TIME viral

This Beck/Beyoncé Mashup Is What Really Should Have Won a Grammy

Screenshot Soundcloud

It was inevitable

One of the biggest upsets at this year’s Grammy Awards was when Beck’s Morning Phase beat out Beyoncé’s self-titled tour de force for Album of the Year. Kanye West was so shocked by the upset that he almost pulled another “Imma let you finish” Taylor Swift moment, going so far as to wander onstage before thinking better of it.

While the Internet continues to debate whether Beck or Beyoncé deserved the award, one clever sound engineer has taken the matter into his or her own hands. Working under the moniker “Beckyoncé,” the song blends Beck’s “Loser” with Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” into an Internet-worthy earworm.

Wonder if Kanye has heard this yet.

[via Stereogum]

TIME society

5 Things to Know About Buying Flowers on Valentine’s Day

175872806
Getty Images

Skip the red roses and opt for something different for your sweetheart

If you were putting off shopping for Valentine’s Day, then it’s time to wake up and smell the roses.

Almost 40% of American consumers will buy flowers for the holiday, spending a total of $2.1 billion, according to a National Retail Federation survey. More than 60% of those purchases will be roses, the Society of American Florists says. Here are five things to know if you are buying flowers.

Red roses are more expensive now.

Red roses—especially the long-stemmed kind—are considered “overpriced” around Valentine’s Day thanks to high demand and consumers’ willingness to pay. As TIME reported earlier this week:

While wholesale prices vary depending on location, florists say they typically pay twice as much for roses in early February than they do at most other times of year. Increased transportation costs and extra labor are among the reasons often given for why rose prices are inflated around now.”

Think pink (or white).

Florist Bridget Carlson of Ashland Addison Florist Company in Chicago says, “white roses are absolutely stunning, and often the pink roses come a little bit more fragrant.”

Tropical and spring flowers are popular alternatives to roses.

If you’re looking to branch out from the typical red roses, there are plenty of options. Carlson also suggests calla lilies, tulips to get people looking forward to spring. The Society of American Florists recommends hydrangeas, gardenias, freesia, hyacinths, and succulents, as well, while alstroemerias and daisies are some of the most popular purchases for Valentine’s Day on the website 1-800 Flowers.

Put the flowers in a Mason jar.

Channel your dream Pinterest board by putting flowers in a Mason jar, giant apple juice bottle, funky glass container, or adapting whatever you might have around the house since professional arrangements can drive up the cost.

Men like flowers, too.

Orchids are great plants to send to men so they can put them in their offices, Carlson says.

LIST: 6 Totally Unromantic Truths about Valentine’s Day Spending

TIME apps

This Is the First-Ever #ThrowbackThursday Posted on Instagram

It's the four-year anniversary of the hashtag

Since Instagram’s launch in October 2010, users have posted a combined 357,442,820 #tbt and #ThrowbackThursday hashtags.

And while the popular hashtag is a staple in the Kardashian family’s social media diet, the trend has humble beginnings. Almost exactly four years ago, on the second Thursday in February 2011, a then 21-year-old Bobby Sanders posted the very first #ThrowbackThursday on Instagram, according to the company. And it looked like this:

#Hotwheels #ThrowbackThursday

A photo posted by Bobby Sanders (@bobbysanders22) on

“I honestly don’t recall even taking it or it being a good photo,” Sanders, now 25, said to TIME. “There was no real inspiration.”

Although viral encyclopedia Know Your Meme traces the first “Throwback Thursday,” often now shortened to tbt, sighting to 2003, the site says that the phrase didn’t gain popularity in the blogosphere until 2011.

Sanders, who currently works as a sales representative in Georgia, says he hadn’t seen the phrase prior to using it on his Instagram.

“I had never seen it done or said prior to that, but I didn’t think anything of it, or that it was that original honestly,” he says. “My favorite sunglasses company (Knockaround) had a sunglasses line called Throwbacks, so I had that name in my head… I guess with the filter, older cars as the subject, and it being Thursday it was just something I thought would be a funny hashtag, not something that would eventually catch on to the phenomenon it’s become.”

Sanders didn’t gain Internet fame and rarely Instagrams throwback posts.

“But if I do, I’m that snob who will post #ThrowbackThursday and not #tbt,” he says.

You’ve got to love consistency.

Read Next: This Was Instagram’s Most Liked #tbt of 2014

TIME Television

Watch Hugh Grant and Charles Barkley Face Off in Hallway Golf

It's like the Masters, but in a hallway

Jimmy Fallon brought out the competitive spirit in actor Hugh Grant Wednesday night during a round of hallway golf. Fallon, who is not known for taking it easy in his face-offs with the celebrities who stop by The Tonight Show, made the game even harder for Grant by bringing in a ringer—NBA champion Charles Barkley.

