The Star Wars universe has fans all over the world and apparently even in nature. This dumpy tree frog, native to Australia and New Guinea, bears a striking resemblance to Star Wars heroine Princess Leia, thanks to a pair of snails who helped create the so-called ‘cinammon buns’ hairstyle. Photographer Tanto Yensen, based in Indonesia, snapped the moment that the cheeky snails gave the frog a much-needed restyle. “I think it looks similar to Princess Leia’s hairstyle from Star Wars. And it...
PHOTOS: The most popular Christmas gifts from the last 40 years
The holiday shopping rush is in full swing, parents heading to toy stores might notice things look different than their childhoods. Gifts like tablets, smartphones, e-readers, remote-controlled drones and video games top the Christmas wish list for today's kids. But just 20 years ago, the babes in Toyland coveted dolls and figures, puzzles and building sets. How times have changed. Take a trip down memory lane and relive your childhood with these classics. Did you own any of these? Did we...
SEE IT: Michelle Obama previews her final White House Christmas decorations
No matter your politics, the White House holiday decorations never disappoint. This year, the last for the Obamas, is no different. Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House to view the 2016 holiday decorations on Tuesday. The decor included traditionally adorned Christmas trees, festive garlands, giant red bows, heat-proof snowmen, a gingerbread White House, and the giant likenesses of the Obama's dogs Bo and Sunny (who seemed to approve of their giant doppelgangers).
Felicity Jones: Star Wars’ newest heroine
Star Wars is known just as much for its leading ladies as its male stars. Starting with Princess Leia, to Padmé Amidala and more recently Rey and Jyn Erso. Over the years, those women’s style has changed from Leia’s buns and gold bikini to the ready-for-battle looks of our latest heroines, showing an evolution in their roles among their male counterparts The newest actress to step into the Star Wars galaxy is Felicity Jones, who gained famed and an Oscar nomination for her role as Jane Hawking...
PHOTOS: Copley Square tree lighting in Boston a hypnotizing event
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Santa Claus, Frosty and Rudolph met on Monday evening at the Copley Square tree lighting. The Old South Church bell tolled when the tree was illuminated. The free event also boasted cookie decorations, pictures with Santa, light refreshments, story time and Candy Cane Tea, according to BostonCentral. Musical entertainment included performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, vocalist Marchelle Jacques-Yarde, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Berklee College of...
PHOTOS: The 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade passed through Manhattan Thursday, with celebrities, characters and performers in tow, amid strong police presence and crowds lining the sidewalks. Missed the festivities? Check out the best images from the annual tradition here.
Turkeys gone wild in Boston
It was the last hurrah for a gang of turkeys roaming Brookline early Wednesday morning. The indiginous birds frolicked in leaves and soaked in every last ounce of freedom as they prepared to go from woodland wanderers to the plates of hungry Americans for the annual Thanksgiving feast Thursday. Just kidding — these birds will stay right where they belong: in the wild. Americans will consume more turkey on Thursday than any other day of the year. Most people will be indulging in fattened-up,...
SEE IT: Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks and Vin Scully among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom were celebrated on Tuesday. President Barack Obama honored 21 people with the highest award for a civilian in the East Room of The White House and reactions were mixed, but joyful from Tom Hanks' grin, Ellen DeGeneres' tears and Diana Ross' sassy hair flip.
Man and dog dress to impress with matching outfits
If you needed proof that people really do resemble their pooches, look no further than Topher Brophy and his dog Rosenberg. The adorable duo dress in matching outfits, before posting their pictures to their Instagram account (@topherbrophy). The public has gone barking mad for photos of The New Yorker and his pet Aussie doodledog dressed in everything from matching suits to tennis kits, complete with headbands. How did you meet Rosenberg the dog? Rosenberg came into my life two years ago, when...
NYC cabbies speeding up heart rates for charity
Thousands of New Yorkers slide in and out of cabs every day, but how many really take a look at who's squiring them about town? Well, a new calendar for charity is about to give them an eyeful — and make them see yellow cab drivers in a whole new light. For the fourth year in a row, the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar created by Philip and Shannon Kirkman showcases 12 city drivers in sexy and suggestive poses, with a healthy dose of intended humor. The pin-ups are all male, as are 99 percent of the...
24 fast food items you'll never see again
Fast food has come further than burgers, fries and shakes. Since these in-and-out chains were founded, they've been bringing us limited-time-only creations and promotional treats for movies. Not all of these experiments worked out (like the McStuffin'), but plenty of odd dishes have spawned cult followings. In honor of National Fast Food Day on Nov. 16, here's 24 fast-food items you'll (probably) never see again.
