• Mark Hamill channels his inner Joker when giving autographs

    “This Vader guy is a loser… hope he doesn’t have kids!”

    (Imgur/raggedrabbit)(Imgur/raggedrabbit)
    Mark Hamill, most famously know for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, seems to have a wicked sense of humour as well. 

    Recently some bubblegum cards have surfaced on Imgur that appear to have been signed by Hamill, along with some hilarious Star Wars jokes.

    One card depicting Luke Skywalker’s destroyed home reads: “Darn it! I told Uncle Owen not to smoke in the house!”

    Another one shows Luke Skywalker in search for Vader and the 63-year-old actor writes: “This Vader guy is a loser… hope he doesn’t have kids!” 

    One Imgur user said: “Now I know why they call him The Joker,” a character Hamill is known for voicing in numerous animated features and video games in the Batman franchise. 

    Another one said: “Nice to know he actually looks at what he’s signing. What a nice guy.” 

    But getting a hand on an autograph from the childhood idol isn’t cheap.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, getting a signature from Hamill will cost you about $125

    Fans definitely have

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  • NASA's view of the blue moon.NASA's view of the blue moon.

    Friday is one of those days that we only have once in a blue moon. 

    In fact, this Friday July 31,st  will actually be a blue moon when it turns full at 6:43a.m. ET. That's because it will be the second full moon in the month.

    Unfortunately, the rarity of the blue moon isn't quite as rare as it sounds since there is more than one kind of blue moon.

    This week's blue moon is all about the rarity of having two full moons in the same month. Usually that happens about once every 2.6 years, although in 1999 it happened twice in three months. The next time skywatchers are likely to see a blue moon is in 2018.

    “The terms seems a little convoluted as to why the term blue was used,” The Weather Network meterorologist and science writer Scott Sutherland tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “The Farmers' Almanac gives the original seasonal definition as being four full moons in a season rather than three full moons,“ says Sutherland.

    “It seems that may have just been following the system for naming all the

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  • A children's book written and illustrated by Edward Saunders, aged 11 (Photo: Kickstarter)A children's book written and illustrated by Edward Saunders, aged 11 (Photo: Kickstarter)

    At age 11, Edward Saunders had big plans for the future – he would write, illustrate, and publish a book.  

    But at 18, just hours after attending a Pink Floyd concert at Wembley Stadium in London, “the happy, clever, handsome and fun-loving boy” died of a rare strain of meningitis.

    Years later, Edward’s mother Tracey discovered the book her son had written in a box of keepsakes, reports The Daily Mail. The title was: “Robey and the Dentist”.

    “I read it and laughed and it was such a great read I thought: ‘Maybe we could get it published?’” Tracey said.

    Using the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, Tracey raised more than £10,000 in 30 days. The book was published by Hullo Creative, a Bristol-area design firm, who updated Edward’s original sketches.

    “We’ve always been determined to make Edward’s dream come true, and so [we] have published this book in his memory. We hope you enjoy his humorous tale,” Tracey told Meningitis Now.

    Over the last five years, cases of the aggressive W strain of

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  • Leslee White-Eye became chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation earlier this week.Leslee White-Eye became chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation earlier this week.

    Earlier this week Leslee White-Eye became chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, the first female chief of the band in more than 60 years.

    “Her success is our success,” says Isadore Day, Ontario regional chief. He cites the Indian Act laws, which prohibited women from voting or running in elections until 1951, as a digression for the First Nations community.

    It wasn’t until Bill C-31, which amended the Indian Act in 1985, that things started to noticeably change.

    “It’s taken us a few years to get us here,” he says. “We’re now seeing not just more women in leadership roles, but the quality women bring to the First Nations is quite evident across the country.”

    White-Eye agrees. She says she wonders about “what’s in the water” when it comes to women in political leadership roles in the First Nations community. There are about 130 female chiefs across the country, compared to 10 in 1960.

    “Our women have always been leaders,” she says.

    When it comes to addressing her platform,

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  • Job hunters highlight their not-so-valuable skills with #MyUselessResumeSkills hashtag

    "Selfie artist. (Might as well make it sound legit) #MyUselessResumeSkills"

    And what a great impression of a hot dog it is! (Photo credit: Twitter)And what a great impression of a hot dog it is! (Photo credit: Twitter)

    If you have ever toiled over your resume, wondering what to highlight and what to omit, then you know how, well, useless, some of your skills really are.

    Twitter user @SarahGee1987 put it best:  “I’m highly dedicated. I can finish an entire season of a show in two days or less,” she tweeted, with the hashtag #MyUselessResumeSkills.

    The hashtag has gone viral over the past week, with prospective job searchers hilariously admitting to their less-than-desirable traits and skills.

    Nev Schulman, host and producer of the MTV TV series Catfish and the 2010 documentary of the same name, tweeted his own not-so impressive job skills and the Internet took it from there:

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  • Forget about plates, apparently. 