The game kicked off with each player hitting a golf ball towards a green screen at the back of the studio and riding a golf cart to the starting line. From there it was a race as Grant, Barkley and Fallon chased their balls through the back of The Tonight Show studio, eventually making it back onto the studio stage where the hole was waiting.

While Barkley would normally be the favorite, due to his career as a professional athlete, he is not exactly known for his golf skills. Yet the champ managed to sink his ball first—until Grant, who had warned them that losing made him “very, very nasty” — knocked his ball out of the hole and hit it down the hallway. Fallon took advantage of the confusion to hit his ball in for the win.

TIME animals

California Police Dog Killed in Action Gets Hero’s Farewell

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to Sultan

Hundreds of mourners turned out Wednesday in Riverside, California, for the memorial of Sultan, a police dog killed while attempting to subdue a violent felon.

“When I heard this, it felt like I’d lost a peer,” Riverside County chief deputy Geoff Raya said at a press conference. “There is very little differentiation between four legs and two legs – they are all members of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.”

Born in Slovakia, Sultan had been working with the department since September 2013, working in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension. On Jan. 21, the Belgian Malinois-German shepherd mix, along with several deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s station, was called to search for Todd Allen Hodge, 36, who had failed to show up for his arraignment on a weapons charge.

Hodge had been spotted in a residential neighborhood in Hemet, California, Riverside Sheriff’s spokesman deputy Albert Martinez tells PEOPLE.

It didn’t take long before the veteran police dog “alerted” cops to a crawl space beneath a residence and was sent down the house to investigate.

“Moments later an indistinguishable noise was heard,” Martinez says, and Sultan returned from the crawl space with a gunshot wound to his neck. Sultan was rushed to a local veterinarian hospital but died a short time later.

After Hodge “refused” to come out of the residence, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team was called in. Hodge eventually emerged with a handgun and was shot and killed.

Sultan is one of three police dogs to be killed in the line of duty in recent months. In August, an Oklahoma City canine officer named Kye was repeatedly stabbed by 22-year-old Mark Salazar, who had led police on a 30-minute car chase, according to KFOR-TV.

After Salazar crashed his stolen car, 3-year-old Kye chased him down but was stabbed repeatedly by the man, who was armed with a knife, and later died. When Kye’s human parter realized what was happening, he opened fire on Salazar, killing him on the spot.

On Jan. 28, a tracking dog in Texas named Pepper, who worked with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched into a thick patch of woods with five officers to find a felon, who had also just led police on a lengthy car chase.

Alan Lance Alverson, 45, was hiding under a pile of leaves when Pepper discovered him.

“He came up shooting,” Wise County Sheriff David Walker tells PEOPLE. “I think Pepper drew the first fire, which gave our officers the time they needed [to shoot and kill Alverson]. It was absolutely tragic, but I can tell you there are five law enforcement members who will go home to their wives and kids tonight because of what Pepper did.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Television

The 5 Most Controversial Musical Guests in Saturday Night Live History

From Sinead O'Connor's shocking moment to Ashlee Simpson's lip-syncing debacle

Back in 1975, NBC took a chance on a guy named Lorne Michaels who had an idea for a live sketch show. Four decades later, Saturday Night Live is celebrating 40 years on the air, and this Sunday, Feb. 15, NBC will air a special three-hour live broadcast featuring past and present SNL stars.

Looking back on the show’s legacy certainly involves recalling the best (and worst) sketches and the actors who performed them — but it also means reflecting on another key element of SNL: the live music. Over the years, some performers have been remembered simply for being great, but others have gained notoriety for more complicated reasons. Here, a look back at five of the most notorious musical guests in SNL history.

 

  • Nirvana, 1992

    In its first appearance on SNL, Nirvana performed songs “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Territorial Pissings.” The performances themselves weren’t particularly notorious — that part came later, during the end credits, when the cast gathered on stage to wave goodbye during their usual sendoff. As the show’s closing music played, the band’s members — Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl — grabbed each other for a brief make-out session. Cobain purportedly said this was an attempt to “piss off the rednecks and homophobes.” NBC made sure to edit out the kiss for all future re-runs.

  • Lana Del Rey, 2012

    There was nothing particularly outrageous about the performance itself, but what makes it so memorable is the intense vitriol Del Rey received, both from professional critics and casual watchers. Generally, people criticized her detached, bizarre stage presence and claimed her singing was downright terrible. Actress Juliette Lewis, in a since deleted tweet, said, “Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold [sic] in their bedroom when theyre pretending to sing and perform #signofourtimes.” In an interview with Rolling Stone shortly after the performance, Del Rey admitted she was nervous and that she’s “not a natural performer or exhibitionist.” Ultimately, though, she defended herself. “I actually felt good about it,” Del Rey said. “I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine.”

