Blog Posts by Jordana Divon

  • Manitoba granny defies winter in a swimsuit

    This morning, millions of Canadians looked out their windows, looked at the calendar, looked out their windows again and shook a frozen fist at the sky. “Damn you, Mother Nature, you fickle mistress!” we shouted in unison. “Is this what you call spring?”

    No, of course it isn’t. It’s winter stretching out on an icy lounge chair, frozen margarita in hand, settling in for an extended visit.

    [ Related: Spring stumbles into Manitoba, wrapped in a scarf ]

    But Kim Bright isn’t taking any of winter’s shenanigans.

    The Brandon, Manitoba grandmother has performed the equivalent of flipping winter the bird through her “Canadian Granny Defies Winter” video series. In each of the eight videos posted thus far, she performs an outdoor cold-weather activity while dressed in little more than a bathing suit and a trapper’s hat.

    One of her latest offerings, uploaded on March 5, shows a determined Bright walking her dog past several mountains of snow.

    Brandon has a particularly robust snow season this

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  • Nik Wallenda plans to tightrope walk across Grand Canyon

    We can forgive Nik Wallenda for his Grand Canyon ambitions. It must be tough to top his incredible high-wire walk across Niagara Falls last June, a 457-metre-long stunt that attracted millions of eyeballs and an equal amount of “Wows!”

    But when you hit a career milestone like that at age 33, can you never just sit back on the couch, crack open a can of soda, put up your feet and say: “Man, that was it. Time to spend the next six decades reliving it”? This may have worked for Al Bundy, but the seventh generation daredevil has already grown restless for his next adventure.

    [ Related: Nik Wallenda tightrope walks across Niagara Falls ]

    As he suggested during numerous press interviews last year, Wallenda wants to take on the grandest canyon of them all: Arizona’s 446 kilometer-long Natural Wonder of the World.

    “It’s just another one in the bucket list. This is a dream of mine, as was Niagara Falls,” he said during a Today Show interview. “It’s just the next chapter in my book, if you

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  • Arizona-bound dog ends up on flight to Ireland

    Hendrix the six-year-old English Springer Spaniel was supposed to fly cargo to Phoenix on Thursday. A slight problem arose when United Airlines handlers placed the pup on a flight to Ireland instead.While a large swath of the human population put on green wigs and pretended they were Irish this weekend in a thinly veiled attempt to get wasted for no reason, one New Jersey pooch made everyone else look like a slacker by jumping on a flight to the St. Paddy’s Day Motherland.

    Of course he didn’t actually do this himself. United Airlines handlers put him there by accident. Poor little guy was stuck in a cage and probably had no idea what was happening. But hopefully there’s enough of a green beer haze leftover from yesterday for most of you to gloss over that little detail.

    Anyway, here’s the actual story. As CNN reports, Hendrix the six-year-old English Springer Spaniel was supposed to fly cargo to Phoenix on Thursday. A slight problem arose when United Airlines handlers placed the pup on a flight to Ireland instead.

    [ Related: Dog and lion cub share a beautiful friendship ]

    His human, Meredith Grant, received the unsettling news 10 minutes before Hendrix’s original Arizona-bound

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  • Now you can smell like the undead with Zombie for Him/Her cologne

    Whether we like it or not, the zombies are here and here they shall remain until the last human cranium has been popped open, and its contents are slurped like the monkey brains entree in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

    Zombies are everywhere, and according to multiple experts, they’re here to stay as they’ve proved both culturally relevant (as in, we increasingly believe we’re doomed) and profitable (the latter partially explaining the former).

    A good way to measure how deeply zombie culture has infiltrated the mainstream is the fact that companies are now marketing products to the undead demographic.

    Well, the undead and their functionally breathing fans. For those who think there’s nothing sexier than a man who smells like a corpse in the process of necrosis, Demeter has launched Zombie for Him/Her, a pair of fragrances that promise to bring all the ghouls to the yard.

    [ Related: Researcher says interest in zombies mirrors societal dissatisfaction ]

    While you would imagine

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  • White smoke, black humour: Twitter reacts to selection of new pope

    White smoke alert! There’s a new pope in town and as Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio upgrades his robes to Pope Francis I status, the Twitterverse is aflutter with 140-character words of wisdom, anticipation and downright hilarity.

    May we present some of the top trending papal conclave tweets.

    First the funny:

    The wise:

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  • Shoenice22: Meet the man who will eat anything on camera

    "A lot of people think I'm a complete idiot, but I'm actually a professional idiot with decades of experience."

