Offbeat

Ted’s incredible journey: SPCA dog escapes, treks across town to find woman who fed him treats

This is the love story of Ted and Abbey — a shelter dog that escaped and trekked across the city to find the kennel worker who had fed him some cheese-flavoured bacon strips. Ted first arrived at the Northwest Territories SPCA in Yellowknife last Friday. “He was scared. It’s a very terrifying place, first off, for dogs and cats,” recalled Abbey Boyd, who ...

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All eyes on Trump protest bra designed by Canadian

A Halifax designer has fashioned a bra with the president-elect of the United States in mind. Amie Cunningham designs and hand prints feminine apparel at her shop in the north end of Halifax. Not long ago, the mother of three was contacted by fellow designer and Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones. “She asked me to design a bra, specifically to ...

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‘This is my granddaughter, she is single’: Edmonton grandma goes viral on Tinder

An Edmonton-area grandma is internet famous after her granddaughter found a creative way to attract potential suitors for herself on Tinder. Esther Kelemen’s profile on the popular dating app went viral this past week when she included a picture of her grandma, whose name she chooses to remain private. The grandmother is holding up a photo of Kelemen with a note that reads: “This is ...

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#DoesItFart? Scientists compile database of which animals pass gas

Monday January 16, 2017 more stories from this episode Who farted? It wasn’t the parakeet. But it might have been the chimpanzee. If you’re not sure which animal dealt what you smelt, check the database. Biologists (and a few pet owners) from around the world have been collaborating on a Google spreadsheet over the past week that lists which animals ...

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Texts from the dead: Post-mortem digital communication has arrived

Religion, folklore and film are riddled with stories of the dead trying to communicate with the living.  Technology has solved this problem, too. “To communicate on your behalf many, many years after you’re no longer here and make sure that your legacy is being presented to different people in different ways, as you choose,” said Moran Zur, founder of SafeBeyond. ...

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Who ya gonna call? Maritime Ghostbusters looking for recruits

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis? If so, then the Maritime Ghostbusters might be for you. The volunteer organization is sanctioned by entertainment giant Sony through Ghost Corp., the production company that owns the franchise. Maritime Ghostbusters even have a signed ...

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McMaster professor loses book, somehow gets it back on Amazon 4 years later

McMaster University professor Gena Zuroski ordered a book on Amazon to replace one that vanished from her bookshelf years before, and by some miracle of circumstance, was sent the exact same copy she used to own. The textbook in question is Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping and Business in the 18th Century by Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace. Zuroski had owned a copy since grad ...

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