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That Moment When a Baby Discovers His Eyebrows Can Make People Laugh

He's positively thrilled about it

Some people grow up to hate their reflection in the mirror, but right now, this baby can’t get enough of it, wiggling his eyebrows repeatedly and cracking up.


Dad and Daughter Chase Down Alleged Burglars After Stumbling Upon Home Robbery

Some families go camping to bond, others get into car chases

Well here’s an untraditional father-daughter bonding activity for you: A Houston dad and his 22-year-old daughter chased down a group of burglars who had allegedly just robbed their house. And in true twenty-first century form, the terrifying car chase, which ended in a game of chicken, was all caught on a smartphone.

Kevin Smith, a plastic surgeon, was with his daughter Alana on his way home from a business trip Friday when they noticed a red pickup truck full of alleged thieves speeding out of their driveway. The family told CNN they turned their car around and started to chase the burglars not for fear of missing things, but because Alana had left her sister Kara at home on her way to the airport.

“I locked eyes on them, and their eyes were terrified. I knew that they had done something terrible,” she told CNN. “I didn’t know what happened to my sister, and I didn’t know if she was O.K. My instinct was this was my only chance to get these guys.”

And so they whipped out a smartphone to record evidence as they got into a car chase. Multiple times, the red pickup stopped and began backing into the sedan.

Alana’s voice can be heard on the tape asking, “Dad, what do I do?”

“Start it, Baby. Start it,” he responded.

The chase ended when the burglars’ truck whipped around and started heading towards the family’s car.

“It was just like in the movies,” Smith said.

Police showed up shortly after the final collision and caught two of the three men, placing them in custody.

The Smiths were also relieved to know that Kara was at the gym with her cellphone off at the time of the incident.


TIME Crime

Thief Arrested Because He Forgot to Log Off Facebook After Burglarizing a Home

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Rookie mistake

Look, we’re no experts here, but if you’re breaking into somebody’s home, we suggest getting in and out as quickly as possible. This means you probably shouldn’t take a break to check your Facebook.

Apparently, though, that’s what 26-year-old Nicholas Wig did after breaking into a house in St. Paul. He used the target’s computer to check his profile — and then he forgot to log out, CBS Minnesota reports.

“World’s dumbest criminal,” said the very astute homeowner, James Wood. “I don’t know.”

The thief made off with Wood’s credit cards, cash and watch, but left behind his own Nike tennis shoes, jeans and a belt. They were wet because it had been raining, so we can only assume at this point that Wig disrobed and then logged onto Facebook to play Farmville or something. (Does Farmville still exist?)

When Wood realized that Wig had left his Facebook profile open, things got interesting. Wood posted a status update saying that Wig had burgalized his home and shared his phone number seeking further information. Then Wig himself texted him (!) and the two agreed to meet. Wood said Wig seemed to think if he returned the cell phone he’d stolen in exchange for the clothes he’d left behind, everything would be fine.

But everything was not fine. When Wood spotted Wig walking toward his home later, he called the police, because obviously. Police arrested him at the scene, and if convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

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Casual Sex Is Good for You, According to Your New Favorite Study

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You do you

Turns out that no-strings-attached sexy times are good for you, so don’t let the haters stop you from doin’ your thang.

A recent study conducted by researchers from NYU and Cornell dispels the popular notion that casual hookups — defined as sexual activity outside the context of a romantic relationship — will leave you with low self-esteem and depression. The research, published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, involved a group of NYU students who kept a weekly diary over the course of 12 weeks documenting any and all adult snuggles — and the effect those instances had on their overall well-being.

Sociosexually unrestricted students reported higher well-being after having casual sex compared to not having sex, the researchers found. Also, those who were sociosexually unrestricted reported lower stress and greater overall emotional health after casual sex. (This is … maybe not super surprising.)

Although past reports have shown that women are less likely than men to orgasm during casual sex, this particular study showed few overall differences between genders.

The study’s authors explained that “the effects of casual sex depend on the extent to which this behavior is congruent with one’s general personality tendencies.” So, in other words: if you want to have casual sex, you definitely should. If you do not want to have casual sex, you shouldn’t. The main takeaway of this study? You do you.

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Slapping Can Be Beautiful Too: A Cheeky Response To The ‘First Kiss’ Video

This time you know it's real because Haley Joel Osment is involved

You might remember the viral “First Kiss” video that purported to show 20 strangers kissing for the first time. It was called beautiful, inspiring and a host of other very complimentary adjectives. Though that clip didn’t exactly turn out to be a hoax, the video was shot using actors, models and musicians, and was an advertisement for clothing company WREN. Three months later, we have a new parody of that viral hit: The Slap.

Max Landis, writer of Chronicle and son of Blues Brothers director John Landis, got a few dozen folks — some of them actors and models — together (most notably a bearded Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense fame) and had them slap one another in the face. The slaps aren’t particularly vicious, but if the sounds they produce are any indication, they’re not exactly love taps either.

The “Slap” video — using the same black-and-white color scheme and upbeat music — is oddly adorable and everyone appears to be in remarkably good spirits, relative to the typical atmosphere when people are being repeatedly slapped in the face (though you could hardly be blamed if you cringed on the occasions when some of the men in the video struck the women). Now the only question is what the parody response to this parody will be.

