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Feel Good Friday: 19 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

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Wimbledon: The Scene Behind the Green

There is more to the famous British tournament than the players.

TIME U.S.

Skydivers Create Stunning Light Show By Strapping Fireworks to Themselves

The Fastrax skydiving team set off fireworks as they jump out of the plane.
The Fastrax skydiving team set off fireworks as they jump out of the plane. Norman Kent—Caters

Don't worry, they're professionals

In what we can only imagine was the ultimate adrenaline rush, a team of Ohio-based skydivers strapped fireworks to their legs which burned as they plummeted toward Earth.

Members of Team Fastrax jumped from 13,500 feet with the fireworks blazing for about 45 seconds, Metro reports. Sounds pretty dangerous, yes, but these daredevils successfully pulled off the stunt — and the results were stunning.

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Photos: The Week in Sports

Kickoff of the World Cup, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup and the U.S. Open all made for a week packed with sports. Here are TIME's best photos from these athletic events

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Celebrate the First Day of Summer with These 13 Fun Photos

From baby gorillas to Lionel Messi, here's a handful of photos to get your summer started right

TIME Television

Blossom Joins Wonder Years, Full House in Sitcom Reunion Trend

Blossom
Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo Alice S. Hall /NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

In my opinionation, sitcom reunions are more popular than ever

Blossom, the ’90s sitcom starring Mayim Bialik as its hat-wearing heroine, is coming back to TV for a syndication marathon in July — but in the social-media consciousness of many of its fans, it’s already here. The network Hub, which will air the marathon, hosted a cast reunion for actors Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence, Michael Stoyanov and Jenna von Oÿ, and yesterday the photos from that event made it to Instagram and Twitter.

Blossom is only the latest nostalgia-worthy TV show to take advantage of social media to drum up interest in a reunion. Though reunions are nothing new for morning shows, alumni shows and magazine covers, Twitter and Instagram have proved to be capable of summoning huge interest in shows that have been off the air for decades. Mayim Bialik’s Instagram picture of the Blossom reunion has been liked nearly 7,000 times in just one day.

And perhaps it’s not just coincidence: according to a 2013 Pew study, use of Twitter and Instagram is sharply correlated with youth, and the millennials and Gen-Xers who are most likely to use those services are also the ones who were the right age to enjoy sitcoms about young people in the late ’80s and ’90s.

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Older shows have had reunions — The Bob Newhart Show, anyone? — but the viral traction hasn’t been so high. And, with former cast members openly pushing for more, it’s a trend likely to continue. The logical next step: Snapchats with Teletubbies.

TIME Baseball

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s Life in Pictures

Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padres legend, has died at 54. Look back at his life in pictures

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Feel Good Friday: 12 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

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TIME Baseball

Happy 75th, Baseball Hall of Fame: A Celebration in Pictures

Of all the major professional sports, baseball is the one that most readily and ably lends itself to photography. Maybe it’s the leisurely — killjoys might call it glacial — pace of the game, punctuated by moments of intense drama, that allows photographers the time and space to chronicle the action. Or perhaps the cozy relationship between the national pastime and picture-taking is the natural result of the two endeavors coming of age at virtually the same time, in the mid-19th century. But whatever the reason, classic baseball pictures possess an evocative power that images of, say, football or basketball or even the beautiful game of soccer often lack.

On the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and on the occasion of the Hall partnering with the Google Cultural Institute for an online version of the exhibition, Picturing America’s Pastime, TIME celebrates the game in photos.

Here are major league legends (Mickey Cochrane, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson), passionate amateurs, die-hard fans and long-vanished ballparks. Here, in a nutshell, is a fond glimpse of a sport that — in the words of the great photographer, Charles M. Conlon — “seems to breathe the restless spirit of American life.” Let’s play two!

TIME World Cup

On the Field and in the Streets: Photos From the World Cup Kickoff

Thursday marks the start of the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup. These photos chronicle everything that's happening on and off the field

Some 600,000 international travelers are crowding into the excited streets of Brazil to experience the 2014 World Cup. The highly anticipated month-long tournament kicks off today with a game between Croatia and Brazil. As festivities unfold throughout the day, TIME will be updating FIFA fans at home with photos capturing the action both on and off the field

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