Humor

Not Everything Is Funny But We Should Still Laugh

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Kathy Buckworth

"Kathy, not everything is funny." I got this feedback from my boss during one of my last formal job performance reviews. My initial reaction was that...

The NFL Needs to Stop Getting Greedy and Fat

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

More cookies for the customers. More overeating. Less special, more mundane. And all resulting in more injuries to players in a league already beset with a concussion crisis -- a league purportedly acting with the best interests of its greatest assets in mind -- and injured stars subsequently being replaced by less-talented players. All of which equals a dangerously diluted product.

Putting Life into Perspective Takes Five Minutes

Lori Gard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

Sometimes five minutes is all we need. It's all we need to put everything else in our messy, beautiful lives into perspective. And if I was really being honest, it's not about five minutes before or five minutes later -- it's really about living out both the frustrating and the pleasurable in life, at one and the same time.

Dreading the End of Winter? Try a Trip to Antarctica!

Robert Waite | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Robert Waite

Do you view summer as a sweaty, boring waiting room on the long road to the next snowfall? Fear not. This fall head south -- way, way south! If you want to get an early start on winter, adding a month to your favorite season, head to Antarctica.

Hurry Hard! Top 12 Reasons To Date Men Who Are Curlers

Leanne Shirtliffe | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Alberta
Leanne Shirtliffe

#4. They don't think skipping is effeminate.

So Starbucks Got Your Name Wrong? Get Over It, Princess

Jonathan Naymark | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jonathan Naymark

Do you really want to know why a barista not remembering their name offends people? Because people think they are special. Everyone thinks that his or her drink order is special and that his or her name is special. Everyone is too busy being offended about how they are special to realize that to an hourly employee trying to get by, you're just another non-fat, extra hot, no foam double latte.

Dear Winter, How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away?

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

I've been meaning to write this to you for some time, but to be honest, I've been so huddled up under layers of sweatshirts and blankets that it makes using a keyboard difficult. I suppose all that's really done is prolong the inevitable. But our time has come. I think it's time we re-evaluate our relationship.

Does Anyone Watch the Super Bowl for the Actual Game Anymore?

Andy Juniper | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

As we trundle toward Sunday's Super Bowl game, I can tell you three things with certainty. I can no longer handle the hype and hoopla surrounding this event. Bigger is not always better. And I already miss the big game's usual heat.

Why 'Elf on the Shelf' Has a Place in My Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

At first, I was a skeptic. I'd read the blogs, the warnings and the curses that were written about Elf on the Shelf. I could feel the hate. This elf would leave terror and anarchy in his wake. He'd behave badly. In short, he'd be a pain in the...

Why Men Love Making Top 10 Album Lists

Andy Juniper | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Music
Andy Juniper

It's that time of year again, when critics, reviewers, amateur enthusiasts of all things aural pull tiny muscles in their large heads compiling and posting for public consumption their lists of Top Albums of the Year. A female friend once pointed out that these oftentimes inane lists are (strangely, suspiciously) almost always the domain of men. We demand demarcation. We want to know. We need to know.

Five Things You Might Not Know About American Thanksgiving

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Turkey Day is upon us, and millions of Americans will be getting together with family and friends for food, football, and fun. Lots of food, actually. The average American will ingest an estimated 4,500 calories on that one day. Here are more facts about (American) Thanksgiving. Or as we call it in Canada: Thursday.

Unlike The Super Bore -- Er, Super Bowl -- The Grey Cup's Got Game

Andy Juniper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Sex reared its head in a press conference featuring the Grey Cup's two coaches this week: "Hey, coach, should your players have sex before the big game?" Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin brought down the house with his response: "They win the championship, they'll have a lot of it. Trust me."

Why Conservative Comedy Does Not Work

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Simply put, it's funnier to laugh at those who Have than those who Have Not. If it surprises anyone that there is not more Right-Wing humour out there, ask yourself this simple question: When have you ever gone to a movie and rooted for the popular jock to beat the unpopular nerd?

Ford Nation Deserves Better Than Rob Ford

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

People keep saying "Toronto deserves better." But there's more to it than that. Ford Nation deserves better. Forget your politics for one second. Forget left or right or suburban or urbanite. This guy shouldn't be your guy, no matter which side of the fence you fall off of during a drunken stupor. Ford Nation should want better than Rob Ford, because Ford Nation should be better than Rob Ford. If our leaders are supposed to be shining examples of the people they represent, surely Ford Nation can find someone else. Not just for Toronto, but for themselves.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Halloween

Ward Anderson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

It's almost All Hallow's Eve and people from age three to age 99 will be dressing up in costume, eating candy, and partying the night away on this spooky, festive occasion. Most people know the history of Halloween at this point but here are five random facts about Halloween you just might not know.

The 5 Most Annoying People at the Gym

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

As Halloween and the holidays fast approach, the urge to indulge in candy. For that reason, many people wind up doing extra shifts at the gym. But there are annoying people at that gym and we all spot them. They are so common that it's likely you easily recognize the following five fitness fiascos from your local health club.

Five Phrases People Need To Stop Using

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

"Totally Tubular" is forever -- and thankfully -- locked in the 80s, just as "Far Out, Man" reminds people of the late 60s. Unfortunately, almost all such comments have a limited shelf life. Here is a list of common phrases that have worn out their welcome.

The HABS have not Beaten the Flames in Calgary Since Jan. 5, 2002! CARTOON

Grooch | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

A face to imagine that perhaps a lot of Montreal Canadiens fans have this morning after the FLAMES' win last night.

Five Things Hollywood Pretends Are Affordable

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you spend a lot of time watching movies, you begin to notice a trend: movies are about Average Joes. Yet it seems Hollywood apparently would have us believe that John Q. Public has easy access to all the things people with money tend to be doing. Here's a list of five examples of pricey things that we keep seeing Average Janes doing on TV and in the movies.

6 Ways to be Gluten-Free Awesome

Lacey Haynes | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

Whether by choice or chance, gluten is being ditched in hoards and droves. With GF foods becoming more accessible, it's easy to get caught up in the convenience and not ask the hard questions. Just because the package says "gluten-free" doesn't mean that it's automatically a healthy option. Be informed.

"Sweet Adorable Maggpies" (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

You know you're a resident of Southern Alberta when a tourist asks you what kind of bird (Magpie) is squawking in the tree, and you reply "Oh ... You mean the LOUD rat with wings?"

NFL Season Starts on Thursday, and All Eyes Are on the Punters

Andy Juniper | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Inarguably, the quarterback position is the most glamorous in all of sports, certainly in all of football. Uncertain of whether the glamour claim is 100 per cent true? Ah, when was the last time you saw an offensive guard on the cover of a fashion magazine? Never, that's when.

What I Won't Miss About Summer

Lori Gard | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I love summer. Love, love, love it. It is the most wonderful time of the year. It is what we northerners wait for, what we hope for and what we crave through those dark and dreary winter months. It's the light at the end of the tunnel. But I realized that there are a FEW things I will not miss about summer.

The Death of Humour?

David Martin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
David Martin

It's time to accept that not-so-funny fact and move on. In the world of humour, it's now the video camera, not the pen, that's mightier than the sword.

The Invincible House of Gretzky

Andy Juniper | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

True story. Early one morning as my wife was signing-in at a corporate golf tournament, a charming and magnetic man sidled up to her and, with a playful twinkle in his eyes, he smiled mischievously and told her that he loved her. Turns out, that man was Walter Gretzky. This was just another notch in my long (and partially true) history with the Gretzky family.