TIME animals

Watch Jimmy Kimmel Give the World’s Ugliest Dog a Makeover

“A cross between Honey Boo Boo and a hooker”

Quasi Modo may have risen to fame as the newly crowned “World’s Ugliest Dog,” but Jimmy Kimmel still wanted to help Quasi out. After all, being named “World’s Ugliest” anything isn’t exactly the highest praise.

So Kimmel, with the help of celebrity stylist Carson Kressley, gave Quasi a full makeover, complete with a new hairdo and outfit to create a look that Kimmel describes as “a cross between Honey Boo Boo and a hooker.”

And even if the look may be a little too high-maintenance for Quasi Modo’s owners to keep up, at least the dog got to feel like a “regular Elle Macpherson” for a day.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME photography

See the Best Vintage Photos of People Stuffing Their Faces With Hot Dogs

On July 4, the hot dog reigns supreme

On the 4th of July, Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, that’s enough to stretch across the continental U.S. more than five times. A disproportionate number of those wieners will be consumed on Coney Island in New York, where competitive eaters at Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest will attempt to best Joey “Jaws” Chestnut’s record of 69 hot dogs on the men’s side and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas’ feat of 45 on the women’s side.

Here, in honor of America’s favorite tubes of miscellaneous meat and the eaters who enjoy them—competitively and recreationally—is a collection of photos of Americans stuffing their faces with hot dogs.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

TIME Denmark

The Danes Are Going to Complete a Karmic Circle by Recycling Urine Into Beer

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Talk about perfect, self-sustaining systems

Danish music festival organizers are offering attendees a simple way to help the environment. And that’s peeing.

Roskilde, the largest music festival in Northern Europe, is held every year in Zealand, Denmark, the Guardian reports. This year’s 100,000 expected attendees won’t just be rocking out to the likes of Florence and the Machine and Pharrell, though. They’ll be contributing to an operation called “From Piss to Pilsner.”

“The huge amount of urine produced at festivals was having a negative impact on the environment and the sewage system,” Leif Nielsen from the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC) said. Now organizers are hoping to use that pee to fertilize barley used to brew beer.

Festival-goers are being encouraged to pee into a metal trough next to a sign that says, “Don’t waste your piss. Farmers can turn it into beer again.” The urine will then be funneled into special holding tanks and finally spread as a fertilizer over malting barley used to brew beer. The DAFC hopes to collect around 25,000 L of urine from those attending, the Guardian reports.

By 2017, attendees will be drinking beer made from ingredients fertilized by the pee gathered this year, organizers say. Insert your favorite taste-of-beer joke here.


TIME Food & Drink

A Man Got Served the Worst Sandwich Ever at Edinburgh Airport

"As soon as I opened it I burst out laughing"

What may well be one of the most miserly sandwiches ever served has gained viral fame around the world after a Reddit user posted a photo of the paltry offering he says he bought from the chain EAT at Edinburgh Airport for the equivalent of $5.

“This is what a £3.20 bacon and egg roll from Edinburgh Airport looks like,” user spambox wrote on June 30, of a miserable offering that contained hardly any filling. There doesn’t even seem to be any butter on the bread.

“Sadly on this occasion we fell below the mark and offer our apologies to this customer,” a spokesman for Edinburgh Airport told the Scotsman newspaper. “Clearly this is not the service we should be providing and we will be addressing this complaint with EAT.”

Still, spambox took a positive view of the experience, writing, “As soon as I opened it I burst out laughing as did my girlfriend because, well, look at it. It’s so bad it’s funny.”

TIME Music

Coldplay Frontman Chris Martin Just Gave an Impromptu Performance at a New Delhi Café

Indian social media melts down

It was just another Wednesday night for patrons of the Summerhouse Café in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village, until Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin got up on stage and began to sing.

Guitar in hand, Martin performed many of the popular U.K. band’s iconic songs, like Fix You and Paradise, before a shocked and elated crowd, as this video from one of the attendees shows:

And here’s another, sent anonymously to BuzzFeed India, of him performing another Coldplay classic Viva la Vida:

And if you live in Delhi, and chose to stay home, and aren’t already feeling bad enough, Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto was also there.

Indian musician Vishal Dadlani, who was at a dinner with Martin in the Indian capital, confirmed on Twitter that it was a completely impromptu, acoustic performance by the British musician, who is immensely popular in India despite Coldplay never having performed there.

Which explains why nobody in Delhi had any idea, leading to devastated posts like these all over social media:

It’s not yet clear exactly what Martin was doing in India in the first place, but fans around the country will be praying that the brief interaction with the Delhi crowd has convinced him to come back with the rest of his band for a concert or two.

TIME Internet

How Joe Biden Helped a Man With a Childhood Stutter Overcome His Fears

The Vice President sent this young man a letter that eventually led him to be sworn in as a prosecutor—by Beau Biden

An attorney named Branden Brooks—known as Skip—shared a story on Twitter Wednesday about how Vice President Joe Biden and his late son, Beau Biden, helped him overcome his fears and achieve his dreams.

