Offbeat

Edmonton hockey dads tackle stinky gear with new invention

The pungent stench of hockey gear is unmistakable — an eye-watering and, at times, breathtaking odour that can seem impossible to tackle. It was a problem as old as the game itself, one that would hit Peter Konidas in the nose every time he stepped into a locker room. Now he’s teamed up with another Edmonton dad, Demetrius Bazos, to create a remedy ...

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Meet Chubby, Halifax’s 4.5-metre-high snowman

His nose is a pylon, his eyes are hockey pucks and if he ever magically came to life his arms would be almost two metres long. Meet Halifax’s biggest snowman, Chubby. Chubby? “He ended up with bottom ball ending up with a bit of a spare tire,” said one of his creators, Stephen Flynn, who explained they came up with the ...

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‘That speed is unbelievable’: Take a slide on a P.E.I. ice boat

You might wonder why anyone would want to skim across the ice at 100 km/h, but Doug Gaudet of Charlottetown can’t imagine not doing it every chance he gets. “When you get good ice and your ice boat is working really well, the speed is unbelievable going across the ice when you’re laying down about eight inches off the ground,” ...

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An ugly cat and 2 Fort McMurray guys raise money for Syria

Some say Sami has a face only a pet owner could love. “It’s the ugliest cat I have ever seen,” said co-owner Jay Telegdi. “Like, hands down. “But with that being said, the cat really does have a heart of gold and it is super sweet, affectionate and unique in many ways.” Sami is a Persian cat with long white hair and ...

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Man plotted to bomb Target to buy company’s tanked stock

Authorities allege Mark Barnett built at least 10 bombs, paid a man to place them in stores The Associated Press Posted: Feb 17, 2017 12:09 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 17, 2017 12:39 AM ET Federal prosecutors say a Florida man planned to blow up several Target stores along the East Coast in an attempt to cheap stock in the ...

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Go to jail: Thimble voted out of Monopoly board game

New Hashtags, emojis, even a rubber duck may replace dogs, cats and hats in upcoming version. The Associated Press Posted: Feb 16, 2017 11:14 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017 11:26 AM ET You can still pass “Go” and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won’t be able to do it with the thimble game piece. ...

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From itty to bitty: Canada’s tiniest town gets even tinier

They might be down, but they’re not out. The four remaining full-time residents of Tilt Cove on Newfoundland’s Baie Verte Peninsula have no plans to leave Canada’s tiniest town anytime soon. Margaret Collins is the town clerk. Her husband Don is the mayor. They live right next door to her brother and his wife who serve as town councillors. And ...

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Hope for gorilla love at Calgary Zoo grows stronger

The possibility of some gorilla love is floating around at the Calgary Zoo this Valentine’s Day. Matchmakers have identified a young male to take the place of Kakinga within the currently all-female western lowland gorilla troop.  Kakinga died at age 37 last May, and the zoo has been searching for a new silverback ever since. Zoo curator Malu Celli said they are still ...

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U.K.’s best fish-and-chip shop could be in line for a Michelin star

Tuesday February 14, 2017 more stories from this episode Craig Maw and his partner Nikki Mutton have never eaten at a Michelin star-rated restaurant. But Kingfisher Fish & Chips, the takeaway shop they own together, could soon earn the highest culinary honour in the world. If successful, the unlikely restaurant on the south coast of England would be the first chip shop ...

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N.B. men make 2-hour trek through blizzard for caffeine fix

Not even a major New Brunswick blizzard was going to come between two Fredericton coffee lovers and their caffeine fix. What started out as a joke between colleagues and friends Darryl Shulz and Chris Moore quickly turned into a serious quest for coffee at around 10 a.m. Monday — right in the middle of a treacherous blizzard that lasted all day and brought in more than ...

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