1. New Horizons flies by Pluto, Pluto is a crazy planet
NASA made space-exploration history this week when the New Horizons spacecraft beamed back photos of the distant dwarf planet. Launched in 2006, the craft traveled 3 billion miles to the outer fringes of the solar system before it reached Pluto, soaring 7,750 miles above its surface and collecting oodles of data for scientists. Already, researchers have learned that the planet’s surface is geologically active, that there are mountains as high as the Rockies and that one region looks like a giant heart. Aww. We heart you too, Pluto. [i09] [NY Times]

2. Emmy nominees announced, Game of Thrones comes out on top
It’s everybody-grumble-about-snubs season again, thanks to the announcement of the nominees for the 2015 Emmys. Game of Thrones garnered a whopping 24 nominations, in spite of its decidedly uneven season. Plenty of digital series got nods (take that, traditional TV!), including Netflix’s excellent Orange Is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Amazon’s even more excellent Transparent. Tatiana Maslany, who plays at least ten different people on clone thriller Orphan Black, finally got the nomination she so richly deserves, and dearly departed Parks and Recreation got its first Best Comedy nom in four years. Now please, Emmys, can we all agree to stop giving Modern Family a billion awards finally? [Vulture]

3. Making your cat look like Donald Trump is the latest Instagram thing
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump—billionaire, Republican, bigot—is the worst. The Internet, in its way, has found a whole new way to mock the presidential hopeful and hater of immigrants: Trump Your Cat, an Instagram account in which people submit photos of felines wearing “wigs” made of their own loose fur, which, yes, makes them look just like a certain ridiculous-haired magnate. Response has been legion, and not just from cat owners: Dogs, guinea pigs and even snakes have joined the revolution. We can only hope this will harm Trump’s campaign, but it’s really more  of a passing scratch than a blow. [Mashable]

4. Obsessive says: Loch Ness monster just a big catfish
Even cryptozoologists give up on the dream sometimes. Steve Feltham, a guy who has devoted full decades of his life to maintain a constant vigil for the elusive Nessie, told reporters that he’s pretty sure that the primordial beast is, in fact, a big ol’ fish. Feltham believes that the Loch Ness Monster is probably a Wels catfish, a species that can grow up to 13 feet in length. “I have to be honest. I just don’t think that Nessie is a prehistoric monster,” he said. Well okay, buddy. Tell that to the 6th century monk who saw the old girl in the first place. [Reuters]

5. Teenage Foo Fighters fan gets best birthday gift ever
Let no one say that Dave Grohl isn’t a total peach to his fans. At a Foo Fighters concert last week in Toronto, the frontman invited a dude in the crowd onstage (holding a sign reading “It’s my birthday, can I play drums?”) to back the band on sticks. “If you suck on the drums, I will personally tar and feather your ass,” Grohl warned before letting the kid rip into “Big Me.” Fortunately, he more than rocked it. Talk about rock-star dreams. Check out the vid below. [Mic]