Blog Posts by Jordana Divon

  • Rest in peace: Ukrainians using ‘coffin therapy’ to help prepare for death

    That's one way to scare up some free publicity.

    A Ukrainian coffin maker has extended his product line to include the living thanks to a service he calls "coffin therapy."

    Stepan Piryanyk is confident that people who possess an acute terror of death can tackle their deepest fears by lying in one of his custom-made coffins for 15-minute stretches.

    Closed casket is optional — unless you're looking to simultaneously cure your claustrophobia.

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    "At one time our parents, as a rule, kept a coffin in the attic. Then our grandma—who didn't have an attic—came to us because she lived in an apartment. She asked us to make something that she could put in her apartment. So we decided to make her a coffin couch," Piryanyk told ITN News, in an anecdote that suddenly puts everything into perspective.

    Piryanyk is convinced that his therapist-free therapy should be enough to cure everyone of what ails them — at the

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  • Student returns toilet paper rolls years after stealing them

    The anonymous donor included a Christmas card and note providing motivation stealing the toilet paper: guilt.Imagine carrying that particular load on your conscience for so many years.

    As the Associated Press reports, a former student at Eastern New Mexico University surprised school officials with the year's most unusual Christmas gift: an enormous box stuffed with toilet paper.

    Along with the two-ply bounty — 5 packages of 16 rolls in total — the anonymous bathroom tissue donor included a Christmas card and note providing motivation for the act: a written apology wherein the writer expressed remorse for stealing toilet paper from a dormitory years ago.

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    Increased devotion to the Christian faith, the gift-giver said, had led to this desire to wipe the slate clean.

    "Jesus Christ has made such a difference in my life and has prompted me to repay for any sins..." read the note.

    Though the entire incident may be an elaborate ruse, it's certainly a more efficient prank use of toilet paper than wrapping

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  • Woman grows beard, moustache in honour of Movember

    Siobhain Fletcher (Supplied photo)Thanks to the facial-hair fundraising efforts of men around the world, millions of dollars get raised each November to combat prostate cancer.

    This year, however, one very brave woman has decided to grow her own Movember beard in an effort to help out the cause.

    As ABC News reports, Siobhain Fletcher was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) when she was 23, but she's grappled with excessive facial and body hair — one of the numerous symptoms triggered by the syndrome's hormonal imbalances — since puberty.

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    "I started getting a few hairs, around 15 or 16. Every woman gets facial hair. I thought that was just part of puberty. I cut with scissors, or shaved them off," the 36-year-old Staffordshire woman told the news network.

    Fletcher, who manages an equestrian supplies store near Manchester in the United Kingdom, has run through the gamut of hair removal options, none of which has yet proved an

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  • Man accused of pretending to practice witchcraft after bilking victim out of $14k

    It's incredibly frustrating to suffer from chronic symptoms that your doctor can't identify, but as a Brampton, Ont. woman recently learned, it's even more frustrating to get bilked out of $14,000 by a fraudster who promises to cure your headaches with magical elixirs and rituals.

    As the Toronto Star reports, doctors eventually linked Maria Roesta's headaches to chocolate. They eased up as soon as she stopped eating her chocolate-covered almonds.

    And police eventually linked Gustavo Valencia Gomez — the Mississauga, Ont. man who allegedly promised to remove the "curse" that was at the root of Roesta's headaches — to fraud charges.

    The 40-year-old man was also accused of pretending to practice witchcraft — a charge so rare, Det. Const. James Turnbull told the paper that he can't recall another instance of Toronto police having to enforce it.

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    But then again, Gomez sounds like a special case. A

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  • Yahoo! exclusive: Teen vocalist Nikki Yanofsky advises bullied kids to “Believe”

    Singer Nikki Yanofsky talks about surviving high school as one of Canada's most famous students.

    Her voice was widely considered to be the best thing about CTV's Vancouver Olympics theme song, "I Believe," but jazz fans have long been singing the praises of 18-year-old vocal prodigy Nikki Yanofsky since her debut six years ago at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

    With her second studio album set for release, the Montreal native talks exclusively to Yahoo! Canada News about the evolution of her voice, the lasting impact of "I Believe," and what it's like to survive high school as one of Canada's most famous students.

    You have a new album on the way, but there's no specific release date. When should fans put a circle on their calendar?

