Offbeat

Boston is doing ‘horrific’ things to poutine, warns magazine writer

Friday June 23, 2017 more stories from this episode A Canadian expat has taken to the pages of Boston Magazine to decry what he sees as the city’s “poutine problem” “It seems like for some reason just as poutine is starting to catch on in Boston, instead of giving Bostonians a lot of really good quality traditional poutine … restaurants have gone in a ...

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Thief returns stolen human toe to Dawson City bar

A thief who made off with a human toe that is used in an notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar’s mummified toes. The bar, located in a small ...

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‘Sincerely, A Drunken Fool’: Thief mails apology, mummified toe to Dawson City bar

A thief who made off with a human toe used in a notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar’s mummified toes. The bar, located in a small community more ...

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A class of her own: Sask. high school graduate celebrates solo

High school graduations usually mean celebrating with classmates, but as small-town populations in Saskatchewan continue to shrink, some grad ceremonies are a getting a little more intimate. Chelsea Kennedy knows what that’s like. She had about 70 people attend her high school graduation. The only difference from a typical celebration: she was the only one donning a cap and gown. ...

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Freak snowstorm doesn’t stop 4 who complete Yukon-Alaska bike relay — by unicycle

It was supposed to be the 25th anniversary celebration of a favourite annual bike race. Instead, this year’s Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay — a 240-kilometre race from Haines Junction, Yukon, to Haines, Alaska — was cancelled due to a freak snowstorm. Word didn’t reach Ned Rozbicki. The race takes riders through a mountain pass from Yukon to Alaska. (Google) He woke ...

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New Hampshire joins longest lobster roll battle, P.E.I. vows to fight back

A restaurant in New Hampshire believes it’s wrestled away the world’s longest lobster roll title from P.E.I.  Last September, the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association created a 36.5-metre lobster roll at the Shellfish Festival. That shattered the 23-metre record set at the Shediac Lobster Festival just two months earlier. Now New Hampshire has joined the fray. News of the friendly rivalry between the ...

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Video shows eagle stealing filet o’ fish off B.C. boat

A family out fishing last week caught more than salmon. Ashton Phillips was on a fishing trip last Friday with his cousin and uncle in Kyuquot, B.C. on the northwest side of Vancouver Island when he captured a video of an eagle swooping down to grab a piece of salmon. His group had pulled into a bay around noon to strip up a fresh ...

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Ken doll gets a makeover as Mattel releases other versions

His long-term partner gets all the attention for her looks, but now the iconic Ken doll is getting a makeover. After producing the toy for more than five decades with the same basic body structure, Mattel is introducing 15 new versions of its Ken doll, looks that include new skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. Barbie got a similar treatment about ...

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You can buy this apocalypse-ready truck known as ‘The Breaker of Rocks’ on Craigslist

Tuesday June 20, 2017 more stories from this episode Need a truck to ride out the zombie apocalypse in? Look no further. Kathryn Egan of Morro Bay, Calif., is selling her massive, souped-up Ford 350 named Bulla Matari, or “Breaker of Rocks,” on Craigslist, for $30,000 US ($39,627 Cdn). But Egan says she’ll only sell it to someone who will honour the memory of her late husband ...

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Robird!

The latest line of defence in keeping wildlife from flight paths at the Edmonton International Airport is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called a robird. Painted to look like a female falcon, the robotic bird swoops in with wings flapping up and down. Looking from an airplane window travelling over Edmonton, a passenger might not even notice the difference. “I would challenge them to tell ...

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