TIME Body Image

Watch a Fitness Blogger Photoshop Herself In Real Time

Cassey Ho gives herself the so-called "perfect body" to send a powerful message

Personal trainer Cassey Ho is a very popular fitness blogger with more than two million YouTube subscribers. She often receives mean, negative comments, as many bloggers do.

In a new video, Ho responds to these comments by Photoshopping herself in real time to create what her critics would consider the “perfect body.” She slims her waist, increases her chest and butt, contours her waist and even changes the color of her eyes.

“In the last few months, the negativity towards me personally has gotten worse. I’m a person too, so it really gets to me,” she told People. “I had this epiphany: How can I express how I’m feeling visually?”

Ho says her ultimate goal is to “show that cyber-bullying and mean comments really affect people, and to think before you say something.”

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TIME Television

Mr. Feeny and Eric Matthews Coming to Girl Meets World in May

Will Friedle (L) as Eric Matthews and William Daniels (R) as Mr. Feeny in "Boy Meets World."
ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images Will Friedle (L) as Eric Matthews and William Daniels (R) as Mr. Feeny in "Boy Meets World."

No, Mr. Feeny won't be a ghost this time around

If the Girl Meets World universe has so far felt incomplete to you, relief may be on the horizon: Mr. Feeny and Eric Matthews are coming to the show in May.

William Daniels (George Feeny), who first appeared in the pilot as a ghost-like figure, will show up on May 11 in the season two premiere“Girl Meets Gravity.” The episode will see Riley and Maya with a new teacher whose identity has yet to be revealed. Calling Mr. Feeny!

Daniels will return on May 14 for “Girl Meets Pluto,” which will also feature Shawn (played by Rider Strong). In the nostalgia-tinged episode, Cory, Topanga, and Shawn take Riley and Maya to Philadelphia to dig up a time capsule they buried 15 years ago.

Eric (Will Friedle) will make his much-anticipated GMW debut May 15 in the aptly titled, “Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels.” Playing mediator between Riley and Maya when they get into a massive fight, the role isn’t new for him: In Boy Meets World, he tried to prevent a falling out with his friends after a prank goes too far. Then, in an imagined future, he abandoned society and took the name of Plays With Squirrels. Here’s a refresher:

Friedle and Daniels join fellow BMW alums Trina McGee (Shawn’s ex-girlfriend Angela), Blake Clark (Chet Hunter), and Anthony Tyler Quinn(Mr. Turner), who are also making the jump to the spinoff series. The show’s second season also comes with brand new episode each night for the entire first week.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME cities

This Los Angeles Neighborhood Is Fighting to Allow Topless Sunbathing on Its Beaches

The council voted on a measure to OK topless sunbathing on Tuesday

A neighborhood council in California wants to let women sunbathe topless. After a vote on Tuesday, Venice Beach became one step closer to giving topless tanning the green light.

The charge to bring nearly nude sunbathing to Venice Beach is being led by a community officer who’s calling it an equality issue, according to the Los Angeles Times. The council also says topless sunbathing will bring the beach more in step with the Italian city it’s styled after.

“Venice Beach was founded and designed around the European culture of Venice, Italy…topless [sun]bathing is commonplace throughout Europe, much of the world, and many places within the U.S.,” the council argues. In Los Angeles, however, it’s illegal to bask in the sun in one’s birthday suit.

Though the vast majority of the Venice Beach Council voted for the measure, the city council member who represents Venice says he’s got more important issues on his plate. “Right now my priorities for Venice are increasing public safety, housing the homeless, and protecting affordable housing,” Mike Bonin said, according to the LA Times.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

TIME Great Places

See Photos of the Pristine Utah Desert in the 1940s

A look at the western landscape before the Interstate Highway System brought cars full of tourists

Utah’s national parks and monuments were established in the teens and 1920s, but it wasn’t until the mid-century construction of the Interstate Highway System that station wagons began to snake their way through the American West in droves. In 1947, when LIFE dispatched Loomis Dean to photograph the people and animals that called the desert home, it seemed there were still more sheep in the roads than cars.

Dean’s photos, never published in the magazine, capture the future tourist mecca with nary a track in the sand save for the sheep, the shepherds who herded them and the Native Americans who lived there. Though the images are in black and white, it’s hard not to see the rocks as red and the sky, stretching on forever, as blue. There is something quiet about the photos—you can see the wind in the hair of two children on a mule and the blinding sun on a man’s weathered face, but the noise of traffic and industry is miles away.

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

TIME Sports

This NFL Player Wants to Moonlight as an Uber Driver

A.J. Francis playing for the Maryland Terrapins in 2012.
G Fiume—Getty Images A.J. Francis playing for the Maryland Terrapins in 2012.

His reasoning? "The only thing better than NFL money is more money"

A.J. Francis is a defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, but is he also a defensive driver? We only ask because the Miami Dolphins player is on the hunt for an off-season job where that skill will come in handy.

The 24-year-old former University of Maryland Terp wants to be an Uber driver.

The tweet generated some buzz with handfuls of Francis’s 8,000 followers wondering, understandably, why a NFL player would need the extra cash. Francis’s response: the only thing better than money is more money.

