TIME Lottery

North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas Tickets Win Powerball

A lottery representative hands out free Powerball tickets in Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 11, 2015
Nati Harnik—AP A lottery representative hands out free Powerball tickets in Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 11, 2015

The Powerball jackpot of $564.1 million will be split among the winning tickets

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas have matched all six numbers to split a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said Thursday.

Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager and production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said the Puerto Rico ticket was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental United States.

Puerto Rico joined Powerball less than a year ago. Besides 44 states and Washington, D.C., the game is also played in the Virgin Islands, but there has never been a jackpot winner there, Dooley said.

The Texas Lottery posted on Twitter early Thursday that one of the winning tickets was sold at Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, Texas. There was no immediate information on the cities or stores that produced the winners in North Carolina or Puerto Rico.

It had been nearly a year since a Powerball prize reached the giant number people have come to expect recently. That was last February, when someone won $425.3 million.

Wednesday’s jackpot was the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize. The last time a Powerball jackpot climbed so high was May 2013 when a Florida ticket won a $590.5 million prize.

Should the winners select the lump sum option, each would get a one-third share of $381,138,450.16 before taxes. The other option is an annuity, under which the lottery would make payments 30 times over 29 years.

The largest payout in U.S. history was to three ticketholders in the Mega Millions game, the other national lottery drawing. That was a $656 million prize won in March 2012 by players in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

In 2012, state officials who run Powerball and Mega Millions changed ticket prices and lowered the odds of winning jackpots in hopes the moves would increase the number of huge prizes and draw more players. The new rules worked, causing jackpots to repeatedly climb to record levels. More than half of the top 10 U.S. jackpots have been reached in the past couple of years.

The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball 19.

The jackpot now goes back to $40 million for the next drawing on Saturday.

TIME Bizarre

A Texas Teenager Got Fired for a Tweet Before Starting Her Job

Employers use social media too, kids

A Texas teenager got fired from her new job less than 24 hours before she started after she used a couple of choice expletives to describe it on Twitter.

“Ew I start this f*** a** job tomorrow,” tweeted the teen with username @Cellla_. CBS reports that the job she was referring to was at a branch of Jet’s Pizza in Mansfield, Texas. Unfortunately for the luckless teen, her tweet was spotted by store owner Robert Waple.

“And no… you don’t start the FA job today! I just fired you!” he replied, “Good luck with your no money, no job life.”

Waple reportedly last tweeted in 2009, and logged on only to publicly terminate Cella’s employment.

His tweets have since been deleted, and the pizza chain’s corporate office told CBS: “We regret to see the manner in which this situation has been handled by both parties involved.”

Not that Cella seems too heartbroken about it.

TIME Bizarre

Here’s What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum Over an iPhone 6

Don't watch if you've been pining for one

In this video, Ukrainian YouTube celebrity TechRax pours molten aluminum over an iPhone 6 — what he says are a few drops of hot liquid made from melting soda cans. Not surprisingly, dark circles form around the blobs, and the screen quickly changes colors before going blank. In fact, it kind of looks like they form a creepy face on the phone, like something out of a horror film.

The Internet star’s previous stunts include boiling one of the devices in Coca-Cola and baking it inside a turkey.

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TIME weather

See This Abandoned Ohio Mall Buried in Snow

Snow covers the abandoned Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio.
Johnny Joo Snow covers the abandoned Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio.

A surreal winter lanscape

Heavy snow shattered the glass ceiling of an abandoned mall in Akron, Ohio, transforming an ordinary atrium into a bizarre wintry landscape.

Photojournalist Johnny Joo stumbled on the scene at Rolling Acres Mall during one of his frequent photo excursions to the area’s abandoned buildings, which he regularly posts to his website. “Nature paints a soft and beautiful world into the last place you would expect to see it,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

TIME Internet

Somebody Is Auctioning Off Their ‘Haunted’ MacBook on eBay

Apple Opens New Store In Chicago's Lincoln Park Neighborhood
Brian Kersey—Getty Images The new 11-inch MacBook Air is displayed at the new Apple Store during a media preview on October 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

The starting bid was $75

Few things are scarier than the blue screen of death and its Apple equivalents — except maybe this “haunted” Macbook someone is auctioning off on eBay.

