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Wheel of Fortune Contestant Mispronounces ‘Achilles,’ Misses Chance at Million Dollar Prize

He also invents a new word: "dicespin"

A contestant named Julian kept getting very close to winning big on Friday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune -- but then he just kept messing up big.

First, the University of Indiana freshman lost his chance to play for $1 million when he bungled the answer “Mythological Hero Achilles.” All the letters were turned over, so it seemed like he had this one in the bag. But when he went to solve the puzzle, he pronounced Achilles like “A-chill-us.”

The three seconds of deafening silence that followed were heartbreaking. Eventually Pat let Julian know that they couldn’t accept that, and the next contestant eagerly swooped in.

Unfortunately, Julian makes a few more blunders as the episode rolls on. For example, he guesses “on-the-spot dicespin” (what?) instead of “on-the-spot decision,” again allowing the contestant to his left to swoop in once more.

Looks like we now know what Julian’s Achilles’ heel is.

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WATCH: Jay Z and Beyoncé Make Surprise Appearances at Coachella

The superstar couple showed up unannounced at the music festival in California so Bey could join her sister Solange for a rendition of "Losing You" and Jay could team up with former rival Nas on "Dead Presidents II"

If you were bopping around New York City looking for Jay Z and Beyoncé this weekend, wondering why you couldn’t find them, it’s because they quietly made their way to Indio, Calif., for the Coachella music festival. (Even if they were in New York, you probably aren’t fancy enough to be anywhere near them anyway.)

Both artists surprised the crowd with unannounced appearances Saturday night. First, Beyoncé joined her younger sister Solange for a choreographed duet of Solange’s “Losing You” (watch a video of their performance above). It’s awesome, and then they embrace, and you’re a monster if you don’t love everything about it.

Later in the evening, not wanting to be outdone by his wife, Jay Z took the stage alongside his former nemesis Nas to perform “Dead Presidents II” and “Where I’m From.”

O.K., before we really didn’t care, but now we’re kind of sad we missed Coachella this year.

TIME animals

Stop Everything You’re Doing So You Can Find Out What Sound Baby Sloths Make

And if ya don't know, now ya know

If you weren’t sure what sound a baby sloth makes, that’s okay, because surprisingly enough, we weren’t either. But thankfully, this video clears that right up. Turns out, baby sloths make an astonishingly adorable squeaking sound.

This is very important. Whatever you’re doing right now, you need to stop doing immediately so you can watch this baby sloth squealing montage. It’ll change your life, I swear.


James Franco Stars in SNL’s Beautiful Story of 2 Monster Pals

A sketch that's both funny and touching

This pre-recorded short opens with a couple of buddies who just happen to be monsters — ugly, green, disfigured monsters. Some awful bully, played by Seth Rogen, makes them feel terrible about themselves, prompting one of them to undergo expensive plastic surgery so he can look like a normal human (the surgery goes pretty well, because he comes out looking like James Franco).

Mike O’Brien also stars as Franco’s fellow monster, who eventually gives in and gets the human-transformation surgery too. When the friends reunite afterward, Franco asks O’Brien why he chose that face. “It’s just a little bit cheaper,” he explains.

The tone of “Monster Pals” is reminiscent of the excellent “Sad Mouse” sketch from 2012, though the former is much lighter and funnier.


Watch Seth Rogen’s Very Famous Friends Crash His SNL Monologue

Returning Saturday Night Live guest host Seth Rogen shared excerpts from his diary at the beginning of the program, but he was interrupted by celebrity friends James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift

Seth Rogen stopped by Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live for the third time this week, sharing excerpts from the diary he’s been keeping to document the process.

This made it very easy for the actor to poke fun at his friend James Franco, who recently apologized for trying to woo a teenage girl on Instagram. Turns out it was all just an elaborate prank Rogen pulled to make himself feel better about his lackluster performance during rehearsals.

But before Rogen continued, he was interrupted by a few of his celebrity pals. James Franco stops by, of course, along with a ukelele-toting Zooey Deschanel.

But then, CURVEBALL: Taylor Swift showed up. “Why are you here? Why did you come?” Rogen demanded. “You were getting really upset,” the singer explains, “and every time a man shows emotion, I appear.”

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ICYMI: Laptop Thief Busted After Calling Apple for Tech Support

The week's honorable mentions.

Every Friday we round up some of our favorite stories we didn’t get a chance to cover throughout the week and publish them in one neat little post. Think of it as our gift to you, only it’s not really free because you’re repaying us in likes and shares. No… thank YOU.

After a man’s laptop was stolen, he tweeted at the Apple CEO to speed up the search effort and eventually learned that the suspect was arrested after he called customer support. (ABC News)

A Japanese vending machine will churn out ice cream if you dance. Think waving your arms and singing “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” will do it? (JapanTrends.com)

Scientists are trying to figure out why a cherry blossom sent to space has bloomed ahead of schedule. (RT)

This sweet portrait of The Beatles was made out of more than 15,000 Jelly Beans. (TODAY.com)

In the walkup to Sunday, here’s the goat-themed remix of the Game of Thrones theme you never asked for. (Gawker)

Irish priest recently belted out a heavenly cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at a couple’s wedding. (BBC)

TIME Internet

The Facebook Baby Invasion Is Probably Just a Figment of Your Imagination

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It seems like baby pics are everywhere, but your mind might be playing tricks on you

Last year, I experienced a Facebook trauma that made me question if I could ever trust my News Feed again. There I was, scrolling away and minding my own business, when the photo of a sonogram popped up: “The arrow is pointing at baby’s scrotum/peepee!!” the caption exalted. “That’s our boy!!! Mommy and Daddy love you soooo much!!!!” For some reason, I hadn’t registered that this would be my News Feed’s natural progression after all of those engagement ring, “OMG I SAID YES, NOW CHECK OUT THIS ROCK!,” photo shoots. And like that, I started seeing baby Facebook photos everywhere.