  • Fear, 1981

    John Belushi was a huge fan of Fear, so at his urging, the punk band got to perform on SNL‘s Halloween episode in 1981. Lorne Michaels reportedly wanted some “authentic punks” to join the band onstage to dance. Said dancing turned into full-out rioting, with fans thrashing around, screaming profanities and destroying equipment. NBC security guards failed to get things under the control and New York City police officers eventually arrived to disperse the mob. The performance reportedly landed Fear a lifetime ban from SNL.

    Read next: The Definitive Saturday Night Live Sketch Rankings

  • Ashlee Simpson, 2004

    During her visit to SNL in October 2004, Ashlee Simpson pulled off a normal, unmemorable performance of her hit song, “Pieces Of Me.” But when she returned to the stage to sing the next tune, “Autobiography,” everything fell apart. As she started dancing, ready to begin the song, the vocals for “Piece Of Me” began playing again while her mic was resting at her side. Clearly flustered, Simpson launched into some kind of Irish jig. She later blamed a gastric disorder for her choice to lip-sync, but the nation was still too busy cringing to pay any attention.

  • Sinead O’Connor, 1992

    The Irish songstress is probably the first person to come to most people’s minds when you bring up the topic of controversial moments on SNL. Two decades ago, she famously tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a haunting cover of Bob Marley’s “War.” She looked straight into the camera and, in an even voice, said “Fight the real enemy.” She then tossed the torn scraps to the ground. A few weeks later, TIME asked O’Connor why she did it. She said, “It’s not the man, obviously — it’s the office and the symbol of the organization that he represents. I consider them to be responsible for the destruction of entire races of people and the subsequent existence of domestic and child abuse in every country they went into.”

    Read next: 40 Years of Saturday Night Live in 1 Chart

    Listen to the most important stories of the day.

TIME relationships

This Video of Couples Failing Will Make You Feel Better About Being Single on Valentine’s Day

A healthy dose of schadenfreude for your holiday season

What’s the one thing people love more than love? Schadenfreude.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Fail Army compiled footage of couples failing over and over again into one glorious video. Because as much as you enjoy watching people revel in romantic bliss, it’s way more fun to watch them fall over.

Hate on, haters. Hate on.

TIME politics

Watch Obama Use a Selfie Stick to Sell Obamacare

It's all to get people insured

President Obama is using your dad’s favorite invention of 2014: The selfie stick.

But the President wasn’t mugging for vanity’s sake. Rather, Obama created a millennial-friendly video with Buzzfeed as a way to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance ahead of the latest Obamacare enrollment deadline.

This isn’t the first time the President has used humor to advertise the Affordable Care Act. Last year, Obama worked with Funny or Die on the hilarious and very viral video Between Two Ferns.

TIME movies

Watch a News Anchor Go on an Epic Rant About Why Fifty Shades of Grey Is the Worst Movie Ever

"It's domestic violence dressed up as erotica"

If you hate the whole Fifty Shades of Grey craze, you’re definitely not alone. Australian Today show anchor Lisa Wilkinson just saw it, and she really hated it. We mean loathed it. Abhorred it. So she shared her review of the film on a recent show.

“I have something I want to get off my chest,” Wilkinson begins, before launching into a passionate diatribe about Fifty Shades and all the reasons it’s the worst movie she’s ever seen.

“Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey is a thirty-something jerk of a billionaire who never seems to work,” she quips. “An emotionally crippled narcissist no one could love.” Dakota Johnson’s character is no better, she says, as she’s pathetic and “falls in love with the aforementioned jerk and singlehandedly sells women across the world short.”

Watch her full review of the film above.

Read next: There’s Already a Campaign to Boycott Fifty Shades of Grey

Read the Review: Fifty Shades of Grey: Where’s the Wicked Whiplash?

TIME viral

Dr. Phil Without Dialogue Is Extra Dramatic

His looks say it all

If a picture says a thousand words, then one of Dr. Phil’s trademark real-talk looks says a million.

A new YouTube video posted by Bill Smith has removed all of the dialogue from an episode of Dr. Phil, yet somehow the high drama remains. The lack of context as the famed TV counselor helps a family navigate the turbulent emotions that came from their honor roll student daughter dating a controlling bad boy who got her pregnant makes the face-off seem even more tense.

Every shake of a head, every dead-eyed stare, every pursed lip and slow nod telegraphed many emotions. By the end of the video it seems clear that they accomplished a lot, even without uttering a single sound.

Read next: Judge Judy Without Dialogue Is Just One Big Staring Contest

 

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com