By Daniel D'Addario
August 6, 2015

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Mariah Carey will make her directorial debut with–what else?–a Christmas special on the Hallmark Channel

The Denver police department has begun rewarding courteous, law-abiding citizens with free pizza. Officers will hand out Papa John’s gift cards that read:

‘You got caught doing something right.’

Instagram artist @JessieBearden uses food to “paint” portraits of cultural icons. Among them (clockwise from top left): John Lennon, Caitlyn Jenner, John F. Kennedy and Notorious B.I.G.

Japanese distillery Suntory is going to age some of its whiskey aboard the International Space Station

Cindy Crawford is developing a TV series for NBC about models in the ’80s, tentatively titled Icon

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The Russian government has commissioned a task force to determine whether gay-themed emojis pose a threat to children

J.J. Abrams revealed that he broke his back helping an injured Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Destination America will air what it’s claiming will be America’s first live televised exorcism on the night before Halloween

Lexus unveiled a real-life hoverboard–but it works only above surfaces with a decent magnetic field, like metal

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed that despite fan speculation, beloved Game of Thrones protagonist Jon Snow was killed at the end of the fifth season:

‘Dead is dead is dead is dead. He be dead.’

HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot that had made successful trips through Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, was vandalized in Philadelphia, abruptly ending its journey across America

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This appears in the August 17, 2015 issue of TIME.

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