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Beyoncé Wears Bikini, Stands on Head to Thank Fans for Birthday Wishes

09/07/2014 AT 06:10 PM EDT

Beyoncé wants you to know that she’s very grateful for all the birthday wishes.

But just how thankful is she?

To answer that question, it’s crucial to note there are basically two types of people in this world: those who send out thank-you notes and those who slip on a bikini and perform acrobatic stunts in the grass to show appreciation.

Queen Bey falls under the latter category, so the freshly minted 33-year-old took to Instagram with photographic proof her fans inspire her to defy gravity, a considerable feat of flexibility and flawlessness.

“Thank y’all so much for my birthday wishes!” wrote the singer, who marked the milestone Sept. 4 and was spotted celebrating with husband Jay Z in Portofino, Italy.

We’re very pleased with her response, although we can’t help but wonder what Blake Lively got for baking Beyoncé a birthday cake.

Beyoncé Wears Bikini, Stands on Head to Thank Fans for Birthday Wishes
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What You Missed On VH1: Joan Rivers Died At 81 And Left Behind An Incredible Legacy

What You Missed On VH1: Joan Rivers Died At 81 And Left Behind An Incredible Legacy

Last week on VH1, legendary comedian Joan Rivers passed away and the world mourned a huge loss. She left behind a loving family, friends and career that paved the way for every female comedian out there today. We will never forget how “a simple girl with a dream” changed the world forever.

  •  Joan Rivers died on September 4th at 1:15 pm at Mount Sinai Hospital. [VH1]

  • Colleague and close friend Kelly Osbourne released a statement on the death of her biggest inspiration. [VH1]
  • Lena Dunham honored Rivers in a tweet that the late comedian would’ve thought was funny. [VH1]
  • Watch every Joan Rivers film streaming on Netflix right now. [VH1]
  • You can still go shopping on a budget this weekend in remembrance of the fashion queen. [VH1]

[Photo: Getty]

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Friends Reflect on the Life – and Send-Off – of Joan Rivers

Friends Reflect on the Life   and Send Off   of Joan Rivers

Crowd outside Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El after the funeral of Joan Rivers (inset)

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09/07/2014 AT 04:15 PM EDT

As Joan Rivers’s funeral on Sunday closed with the sound of bagpipes filling the air on New York’s Fifth Avenue, the gathering of specially invited guests spilled out onto the sidewalk outside Temple Emanu-El to listen and reflect.

The Fashion Police star’s grieving daughter, Melissa Rivers, was among the first to depart, quietly and without fanfare, while Hugh Jackman, who delivered a rousing musical tribute to Rivers is=nside the synagogue, slipped away virtually unnoticed.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and their son, James Wilkie, left together looking somber, while a visibly grief-stricken Rosie O’Donnell and ducked into a car with comedienne Kathy Griffin and other pals.

Speaking of Joan, a red-eyed Deborah Norville, who spoke during the hour service, told PEOPLE afterward, “She’s been my friend for almost 25 years.” As for the funeral, she said, “It started with Howard Stern saying things I don’t think you’re supposed to say in a sanctuary.”

She continued, “Joan was brash, Joan was out there. And a lot of the comments went that way, and it was a happy time. Yet it’s really sad.”

Still, she pointed out, “Hugh Jackman had us on our feet, we were clapping, we were fired up. It all started with the gay men’s chorus singing ‘Beautiful Sunday’ and ‘A Wonderful World.’ And that’s where I took my cue to begin my remarks. It is a beautiful Sunday, and it is wonderful world, but it’s a little less beautiful and wonderful because our dear friend isn’t here.”

Asked how Joan’s daughter held up, Norville said, “Melissa’ s amazing. When I spoke during the service, I said thank you to her.”

Another guest said to PEOPLE, “Melissa was obviously heartbroken, but she really held it together. You could tell she was trying to be a pillar of strength for her son [Cooper, 13], who did not leave her side.”

Dr. Mehmet Oz told PEOPLE Rivers would’ve loved the ceremony.

“My favorite part was she could invite her accountant … then have Hugh Jackman do a church revival at the end,” he said. “How special is that? She was a unique human being. You had to laugh with her. She was supposed to be on my show the day she died.”

Said the TV host, “The last time she was on the show … I was giving her a hard time about the number of plastic surgeries she’s had, and we were joking around about it, and she said, ‘It’s not the surgery I worry about. It’s the anesthesia.’ “

Geraldo Rivera, sticking close to wife Erica, said of the service, “It was full of joy … and the idea that St. Peter or whoever is guarding the pearly gates is gonna have his hands full and have sidesplitting laughter.”

With reporting by JULIE JORDAN

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Friends Reflect on the Life   and Send Off   of Joan Rivers
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Drew Carey Offers Reward to Find Teens Behind Awful Ice Bucket Prank

09/07/2014 AT 03:50 PM EDT

The ALS ice bucket challenge has for the most part done nothing but great things for a good cause – until a couple of teens from Bay Village High School near Cleveland, Ohio, used it to pull a horrible prank on a 14-year-old student with autism.

After asking the teen to take the challenge, instead of filling the bucket with water and ice, they filled it with urine, feces and spit – and recorded the whole thing on the victim’s phone, posting it to Instagram.

The teen’s mother found the video, and alerted the school and police.

On Saturday, TV funnyman Drew Carey, 56, who was born and raised in Cleveland, brought the incident to national attention when he offered a $10,000 reward via Twitter to find the kids responsible for the sick joke.

“If the Bay Village PD wants to start a reward fund to find who did this, contact me. I’ll donate $10K,” he posted.

Bay Village school officials have said they will take disciplinary actions against the students behind the prank, and in a statement sent to students, parents and faculty, said: “It hurts us deeply to see such a wonderful effort twisted to deliberately cause someone pain. We are supporting our Bay Village Police Department as they vigilantly work to complete their investigation in this case.”

Some students held a vigil before the school’s Friday night football in support of anti-bullying efforts.

Drew Carey Offers Reward to Find Teens Behind Awful Ice Bucket Prank
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