TIME remembrance

Watch an Earsplitting Eulogy for Wes Craven

Be warned, turn down your speakers

Wes Craven fans found a fitting way to lament the director’s death—a montage of screams from his most memorable movies. The master of horror died from brain cancer on Sunday, but his films survive in the hearts and nightmares of people everywhere. Relive some louder moments in the aptly titled video Screams from YouTube channel ScreenCrush.

 

TIME viral

Watch This Prominent German Literary Critic Scrutinize Ikea’s Catalogue

After all, the catalog is the most circulated book in the world

Hellmuth Karasek is probably Germany’s most famous living literary critic, and so perhaps it is his intellectual duty to examine the book that calls itself the world’s most circulated. That book is Ikea’s annual catalogue, with twice as many copies as the Bible printed each year.

In a new promotional video for the Swedish furniture firm, Karasek turns his faculties to the catalogue, treating it as if it’s an attempted piece of literature.

“It is a furnished novel,” he says. “The characters are forced to crowd themselves between the furniture, they seldom get their say, they barely speak coherently — and yet this work has become such a success.”

He then goes on to disdainfully read aloud from its pages. Watch for yourself.

 

TIME India

India’s Massive Kumbh Mela Festival Bans Selfies to Keep People Moving

Potentially dangerous bottlenecks form behind pilgrims stopping to take pictures of themselves

One of India’s largest Hindu festivals has set up “no-selfie zones,” in an effort to manage the immense crowds that are expected to attend over the course of this month.

The selfie embargo at the Kumbh Mela — a biennial Hindu pilgrimage and one of the world’s largest gatherings — was instituted after tests using a real crowd, the Indian Express newspaper reported.

The tests found that when people stop to take pictures of themselves at the festival, it slows down the flow of people and bottlenecks form quickly. “They also climb to dangerous spots to take selfies,” Sandip Shinde, CEO of a firm that is helping authorities monitor the festival, told the Express.

Crushes and stampedes are sadly all too common at Indian mass gatherings, with enormous crowds overwhelming buildings and spaces that were never designed to hold them. At least 27 people were trampled to death on July 14 at another religious gathering in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, coincidentally on the same day the Kumbh Mela began.

At Kumbh Mela, attendees will be prohibited from taking selfies in certain areas and on certain days — particularly during the Shahi Snan ritual that involves tens of thousands of people taking a dip in the holy Godavari River. Authorities estimate that nearly 3 million people have already visited the festival grounds in the western city of Nashik and millions more are expected.

[Indian Express]

TIME animals

Watch a New Video of the Adorable Panda Cub at the National Zoo

The mother panda left her palm-sized cub alone for a quick bathroom break

Giant panda Mei Xiang offered staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo a rare close-up view of her newborn cub on Monday when she left him alone for a short bathroom break. In the “Panda Cam” footage above, the mother panda is shown putting down her son — not yet named — for the second time since giving birth on Aug. 22, just hours having eaten some sugarcane and diluted apple juice, according to zookeepers. The tiny cub, who has yet to open his eyes or develop black patches of fur, can be seen up close for four minutes before Mei Xiang returns.

Mei Xiang had also given birth on Aug. 22 to a second male cub, who died four days later. A paternity test showed the father panda is Tian Tian, one of the National Zoo’s four giant pandas.

TIME viral

Watch a Baby Cry Every Time His Parents Reach the Last Page of a Book

He's also wearing an adorable shirt

Michigan parents Dan and Alicia Stevers have uploaded a YouTube video of their 10-month-old son crying when they turn to the last page of various children’s books — such as Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom. “Emmett has a mini-meltdown every time we finish a book,” the baby’s father, a video producer, wrote on Twitter. “This kid really loves his books.” The youngster’s blue t-shirt that reads “The Snuggle Is Real” is just the icing on the cake.

The video racked up nearly 80,000 views by Tuesday evening, prompting Dan Stevers to tweet, “This kid may have just started his own college fund.”

Read next: The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time

TIME Alaska

President Obama Stares Down Melting Glacier in Alaska

"This is as good of a signpost for what we're dealing with"

(SEWARD, Alaska) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.

From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years — more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows.

“This is as good of a signpost for what we’re dealing with on climate change as just about anything,” Obama said, with the iconic glacier at his back.

Obama trekked up to the glacier with photographers in tow in a carefully choreographed excursion aimed at calling attention to the ways human activity is degrading cherished natural wonders. The visit to Kenai Fjords National Park, where the glacier is located, formed the apex of Obama’s three-day tour of Alaska, his most concerted campaign yet on climate change.

The president, dressed for the elements in a rugged coat and sunglasses, observed how signposts along his hike recorded where the glacier once stood and now only dry land remains.

“We want to make sure that our grandkids can see this,” Obama said, describing the glacier as “spectacular.”

Obama is counting on Alaska’s exquisite but deteriorating landscape to elicit a sense of urgency for his call to action on climate change. He opened the trip on Monday night with a speech painting a doomsday scenario for the world barring urgent steps to cut emissions: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.

Some 700 square miles in the Kenai Mountains are blanketed by glacier ice, remnants of the Ice Age, when roughly a third of the Earth was covered with sheets of ice. One of nearly 40 glaciers springing out from Harding Icefield, Exit Glacier has been receding for decades at an alarming rate of 43 feet a year, according to the National Park Service.

Obama’s trip was more about visuals than words, and the White House has put a particular emphasis on trying to get the message across to audiences who don’t follow the news through traditional means.

To that end, Obama planned to tape an episode of the NBC reality TV show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” putting his survival skills to the test while in the national park. He also planned to board a U.S. Coast Guard vessel to tour the national park by boat before returning to Anchorage later Tuesday.

