TIME viral

WATCH: 2 Year Old Has a Lot of Feelings During Her First Car Wash Experience

During her first ride through the car wash, this two-year-old starts out by sobbing and whimpering and pulling a blanket over her head, then winds up feeling positively euphoric when it’s all over. See, that wasn’t so bad!

TIME Arts

George W. Bush’s Paintings of World Leaders Appear to Be Based On Good Ol’ Google Searches

A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, painted by former U.S. President George W. Bush, is displayed at "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" exhibit in Dallas
A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, painted by former U.S. President George W. Bush, is displayed at "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" exhibit at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, April 4, 2014. Brandon Wade—Reuters

Art critics point out that 30 of the former president's portraits appear to come from casual online searches

Last week, former President George W. Bush unveiled a new collection of paintings, featuring a series of portraits of world leaders, from Vladimir Putin to the Dalai Lama. The inspiration for many of these paintings appears to come from some very casual Google searches.

Art critic Greg Allen pointed out this trend in a blog post, emphasizing the fact that Bush didn’t take advantage of the many resources available to him:

He apparently did not tap the enormous archive of photos, taken by the professionals who followed him every day for eight years, which are contained in his giant library. Instead, it seems, he Googled the world leaders he made such impactful relationships with himself, and took the first straight-on headshot he saw.

The portrait of Vladimir Putin seen above, for example, seems to be based on the very first image that pops up when you Google the Russian leader’s name. Similarly, Bush’s portrait of Israeli politician Ehud Olmert appears to be based on one of the top Google search results for his name:

A portrait of Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, painted by former president George W. Bush
A portrait of Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, painted by former president George W. Bush. Stewart F. House—Getty Images

The takeaway here? Even George W. Bush relies on Google and Wikipedia to get his work done. Former presidents: they’re just like us!

(h/t The Guardian)

TIME World

These Aerial Photos of Dutch Tulip Fields Are Stunning

They look like carefully coordinated paint swatches

Tulips are lovely from up close, but their real beauty emerges when you zoom out and view the stunning rainbow patchwork created by tulip fields across the Netherlands. Spring has finally sprung.

TIME technology

Vending Machine Tattles on You on Twitter When You Buy a Snack

Now everyone will know about that Twix bar

A hackspace in the UK created a vending machine named Holly that tweets every single time someone gets a candy bar — and names the snacker (although not the snack of choice) by name.

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Unsurprisingly, the hackers at Nottingham Hackspace have started to rebel.

“We have turned it off in recent weeks because people are arguing with it and getting quite angry that it was telling everybody that they were eating on a regular basis,” hacker James Fowkes told Computerphile in a video interview.

Of course, this isn’t Twitter and vending machine’s first marriage. A vending machine filled with stuffed panda bears in Canada would drop a toy whenever anyone tweeted #HomeTweetHome:

At SXSW, Oreo created a vending machine that customized Oreos based on what flavors were trending on Twitter:

Seeds of Change even created a Twitter-enabled vending machine (#PledgeToPlant) that expelled organic seeds to people who tweeted about where they wanted to help build a better, greener community:

Still, all of these high minded concepts are slightly different than a food shaming vending machine that can’t keep its mouth closed about your latest Twix bar.

Watch the video about the vending machine below:

TIME Bizarre

Showing of Noah Canceled After Movie Theater Floods

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Niko Tavernise—Paramount

The Vue Cinema in the UK city of Exeter had to scrap a showing of the biblical epic starring Russell Crowe because of flooding caused by an ice machine gone wild. The mess was later cleaned up and the theater opened, no ark required

Here’s a story you might want to share with people who love making puns about the new Noah film — such as a “flood of complaints,” in reference to the controversy surrounding the movie.

The Vue Cinema in the English city Exeter confirmed to the newspaper Exeter Express & Echo that its first showing of Noah on opening day April 4 had to be canceled because “there was flooding” due to “a fault with an ice machine.”

The staff did not need to find an ark for customers because the problem was reportedly discovered first thing in the morning, so the theater just didn’t open until mid-afternoon.

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.

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