Metro Pic of the Week
We want your pics! Send Metro your photos to be featured in next Monday’s issue. Post your best local photos to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #metropicsnyc (Metro New York), #metropicsphilly (Metro Philly) or #metropicsboston (Metro Boston) to not only see them in our paper, but also on Metro.us and our social media pages. In the meantime, check out our latest Pics of the Week in the gallery above.
PHOTOS: Supermoon seen around the world
On Monday, we got to witness the most spectacular supermoon since 1948, so we hope you had your camera ready as this will not happen again until Nov. 25, 2034. At different locations around the country and the world, many people witnessed a supermoon, but not quite as dynamic as the one that happened Monday. The International Space Station documented the supermoon at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Others have photographed the phenomenal supermoon in India, Turkey, Australia and China.
Is this a dog or a cat? Pet sparks internet debate
An internet debate reminiscent of "the dress" has started over a 2-year-old Canadian pet named Atchoum. Though articles have been written about the furry creature, a tweeted photo of Atchoum by @1evilidiot that read "Her.- do you have a dog or a cat? me.- I don't know." recently went viral, according to ABC News, baffling social media users who couldn't decide from the pic if he is a dog or cat. Still wondering? Click through the photo gallery above to see if you can guess whether Atchoum is a...
‘Not my president’: See the photos from the first night’s Trump protests
Protestors across the country took to the streets Wedensday night to demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump. Thousands gathered in New York City with signs blasting his campaign stances on immigrants, Muslims, women and more as they shouted "Not my president," according to Reuters. In Chicago they reportedly shouted "No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA, as more than a thousand gathered outside Trump International Hotel and Tower. Though after being elected, Trump promised to be a...
Barron Trump steals show during Donald Trump's acceptance speech
As Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech after being declared winner of the 2016 presidential election at the New York Hilton hotel, many people noticed Donald Trump’s son Barron, standing in the background appearing to have trouble staying awake during Trump’s historical moment. After cameras spotted Barron, he quickly became the focus of the acceptance speech on social media.
Meet the 45th First Family
President-elect Donald Trump's shocking win early Wednesday morning has ushered in a new first family to the White House. From three wives, Trump has five children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron, many of whom have built their own families and empires, snagging headlines thanks to their famous last name. Meet the full Trump family, starting with the Republican's parents Fred and Mary, who gave birth to five children. Donald, their fourth, was born in 1946. At 70 years old, he is...
PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton supporters inside Jacob Javits Center
Thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters at the Jacob Javits Center appear to be in shock and disbelief as they watch news networks report the results of the 2016 presidential election. Many people are seen in the stands appearing stone-faced, disappointed or in fear as they watch the election results roll in. Although all the final results are not in yet, many Hillary Clinton supporters are beginning to worry that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.
Magnitude 5.0 quake strikes Oklahoma
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 struck near Cushing, Oklahoma, on Sunday damaging several buildings and prompting evacuations, but there were no reports of injuries, authorities said. The quake was centered 2 miles west of Cushing, a small city of about 8,000 people some 50 miles west of Tulsa, which is the location of intersecting oil pipelines and is considered a hub for crude oil shipment. The oil and gas division of the Oklahoma Corporation commission said in a statement...
PHOTOS: Older cats get a chance at adoption during MSPCA drive
The MSPCA conducted an adult cat adoption drive last weekend in Boston, Methuen and Centerville, waiving the $150 adoption fee for anyone who adopted a cat that was 1 year old or older. A free microchip, collar and ID tags were also provided. All animals were spayed or neutered, vaccinated and received a veterinary evaluation. Their goal was to place over 100 cats into "permanent, loving homes" before Election Day. "The MSPCA hopes adopters will cast their ballot for these cats — all of whom...
Take a bite out of National Sandwich Day with this #sandwichporn
Though there is no clear history on how National Sandwich Day, celebrated on Nov. 3, started, we do know how the lunchtime staple was created. The Earl of Sandwich is credited with popularizing the food and naming it, however, the origins of the sandwich actually date back much further in time, according to PBS.org. Today, a sandwich is defined “an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal,” PBS.org says, citing the Oxford English...
