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This Impromptu Subway Singalong Will Brighten Your Day

All these commuters want is "A Little Respect"

London subway riders just want a little respect, apparently.

A new video circulating the web not only proves that Aretha Franklin, Rodney Dangerfield and Madonna were right and everyone does want a little respect, but the video also proves that everyone loves Erasure (and “The Circle of Life”) .

Almost exactly a year after Erasure’s first Christmas album came out, the band gave the world a new Christmas miracle by way of a subway rider who got in touch with his inner Vince Clark in the best way possible.

The intrepid and bold London commuter—a local singer named Neil Francis (who admitted to the BBC to having had a few drinks to “wet the whistle”)—belted out a few lines of Erasure’s “A Little Respect” on a crowded North London subway platform. Soon enough commuters up and down the platform were singing along, asking the world at large—or perhaps just the transit authority— for “a little respect” during their travels.

[H/T Death and Taxes]

 

TIME Television

Watch Jenny Slate as Marcel the Shell Sing Fleetwood Mac on Conan

"Landslide" didn't take Marcel the Shell (with Shoes On) down

Jenny Slate has many credits to her name: a brief stint on Saturday Night Live, a reoccurring role as Mona-Lisa in Parks and Recreation and a star turn in Obvious Child, but she is perhaps best known for her work as a tiny tiny shell (with shoes on).

The comedian stopped by Conan Tuesday night and used some of her couch time to talk about her creation, the beloved talking snail (?), Marcel the Shell. It turns out that Marcel isn’t just talking anymore, but covering pop songs, too. Slate showed off the shell’s skills by singing a few lines of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” telling Conan O’Brien, “just a little bit because I don’t want you to have to pay.” Stevie Nicks would be so touched.

Slate noted that Marcel the Shell’s voice is “so little, so little,” but as Conan points out the adorable univalve sure has some “big lungs.”

TIME psychology

10 Videos Guaranteed to Inspire You

Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

1) How to be happier

Harvard professor Shawn Achor is the author of the wonderful book The Happiness Advantage.

2) Is it better to come in first… or third?

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of the bestsellers Blink, Outliers and The Tipping Point.

3) Why do we lie? And why do we lie to ourselves?

Great interview with Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves.

4) What’s it take to free yourself of bad habits?

A fantastic interview with Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit.

5) Are there two kinds of happiness?

An excellent presentation on happiness by Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow. In it, he draws an insightful distinction: there may be two very different types of happiness.

6) Is vulnerability the key to connecting with others?

One of the most popular TED talks of all time is Brené Brown‘s presentation on vulnerability.

7) What do you want to do before you die?

Candy Chang gives an inspirational talk about a project that asked people to finish the sentence: “Before I die I want to…”

8) Can trying something new for 30 days change your life?

Matt Cutts gives a great talk about how trying new things for 30 days not only helped him learn new skills but also changed him as a person.

9) What motivates us?

Dan Pink, author of the excellent book Drive, explains what makes us do what we do.

10) “What’s more dangerous: incompetent idiots or overconfident experts?”

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestsellers Blink, Outliers and The Tipping Point, gives a great talk about why the overconfidence of smart people can be far more dangerous than the incompetence of stupid people.

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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TIME Music

Nicki Minaj Drops NSFW ‘Only’ Video With Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

See the provocative new offering from The Pinkprint

Hot on the heels of her latest collaboration with Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj dropped a brand new video for her The Pinkprint track, “Only.”

After being criticized for using what some saw as Nazi imagery in her last video, for her latest work, Minaj teamed up with Hannah Lux Davis for a David Fincher-esque romp through a sex dungeon. In the NSFW clip, Minaj is 50 shades of dark and sexy in leather and lace, dominating rappers Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and everyone else in the local S& M club.

Minaj is center stage as the men lay down their complimentary (and objectifying) verses at her leather-clad feet. It’s not just Minaj’s attire and attitude that are intimidating, though; even when up on a pedestal, Minaj still spits out tongue-twisting rhymes faster than anyone else on set. The song is a talent contest between the rappers. As Brown says, “If you lame and you know it, be quiet.”

The Pinkprint is out Monday.

TIME Media

These Were the Most Popular Videos on YouTube in 2014

A mutant spider dog takes the crown

A cute puppy playing with a Clydesdale, an overly flexible iPhone 6 Plus and a deranged robotic baby were among the videos we watched most on YouTube this year. The Google-owned website has released its annual list of the most popular videos of the year, and they cover a wide range of topics. At the top of the charts is the much-feared Mutant Spider Dog, a video in which a Polish prankster dressed his dog up as a giant tarantula and terrified unsuspecting passerby.

The top 10 wasn’t determined by view count alone, but rather by a more nebulous formula that includes “views, shares, comments, likes and more,” according to YouTube. That means that some videos that didn’t earn an eye-popping amount of views, like the recording of a woman being catcalled in the streets of New York, still made the list because they sparked so much interest on social media. The list also speaks to the increasing power that brands have on social networks. Four of the videos on the list are ads, including spots by Nike and Budweiser.

