From the cute and cuddly to the unconventional and awe-inspiring, here’s a look at the photos, videos and characters that have our newsroom talking today.
5:13 p.m. ET
Seinfeld Strikes Back
Jerry Seinfeld responded to an op-ed in The New York Times about the overuse of the word “really” with a letter to the paper:
“Your Critic’s Notebook column about the overuse of the term “Really?” was so deeply vacuous that I couldn’t help but feel that you have stepped into my area of expertise. Really, Neil? Really? You’re upset about too many people saying, “Really?”? I mean, really. O.K., fine, when it’s used in scripted media, it is a little lazy. But comedy writers are lazy. You’re not fixing that. So, here’s the bottom line. If you’re a writer, fine, don’t use it. But in conversation it is fun to say.”
2:36 p.m. ET
For 11 miles a white poodle-bichon mix was stuck in the grill of a Toyota Camry as it traveled from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. The driver thought he had missed the dog, but miles later was flagged down by another motorist who saw the dog in the car’s grill. The dog is said to be doing great despite suffering a concussion and a small tear in her bladder.
1:55 p.m. ET
‘Gangnam Style’ Goes to Prison
From the Philippine prisoners that brought you the viral dance hit “Thriller” in 2007 comes their version of “Gangnam Style.”
11:43 a.m. ET
In the last 27 years, the Great Barrier Reef, the biggest coral reef in the world, has shrunk by 50 percent, according to a story in The Christian Science Monitor. In addition to cyclones and coral bleaching, one of the primary reasons for the reef’s decline is starfish. Scientists blame 42 percent of the coral loss on Crown of Thorns starfish which can consume more than 100 square feet of coral a year.
11:00 a.m. ET
New Magical Mystery Footage
New video of the Beatles from the last leg of their Magical Mystery Tour was released online today.
10:34 a.m. ET
For the first time in nearly 35 years, the iconic Hollywood sign is receiving some much-needed maintenance. According to the Los Angeles Times, beginning today the letters will be stripped of their white paint and power washed before being repainted.