Offbeat

A whole new world: Why Boston public schools are adopting a different map

Tuesday March 21, 2017 more stories from this episode Looking at a map of the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking Greenland is the same size as Africa, Alaska is bigger than Mexico and South Africa is just a tiny bit larger than Europe. In fact, Africa is 14 times larger than Greenland, Alaska could fit inside Mexico with room to spare and ...

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Adult kindergarten class brings back play to stressed-out grown-ups

A former teacher from St. John’s is taking a page from the Robert Fulghum essay “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten“ Joan Dohey, now a life coach, has a new initiative called “adult kindergarten” for those who may have forgotten everything they learned way back then. ‘Basically it’s a way to let go of things that bother ...

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No fly-thru? Chopper makes pit stop near P.E.I. Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons customers in O’Leary, P.E.I., must have done a double-double take last week when a Coast Guard helicopter made a quick stop near the coffee shop. According to Dwayne Barlow, who took pictures of the landing, one person got out of the helicopter. It’s unknown whether the person went inside Tim Hortons. A Coast Guard helicopter lands in a ...

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Batman spotted helping Montrealers dig cars out of snow

Batman has a bit of a sore back this weekend after shovelling cars out of the Montreal snow for several hours on Thursday. A devastating storm covered southern Quebec on Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving residents struggling to get around later in the week. Sidewalks were treacherous and many cars were encased by about 40 centimetres of snow. But the owners of children’s entertainment company MJ ...

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If these walls could talk: Charlottetown restaurant reveals secret notes

Diners at The Gahan House in Charlottetown may have noticed there’s a little more behind the restaurant’s brick walls than meets the eye. “I believe it all started with tourists, taking the little napkin bands [from cutlery] and writing little notes and finding little creases in the walls to store them, because they’re all over,” said Meghan MacPhail, assistant general manager at ...

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Publisher accuses Symphony N.S. of banning Rita MacNeil biography at tribute concert

Rita MacNeil’s son says talk of banning a new book about Cape Breton’s first lady of song is nothing but a “big brouhaha.” The biography, I’m Not What I Seem: The Many Stories of Rita MacNeil’s Life, was expected to be available for sale at an upcoming tribute concert by Symphony Nova Scotia. But the book’s publisher, Formac Publishing, issued ...

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Still flipping: 80-year-old sensei lands in judo Hall of Fame after 61 years in the dojo

Sensei Brian Jones has flipped his fair share of judo opponents over his 61 years on the dojo mat — and the number keeps going up. The sixth-degree black belt has been involved in the sport since 1956 and shows no signs of slowing down. “I’m the oldest guy doing judo in Manitoba today,” said Jones, 80. He was inducted into the Judo Manitoba ...

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Ottawa trivia buff’s exclamations winning over Jeopardy! fans

An Ottawa software developer is looking to make it three wins in a row on Jeopardy Thursday, and his popularity with fans of the game show appears to be growing as quickly as his winnings. Grant McSheffrey has won $53,400 over two nights on the long-running TV show. McSheffrey’s enthusiastic reaction to his first win on Tuesday night went viral, his beaming face quickly turned ...

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How a Vancouver pub ‘annoyed an entire country’ with a poorly poured pint of Guinness

Wednesday March 15, 2017 more stories from this episode Dan Olson, owner of the Railtown Cafe in Vancouver, woke up on Wednesday morning to find his phone inundated with angry messages from the good people of Ireland. The target of their rage? A photo of a very badly poured pint of Guinness posted to the pub’s Facebook page to promote its ...

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Ewan McGregor calls New York blizzard a ‘walk in the park’ compared to everyday Calgary

Actor Ewan McGregor tipped his hat to the extreme weather Calgarians brave each winter while on Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday night.  NBC host Meyers expressed how “happy and relieved” he was to see McGregor show up on set, what with a blustery snowstorm that swept through the northeastern part of the country, grounding flights and knocking out power in much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor. [embedded content] “This is ...

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