Offbeat

Mysterious top hat stolen from national museum turns up in Alberta

A Victorian top hat, stolen from a national museum, has been returned to its rightful place after a series of peculiar events brought the old topper to an antique store in Edmonton. For Clinton Beck, it all started with a tall tale. The owner of Beck Antiques & Jewellery on Edmonton’s 124th Street shopping district was sold the hat more than ...

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That’s bananas! Vancouver’s hot summer yields tropical fruit

After four years of cultivation, a Vancouver man’s banana plant has flowered and developed fruit, something he never thought was possible because of the city’s climate. “Not in Vancouver,” said Antonio Zullo. “I mean I got the plant because it’s nice, it’s tropical. I never thought I’d see that in Vancouver, absolutely not.” There aren’t many places in the world where ...

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Mona the raccoon: She’s a first for Thunder Bay, Ontario dog rescue group

Rebbeca Estey runs a dog rescue in Thunder Bay, Ont., and she gets calls from people about all kids of animals, such as skunks, hawks, and even ground hogs. But earlier this summer she got her first call about a raccoon. “Things have a tendency to show up at my door,” said Estey. In June, Estey received a call about a pair of baby raccoons ...

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From turf to area rug: One fan’s story of buying too much of Regina’s Taylor Field

Nick Holroyd got more than he bargained for when he decided to take home a piece of Roughriders history from the soon-to-be-demolished Taylor Field. About 14 by 16 feet more. At 19, the lifelong sports fan and member of Rider Nation was at home for the summer when he saw that McDougall Auctioneers was auctioning off parts of Old Mosaic. Although he had ...

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Edmonton tradesman-turned-model gets Hollywood break with cat work-out video

An Edmonton man has earned fame and moderate fortune by using his plump cat as an exercise weight and posting the workout on the internet. Construction worker-turned-model Travis Deslaurier posted his most-viewed YouTube video last summer, a 20-second clip of Deslaurier working out with Jacob, his affable orange cat. ‘What is the world coming to?’ The video, which ends with Deslaurier wiping his brow with Jacob’s fluffy ...

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Movie theatre wins Deadpool case over Utah law banning booze during movies with sex

A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down a Utah law that landed a movie theatre in trouble for serving alcohol during the racy superhero film Deadpool. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said state regulators violated Brewvies’ freedom of speech when it threatened to fine the theatre up to $25,000 US under a law that prohibits serving booze during films with ...

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Titan in Triton: Massive, big-headed cod caught by commercial fisherman

A fisherman in Triton, in northeastern Newfoundland, landed a massive cod that he suspects is around 20 years old. Mike Roberts, a fourth generation cod fisherman, was taking part in the commercial fishery Sunday in Badger Bay when he spotted a large fish in one of the nets. “We had quite the snarl with the fish,” Roberts said. “We had to ...

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