TIME viral

Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding Gets The Disney Treatment

Sorry, Prince Charming!

Game of Thrones’ “Red Wedding” episode has gone down in the annals of cultural history as one of the most jaw-droppingly brutal hours of television ever. Roughly, 1,570 of the 1,579 total killings in the HBO series took place during the episode. So naturally, it’s prime for a Disney makeover.

In the new video, Cinderella and her Prince Charming stand in for Robb Stark and his pregnant bride, eager to share their special day at a celebratory feast with their friends, family and allies in the Magic Kingdom. Those in attendance include Ariel a.k.a. The Little Mermaid with her man, Eric, along with Mulan and Snow White, Sebastian the Crab and various adorable animated mice.

Cinderella’s evil stepmother has other plans though. Despite Ariel doing her best Catelyn Stark-esque impression and delivering heartfelt pleas alongside threats of brutality, no one makes it out alive.

But who’s behind the violence? Spoiler alert: It’s a Disney princess getting in touch with her inner Arya Stark.


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[via The Wrap]

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TIME Sports

PHOTO: Batkid Throws Opening Pitch at Giants Home Opener

Batkid throws the opening pitch for the San Francisco Giants
Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, left, throws the ceremonial first pitch next to Batman before an opening day baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Francisco, April 8, 2014. Jeff Chiu—AP

Look out, villains: Batkid is back, and he’s going to strike you out!

The world’s smallest super hero was spotted Tuesday at the San Francisco Giants’ home opener and threw the first pitch. The 5-year old kindergarten student, whose real name is Miles Scott, is in remission from leukemia. He captured the country’s imagination last year when San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Foundation threw him a daylong adventure, where he got the chance to live out his super hero dreams.

Fans cheered as he ascended the mound and threw the ball to Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain.

Watch the heartwarming event unfold below:

TIME NextDraft

How the Internet Kills Reading and Other Fascinating News on the Web

April 8, 2014

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1. This is Your Brain on Internet

Your brain was not designed to read this sentence. Our brains adapted to become good at reading. And now, our clicking, swiping, and scrolling is training our brain to consume content in a new way. But will there be a cost? Researchers are finding that serious reading has taken a hit from online scanning and skimming. (This article would work better as a list of charts.)

+ Ever feel aggressive after playing a video game? That aggression might have more to do with gameplay mechanics than violent content. That explains why playing Flappy Bird always makes me want to beat the hell out of someone.

TIME viral

This Baby Really Needs to Learn How to Properly Pronounce “Thank You”

Because right now it sounds like he's saying something a lot less nice

This one-and-a-half-year-old baby named Lloyd is trying to be polite by saying “thank you” but unfortunately, he has some trouble pronouncing it, so it sounds like he’s saying something a bit less cordial. His father, Christopher Bennison, posted this video on YouTube, explaining that he really needs to help his son, who’s half Swedish and half Canadian, work on his pronunciation.

“He’s a year and a half and is of course soaking up everything he hears,” Christopher told the Huffington Post in an email. “We’ve been really making an effort to watch our language around him so this was both a bit of a shock and absolutely hilarious. It was a relief when we realized he was trying to say ‘thank you.'”

TIME celebrity

Paul Rudd Ran Around New York City Asking If People Would Sleep With Him For a Dollar

Most people said yes, obviously

In a new episode of his comedy game show Billy on the Street, Billy Eichner dragged Paul Rudd through Manhattan asking pedestrians if, for one dollar, they’d sleep with the handsome, notoriously ageless actor.

Most people say yes, because obviously. Some people say no, but they’re probably lying. Others get really excited and think that they’re actually going to get to sleep with Paul Rudd. Watch this emotional roller coaster ride above.

TIME Sports

Here’s Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Watching the NCAA Finals Game

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with Laura Bush, sat next to each other last night at the NCAA championship game, in which the UConn Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54. The trio was sitting in a luxury box that is owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Tony Gutierrez / AP
Tony Gutierrez / AP

 

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TIME viral

Watch Two Little Girls Attempt Judo in The Most Adorable 2 Minutes of Your Day

Hand-to-hand combat has never been so cute to watch

It’s fun to watch these little girls knock each other over in Judo because they can barely stand upright themselves.

(h/t Uproxx)

TIME Food & Drink

Holy Guacamole: You’ve Never Seen Avocados Like This

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Cross section of ripe avocado Patrick Llewelyn-Davies—Getty Images/OJO Images RF

The food porn parody of Topless Tuesdays on Reddit.

For a certain subset of the Reddit population, Tuesday is better known as Topless Tuesday, which is exactly as NSFW as it sounds.

But the parody Reddit thread Avocados Gone Wild epitomizes the phrase “food porn” and gives Topless Tuesday a new, much more innocent meaning. While browsing photos of these delicious-looking meals that have raunchy titles like “lubricant” and “messy” and “jailbait”, your imagination is your own worst enemy. A plate with a whole avocado next to a chicken illustrates “spreading with a hot chick”, while an open-faced sandwich topped with avocado slices illustrates “being on top.”

Below are a few recent examples:

“I know the guys in this band, so I modeled for their (a)lbumcover. I like showing off my body ;)”:

“I know you want me.. ;)”

“Open and ready to be take in the kitchen”

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Ex-Taco Bell Interns: We Invented Doritos Tacos in 1995

The former interns claim to have photographs showing they pitched the billion dollar food hybrid in a 1995 internal competition… and lost

Doritos Locos Taco might have premiered in 2012, but ex-Taco Bell interns have told the Huffington Post that they are the ones who first pitched the billion dollar idea way back in 1995 as a part of an internship competition. And they lost.

While the ex-interns don’t expect any compensation—”I’m sure I signed away that anything I pitched to them was their property anyway,” Andrea Watt said—they do want some recognition.

“I remember being mad we didn’t win because I thought we had the best product,” fellow ex-intern Roy Brown told HuffPost. Although the team did make the fatal error of calling the product “Dorito” instead of “Doritos” tacos, $1 billion in sales after the similar product’s launch shows that it was a pretty winning idea.

“Good ideas can come from anywhere, but an idea without execution does not make a successful product,” Taco Bell director of public affairs and engagement Rob Poetsch told HuffPost. “The concept of making a taco shell out of Doritos may have come to people’s minds which is why we’ve had no shortage of those who have claimed it was their idea.”

[Huffington Post]

TIME technology

This App Could Let You Count Calories by Taking a Picture of Your Food

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Brought to you by the same team who developed Apple's Siri, the new app is still in its developmental phase

What if taking photos of your food could serve a real purpose besides helping you brag on Instagram and Facebook?

SRI International, the lab responsible for the technology behind Siri, is developing an app that would let you snap a picture of your food to get an approximate calorie count, Gigaom reports. It would use image recognition to scan the photo and analyze the different components of your meal.

One of the major challenges here is hidden fats like oil and butter, SRI Ventures executive director Dror Oren tells Gigaom. So while you probably can’t get an exact count, you can still get a fairly accurate range. The team is aware, for example, that some of the best (and most caloric) foods — like burritos — have hidden components, so they’re taking that into account as they continue to develop the app.

SRI expects the technology to become mainstream in about a year, which gives us all plenty of time to perfect our food-photography skills.

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