TIME society

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.

Read next: Long Life Secrets from an (Almost) 115 Year Old Woman

TIME celebrity

Watch Katie Couric Pull an Epic Prank on James Corden

The look on the new Late Late Show host's face is priceless

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Journalist Katie Couric pulled an amazing April Fools’ prank on The Late Late Show host James Corden Wednesday night, using a stunt double to pretend she fell down the stairs as he welcomed her into the studio. As he rushes off stage and kneels besides the woman who he appears to think is the Yahoo News anchor, the real Katie Couric is standing at the top of the stairs yelling, “Up here! Up here, James! James! April Fools!”

After he gets over the shock, Corden just looks relieved that a guest did not get injured during his first week hosting the show.

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

 

 

TIME viral

5 April Fools’ Pranks That Went Horribly Wrong This Year

Things went terribly awry for more than a few people

While April Fools is supposed to be a day of laughter and good cheer—we rounded up the best jokes here—some people just went way too far. Below, a glimpse at a few pranks that backfired:

• The student newspaper at the University of Virginia apologized for publishing a joke issue with articles like “ABC officers tackle Native American student outside Bodo’s Bagels” and “Zeta Psi hosts ‘Rosa Parks’ party.” These pieces were published two weeks after the bloody arrest of a black student by white officers from the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control sparked campus-wide protests.

• A gag involving fireworks resulted in a laundry hamper on fire in an apartment complex near Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Residents were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

• The following tweet from the Greater Manchester Police Radcliffe reportedly offended parents with children who have been incarcerated.

• Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Bruce Irvin apologized for joke tweets in which he said he was caught drinking and driving after his prank sparked outrage on Twitter.

Happy Endings, the cult ABC comedy that was cancelled in 2013, will be lucky if it has any fans left after teasing fans with a website of a countdown to April 1 that revealed nothing.

Read next: These Radio Hosts Pulled the Best April Fools’ Prank on Their Coworkers

TIME celebrity

Adam Horovitz From the Beastie Boys Shares Some Insightful Advice for Teens

"Whatever it is that makes you happy, I would focus on that"

For the latest installment of its “Ask a Grown Man” series, Rookie mag enlisted Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, to give advice to teenagers about love and life.

“I have been asked to be a grown-up,” Horovitz begins, appearing a little nervous with this newfound responsibility. Though he continues to fidget as he begins responding to specific questions, he ends up giving really helpful and wise advice.

He mostly addresses dating concerns, like the most honest way to break up with someone (or how to “blame your parents” if it comes to that) and how to respectfully ask for what you want and need in a relationship. But he also addresses how to deal with crippling insecurity and gain confidence.

“Think about the thing that makes you happiest and do that,” Horovitz says. “Whatever it is that makes you happy, I would focus on that, and you’ll definitely gain some confidence and comfort for sure.”

Read next: Beastie Boys Cleared in Copyright Lawsuit

TIME society

Try to Be Happy For the Couple That Just Won the Lottery for the Second Time

They also once won a Jaguar because...why not?

April Fools’ pranks might be everywhere on the Internet today, but this isn’t one of them.

A U.K. couple won £1 million ($1.22 million USD) from the EuroMillions lottery last week for the second time in as many years. They amazingly beat the 283-billion-to-one odds and made sure to celebrate accordingly.

David and Kathleen Long had been engaged for 12 years before purchasing their first winning ticket in 2013 that bankrolled their “smashing” wedding.

“David was always convinced he’d win big,” Kathleen told the Mirror. “It’s brilliant.”

Long, who also reportedly won a Jaguar because why not, got that feeling again last week. “I just knew it would be my turn again some day,” David Long told The Guardian.

His trick seems easy to replicate: “Just believe that one day you will do it.”

So that’s what you’ve been doing wrong.

TIME Internet

Good News, Homestar Runner Fans: Strong Bad’s Back After a 6-Year Hiatus

Allow Strong Bad to rant about all the dumb April Fools pranks on the Internet

Back in July, we reported that the beloved Internet cartoon series Homestar Runner would be revived — and that we might eventually be rewarded with a new installment of the beloved “Strong Bad Email” segment, first introduced in 2001. It took a little while, but we are pleased to say that dream has now come true.

The new Strong Bad Email segment is the first one since October, 2009, and it clearly acknowledges how much time has passed. He wipes a huge mound of dust off the ol’ compy to find it has been transformed into a newer, sleeker model. Soon, Homestar pops up to engage Strong Bad in a discussion about April Fools’ Day. Strong Bad, of course, insists that the Internet has ruined the holiday.

Strong Bad’s goal becomes to bring April Fools’ off the Internet and back into the real world, “where it can physically hurt people.”

Okay, so, this isn’t the best of the now 206 Strong Bad Email videos — but we’ll take it, mostly for the extreme nostalgia factor.

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

TIME viral

These Radio Hosts Pulled the Best April Fools’ Prank on Their Coworkers

It's more than a little embarrassing

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Hosts at the New Zealand radio show ZM Breakfast pranked two of their colleagues by telling them to rush into work to fill in for co-workers who had fallen ill.

The victims, who go by Jase and PJ, thought they were broadcasting to the entire country from 7-8 a.m., but actually, they were just sounding off to the officemates who were supposed to be out sick. They did not know what to talk about so they asked people to call in and tell them how much money they earn, among other outrageous topics.

Now, the entire country—and world—can watch the humiliating moment on YouTube.

Read next: The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2015

TIME Internet

Watch R2-D2 Find Love in This Touching Short Film

The 'Star Wars' character gets his heart broken, and then puts it back together

You might think of robots as emotionless shells, but this sweet new short film shows R2-D2 of Star Wars fame as a complex, sentient being.

The film is called Artoo in Love and premiered this weekend at the Sonoma Film Festival.

“People have definitely been having real emotional reactions to it,” director Evan Atherton told Mashable. Atherton is an engineer at software company Autodesk, where he used 3D printers to construct props for the film. (He has spent the last two years building them, Gizmodo reports.)

In the film, R2-D2 deals with unrequited love, but eventually finds a way to mend his broken heart. Artoo in Love is cute — and it’s especially impressive knowing how much work went into it.

TIME Baseball

This Map Shows What Baseball Team Has the Most Support in Your State

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The Yankees-Red Sox divide isn't just an East coast thing

Guessing what baseball team a state supports may be easy in some cases—Massachusetts supports the Red Sox, and Georgia likes the Braves, for instance—but what about all the states without a team?

A new map released by Facebook will give you an idea, just in time for Major League Baseball’s opening day on April 5. The map breaks down the amount of Facebook likes each baseball team had from users located in particular counties in the United States.

 

For one thing, the divide between the Yankees and Red Sox isn’t just an East Coast thing. Turns out baseball fans in Utah and Idaho are also divided between the two teams. What about Alaska? The state likes the Yankees and Red Sox too, with the Mariners thrown in the mix.

TIME technology

Watch This Guy Use a Chainsaw to Go Ice Skating

This looks both highly exhilarating and highly dangerous

Technically it’s spring, but it’s still pretty cold in Sweden, where many lakes remain frozen. Swedish skier Erik Sunnerheim decided to take advantage of the wintry conditions by going ice skating — but to spice things up, he propelled himself using a power tool. Specifically, a chainsaw.

As you watch him zip across the frozen lake, you might think, Wow, that looks fun. Maybe I’ll try that. But you’ll probably realize that this is pretty dangerous and it’s probably best to just stay inside, watching Sunnerheim from the comfort of your couch.

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