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Online game Words with Friends adds ‘covfefe’ to its list

Defined by game as ‘the amount and quality of reporting when autocorrect fails you at 3am’ By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted: Jun 01, 2017 2:01 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 01, 2017 2:01 PM ET The popular mobile word game Words With Friends has added one of the internet’s most popular typos in recent days — “covfefe.” The mysterious ...

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Tiny enough to tow: Engineer creates saltbox home on wheels

Jon Soehl doesn’t find living in a small space to be confining. In fact, he loves it. And next week, Soehl will take his tiny red and yellow home on the highway. He and his girlfriend plan to park it in Bonavista, on the central part of the island, for the summer.  “I’ve lived in a van before, I’ve lived in a tent before while ...

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‘I’m not a bricklayer, I’m not a cement guy, it just happened’: P.E.I. man builds village out of bottles

Gar Gillis has gone through thousands and thousands of wine and beer bottles since he opened his bottle village in Point Prim, P.E.I. fifteen years ago. “I can honestly say I never drank one of them because it’s 40 plus years since I drank,” said Gillis. Most of the empties come from his neighbours, and from the nearby Chowder House ...

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‘They just keep coming’: Tent caterpillar invasion coats Sask. home in insects — and feces

Hordes of tent caterpillars have covered Tammi Hanowski’s home south of Saskatoon and have crawled up the walls and made their way into her pool. “No matter what you do — you’ll sweep them, you’ll vacuum them — and in 10 seconds it’s like they’re just there again,” Hanowski said.  “Every time I come home from work, there’s just more piles of them everywhere.” ...

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Dead tired: Constant harassment makes woman want to sell hearse

Death is, sadly, a fact of life. Yet some Rothesay residents, apparently, are so squeamish about reminders of their own mortality that they want a hearse belonging to visual artist Hannah Fleet, 25, taken off the road. Fleet’s daily ride is a 1994 Cadillac hearse she purchased on Kijiji last year. In a single month, Fleet has been accused by the town of ...

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Montreal contractor paves around car, the internet laughs

An unpaved section of a Montreal street has become the subject of ridicule online, stirring controversy over how the city handles construction projects. Demix Construction, a contractor, has been repaving part of René-Lévesque Boulevard in time for the Formula E, an electric-car race that will take place on the streets on Montreal at the end of July. On May 23, the day before the ...

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How a British village ruffled some feathers to highlight pothole problem

Potholes are a problem not just in Newfoundland and Labrador, you can find them everywhere. But one community council in England took some ‘fowl’ measures, to get action. Helen Wright is a councillor in the community of Steeple Aston, in Oxfordshire, which — like many Canadian towns — is plagued with potholes. ‘People might say we’re quackers, but I think it might have had a ...

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What the duck? Ontario paid $121K to festival bringing world’s largest rubber mallard to Canada

A six-storey rubber duck won’t call Toronto waterfront home until this summer — but it’s already making waves in the Ontario legislature. The 13,600-kilogram rubber mallard drew criticism, and many puns, from the Progressive Conservative tourism critic as he questioned why the province would help pay to bring the Instagrammable bath toy to Canada for a visit.  “People are already ...

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Wayne Gretzky: Stunt double?

Two years before the start of his record-setting NHL career, and long before he began making regular appearances in movies, commercials and TV shows, a teenaged Wayne Gretzky was a body double on the CBC’s police show Sidestreet in 1977. Though it remains unclear today whether this was Gretzky’s debut on screen, it was certainly one of the first for the ...

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‘Bring my gnomes back’: Alberta grandmother pleads for return of stolen garden ornaments

For Martha Horne, the rotund faces and pointy red hats of her cherished garden gnomes always brought a smile. The Leduc grandmother was heartbroken when, one stormy night last week, three of the plump dwarves were stolen from her front lawn. “They had funny faces, like old timers’ faces, you would say and I had repainted them all,” said Horne, 88. ...

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