• Flowerhorn cichild fish plays fetch with its owner. (YouTube)Flowerhorn cichild fish plays fetch with its owner. (YouTube)

    Fish are often ridiculed for not being very intelligent, or for not having the strongest memory. Of course it all depends on the type of fish, but the latest viral video making waves online proves that some fish are in fact quite intelligent.

    Take this Flowerhorn cichlid fish, for example. It’s an ornamental aquarium fish, often noted for their vivid colours and their distinctively shaped head. But after this video made the rounds online, perhaps the Flowerhorn cichlid fish has earned itself a new distinction. 

    This video shows a man playing fetch with his fish, a game that had typically been reserved for dogs before this video’s release. The man is seen tossing a blue toy into the water while the fish swims to the toy, retrieves it and pushes it back to the man.

    The video has already received over 600,000 views despite being uploaded only two days ago.

    These two make an unusual pair, but you can see the man has no problem playing fetch with his little pal!

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  • Japan finally lifts its 67-year-old ban on dancing

    The stringent law was put in place following the Second World War

    Dancing after midnight in Tokyo will no longer be illegal, as long as it's not too dark. (AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno)Dancing after midnight in Tokyo will no longer be illegal, as long as it's not too dark. (AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

    What has become known as “Japan’s War on Dance,” is finally coming to an end.

    It’s been a long battle, but Japan has finally lifted its decades-long ban on dancing. It was first put into place after the Second World War in an attempt to crack down on dancehalls that were often a breeding ground for prostitution.

    The ban forbade public dancing without a permit – even licensed premises had to stop all dancing when the clock hit midnight, the Independent reports.

    Since the end of the war, Japan has developed into a highly bustling and thriving nation, making the Footloose-esque law seem a little out of place.

    But despite the law, dancing – even into the next day – was mostly tolerated through the latter half of the 20th century, with police turning a blind eye.

    Things became a little less lenient into the 21st century, however, when a string of celebrity drug scandals and nightclub brawls lead to a crackdown. At that time, club raids once again became a common occurrence.

    But Japan’s

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  • A ghost bike is installed at the site of last week's fatal accident in an underpass on St-Denis Street.A ghost bike is installed at the site of last week's fatal accident in an underpass on St-Denis Street.

    To say three cyclists were killed in Toronto over the course of two weeks is to simplify a senseless loss.

    Sure, Roger Du Toit, 75, Zhi Yong Kang, 44, and Adam Excell, 26, belonged to the 1.5 million member strong camaraderie in Toronto known as cyclists. But first and foremost they were people – an architect, a father and an adventurer – each one plucked from daily life and reduced to a memory in the minds of friends and family.

    Their deaths bring to bear Toronto’s cycling infrastructure deficit.

    “I wouldn’t call them accidents I’d call them incidents – all of them were avoidable,” Yvonne Bambrick, cycling consultant and author of The Urban Cycling Survival Guide told Yahoo Canada.

    In these cases, negligence seems to have prevailed, she says.

    Du Toit, a founding partner of architecture firm DTAH – known for designing
    cycle trails along the lakeshore and throughout the city – was struck at a T-intersection near Mount Pleasant Road during the morning rush hour on May 19. He died ten

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  • A nine-year-old Nunavut boy, Atiqtalaaq Uuttuvak, hopes to play hockey in Europe and Russia this summer.A nine-year-old Nunavut boy, Atiqtalaaq Uuttuvak, hopes to play hockey in Europe and Russia this summer.

    By Sheena Goodyear

    When asked what he likes about hockey, nine-year-old Nunavut prodigy Atiqtalaaq Uuttuvak — a.k.a. “Tiny Q” — answers without hesitation: “Everything!”

    His mother Anita Uuttuvak said, “He really enjoys the sport. He has a great passion for it. It’s something he’s made for.”

    Atiqtalaaq has been playing hockey since he was four years old. He’s a forward for the Ottawa Sting Minor Atom A, and he’s good judging by the 29 points he’s scored in 27 games this season.

    So good, in fact, that he’s been invited to play in the Warriors Elite Series this summer in Europe, one year above his age category, and in the Tretjak Cup in Russia.

    “I’m really excited,” Atiqtalaaq said. “It’s one of my dreams. There’s really good players there and it will improve my hockey and I might have a chance to see some of the NHL players.”

    Both are coveted spots, offered only to the best by hockey coaches. But travelling across the world for hockey tournaments is expensive, especially for a

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  • Watch these two puppies grow up in 90 seconds

    Colby and Bleu were filmed everyday racing towards their food bowls

    It’s dinnertime for these two cute pups and you can watch them age as they run for it!

    In a recently posted video, two cute golden retrievers are seen growing up in just 90 seconds.

    Colby and Bleu, also known as the ‘Cheese Pups,’ were filmed everyday from 11-weeks-old to 11-months-old racing towards their food bowls in the kitchen. The resulting timelapse shows the brothers growing up over the course of nine months.

    Born on July 2014, these two have been Internet sensations from day one with their own Instagram and YouTube accounts showcasing their lives. This video is no different, having already received over three million views in just a couple of days. 

