• Janelle Monae and M.I.A. performed together on opposite coasts, thanks to hologram technology (sponsored by Audi).
• Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted in the U.S. with $96.2 million, smashing the April opening-weekend record. Your move, Spider-Man!
• To celebrate National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day–yes, it’s a thing–a group of California students created a 51-ft. sandwich from 30 lb. of spread and 16 jars of jelly.
• Honey Maid printed out hundreds of hateful comments on its ads featuring gay and interracial couples and asked artists to arrange them into a sculpture promoting love.
“I came in like a wrecking ball …”
Speed at which a human would have to travel to actually come in “like a wrecking ball,” as Miley Cyrus sings in her heartbreak power ballad. Researchers point out that attempting this would likely result in serious injury.
The actress left her role on Parks and Recreation earlier this season, but fans can catch her on the big screen in Cuban Fury, out April 11. In the British comedy, Jones, 38, plays a salsa-dancing corporate manager whose suitors woo her on the dance floor.
How were you as a dancer before you took on this project?
I would call myself a dance enthusiast, which doesn’t necessarily mean I was all that skilled.
What’s your signature move?
In salsa or in life?
I don’t have, like, the worm. Maybe it’s the electric slide.
Which is pretty much the best dance ever.
It’s underrated, and it gets people involved immediately.
People can make fun of it all they want …
But they shouldn’t. My whole family [her dad is music icon Quincy Jones] does the electric slide. Every time we get together, it ends up happening. Somebody starts it.
Even in a restaurant or something?
We try to limit it to open spaces.
There’s also a great mixtape plot in this movie. Were you a big mixtape maker, back when that was a thing?
Oh, my God, yes. I still have all of my mixtapes that I made for myself and that were made for me by boyfriends and friends in high school.
Did you ever use one to tell someone you liked him?
Totally. And my first mixtape was given to me by my first kiss, and it was the first time I’d ever heard rock. I grew up with jazz and R&B and a little bit of pop. He had Cream and Led Zeppelin and all these other things I’d never heard before.
Did you like it?
I did. Well, I liked him a lot. That probably was part of it.
“ON MY RADAR
• The End of Men, by Hanna Rosin “I’m kind of obsessed with modern relationships.”
• Morning Phase, by Beck “Every single album he’s made is great. I love him.”
“Hello, I am away until 01/01/ 2070.”
TILDA SWINTON, in her email auto-reply, as revealed in a New York feature about the allure of the actress’s enigmatic persona
INK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Most of the classic inkblots in the Rorschach test–a psychological exam in which subjects interpret abstract blobs–are black and white. But the late German artist Sigmar Polke’s untitled take on them, above, is full of color, and just like the Rorschach blots, it encourages viewers to think twice about what they’re seeing. That ability to subvert expectations is a hallmark of Polke’s work. A survey of his decades-long career opens on April 19 at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.
Las Vegas’ new High Roller may be the tallest observation wheel in the world–soaring past the London Eye and China’s Star of Nanchang–but its rivals are circling: the New York Wheel (630 ft.) and Dubai Eye (689 ft.) are both racing to open by 2016 and claim the title. Of course, big-wheel history is fraught with this kind of friendly competition. Here, a look at some of its highest-profile players.
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THE HIGH ROLLER
Built by Caesars Entertainment, it boasts 28 cabins, which can hold 40 passengers each, and travels at one foot per second. A full rotation takes roughly 30 minutes.
THE FERRIS WHEEL
Designed by engineer George Ferris, the first rideable wheel was the biggest attraction at the 1893 World’s Fair. After making an appearance at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, it was demolished in 1906.
Its name means “Viennese giant wheel” in English. Erected in 1897 in Vienna’s Prater, it appears to be the oldest wheel still operating. It managed to remain standing during World War II but was rehabbed after a 1944 fire destroyed the cables and cars.
FERRIS WHEEL AT ALEM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
Enclosed in glass and white steel, the largest indoor Ferris wheel was built to resemble an eight-sided star, a national symbol.
The world’s tallest observation wheel (from 2008 to 2014) rotates toward the city’s financial district to symbolize the influx of wealth.
• James Franco said he hit on a 17-year-old girl via Instagram: “I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky.”
• A New York City court stenographer jeopardized convictions by allegedly typing, “I hate my job” and random characters in the official record during trials.
• HBO Go crashed during the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, the second such incident in a month.
• Kim Kardashian uploaded a gorgeous photo from her trip to Thailand–identical to one that appears on a free wallpaper site and is searchable on Google Images.
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This appears in the April 21, 2014 issue of TIME.