Offbeat

88-year-old Saskatoon man makes thousands of socks for shelters

It started as a dare. Bob Rutherford’s friend didn’t believe the Saskatoon man could make a cheap knitting machine that worked really, really fast. That’s when Rutherford got to work. The now 88-year-old used sewer tubing to put together two super-powered machines. “It could be knitting at 90 stitches a second,” he proudly said. Rutherford goes through metres and metres ...

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Squirrel chocolate bar thieves driving local shopowner nuts

A chocolate bar thief is driving the owner of convenience store near Danforth Station a little squirrelly. Because, well — the bandit is a squirrel. [embedded content] In a Reddit Toronto thread first posted this fall, the store’s owner says the shop doors typically stay open because it gets “stuffy and hot” inside. And, for more than seven years, it’s never led to ...

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Ontario dad makes his own Zamboni for backyard rink

You’ve built a backyard rink. Neighbourhood kids come over to lace up their skates. But soon, the ice is bumpy as gravel. What do you do? If you’re Conrad Galambos, you make a backyard Zamboni. He’s not the first to do it. There are examples online of Zamboni machines connected to toy Jeeps. Zamboni machines connected to riding lawn mowers. Taking a ...

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‘We can spin just about anything’: P.E.I. company makes yarn out of pet fur

Belfast Mini-Mills Ltd., a textile manufacturer in Belfast, P.E.I., is putting a different spin on weaving yarn. While yarn is most commonly made from wool, the owners at Mini-Mills have been weaving yarn out of pet hair. “People are quite surprised that we do dog fibre, cat fibre. Some people turn up their noses but it’s amazing fibre,” said co-owner Linda ...

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She didn’t have a horse, so this New Zealand teen rides her cow instead

Wednesday January 04, 2017 more stories from this episode As a child, Hannah Simpson always wanted a horse. She didn’t get one. But the New Zealand teenager decided she wouldn’t let that stop her from riding. Instead she mounted her cow, Lilac. The rest is history. Hannah Simpson, 18, told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann about riding, and even jumping, bareback ...

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Will P.E.I. be the first to fall in the zombie apocalypse?

If a zombie apocalypse a la The Walking Dead ever came to Canada, P.E.I. would be the last place you’d want to be, according to an analysis by an American real estate company. Estately publishes a blog that it says “explores local culture, humour, and exotic homes.” Entries have included The Most Lewd-Sounding Town Names in Each State and The D-List Celebrities Each ...

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Bird bandits, volcanic escape: Tropical doves with wild backstory invade Alberta

An invasive dove is making its way from the sunny beaches of the Caribbean and invading Alberta’s icy cities. With a flash of white tail feathers and a flurry of dark-tipped wings, the population of Eurasian collared doves continues to grow throughout the province. Once exceedingly rare, the doves are becoming an increasingly common sight, especially in central and southern Alberta. “The ...

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Ancient Viking skills focus of Saskatoon workshop

Saskatoon’s Jeffrey Hildebrandt has a unique job. “I make replicas of historical artifacts,” Hildebrandt told CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning. Specifically, Hildebrandt is a master armourer who can re-create pieces true to the period, adorned with the elaborate markings and etchings of ancient cultures. ‘There is a real back to basics movement.’ – Jeffrey Hildebrandt  Yes, it’s a pursuit that sometimes ...

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Man expected a gaming headset for Christmas — but says he got a dirty T-shirt instead

PJ Mazzonna expected a Sony Playstation VR headset for Christmas — but what he got was closer to a lump of coal. Because when the Whitby, Ont., man tore open a sealed gaming box this holiday, he found instead a dirty T-shirt, two bottles of water, glass cleaner and a demo disc inside.  At first, he figured it was a practical ...

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After Americans washed into Canada this year, officials want float down event sanctioned

U.S. and Canadian rescue officials want someone to take responsibility for the annual St. Clair River tubing event that drew international attention last summer when 1,500 Americans illegally washed onto Canadian shores. The popular Port Huron Float Down is an unsanctioned leisurely event, during which people float down the river on rafts, inner tubes or whatever device they may have, starting from Port ...

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