Or maybe, like many other Internety 20-somethings, I was just being melodramatic. Because according to a piece on Wired, which enlisted the help of Microsoft Research computer scientist Meredith Ringel Morris, there really aren’t that many baby photos out there.

After a child is born, Morris discovered, new mothers post less than half as often. When they do post, fewer than 30 percent of the updates mention the baby by name early on, plummeting to not quite 10 percent by the end of the first year. Photos grow as a chunk of all postings, sure—but since new moms are so much less active on Facebook, it hardly matters.

New moms undershare. I’m probably more likely to see someone taking a selfie with Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict than their progeny. But I am probably less prone to be shocked by bacon and eggs than I am by a peer entering the parenthood stage of life.

Morris said that another reason why baby photos might seem to show up more frequently could be because they get a disproportionate amount of likes and, thus, get promoted on feeds. I’ll admit, I panicked and liked the “Peepee” shot… I’m part of the problem!

So what it all comes down to is, we all need to chill out and stop whining about the baby pictures. Even though some people definitely do overshare—a Twitter employee recently live tweeted her own labor—it’s not that big of a deal.


TIME Bizarre

Here’s a Half-Naked Man Wearing 100 Pounds of Bees Like a Coat

That's more than 460,000 bees

The Internet is buzzing about a Chinese beekeeper named She Ping, who decided to see what it would be like to wear a coat of more than 460,000 bees, weighing nearly 100-pounds, during a 40-minute stunt in Chongqing, southwest China. Incense and cigarettes appear to have been used to keep the bees away from his face. He felt “hot, suffocating and nervous”, he told the Chongqing Evening Post, according to The Guardian.

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TIME Internet

Facebook Reveals Which Countries Censor Citizens’ News Feeds

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India restricted 4,765 pieces of content between July and December of 2013

Facebook revealed that it has allowed the Indian government to censor the content its inhabitants are allowed to see on the social network 4,765 times between July and December 2013. Why? Indian legislation outlaws criticizing a religion or the state, so when government officials call blasphemy, Facebook investigates and eradicates.

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, said in a transparency report that was released Friday. “Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there.” If a country’s complaint is proven valid given local laws—Facebook’s next report may reveal how many times requests are denied—then Facebook removes the content for users only in that region.

This is the first time the social network has disclosed how often it allows governments to remove or restrict content for legal reasons. While India leads the pack, it was followed by Turkey, which restricted 2,014 pieces of content primarily because it defamed or criticized Ataturk or the Turkish state, which is illegal. Germany was allowed to censor 84 pieces of content because local laws prohibit Holocaust denial. That law also exists in France (80 restrictions) and Austria (78 restrictions).

A map chronicling how much was banned and why can be seen here. Facebook didn’t include information it would have removed anyway because it violated its community standards.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has offered up information on allowances it grants to governments. The company’s first Global Government Requests Report was released in August and disclosed how often it grants governments access to user data. That information was also included in the current July-Dec. report.

The United States was the leader in user information requests. It was granted 81% of its 12,598 requests for account details due to search warrants, subpoenas, emergency disclosures, and other official reasons. It was followed by the UK (granted 71% of its 1,906 requests), and India (granted 54% of its 3,598 requests).

This level of disclosure isn’t unheard of in the tech world. Twitter has been releasing this information for years. Between July 1 and December 31, Twitter withheld 191 tweets.

TIME technology

This App Is Supposed to Help You Get Over Jet Lag

Developed by math researchers at the University of Michigan, it claims to cut down jet lag at either end of a trip by about half

NPR Health blog “Shots” and Quartz have profiled an app that is supposed to help globetrotters recover from jet lag more easily.

Users select the timezone they’re flying into, and the iOS program, which is called Entrain, illustrates in a flow graphic when to stay in bright or low light and when to be in dark light throughout their trip, based on the kinds of mathematical equations that NASA and the military use to anticipate how light affects the human circadian clock. For example, people who fly from New York to Tokyo could feel jet-lagged for as many as 12 days, and this app hopes to radically reduce recovery time to 3-5 days altogether, Quartz reports.

To create the app, NPR explains that the developers, a University of Michigan graduate student Olivia Walch and professor of mathematics and computational medicine Danny Forger,

simulated the optimal schedules for more than 1,000 possible trips. They then applied two basic principles. One is to be exposed to one big block of light and one big block of dark in your day, Walch says. Another is to be exposed to the brightest possible light.

The app has not been flight-tested yet, but Forger and his colleagues published a study in PLOS Computational Biology Thursday with research that is supposed to back up Entrain’s methodology.

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