Watch as kitten left for dead for being 'too ugly' teaches us about prejudice and love
A cat with a deformity, now named Romeo, found love after being left for dead in southeastern Spain despite being “too ugly.” His siblings were already taken to homes, but Romeo was left behind. At least until director and co-founder of Santuario Compasión Animal Laura Llácer crossed paths with the stray kitten. On Oct. 13, the sanctuary posted a video welcoming Romeo and announcing his new home. The translated message reads: “We were told nobody wanted him because he is ugly. But to us, Romeo...
Whitby Abbey: The place that inspired Dracula
Whitby Abbey looks even spookier after haunting illuminations are cast over the ruins as part of Halloween celebrations. It perhaps comes as no surprise that the creepy Benedictine abbey, which overlooks the English town of Whitby and the North Sea, inspired Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” “I arrived early and the sunset was amazing too, so I captured the abbey from sunset right through to the illumination. It was brilliant,” said photographer David Zdanowicz ("Dave Z") who captured the abbey’s...
PHOTOS: Desiigner, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Usher perform at Powerhouse 2016
On Friday, some of the biggest names in hip-hop came out for Power 105.1’s Powerhouse 2016 concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Usher, Wiz Khalifia, Bryson Tiller, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Desiigner and Young M.A. and others performed some of their biggest hits at one of the biggest hip-hop and R&B events of the year. DJ Khaled, Young Thug, Jeezy and Lil Jon surprised the crowd with special performances throughout the night to make it an unforgettable show.
‘Orange is the New Black’ star Dascha Polanco’s hottest looks
When Dascha Polanco isn’t rocking an orange or beige prison uniform as her character Dayanara Diaz on "Orange is the New Black," she is usually slaying the red carpet with her sexy and daring looks that show how confident she is in real life. During New York Fashion Week, she effortlessly wore a black bodysuit underneath a long coat during The Blonds fashion show, but the 33-year-old Dominican actress always turns heads wherever she goes.
PHOTOS: 2016's sexiest celebrity Halloween costumes
Halloween may be a holiday for the kids and trick-or-treating for candy, but that doesn't mean that adults can't have fun dressing up too. And sometimes dressing up means dressing sexy — and celebrities are not shy about showing off skin during the spookiest time of the year. Here's a selection of 2016's most revealing and sexiest celeb costumes. Check back later for more photos as the holiday is celebrated throughout the day and night.
Hot Dudes With Kittens is the only way to spend National Cat Day
On the internet, cats and hot guys go together like peanut butter and jelly. The phenomenon has spanned several Instagram accounts, Pinterest pages, websites and even a book. Great on their own in different ways, when the two combine, the cuteness can’t be contained. So, this Oct. 29, spend part (or all) of National Cat Day swooning over some the most recent pics from the Instagram account Hot Dudes With Kittens.
Celebrate National Cat Day with the world’s longest domestic cat and more giant kitties
Just in time for National Cat Day on Oct. 29, Guinness World Records has released exclusive footage of Ludo, the record holder for longest domestic cat. Owned by Kelsey Gill of Wakefield, United Kingdom, Ludo is a Maine Coon who measures 3 feet, 10.59 inches long. Some challenges of owning such a large cat for Gill include having to use a a dog carrier and a dog harness to travel with him.
PHOTOS: NYC bodega cats are here to stay
A Yelper recently left a negative review and complained that bodega cats violate health codes. Since the review, many people took to Yelp and social media to defend New York City's beloved cats that reside at some of our favorite local stores. Metro gives a shout out to #bodegacats around town and recognizes their efforts in keeping our corner stores cute and rodent free.
Happy Halloween! Burger King mysteriously masquerades as McDonald's
A Burger King in Queens pulled a bit of a prank last Sunday by disguising itself as a McDonald's for a few hours. While the Rego Park location stayed in its ghost of McDonald's costume, the sign in front of the eatery read: “Boooooo. Just kidding, we still flame grill our burgers. Happy Halloween." Some reports suggested a commercial in the making, but when Metro contacted Burger King's main office, we were given the photos (above) and the video (below), but a spokewoman told us "this is all...
PHOTOS: Animals of the Americas at the Queens Zoo
The Queens Zoo in Corona features animals of the Americas — from the world's tiniest deer, the pudu, to an aviary inside a World's Fair structure, cats like the minx and puma, and playful sea lions. For more information, visit the zoo's website.
PHOTOS: Rita Ora's hottest looks
Rita Ora has style for days. Whether it’s at a celebrity red carpet event, out and about in New York City, or posing for a photo shoot, Rita Ora never disappoints when it comes to style. Here are some of her hottest looks ranging from street style to the red carpet to Instagram.