• Vans quickly landed itself in hot water over this offensive t-shirt. (Vans)Vans quickly landed itself in hot water over this offensive t-shirt. (Vans)

    Vans, a well known American skateboard apparel company, appears to be in hot water over an offensive t-shirt it has since removed from its clothing line.

    For their recent spring campaign, Vans released a mens t-shirt that shows a totem pole made entirely out of beer cans.

    However, shortly after the shirt was made available, Canadians took to social media to voice their displeasure with the offensive shirt that blatantly promotes the “drunken Indian” stereotype.

    One concerned individual, Chad Girardin, a Métis man from Vancouver, even went as far as launching a Change.org petition openly calling out the retailer and asking it to pull the “Wizard Totem” shirt from its clothing line.

    “By creating this shirt Vans is stating that Natives culture revolves around alcohol and that all ‘Indians’ are drunks,“ the petition reads. The petition has received more than 17,000 signatures in just three short weeks.

    Concern about this shirt manifested shortly after the final day of the Truth and

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  • A mysterious face was found in the side of a cliff in a remote area of B.C. (Twitter/@HaShilthSa)A mysterious face was found in the side of a cliff in a remote area of B.C. (Twitter/@HaShilthSa)

    The pristine islands of British Columbia are beautiful and captivating. So imagine the reaction of locals when they saw a large face etched into the side of a cliff.

    That’s what happened when a mysterious hidden face was re-discovered by a man who has been searching the depths of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for the last two years, the Huffington Post reports. 

    The face is said to be located on a cliff on Reeks Island, which is part of the Broken Group Islands in British Columbia.

    Hank Gus, of the Tseshaht First Nation, an aboriginal group in the area, first heard about the face in 2008 from a kayaking tourist.

    The kayaker took a few photographs of the unusual sight, but then when she later returned to the area, she was unable to find the exact location. The kayaker proceeded to send the photos to Parks Canada, who contacted the Tseshaht administration office, reports CTV News.

    After hearing about the sighting, Gus spent the next two years trying to track down the exact

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  • (Photo via Teach My Baby To Swim/Amanda Christensen)(Photo via Teach My Baby To Swim/Amanda Christensen)

    Elizabeth Christensen looks like a typical toddler. With cherubic cheeks and tiny hands she’s just old enough to walk, but in the water she can do something incredible: at only 16 months old she swims across a pool unassisted.

    Her video Baby Swims Across Pool garnered massive hits on YouTube when it was first posted online in 2012, and her parents have been charting her swimming progress online ever since. With a blog, Facebook page, and YouTube channel, they showcase their daughter’s (and now their son Isaac’s) swimming lessons as they’re taught by an Infant Resource Swimming instructor (ISR).

    Amanda Christensen, the children’s mother, was introduced to ISR during a child development class in college. As a long time swimming teacher herself, she was amazed by the ISR techniques and decided that when she had kids she’d have them learn from an ISR instructor.

    “ISR teaches both the swim and the float which enables those that are developmentally and physically able to get to the side of

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  • Cat claims baby's new crib as his own in hilarious photo

    "Pretty sure our cat thinks the crib we put together was for him.”

    Cats are notoriously territorial animals. Finn appears to be no different. (Imgur)Cats are notoriously territorial animals. Finn appears to be no different. (Imgur)

    This couple expecting their first child may have forgotten to inform the whole family about their happy news.

    When Reddit user Max Brown and his wife built a crib for their baby girl, who is due soon, their cat made himself right at home. Brown caught the little guy in the crib one morning and snapped a picture that has since gone viral. 

    In the picture, their adorable Maine Coon mix cat is seen lying stretched out in the baby’s new crib, thinking it belongs to him. Brown even titled the post: “pretty sure our cat thinks the crib we put together was for him.”

    The three-year-old cat named Finn is quite the stubborn little guy. Since the photo was uploaded online, Finn’s been regularly using the crib, usually in the mornings, as his own bed. 

    “I find him in there every few days and pull him out right away,” Brown wrote on Reddit. “My wife came and got me yesterday and when I saw him I figured I’d get a picture before taking him out.”

    The Internet is certainly glad that Brown had a

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  • Teacher charged after lowering student headfirst into trash can was “just joking”

    “I had a strong hold of him – he wasn’t flailing around or anything."

    Mary Katherine Pursley  is pictured in this undated photo. (Cobb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department via AP)Mary Katherine Pursley is pictured in this undated photo. (Cobb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department via AP)It was “just a joke,” said a special needs teacher accused of lowering an autistic second-grader headfirst into a trash can.

    Mary Katherine Pursley, who is charged with child cruelty, recently faced a tribunal, 11Alive reports. She requested the tribunal so that she could fight for her job.

    The panel is made up of retired educators who will determine whether the district has grounds to fire Pursley for incompetency and insubordination.  

    Pursley, who does not deny that the incident happened, got a chance to explain her side of the story.

    “I had a strong hold of him – he wasn’t flailing around or anything,” she said. “I had a strong hold of him. He was crying. He was screaming already, very loudly.”

    Pursley said that she took action because the student – referred to as “T” – was hitting other students and screaming. The incident occurred at Mt. Bethel Elementary School in Georgia, U.S.

