Offbeat

Calgary student’s viral beer pong videos make him one to beat at Vegas competition

A Calgary marketing student’s online beer pong videos are going viral and even though he has never played competitively, he’s the one to beat. Andrew Borys has turned the art of throwing ping pong balls into cups filled with water into a lucrative business, but that’s just his entry point into the art of creating videos that a lot of people ...

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They crushed it! UNB students win popsicle bridge contest

Students at UNB spent four hours Saturday meticulously building the perfect bridges from popsicle sticks — only to watch them get crushed under a hydraulic press. “Watching it break” is definitely the most fun part of the competition, says Quinn Selby, who won the contest with partner Marco Merlini. The $500 top prize — and a chance to compete at ...

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Giant pot bonfire smokes out Castlegar, B.C.

When RCMP in Castlegar, B.C., busted a major marijuana grow-op outside of town recently, they weren’t expecting fumes from the proceeds to later waft across town.  Officers discovered more than a thousand marijuana plants growing indoors while executing a warrant at the rural property on Jan. 6. They seized the pot and recommended charges to the Crown. But then there was the issue ...

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14,000 VHS copies of Jerry Maguire: Welcome to the world’s worst video store

Last week, the members of the performance art collective Everything is Terrible! turned an art gallery in Los Angeles into a 1996-era video rental store with only one movie on its shelves: 14,000 copies of Jerry Maguire. The group’s Creative Director Nic Maier tells Brent if the project has completed him.

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Ted’s incredible journey: SPCA dog escapes, treks across town to find woman who fed him treats

This is the love story of Ted and Abbey — a shelter dog that escaped and trekked across the city to find the kennel worker who had fed him some cheese-flavoured bacon strips. Ted first arrived at the Northwest Territories SPCA in Yellowknife last Friday. “He was scared. It’s a very terrifying place, first off, for dogs and cats,” recalled Abbey Boyd, who ...

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All eyes on Trump protest bra designed by Canadian

A Halifax designer has fashioned a bra with the president-elect of the United States in mind. Amie Cunningham designs and hand prints feminine apparel at her shop in the north end of Halifax. Not long ago, the mother of three was contacted by fellow designer and Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones. “She asked me to design a bra, specifically to ...

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‘This is my granddaughter, she is single’: Edmonton grandma goes viral on Tinder

An Edmonton-area grandma is internet famous after her granddaughter found a creative way to attract potential suitors for herself on Tinder. Esther Kelemen’s profile on the popular dating app went viral this past week when she included a picture of her grandma, whose name she chooses to remain private. The grandmother is holding up a photo of Kelemen with a note that reads: “This is ...

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#DoesItFart? Scientists compile database of which animals pass gas

Monday January 16, 2017 more stories from this episode Who farted? It wasn’t the parakeet. But it might have been the chimpanzee. If you’re not sure which animal dealt what you smelt, check the database. Biologists (and a few pet owners) from around the world have been collaborating on a Google spreadsheet over the past week that lists which animals ...

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Milk carton ice house warms hearts, brings neighbours together, nets a bottle of good scotch

A colourful igloo built using 600 milk cartons is warming hearts and bringing neighbours together in a northeast Calgary community. One of the organizers says it’s been a labour of love, in the works for years. “Three years ago we started saving milk cartons,” Bernie Amell told CBC News. Bernie Amell says the igloo was about three years in the ...

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Texts from the dead: Post-mortem digital communication has arrived

Religion, folklore and film are riddled with stories of the dead trying to communicate with the living.  Technology has solved this problem, too. “To communicate on your behalf many, many years after you’re no longer here and make sure that your legacy is being presented to different people in different ways, as you choose,” said Moran Zur, founder of SafeBeyond. ...

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