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• Julia Louis- Dreyfus defended the much mocked “John Hancock” (who did not sign the Constitution) painted on her back for a politics-themed Rolling Stone photo shoot: “It is a birthmark.” Zing!

• A man wearing a Superman hoodie became a real-life hero after helping rescue a baby from a burning apartment complex in Dallas. “It felt real good,” he said.

• The Seattle Symphony will perform a classical rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” this summer–sample lyric: “I like big butts and I cannot lie”–as part of a series celebrating Seattle-born musicians.

• Bryan Cranston (as Walter White) helped a teen boy ask a girl to the prom by warning her, via video, to “tread lightly” if she refused.


Tickets to the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sell out quickly, but fans aren’t the only ones jamming themselves into the Indio, Calif., blowout. The two-weekend event, which kicked off April 11–13 and continues April 18–20, is a prime spot for celebrity sightings, with the biggest names in music–like those pictured below–showing up on and off the festival stages.

1. Katy Perry, left, with British musician Blood Orange on April 13

2. Beyoncé showed up unannounced to sing with her sister Solange on April 12

3. Rapper Nas surprised fans by inviting Jay Z, pictured, to join him onstage during his April 12 appearance

4. Teenage superstar Lorde performed on April 12


Officially the world’s favorite number, according to a British math expert’s online survey of 44,000 people. The reason: its cultural significance and prevalence–think sins, continents, dwarfs and days of the week–throughout history.


Oh, Babies

Parents naming newborns often turn to famous figures: Caroline (Kennedy), Diana (Princess) and … Khaleesi? According to the Social Security Administration, 146 babies were named for the Game of Thrones heroine in 2012. But she’s not the first onscreen obsession to start a trend.



The 34-year-old singer first hit it big in 2003 with a single called “Milkshake.” In the decade since, she’s diversified her menu with a stint at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, a hosting gig for the Cooking Channel and a new album, out April 22. It’s titled–what else?–Food.


Why Food?

Someone said to me months ago, “What’s the name of the album?” As a joke, I was like, “Food.” But as I said it I was like, That is a good title.

So no deeper meaning?

It’s not some philosophical moment that I had. I think the idea is nourishment, and food and music are two of the most tangible things that we as people use to self-soothe.

And you’ve already sung about milkshakes.

I guess I’m just always thinking about food.

One of your earlier singles was called “Bossy,” a word that some [like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg] are now saying is used to dismiss assertive women. How do you feel about that?

I’ve been called bossy my whole life, and I’ve also been told that I would be a great leader, which I am. It never had a negative connotation to me.

So you’re proud of your bossiness.

Absolutely. I’m extremely decisive, and that helps me be good at what I do, because I don’t have a problem delegating. People make the mistake about bossy being catty. But I run five companies. I am the boss. Not in some weird rap way–I am actually an employer of people.


• The Black Count by Tom Reiss

“It’s about the writer who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo.”

• HBO’s The Newsroom

“I love the beats of it.”


Entered the top 1,000 names list in 1998, a year after the debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Got a major boost from The Little Mermaid in 1990


Popularity spiked (as did variant Aiden) after Sex and the City’s Carrie started dating someone with that name, in 2000

Isabella and Jacob

The most popular baby names in 2009 had roots in the first Twilight film


Popularity increased 89% in 2013 thanks to the Duck Dynasty wife, per BabyCenter.com


‘Whenever a man shows emotion, I appear.’

TAYLOR SWIFT, poking fun at herself–and her angsty songs–during a surprise cameo on Saturday Night Live, as part of host Seth Rogen’s opening monologue


No, this is not a dog-free version of the floating-phrase “doge” meme. It’s a 2011 painting, Amazing, by artist Mel Bochner, who showcases virtually every synonym for the word–highbrow, lowbrow, Internet-slang and more. It’s just one in a decades-long run of works by the artist that demonstrate how words can be just as visually striking–and meaningful! eloquent! weighty! significant!–as images. Bochner’s work will be at the Jewish Museum in New York City starting May 2.


• File under “not so hot”: the California plant that makes Sriracha sauce has been labeled a public nuisance.

• In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month–yes, it’s a real thing–Chicago’s Ritz Carlton has unveiled the “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese,” a $100 sandwich infused with 24-karat gold flakes.

• After years of hype, the $1,500 Google Glass finally went on sale to the public. For one day.

• The Scrabble dictionary’s first official addition in nine years is … geocache. Kwyjibo, you were robbed.


This appears in the April 28, 2014 issue of TIME.

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