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Teacher’s Sassy Obituary For Herself Is Going Viral for All the Right Reasons

"I was born; I blinked; and it was over."

Florida school teacher Emily Phillips, who died March 25 at 69 after battling pancreatic cancer, wrote a spirited obituary for herself that has gone viral since running in the Florida Times-Union on Tuesday.

Here are some of the most memorable lines from Phillips, a proud mother, grandmother and wife (or, as she referred to herself, “Grand Diva Of All Things Domestic”):

• “It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away.”

• “Once again I didn’t get things my way.”

• “So…I was born; I blinked; and it was over. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor.”

• “Today I am happy and I am dancing. Probably naked.”

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This Is By Far the Best ‘Uptown Funk’ Dance We’ve Ever Seen

A little kid at a hockey game totally breaks it down

Everybody likes to dance to “Uptown Funk.Even Michelle Obama likes to dance to “Uptown Funk.” But nobody — and really, we mean nobody — can get down quite like this little kid.

At a recent Binghamton Senators hockey game, this star on the rise heard the catchy tune and just went for it. For two solid minutes, he totally breaks it down, busting out all kinds of moves. He mostly focuses on arm movements and pelvis thrusts, throwing in some creative footwork too.

When the song ends, everyone cheers for him, and then he collapses into his seat. Being that awesome is exhausting.

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The Only Thing Better Than a Chocolate Bunny Is This Life-Size Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

Matt Alexander/PA Wire Chocolatier Jen Lindsay-Clark makes final adjustments to a life-size chocolate sculpture of actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Just call him Benedict Chocobatch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s intense fans have another reason to drool over the famed actor.

In a bizarre stunt to promote its new Drama channel, UKTV commissioned a 6-foot, 88-pound Benedict Cumberbatch doppelgänger made entirely out of Belgian chocolate. And his name is Benedict Chocobatch.

“The striking thing about Benedict is that he’s got quite a thin face but he’s got a large head,” Tim Simpson, one of Chocobatch’s eight sculptors, said in a video about the building process. “So trying to get that look right is quite tricky.”

The hollow candy statue took 250 man hours to make.

Cumberbatch was chosen for the sweet stunt after he beat out actors like David Tennant, Idris Elba, Sean Bean and Damian Lewis in a poll that sought to name “Britain’s dishiest TV drama actor.”

Says Drama general manager Adrian Wills, “Hopefully he’ll make it through Easter weekend in one piece.”


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The Dress Is Now Part of Kim Kardashian’s Mobile Game

Users need to reach level 12 just to try on the design

Kim Kardashian West may have had to persuade sister Kourtney Kardashian to appear in her app, but André Leon Talley (the former Vogue Editor-at-Large) was less hesitant about bearing his likeness (and designer caftans) in the star’s hit game. And of course his avatar is totally chic.

Talley is the first non-Kardashian/Jenner to appear in the game, and his well-dressed avatar is decked in Valentino creations and custom suits. “Love, Love, Love, the Kim game,” Talley shared on Instagram. “And so thrilled to be part of the scene in my gorge Valentino caftan I wore to her wedding in Paris, at the Versailles leg of the venture.”

Guess this means there are no hard feelings between Talley and Kim. After logging extensive details in his official Kimye wedding diary for Vogue, Talley was blurred out of scenes in the Keeping Up With the Kardashians wedding special, despite signing a release. But then Kim and her pals paid tribute to Vogue with these amazing Halloween costumes, and we assume all was forgiven.

Talley’s involvement in the game is not the only fashionable update. Remember “The Dress”? Well it’s bringing its controversial colors to Kim’s virtual closet. While we doubt Kim would trade her designer duds for the highly-debated dress in real life, you can try it on within the game. Though, it’ll take some dedication — users need to reach level 12 just to try on the design. (That’s a lot of K Stars!)


After these latest updates, we can’t wait to see who will make an appearance on the app next. If we had to guess, it’d probably be Kim’s other high fashion BFFs who were majorly involved in her elaborate wedding to Kanye. Top on our list: Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci (who made Kim’s wedding gown), Vogue’s Anna Wintour (who featured Kim and Kanye in wedding attire on the magazine’s April 2014 cover) and Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing (who featured Kimye in his latest ad campaign — and designed Kim’s wedding reception dress).

This article originally appeared on People.com.


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How High School Students Use Instagram to Help Pick a College

Getty Images Group of teenagers using mobile phones

An unfiltered look at colleges through filtered Instagram photos

When Jackson Barnett, 19, began applying to colleges, he realized he was going to have a problem. Not only was it difficult for the son of two high school teachers to afford applying to many colleges, but the Alabama teen didn’t have the resources to tour the various East Coast and Midwest schools he was interested in.

“One of the most challenging parts of the admissions process was not getting to see all the colleges I was applying to,” he says. “I had to have a lot of faith in colleges’ websites. That’s where Instagram came in.”

