Offbeat

This Harvard grad turned in a rap album for his thesis — and totally aced it

Monday May 22, 2017 more stories from this episode Obasi Shaw just became the first student ever to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in Harvard’s English department. “I was definitely very shocked that they accepted it,” the 20-year-old from the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, Ga., told As It Happens host Carol Off. “I expected that I would ...

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Police go to Ont. party to pull the plug on the tunes, end up jamming on the drums

There are few things more disheartening for a hard rocking teenage band, shredding tunes with amps turned up to 11 and a crowd jamming out, than the sight of a police cruiser pull up to the party.  Usually it means a stern warning at best or a ticket for a few hundred bucks (and a major buzz kill).  Teenage hard ...

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Goat brains, pizza and other odd additives show off creative beer brewing

Friday May 19, 2017 more stories from this episode A micro-brewery in Iceland uses whale testicles smoked with sheep dung. A company in Newport, Ore. makes a beer fermented with yeast grown in the brewmaster’s beard. Denmark’s Nørrebro Bryghus uses barley fertilized with human urine and the U.K.’s Cerne Abbas Brewery uses watercress in a brew that’s said to increase ...

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‘They all look miserable’: British artist uses FaceApp to turn Rijksmuseum frowns upside down

Friday May 19, 2017 more stories from this episode Ollie Gibbs and his girlfriend were walking around the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam last week, when they noticed a common theme among the portraits and sculptures, “They all look miserable,” the British designer and illustrator told As It Happens host Carol Off. “You imagine you’d been sitting there for, I don’t now, five hours, waiting ...

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Daredevil plans to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls

A trapeze artist whose husband is a famous daredevil is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls The Associated Press Posted: May 17, 2017 12:58 PM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2017 2:01 PM ET A trapeze artist whose husband is daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls. Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a ...

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So complicated: Why the relentless Avril Lavigne clone conspiracy persists

Chill out. Avril Lavigne is not dead, though her skeptics would have you think different. The Napanee, Ont., pop-punk princess has been the target of a bizarre years-long internet conspiracy which claims the so-called real Lavigne died and was replaced by a body double she had been using named Melissa Vandella — the “new Avril.” It’s in a similar vein ...

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Carp diem: Anglers work to save fish stranded by receding water levels

To some, they’re bottom feeders, dull-eyed and slimy. But to Quebec’s Carp Anglers Association, the large and hardy fish are to be respected, not least because their size and shape make them a worthy adversary for catch-and-release fishers. That respect led members of the association to spend their weekend organizing rescue missions for dozens of fish trapped ashore in small ponds ...

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This charity bookstore is drowning in copies of The Da Vinci Code

Tuesday May 16, 2017 more stories from this episode A charity bookstore in Wales has more copies of The Da Vinci Code than it knows what to do with. “Right now we’ve probably got 100 in this pile. If we kept everyone we got, we’d have a lot more,” Phil Broadhurst, manager of the Oxfam bookstore in Swansea, told As It Happens host ...

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Student helium balloon project snaps Sask. class photo from edge of space

Teacher James Stone says his students’ “jaws hit the desk” when they saw their own faces looking back at them from the edge of space. The Grade 6 students from Cut Knife Elementary School had launched their class photo into the atmosphere on a helium balloon launched from a field west of the Saskatchewan town on May 10. When a ...

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Real grizzly disrupts Banff Bears rugby practice

The high school girls rugby team in Banff is named The Bears and this week they were paid a visit by what could be their real-life mascot. A curious but non-aggressive grizzly known as Bear 148 surprised players and coaches alike when it suddenly showed up at their practice and started sniffing around. “They just stayed on the opposite side of ...

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