TIME U.S.

Watch the New ‘Sexy’ Las Vegas Water Conservation Ads

"There's Nothing Sexier Than Saving Water."

(LAS VEGAS) — Another part of the drought-ridden West is attempting to make water conservation sexy, this time with funny ads in Las Vegas.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority this week launched a campaign on television, radio, print and social media themed: “There’s Nothing Sexier Than Saving Water.” The ads were developed by R&R Partners, the firm behind Vegas’ most famous tagline: “What Happens Here, Stays Here.”

The new advertisements depict people adjusting watering clocks as members of the opposite sex ogle with lust. It coincides with the new fall restrictions that began Tuesday, which through Oct. 31 limits watering to three days a week and prohibits sprinklers during the day and misting systems at businesses.

In June, San Francisco officials also unveiled sexy ads, which urged residents to go “full-frontal” and take short, steamy showers.

Spokesman Scott Huntley said the new Las Vegas campaign was developed over the last year and that Nevada officials were not aware of San Francisco’s recent ads.

He said the Nevada water agency has for years done two-week long “compliance” promotions during the seasonal transitions, using humorous messages to remind users to be complaint. Violators are first given warnings before fines start at $100, exceeding $1,000 for repeat offenders.

The advertising, which cost about $1.6 million annually, is a part of the longstanding effort to plug water conservation in the desert area that has been in drought for years.

“We were the first to the game on this. We’ve had a tremendous amount of success that’s being emulated in other places,” Huntley said.

The previous “Don’t Make Us Ask You Again” theme was used for eight years in Vegas and featured male-centric slapstick humor because research showed that the typical household water controller was, according to Huntley, a “Joe Six Pack,” or a man in his late 20s to 50s.

And perhaps as proof that sex sells to everyone, Huntley said the new ads were made to also target expanding demographics, including those who are older and more diverse and female.

“There are certainly things that grab people’s attention and humor does it a lot and one of the primary aspects of humor is the sexual humor, the sexy humor — that’s one of the basics,” Huntley said.

TIME Food

McDonald’s Will Serve Breakfast All Day, Nationwide

"I think this could be the catalyst for our turnaround”

Rushing to McDonald’s before breakfast closes will soon be a thing of the past.

The fast-food chain announced Tuesday that it will begin serving breakfast all day, nationwide, beginning Oct. 6. The chain previously stopped serving its breakfast menu at 10:30 A.M.

The announcement comes after a trial and review process, which concluded in a vote by franchisees last week, according to the Wall Street Journal. McDonald’s will implement new safety measures, including rolling carts with utensils used especially for handling eggs, to aid the transition.

In an interview, McDonald’s America President Mike Andres told the Journal that extending breakfast hours was the company’s biggest move since adding the McCafe line of beverages in 2009.

“This is the consumers’ idea. This is what they want us to do,” Mr. Andres said. “That’s why I think this could be the catalyst for our turnaround.”

In acknowledgment of the longtime desire among McDonalds fans for all-day breakfast, the company has been tweeting news of its announcement to customers who previously suggested longer breakfast hours.

 

TIME Books

J.K. Rowling Reveals That Harry Potter’s Son Is Following in His Footsteps

Where dwell the brave at heart

J.K. Rowling brought back many a memory on Twitter when she reminded Harry Potter fans that today would be the first day of school for Harry’s oldest son, James Sirius Potter. School, of course, means Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And as we well know, Hogwarts is no ordinary school.

After fans (and brands, too) went nuts using the hashtag #BackToHogwarts, Rowling chimed in on the fun once again, mentioning the annual Sorting Hat ceremony, where new students are placed in one of the four houses at Hogwarts.

The Teddy Lupin she refers to is the son of the late Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin, who, for those who’ve not kept up with the Potter universe, is dating Victoire Weasley, the daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur de la Coeur.

TIME Crime

Men Who Buy Sex Are More Prone to Sexual Violence, Study Says

Sex buyers share characteristics with men who commit sexual violence

Men who buy sex are more prone to sexual coercion and are more likely to report a history of sexual violence, according to a new study.

The study of 101 men in the Boston area, published Monday in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, found that men who hire prostitutes tend to have less empathy for women and tend to share characteristics with sexually violent men. The researchers screened 1,200 men in order to isolate demographically comparable groups to interview. “Both groups tend to have a preference for impersonal sex, a fear of rejection by women, a history of having committed sexually aggressive acts and a hostile masculine self-identification,” said UCLA professor Neil Malamuth, who co-authored the study, in a statement. “Those who buy sex, on average, have less empathy for women in prostitution and view them as intrinsically different from other women.”

The researchers define “hostile masculinity” as a hostile and narcissistic desire to have power over women. One man told researchers he thought of prostitution like buying a cup of coffee: “When you’re done, you throw it out.”

The study also found that men who buy sex are more likely to rape and commit other sexual offenses. The study comes as more and more jurisdictions are focusing on targeting johns rather than prostitutes in their efforts to curb prostitution and sex trafficking, and on the heels of Amnesty International’s vote in August to recommend the complete decriminalization of prostitution for buyers and sellers. Read about the effort to target sex-buyers in the United States here.

The study was co-authored by Melissa Farley, who runs Prostitution Research & Education, a nonprofit that studies prostitution and sex trafficking. In its mission statement, PRE says it is dedicated to abolishing the prostitution altogether. The study was also funded by Hunt Alternatives.

SPECIAL REPORT: Catching Johns: Inside the National Push to Arrest Men Who Buy Sex

 

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