Offbeat

BooBoo the cat, found in Ontario, will be reunited with her California family

Ashley Aleman and her family, who currently live in Watsonville, California, were not expecting to see their brown female tabby cat, BooBoo, ever again. BooBoo went missing four years ago. ‘I’m going to lose it, I’m going to break down and I’m going to cry.’ – Ashley Aleman, BooBoo’s owner “We gave up looking and when we got this phone call ...

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‘Create a carrot that evokes larger social issues’: Artist makes whatever her algorithm demands

Wednesday March 29, 2017 more stories from this episode Some artists draw inspiration from nature and self-discovery. But Nicole He is ruling out the creative process completely. She has developed an algorithm that tells her what art to make, at any given moment. And so far, that algorithm’s suggestions have been significantly weirder than, say, “Paint a landscape”. The computer algorithmically calculates ...

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Guelph-area farm will rent you backyard chickens

If you like the idea of keeping chickens in your backyard, but aren’t sure you’re ready to fully commit, a farm southeast of Guelph will rent them to you. Belbeck Family Farm in Moffat, Ont., near Milton, is making their Rent The Chicken business available to Kitchener residents now that the city’s bylaw allows backyard chickens. The farm already offers chicken ...

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Chicken in Echo Bay, Ont. lays massive 180 gram egg

A hobby farmer near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. made a surprising discovery last week when he went to collect his chicken’s eggs. One of Dennis Goslow’s hens has laid an egg that is 180 grams. That’s heavier than a major league baseball and the size of a large apple. “[The egg] seems to be a little bit warped,” Goslow said from his home ...

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Toronto retiree finds freedom in purchase of former New Brunswick jail

New retiree Bill Steele says he was looking for a unique piece of real estate and he found it — in a decommissioned jail for sale in Dorchester, N.B. “I was looking for something strange and unusual,” the Toronto man said. Steele said he was impressed by the building which contains 15 cells, a gym, a yard surrounded by chain link fence topped ...

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Elderly couple on wrong flight; end up in NY, not Michigan

Woman, 96, and her husband, 89, were taken to the wrong gate The Associated Press Posted: Mar 25, 2017 1:44 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 25, 2017 1:44 PM ET A 96-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man were wheeled to the wrong gate at a South Florida airport and ended up on a flight to upstate New York instead of Michigan. Helen ...

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Spy kitties in bow ties glam up Dawson City Cat Show

Apparently, Northerners have a thing for dogs — but not cats. That’s according to Dawson City’s annual Bombay Peggy’s Cat Show organizer Maria Sol Suarez. “Everyone was joking about how everyone is such a dog person in Dawson, and in the Yukon in general,” said Suarez. So some cat-lovers decided to throw the forgotten Yukon kitties their own show during ...

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Too rude for the road — government yanks man’s last name from licence plate

Mr. Grabher wants his licence plate back. A Dartmouth man is furious that after 25 years the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles has cancelled his personalized licence plate with his last name Grabher on it, following a single complaint. Lorne Grabher is of German heritage. He said he bought the plate as a gift for his father’s 65th birthday. His father passed away ...

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How this 3-year-old got stuck inside a toy claw machine

more stories from this episode Damien Murphy is the first to admit that his youngest son Jamie is a “boundary pusher.” The Irish father knows to keep a close watch on his curious three-year-old. But even he was caught off-guard by his son’s latest hijinks at a play centre called Jump ‘n’ Gyms.  Damien Murphy and his son Jamie. (Damien Murphy) “We were all ...

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The story behind this mysterious Canadian flag that appeared on a Whitehorse mountain

At first, they thought it was caribou. Whitehorse’s Ivy Rudell and her husband were in their living room last week, when they spotted through their window something moving atop Golden Horn mountain. “We took the binoculars and had a look and there was this thing up there,” said Rudell. “It wasn’t very clear.” The mysterious flag was spied on Golden ...

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