest “Kids React” video produced by the Fine Bros comedy troupe, youngsters learn how to use a cassette player, a feat so challenging that one girl declares herself “a survivor” for sticking with the task for so long, while another likens herself to Indiana Jones. It may be a useful skill to learn, however, because there is a renewed interest in cassette tapes, which celebrated their 50th birthday in August 2013. (h/t ViralViralVideos)

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Wheel of Fortune Contestant Mispronounces ‘Achilles,’ Misses Chance at Million Dollar Prize

He also invents a new word: "dicespin"

A contestant named Julian kept getting very close to winning big on Friday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune -- but then he just kept messing up big.

First, the University of Indiana freshman lost his chance to play for $1 million when he bungled the answer “Mythological Hero Achilles.” All the letters were turned over, so it seemed like he had this one in the bag. But when he went to solve the puzzle, he pronounced Achilles like “A-chill-us.”

The three seconds of deafening silence that followed were heartbreaking. Eventually Pat let Julian know that they couldn’t accept that, and the next contestant eagerly swooped in.

Unfortunately, Julian makes a few more blunders as the episode rolls on. For example, he guesses “on-the-spot dicespin” (what?) instead of “on-the-spot decision,” again allowing the contestant to his left to swoop in once more.

Looks like we now know what Julian’s Achilles’ heel is.

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