It was easy to find schools’ official Instagram accounts. (“What does one semester on campus look like?” prompts Duke’s admissions website. “Follow @DukeStudents on Instagram.”)

But Barnett soon realized that if he clicked on an Instagram photo’s geotagged location, he would be able to see all of the pictures tagged in that specific area — which means he’d see images taken by actual students.

“I definitely went through a bunch of people’s Instagrams just to see what the life of an average student was,” he says. “It’s like having a tour of the school by a real student who isn’t paid to show you the school and tell you the things the admissions office wants you to hear. It’s like you’re getting a tiny slice of that college and it’s real and raw.”

Barnett paid particular attention to whether a school was diverse and politically active. For example, he noted that students at Macalester College were celebrating when gay marriage was legalized in Minnesota, and that campuses were friendly toward protesting students.

The “Natural” Thing to Do

A recent survey found that 76% of teens use Instagram. The graduating class of 2015 will be the first set of students who were able to capture their entire high school experience — from the first day of freshman to the last of senior year — on the photo-sharing app, which was founded in late 2010. So it makes sense that they would use it to not only to follow friends and celebrities, but to research the next stage of their lives as well.

“The natural thing I’d do after visiting a school was to follow it on Instagram,” Morgan Levy, 17, says. The more the New Jersey high school senior looked through school accounts, geotags and hashtags, the more she was drawn to schools that had large athletic departments. She fed off game day energy, which is one of the reasons why she applied early to and accepted a spot at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

“When I began looking at schools I didn’t think I’d end up at a division one sports school,” she says. “I never thought I’d be sitting here watching the first round of March Madness.”

Of course, Levy saw some things on Instagram that would act as a red flag.

“I definitely did find some things that bothered me,” she says. “Some campuses seemed more socially oriented towards a lot of partying and that overwhelmed me a little bit.”

Instagram provides an unfiltered look at a campus via filtered photographs-in contrast to the often highly curated pictures on a school’s official Instagram feed.

“I’ve noticed that we’ve all been using Instagram to see the authentic side of the college, beyond the pretty, glossy brochures,” Isabel Song, 18, says.

The Colorado senior is in the process of hearing back from the 21 schools she applied to. “Now I really want to see where I can fit in with students,” she says. “If I find a really cool post I’ll go through the student’s Instagram page. It shows them out with friends and being social, but they’ll also show community things going on.”

Song hopes to be a pediatric oncologist, so she keeps an eye out for Instagram photos that show undergraduates doing scientific research. Although she’s wary of student Instagram feeds that are over-filled with activities, indicating it might be an environment in which students overextend themselves.

Colleges Are Paying Attention to Their Insta-Image

Bowdoin’s director of digital and social media, Holly Sherburne, is aware that prospective students are following the school’s accounts and hashtags. In fact, Sherburne hired a freshman to work for her this year after noticing that she chronicled everything from receiving her acceptance letter to buying college gear to her first day of class at the Maine college using the #Bowdoin hashtag.

“We have what we call a student digital media team and five students deal with Instagram specifically,” she says. Students will post pictures of student activities on their way to class to offer prospective students a slice of day-to-day life on campus.

Although when clicking on actual students’ Instagrams, applicants might see activity that wouldn’t exactly be advertised by the university, like underage drinking or partying or even protests against the university.

University of Virginia senior assistant dean of admissions Jeannine Lalonde says that that isn’t a huge concern. Students are smart and they know if they don’t lock their accounts down, prospective students aren’t the people they should be worried about — employers are,” she says.

And if a high school student does see an Instagram photo that a UVA student posted participating in a protest, she says that that isn’t a problem. “I want a prospective to student to know that a protest is OK,” she says.

Lalonde encourages applicants to follow her quirky Instagram (that shows off Quidditch matches and beloved cafeteria workers), but she notices that most of the comments she gets are from parents. She says if high school students really want an inside scoop on what campus is like, then they would probably be more intrigued in stalking the school on Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app.

Staying Off Instagram

Instagram stalking colleges certainly isn’t second nature to all prospective freshmen.

“I did not use Instagram to look at colleges, and I rarely followed universities on other types of social media,” says Maya Sherne, 18, who is currently spending a gap year after high school studying in Israel. “That being said, I used the schools’ official site quite frequently throughout the application process, and only glanced at their social media pages when I was seriously considering the school or when I had been accepted.”

Ian Miller, 18, stayed off Instagram prior to getting into colleges for superstitious reasons.

“For some reason in my head it made perfect sense that by avoiding the college completely on every website but the Common App, I would keep my expectations as low as possible and soften the blow should rejection be eminent, the thought being that just looking at the social media accounts would make me want to go even more and increase my devastation if that would not be possible,” he says.

Although for Barnett, who had searched colleges’ Instagrams for signs of embracing diversity and social activism, using the photo-sharing app was useful in helping him decide to go to Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he is currently finishing his freshman year.

