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Five-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Stars In Her Own Katy Perry Music Video

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Five-year-old Addy, who was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer last year, got to fulfill her dream of becoming a pop star with her own Katy Perry-inspired music video. Now in remission, Addy would spend time during her hospital visits practicing her singing and dancing, according to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who helped put the video together.

Addy chose to sing Katy Perry’s hit “Roar” because KP is her favorite artist and because the lyrics inspired her throughout her battle with cancer.


You Can Now 3D Print Any Color Makeup From Your Home Computer

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You will never run out of your favorite lipstick color again

A recent Harvard Business School grad has come up with a brilliant way to disrupt the $55 million makeup industry. Rather than run to Sephora to pay premium prices on a unique—but let’s face it, really impractical—eyeshadow color, women can now quite literally print it from their home computer.

Welcome to the wonderful world of 3D printing, in which people can create anything from food to human skulls to your favorite, discontinued lipstick color.

“The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bulls—,” Grace Choi told an eager crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt. “They do this by charging a huge premium on one thing that technology provides for free, and that one thing is color.”

And so Choi created Mink, a mini 3D printer for your home that will allow users to print out any color of makeup using FDA-approved ink. (That should soothe moms who are a little worried about their kids standing too close to the microwave, let alone putting something that came out of a printer on their eyelids). Choi explained, “The inkjet handles the pigment, and the same raw material substrates can create any type of makeup, from powders to cream to lipstick.”

While Walmart and drug stores have limited their color selections to those that will lead to mass sales, Mink has turned computers and smartphones into endless beauty aisles with an unlimited color palate selection. Users can pull the hex code of any color found on a website — including Pinterest boards and YouTube makeup tutorials — or smartphone photos. “We’re going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend’s lipstick and print it out,” Choi said.

Once users have the color code, they only have to plug it into Photoshop or Paint and press the print button. Choi showed how simple the process was in a live demo. It took less than 40 seconds to print a pink eyeshadow.

Mink’s target demographic is 13 to 21 year old girls, who might find the price tag a little hard to manage. But even if printer ink might be comparable in price to Mac, the product is still pretty incredible.

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It’s “Perfectly Normal” to See Jesus in Toast, Study Says

Human brains are "uniquely wired" to see faces, according to researchers at the University of Toronto

Fred Whan, of Kingston, Ont., shows off a fish stick he cooked that he claims shows the likeness of Jesus Christ. Iam Macalpine—AP

Every now and then, there’s a viral news article about someone claiming to see religious imagery on a Goldfish cracker, a power meter, a turtle shell, or–more commonly–a piece of toast.

According to a new study published in the journal Cortex, that’s “perfectly normal” because of a phenomenon called “face pareidolia, the illusory perception of non-existent faces” caused by the interaction between the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that helps produce “expectations” of what an object should look like, and the posterior visual cortex, the part that processes the image.

Researchers at the University of Toronto — in partnership with Chinese universities — performed brain scans on 20 participants and showed them computer-generated pictures made up of indiscernible shapes. Some were told in advance that they were going to see images of a face, while others were told they would see a letter of the English alphabet. In both instances, about 35% saw an illusory image where there wasn’t one.

“Our findings suggest that it’s common for people to see non-existent features because human brains are uniquely wired to recognize faces, so that even when there’s only a slight suggestion of facial features the brain automatically interprets it as a face,” the study’s lead researcher Kang Lee of the University of Toronto’s Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study said in a statement.

The CBC reports that Lee also said people who see Jesus or the Virgin Mary in food or other objects may see them because religious beliefs can dramatically impact how they want to see the way life works.

New York University researchers Ana Gantman and Jay Van Bavel recently discussed similar findings (available online) in an April New York Times editorial. In a few experiments, they “flashed strings of letters” across a computer screen and asked participants whether they could see a word. Some of the words shown contained “moral content (virtue,steal, God) and others did not (virtual, steel, pet).”

They “found that participants correctly identified strings of letters as words more often when they formed moral words (69 percent accuracy) than when they formed nonmoral words (65 percent accuracy),” and have dubbed this phenomenon the “moral pop-out effect” — comparing it to the experience of food seeming especially pronounced to people who are hungry.

TIME viral

This Video Shows You Full House as a Horror Movie Because Whatever Happened to Predictability

You may never see the show the same way again

First they added Francis J. Underwood, and that was creepy. Then they took away Michelle, and that was creepier. Now, someone has turned Full House into a full house of horrors.

A new video re-envisions Full House, transforming it from an affable family-friendly sitcom to a dark and sinister world where people move into a well-appointed San Francisco townhouse …and never move out.

The video makes you realize how creepy out-of-context footage can be, especially when set to ominous music. Scenes that were once innocuous like DJ Tanner staring at herself in the mirror, Danny Tanner mopping the floor or slow motion footage of children running through the house, are filled with a sense of foreboding that makes Full House seem like the next installment in Eli Roth’s Hostel series.

Watch now, but be forewarned: You man never see Danny Tanner the same way again.

[Via Uproxx]

MORE: Full House Of Cards: The Mashup You Never Knew You Wanted

MORE: The ‘Full House’ Men Reunited on TV and Jimmy Fallon Played Michelle Tanner

TIME viral

Watch These Adorable Babies Compete in a Crying Contest

The 400-year-old festival is meant to bring good health to participating children

Most parents go to great lengths to keep their babies from crying, but at Japan’s Naki Sumo festival, the point is to actually make your kid sob.

