Offbeat

45 years in the dirt: a wedding ring finds its way home

Bill Wilson was driving down a rural road near McCord, Sask., when a grasshopper flew into his vehicle and landed on his chest. He grabbed the insect and flung it out the window. A few minutes later, he realized his wedding ring was gone. That was around 45 years ago. Wilson, now 80, farmed near the small community, a little ...

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Halifax newlyweds recover charred marriage licence months after limo fire

Phil Mabley and Karine Matte were getting their wedding photos taken at Halifax’s Public Gardens on July 8, 2017, when their stretch limousine suddenly went up in flames. Their rings were not in the limo, but their marriage licence was, so the couple assumed it was gone for good. That is, until Monday, when someone contacted them over Facebook to say it had ...

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Calgary girl dubbed London the Magnificent makes famous magician cry

An aspiring Calgary magician’s letter to a famous entertainment duo is charming people around the world, after one half of Penn & Teller tweeted it to his two-million followers. Penn Jillette tweeted a photo of the letter — scrawled in pencil and adorned with drawings of playing cards and a rabbit in a hat — writing “Ever have the slightest question of why we do this? Hard ...

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Sweet Surrender: Detroit-area man arrested with a dozen doughnuts for police

A 21-year-old man wanted for probation violations surrendered at a suburban Detroit police station — with a dozen doughnuts for officers. The sweet gesture didn’t help Michael Zaydel. He still was sentenced to 39 days in jail Tuesday, a day after walking into the Redford Township police department. Sgt. Duane Gregg says Zaydel had promised to turn himself in if ...

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‘It was just so easy’: 70 years of marriage for 2 Moose Jaw, Sask., couples

Two couples celebrating 70 years of marriage in Moose Jaw, Sask., persevered through tough economic times, the loss of children, and a changing world but maintain it was all made easier by facing life side-by-side. Frank and Regina Tress, 94 and 88  The first time Regina met her future husband, Frank, she was just eight years old. She spent a year ...

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‘Wilson!’ Group gathers at Detroit River to recreate famous Tom Hanks scene

Willllsoooon! With an unceremonious boot Wilson — a white volleyball with a red face — went sailing into the water as the cries rang out across the Detroit River. About a dozen participants showed up on the Canadian side of the waterway for the event, titled simply Scream “Wilson!” At Detroit River, while a couple watched through the rain from the Detroit side ...

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Splat! Watch a 600-kilogram pumpkin destroy a car in Saskatoon

You could do worse for a Sunday afternoon. A charity-minded insurance industry fraternity partnered with several Saskatoon businesses Sunday to drop three giant pumpkins from a height of about 35 metres — or around 120 feet — in the middle of a field. The pumpkins were suspended from a height of about 35 metres before meeting their untimely ends. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC) It ...

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In Labrador, if you’ve got the time, you may be committing a crime

Thursday October 12, 2017 more stories from this episode For more than 80 years, it seems, thousands of Labradorians have been breaking the law. And most of them probably didn’t even know it. Their crime? Setting their clocks to Atlantic Time, instead of Newfoundland’s quirky half-hour time zone. James McLeod is a reporter for The Telegram. He broke the story about ...

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Joe Jutras has grown world’s heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, the heaviest squash

Joe Jutras stands with the squash that earned him a world record, weighing 960 kilograms. Jutras has become the first grower in the world to achieve a trifecta in the three most competitive categories in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods. (Susan Jutras via Associated Press) A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in ...

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Young B.C. whale watcher nails pose of a lifetime

If there was a masterclass in how to have your photo taken with a whale, Dawson Gage would be the one to teach it. The 11-year-old was returning from a fishing trip with his family in Nootka Sound, about 75 kilometres northwest of Tofino, when they came across a humpback whale last month. When the whale breached right behind him, Gage quickly turned and flashed ...

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