    I never like to commit to a specific date. I want it to be absolutely perfect before it's released and I don't want to get people's hopes up with a day and then I find out there's something I'm not completely happy with and have to change it. So I've just kept it kind of vague in that way just because I want to surprise people.

    Any sneak previews you

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  • British man becomes first person to visit all 201 countries without flying

    If the Discovery Channel commercial and Matt dancing joyfully around the planet weren't enough to spur your wanderlust, Graham Hughes' story might be the definitive lace-up in your travel boots.

    The 33-year-old Liverpool, U.K. man managed to travel himself to a new world record, hitting all 201 countries in four years on a shoestring budget of $100 per week.

    Hughes started his journey in Uruguay and ended in Juba, South Sudan, a country that didn't even exist as an independent state before he took his first steps along the southern hemisphere in early 2009.

    In all, that adds up to 160,000 miles in 1,426 days. And while that's impressive in itself, the detail that propelled him to record-breaking status was that he achieved this feat without taking one plane ride.

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    Instead, reports the Daily Mail, Hughes tore through a fleet of local taxis, buses, trains, boats and several solid pairs of shoes to get

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  • Serbian village puts out vampire warning, encourages residents to stock up on garlic

    A depection of Sava Savanovic, one of the area's most fearsome vampires.If western Serbia smells a little garlicky these days, locals will tell you it's for good cause.

    Oddity Central reports that villagers in Zarozje are stocking up on cloves of the pungent bulbs due to fears that Sava Savanovic, one of the area's most fearsome vampires, has resumed his blood-sucking activities after centuries-long slumber.

    We're not talking about love-struck vampires who sparkle in the sun either. Eastern Europe has established itself as Vampire Ground Zero when it comes to fanged folklore and Serbia's Savanovic is a particularly nasty fellow.

    Legend has it he would kill and drink the blood of the peasants who came to grind their grain at his watermill on the Rogačica river.

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    A local family bought the building in the 1950s and re-opened it as a profitable tourist attraction. But they were so terrified by what may be lurking within that they refused to go near it — even to perform repairs.

    Recent

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  • Hungry pooch dances for Thanksgiving dinner

    No matter how much our neighbours to the south enjoyed their Thanksgiving festivities last night, it's doubtful their family entertainment exceeded the show put on by Sloopy, the rhythmically gifted Chihuahua.

    YouTube user Devin Contreras posted video of his adorable pooch literally dancing for his dinner.

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    "My chihuahua Sloopy, after our thanksgiving meal started dancing for the plate of turkey on the counter! He kept dancing so I put on some Miami Sound Machine and let him get busy!" he writes in the video's intro.

    While Contreras does not reveal whether Sloopy's hot-stepping earned him any extra scraps, the little dog did achieve one distinction: This may be the most sublime use of 80s classic "Conga" in history.

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  • Co-anchors of Maine TV newscast quit their jobs on air

    There's making a professional statement and then there's quitting your job on air at the end of your news broadcast.

    Long frustrated with management disputes and the station's journalistic direction, co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio of WVII in Bangor, Maine banded together to create one of the more memorable sendoffs in local news history.

    "The last six years have been an interesting and enjoyable time for both of us," said Michaels, addressing Bangor, Maine's local evening news audience.

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    "Some recent developments have come to our attention, though, and departing together is the best alternative we can take," Consiglio continued before the team wrapped up the newscaster equivalent of flipping the bird at the big bosses.

    Though the collaborative offense wasn't exactly keyed into the teleprompter, station vice-president and general manager Mike Palmer told the Associated Press that the pair

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  • Facebook commenters want woman fired over obscene gesture photo

    Lindsey Stone at Arlington National Cemetery (Facebook) We seem to require an infinite number of examples on the dangers of what we post on social media, so here's another one:

    Co-workers Lindsey Stone, 30, and Jamie Schuh, 38, were visiting the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery when Schuh snapped a picture of Stone giving the finger in front of a sign that called for "Silence and Respect."

    Intending it as a "visual pun" on the sign, Stone then uploaded the bird-flipping photo to her Facebook page, hoping her friends would get the joke.

    Only, as Gawker reports, many of them didn't. Soon Stone's photo was flooded with a ream of angry comments. Before she deleted both the offending image and the written responses, the popular media site accessed a screenshot of Stone's online explanation.

    Offensive photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery prompts Internet firestorm A Plymouth woman has become the subject of an Internet firestorm after a photo taken at the Arlington National Cemetery angered thousands on Facebook.

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