Here’s the full list:

1. Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega) by SA Wardega

2. Nike Football: Winner Stays by Nike Football

3. First Kiss

4. The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia – #TEAMJ-AX

5. iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test

6. Bars & Melody – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act | Britain’s Got Talent 2014

7. Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial — “Puppy Love”

8. Devil Baby Attack

9. Goku vs. Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3

10. 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

YouTube also ranked the top 10 music videos of the year, which included hits by Katy Perry, Shakira and Taylor Swift. Full list below:

1. Katy Perry – Dark Horse ft. Juicy J

2. Enrique Iglesias – Bailando (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona

3. Shakira – Can’t Remember to Forget You ft. Rihanna

4. Shakira – La La La (Brazil 2014) ft. Carlinhos Brown

5. Jason Derulo – Wiggle ft. Snoop Dogg

6. Iggy Azalea – Fancy ft. Charli XCX

7. Sia – Chandelier

8. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

9. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

10. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

 

TIME Television

Watch SNL’s Un-Aired Sketch About Ferguson

Two morning anchors try and keep up light, fluffy dialogue in the face of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson

Saturday Night Live released an unaired sketch from this week’s episode and it’s a doozie.

In the sketch, two Ferguson-area morning anchors — one black, one white, played by Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson —are faced with sustaining their upbeat, inane chatter in the wake of the protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the death of teenager Michael Brown. Their patter is filled with uncomfortable slips of the tongue and clear race divides that only get worse when guest chef Daryl Wilson (played by host James Franco) stops by to cook up a healthy meal.

While the sketch is uncomfortable and difficult to watch, it’s a shame that it was cut from the episode. Comedy has a long history of turning a lens on difficult situations and challenging people to think about events and circumstances we would rather avoid.

The SNL sketch also bears a striking similarity to NBC’s decision to focus on the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree rather than show the streets surrounding the building, which were filled with protestors angered over the grand jury’s decision not to indict a white NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner.

[H/T Uproxx]

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TIME Internet

Watch All of the 2014 Movie Trailers in One Glorious Mashup

Grab the popcorn

The Sleepy Skunk has just released the annual movie trailer mash-up and everything from Boyhood to Birdman to The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy to The Imitation Game, Lucy to Annabelle to Belle is included in the mix. Even films not in theaters yet are represented, including Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and the assassination comedy The Interview, raising the ire of North Korea.

Boasting a soundtrack made up of Dario Marinelli’s score from V for Vendetta and songs by The Prodigy and OneRepublic, the trailers are seamlessly woven together to not only remind viewers of the individual films seen this year, but also of everything we watched on the big screen in 2014. It’s a mesmerizing step back to see the greater whole of the stories we were told this year.

Whether you’re working on a year-end list (here’s TIME’s list of the best movies of 2014), or trying to get a jump start on your Oscar ballot, the video takes you on a helpful, fascinating and beautiful stroll down movie memory lane.

TIME ebola

WATCH: Emotional Videos of Idris Elba and Soccer Players On Ebola

Africa United

"Our fans treat us like heroes, but I am no hero"

As part of a new Ebola campaign, the nonprofit arm of the CDC—the Centers for Disease Control Foundation—as well as soccer stars, celebrities and international health organizations created moving PSAs about Ebola to spread through West Africa.

The first video, “We’ve Got Your Back,” made by the newly formed Ebola education group Africa United, features well-known soccer players, many from or playing for African countries. “Our fans treat us like heroes, but I am no hero,” says Yaya Touré who plays for Manchester City. He’s followed by several other soccer players like Patrick Viera and Kei Kamara, all acknowledging they are not heroes. “The health workers fighting Ebola are the real heroes,” the video says, highlighting several West Africans fighting the Ebola virus. The players wear the health care workers’ names on the back of their jerseys, in hopes of spreading awareness that health care workers are heroes and should be treated as such.

Actor Idris Elba, perhaps best known for playing Stringer Bell on The Wire, stars in the second video, where he gives a rallying speech about Ebola to a locker room of soccer players. “For me the battle against Ebola is a personal one. To see those amazing countries in West Africa where my father grew up and my parents married being ravaged by this disease is painful and horrific,” said Elba in a statement.

The campaign is using #wevegotyourback to show support for the people fighting the disease.

TIME celebrity

Watch Jane Krakowski’s “Leaked” Audition Tape for Peter Pan Live!

The 30 Rock star gives it her all

Funny or Die has managed to get its hands on 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski’s audition tape for Peter Pan Live! and “leaked” the reel to the press. In the clip, Krakowksi make it clear that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play—and if that means hooking up with Wendy, then she’s down for it.

Krakowski came in full costume to the audition, bringing along the Tony Award she won for her portrayal of Carla in Nine, as a helpful reminder to the producers that she’s legit. She showed off her stage skills by playing Peter Pan as an oversexed British pixie dust addict who might be afraid of heights and have a lot in common with Tinkerbell. While it would have been a fascinating take on the beloved childhood character, NBC opted to cast a safer choice, Girls star Allison Williams, in the role instead.

Peter Pan Live! airs on NBC on Thursday.

TIME Videos

When It Comes to Frozen, This Dog Can’t ‘Let It Go’ Either

Whether he hates it or loves it, he just can't stop singing it

Oakley the dog is no fan of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” and has an uncanny ability to sleep right through the catchy track. But, the pup’s catnap comes to an abrupt halt when the opening dulcet strains of Frozen track “Let It Go” start up.

On the first note the dog’s ears perk up, turning this way and that like adorable satellite dishes seeking a signal. By the time the opening bars have started, Oakley’s eyes are wide open and when Idina Menzel begins to sing, the pup’s head is up and he is seemingly trying to sing along with the chorus of the omnipresent song.

While in the commentary on the video, the puppy’s owner claims this is Oakley’s favorite song, it’s unclear whether he is actually enjoying the tune or trying to make the dreaded earworm stop — at least until the Frozen sequel, which is still only a rumor, hits theaters.

Either way, Oakley is still better at singing “Let It Go” than Ben Affleck.

 

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