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Watch This Horde of Eerily Quiet Kangaroos Shock an Australian Cyclist

"I’m kind of terrified, yo"

We’re all fully prepared for apocalypses by way of zombies and natural disasters. But have we ever stopped to consider that we may need to bone up for an apocalypse at the hands of Australia’s most (allegedly) benign species: the kangaroo? Cyclist Ben Vezina has, and thanks to his quick thinking and videography skills, we’re one step ahead of our pouched foes.

This week, as Vezina innocently rode his bike through Hawkstowe Park in South Morang, he was confronted with what he referred to as a “horde” of kangaroos, who stood and stared at him in stony silence as he pedaled through their ranks. As any Australian cyclist worth their weight in shrimps on the barbie would, Vezina began filming.

“This is a really unnerving experience, ” he said. “They’re just standing there. Should I be going down here? I’m kind of terrified, yo.”

As Vezina continued down the path, the kangaroos began peeling off one by one in a manner so affectedly casual—“Oh, hey I didn’t even see you there, I’m just hanging out in this park, not plotting an apocalyptic event in any way”—that it seems that they could be, in fact, plotting some kind of apocalyptic event.

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Watch Ellen DeGeneres Totally Outshine Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles - Night 3
Christopher Polk/TAS—Getty Images Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and comedian Ellen DeGeneres perform onstage during Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 24, 2015.

The comedian joined the singer onstage in an extremely sparkly get-up

At this point, it’s starting to feel like Taylor Swift has welcomed to the stage every single famous person on the planet throughout her 1989 world tour. She’s invited supermodels like Karlie Kloss, singers like Mary J. Blige, comedians like Chris Rock, athletes like Kobe Bryant and tons of other celebrities to join her for onstage appearances.

At Monday night’s show in Los Angeles, Tay continued the tradition by inviting Ellen DeGeneres to the stage, and let’s just say that Ellen truly shined.

“Los Angeles, please make some noise” Swift said, “for international pop superstar Ellen DeGeneres.” Then DeGeneres walked on stage in a sparkly body suit and tutu, modeled after Swift’s own sparkly get-up:

Read next: Watch Taylor Swift and Alanis Morissette Rock a ‘You Oughta Know’ Duet

 

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7 Times Someone (Accidentally) Ruined a Valuable Work of Art

Whoops.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reports that security camera footage appears to show a young man falling into and punching a hole through a painting said to be worth $1.5 million. Flowers, a 17th century oil painting and one of the few signed works by Italian master Paolo Porpora, was on display at “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, according to CNA.

Below is a glimpse at other reports of tourists being clumsy at museums:

• In May, two tourists reportedly broke off the crown atop “Statue of the Two Hercules,” which sits in Piazza del Comune, a medieval square in Cremona, Italy, when the pair allegedly tried to climb it and take photos.

• Also in May, the Greek Culture Ministry said a tourist tried to touch a prehistoric, Minoan-era vase at the Museum of Iraklio and knocked it over, suffering a minor leg injury.

• Last March, a student reportedly climbed onto a 19th century statue depicting a “Drunken Satyr” at Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, Italy, to take a selfie and broke it.

• Last July, an American student got stuck inside Pi Chacan, a stone sculpture of a vagina by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara, which sat in front of Tübingen University’s Institute for Microbiology and Virology in Germany.

• In 2006, a man was arrested for smashing three 17th century Chinese porcelain vases said to be worth £500,000 (about $789,000) at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.

• While trying to see how his hand measured up, a Connecticut surgeon reportedly broke off the pinky finger on a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary by 15th century Florentine sculptor Giovanni d’Ambrogi called “Annunciazione” at Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (“Museum of the Works of the Cathedral”).

Read next: 8 of the Absolute Worst Times to Take a Selfie

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Watch Taylor Swift and Alanis Morissette Rock a ‘You Oughta Know’ Duet

We're here to remind you

We were all under the impression that Taylor Swift had exhausted the world’s finite supply of celebrities willing to prance merrily onstage with her during her 1989 tour. Turns out we were horribly mistaken: Last night at LA’s Staples Center, Swift extended a (metaphorical) middle finger to her #haters by bringing out the Queen of Angsty Breakup Songs herself, Alanis Morissette.

As Morissette took the stage, Swift credited the indie chanteuse as a major source of inspiration. “She defined the music of her decade. She inspired a generation of confessional female singer-songwriters who all of a sudden felt like you could actually say these raw feelings that you had; you could actually sing about your real life, you could put detail to it.” Apparently, we can thank Jagged Little Pill for indirectly giving us Red—reportedly about Swift’s painful breakup from Jake Gyllenhaal—and Welcome To New York, about Swift’s painful breakup from wherever she was living before New York.

Swift added, “And I think it’s fair to say that so many of the female singer-songwriters of my generation, including myself, would not write the way that we do without her and her music. And she has written some of the most brilliant music—in particular probably inarguably the greatest breakup song of all-time.”

Swift was referring, of course, to “You Oughta Know,” Morissette’s scathing screed allegedly directed at Full House’s Dave Coulier, a pop-culture factoid that never becomes less baffling. The two then joined forces for what is likely the first and last rendition of the song ever performed by someone in a head-to-toe leather bodysuit.

Here’s a clip from the performance, including what looks like a last-minute attempt by Taylor to hug Alanis, who casually rebuffs her. It’s not fair to deny her, Alanis. But we wish nothing but the best for you both.

