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The Reaction to Rob Ford's Cancer Proves We Don't Take Addiction Seriously

(322) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:18 AM

The jokes all died a week ago.

That's when Rob Ford 's grim medical diagnosis broke -- a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Chemotherapy would begin right away; his bid for re-election as Toronto's mayor shattered.

The fat jokes packed their bags. The sneers about 'fake rehab'...

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Rabbit Island Visitor Smothered By Bunnies (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:30 AM

Well, everybody has a dream.

Being covered in soft, fluffy bunnies just might be a lifelong for fantasy for this visitor to Japan's famed Rabbit Island.

In any case, as this video -- which has racked up nearly 300,000 views since being posted on YouTube earlier this year...

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Tim Hortons Ad In Wake Of Burger King Deal Looks To Reassure Customers

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Tim Hortons won't let a $12.5-billion union with Burger King go to its head.

And certainly not to its coffee.

Indeed, the nation's largest restaurant chain has taken out a double-double newspaper ad in the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen and several other dailies to remind Canadians it's...

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Saskatoon Berry Or Juneberry? A Super-Food War Is Brewing Between Canada And The U.S.

(103) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 1:34 PM

What's in a name?

Well, if it's the name of an ascendant super-berry proclaimed as the next goji açaí big deal then it could be around $10 billion.

That's how much some predict the next super-berry industry will be worth by 2017.

Trouble is Canada and the U.S....

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Richard Branson, Jeff Skoll Among Business Leaders Looking To Meet Putin

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Some of the world's wealthiest people are seeking an audience with Russian president Vladimir Putin, hoping perhaps that business can succeed where politics has failed.

In a statement released Thursday, British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls for an end to ongoing unrest in Ukraine, suggesting it has...

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Starvation Stays In The Genes For Three Generations: Study

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:42 AM

The body doesn't forget starvation easily.

In fact, it may haunt your genes for three generations, according to a new study published in the journal Cell.

What's more, the hardships our ancestors endured may determine our physical behaviour today.

For the Israeli and American researchers, the breakthrough...

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Mercury Content In Oceans Has Tripled Since The Industrial Revolution: Study

(34) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Humans have been busy since the Industrial Revolution.

Hailed as 'the most important event in the history of humanity since the domestication of animals and plants,' the 'revolution' is shaping up to be downright murder on those aforementioned plants and animals.

And, in the long term,...

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AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' On Bluegrass: Finnish Band Steve'n'Seagulls Pays Gorgeous Tribute (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 10:34 AM

A Finnish band steeped in a southern U.S. musical tradition covers an Australian rock anthem.

Yeah, five-man outfit Steve ‘n’ Seagulls took it there.

And there's no way this 1990 anthem should be propelled by anything but the helicopter-fingered guitar work of Angus Young. Or the...

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Baby Tortoise Lit On Fire, Stomped To Death (VIDEO)

(16) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:23 PM

A pair of teen girls in Florida face animal cruelty charges after a video of a baby tortoise being tortured to death surfaced online.

In the disturbing clip, girls are seen brutalizing the small gopher tortoise— classified as an endangered species in Florida — with seeming gleeful abandon.

"Burn baby,...

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RCMP Officer Suicide: Ken Barker, Mountie At Greyhound Beheading, Takes Own Life

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:02 AM

An RCMP officer, who was among the first officers to respond to a horrific scene aboard a Greyhound bus, has reportedly taken his own life.

The family of 51-year-old Ken Barker says the recently retired colonel had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder — after two decades on the front...

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Great White At Australia Beach, Chokes On Sea Lion, Draws Admiring Crowd (VIDEO)

(56) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Dinner proved fatal for this great white.

A couple of days before a four-metre shark turned up dead on a west Australian shore, beach-goers may have mistaken its death throes for the wonderful spectacle of nature, The Australian reports.

A video, uploaded to YouTube on July...

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Mutant Worm Doesn't Get Drunk, Could Lead To Alcohol-Proof Humans

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:20 AM

This is the kind of worm you want to have your back at the bar.

If only scientists could teach it how to drive.

In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers proclaim the dawn of a mutant worm that can't get drunk.

And it...

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Hookah Smoking Among Teens On The Rise, Despite Health Ravages

(42) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:47 AM

More and more teens appear to be spending their high school years in a fog.

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, nearly one in five U.S. students availed themselves of a hookah in the last year.

The research suggests smoking from a hookah —...

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Sheep Abuse At Farms In Australia Caught On Video

(50) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:22 AM

A disturbing undercover video shows workers punching, kicking and in at least one case hammering sheep into submission before they are sheared.

While PETA won't reveal where the footage was taken — citing safety concerns for its undercover operatives — the group claims 19 shearing sheds were visited In...

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Chatillion Car Graveyard In Belgium Looks Like A Very Old Traffic Jam

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Zombies were here.

Or maybe just humans, caught in an interminable traffic jam decades ago.

Maybe they suddenly decided to shuffle off this metal coil — and leave their cars behind.

While these images of stately automobiles, kissing bumpers in a Belgian forest are certainly haunting, the story behind...

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Litter In Oceans Now Spans Even Remotest Parts Of The World

(48) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Every ocean now bears witness to our waste.

In a report, published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, scientists conclude for the first time that we have left our mark everywhere.

"Litter is present in all marine habitats," the study concludes. "From beaches to the most remote points...

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Tornado In Wedding Photos Makes For A Stunning Backdrop

(10) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:39 AM

It could have been the ultimate wedding crasher.

A couple in Saskatchewan had reportedly just tied the knot in rural Saskatchewan.

And then this happened.

tornado saskatchewan

As they strolled along a gravel-strewn road, in full marital regalia, a tornado touched down just a...

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Excavator Mulcher Turns Trees Into Dust In Seconds

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Humans seem to have an endless passion for devising ways to make more room for themselves.

Take, for instance, this tree mulcher, which may represent the acme of tree-annihilation technology.

We say technology but this four-story mecha-Godzilla appears almost brutishly simple in design. Imagine a massive set of mechanical...

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Unconsciousness Switch: Turning Off The Brain May Be As Simple As Flicking A Switch

(63) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Scientists delving deep inside the human mind may have found a switch that can literally turn us off.

It's the first time, according to New Scientist, researchers have been able to flick consciousness off and on by stimulating a single brain area. That area, called the claustrum, could...

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Run On Water? You Would Have To Run Pretty Fast (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Remember that video of those guys who ran so fast, they literally skipped across an open pond?

The much-ballyhooed new sport was dubbed 'liquid mountaineering' in a clip that seemed to be making the rounds everywhere.

Just strap on these shoes. And run like hell. Across. Water.

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