How do you know a computer is haunted? eBay user wfatzinger has noted your skepticism, and he or she has already provided an greatly detailed answer on the computer’s listing:

Well, I took the computer home (still in perfect working condition) and, folks, this is when things started to get downright weird. First, I noticed that ALL of my songs in iTunes had become scary or haunted. Second, the desktop background was changed to a scary photo. The following week, we (my wife, Barbie, and I) noticed some of our stuff around the house had been mysteriously rearranged. One night, we went out to dinner with my wife’s parents and their friends and some people from my wife’s work and some of their parents. When we came home, my baseball cards were all out of order and my wife’s rare American coins were in total disarray. To make matters spookier, I occasionally saw the computer levitating. In some cases the screen and keyboard would open and shut quickly, as though the computer were attempting to speak.

The laptop supposedly works great, but what makes its $75 asking bid a steal is what comes with it: a certificate of haunting (a psychic signed it while channeling the computer); haunted music (let’s hope wfatzinger just means hundreds of copies of Beyoncé’s “Haunted”); ghostly photos (cross your fingers and hope they’re actually Gastly photos); and Edgar Allan Poe stories in text document form (who needs a Kindle?). Not bidding on this would be a…grave mistake.

TIME Bizarre

Croatian Court Bans Dog From Barking

Croatia No Barking
Darko Bandic—AP Dog Medo barks in a backyard in Peroj, Croatia, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. A fed up neighbor from a northern Croatian Adriatic village has won a temporary court order that says Medo must stop barking at night. If not, owner Anton Simunovic must pay some €2,800 ($3,160). The 3-year-old mutt, now confined in a barn between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. instead of being allowed to roam, is the only dog in Croatia slapped with a no-barking injunction. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

They couldn't handle the woof

Dog owners might want to reconsider before relocating to northern Croatia, where a court recently gave a dog an injunction for … barking.

Medo, a 3-year-old mutt, has been given a temporary court order to stop barking between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m, the Associated Press reports. His owner’s neighbor is suing for more than $1,500 in damages, claiming that Medo’s barking has negatively impacted her health.

“He barks normally, like any dog does,” owner Anton Simunovic said. “He barks when he sees a cat, or if someone unknown comes to his territory.”

The temporary court order has prompted Simunovic to confine Medo to a barn at night. Until a court in Pula issues a final ruling, the injunction stipulates that Simunovic will be charged up to $3,160 if Medo barks at inopportune hours.

While Medo hasn’t made friends with his neighbors the pup has a strong social media solidarity movement.

Almost 43,000 people have joined Medo’s Facebook page, many of whom are posting pictures and videos of their pets barking in support:


TIME Bizarre

When Daylight Saving Time Was Year-Round

Roosevelt's Globe
Hulton Archive / Getty Images President Franklin Delano Roosevelt inspecting a globe, circa 1942

Feb. 9, 1942: Year-round Daylight Saving Time goes into effect until the end of World War II

Daylight Saving Time has always been as controversial as the day is long. First enacted as an energy-saving measure during World War I — on the idea that moving forward an hour meant one fewer evening hour during which electric lights were needed — it was so unpopular that Congress immediately repealed it after the war. President Woodrow Wilson twice vetoed the repeal, but Congress, for once, was united in its opposition, and overruled the vetoes.

What followed was a time of chaos, when municipalities were free to set clocks according to their preferences. In Colorado, for example, Fort Collins and other cities fell back to standard time, while Denver stuck with daylight saving. Colorado hotels had to keep two clocks in their lobbies: one for Denver time, and one for the rest of the state.

It took another war to standardize the time again, and on this day, Feb. 9, in 1942, clocks across the country were set ahead an hour for the duration of World War II, after Congress called for year-round Daylight Saving Time, again with the goal of conserving energy — and again evoking “the mournful mooing of cows, the indignant squalling of infants, and the sleepy curses of U.S. workers,” according to TIME’s account.

