• (YouCaring/Friends of Emma)(YouCaring/Friends of Emma)

    An adorable English bulldog named Bonsai was dealt a heavy hand in life, but things are looking up.

    The lovable puppy was born with only half a spine, no pelvis and tiny contracted hind legs.

    In addition to that, Bonsai was born “engorged in fluid,” which, when combined with the lack of mobility in his hind-end, caused him to get a condition known as “Swimmer’s Syndrome.”

    According to his YouCaring campaign page, the syndrome is a “condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides – putting pressure on the internal organs.”

    The little guy has already undergone a surgery to remove both of his immobile hind legs, and is doing great – but there is no “cure” for his malformed spine and pelvis.

    “Bonsai is a precious boy and deserving of every opportunity of health, wellness and a bright future that we will be able to offer him,” the Friends of Emma Rescue Center wrote on the campaign page.

    (YouCaring/Friends of Emma)(YouCaring/Friends of Emma)

    But giving him the life he

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  • D'oh! Duff Beer is hitting bars, but mainly overseas

    If you're in Canada, you’re out of luck

    For all you Simpson’s fanatics out there, you’re in for a treat. Homer Simpson’s favourite beer, Duff, will soon be making it’s way into bars around the world.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, ‘The Simpsons’ owner 21st Century Fox will be releasing a real-life version of Duff Beer in Chile this week. Distribution could hit South America and Europe by early next year.

    “I think there’s potential to have Duff everywhere in the world,” Jeffrey Godsick, president of the company’s consumer products division, told the WSJ.

    Although Homer and his cronies have been cracking open Duff’s since the start of the show, 21st Century Fox has only just decided to get into the beer business now.

    Over the years, many unofficial versions of Duff have popped up around the world, mainly in South America.

    There was so much unauthorized Duff beer being sold in Chile, Fox had to file an intellectual property complaint that led to thousands of bottles being seized by the Chilean police, the WSJ reports.

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  • A teen boy saved a three-year-old girl's life in 1977 at Toronto's Cherry Beach and Edit Beliwicz is now searching for him on social media to thank him.A teen boy saved a three-year-old girl's life in 1977 at Toronto's Cherry Beach and Edit Beliwicz is now searching for him on social media to thank him.

    A woman from Barrie, Ont., is hoping the power of social media will help find the man who saved her from drowning nearly four decades ago.

    Edith Beliwicz, née Langille, was three years old in 1977 when her mother took her to a picnic party at Toronto’s Cherry Beach. During the festivities, young Beliwicz waddled away from the group and was swept into the water.

    “A lot of the adults thought I was a doll floating in the water,” Beliwicz tells Yahoo Canada News. “The only memory I have of it is looking at the sky.”

    Luckily, a 14-year-old boy named Terrence Perry happened to see the child and jumped in with his dog Whiskey to save her.

    A newspaper article was written about the young hero, which Beliwicz rediscovered about a month ago.

    The news report inspired her to go searching for him, so she could get a chance to personally thank the man who saved her life.

    Little is known about the mystery hero, aside from the fact that he’s from Bermuda and lived at the time on Raja Avenue in

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  • Watch the world’s first BMX quadruple backflip

    “It was like going up 100 levels of commitment."

    Riding for Nitro Circus' Revolution Day, Jed Mildon must have defied the laws of physics to land the first-ever quadruple backflip on a BMX bike.

    Mildon and fellow rider James Foster went head to head to score this amazing trick first, which required a custom built ramp and four years of preparation.

    In the video, there are some very nasty falls to start. Foster ended up breaking his ribs and was forced to watch Mildon complete the trick from the sidelines.

    “I broke two ribs on the second try, and went back six weeks later to try it again, and ended up breaking two more ribs on my first attempt back,” Fostertold RIDE BMX. 

    In total, Foster sustained 10 broken ribs and a separated shoulder trying to complete the stunt. 

    After months of tweaking the ramp, Mildon finally nailed the four flips. 

    “It was like going up 100 levels of commitment,” he told Ride BMX. “So, so hard to figure out! Once I figured it out, it was reasonable safe to commit to.”

    (Courtesy of Nitro Circus)(Courtesy of Nitro Circus)

    Mildon is no stranger to achieving

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  • Spanish seniors try out a new playground designed just for them.Spanish seniors try out a new playground designed just for them.
    New playgrounds in Spain prove that we’re all young at heart.

    These “outdoor circuits” made especially for senior citizens provide an opportunity for exercise and prove that our bodies may get old, but our spirit never does. So when the weather’s warm and the days are long, the elderly aren’t sitting on the sidelines while their grandchildren hang out on jungle gyms – they’re getting in on the action too.

    A 63-year-old retiree named Manuel Francisco Martin told Public Radio International that the point is simply “to be able to keep going.”

    “To never stop – because once you stop moving, things go badly.”

    The outdoor exercise parks were designed in Finland, Public Radio International reports, but Spain has cornered the market with a whopping 600 already in place, and orders for hundreds more.

