Offbeat

Massachusetts retirees knit tiny sweaters to warm backyard chickens — and your heart

Tuesday March 14, 2017 more stories from this episode When a group of Boston retirees learned that their feathered next-door neighbours were too cold to lay eggs, they busted out their needles and got to work. Soon enough, the Fuller Village retirement home’s knitting club had produced a dozen tiny, colourful sweaters for the chickens of the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust in the Boston ...

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Can anyone save Toronto’s Salvage Shop?

(John Rieti/CBC) Roy Clifford can’t help it. Antiques, he explains, “just find me.” The self-professed “collecting machine” owns The Salvage Shop, which is filled with tonnes — literally, tonnes — of antique everything. He also has a big problem. He’s being evicted. (John Rieti/CBC) Clifford loves toys. So it’s no surprise there’s a mini version of his Kingston Road shop ...

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Popular Regina ice cream shack opens for ‘spring’ on –20 C day

It’s nutty and freezing cold — and we’re not talking about the ice cream.  It may be bitterly cold outside (about –20 C), but that’s not stopping a popular Regina ice cream shop from holding its “spring” opening.  Milky Way Ice Cream is seasonal and sells ice cream out of windows to people waiting outside. But owners decided today was ...

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‘There’s a lot of staring’: N.B. woman’s ride is to die for

If “attention-grabbing” is a quality you want in a vehicle, Hannah Fleet’s is hard to beat. From uncomfortable glances, to double-takes, to pulling over to the side of the road, Fleet has seen it all in her first car: a 1994 Cadillac hearse she’s owned since October of 2016. “Sometimes you’ll get a thumbs up,” said the 25-year-old. “Or sometimes ...

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Elton John walks into Vancouver record store, asks for gangster rap

Store clerks ask, “May I help you, sir?” all the time but it’s not every day that they get to ask, “May I help you, Sir Elton John?” That’s what happened in downtown Vancouver on Thursday when John strolled into a record shop and dropped a couple hundred dollars on vinyl. “I came in from the back and there was Elton ...

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Time changes can leave dairy cows udderly unimpressed, farmer says

There’s a lot of grumbling over the switch between daylight time every year — and perhaps a bit of unhappy mooing, too.  On Sunday, most provinces move their clocks ahead one hour. However, there’s evidence that the twice-yearly time changes may not be as beneficial as initially thought. (For example, a study released Wednesday said although daylight time was introduced as a ...

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Ashes to glass: a Yukon studio’s colourful way with cremated remains

A Whitehorse glass-blowing studio is finding a lively business in … death. Lumel Studios, which opened a year ago, has been working the cremated remains of people’s loved ones and pets into unique glass figurines. “The ashes can just sit in a box someplace. This, I’ll have out, I’ll see it all the time,” said Marilyn Stebner, who recently brought ...

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Peep shows: Laurier students use marshmallows to depict crimes, court cases

A witch burning in Ireland. A cheating husband, a jealous mistress and two murders. The execution of British serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. They’re all fascinating crimes dating from the Victorian era. But history professor Amy Milne-Smith knows simply writing a research paper about the facts can be, well, a little dull. So the Wilfrid Laurier University professor has asked her ...

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Bunny Museum owners have so much stuff they’re hopping to a bigger space

Monday March 06, 2017 more stories from this episode Read story transcript The California couple who hold the Guinness world record for most bunny-related items now have so much rabbit stuff, they’re packing up their floppy-hoppy collection and moving to to a bigger house. Candace Frazee and her husband Steve Lubanski run The Bunny Museum out of their home in Pasadena, Calif., where they house ...

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Historic mansion that went viral sells for more than asking price

A century-old mansion in Newport Landing, N.S., that went viral last month after it was listed for less than the average price of a Toronto home has been sold. Real estate agent Wanda Graves said she’s happy 98 Avondale Rd. — also known as the Mounce Mansion — was sold at $455,000. That’s about $20,000 more than the asking price posted in February. “It ...

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