TIME animals

Dog That Was Chased Away by Heroic Cat Has Been Put Down

Scrappy, a labrador-chow mix, was euthanized despite opposition from animal groups and online petitioners

The infamous dog that attacked a four-year-old child only to be fended off by a heroic cat in an episode caught on video has been put down, TMZ reports.

The dog, Scrappy, a mix between a labrador and a chow, was euthanized by animal control in Bakersfield, Calif. on Saturday. TMZ reports that the dog was aggressive even during his stay at the center, where he tried to attack staff members.

The video of the incident has been viewed more than 21 million times since it was uploaded to YouTube on May 14.

But thousands of people had signed onto online petitions like this one requesting that the dog, who was voluntarily surrendered to animal control, not be euthanized.

Tara, the “hero cat” who launched herself at the dog in the video, threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game last week.


TIME Spain

Spanish ‘Jew Killers’ Town Votes to Change Unfortunate Name

Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios, near Burgos, April 21, 2014.
Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios, near Burgos, April 21, 2014. Cesar Manso—AFP/Getty Images

The town is believed to have once been home to a thriving Jewish community, who converted to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition and changed the town's name to prove their faith

The small Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios voted on Sunday to change its centuries-old name, which roughly translates to “Little Hill Fort of Jew Killers.”

In a 29 – 19 vote, the town moved to scrap the name that dates back to at least 1623 and assume its prior name: Mota de Judios, or “Hill of the Jews.”

The town, about 160 miles north of Madrid, is believed to have once been a haven for as many as 1,500 Jews. Experts say the unfortunate name likely arose after the Spanish Inquisition, when the town’s remaining Jews converted to Catholicism to avoid persecution and eventually changed its name in order to prove their faith.

“It makes no sense because we are descended from a Jewish community,” the town’s mayor, Lorenzo Rodriguez, who has spearheaded the initiative to change the name, told AFP. “We have a star of David on our coat of arms.”


TIME Holidays

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is not all sunshine and hot dogs — it's a day for remembrance. Here, TIME presents some little-known facts about the start-of-summer holiday

As we noted two years ago, Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse to take a long weekend and loaf around eating grilled meats — although those are certainly among the reasons to love the holiday. So before you head out to your barbecues and pool parties, here are some facts about everybody’s favorite summer kick-off holiday.

1. It was originally called Decoration Day

To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.

2. It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May

After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. Some groups, like the veterans’ organization American Legion, have been working to restore the original date to set the day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.

3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance

In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. But this doesn’t appear to be common knowledge, or if it is, by 3 p.m. most people seem to be too deep into a hot dog-induced food coma to officially observe the moment.

4. James A. Garfield delivered a rather lengthy speech at the first Memorial Day ceremony

Of course then it was still called Decoration Day, and at the time, Garfield was a Civil War General and Republican Congressman, not yet a President. On May 30, 1868, he addressed the several thousand people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. “If silence is ever golden,” Garfield said, “it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.”

5. Several states observe Confederate Memorial Day

In addition to the national holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. The days vary, but only Virginia observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, in accordance with the federal observance of Memorial Day.

6. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day

According to the town’s website, in 1966 Congress unanimously passed a resolution to officially recognize Waterloo as the birthplace of the holiday. However, it remains a contentious debate, with other towns, like Boalsburg, Pa., claiming the title of “Birthplace of Memorial Day” as well.

7. More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day

At least, according to AAA estimates. That’s the highest total since the recession.


Norwegian Artist Eats His Own Hip and Says It Was Delicious

Alexander Selvik Wengshoel ate his own hip with potatoes and a glass of wine while his girlfriend was out of the house, and said it tasted "goaty"

Adding a whole new meaning to the word “hipster,” a Norwegian conceptual artist has eaten his own hip on “a whim” and said it tasted like “wild sheep.”

25-year-old Alexander Selvik Wengshoel was born with a deformed hip that was replaced just a few years ago after he spent much of his life on crutches or in a wheelchair, Norway’s The Local reports.

The bone, and the video footage of his hip replacement operation, are now on display in his graduate show exhibition at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, where he revealed the story behind his project.

“I had to boil off the meat to get to the bone, and when I started scraping off the meat, I took a little piece and thought, ‘Why not do it?'” he told The Local. “It’s not every day I will have a piece of human flesh which is mine and which it is possible to eat. So I had a little taste, and then I thought, ‘That’s really nice.'”

Wengshoel washed down his meal of hip bone and potato gratin with a glass of wine while his girlfriend was at work. Although there was little meat on the bone, it was enough to make an appetizer, he said. “It had this flavour of wild sheep, if you take a sheep that goes in the mountains and eats mushrooms. It was goaty.”

[The Local]

TIME Social Media

The Most Powerful #YesAllWomen Tweets

The suspect in Friday's killings in Santa Barbara, Calif. wrote a manifesto promising revenge on all the women who had rejected him. But Twitter users responded with their own thoughts on and experiences of misogyny, centered around the hashtag #YesAllWomen

Updated May 27, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

In a disturbing, now-removed YouTube video, the suspect in the murder spree near Santa Barbara, Calif. promised his revenge against the women who he says forced him to live “an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”

“You girls have never been attracted to me,” Elliot Rodger, who killed six people before taking his own life, said in the video. “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because… I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.”