Considering that there was a wartime shortage of food as well as a power, it was not insignificant that farmers were the most strenuous objectors to the time change. Just before the new policy took effect, TIME paraphrased the agrarian argument:

The cow, they cried, is a delicately balanced creature, yields less milk for defense when her hours are disturbed. The dew, they insisted, stays on the grass until 9 a.m. (10 a.m. daylight saving time), and farmers cannot work their fields until the dew dries. Rising before dawn, they declared, they would be dog-tired long before day’s end. Said New York’s blue-blood dairyman Representative James Wolcott Wadsworth: “Your net gain is fatigue for the farmer.”

And although DST is the go-to response to any American energy shortfall (it was imposed year-round again in 1973, in the midst of the global oil crisis) the jury’s still out on whether it does any good, as an official with the Department of Energy told TIME in 2007. That year, a new law required clocks to move forward three weeks earlier than they had in previous years, but the DOE was hesitant to predict a major decline in energy consumption.

“Our preliminary report, based on decades-old information, indicates a very small amount of energy savings,” said the official.

When “War Time,” as FDR called year-round daylight saving time, ended in 1945, the nation’s overarching ambivalence signaled that many Americans weren’t convinced of its benefits, either.

As TIME noted in 1947, some areas, mostly in “the urban East,” continued saving daylight in the spring and summer months, but “32 whole states in the South and West still refused to have any truck with it.”

Read TIME’s 1942 take on year-round daylight saving time, here in the archives: You’ve Got To Get Up

TIME Crime

Teen Arrested After Taking Snapchat Selfie With Murder Victim’s Body

Prosecutor says the Snapchat "was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant"

A Pennsylvania teenager was arrested Friday for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old classmate, after taking a selfie with the victim’s body and Snapchatting the image to a friend. Although the app is known for making photos disappear in 10 seconds or less, the recipient of the jarring text saved the picture and showed it to police.

Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, confessed to killing Ryan Mangan to police, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He was charged as an adult with criminal homicide, first-degree murder and illegal possession of a 9 mm handgun and is currently being held in a county jail without bail.

“[Police] received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” a police affidavit says. “It also depicts a black male taking the ‘selfie,’ with his face facing the camera and the victim behind the actor. The photo had the name ‘Maxwell’ across the top.”

District Attorney John Peck said of the Snapchat selfie: I’ve never seen it before, but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.”

[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

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TIME Bizarre

Buddhists Say a Mummified Monk Discovered in Mongolia Is Just Meditating

They think he might be the next Buddha

Buddhists are not convinced a recently discovered mummified monk is actually dead. In fact, they say he’s in a deep meditative state known as tukdam and could potentially be the next Buddha. The monk’s remains were discovered in Mongolia in late January.

“’If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha,” Dr. Barry Kerzin, a famous monk and physician to the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times. “Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy.”

Remains of the monk, who was found seated in the lotus position, are expected to be about 200 years old.

[Siberian Times]

TIME Bizarre

Check Out This Weird Bill Cosby Statue That Also Has Fat Albert

Image courtesy of Cory Allen Contemporary Art

It's titled "Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable"

For one artist, protesting Bill Cosby‘s TV shows and performances amid the numerous sexual assault allegations against him wasn’t enough. Rodman Edwards, a high school freshman and artist, has sculpted a nude statue of Bill Cosby as America’s favorite TV dad—Dr. Cliff Huxtable—with another of Cosby’s most famous characters, Fat Albert, covering the not-safe-for-work areas of Huxtable’s physique.

The sculpture, which is being proposed as a replacement for the busts of Cosby currently on display at television halls of fame, will soon open to the public at Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom in St. Petersburg, Fla. starting Feb. 20.

It’s compelling, seriously confusing, and titled “Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable”—oh, right, because Fat Albert is crying. If you’re scratching your head and furrowing your brow at the thought, trust us, you’re not alone.

But Roman’s explanation should do a bit to help clear up the murkiness: “As a fan, I think I just felt compelled to depict two of Bill Cosby’s creations at odds with each other, because Bill Cosby seems to be at odds with what I always thought Dr. Huxtable stood for.”

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