TIME society

A Police Officer Who Stopped to Fix a Boy’s Bike Is Going Viral

"It's so small to me, I was just helping a kid out, but it's big to everybody else"

Connecticut police officer Michael Castillo’s small gesture to “serve and protect” his community has gone viral on social media.

The 27-year-old officer received a call about a fight happening outside a Target in Ansonia, Connecticut, on Monday, but when he arrived, he saw a group of young neighborhood kids just hanging out, he told ABC News.

Castillo, who has been an officer for three years, then noticed that one of the boy’s bikes was broken, so he grabbed some tools out of his SUV cruiser and set to work, fixing the bike chain and tightening up the tire.

“I told them, ‘All right, guys, go play somewhere else besides the Target parking lot,’ ” Castillo told the news outlet. “They’re good kids.”

Little did he know that Faith Taylor, a passerby, had snapped a photo of the sweet moment and posted it to the Ansonia Police Department Facebook Page.

“…it’s nice to see an officer in a good and kind way… Give this guy some kudos!” she wrote.

The photo has received almost 1,000 likes and over 300 shares since it was posted on Monday.

“It feels great. It really does,” Castillo told News 8. “There is so much negativity in police work everywhere, just to get this one thing, it’s so small to me, I was just helping a kid out, but it’s big to everybody else. I think this shows a positive outlook on police work.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME astronomy

See an Incredible Photo of Friday Night’s Blue Moon

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Eduardo Munoz—Reuters A full moon, known as the Blue Moon, is seen next to the Statue of Liberty in New York on July 31, 2015.

It usually happens just once every couple of years

The second full moon of July rose Friday night, a phenomenon referred to as a “blue moon.”

Though the phrase “once in a blue moon” is meant to describe a rare event, a blue moon is neither rare, or blue. “Blue moon” is actually a term used to describe the second full moon in a single calendar month. Most years only have 12 moons, but this year has 13, which happens every two to three years, according to astronomers. “Blue moons” don’t actually appear blue, but the moon can appear blue after events on earth like wildfires and volcanic eruptions, according to NASA.

TIME Music

This Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ Performed on a Harp Is Extremely Soothing

But also a little haunting

A few months ago, we got a Grease version of Taylor Swift’s hit “Style,” and now we’d like to share a very different cover of the same song.

This one comes from Emilie & Ogden, which is the magical combination of singer Emilie Kahn and her harp, Ogden. She performs a slower, more soulful version of the Taylor Swift tune. The harp adds a very soothing element, while her vocals are at times quite haunting.

Swift has been to known to tweet her support when someone does a great cover of her song, so we’ll have to wait and see if she likes this one.

(h/t Stereogum)

 

TIME society

Why an Almost 110-Year-Old Used to Swear by Beers and a Shot a Day

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Miller High Life and Johnnie Walker Blue, to be exact

Agnes Fenton, who turns 110 Saturday, admitted that she has had to give up Miller High Life and Johnnie Walker Blue in the walk-up to her birthday, she told The Record.

In 2010, she said that, since 1943, she has been drinking “three cans of Miller High Life a day and a shot of good booze at 5 p.m.” What kind of good booze? Johnnie Walker Blue. In what sounds like a joke or a tall tale, she has told journalists that a doctor said she could drink three beers a day after a tumor she once developed ended up being benign.

Nowadays, the paper reports that she can’t drink that much anymore since her appetite has decreased, so that means we should take shot of Johnnie Walker Blue for her (but drink responsibly, of course).

Read next: Meet the New World’s Oldest Person

 

TIME animals

Just a Friendly Reminder That Mark Zuckerberg Has the Best Dog Ever

He and wife Priscilla Chan may be having a baby, but we can't forget about Beast

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday (in a Facebook post, natch) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. The announcement included a photo of Zuck and a newly-pregnant Chan—but the true star of the photo was clearly their dog:

 

Yes, that ridiculous-looking beast is named Beast, and he’s not a mop. He is a dog. Zuckerberg announced the pregnancy—and also started an honest conversation about miscarriages—but lots of people couldn’t help but turn their attention to Beast:

Beast, who is a type of Hungarian sheepdog known as a Puli, has his own Facebook page, where he is listed as a public figure. He has a casual 2.1 million fans. Look at him:

 

LOOK AT HIM:

 

Mazel Tov to Beast, who we know will make an excellent big brother to Zuckerbaby.

