Offbeat

Before there was vinyl: Jukebox from 1800s entertains guests at P.E.I. inn

It’s not your father’s jukebox — or even your grandfather’s jukebox. The Regina Corona Music Box was more likely playing tunes dating back to your great-great-grandfather’s day. The Dundee Arms Inn and Restaurant in Charlottetown has had one of the music boxes in its lobby for the past two years. “It was bought at an auction and taken here,” said ...

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China introduces facial recognition technology to dispense toilet paper

Fed up with the theft of toilet paper from public bathrooms, tourist authorities in China’s capital have begun using facial recognition technology to limit how much paper a person can take. The unusual move — part of a “toilet revolution” — is another step in China’s vast upgrading of public facilities. Bathrooms at tourist sites, notorious for their primitive conditions ...

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The President Show to mine Trump for late night laughs

Late night TV is getting a new comedy forum dedicated to U.S. President Donald Trump, with the help of comedian and Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik. Comedy Central announced Monday that The President Show will air on Thursdays, starting April 27 at 11.30 ET. The premise of The President Show is that Trump is bypassing the crooked media by hosting a ...

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‘It just swallowed me’: Sinkhole gobbles up car in Manitoba

It’s no surprise that it’s pothole season in Manitoba, but one motorist in The Pas was shocked when his car hit a sinkhole that’s almost the size of his vehicle. Daniel Lay says it happened as he was driving on Bignell Avenue on Friday afternoon, bringing some takeout food home to his family. He was about two blocks from his ...

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In Thunder Bay, Ont., you can now take a feline 1st aid class

A first aid class in Thunder Bay, Ont. will teach you all the standard skills: treating a wound, dealing with seizures, choking and bleeding. The big difference is that this first aid class is for your cat. Dr. Natalie Cowling, a veterinarian at the Highview and Meadows Animal Clinic, will be teaching the free one hour class April 6. “This ...

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Sno-nuts, snow snails: Cool phenomenon becomes hot topic on social media

If there’s one thing Northerners know about, it’s snow. But apparently they don’t always agree about how to describe it. Yukoner Adam Skrutkowski recently spotted some pretty little formations at the bottom of an embankment near his home in Teslin. He shared the picture of what look like white cinnamon rolls with CBC Yukon, and suggested a name — “sno-nuts”. That ...

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Turkey takeover in Windsor as big birds try out urban living

Why did the turkey cross the road?  It’s a question being asked more often in Windsor, Ont., as the big-bodied birds have begun popping up around the city in recent months, causing ‘fowl’ moods on the University of Windsor campus as they stalled traffic by walking in the middle of the road. Wild turkeys cross the road outside of Windsor, Ont. (Andy ...

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For sale: 5 acres of land and over 340 vintage cars

A real estate listing in Tappen, B.C., for a five-acre property near Shuswap Lake comes with an unusual feature —  it includes more than 340 vintage cars.  “If you can sell a condo in Vancouver for a couple million bucks, you can come up here and get five acres and a lifetime worth of work if you really enjoy working on ...

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Regina man’s nostalgic furniture scores big points with Nintendo fans

If you want to level-up your living room, you might want to talk to Jeremy Rieger.  The Regina man is a cabinet-maker, but he also has a special project on the side called Big Time Furniture. Rieger makes coffee tables that look just like classic Nintendo Entertainment Systems. The full set: Rieger’s controller side tables match the console coffee table. (Submitted ...

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Crayola boots dandelion for bluish crayon yet to be named

Other retired colours include maize, raw umber and orange yellow The Associated Press Posted: Mar 31, 2017 11:13 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 31, 2017 11:13 AM ET Dandelion yellow has reason to be blue. Crayola announced Friday, National Crayon Day, that it’s replacing the colour dandelion in its 24-pack with a crayon in “the blue family.” The company says ...

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