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Keira Knightley Welcomes New Baby

The baby's gender still remains a mystery

Keira Knightley is a mom!

The Imitation Game actress and her husband, musician James Righton, welcomed their first child, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Although PEOPLE confirmed her pregnancy in December, the mom-to-be, 30, kept mum on the news, and let her baby belly speak for itself in the weeks leading up to award season.

But after stepping out several times in gowns that kept her bump under wraps, Knightley — who later joked her ‘waist had disappeared‘ — opened up about the perks of pregnancy while walking the Golden Globes red carpet in January.

“Luckily, I don’t have lipstick. I only have nuts in here. It’s the wonderful thing about being pregnant. You just need to make sure you have snacks. So this is a snack bag,” she told Entertainment Tonight of her clutch.

While Knightley and the Klaxons’ keyboardist, 31, opted to keep the sex a delivery surprise, the expectant actress admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that the thought of having a son was frightening.

“Somebody said to me the other day, the problem with boys is — sorry, this is horrible — but when you’re changing their nappies, you can get the wee in your face,” she said during a February appearance.

—Additional reporting by Mary Green

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Crime

Students Release 72,000 Ladybugs in School for Senior Prank

The suspects reportedly purchased the beetles online

Some pests set 72,000 ladybugs loose throughout a Maryland high school as part of a senior prank, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Five suspects wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts broke into Chopticon High School in Morganza, Md., at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday and released ladybugs purchased online in the hallways, while two waited in a car, authorities say.

Four suspects have been charged with burglary, property destruction and disruption of school activities, while the other three have been charged by criminal summons.

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s How to Make McDonald’s French Fries at Home

This recipe explains how to make those delicious, crispy fries without ingredients like citric acid

A few months ago, McDonald’s shared an inside look at how the chain makes its signature french fries. Now, thanks to this handy tutorial from PopSugar, you can make your own copycat snack at home.

It’s certainly a much more labor-intensive process than simply walking to the nearest McDonald’s location and buying some — but this way, you can make them without chemical additives like citric acid and sodium acid pyrophosphate. According to another McDonald’s video released earlier this year, the recipe contains 19 ingredients, but to make this at-home version, you just need potatoes, corn syrup, peanut oil, beef lard, water and salt. Oh, a decent knife will help too.

Watch the video tutorial above, and check out the full recipe here.

TIME Books

Nick Offerman on Gumption, Feminism and Getting Along

In Nick Offerman's second book, the 'Parks and Recreation' star explores how we might treat each other a little better

Nick Offerman is trying to differentiate himself from Ron Swanson, the carnivorous, libertarian patriot he played for seven seasons on Parks and Recreation. He’s shaved his facial hair and lost some weight with the goal of landing roles that allow him to tap into something other than an insatiable appetite for bacon. But Offerman’s latest project is neither a movie nor a television show. It’s a book, his second, and it’s as full of heart as Swanson’s face was full of mustache — which is to say, very.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, out May 26, tells the stories of 21 artists, politicians, writers and prominent figures who share what Offerman calls “a general sense of American pluck.” Some, like Benjamin Franklin and Carol Burnett, will be familiar to most readers. Others, like Thomas Lie-Nielsen — whose company, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Offerman calls the “Cadillac” of American hand tools — may be new to anyone who isn’t handy in the woodshop.

In his exploration of these 21 lives, Offerman touches on both the personal (hard work, tolerance and the joy of creating) and the political (gay rights, marijuana legislation and some of the more unsavory aspects of American history, such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans). But more than anything, he hopes to encourage readers to think about “how can we all continue to be more decent to one another.” Offerman applies this to things like how we talk about the pay gap between men and women, and the way religious principles are sometimes wielded in ways that, as he sees it, can hamper the quest for decency.

In his first book, the bestselling Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman mines his own experiences for meaningful (and humorous) advice. Here, he turns the focus on the lives of others, but with the similar goal of encouraging the reader to find some inspiration to live with more honesty, integrity and tolerance for the choices of others.

In conversation with TIME, Offerman talks about the eye-opening experience of moving from a small town to the big city, what feminism means to him and the plight of the American meat eater.

TIME viral

The Hilarious Jeopardy! Answer That Everyone Is Talking About

"It was either that or the Book of Mormon," the contestant later said

A contestant on Jeopardy! cracked up viewers nationwide Monday by guessing “What is Kinky Boots?” as an answer to a Final Jeopardy! question, “A Christian hymn & a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical.” Host Alex Trebek, however, was looking for the answer “Rock of Ages.”

