• 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

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    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.

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    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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  • Walmart apologizes for ISIS cake after rejecting U.S. man's Confederate Flag request

    "They cheerfully did it, and sold me my ISIS cake. WTF Walmart!"

    Chuck Netzhammer asks for clarification in his video. (YouTube)Chuck Netzhammer asks for clarification in his video. (YouTube)

    While the Confederate flag continues to be the subject of bans across North America, a man from Louisiana has a bone to pick with Walmart.  

    Chuck Netzhammer requested his local Walmart decorate a cake for him in the shape of the Confederate flag and was outraged when he was refused, reports The Daily Caller

    Netzhammer decided to try another controversial symbol, the ISIS battle flag, and was shocked when his cake came back, in full piped-icing glory. In an uploaded YouTube video seen more than 500,000 times since last Friday, Netzhammer shows the cake, along with what he originally wanted – the Confederate flag with the slogan “Heritage not hate.”

    ““WTF Walmart! ISIS is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery, and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States,” he wrote in the caption to his YouTube video.  “But you can’t buy the General Lee toy car at Wallmart[sic]? It’s a damn shame.”

    A rep from Walmart has since explained to The Daily Caller that

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  • A New York lawyer, dairy farmer and farm lover has documented the after-effects of one of the most gruesome animal battles one could imagine: pit bull vs. porcupine. Lorraine Lewandrowski, who tweets under the moniker @NYFarmer, posted updates Tuesday morning from her sister’s veterinary office, as she treated a pit bull for dozens of quill piercings after the fight.

    The quills narrowly missed the pit bull’s eyes, Lewandowski said, but the dog had a lot in its mouth as well, as far down as its throat.

    The dog had to undergo anesthesia to allow the quills to be removed; porcupine quills hook into the skin, making removal extremely painful otherwise.

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  • Traditionally, the summer solstice – June 21 in 2015 – is considered the longest day of the year.

    But this year, June 30 will be one second longer.

    That’s because a so-called “leap second” is being added. This will compensate for an infinitesimal slowing of the Earth’s rotation in the past two centuries.

    “Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that,” Daniel MacMillan of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, told ScienceDaily.com.

    A new report from NASA/Goddard notes that our entire system of time is based on the idea that a single day lasts 84,000 seconds. In reality, though, the average day is approximately two one-thousandths of a second longer. Over 365 days, that’s an annual slowing of about .73 seconds.

    So every now and then, one of these “leap seconds” is added to keep our clocks on pace with our planet.

    Why does this happen?

    It turns out there are a few factors that can, in fact, alter the rotation of the

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  • It’s almost Canada Day and you’re likely to be deep in the throes of Canadian patriotism. Which means, probably, finding a red shirt, grabbing a six-pack, and heading down to your local playground or parkette to watch the Spoons or Kim Mitchell or whichever other Canadian musical celebrity happened to be available.

    But maybe you’re a little more into the whole “day of national birth” thing, and you want to express your love for country with a flag. You’re in luck. In true Canadian fashion, we’ve checked out the rules that govern the display of our national flag to make sure you don't get in trouble, and we’ve found some examples of how not to do it, so you can learn form other people's mistakes.

    The National Flag of Canada should be displayed only in a manner befitting this important national symbol; it should not be subjected to indignity…
    So, for example, when Rob Ford decided to hang a Canadian flag in his office window to protest the raising of the Rainbow Flag at Toronto’s City Hall

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  • A search and rescue helicopter leaving Cathedral Provincial Park. COURTESY: Randall St. GermainA search and rescue helicopter leaving Cathedral Provincial Park. COURTESY: Randall St. Germain

    After five days of combing British Columbia’s rugged back country on the ground and in the air, searchers were beginning to think the worst.

    Lynne Carmody and Rick Moynan, from Ontario, went out for a day hike in Cathedral provincial park near Keremeos on June 22 and didn’t return.

    Up to 50 trained search volunteers fanned out along the route they’d planned, to no avail.

    “There is some really bad terrain there. We’ve seen people with multiple fatalities in that type of terrain and we were strongly thinking that might have been the case,” says Alan Hobler, a search manager from Kamloops Search and Rescue and one of the search managers involved in the rescue effort.

    Then, on Sunday, the pair emerged on their own, hiking six hours through the timber in the direction they’d seen the helicopters fly.

    “They had lots of mosquito bites and scratches and they’re dehydrated and hungry, but aside from that it sound like they’re doing well,” Hobler tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The pair were very

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  • An RCMP demo of a takedown at a Sunset Ceremony in Ottawa over the weekend has drawn criticism online. An RCMP demo of a takedown at a Sunset Ceremony in Ottawa over the weekend has drawn criticism online. 

    There was face painting, a petting zoo, the RCMP’s world-renowned Musical Ride and an armed takedown complete with flash bangs and assault rifles.

    The national police agency’s Sunset Ceremonies performed over the weekend in Ottawa is raising a few eyebrows for a short performance by the force’s emergency response team (ERT).

    The four-minute spot in the evening show featured police officers in combat fatigues, weapons at the ready, pulling a suspect out of a vehicle window. Another team then arrives, guns drawn, to arrest a second suspect.

    “The RCMP offers a career like no other,” says the announcer. “If you want to make a difference in your community and your country, this can be the career for you.”

    The four-day ceremonies — Sunday's was cancelled due to weather — are an annual event in Ottawa.

    Supt. Leslie Cook, the officer in charge of the ride, describes it in a statement as a “family friendly event.”

    Not everyone saw it that way.

    A video of the Saturday performance drew some

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  • (Photo via CBC)(Photo via CBC)

    With Canada Day approaching, people across the country will be loading up on flag capes, maple leaf ball caps and fireworks… armloads and armloads of fireworks.

    It’s curious that in a modern society where it’s illegal to walk a dog off-leash or transport a 7-year-old without a booster seat, we’re okay with Joe Six-pack carrying an evening’s worth of explosives home to enjoy in the back yard with a few drinks and the neighbours.

    But before you fill the bucket of sand and set up the lawn chairs, you might want to make sure it’s actually legal for you to do so. While federal rules govern the use and distribution of fireworks, it’s up to municipalities to decide when they’re allowed. And while some cities are okay with a small pyrotechnic display on a random summer night, others have instituted outright bans. So it may be okay on a certain day to fire off a spinner in Vancouver, but if you step into Richmond, you’ll be running afoul of the law.

    Your best bet is to check your local bylaws

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