    And with that declaration, Shoenice22, known to the American healthcare system as Chris Schewe (or "Oh Crap, Not This Guy Again" depending on who you ask), has forever won his way into my heart.

    Schewe's particular claim to professional idiocy lies in his proclivity for eating all sorts of things otherwise classified as inedible on camera.

    This is actually why he's famous. His YouTube channel, wherein he posts digital records of himself consuming everything from painter's caulk and Elmer's glue to a stick of Old Spice deodorant (ensuring that he's definitely not the man you wish your man could smell like), has attracted millions of views and over 200,000 subscribers.

    Schewe says he got his start early, swallowing grass and pebbles as a youngster, then graduating to baking soda and even a tampon.

    Though his activities may strike rational human beings as destructive,

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  • Helmet cam captures man’s terrifying slide down snowy mountain

    Ice climber falls 100ft down mountainClimber Mark Roberts experiences one of the most terrifying moments of his life after plummeting 100ft down the side of a Welsh mountain.

    The good news: Mark Roberts got some incredible footage of Parsley Fern Left-hand Gully in Wales, UK.

    The bad news: He had to fall 30.5 m (100 feet) down the side of Snowdown mountain to get it.

    The 47-year-old safety consultant had geared up for a wintery climb with two friends. A lifelong climber, he no doubt believed that February 24 trek would be a trek like any other.

    [ Related: Videos of cliff jumping make the Internet’s knees shake ]

    But an errant chunk of falling ice had other, more nefarious plans. As Roberts explained to the British Mountaineering Council, the ice knocked him off his rocky perch and sent him careening down the side of the mountain.

    All of this would have been little more than an interesting anecdote at climbing parties were it not for the helmet camera attached to Roberts’ cranium.

    In

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  • ‘Barbie Man’ Stanley Colorite owns 3,000 dolls, spends $30k a year collecting them

    Collectors, especially dedicated ones, aren’t exactly known for their reserved personalities so it’s no surprise that Stanley Colorite’s character appears to be as colourful as the multitude of dresses that adorn his massive Barbie doll collection.

    Since 1997, the small business owner has become the singlehanded driving force behind the Mattel stock by amassing $80,000 worth of unrealistic female proportions in plastic form (on second thought that actually sounds like a promo for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Barbie dolls. I mean Barbie dolls.)

    More than 2,000 Barbies, most still in their original boxes, line the walls of his Hudson, Florida home. The collection requires four rooms and is punctuated by a series of additional Barbie accessories, like a $1,000 Barbie Dream Home with a working shower and elevator (!) and 3,000 additional Barbie outfits (including one designed by Oscar de la Renta) in case one of them gets bored of her summer wardrobe.

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  • Randy reptiles set fire to conservatory in the throes of passion

    A pair of randy reptiles is believed to be responsible for a fire that destroyed an English couple’s conservatory and garage.There are a number of animals that we tend to associate with sex. Tigers (as in, “Slow down, you tiger!”) tends to be a top contender, although sometimes it gets so crazy that we simply resort to generalizations. Anyone who’s ever yelled, “You sexy beast” amidst the throes of passion is complicit in this lack of specificity.

    But as these things tend to work, it’s the species you’d least expect that has made headlines for literally burning down the house mid-coitus.

    A pair of randy reptiles is believed to be responsible for a fire that destroyed an English couple’s conservatory and garage, the Evening Gazette reports.

    The only other time this has happened was at the end of Like Water For Chocolate and anyone who’s seen the 1992 Mexican romance flick knows how well that ended for everyone.

    [ Related: Family’s missing pet tortoise found in storeroom 30 years later ]

    Tortoises Henry and Alice had reportedly just woken up from their long winter hibernation and immediately got down to

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  • Pizza delivery guy gets $10 tip on $1,500 order

    (Courtesty reddit.com)
    Bad tippers beware: Your days of stiffing the staff with impunity are over.

    Back in January, an Applebee’s waitress made headlines after she posted the decidedly ungracious gratuity a fellow waitress received from a local pastor. “I give God 10% why do you get 18?” wrote Alois Bell before she crossed out the automatic 18 per cent tip for parties over six and penciled in a big fat zero instead.

    Chelsea Welch snapped a picture of the uncharitable receipt and posted it to Reddit. Though the restaurant canned Welch for her actions, the Internet made sure that Bell received her just desserts, too, with the St. Louis, MO woman later complaining that the furor had “ruined her reputation.” Well, in chain restaurants, at the very least.

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    An interesting debate ensued. The majority of those who offered their two cents seemed to agree that, unless the service is bad enough to warrant its own VH1 special, you leave a fair-to-generous

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