Offbeat

Purring engine turns out to be kitten under the hood

Khrystyna Koval thought something was wrong with her car when she heard a squeaky noise coming from the engine after dropping off her daughter at school in Wetaskiwin. But after she opened the window it became clear it wasn’t coming from the vehicle. “I could hear a cat meowing somewhere in my car,” Koval said. Worried the cat might be ...

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Don’t bother me, or else, Steve Harvey warns staffers in harsh memo

New ‘Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED,’ the memo read The Associated Press Posted: May 12, 2017 6:31 AM ET Last Updated: May 12, 2017 6:31 AM ET Related Stories Steve Harvey wants to be alone. So don’t be knocking on his dressing room door. That’s just one of several ...

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Pennsylvania man builds giant rat trap to stop election sign thieves

Thursday May 11, 2017 more stories from this episode It’s not the first story As It Happens has done about election-campaign lawn-sign theft or vandalism. But it may be one of the oddest. Joseph Kowalchick is running for local office in Norwegian Township, Pennsylvania. But when his election lawn-signs started disappearing, he took matters into his own hands. In an ...

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Visual effects artist makes epic ad to sell his ’96 Suzuki Vitara

Wednesday May 10, 2017 more stories from this episode It’s time to sell your car. Do you: a) put an ad in the classifieds listing its attributes but failing to mention the broken air-conditioning; or b) make an epic short film in which your used car drives underwater, in outer space, and between the legs of a Tyrannosaurus Rex?  Instead ...

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Oh, boy: Oilers’ biggest little fan heads to Anaheim for repeat performance

Liam Hirsch has a face only a mother — and millions of strangers watching on TV — could love. That cute face, with all those larger-than-life expressions, will be back in action Wednesday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, when Liam’s favourite team (the Edmonton Oilers) goes up against the Ducks in Game 7 of a wild and crazy ...

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Eatery turns to Facebook to repay $70 tip for liver and onions

Here’s a tip, if something ever goes missing — post it on Facebook. Over the weekend, a customer at Claudine’s Eatery in Fredericton left a $70 tip after a $55 meal of liver and onions for three.  “Seventy dollars is definitely a lot of money in someone’s pocket,” said Leonie Gillingham, co-owner of Claudine’s Eatery in Fredericton. On Monday morning, Claudine Cyr, Gillingham’s mother and one ...

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Canada geese hold up traffic on Edmonton bridge

A eight-member family of Canada geese travelling across the High Level Bridge caused a bit of a traffic slowdown Monday morning. Edmontonians were quick to step in and try and help the mother, father and six goslings once they realized that the birds were trapped.   The goslings had got onto the roadway at the north end of the bridge ...

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Brantford home listing is a nightmare for people who are afraid of clowns

The listing calls it a “charming brick bungalow on [a] quiet street close to schools and parks” that has been “gently lived in” and “meticulously maintained.” What it neglects to mention is the home is a veritable shrine to clowns. Everywhere you look in photos shot from inside 222 Chatham St. in Brantford, Ont., they’re there — from dolls, to miniatures, to porcelain ...

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Presidential blockbuster? Bill Clinton, James Patterson team up for thriller

Neither Bill Clinton nor James Patterson has ever tried something like this before. The former U.S. president and the bestselling novelist are collaborating on a thriller, The President is Missing, to come out June 2018 as an unusual joint release from rival publishers — Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. In a statement Monday provided to The Associated Press, the ...

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‘People do hate them’: Short history of those sofa-sized $19 black velvet paintings

Rick Smith — a Calgary collector who boasts one the largest collections of velvet paintings in North America — gave more than 200 works of art to the Glenbow Museum on Friday. Smith’s donated collection was the focal point of a fundraiser for the museum, and every person who attended got to take their very own velvet treasure home to keep. ...

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