1. A dog went out to pee and ran a half-marathon on the way.
And she didn’t even train for it. In Alabama, a bloodhound named Ludivine was let out by her owner to go to the bathroom and wound up joining the nearby Elkmont Half Marathon. She started with the rest of the runners at the opening shot and ran all 13.1 miles, stopping occasionally to smell a dead rabbit and play in a stream. And damned if she didn’t finish in seventh place. Her owner didn’t even find out about it until a friend called her. Lu got a medal, of course, and next year’s race has already been renamed—you guessed it—the Hound Dog Half. No word on whether or not she ever actually peed.
2. Neil deGrasse Tyson dropped the mic on B.o.B.’s flat Earth nonsense.
It’s been a wacky week on Twitter, but nothing was crazier than rapper B.o.B.’s persistent, dogged campaign promoting the medieval idea that the planet is flat. “Why does only NASA have photos of the curve?” he tweeted inanely. (It should come as no surprise that he’s also a Holocaust denier. Eesh.) Celebrity astrophysicist/all-around badass Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on The Nightly Show this week to school B.o.B. “Small sections of large, curved surfaces will always look flat to little creatures that crawl upon it,” Tyson declared, then literally dropped the mic, declaring, “This is called gravity.” Science burn.
3. The DeLorean is making a comeback.
And nobody even had to time travel to make it happen! (As far as we know…) Texas’s DeLorean Motor Company hasn’t produced one of its iconic Back to the Future cars since 1983, when the auto manufacturer went bankrupt. But 33 years later, the silver gull-winged cars will go into production again, as the company has gotten the go-ahead to roll out 300 new ones starting in 2017. If you’re a rabid Doc Brown fan, you’ll have to shell out between $80 and $100K for a DeLorean of your own. The new models will have updated parts, including bigger wheels and Bluetooth capability—but frustratingly, no flux capacitor.
4. Paul Rudd challenged Stephen Hawking to a game of “Quantum Chess.”
Yes, you heard right. In a short movie made for a Caltech conference on quantum computing, a bearded Paul Rudd reaches out to living genius Stephen Hawking to challenge him to an even more tricky version of chess called “Quantum Chess.” (We’d try to explain, but we’re too dumb to understand.) What’s better than that? It’s directed by Alex Winter, a.k.a. Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. What’s even better than that? The short film is narrated by Keanu Reeves. All we can say is: Whoa.
5. Twitter furries won’t leave Tony the Tiger alone.
It’s a story that could only happen in the Internet age: So Tony the Tiger, the anthropomorphic mascot for Frosted Flakes, has an official Twitter account that is, unsurprisingly, frequented by furries who appreciate Tony less for his enthusiasm and more for his svelte tiger bod. (Shudder.) Earlier this week, whatever poor Kellogg’s employee is in charge of the account started blocking all the fetishists, who were not happy about being iced out (or frosted out). Fortunately, there’s always someone waiting in the wings: In this case, it was Chester Cheetah, the sunglasses-wearing Cheetos mascot, who welcomed the furries with open, orange arms. Good for…everyone…we guess?