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President Barack Obama: ‘I Loved Spock’

"I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute," the President said

President Barack Obama, whose affect has often earned him comparisons to Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, paid tribute to the Star Trek star, who died Friday morning at age 83.

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet — and on his visits to many others — it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Leonard Nimoy

From his personal heroes to the pranks William Shatner would play on him

Leonard Nimoy, known for his role as “Mr. Spock” on Star Trek, died Friday morning at 83, his family confirmed. Here, a few fun tidbits you might not have known about the actor and his role on the hit sci-fi show.

• During the filming of Star Trek, William Shatner would repeatedly steal Nimoy’s bicycle during lunch breaks to get to the front of the commissary line, he said in an interview.

• Spock’s Vulcan greeting, the three-pointed hand gesture, was inspired by the Hebrew letter “shin,” which he saw men use as a blessing during a synagogue service he attended with his father as a young man.

• The Boston native once said the worst job he ever had was selling newspapers in the city in the winter.

• On the subject of heroes, he once cited actor John Garfield (nominated for an Oscar for Body and Soul and Four Daughters). He also especially admired Meryl Streep for her performances in Sophie’s Choice and The Deer Hunter.

• His favorite artist was Vincent Van Gogh. Nimoy said he identified with the artist when he was a struggling actor because they both believed “they had something to offer” and “wanted to give it.” He did a one-man film play about the artist.

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Someone Dressed Up a Wooden Dummy to Drive in the Carpool Lane

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It would have worked... until he got pulled over for speeding

A Long Island man was able to drive in the carpool lane Friday morning by allegedly putting a sweatshirt on a wooden dummy– until police pulled him over for speeding.

James Campbell, 56, was issued two tickets after police found him driving in the high-occupancy-vehicle lane of the Long Island Expressway with a crude wooden dummy shaped like a human. He was pulled over for speeding Friday morning, and told the officer he was trying to get to a new job on time.

The dummy was a wooden board with a “head” attached, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Sounds like a genius plan.

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TIME Food & Drink

Taco Bell Wants to Know If You’d Eat These Cap’n Crunch Icing-Filled Donut Holes

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The chain started testing the treat this week

Taco Bell is now selling warm donut holes covered in Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries cereal and filled with “milk icing,” a spokesperson tells TIME. The test began Thursday in Bakersfield, Calif., and the pastries are available in packs of two for $1.00, four for $1.69 or 12 for $4.49.

At first glance, they will probably make you think of milk and cereal snack bars. There are more mouth-watering photos over at the food blog FoodBeast, which first reported the story.

The Associated Press reported this week that big food companies like Taco Bell are trying out more “hipster” menus, looking for ways to “feel out changing tastes and cozy up to new customers, particularly those in their 20s and 30s.”

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Sex Box and Other Reality Shows We Can’t Believe Are Actually Real

From 'Dating Naked' to 'Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?'

Friday marks the U.S. premiere of Sex Box on We TV — a show in which struggling couples actually have sex inside a box onstage. Sure, the box is soundproof and there’s no camera inside. And yes, the idea is that the couples will be more vulnerable and honest after the act, when they talk to a panel of expert in the hopes of solving their issues. But that doesn’t make it any less cringeworthy.

The premise is so simple, so bizarre, that it’s something you’d fact check before posting about it on Facebook because there’s no way it could be real. But Sex Box is no parody. The U.K. show of the same name aired in 2013 and received tepid reviews. But it’s only the latest in a series of reality shows that we can’t believe got the green light.

Here are other reality shows that make The Bachelor look totally sensible:

Born in the Wild
This Lifetime series, premiering March 3, is about women who give birth in nature. “No inductions, no epidurals…just expectant mothers facing and giving birth in the arms of Mother Nature,” boasts the show’s YouTube page.

Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?
The series, which has run in several different countries, gathers the worst drivers in a specific region and has them show off their lack-of-skills behind the wheel. In 2011, a Netherlands contestant proved himself worthy of the title after he accidentally ran over the show’s host. (No one was seriously injured).

Are You Hot?
Before there was Tinder there was a show in which people walked down a runway and displayed their goods to judges who essentially swiped right or left. Are You Hot? aired on ABC in 2003.

The Will
CBS may have agreed to pick up the 2005 reality show — in which family and friends of a rich benefactor compete to be included in his inheritance — but the network had the good sense to cancel it after just one episode.

Dating Naked
A contestant actually sued VH1 for showing a little too much nudity.

The Swan
This show was a heartwarming retelling of The Ugly Duckling in which producers turned contestants into swans by giving them lots and lots of plastic surgery. The series was more than a little problematic.

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Watch a Dog Interrupt the Weather Report in February’s Best News Bloopers

Plus, lots of reporters breaking down in giggles

Another month, another collection of hilarious news bloopers. February’s collection of on-air blunders, compiled by YouTube channel NewsBeFunny, is ten solid minutes of pure schadenfreude.

There’s the anchor who has no idea what a sphincter is and the other one who can’t stop raving about how great the poop emoji is. Then there’s the weatherman who keeps his cool when his map displays ridiculously high temperatures, and the other weatherman who keeps his cool when a dog keeps interrupting his report.

And, as usual, there are plenty of inappropriate video bombs and lots of uncontrollable laughter.

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These Amazon Reviews of #TheDress Are Amazing

The debate over whether the dress is white and gold or blue and black continues

On Thursday night, a BuzzFeed post “What Colors Are This Dress” sparked a worldwide debate over one very basic question. It started as a simple question on Tumblr, then became hashtag #TheDress, and pretty soon, high profile figures such as Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Rob Lowe and a member of Congress were offering their two cents. Even Adobe touted its software as a way of answering the question before U.K. fashion brand Roman stepped forward to settle the matter.

By mid-morning Friday, the Amazon.co.uk listing for “Roman Women’s Lace Detail Bodycon Dress Royal Blue” had been flooded with more than 140 snarky customer reviews inspired by the Internet meme. Here are funniest ones:

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6 Dresses That Are Way More Famous Than #TheDress

A brief look at dresses that have gone viral throughout history

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Here’s Proof That #TheDress is Black and Blue

Sorry, #TeamWhiteAndGold

If you’re still rubbing your eyes over the dress that has social media baffled, here’s definitive proof that it is indeed black and blue, not white and gold:

The photo of the controversial frock (dubbed #TheDress on social media) went around the Internet Thursday night and Friday morning, polarizing viewers into two categories: those who saw it as white and gold and those who saw it as black and blue. It seems those in the former category have been tricked by the odd lighting of the photo (and maybe even by the physiology of their eyes) as the dressmaker has confirmed that it is royal blue with black lace stripes.

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TIME Greece

Watch This Hilarious Satire of the Greek Bailout Crisis

This parody of German-Greek relations has some strong language

Germany may have the fourth largest economy in the world, second largest gold reserves (don’t ask where it came from) and a celebrated sense of humour but they don’t have the hippest finance minister in the world.

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rides a motorbike, wears leather jackets, never wears a tie and petrifies Germany according to this video, V for Varoufakis, made by ZDFNeo, a German television channel that targets the 18-45 age group.

Greeks may wish Varoufakis had a greater impact than the video suggests but on Friday the German parliament agreed to continue to loan Greece money to prevent the country becoming bankrupt,

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