• While Donald Trump makes political hay from losing platforms for his beauty pageants after race-baiting Mexicans, a Canadian pageant winner is facing real repercussions for using her position to try to effect actual social change.

    Anastasia Lin won the Miss World Canada pageant in May. Lin, 25, is a theatre major at the University of Toronto, and spoke out frequently against China’s persecution of religious minorities during the competition, according to the Globe and Mail. She has also acted in numerous films that deal with the issue of human rights in China.

    Those actions are now having a significant impact on her family. Lin, who was born in China and moved to Canada wih her mother at age 13, wites in the Washington Post that while winning the competition is an honor, it’s coming with consequences for her father, who still lives in China.

    Shortly after my victory, my father started receiving threats from Chinese security agents complaining about my human rights advocacy. As an

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  • New Nikon camera can zoom in on the moon

    On websites such as Amazon, the camera is already temporarily out of stock

    (YouTube/Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz)(YouTube/Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz)

    The sky is no longer the limit for Nikon, as their newest digital camera can zoom in on the moon.

    The Nikon Coolpix P900 camera not only shows the remarkable details of the moon’s surface but the Earth’s rotation as well. The camera is just that powerful.

    One recent video shows German photographer Lothar Lenz demonstrating the moon-zooming capabilities. The moon is hardly visibly at the beginning, but then its equipped 83x optical zoom helps capture the rocky surface and the moon’s craters in detail. The impressive zoom range doesn’t stop there, as a few seconds later the moon is seen drifting through the frame.

    Naturally, the video has already racked up over two million views. Other demo videos also show the camera’s amazing capabilities, including its zoom out from a flying plane high above in the sky.

    Besides its stellar image quality, the Nikon camera also has built-in Wi-Fi and can wirelessly connect to a smartphone for instant photo sharing. It can even record the exact

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  • If you know this couple, Jen Hurd Bohn would love to hear from you. (Facebook/Jen H. Bohn)If you know this couple, Jen Hurd Bohn would love to hear from you. (Facebook/Jen H. Bohn)

    Talk about a picture perfect moment!

    After a recent trip to Paris, Jen Hurd Bohn of California, has embarked on a world-wide manhunt for the couple that she photographed as their engagement unfolded high atop of the Eiffel Tower.

    And she needs your help.

    While waiting in line with her husband, Bohn saw the beautiful proposal taking place and managed to capture the entire exchange with her camera.

    Unfortunately, Bohn was too far back in line to be able to speak to the couple, so she’s turned to the Internet in order to track the couple down to give them their engagement photos.

    Determined to deliver the photos that captured the beautiful moment, Bohn posted on her Facebook: “Saw this guy propose to this girl on the Eiffel Tower Sunday 6/21/15 wanted to send them the pics but was stuck in line. Help me find them!.”

    The post has now been shared almost 200,000 times online as people join the search for the mystery couple.

    People from all over the world have been re-sharing the post, which

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  • Paris Hilton pranked pretty horribly by Egyptian TV show

    'Poor Paris Hilton’ is a saying you don’t typically expect people to say

    Traumatized, Paris Hilton is upset after she was pranked in a fake plane crash.Traumatized, Paris Hilton is upset after she was pranked in a fake plane crash.

    ‘Poor Paris Hilton’ is a saying you don’t typically expect people to say about the spoiled hotel heiress.

    But after watching the most recent viral video making waves, you might be more inclined to pity her than mock her. 

    The Daily What reports that Hilton was on vacation in Dubai when an Egyptian Television show called Ramez Wakel el-Gaw decided to play a prank on her.

    What was considered to be funny is actually quite terrifying, as the TV show pretended that the plane Paris was flying in was going to crash.

    A video of the incident shows the socialite on what she believes is a typical scenic flight over Dubai. Little does she know that the pilot is pulling stunts and the fellow passengers are actually actors pretending to be scared.

    After the group is up in the air, everyone on board begins to notice a weird smell and then a loud warning sound begins to go off, leaving everyone really nervous and eventually panic sets in.

    You can hear Hilton repeatedly ask: “Is this normal?”

    The

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  • A Virginia mom is getting a lot more than she bargained for when she asked for some kids to join her son in a water balloon fight for his 10th birthday.

    Traci Eubank’s son, Camden, has  Apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder that gives children trouble pronouncing sounds, syllables, and words. Camden is homeschooled and has trouble making friends, Traci said, because of the speech disorder.

    Camden wanted to have what Traci called an”ultimate water balloon fight” for his birthday, but because he doesn’t have a lot of friends, Traci was at a loss for who to invite other than Camden’s sister “and her best friend and a few cousins.”

    So on Sunday, June 28, Traci posted an open invitation on Facebook to anyone with kids that wants to come throw some water balloons with one awesome little boy.” And, it seems, the call has been answered.

