Sigourney Weaver just surprised a high school that staged a brilliant production of 'Alien.'

Not every high school play gets the attention of major movie stars, but then again, not every high school stages a live production of the1979 sci-fi classic Alien.

Sigourney Weaver attended the encore performance of Alien: The Play at North Bergen HighSchool in New Jersey, surprising the cast of students. Man, this is kind of making me feel resentful Hugh Jackman didn’t show up at my high school’s production of Les Mis.

Before the show, Weaver gave the students a pep talk, which was later Tweeted by North Bergen’s mayor, Nicholas J. Sacco. “I’m so excited to be here. I’m representing all the Alien fans from allover the universe,” Weaver said in her speech. “I think what you’re doing is so cool and so important.”


They say that imitation is the best form of flattery, and in this case, they are right.

Afterwards, she met with the students, who flipped out over getting hugs from the o.g. Ripley.

Alien: The Play went viral when photos of the production were posted on Twitter.

You can watch the full performance of the play on You Tube.

The idea of staging Alien is cool in and of itself, but the show’s sets, spacesuits, and special effects all made from recycled materials were enough to elevate it from high school theater to a modern masterpiece.

More surprisingly, this show came from a school that doesn’t even have a real drama department, just an English teacher with a lot of passion.

This wasn’t the first time Weaver addressed the students. Back in March, she sent them a video praising their production. “I saw a bit of your production of Alien. I just want to say it looked incredible. You put so much heart and soul into that and the alien, I must say, looked very real to me,”Weaver said. “I just want to send our compliments, not only from me, but from James Cameron and the original screenwriter, Walter Hill. We all say bravo, well done. And just one more thing — you know, the alien might still be around. So when you’re opening your locker, just do it very slowly.”

Weaver wasn’t the only one involved in Alien to support the school. After hearing about the viral play, Alien director Ridley Scott donated $5,000 so the students could stage an encore production of the play, and also suggested that the school should stage one of his other films – Gladiator.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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