    (YouTube/Cheese Pups)(YouTube/Cheese Pups)

    The cutest moment in the video is when the two puppies struggle each time to run around the corner. Despite running the same routine every day, they couldn’t quite figure it out. 

    One of the dogs always ends up skidding, wiping out or stumbling across the kitchen floor. But they recover pretty quickly and continue on their way to

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. REUTERSPrime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. REUTERS

    The writ has yet to be dropped but the election rhetoric is already up and running.

    Arm’s-length proponents and opponents of the Conservative government have both launched full bore into political advertising with months to go before an expected September start to a federal campaign.

    The latest to enter the fray is the HarperPAC, a U.S.-style “political action committee.” The group officially launched and released its first ad this week on YouTube and social media, taking aim at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

    Group spokesman Stephen Taylor says HarperPAC is a response to the rise of anti-Conservative groups like Engage Canada and Working Families.

    “Being a political observer, seeing the rise of these sorts of groups on the left, I figured it was about time to organize something on the scale of these groups to respond from the right,” he tells Yahoo Canada News.

    Taylor, the former director of the National Citizens Coalition – once helmed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself – says

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  • (Photo from YouTube)(Photo from YouTube)

    A Vancouver-based company is making headlines for all the right reasons with a line of single-serve coffee pods designed to combat the massive popularity of the environmentally unfriendly K-Cups.

    The original concept of single-serve coffee pods used in Keurig coffee machines, K-Cups are made of harmful plastic and, according to a report from Mother Jones, the number of K-Cups produced in 2013 alone was enough to wrap around the planet more than 10 times.

    Knowing that K-Cups were generating such a negative impact on the environment, entrepreneur Darren Footz began the creation and design of the G-KUP.

    “Simply put, I want to change the way the world consumes single serve coffee. The current waste created by K-Cups is unacceptable,” Footz wrote on the G-KUP website.

    Business In Vancouver reports that G-KUP received a patent in February for what it claims is the world’s first 100% biodegradable and compostable single-serving coffee pod.

    The pods are made from renewable materials and are

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  • 'Fox & Friends' host Pete Hegseth accidentally hits marching band drummer with axe.'Fox & Friends' host Pete Hegseth accidentally hits marching band drummer with axe.

    As Bob Uecker once said, “Juuuuuust a bit outside!”

    During a Sunday broadcast of Fox & Friends two weeks ago, co-host Pete Hegseth tried his hand at tossing a double-sided axe to tease an upcoming segment on timber-sports.

    He tried, and boy, did he ever fail. Hegseth’s toss completely missed the target, sailing high by more than a few inches. Making matters worse is the fact that he hit someone off-camera, behind the intended target. Did we mention this happened on live TV?

    Following the toss, the cameras then cut to the marching band playing behind the target when the axe comes flying out of nowhere and appears to hit one of the drummers in the arm. 

    The drummer, Jeff Prosperie of West Point’s Hellcats, visibly grabs his arm and limps in pain.

    Prosperie had kept to himself on the matter, but he decided to tell his side of the tale on his Facebook page.

    The Facebook post reads:

     “I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV…..words I never imagined saying!

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  • Don Lemon holds up N-word sign on CNN, Twitter responds

    #DoesThisOffendYou meme takes off

    Conversations about racism are never an easy subject but using a racial slur on live television will definitely cause a stir.

    And that’s just what CNN anchor Don Lemon got.

    On Monday night during a live CNN broadcast, Lemon held up an uncensored sign with the "N-word" on it in all caps. He then asked the public to weigh in on whether the word was appropriate to use. What soon followed was a huge Twitter backlash.

    During Lemon’s segment, he first picked up a Confederate flag and said, “This is what America is talking about right now. Does this offend you? It’s a Confederate flag. Is it a symbol of Southern pride or a symbol of hate?”

    “And then what about this?” he continued as he reached for the sign with the N-word on it.

    He then asked, “Does this offend you? This word. President Obama said it out loud in an interview and a lot of people are shocked.”

    Lemon was discussing the day’s biggest stories, mainly the one about President Obama using the N-word during an interview with Marc

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  • Danika PaquinDanika Paquin

    A Quebec hospital orderly’s resignation letter has sparked a widespread discussion about the state of health care in the province.

    Danika Paquin wrote an open letter to management at the Centre hopsitalier régional de Trois-Rivières, the government of Quebec, and “any other person who has the power to make a difference” explaining why she abandoned her career after five years serving patients. In the letter, Paquin described a system based on overwork, inefficent hierarchy, and the impossibility of accomplishing all of an orderly’s tasks in a shift without cutting corners and sacrificing patients’ comfort and well-being.

    Excerpt from Paquin's resignation letterExcerpt from Paquin's resignation letter

    Paquin said she quit because the job was “destroying” her, physically and psychologically.

    "I'm not looking for pity, I ask only a little empathy, listening and recognition, understanding, support, but especially the desire to make you realize ... I'm trying to save my colleagues and patients in hospitals."

    She described the challenge of serving between 12-16

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