Rodger’s comments inspired an online conversation Saturday around the #YesAllWomen hashtag to criticize the way society teaches men to feel entitled to women at the expense of their health, safety and, in Rodger’s case, lives. Here is a sampling of some of the tweets happening on Twitter now:


This post was updated to include more tweets.

TIME Appreciation

The 10 Best Tap Dance Scenes In Film

In honor of National Tap Dance Day, a look at some of the best tap numbers throughout movie history, from the sweet and amateur to the polished and professional

In 1989, George H.W. Bush officially declared May 25 National Tap Dance Day. (This date was chosen because it was the birthday of famous tapper Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.) So, 25 years later, we’d like to continue celebrating this art form with a look back at some of the best tap dance sequences in movies, from quiet, simple performances to grandiose, show-stopping numbers.

1. Tap, 1989

It would be pretty disappointing if a movie called Tap lacked some high-quality tap dancing scenes, wouldn’t it? Watch this “Challenge” scene to get a taste — the dialogue helps provide some context, but the actual dancing begins around a minute and 45 seconds in.

2. Stormy Weather, 1943

Fred Astaire once called this performance by the Nicholas brothers — which features their many impressive signature moves — “the greatest dance number ever filmed.”

3. Chicago, 2002

To shoot this scene, Richard Gere took tap dance lessons for three months.

4. The Artist, 2011

This spirited dance sequence became one of the most memorable scenes from the 2011 Best Picture winner.

5. The Little Colonel, 1935

In this iconic staircase number, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson tutors Shirley Temple in the art of tap.

6. Blue Valentine, 2010

This scene is less about showcasing tap dance as an art form, and more about showcasing two people falling in love.

7. Garden State, 2004

This scene is also less about showcasing tap dance as an art form, and more about showcasing two people falling in love.

8. Swing Time, 1936

In this musical film, Fred Astaire performed a tap sequence called “Bojangles of Harlem.” Though clearly an impressive dance number, it sparked controversy as it was the only scene in which Astaire appeared in blackface.

9. Singin’ in the Rain, 1952

You might notice that the sounds of Gene Kelly’s taps in this classic scene appear to be out of sync. That’s because the tap sounds were dubbed in post-production.

10. Billy Elliot, 2000

The titular character taps his way out of his house and out onto the street, using dance as a way to cope with his frustration and pain.

TIME Food & Drink

Photos: Southern Eats To Get You Ready for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day upon us, the season of burgers, dogs and BBQ kicks off. Photographer Andrew Hetherington shares pictures from his "5,000+ calories a day" Southern Eats Road Trip

TIME Crime

Portland Police Arrest Naked Man Playing a Violin

Matthew Thomas Mglej
Matthew Thomas Mglej Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police warned the nude musician about putting on some clothes several times before they arrested him and carried him to a cop car

A naked man playing a violin outside of a courthouse in Portland was arrested Friday afternoon after numerous complaints and warnings, police say.

The man said his name was Matthew Thomas Mglej and that he is 25 years old, although police have not confirmed his identity.

The man was jailed for indecent exposure under Portland city code, which states that it is “unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex,” according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau.

Police gave the man several notices about his violation of city code before arresting him, but he didn’t go down without a fight: The nude violinist refused to go to the cop car and had to be carried by police.

TIME celebrities

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Officially Married

You can all go home now: The #worldsmosttalkedaboutwedding is complete

Kim Kardashian, 33, and Kanye West, 36, got married at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, on Saturday after almost a week-long celebration in Paris, PEOPLE reports.

Rich Wilkerson Jr., a pastor from North Miami, performed at the wedding, which counted many of the Kardashian family members and their celebrity friends as guests.

According to one guest PEOPLE spoke to, West “was the typical nervous groom, swigging obsessively from a bottle of water and shifting his weight from one foot to the other.”

“It was funny how nervous he was,” the source said. “He clearly knew the gravity of what he was about to do. This morning he was all smiles, but as it got closer, you could see that the nerves were kicking in.”

As rumors suggested, pop siren Lana Del Rey performed three songs at the lavish pre-wedding festivities in Paris, E! reports. But the couple chose to have the special ceremony take place in Florence because their daughter, North West, was conceived there.


TIME viral

Climber Falls 70 Feet Into Crevasse, Shoots Video of Escape

Trapped and alone - fighting for his life 70 feet below the ice.

Professor John All fell 70 feet into an icy crevasse as he was hiking a Himalayan mountain. He had a broken arm, broken ribs, and was all by himself. It’s a story that feels like the premise to the survival drama 127 Hours – and indeed, All recorded every harrowing moment with his video camera.

“By taking the video, I was asserting to myself that I was going to get out so I could show it to my friends and family. Because I knew it was the type of thing that, you know, again, no one ever survives,” All said in an interview.


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