• Doctors say new research on Lou Gehrig's disease has made a big breakthrough, giving much of the credit to the ALS ice bucket challenge. It became an Internet phenomenon last summer, raising millions of dollars for research. Doctors say new research on Lou Gehrig's disease has made a big breakthrough, giving much of the credit to the ALS ice bucket challenge. It became an Internet phenomenon last summer, raising millions of dollars for research.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge that exploded on social media last summer to help raise money and awareness for ALS research has resulted in a major breakthrough, scientists at Johns Hopkins University say.

    The scientists have reported that they have made a serious break-through in research, which could lead to a cure much sooner. ALS is a rare condition affecting the nervous system.

    Last summer, more than 17 million people worldwide took to Instagram and Facebook to add videos of them dumping water on themselves and then encouraging friends to do the same. All totaled, there was more than $115 million dollars raised.

    Scientists used the funds to research a complex protein called TDP-43, which in more than 90 per cent of ALS cases, is dysfunctional.  In the past, researchers have struggled to understand the role this protein played in maintaining healthy cells.  

    According to a new study published by Johns Hopkins researchers in the journal Science, when protein clumps together within the

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  • Overprotective mom’s trail of notes for house-sitting son is an online hit

    "I have absolutely no idea why she leaves so many but I find them quite endearing.”

    Martyn Hett sure got a kick out of his mom's cautionary notes. (Photo: Facebook/Martyn Hakan Hett)Martyn Hett sure got a kick out of his mom's cautionary notes. (Photo: Facebook/Martyn Hakan Hett)

    A mother’s hilarious trail of notes that she strategically placed around her home for her house-sitting son to find has since become a viral hit after he shared them online.

    Martyn Hett, 27, was assigned the dutiful task of watching over his mother Figen’s home while she spent two weeks on holiday in her native Turkey.

    When he arrived at the home in Stockport, Greater Manchester, he was welcomed with a collection of 13 hand written notes that his mom placed all around the house, which offered him suggestions to ensure he had a seamless stay.

    Hett was so thrown off by his mother’s notes that he shared them on Facebook, writing, “Who knew house sitting could be so complicated? Thanks for the notes mum.”

    (Photos: Facebook/Martyn Hakan Hett)(Photos: Facebook/Martyn Hakan Hett)The notes included typical house-sitting instructions, from watching out for the evil family cat Misty, to advising him not use the upstairs bathroom for ‘number twos.’ The flush is currently broken, as is the door, with Figen telling her son  “you may never escape.”

    And of course Hett’s

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  • Late summer. The carnival. The lights on the Midway. Excited screams from the rides.

    The corn dogs. The candy floss. The...other food.

     

    … The games.

    The Canadian National Exhibition (founded 1897) is set to kick off its annual run in Toronto. And all over everywhere, fairs and carnivals are popping up every weekend.

     It’s a perfect time for an expert overview of midway and carnival games – how they work, and which ones to avoid.

    Derek Potter is a games expert from South Carolina, who blogs insightfully for Theme Park Insider.com.

    Potter doesn’t believe the games are rigged. But he says there are some things you need to know.

    “If you want to win these games, you really have to observe," he says.

    “These games look very winnable..but everything is not as it seems. If your goal is to win, then watch, observe and look at everything. Because there is a catch somewhere.”

    Some contests are just inherently difficult, he warns. The house wins because you can’t.

    “The game that you have the

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  • NFLer’s daughter battling pediatric cancer gets her own Wheaties box cover

    "In the words straight out of Leah’s mouth, this is so awesome!!"

    Devon Still with his daughter, Leah. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)Devon Still with his daughter, Leah. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)

    Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still posted a very special photo on his Instagram account on Tuesday, showing off a one of a kind gift he received from General Mills.

    The photo shows off a very personal Wheaties cereal box, which features his beautiful daughter Leah and the box reads “Leah Still Wheaties Champion.”

    And based on what he wrote on his Instagram, she was pretty excited about the one of a kind gift: "Thanks @wheatiescereal in the words straight out of Leah’s mouth, this is so awesome!! #LeahStrong #StillStrong."

    Leah Still on the cover of the Wheaties cereal box. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)Leah Still on the cover of the Wheaties cereal box. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)

    According to TODAY News, five-year-old Leah was initially diagnosed with Stage-4 Neuroblastoma in June 2014. Leah was given a 50-50 chance of living.

    Despite awaiting test results to see if her Stage-4 Neuroblastoma remains in remission, Leah has had a very eventful year. She was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs, starred in the Sarah Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper’s video “Truly Brave,” which raised more than $500,000 for the American

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  • Aussie radio station outs woman’s cheating husband on live air

    “I don’t know if we should have done that. That hasn’t left me with a good feeling.”

    (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    An Australian woman learned the hard way that it’s probably not a good idea to call a radio station in order to find out if your husband had an account with Ashley Madison, the recently hacked dating website for people in committed relationships.