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Watch This Kid Fall Into a Piece of Art Worth Over $1.5 Million and Put a Hole in It

Oops

Every curator’s worst fear came true Saturday for the stewards of an exhibition of Italian masterpieces in Taiwan, when a visitor stumbled and accidentally punched a hole in one of the paintings.

The exhibit in this case was the 17th century oil painting Flowers by Italian master Paolo Porpora (1617–1673). It is, according to the Guardian, which cited a database of European art, the only one of Porpora’s works that is signed. Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA) reported that the work was valued at over $1.5 million.

It was damaged when a 12-year-old boy, strolling through the exhibition being held in the capital Taipei, lost his footing right in front of the work, CNA says.

In a video posted to YouTube by the agency, boy is then seen stumbling over a barrier and accidentally punching his hand through the canvas. He gets up, sheepishly looks up at the damage and then turns around to see the presumably horrified reactions of passersby.

The boy’s family will not have to pay the restoration costs, as the painting was already insured, but organizers fear the damage is permanent.

TIME Bizarre

A Woman Chugged a Bottle of Liquor Because She Couldn’t Take It on the Plane

But after she did it, staff told her she was too drunk to fly

A Chinese woman who was making a connecting flight from Beijing to Wenzhou Friday was told by airport security that she could not take an expensive bottle of cognac, which she had bought from the U.S., onto the plane in her hand luggage as it was over 100 ml.

Not wanting to let her $200 Rémy Martin XO Excellence go to waste, the woman, surnamed Zhou, drank the entire bottle.

Zhou became so intoxicated that she was found rolling on the floor and acting erratically at a boarding gate at Beijing Capital International Airport, reports the South China Morning Post.

“She was so drunk … she couldn’t even stand up herself. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest,” a police officer told the local paper Beijing Times.

Zhou was not allowed to board her flight out of concern for the safety of others and herself as she was traveling alone. When Zhou woke (and sobered) up several hours later, her family escorted her home.

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TIME Family & Relationships

This Guy Turned His Family’s Boat Ride into a Rap Video

His stepmother was not happy

Travis Henning, 30, has managed to turn his stepmother’s repeated safety warnings into a rap song. As the youngsters take turns going tubing during a family boat ride in Lake Charles, Louisiana, watch the woman say “slow down” over and over again in between snippets from the music video for Clyde Carson’s “Slow Down” (featuring Mama Gin).

Judging by YouTube views, people seem to love it. But how did his family react to the video? Henning said on Reddit that his stepmother “was not happy.”

 

 

 

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This Tiny Kitten Still Has Many Things to Learn About Dancing

It's pretty a-mew-sing

In a nearly 30-second video, watch a barefooted woman try and get her six-month-old kitten to groove to a cover of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” But of course, the cat being a cat, is only interested in chasing or grabbing onto the woman’s right foot, which she keeps tapping on the ground. It tries really hard though, standing up on its hind legs to throw itself onto the foot before finally giving up and running away.

(h/t USA Today)

 

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Kim Kardashian Passed Beyoncé to Become the Most-Followed Person on Instagram

<> at SiriusXM Studios on August 11, 2014 in New York City.
Cindy Ord—Getty Images Kim Kardashian takes a selfie at the SiriusXM Studios on August 11, 2014 in New York City.

Kim now has more than 44 million followers

It was close for a while, but Kim Kardashian has officially surpassed Beyoncé to become the most-followed person on Instagram. According to Tech Insider, Kardashian quietly slipped past Beyonce overnight, hitting 44,005,604 followers. Meanwhile, Beyoncé lags behind at 43,935,64.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has seen a rapid increase in her follower base recently, so she’s likely to stay on top for a while. As Tech Insider points out, both Kim and Bey post photos of themselves and their families (especially their cute daughters North and Blue Ivy, respectively) but there are two key differences. First, Kim posts much more frequently, and second, she includes lengthier and more personal captions.

Technically, the most-followed Instagram account belongs to Instagram itself, with more than 94 million followers. The most popular accounts after that belong to celebrities. Tech Insider pulled data from Social Blade to compile the list of the top 10 most popular celebrity accounts:

1. Kim Kardashian — 44,005,604

2. Beyoncé — 43,935,648

3. Taylor Swift — 43,533,226

4. Selena Gomez — 41,843,095

5. Ariana Grande — 41,696,873

6. Justin Bieber — 36,994,254

7. Kendall Jenner — 35,388,483

8. Kylie Jenner — 33,703,166

9. Nicki Minaj — 32,278,123

10. Khloé Kardashian — 30,522,261

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Here Come the Inevitable Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costumes

One company claims its costume celebrates the reality star and is not intended to make fun of her

What’s more surprising, that there are websites selling Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costumes, or the fact that more people didn’t see this coming?

A few websites are selling an outfit inspired by the former athlete’s Vanity Fair cover, while a major Halloween retailer says it too has a Jenner costume on the way—and that it’s meant to celebrate the reality star and transgender icon, not make fun of her.

“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year,” Trisha Lombardo, a representative for Spirit Halloween, told the New York Daily News. “Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her.”

Activists, however, say the use of a schlubby male model on various other sites suggests the costume is being marketed as a way to make fun of transgender people, with the “joke” being that Caitlyn Jenner, previously known to the world as Bruce Jenner, is “really” a man despite identifying as otherwise.

“To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” writes activist Addison Rose Vincent in a Change.org petition calling for Spirit to do away with plans for a costume. “In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”

Representatives for Caitlyn Jenner declined to comment to BuzzFeed and the Daily News.

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