In this video, sumo wrestlers make loud noises and faces at babies to get them to start crying. The baby who cries the loudest and for the longest amount of time is deemed the winner, though the real winners are the baby’s parents, who probably haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in months.

As NBC News writes, “some believe that children’s wailing wards off evil spirits.” Though their tear-stained faces might make you a little sad, the 400-year-old festival is meant to bring the babies good health.

TIME World

Egyptian TV Uses An Old Simpsons Episode To Prove the Arab Spring Was a Global Conspiracy


It’s hard to deny that The Simpsons has played a role in shaping our culture and our perception of current events. But one Egyptian TV station seems to think that the show can then be used as legitimate proof of a major global conspiracy.

During a recent broadcast on Egypt’s Al Tahrir station, anchor Rania Badawy told viewers to brace themselves for video evidence “which suggests that what is happening in Syria today was premeditated.”

She then presented a clip (dubbed in French) from a 2001 Simpsons episode called “New Kids on the Blecch.” It features a spoof music video that shows soldiers in a jeep decorated with a flag that’s very similar to the one used by anti-government rebels during the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

“The flag was created before the events took place,” the anchor says. “That’s why people are saying on Facebook that this is a conspiracy — in 2001, there was no such thing as the flag of the Syrian opposition.” Therefore, she says, this “raises many question marks about what happened in the Arab Spring revolutions and about when this global conspiracy began.”

Conspiracy theories surrounding the Arab Spring aren’t new, but citing a satirical American cartoon as proof certainly seems novel. While the similarity between the two flags may indeed be a bit surprising, the New York Times point outs that the Syrian opposition did not invent a new flag in 2011, as Badawy says in the newscast, but rather adopted an old version of the Syrian flag that had been used prior to the country’s 1963 military coup.

Additionally, a closer look at the song’s lyrics reveals a direct reference to “Saddam,” the then-dictator of Iraq. The animators were most likely (or, uh, definitely) referring to Iraq in this episode, not sowing the seeds for a complicated global conspiracy that would unfold a decade later. Good try though.

TIME 2014 elections

Clay Aiken Holds Slim Lead in North Carolina Democratic Primary

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Clay Aiken speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Gerry Broome—AP

The American Idol runner-up is ahead by just 372 votes, with all precincts reporting, but the race has still not been called

Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken was ahead in the North Carolina Democratic congressional primary by a slim margin Wednesday morning. The former singer led his opponent, former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, by only 372 votes with all precincts reporting, making the race too close to call according to the Associated Press.

As things stand, Aiken has the 40 percent necessary to win, but has been unable to declare victory.

Aiken and Crisco both hold 40 percent on the vote. Whoever wins will face incumbent Republican U.S. Renee Ellmers in November. Ellmers won by a wide margin in 2010 when she was elected during the Tea Party wave.




TIME Food & Drink

Spice Up Your Life With This New Wasabi-Infused Beer

Dogfish Head Brewery

You can find it on tap starting June 1.

The same people that brought us moon-dust beer are back with a new brew, and this one’s made with wasabi.

As part of its Music Series collection, Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery collaborated with musician Julianna Barwick to create a new, hoppy IPA that just happens to be infused with wasabi.

The ale is called Rosabi, and Dogfish Head explains its complex tastes in a recent blog post:

The vivid rose hue of Rosabi comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Julianna’s home state of Louisiana. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed Julianna’s love of hops, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi … The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of carbonation

A thousand cases of Rosabi will come packaged with an album of four original songs that Barwick composed using sounds recorded inside the brewery, documenting the beer-making process.

This limited release hits shelves and taps on June 1 in select locations across the country. Dogfish Head expects Rosabi to last for about two months. So once June rolls around, you’ll want to act fast, because we don’t recommend trying to make your own wasabi beer at home.


Clothing Brand Apologizes for Mother’s Day Ad of a Woman Poking Holes in Condoms

This is not how you should get pregnant.

Spanish clothing company Desigual is catching flak for releasing a TV ad featuring a woman hoping to get pregnant by poking holes in her condoms, pegged to Mother’s Day in Spain, which was on May 4.

In the original version of the spot, a woman stands in front of a mirror and stuffs a cushion up her dress to admire her would-be pregnant stomach, then coyly plays with a pin before poking it through a green pack of condoms:

A copy uploaded by YouTube user jotaTVQ has started going viral, racking up more than 1.7 million views by late afternoon Tuesday.

The campaign has caused outrage on the Internet, with some calling it “wildly offensive” and others pointing out that it endorses dishonest and dangerous behavior.

In an updated blog post in Spanish, Desigual apologized for offending viewers, and stated that its intention was to produce a humorous spot. It has released another version with the controversial pin-pricking edited out.

Spain is currently poised to vote on a strict abortion ban, except in instances of rape or a threat to the health of the mother. Pro-choice activists even set up a fake pop-up “abortion travel agency” in Madrid last month.

TIME Food & Drink

This Man Got a Tattoo of a KFC Double Down Sandwich

And the process is preserved forever in the fast food joint's latest advertisement

Kentucky Fried Chicken managed to convince a man to get a tattoo of a Double Down as part of a new commercial.

Now, for the uninitiated, a Double Down is a “sandwich” that uses two pieces of fried chicken instead of bread, with bacon, cheese and secret sauce wedged in between. So now that everybody’s up to speed, let’s take another moment to acknowledge that there is now a man who has that sandwich tattooed on his body. Forever.

But, why would he tattoo a Double Down on his leg?

It’s a tattoo that people will always ask about,” the anonymous man explains. “And it’s funny, so.”

Oh, okay, that clears things right up.

(h/t Grub Street)


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