    “She told him that he, if he was continuing to talk trashy – that trash talk, trashy behaviour – [he]

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  • Typical flexed burial from Passo Marinaro.Typical flexed burial from Passo Marinaro.

    It appears that we currently have more in common with the ancient Greeks than we originally thought. Surprisingly enough, it involves zombies.

    Archaeologists are claiming to have uncovered new evidence that is suggesting the ancient civilization believed in the undead, whom were capable of rising from their graves at night.

    “The ancient Greeks provide an example of a civilization that wholly embraced the supernatural,” wrote Carrie Sulosky Weaver, an archaeologist at the University of Pittsburgh, in the publication Popular Archaeology.

    According to Discovery News, there has been newly discovered graves at a necropolis of a Greek colony in Sicily. Known as Passo Marinaro, the cemetery is located near the coastal town of Kamarina, in southeastern Sicily, which was inhabited from the 5th through 3rd centuries B.C.

    Archaeologists have already excavated 2,905 bodies at the site – more than half of which contained terracotta vases, figurines and metal coins with the bodies, Discovery News

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  • Meet Luhu, the saddest, cutest cat on the Internet

    Everything is going to be alright, little Luhu

    It's easy to see why Luhu has become an Internet sensation. (Instagram/@lanlan731)It's easy to see why Luhu has become an Internet sensation. (Instagram/@lanlan731)

    Move over, Grumpy Cat. There’s a new adorably dissatisfied kitty winning hearts online. 

    Meet Luhu, the sad celebrity cat that is sure to dominate your Facebook and Twitter feeds. 

    Luhu’s owner, Maggie Liu, has been uploading pictures her cat on her Instagram account, where more than 10,000 followers have been checking in on the cute sad-eyed little feline.

    The tabby cat lives with her two older brothers, Barher and Bardie, in Beijing, China. And although the three cats share the same mother, Luhu is the only one in the family with those big, sad eyes. 

    Even when playing with her toy panda, Luhu looks adorably distraught. Nothing seems to cheer her up.

    It's ok, little Luhu. It's just a stuffed panda bear. (Instagram/@lanlan731)It's ok, little Luhu. It's just a stuffed panda bear. (Instagram/@lanlan731)

    But despite what we may see, Luhu is far from a sad cat. She plays regularly with her brothers and has displayed these sad facial expressions ever since she was a kitten.

    Not even a walk on a fluffy green rug can cheer little Luhu up. (Instagram/@lanlan731)Not even a walk on a fluffy green rug can cheer little Luhu up. (Instagram/@lanlan731)

    Liu explains on the Instagram account that her cats “faces, tastes and personalities are totally different.”

    Well, different appears to be working. Luhu Internet

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  • Social media may not be having the negative effect you'd think on empathy in young people. (Thinkstock)Social media may not be having the negative effect you'd think on empathy in young people. (Thinkstock)

    Young people today are all about instant gratification and the newest technology. Millennials can’t seem to care about anyone but themselves — or so you’d think, if you believed everything written about that age group.

    Rebeccah Nelems, a scholar of Sociology and Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria, is about to study just that: how youth today experience empathy. Recently awarded a Pierre Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Fellowship for her work, she hopes her research will help improve empathy-based curriculum and bring the voices of young people to educators.

    “We’ve decided empathy is really important,” she says of the explosion of interest around empathy and its effects. “There are all these studies that back that, that show how empathy is positively correlated with all these other socially desirable traits, such as leadership, critical thinking, and business acumen. Some what ironically the second narrative that’s coming out along with that is we feel

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  • (Twitter/@TheLakeHealth)(Twitter/@TheLakeHealth)

    If there was any remaining doubt in your mind that Chris Pratt was a real-life superhero, this is sure to change your mind.

    The 36-year-old Guardian of the Galaxy, whose movie ‘Jurassic World’ is breaking box office records around the globe, decided to take some time out of his busy schedule to have some fun with the patients at a children’s hospital.

    The actor stopped by at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to hang out with the youngsters and take photos with them.

    The hospital’s official website states that Pratt “took time out from filming his latest move to visit [the] amazing kids.”

    “Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting.”

    The hospital shared photos on their Twitter of the actor channeling

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  • We appear to be one step closer to getting our Marty McFly on. (The Verge)We appear to be one step closer to getting our Marty McFly on. (The Verge)

    Back to the Future fans may get a real kick out of this one.

    Lexus, the motor company most famous for its high-end SUVs, is introducing its latest mode of transportation … the Hoverboard. 

    The latest video in Lexus’ Amazing in Motion series reveals what appears to be a legitimate, rideable hoverboard that can float an inch off the ground. And while it’s not quite what we saw Marty McFly riding in Back to the Future 2, this impressive creation is far more technologically advanced.

    “When technology, design and imagination come together, amazing things can be achieved,” posted Lexus in their promotional video on YouTube.

    On the website, Lexus describes what went into making one of these cool hoverboards, which they’re calling the SLIDE. It uses magnetic levitation to achieve its floating movement. Through liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, the hoverboard is able to support an actual rider. 

    The design of the SLIDE is unique, too. It features the Lexus symbol on

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