    But before the seniors get to swinging, spinning and stretching, they’re usually in need of a mini-walkthrough.

    “People’s first impression is always, ‘huh? What are we going to do here?’” physical

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  • Rainbow over Nintendo HQ following president’s death

    Fans dubbed it Iwata’s “Rainbow Road” to heaven

    Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has died of a bile duct tumour (AP)Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has died of a bile duct tumour (AP)

    The man many of us thank for making our childhoods so sunny got a fitting send-off following his death.

    Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata passed away a few days ago due to a bile duct growth at the age of 55.

    The Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, was photographed by Twitter user ‘bakatetu2’ the day after Iwata’s death, showing a cloudy sky with the hint of a rainbow beaming through.

    It served as a fitting tribute to the man who made our video game adventures as children (and adults) so memorable.

    Iwata was the first Nintendo president outside of the Yamauchi family and started in the industry as a game programmer at HAL Laboratory, CNN reports.

    Unlike his predecessors, who

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    The Irish have had to endure their fair share of shaming, what with the potato famine, the prevalence of red hair, and the insistent use of leprechauns to illustrate the Irish personality. Not to mention the "drink a lot of beer" thing.

    So it’s little wonder Irish residents in Canada are taking issue with a truck driving around the streets of Toronto, telling them to “go home” and leave Canada.

    The truck, and corresponding posters that are circulating around the city, are the brainchild of “The Social House,” a marketing agency based In Dublin that is looking to recruit star designers who have lived in other parts of the world.

    The posters direct readers to visit pleaseleavecanada.com; that URL redirects to the firm’s home page, which features another ad urging Irish creatives abroad to come back to Ireland.

      

    In a blog post on its site, the company said it’s going through a grown spurt and is looking for “brilliant misfits”. The Social House’s Colin Hart told an Irish news site that

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  • <span style=color: #2c2c2c; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 17px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 26px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: #ffffff;>Ruby was rescued by Jane Dunford of Harlow, Essex (Jane Dunford/Facebook)<br /></span>

    A baby fox cub left orphaned after her parents were killed in a fox hunt has put a face on the heated debate over whether to reverse some laws restricting the long sporting tradition in the UK.

    Three months ago, Ruby was rescued after her parents were killed in an illegal hunt. She was only 11-weeks-old when she was adopted by Jane Dunford in Harlow, UK. Ever since, Ruby has been raised by Dunford. 

    “She is the most wonderful animal and although still nervous of men – understandably – she has learntto trust me and I adore her,” Dunford told Mirror. Ruby is also best friends with Dunford’s two dogs.

    Ruby was rescued by Jane Dunford of Harlow, Essex (Jane Dunford/Facebook)Ruby was rescued by Jane Dunford of Harlow, Essex (Jane Dunford/Facebook)

    This week, the government dropped plans to relax hunting laws in England and Wales after the Scottish National party (SNP) said they would vote against the move, according to the BBC. Pictures of the tiny orphaned cub have made the debate even more real.

    Fox hunting was made illegal through the creation of the Hunting Act 2005. But England is once again in the center of a fox hunting vote

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  • Chai flips over a fence while chasing a frisbee.Chai flips over a fence while chasing a frisbee.
    A fence poses no obstacle for this dog, who used an acrobatic move to get over it.

    In the short clip, Chai is seen running at full speed towards the fence at Woodstock City Park in Portland, Oregon. As he comes into contact with the netting, he executes a perfect front flip and continues chasing the Frisbee like nothing’s happened. Unbelievably, the dog manages to land on his paws and doesn’t lose any momentum.

    The acrobatic dog is later seen walking back casually with the Frisbee in his mouth towards his owner. And just in case you missed it the first time, it’s captured a second time in slow motion.

    His owners can be heard laughing in the background as they record and in the video on YouTube just one simple word describes this special moment: “Win.” 

    Chai is definitely a winner in our hearts.

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  • Bug Hall as Alfalfa (centre) pictured on movie poster for 'The Little Rascals' from 1994.Bug Hall as Alfalfa (centre) pictured on movie poster for 'The Little Rascals' from 1994.
    Anyone that had the pleasure of watching the 1994 classic rendition of ‘The Little Rascals’ most likely fell in love with smooth taking Alfalfa, played by former child star, Bug Hall.  Alfalfa had the slick combover hairdo, hilariously adorable wiggling ears, and he even performed, “You Are So Beautiful” flawlessly to his child-hood fling, Darla. 

    Well, Mr Hall, who is now 30, is back in the spotlight after uploading a present-day photo of himself on social-media, and the internet world is going wild.  Only now, Hall is giving off more of a “Lumber-jack-esque” vibe.  Hall’s recent attention is due to the folks at Buzzfeed who initially unearthed Hall’s transformation and drew attention to his new look. 

    Hall has definitely evolved from the bashful young boy that he once was into a burly man.  His recent uploads on Twitter and Instagram show him rocking a full beard and curled moustache. 

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