And, Barnett says, “It’s even better than what was on Instagram.”


There’s a Reason Everything on Facebook Is Blue Today

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in blue for the "Light It Up Blue" campaign to mark the World Autism Awareness Day in Rio de Janeiro
Pilar Olivares—Reuters The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in blue for the "Light It Up Blue" campaign to mark the World Autism Awareness Day in Rio de Janeiro April 1, 2015.

What is #LIUB?

Earlier this week, Jay Z asked a group of musicians to turn their Twitter avatars bright blue to promote his new music streaming service, Tidal.

But on Thursday, social media users might be noticing that many of their friends, family and, yes, favorite celebrities have decided to “Light It Up Blue” as well. And it doesn’t have anything to do with a paid music subscription service.

April 2 marks National Autism Day, and to raise awareness, Autism Speaks explains on its site, “Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.”


And, of course, people on social media are participating by posting photos of themselves sporting the color and pictures of loved ones who have autism, all with the hashtag #LIUB.

Even celebrity ambassadors Ronan Farrow and Carole King are getting in on the action:

This blue definitely doesn’t make you feel blue.

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19 Real-Life Ads from the Mad Men Era

A look at the actual ad campaigns of Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Pryce's clients

On Sunday, Mad Men returns for its final lap around the boardroom table, with just seven episodes to go before Don, Peggy and the Sterling Cooper family ascend to TV heaven. (And just before the sideburns get out of control, too.) Though the show is about advertising, it is, of course, about more. It’s about reckoning with one’s true identity, the fallout from suppressing inner demons, fumbling through parenthood and any number of other themes which have been, and will continue to be, thoroughly hashed out in the Mad Men Think PieceTM.

But the taglines and campaigns developed over tumblers of brown liquor have made for some of the show’s most memorable moments. They’ve cleverly played off real ad campaigns from the 1960s and tapped into the ethos of an era. How, though, do these fictional campaigns compare to the real thing? There’s no better way to answer that question than to hold them up against their real-life counterparts. Here, a collection of real ads that appeared in LIFE Magazine during the 1960s, for the same clients served by Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Pryce — and a few more for good measure.

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An NYPD Officer Gets Transferred After His Rant at an Uber Driver Goes Viral

"That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform," said NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

A police detective from the New York City Police Department has been transferred and put on modified assignment after a video of him haranguing an Uber driver went viral this week, USA Today reports.

The detective, later identified as Patrick Cherry from NYPD’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, seems to become incensed after an Uber driver honked at him for not signaling during a parking attempt.

Cherry was reportedly in an unmarked car at the time.

In what appears to be a video of the encounter, released by Uber passenger Sanjay Seth, the detective is heard hurling invective and taking a jab at the Uber driver’s perceived foreignness with the question “How long you been in this country?”

“People are allowed to park their cars on the side of the street without your interference and then your opinion about what’s going on, especially when the person you do it to are the police,” the detective says. “I don’t know where you’re coming from,” Cherry adds. “The only reason you’re not in handcuffs going to jail is because I have things to do.”

The NYPD moved quickly to distance itself from Cherry.

“In any encounter, discourtesy and obscene language like that is unacceptable. That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform,” said NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton.

Uber later released a statement saying “The behavior in the video is wrong and unacceptable and we appreciate the NYPD investigating the incident.”

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Watch This Girl Try to Kiss Total Strangers After Asking for Directions

If real life were a rom-com

As a novel experiment, New York City–based comedian Farah Brook approached men and women in Grand Central Station to ask for directions — and then leaned in to try to kiss them.

She videotaped the results, which are both funny and awkward. Unsurprisingly, most people in the video didn’t reciprocate her advances, despite the ever romantic “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer playing in the background.

You’ll have to watch to the end to see if she gets her romantic payoff.

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Meet the World’s New Oldest Person

Danny Johnston / AP Gertrude Weaver holds a flower given to her a day before her 116th birthday at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, Ark on July 3, 2014.

She's 116, but wants Obama at her next birthday party

Following the death on Wednesday of Misao Okawa, a 117-year-old who lived in Japan, the world’s new oldest person is an American.

The title now belongs to Gertrude Weaver, 116, who lives at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation, a nursing home in Camden, Ark., according to the Gerontology Research Group.

“At the moment, Gertrude Weaver is the oldest living person for whom the Gerontology Research Group can adequately verify her age, with the three documentary conditions of original proof of birth, name change and recent identification having been met,” Robert Young, director of the group’s supercentenarians division, tells TIME.

In an interview with TIME last year after she was first recognized as the oldest-living American, Weaver said her secret to longevity is “kindness.”

“Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you,” she added. These days, she enjoys “wheelchair dancing,” manicures, Bible study and attending concerts by singers from schools and church groups.

On Wednesday, Weaver told the Associated Press she would like President Obama to attend her party for her 117th birthday on July 4.

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