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Scientists name extinct, big-lipped swamp creature after Mick Jagger

Adam Levine might have the moves like Jagger, but a now-extinct swamp creature had the lips like Jagger.

Scientists recently discovered the creature, which lived in the swamps of Africa 19 million years ago, and found that it had notable lips during its day—just like the Rolling Stones frontman. “The animal probably had a highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips,” Greg Gunnell, a Duke University paleontologist and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. Thus, the animal was dubbed Jaggermeryx naida, a scientific name translating to “Jagger’s water nymph.” (Angelina Jolie was also in the running, but study co-author Ellen Miller insisted on Jagger.)
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What pop culture teaches us about life as a royal 'spare to the heir'

This morning, the news broke that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their second child—or as some put it, their “spare to the heir.”

In the real-life tabloids, second-eldest royal siblings are often portrayed as the more “out of control” children, with less royal responsibility. But TV and movies are just as fascinated (if not more so) with noble siblings, and according to pop culture, being second in the royal bloodline could mean any number of other things, too. Here are a few more specific lessons that Prince George’s future sibling might want to take into account.

The King’s Speech: If your brother abdicates, you could become the king—and be forced to speak publicly on a regular basis—even if you don’t want to.

The Royals: From the looks of this show, it doesn’t really matter which kid you are. Being royal means partying and trying to keep your private parts off the cover of tabloid magazines.

The Lion King: Your jealous brother will probably drop you off a cliff and allow you to get trampled by a stampede. But don’t worry, your son will avenge your honor (in a few years).

Frozen: You can either become a villain, if you’re a man, or you can be so desperate to be married that you fall for a villain, if you’re a woman.

Hamlet: As a “spare to the heir,” you might one day get the urge to murder your older brother and marry his wife. [Ed note: Don’t do that.]

Reign: If your older brother is a bastard, you might as well be the first-born. Well, unless your fiancee decides to marry him and get him legitimized by the Pope. Also, if your bastard brother isn’t a threat, your dad might be. Just keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t try to kill you and marry your wife. Finally, you might have to murder your father in a jousting match in order to keep him away from your woman. Hey, all’s fair in love and royalty.

Beauty and the Beast: If you piss off an enchantress, it won’t matter which sibling you are.

Ever After: So long as your mom is Anjelica Huston, it also doesn’t matter which sibling you are. (But if you aren’t the first-born, you won’t win the heart of the handsome prince, obviously.)

The White Queen: Again, birth order doesn’t mean anything. The throne goes to the best manipulator.

Marie Antoinette: If you’re a female “spare,” you can still reign if you pick the right husband.

Game of Thrones: If the King dies, there will be war. Also, if your older brother dies, the kingdom is yours, even if you’re a child. Final lesson: If you’ve been exiled, you’re going to need an army to have any shot at the crown.

Mulan: … On the upside, at least you know that if your family needs to go to war, they’ll look to your older brother before they look to you.

Lady Gaga, Chris Pratt, and more take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s not just your Facebook friends who are dousing themselves in freezing water to raise awareness and funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease—celebrities from Chris Pratt to Lady Gaga are taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, too.

Over $15 million has been donated to the ALS Association since the Ice Bucket Challenge began. But not all celebrity editions of the viral fundraising effort are the same: some are solemn, like J.J. Abrams’ show of solidarity, while others are full of energy, like Macklemore’s onstage ice shower. Here are the most notable: READ FULL STORY

This is what a Michael Bay-directed 'Up' would look like

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The 2009 film Up had audiences both crying and laughing as a grumpy old widower and a jubilant young Wilderness Explorer traveled in a house that floated through the sky via colorful balloons. But if Michael Bay had directed the Pixar movie, it would have been very different. Very different. READ FULL STORY

Sorry, Montana: Jeff Bridges is not running for Senate

Some Montana-based Jeff Bridges fans recently launched a petition to get the Big Lebowski star to run for the U.S. Senate. But Bridges doesn’t think he’s the man for the job—or at least, his wife doesn’t think he is.
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Smell the Sharknado: Tara Reid has a perfume called 'Shark'

Like a beautiful rainbow left behind by a torrential storm, the awesome might of the Sharknado has bestowed upon us a precious gift. That gift is Shark, the new fragrance from Tara Reid.

Described as “a light and refreshing perfume perfect for day-to-day wear,” Shark is full of scents like lavender, violet, and cool blue rose, all meant to convey a “light and fun feel.” This is highly suspect. Sharks are not light and fun. They are the opposite of light and fun. They are large and terrifying.

However, if one wanted to become a shark, then smelling light and fun would be advantageous. It is much easier to become the apex predator of your environment if everyone around you finds your aroma pleasant and not very shark-like.

To summarize: Shark by Tara Reid is a thing that exists. (At least, we think so; Reid hasn’t yet responded to EW‘s request for comment.) It is probably a poor representation of the shark-smelling experience—but still worth considering for all current and aspiring sharks.

Honest Trailer: 'Divergent' is just 'The Hunger Games' minus games

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Divergent and fellow young-adult series The Hunger Games have a few things in common—enough things to confuse Screen Junkies, creators of the always-amusing Honest Trailers, into thinking that Divergent actually is The Hunger Games.

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Beetles destroyed George Harrison's memorial tree, so we rewrote some Beatles songs about it

A tree that someone planted in memory of the Beatles’ George Harrison is no more: It was destroyed by beetles. No, really.

The pine tree, planted in 2004 near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory, died when it was infested by a swarm of beetles. It will eventually be replanted—but for now, we have some words for those tree-destroying insects. And naturally, those words come in the form of reinvented Beatles songs. READ FULL STORY

Watch outtakes from Dave Franco and Conan O'Brien's Tinder bit

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Conan O’Brien recently enlisted Dave Franco to go on a Tinder adventure with him. The stars set up profiles using fake names—Chip Whitley for O’Brien; Djengus Roundstone for Franco—and new profile pictures, then got to it. And by “got to it,” we mean they tried very hard to find a woman who would agree to meet up with them.

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See New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot's 'Ghostbusters' mask

New York Rangers’ Cam Talbot is a fan of Ghostbusters—such a fan that artist David Gunnarsson makes Zuul-covered masks just for the goalie.
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