In an interview online with contestants after the episode aired, viral sensation Choyon Manjrekar of Providence, R.I., explained, “Musicals aren’t exactly my forte…That’s the first thing that came to mind…It was either that or the Book of Mormon, but I guess that wasn’t a Jewish book…so I panicked and put down something…The moral of this story is bone up on musicals next time.”

TIME celebrity

This Teacher Will Cancel Final Exams If Taylor Swift Calls Him

onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
Mike Windle—ACM2015/Getty Images Taylor Swift onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

Your move, Tay

Students at Skyview High School in Billings, Montana, might get out of their world history finals this year — if they can somehow get Taylor Swift to call their teacher.

A student named Ike Stoner came up with the deal — and the instructor, Colter Pierce, agreed to it. If Stoner could use the Internet to get Swift to give Pierce a call, then the students would be exempt from their exams, KTVQ reports.

“Pretty much all semester, I’ve been talking about Taylor Swift,” Pierce said when asked why the “Shake It Off” singer was the celebrity chosen for this contract. Stoner admitted that the deal started out as “kind of a joke,” but as it has gained more and more likes and shares on Twitter and Facebook, that phone call seems possible.

Stoner has been circulating a picture of the contract — which was drawn up and signed on the classroom whiteboard — along with a photo of himself and Pierce shaking hands to seal the deal:

So far, Swift hasn’t acknowledged the stunt — but she’s got plenty of time until finals begin. Your move, Tay.

TIME Music

Hear Icona Pop’s Jazz-Inspired New Single “Emergency”

The Swedish duo taps into jazz-age vibes on their latest track

The crisis Icona Pop sings about in the duo’s new single is an emergency of the dance-related variety. When an ambulance is summoned, it seems to be for the express purpose of saving a victim who is lost in the music, perhaps too far gone for rescue.

The song moves with a sense of urgency, its cadence reminiscent of Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae.” But it swaps out that track’s funky beat for a backbone of marching piano and trumpet solos worthy of the Gatsby era. Had it been released a couple of years earlier, it would have been a shoo-in for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby adaptation.

Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” a collaboration with Charli XCX released in 2012, was a top-ten song of that summer. While “Emergency” doesn’t have quite the same undeniable song-of-summer quality as their breakout stateside hit, it may well be a close second.

TIME animals

Watch a Groom Surprise His Bride With an Owl Ring Bearer

Owl about that!

Shaun Palmer of Sunderland, England, surprised his bride Adele at their wedding with an owl ring bearer that flew down the aisle to deliver the rings.

The bird went by Bilbo, the name of the protagonist in The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel, and the Lord of the Rings series.

The clip was first uploaded on Dec. 4, but it is now going viral.

Though incorporating a bird into the ceremony might not be the mark of a traditional wedding, the practice is something of a growing trend in the U.K. where several companies hire out barn owls that have been trained to deliver wedding rings.

TIME celebrity

Here’s Proof That Beyoncé Always Dances On Beat

A new meme sets her dance moves to songs from every genre

Beyoncé is known for her killer dance moves — but we usually only see her dancing to her own songs. A new meme, however, proves that Queen Bey’s dance moves are always on point no matter what song is playing.

The hashtag #BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat has been picking up steam over the past few days, showcasing Bey’s incredible versatility. Attached to this hashtag are clips of her dancing set to songs of all genres.

Here are some of our favorites:

TIME Bizarre

Mozart’s Hair Is Going Up for Auction

Gallery assistant Sandra Handley poses for photographs with a lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket at the Sotheby's auction house in London
Matt Dunham—AP Gallery assistant Sandra Handley poses for photographs with a lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket at the Sotheby's auction house in London, on May 26, 2015.

It has an estimated value of $15,400 to $18,450

(LONDON)—Music lovers have the chance to own a strand of history.

Auctioneer Sotheby’s is selling a lock of hair from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, resting in a gilt locket.

Taking composers’ hair as keepsakes was common in the 18th and 19th centuries.

After Mozart died in 1791, aged 35, his widow gave the hair to the mother of German composer Karl Anschutz. It was acquired by the late British composer Arthur Sommervell and is being sold by his family.

The hair is up for auction Thursday with an estimated price of 10,000 pounds to 12,000 pounds ($15,400 to $18,450).

The sale also includes a lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair and an invitation to his 1827 funeral, together valued at 2,000 pounds to 3,000 pounds ($3,100 to $4,600).

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