Offbeat

Joe Jutras has grown world’s heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, the heaviest squash

Joe Jutras stands with the squash that earned him a world record, weighing 960 kilograms. Jutras has become the first grower in the world to achieve a trifecta in the three most competitive categories in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods. (Susan Jutras via Associated Press) A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in ...

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Young B.C. whale watcher nails pose of a lifetime

If there was a masterclass in how to have your photo taken with a whale, Dawson Gage would be the one to teach it. The 11-year-old was returning from a fishing trip with his family in Nootka Sound, about 75 kilometres northwest of Tofino, when they came across a humpback whale last month. When the whale breached right behind him, Gage quickly turned and flashed ...

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Working out west, N.B. man recruits friends, family to get love letters to wife

A series of handwritten letters have found their way to a New Brunswick woman whose husband arranged to have them delivered over several weeks after leaving the province for work out west. Tom Mersereau, a heavy-duty mechanic, plumber and truck-driver, moved to Fort McMurray last month in search of work. Before leaving, he arranged for more than a dozen love letters to be hand-delivered to ...

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How much would you pay for 17,300 movies?

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a Winnipeg man is hoping his massive movie collection can pull in $1 million. Adam Malik, 36, has posted his collection — which includes more than 17,300 movies — on eBay. Walking through the floor-to-ceiling shelves, packed with DVDs, Blu-ray, Laserdiscs, VHS and Betamax tapes, in the basement of his Winnipeg home, ...

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Have you heard of jugger? The sci-fi inspired sport is gaining fans

Players armed with foam weapons face off across a field in north-end Halifax on a cloudless Sunday morning.  On the count of three, the teams charge and players begin striking their opponents as someone dodges to grab a dog skull in the middle of the field. The skull is fake, but the unusual sport is real. It’s called jugger, a combination of rugby, fencing ...

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Gutsy crowds line up for chance to feel inside hole-y cows at Saskatoon vet college event

Storm Bartsoff says most people are a little nervous about sticking their arm into a cow’s stomach, but it’s when the stomach compresses that they usually recoil. “When the stomach contracts it’ll tighten down on your arm a little bit so it kind of scares you and makes people jumpy,” said Bartsoff, a third-year veterinary student at the Western College ...

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‘Ready to have some popcorn and chill’: Bears caught relaxing at northern Manitoba dump

Does a bear sit in the woods? Maybe not, but photographs received by CBC News indicate they do sit at the garbage dump. Mandy Stantic said she was working as a nurse in the northern Manitoba community of Lac Brochet last spring when she snapped several pictures of a black bear sitting cozily on a discarded sofa.  As people do in many rural and ...

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Fish fall from sky with rain in northern Mexico

New Phenomenon can occur when tornadoes over water suck fish into the air and release them over land The Associated Press Posted: Sep 27, 2017 10:00 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 27, 2017 10:02 PM ET Officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.  The civil defence agency for the ...

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Trying not to love Nickelback: These superfans don’t believe you hate their favourite band

Based on the tirades of online hate, it’s safe to say many Canadians would cringe at the thought of living their life to a soundtrack of Nickelback songs. The Canadian rock band is so reviled that some researchers have tried to understand the phenomenon through science. But Saskatoon city councillor Troy Davies, who listens to Nickelback daily, doesn’t need science ...

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Pickleball, anyone? Hamilton firm builds a retirement ‘theme park’ for active boomers

Tony DiFruscio is a confessed Disney-holic. “I’m a huge Disney fan,” says the president of Zest Communities, a Hamilton property developer. “We go there every year with the family, my oldest son went there for his honeymoon. We’re Disney fanatics.” That’s one reason DiFruscio turned to a theme park designer to help create a retirement village, The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills, ...

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