Offbeat

A raccoon at Pearson gave travellers the perfect Toronto greeting

It’s no secret that the humble raccoon has become the unofficial animal frenemy of Toronto.  They’re everywhere. They eat everything. Their nocturnal shrieks have become the unsolicited soundtrack of spring and summer.   But by now, raccoons have become such a casual part of life in the city that most people barely take notice of those beady little eyes, shining eerily over the ...

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The final frontier: Winnipeg students launch balloon, Lego gopher into upper stratosphere

Winnipeg teacher Gabe Kraljevic says it doesn’t take much to make it to space — well, almost to space. “High-quality balloon, helium, some string, ingenuity, and bits and pieces from your kitchen and from Rona, and you got yourself a spacecraft,” said Kraljevic, a teacher at Garden City Collegiate. On Friday, Kraljevic led a class of intrepid space travellers from the school ...

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Danish brewery ‘beercycling’ urine to make novelty beer

A Danish brewery is drawing on 50,000 litres of urine collected from the largest music festival in Northern Europe in producing a novelty beer aimed at the more adventurous drinker. The beer named “Pisner” — wordplay combining pilsner with local slang for urine — contains no human waste, but is produced from fields of malting barley fertilized with human urine ...

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Comedy that chokes: Veep stars respond to laughing lawmaker injured while watching

An Australian lawmaker said Friday he was stunned that he had grabbed the attention of stars of the U.S. television series Veep by laughing so hard at an episode of the political satire that he choked on his sushi and knocked himself unconscious on a kitchen bench.  .@GrahamPerrettMP ‘in stitches’ over latest VEEP episode@OfficialJLD: “for God’s sakes – be careful!” #auspolhttps://t.co/F81PqNPpak pic.twitter.com/ymL9zMtQCB — @abcbrisbane ...

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New Westminster sandwich shop’s offer of free food ‘Taken’ by Liam Neeson

A sandwich shop in New Westminster is proving that even an A-list actor can’t resist the lure of free food. Alex Johrden, spokesman for Big Star Sandwich Co., says staff heard about a movie filming in the area and decided to put a sign outside the restaurant on Tuesday that said “Liam Neeson eats here for free,” hoping the action ...

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These Finnish teens are starting a Hobbyhorse Revolution — and it’s all about empowerment

Wednesday May 03, 2017 more stories from this episode When Selma Vilhunen’s friend sent her a video five years of a hobbyhorse competition, she admits she thought it was pretty funny. “I was laughing. Watching that clip I was laughing. But at the same time, I really impressed, and I wanted to know more. I wanted to know what was going on,” Vilhunen, director ...

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Saint John’s most irresistible, weirdly coloured selfie location

It’s been described as “electric lime,” “alien-coloured” and “glow-in-the-dark.” The floor-to-ceiling green bathroom, familiar to those heeding the call of nature after an evening of $10 triple-tequilas and award-winning margaritas at Saint John restaurant Taco Pica, is definitely distinctive. While intense green isn’t the most flattering colour on everyone, the facilities do have a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s fast ...

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Forget butter, how about crickets on your popcorn?

It may not be coming to a theatre near you, but F&B Walkerville in Windsor, Ont. is trying out a new popcorn topping – crickets. Chef John Alvarez is experimenting with a new creation, Truffled Cricket Popcorn. It’s popcorn topped with citrus powder, Japanese Seven Spice, fresh truffles from Italy and cricket protein powder from Entomo Farms in Toronto. “I looked around my kitchen ...

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‘Trans-Canada Fryway’: Where are the best roadside fries?

If you’re a Canadian, you’ve probably logged a few kilometres along the Trans-Canada highway. Chances are you’ve probably stopped at a few chip stands along the way too. Four friends from Toronto have taken the Canadian experience one step further: They’re driving across the country, taste-testing every roadside french fry along the way. The ‘Trans-Canada Fryway’ episodes are currently being released online, and it’s hard not ...

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