According to Brooks, Joe Biden spoke to his class during a trip to Washington, D.C. when Brooks was in grade school. Biden, who had a stutter as a child, noticed that Brooks also stuttered during the question and answer session. He sent the boy an encouraging letter afterwards

Biden told Brooks to keep working to overcome his stutter and to treat everyone with respect as he did. Brooks offered more background on the story:

Biden replied to Brooks’ tweets:

After hearing from the Vice President, Brooks went on to share with him that he had been sworn in as a prosecutor in Delaware by Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, in 2008.

The Vice President’s office confirmed Brooks’ account to TIME.

TIME viral

President Obama Will Absolutely Not Put Peas in His Guacamole

SAUL LOEB—AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, July 1, 2015.

Because who would?

President Barack Obama has officially weighed in on guacamole-gate, and he is definitely not a fan of mixing peas into guac.

The controversy began when the New York Times encouraged its readers to try adding peas to their guacamole. Guac fans the world over didn’t just question the Times’ taste. They exploded.

The leader of the free world added his own opinion during a Twitter Q&A, and guess what? He’s on the side of the truly patriotic, God-fearing Americans.

In turns out peas in guac is one of the only issues both side of the aisle can agree on. Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and the Texas GOP both agreed with Obama:

Here are some other great reactions to the great guac controversy of 2015:

TIME movies

Here’s What Real Male Strippers Think of Magic Mike XXL

"Been there, done that... Done that six times"

If you haven’t yet seen Magic Mike XXL — in theaters now, finally — we suggest hearing the opinions of a few real-life strippers. Because they live and breathe the true Magic Mike experience.

The Daily Share rounded up a group of strippers who regularly perform at major New York City strip clubs. In the above video, they share their opinions about how realistic the movie is and judge Channing Tatum’s moves (and his physique.)

“The moves are excellent,” one admits, while another says, “My moves are better.”

Perhaps the least-impressed of the bunch (who appears to call Chan “Channum Tatum), says, “Been there, done that, done that, done that, done that six times. Magic Mike’s got nothing on Awesome Antonio.”

You’ll also notice a guy in a suit. That’s Armand Peri, who basically runs the entire NYC male strip club scene. His take on Chan? “I would definitely hire him, but I would say, listen, you gotta hit the gym.”

TIME celebrities

Watch Stephen Colbert Host a Public Access TV Show in Michigan

He even interviews Eminem

Comedian and late-night star Stephen Colbert hosted a show called “Only in Monroe” on the Michigan city’s public access TV channel, in which he interviewed Eminem, the rapper from Detroit, at the 21:55 mark. Watch as he tries to get him to sing along to songs by Detroit-area singer-songwriter Bob Seger and ask the kind of questions that only an elderly person who has never heard of the Grammy-winning recording artist would ask, such as:

“What kind of rap do you do? … Are you more political or are you more booty rhymes? Where do you hope this goes? Is this a career or more of a hobby? Is this just sort of like a thing to do with your buddies on the weekends? It’s a pretty tough business though, do you have a fall back position?”

(h/t Digg)

TIME celebrity

George Takei Takes Down Donald Trump’s Definition of ‘Traditional Marriage’

George Takei at the 69th Annual Tony Awards in New York City on June 7, 2015.
Mark Sagliocco—Getty Images George Takei at the 69th Annual Tony Awards in New York City on June 7, 2015.

Takei and Trump took their marriage equality debate to a lunch table

Donald Trump likes to say he’s “for traditional marriage”—but George Takei thinks there are some holes in Trump’s argument.

The Star Trek actor and Trump worked together back in 2011 when Takei appeared on season 5 of The Celebrity Apprentice, and during a press conference for the show, Takei—an LGBT activist—challenged Trump to discuss marriage equality over lunch. And to Takei’s surprise, Trump took him up on the offer.

Takei went on MSNBC’s The Last Word to tell host Lawrence O’Donnell how that lunch went, and apparently, it involved Trump holding onto his opinion—but also recounting recently going to his friends’ gay wedding.

“He said, ‘You know what, George, I just came from a gay marriage,’” Takei said. “And he told me, ‘They are good friends of mine, it was a beautiful marriage. They’re wonderful friends.’ And I said, ‘Then why can’t you support marriage equality? You go to weddings of same-sex couples.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m for traditional marriage.’”

Takei said they ultimately “agreed to disagree,” but he thinks Trump’s stance could change: “I think he’s a businessman,” Takei said. “I think he’s capable of saying anything that will be good for business or in whatever situation he should find himself in.” Plus, Takei is suspicious of Trump’s idea of what “traditional marriage” is—especially seeing as Trump has been married three times.

“That is not traditional,” Takei said. “And I approve of his three-time marriage, because you want to find the person that you love … I think Donald Trump’s interpretation of marriage is something that he really himself doesn’t really believe in.”

Watch the whole interview here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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