Washington Post sports columnist Des Bieler also says given the fickle nature of the NFL, Francis may need the cash soon, too. He was cut from the Patriots in 2013 before the Dolphins picked him up and reportedly spent the 2014 season on injured reserve.

TIME viral

Watch This Hilarious Rap About Filipino Mythical Creatures

Do you know your tikbalangs from your duwendes?

Filipino folklore is full of mythical creatures from the bigfoot-like Kapre to the man-eating blood-sucking witch Manananggal.

Now these strange beasts are the unwitting subjects of Canadian-born Filipino singer and video producer Mikey Bustos’ latest project.

“We Filipinos have some really crazy mythical beings. Imagine they were all rap stars!” he says on his Facebook page.

Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore because with the help of copious amounts of face paint, Bustos transforms himself into several creatures and raps about what they get up to.

Bustos even makes a special appearance as controversial U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. ahead of his May 2 fight against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao.

The 33-year-old former Canadian Idol contestant is known for producing hilarious Pinoy music videos, which he posts on his YouTube channel.

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TIME viral

This Is What the ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Boys Look Like Now

Prepare to feel crazy old

The Charlie Bit My Finger! boys are all grown up!

With over 816 million views, the video is on the Mount Rushmore of early viral videos. Because of its fame, a BBC children’s reporter recently visited the boys’ home and discovered the 11-year-old Harry and his 9-year-old brother Charlie still have that knack for being adorable.

We also learned that the only reason the world even met the boys is because the original file was too large for their father Howard to upload to email.

The parents have used the video’s success to secure sponsorship deals and the kids have appeared in advertisements.

However, Charlie and Harry are no longer the only boys in the family vying for viral success as they now have two younger brothers.

Relive the classic “Charlie bit me” line below.

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TIME Bizarre

A Stinking 11-Ton Megalith of Congealed Fat Has Been Removed From a London Sewer

It’s called a fatberg and it’s terrifying

Londoners have been advised to stop flushing cooking oil and pre-moistened towelettes down sinks after authorities successfully removed a mammoth 11-ton piece of congealed fat, caked with compacted wet wipes, from one of the city’s sewers.

The “fatberg” was reportedly the size of one of the British capital’s famed double-decker buses and inflicted more than a half-million dollars of damage to the sewer pipes under West London’s plush Chelsea neighborhood.

“The original sewer has been so badly abused by fat being chucked down the plughole we’ve had to opt for the time-consuming and disruptive option of replacing many meters of pipe,” Stephen Hunt, a maintenance supervisor at Thames Water charged with overseeing the removal of fatberg, told the Guardian.

West London is home to a high-concentration of restaurants and food-related enterprises that produce approximately 32 million to 44 million liters of used cooking oil, much of which is then flushed down the drains, annually.

“I’d urge people to consider what lurks beneath their feet,” pleaded Hunt. “When it comes to getting rid of fat, ‘bin it – don’t block it.’”

The same, naturally, goes for wet wipes.


TIME viral

Lesbian Couple Create Shareworthy Side-by-Side Pregnancy Picture

Melanie and Vanessa Iris Roy of Charlotte, North Carolina, are becoming Web sensations thanks to a touching maternity photo.

This year, the lesbian couple shared a side-by-side photo of their pregnancies on Melanie’s Instagram, according to The Huffington Post. The sweet shots, which were taken a year apart, both feature the pair sharing a smooch on the beach, but include one big difference: who’s pregnant.

In the first picture, taken in January 2014, Vanessa Iris is pregnant with the couple’s son Jax, who makes an appearance in the next shot. In the January 2015 photo, it’s Melanie who has the big belly and black bikini top, carrying the pair’s daughter Ero.

The couple posted the shot, along with several others from Melanie’s pregnancy, to Instagram at the beginning of the year, but the comparison picture didn’t start going viral until April, when it was shared by several LGBT advocacy sites. The response to the photo, which has received over 150,000 likes on one Facebook post, has been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s crazy to see that people were referring to my family as an inspiration. We are still in complete shock,” Melanie told The Huffington Post.

The Roys hope the success of their maternity moment encourages other lesbian couples to share the joy of pregnancy.

“The woman’s body is incredible. The way it creates and grows another human being is amazing. We hope that our picture is that sign that some women may need to encourage them to carry a child,” Melanie said.

Melanie and Vanessa Iris have continued to share their precious motherhood moments online as they work together to raise two bundles of joy.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME viral

This Site Predicts How Badly Your Barista Will Misspell Your Name

Operations Inside A Starbucks Corp. Coffee Shop
Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Using photos of coffee cups with customers' names misspelled from popular Tumblrs

Grumpy web users in need of a caffeine fix love to post photos of Starbucks cups that have their names misspelled. The goofs happen to celebrities, and nearly 10 million people have watched parodies of the errors on YouTube.

Now, with this new “What’s My Starbucks Name?” generator, fans of the meme can enter a name and a photo of a coffee cup with a totally different name will appear. Bob’s Burgers writer Justin Hook created the app using cup photos from the “Starbucks Name Fail” and “Starbucks Spelling” Tumblrs.

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