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Queen Elizabeth II Eyes Iron Throne on Game of Thrones Set

Britain's Queen Elizabeth looks at the Iron Throne as she meets members of the cast on the set of the television show Game of Thrones in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 24, 2014.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth looks at the Iron Throne as she meets members of the cast on the set of the television show Game of Thrones in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 24, 2014. Phil Noble—Reuters

Though she prefers a corgi to a direwolf

There’s a lot of royalty in Game of Throne’s Seven Kingdoms, but a real life queen — with impressive longevity compared to the monarchs in George R.R. Martin’s books — visited the set of the HBO hit series Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth II went to Ireland to see the Belfast set and meet with cast members and show creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

While the 88-year-old queen, who prefers corgis to direwolves, stopped to admire props, CBS reports that she politely declined to sit on the sword-covered Iron Throne. She’s got one of her own at home:

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) delivers the Queen’s Speech from the Throne in the House of Lords next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) during the State Opening of Parliament CARL COURT—AFP/Getty Images


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Florida Man Killed in ‘Horrifying’ Wood Chipper Accident

Cleanup of the scene lasted well into the night

Authorities in Florida say a tree service worker died on Monday after he accidentally fell into a wood chipper.

“You hear about this stuff in the movies, but then all of the sudden it happens right outside your door step,” Joseph Horta, a nearby resident, told CBS Miami. “All the sudden I hear all these sirens and I look outside and I see some piles of blood. It was horrifying.”

The victim, whose name is being withheld until his family is notified, fell into the teeth of the machine and his body was pulled completely through. Cleanup on the street reportedly lasted well into the evening.

“This isn’t something you see every day,” Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said. “It’s not something you can just go home and forget about.”

There were 11 wood chipper deaths between 2000 and 2013, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

[CBS Miami]

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Gary Oldman Really Doesn’t Like Political Correctness

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And proved it

In a lengthy interview with Playboy magazine, actor Gary Oldman made it clear that he isn’t a fan of political correctness. In fact, the 56-year-old Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star thinks “political correctness is crap…take a f—ing joke. Get over it.”

And, in case you were nervous, Oldman went on to prove his point.

The tangent — which Oldman said he hoped the reporter would “edit and cut… because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot” — began when Mel Gibson came up. When reporter David Hochman asked Oldman what he thought about what Gibson has undergone in recent years, Oldman responded:

“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him—and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f—ing kraut” or “F— those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct.”

Oldman thought that there was a double standard because Gibson “got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f—ng hypocrites… The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n—-r or that f—ing Jew?”

Oldman went on to defend Alec Baldwin for calling someone a gay slur and accused Hollywood of rendering anyone who didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave at the Oscars a racist. And as long as he was on a roll — hitting race, religion, and sexuality — Oldman figured why stop there and went for the gender ticket – saying he could “never” get away with calling Nancy Pelosi an expletive based on the female anatomy. “I can’t really say that,” the libertarian-leaning actor said, though he just had — twice.

The interview was timed to help promote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, out July 11, in which Oldman plays a villain.




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How a 4-Year-Old Girl Foiled Her Babysitter’s Robbery Plot

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Definitely not Babysitter's Club material

A babysitter’s ill-planned burglary plot was foiled by a very wise 4-year-old named Abby.

Wednesday, or what Abby described to a Detroit Fox affiliate as “the worst day in my life,” two teenage men invaded the parent-free home. Among other goods, “The bad guys stole my kitty bank, they stole my iPod,” Abby said.

While the 17-year-old babysitter said that the thieves were two armed black males — one of whom suspiciously looked like the next door neighbor — her story fell apart when Abby “described the suspects as having peach-colored skin as opposed to having dark colored skin,” Sheriff Bill Elfo told ABC News. The babysitter almost immediately confessed that her boyfriend and a cohort had, in fact, been the ones who actually committed the crime.

All three involved were arrested. The innocent neighbor was handcuffed and questioned for hours, but was later released.


TIME Science

This Awesome Facial Recognition Technology Could Replace Passwords


As much as we love "qwerty"...

After decades of either getting hacked for making your password something easy like “password” or getting locked out of your computer for making it something ridiculously hard to remember (like the name of the Queen’s second favorite Corgi plus a series of random number), researchers might have finally found a way to solve your crummy password conundrum.

A report was published in the journal PeerJ Tuesday that explores a new password alternative called “Facelock,” which is based on the psychology of facial recognition.

Essentially, psychological research has proven that while people can recognize many different photographs of the same person, unfamiliar faces are associated with a specific image. So if you see the same stranger in multiple different action shots, it almost seems like they’re different people. (Now you know why online dating profiles can be so confusing.)

To use Facelock, researchers propose that users would flag a set of faces that they know pretty well but others may not — like an ambiguously famous comedian. To unlock whatever you’re trying to unlock, the user would then simply have to identify said face on a series of grids (that would be trained to feature faces from a similar field, in this case the illustrious jazz flute ingenues). The face would stick out to the password creator and fraudsters wouldn’t see a difference.

Research showed that the faces were easily identified 97.5% of the time with an 86% success rate a year later. Strangers had a less than 1% success rate and people who knew the password-maker only succeeded 6.6% of the time.

“Pretending to know a face that you don’t know is like pretending to know a language that you don’t know—it just doesn’t work,” said lead author Dr. Rob Jenkins of the University of York. “The only system that can reliably recognize faces is a human who is familiar with the faces concerned.”

Pretty cool, although we have grown kind of attached to “qwerty” …

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