    A caller, who only identifies as “Jo,” rang up the NOVA radio station, asking the hosts to search the leaked database of the Toronto-based website. Earlier this week, hackers distributed the information of more than 32 million of the site’s users, including names, addresses and payment transactions.

    Jo tells the hosts that she’s suspicious of her partner because his hours have changed, he keeps his phone close to him and when he learned about the hack on the news, he acted strange.

    “Things have not been quite adding up,” she says.

    When she asked her husband point blank if he’s on the site, Jo says that he told her not to be silly, since they have two children together.

    The hosts, who were given the husband’s information before the caller went

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  • Conservative supporter’s profane rant is given the meme treatment

    It didn't take long for the Internet to do its thing

    This Tory suporter took exception with questions about the Mike Duffy trial. (Photo: Radio Canada)This Tory suporter took exception with questions about the Mike Duffy trial. (Photo: Radio Canada)

    After a Conservative supporter made national headlines with his pro-Harper rant, it was only a matter of time before the memes began making the rounds online. 

    During a recent campaign stop in Toronto, tensions appeared to escalate when reporters began questioning the prime minister on the controversial Mike Duffy trial.

    Tory supporters certainly didn’t appreciate the line of questioning, including one particular man who lashed out and called one reporter a “lying piece of s***.”

    And before we could even learn the man’s name, the Internet did its thing.

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  • Racers and remote-control aficionados alike will gather in Collingwood, Ont., this weekend to mark the first-ever Canadian Drone Nationals.

    More than 100 people from all over Canada and the United States have already signed up to pilot first-person view (FPV) racing drones at the tournament that runs Friday to Sunday.

    Organizer David French from RacingFPV.com says he isn’t surprised by the enthusiasm for the event but he is excited to introduce drone racing to new crowds.

    “Once you get in and you put these [goggles] on, it’s like an out of body experience,” he says. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. People try it and get hooked.”

    Drone racing, sometimes called Rotorcross, involves participants controlling drones equipped with cameras while wearing goggles that allow them to view what the drone sees. The goal of the race is to complete an established course as quickly as possible without crashing or colliding into another drone.

    The first-ever U.S. Drone Nationals were

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  • The purr-fect candidate: Humpert the cat seeks federal nomination in Montreal riding

    “I think it’s about time that we had a leader who has all four paws on the ground."

    Humpert the cat gets some rest ahead of the big election. (Photo: Facebook/John Jordan)Humpert the cat gets some rest ahead of the big election. (Photo: Facebook/John Jordan)

    It looks like the federal candidates running for office in the NDG-Westmount riding of Montreal will face off against a new furry opponent. 

    Humbert the cat has entered the race and although he isn’t affiliated with any major party, he’s seeking a federal nomination.

    “I think it’s about time that we had a leader who has all four paws on the ground,” Humbert’s owner and campaign manager, John Jordan, told CBC Radio.

    The four-year-old tiger tabby cat is throwing his paws into the political pool along with NDP candidate James Hughes, Conservative candidate Richard Sagala, and Liberal MP Marc Garneau.

    Signs for Humbert’s campaign have been posted around the NDG-Westmount area with slogans such as “Let’s keep the box clean,” “No worse than the others,” and “An honest face.”

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  • A group of Calgary firefighters helped reunite a man with his long-lost cell phone. But they pranked him first.A group of Calgary firefighters helped reunite a man with his long-lost cell phone. But they pranked him first.

    Losing your trusty smartphone is never a good feeling, especially when you drop it at the bottom of the Bow River in Calgary. Knowing the chances of ever seeing it again are pretty slim to none.  

    That is why Nathan Buhler, of Calgary, gave up searching for his phone and dished out the money to buy a new Samsung device the next day.

    However, the smartphone gods wanted nothing of the sort and Buhler’s missing phone was discovered two weeks later by a local fireman.

    The Huffington Post reported that a firefighter from Downtown Fire Station 1 was paddle boarding to work when he noticed the Samsung in the water below. 

    The firefighter dove down and rescued the phone, brought it with him to work and began the process of drying it out.

    To the astonishment of the fire crew, they were able to get the phone up and running, despite being submerged at the bottom of the river for two weeks.

    To their luck, the phone was not password protected so they began to try and find a way to track down the

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  • (Photo: ThinkStock)(Photo: ThinkStock)

    A waitress was fired earlier this week after confronting customers for leaving their dog inside their hot car while they dined inside a steakhouse in small-town New Jersey.

    Cristal Perez, 23, was working at Longhorn Steakhouse last week when she noticed that there was a small dog locked inside a car without the windows rolled down, Press of Atlantic City reports. The dog belonged to two customers that she was serving. 

    Perez said she even overheard two other customers call city police to warn them about the little dog. 

    Mid-shift, she approached the dog’s owner and told them: “Leaving the dog in the car was ‘wrong’ and that ‘she was lucky to be leaving before the cops came.’”

    The dog owners, however, disagreed, saying they went to the restaurant’s management to complain about what Perez had said.

    The sever was immediately given a four-day suspension from work and was fired just days later for violating restaurant policy that involves "always giving customers a good dining experience."

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