    There’s an unusual food trend in Britain that has customers eating a ‘dog’s dinner’ out of stainless steel bowls. Yummy! 

    Varsity, a pub in Warwick, England, has been serving authentic meals in dog bowls as part of its “Dirty Food” menu.

    The restaurant’s unusual trend has been put in the spotlight after Zoe Carrington shared an image of her meal with the website We Want Plates, reports the Mirror.

    (Twitter/@WeWantPlates)(Twitter/@WeWantPlates)

    ‘We Want Plates’ campaigns against food being served on anything other than plates, including baskets or even shovels.

    The meal is called Dirty Dog’s Dinner, which consists of bacon, baked beans, chips (fries) and sausages. The dish goes for £4.29, roughly about $8.75.

    According to the Daily Mail, a Varsity spokesperson commented that it’s catching on. “The fun choice of stainless

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  • Ontario woman’s obituary asks readers to ‘drive Stephen Harper from office’

    “Mom wanted an interesting obit and we tried to honour that."

    Catherine Finn (Photo credit: turnerporter.permavita.com)Catherine Finn (Photo credit: turnerporter.permavita.com)

    Catherine Finn was remembered for her “sharp wit” and “steely backbone,” as well as her bold opinions. It only makes sense that her obituary wouldn’t be any different.

    The 72-year-old’s obituary appeared in newspapers last week and is going viral ever since for its brutal honesty. 

    The Peterborough, Ont., native passed away quietly in her sleep in Toronto on July 19. Her obit notes that she was a wife, mother and grandmother who loved life and was a “fearless defender of the world of ideas.”

    Her three sons took on the challenge to write her obit, which included a few “zingers,” reported the Toronto Star

    “Mom wanted an interesting obit and we tried to honour that,” her son, Patrick Finn, told BuzzFeed. “We were trying to channel her voice and not impose our own.”

    Finn had strong opinions about Canadian politics and culture. One of her ideas related to Canada’s current Prime Minister. 

    Instead of donations, “Catherine would want you to do everything you can to drive Stephen Harper

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  • B.C. Mountie under investigation for questionable traffic stop caught on video

    "You want to potshot me by saying I’m a distracted driver when I’m doing my job?"

    Among a recent slew of investigations into police activity comes a case out of Kelowna, B.C., where a Mountie is being investigated for his questionable behaviour.

    Shawn Michaelz of Edmonton, Alberta, was driving in Kelowna with his girlfriend when a Mountie pulled them over.

    As he explained on his Facebook profile, Michaelz and his girlfriend were waiting to turn left at an intersection and even though they had time to turn, they waited for the slowly oncoming police officer to make his turn, as he had the right of way.

    “I throw my hands up in the air in the passenger seat of the vehicle and the cop gets mad and pulls a U-turn in the intersection to pull us over,” wrote Michaelz on Facebook.

    When asked why they were pulled over, the unidentified Mountie was recorded saying, “I’m doing my job. I’m looking for a licence plate and I looked down at my screen and I may have lost track of where I was on the road. Fair enough, but that’s my job as a police officer.“

    When Michaelz brought

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  •  Photo by L’Erin Dobra Photo by L’Erin Dobra

    It’s perfectly natural for a 2-year-old boy to want to be like the cartoons and superheroes he sees on television. There are too many of these memorable characters to name: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, Batman and of course Mickey Mouse are just some of the classics. And while young Grayson Dobra of Prairieville, Louisiana is certainly a big fan of Mickey, there’s a rather unique character that takes his fandom cake. None other than New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart.

      

    You heard that right. Grayson can’t seem to stop watching Bart’s ads, which don’t exactly feature any web spinning, bat signals or quirky mouse ears. How much does Grayson like Bart you ask? So much so that for his second birthday this past January, his mom L’erin brought him a cake with the attorney’s edible photo printed on it to go along with a life-size cardboard cut-out of the man himself.

    Ms. Dobra swears that her boy is indeed a big fan of Mickey, but that he’d watch Bart’s personal injury

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    Progressive Conservative political pioneer Flora MacDonald will be laid to rest this weekend but Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be there.

    The Prime Minister’s Office says Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch will attend MacDonald’s funeral Sunday as a representative of the government.

    Harper’s absence and his bare mention of the passing of the country’s first female foreign minister could be viewed as further proof of a growing divide in the Conservative camp between the so-called Red Tories and the Harperite offspring of the Reform Party.

    “I’m not an expert in the Conservative Party family but I think there seems to be a rift between some of the folks who might traditionally consider themselves Red Tories, or Progressive Conservatives, and Mr. Harper’s preferred ilk of Conservative, which is perhaps more Reform-minded,” says Ian Capstick, managing partner of MediaStyle and a regular political commentator on CBC’s Power & Politics program.

    “It’s not a lot of time out of

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