TIME animals

This Dog Has the Weirdest Sneeze

Adorable, but weird

The latest in the long video history of adorable animal sneezes on the Internet is an 11-second clip of a Pomeranian dog named Roux that appears to sneeze in an unusual way. It kind of sounds like the noise that a car makes when the engine is sputtering or screeches to a halt.

Pomeranian sneezes are especially entertaining. Tommy the Pomeranian, Tumblr’s office dog, seemed to have been struck by the urge to tap dance during one attack.

But none of these animal sneezes will be as epic as the baby panda sneeze that scared its mama, which has been watched more than 218 million times.

TIME celebrity

Betty White Is Very Angry With Cecil the Lion’s Killer

"You don't want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man"

Betty White is the latest celebrity to speak out about the killing of Cecil the lion earlier this month in Zimbabwe.

“You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man,” the passionate animal activist told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The man she’s referring to is Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who paid $55,000 to kill the beloved big cat while on a hunting trip.

Palmer released a statement earlier this week apologizing for shooting the animal, but the circumstances surrounding the killing of the lion, who was lured from a wildlife preserve, are now being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CNN reports.

“It’s such a heartbreaker,” White, 93, added. “You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME celebrity

Chris Pratt Wants You to Design Him a New Facebook Cover Photo

He has already received several excellent submissions from fans

Now that Jurassic World mania has calmed down a bit, Chris Pratt has time for other important projects, like selecting a new cover photo for his Facebook page.

Pratt has many, many talents, but he admits that Photoshop is not one of them — so he’s turning to his fans for help. Whoever creates the best header for his page will receive the following honors:

  • Having their work (and signature) displayed on Chris Pratt’s official Facebook page
  • Maybe a free dinner at Applebee’s
  • Maybe more — “sky’s the limit”

The actor does, of course, have a few specific requests along with some more general ideas to help you get started. He’s looking to have his characters Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. He’d also like some other fun stuff in there such as his family, eagles, explosions, cigars, raptors, trophy elk, rollerblades, steak “or maybe even some corndogs.”

Just eight hours after posting this request, Pratt has already received some excellent submissions. For example: a montage of Parks and Recreation cast members faces’ Photoshopped onto dinosaur bodies, a very comprehensive collage and an American flag made of Pratt’s face.

Now everybody else, get to work!

TIME Bizarre

This Man Called the Police Because His Girlfriend’s Cat Ate All the Bacon

Operator: 'We don't arrest cats'

A man wanted to press charges against his girlfriend and her cat because she let the feline eat his bacon, according to audio of an emergency call released this week by the West Yorkshire Police.

During the call, the operator calmly explained, “It’s not a criminal offense to let a cat eat your bacon, okay? And we don’t arrest cats. I’m very sorry.”

The authorities shared the audio with the Yorkshire Evening Post to show the public how much time is taken up by non-urgent phone calls, from complaints about expired food at the grocery store to a question about how to get a pigeon out of the house.

 

TIME celebrity

See Cara Delevinge’s Response to John Green’s Essay Defending Her

"I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”

John Green wrote a passionate defense of Cara Delevingne on Thursday, and while Delevingne didn’t initially realize the strong words were written by the Paper Towns author, she appreciated the support nonetheless.

“Whoever said this! Thank you so much!” Delevingne wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of a section of Green’s text.

Green was quick to respond to Delevingne.

It’s been a busy week for Delevingne, who took part in an interview with Good Day Sacramento that went viral because of its awkwardness. The morning show hosts called Delevingne “Carla” and asked if she had read Paper Towns before starring in its film adaptation. Delevinge was later criticized for her actions in the interview by hosts on The View.

“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me,” Delevingne wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “I work really really hard and love what I do, I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

Read next: Cara Delevingne Sparks Paper Towns

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