    Since Traci posted the invitation, over 1500 people have joined the event page, and Traci has received notes of support from “India, London, Australia,

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  • Girl Scouts returns $100K after donor requests funds not used to support transgender girls

    “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to."

    Transgender girls are welcome in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a stance that has attracted controversy from some conservative groups over the past week.Transgender girls are welcome in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a stance that has attracted controversy from some conservative groups over the past week.

    One hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. It can help students through college, buy a car (or two), and it can help send 500 Girl Scouts to camp.

    But the exciting news of a $100,000 donation made out to the Queen Anne council of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington quickly turned sour when the donor sent a note: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money,” it said, the council’s CEO, Megan Ferland reported to the Seattle Met.

    Soon after receiving the note, Ferland returned the money to the donor, whom she she has chosen not to name. Disappointed by the situation, Ferland had a simple response, telling the Seattle Met, “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”

    Coming that close to such a substantial donation was certainly a tough pill to swallow, so the Girl Scouts of Western Washington has launched an Indiegogo fundraising page asking

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  • In a rare alignment, the crescent moon, and the planets Venus, center, and Jupiter shine above a farmhouse in the eastern pre-dawn sky.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)In a rare alignment, the crescent moon, and the planets Venus, center, and Jupiter shine above a farmhouse in the eastern pre-dawn sky.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Just in time for Canada Day holidays sky-watchers will get treated to a stunningly close encounter between two of the brightest planets in the evening sky.

    Just after sunset on both June 30 and July 1, our neighbouring worlds, Venus and Jupiter will appear to pair up very close together in the sky and dazzle us - appearing like a super bright double star at dusk. Known as a conjunction - when two celestial objects assemble close together in the sky - the two bright planets will appear less than half a degree apart - a spacing that is equal to only the width of your pinky finger at arms length.

    However if you have been looking up, you may have noticed this sky show has been a few weeks in the making as both Venus and Jupiter have both been dominating the late spring and early summer evening skies as they have been steadily converging from night to night. They have been hard to miss because they are the brightest objects in the sky after the Sun and Moon.

    Their proximity to each other

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  • Toddler hits neighbour’s car, parents receive unexpected invoice for the damage

    The last item on the bill read “these things happen” with no charge as the final amount

    (Thinkstock)(Thinkstock)

    Accidents happen and being honest about it is always the best policy.

    So when these UK parents admitted that their toddler damaged their neighbour’s car door they were expecting the worst: a big bill to pay.

    Instead, the parents received a heartwarming note letting them off the payment for the damage.

    The 3-year-old accidentally dented the neighbour’s car while opening his door on his family’s car, reports the Mirror. The parents told the owner about the accident and that they would pay for the repair to fix the door.

    A few days later, after reminding the neighbour about the damage, the mom received this invoice.

    (Imgur)

    On the bill, the neighbour listed the two repairs to the damage and some miscellaneous costs including “numerous cups of tea” and “numerous packets of biscuits” for “pondering” the costs of the repair. The grand total of repairs, re-spray, tea and biscuits ended up being £1,838.00 (which rounds up to nearly $2,900).

    But the last item on the bill read “these things happen”

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  • Mosque raises money for church in Ontario after it was vandalized

    “I told them, this is what any Muslim would do.”

    Hamid Slimi presents Father Camillo Lando with a $5000 cheque. (Twitter/@ihslimi)Hamid Slimi presents Father Camillo Lando with a $5000 cheque. (Twitter/@ihslimi)

    After a Catholic church was vandalized last month, a nearby mosque donated thousands of dollars to help because it was “the least that they could do.”

    Hamid Slimi, imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, Ont., paid a visit to a nearby St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic church after hearing about the incident through the media, The Toronto Star reports.

    That’s where Father Camillo Lando showed him some of the footage of the attack that was caught on security video.

    “It was a very bad scene,” Slimi told The Star. “The guy who did it ripped pages out of the Bible. He broke the altar. He threw the cross…”

    “When I saw this, I thought it was pure injustice. It was just wrong.”

    After seeing what had happened to the church in such explicit detail, Slimi informed his congregation about the incident and

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  • With summer in full force - in some parts of Canada at least - dogs are in full ”play outside” mode. While it’s tempting to slap on a leash and take your furry friend for a long walk, there’s a simple test you can administer to make sure your dog isn’t going to be melting in the summer sun.

    A post from Moon Valley Canine Training, a dog training centre in California, has taken off on Tumblr, thanks in part to its simplicity.

    The post has been shared almost 40,000 times on Tumblr, and over 100,000 times on Facebook, where many people have been marveling at the genius of the tip.

    People laugh at me when I carry my dog from the car instead of letting her walk on the Florida sun heated pavement. If I can't walk barefoot on it, I won't let her either!!! - Anna McWilliams, Orlando, FL

    And some dogs seem to be appreciative that their owners finally figured it out.

    My Cocker is usually not the freshest biscuit in the box but when it comes to hot pavement she just plain won't walk on it.

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