Offbeat

Beloved honourary cat mayor in small Alaska town dies at 20

Stubbs, the honourary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20. The animal’s owners announced the cat’s death late Saturday in a statement. “Stubbs lived for 20 years and 3 months,” the family wrote. “He was a trooper until the very last day of his life; meowing at us throughout the day to pet him or ...

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Woman, 88, soaring through bucket list, one daring feat at a time

“If you’re afraid, you only live half a life.” Those are words of wisdom from Maire Hollo, an 88-year-old woman who just checked skydiving off her bucket list. The day started out looking grim. Hot and muggy. The skies opened up a few hours before the scheduled jump, raining down so hard that parts of the DVP were closed due to flooding. The ...

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P.E.I. veteran celebrates 101st birthday with 1st crossing of Confederation Bridge

A 101-year-old P.E.I. veteran can finally cross an item off his bucket list: crossing the 13-kilometre-long Confederation Bridge.  Dressed in a suit on Tuesday for his 101st birthday, Chester Banks hopped into a limo at the Kensington Community Care Home where he lives in Kensington, P.E.I., and headed across the fixed link for the first time.  ‘What they did for me, my oh ...

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Bugnadoes? Saskatchewan residents bug out over crazy swarms

It’s not every day that you come across a swarm of hundreds or thousands of bugs, but you might be surprised to know what causes them. On the weekend, a Saskatchewan woman shot a video showing swarms of insects near Old Wives Lake. It looks like mini tornadoes, but is actually swarms of mayflies. Entomologist Sean Prager says mayflies swarm during ...

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Stanley Cup-winner Matt Murray makes pit stop at 7-year-old’s lemonade stand

A seven-year-old hockey fan in Thunder Bay, Ont., got a big surprise Sunday when Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Matt Murray stopped by his lemonade stand for a drink. Gavin Currie set up the stand to raise money for Easter Seals and the Humane Society, he said. The Pittsburgh Penguins netminder has supported the Humane Society in the past through donations of autographed ...

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Cheesemaker offers £500 reward for ‘masterpiece’ cheddar stolen from champion’s podium

Tuesday July 18, 2017 more stories from this episode Cheesemaker Rich Clothier was devastated when a thief came in the night to steal his family farm’s prize-winning vintage cheddar right off the champion’s podium. The two 20-kilogram cheese blocks were crowned champion and reserve champion at the Yeovil agricultural show in Sommerset, England, on Saturday before they disappeared from their ...

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Next level sous-vide: Icelandic man cooks a lamb in a hot tub

Tuesday July 18, 2017 more stories from this episode Kristinn Gudmundsson decided to turn up the heat on a recent episode of his online cooking show. The Icelandic chef cooked an entire 15-kilogram lamb in his parents’ backyard hot tub. “My mother was excited from the first moment. My father was a bit skeptical, but he totally went with it,” ...

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Northwestern Ontario resident captures ‘cute encounter’ with young black bear

A woman in Dorion, Ont., just east of Thunder Bay, has recorded video of a scruffy young black bear that turned up on her doorstep over the weekend. Marysol Deely said she wanted to capture the encounter for friends who don’t live in the country, and who don’t have the opportunity to see wildlife up close.  Deely was lying in bed early ...

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It’s a guy thing: N.S. tourist snaps phallic photo off Northern Peninsula

A Nova Scotia man who visited the northern tip of Newfoundland in search of interesting plants found something else worth photographing. ‘Mother Nature expresses herself in different ways.’ – Jamie Ellison Jamie Ellison snapped a picture of a penis-shaped iceberg near St. Lunaire-Griquet — in the L’Anse aux Meadows area — and posted the snap to his Facebook page. Ellison, who teaches horticulture ...

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson soars in Hamilton’s Lancaster bomber

Before Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson took to the stage in front of thousands of screaming fans at a sold out Toronto show Saturday night, he was soaring over Hamilton in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s prized Lancaster Bomber. The storied aircraft, nicknamed Vera because of its VRA flight initials, holds a special place in the heart of the banshee-throated singer, ...

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