• Pad your wallet as a professional cuddler on CuddleUp.com

    No word on who chooses to be the big or little spoon

    (Photo credit: Thinkstock)(Photo credit: Thinkstock)

    A nice cuddle is known to have many benefits, like lowering your blood pressure and decreasing anxiety. And now, it can also be an easy way to pad your wallet.

    There are cuddle parties meet-ups around the world, a cuddling studio and freelance cuddlers. And now the cuddle community is expanding to include a web site that connects people who need a cuddle with people who are willing to be cuddled – for a price.

    On Cuddleup.com, those wanting to get paid to cuddle – known as cuddlers – create a profile that states their city, age, ethnicity, height, body type and astrological sign, as well as how much they charge an hour. They’re also welcome to include a little blurb about themselves, which generally includes a reason why they’re on the site. (“I have much experience, since this is very important in my culture,” and “I’ve been cuddling on the amateur circuit for a while now and I think it’s time to turn pro,” for example.)

    Cuddlees – those wishing to pay for the service – can browse

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  • Toy maker releases Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby, proceeds go to wildlife conservation research

    “Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil."

    (Photo credit: CBC)(Photo credit: CBC)

    Following the tragic death of Cecil the Lion, popular plush toy manufacturer TY Inc. has announced they will be selling a special Cecil-themed Beanie Baby to honour the beloved lion.

    The company says it will donate100 per cent of all profits from the new toy to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford, the organization that had been tracking Cecil since 2008, PR Newswire reports.

    Ty Warner introduces Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby. (Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Ty Inc.)Ty Warner introduces Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby. (Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Ty Inc.)“Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil,” said Ty Warner, Founder and chairman of Ty Inc.

    The Cecil plush toy will go on sale in September for the price of $5.99.

    Cecil was killed last month by Walter Palmer, an American dentist and avid hunter at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Palmer reportedly paid $55,000 for the “pleasure” to kill the 13-year-old wildlife icon. Zimbabwe officials have since claimed that the hunt was illegal and are trying to take action against Palmer. 

    The death of

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  • Jean Chretien is seen waiting to water ski in a screengrab from YouTube.Jean Chretien is seen waiting to water ski in a screengrab from YouTube.

    As we kick off the longest election season in modern Canadian history, former prime minister Jean Chretien has to feel a little relief the only things he's kicking off are water skis.

    In a video uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 3, Chretien is shown zipping around the lake on two skis, then dropping one about halfway through and continuing to ski on just one.

    The video was uploaded by Steven Hogue, a member of Chretien's personal staff, according to Canoe, whose YouTube videos seem to be limited explicitly to Chretien doing various sports; he also has a clip of Chretien wakeboarding in 2013, and downhill skiing the same year.

    Chretien underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2007, and had a subdermal hematoma (when blood puts pressure between the skull and the brain) removed in 2010.

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  • Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shakes hands with a woman while serving pancakes during the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, in this file photo taken July 4, 2015. Speculation mounted on Thursday that Canada's election campaign would formally begin on Sunday, with the governing Conservatives planning a Montreal rally with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday evening. REUTERS/Crystal Schick/FilesCanada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shakes hands with a woman while serving pancakes during the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, in this file photo taken July 4, 2015. Speculation mounted on Thursday that Canada's election campaign would formally begin on Sunday, with the governing Conservatives planning a Montreal rally with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday evening. REUTERS/Crystal Schick/Files

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to attend a Sunday rally in the downtown Montreal riding of Mount Royal sets the tone for what one former Tory senator says could be a “historic” campaign.

    Hugh Segal, who resigned from the Red Chamber last summer in order to become Master at Massey College at the University of Toronto, says the 2015 campaign will be a memorable one — and not only for its historic length, at an expected 78 days.

    Instead, he says, the campaign could mark a Tory breakthrough in a riding that has historically been a Liberal stronghold. Past representatives of the Mount Royal riding include: former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former House of Commons speaker Alan Macnaughton, and the current incumbent, Irwin Cotler, who will be retiring after a lengthy career in public office.

    “It’s usually a slam dunk in that riding [for the Liberals],” says Segal. “But the Prime Minister appears to be more optimistic that this could change this time around.”

    At the

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  • 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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