Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Cold feet? Man swats bridal bouquet away from eager girlfriend

    "Although she was clearly a little shocked at first, we both found it hilarious..."

    This guy moves to knock the bouquet out of his girlfriend's reach, and she appears none too thrilled.This guy moves to knock the bouquet out of his girlfriend's reach, and she appears none too thrilled.
    It’s safe to assume this guy just isn’t ready to propose — or at least doesn’t want a bouquet to dictate that he should.

    Daniel Bickerdike and his girlfriend Angie Schultz were attending Schultz’s cousin’s wedding in Cape Town, South Africa, in April when the bride tossed her bouquet in their direction.

    Schultz reached out to grab the flowers. Bickerdike, however, quickly swatted them away before she had a chance to catch them.

    The awkward moment between the London couple was caught on video and is now going viral.

    “Angie was making a point of practicing her bouquet catching skills so she’d be sure to catch it this time,” Daniel, 27, told the Mirror.

    "However I managed to spot the bouquet in the corner of my eye and my natural man-like reactions stepped in allowing me make a cat-like interception.”

    "Although she was clearly a little shocked at first, we both found it hilarious watching the moment that was caught on camera.”

    The couple have been together for four years. Because

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  • Neighbours buy furniture for Sikh who removed turban to save boy hit by car

    "Is this… it’s the biggest surprise of my life.”

    This story of a Sikh man who removed his turban to save a boy’s life quickly went viral.This story of a Sikh man who removed his turban to save a boy’s life quickly went viral.

    Earlier this week, we shared the viral story of a Sikh man who removed his turban to save the life of Daejon Pahia, 6, who had been hit by a car.

    According to TVNZ, in the days since 22-year-old Harman Singh’s story made headlines, “karma has come back” to reward him for his good deed.

    Singh, from India, is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand, taking a business course. When a news channel visited his home in the days following his significant gesture, viewers were upset to see that his home was sparsely furnished.

    Singh’s flatmate, Ravi, and a local furniture outlet decided to do something about it: they surprised him with a van filled with furniture, rendering Singh temporarily speechless.

    “We got you some furniture!” Ravi yelled. “A lounge suite, a bed and a coffee table, for all the good that you’ve done.”

    Harman Singh, 22, has been praised for helping an injured child. Harman Singh, 22, has been praised for helping an injured child. “Thank you, thanks a lot. I’m very happy,” Singh said, moved by the unexpected generosity. "Is this… it’s the biggest surprise of my life.”

    Earlier this week, Singh was

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  • 'My wish to see the world': BC canoeists find ashes with message in a bottle

    “And on the other side is a photo of a man and it says 'Celebration of Life.’"

    A canoe team member holds up a bottle containing ashes and a message. (Facebook/Canoe to Ketchikan)A canoe team member holds up a bottle containing ashes and a message. (Facebook/Canoe to Ketchikan)

    The ‘Soggy Beavers,’ a competitive canoe team, recently found a bottle bobbing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

    Inside, they found a message and what appeared to be human ashes.

    “It says something along the lines of, ‘If you find this, please throw it back in the ocean. My last wish was to see the world,’ Russell Henry, a member of the team, told CBC News. “And on the other side is a photo of a man and it says 'Celebration of Life.’”

    The team nicknamed the remains “Ash” — and decided to honour the request.

    Next month, the Soggy Beavers will bring the bottle with them on their weeklong 1,200-kilometre race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.

    “There’s really no way he’s going to see much of the world (in the harbour),” Henry told CTVNews.ca.

    “We don’t know who this man was, or exactly what his wishes were, but a tour up the entire BC coast and a jump start on this final journey of his seems like one small way to pay our respects,” the team posted on Facebook. 

    The team

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  • 'Queen of the Cash Cow: BC Ferries #NameAFerry contest blows up on social media

    BC Ferries is about to introduce three new Intermediate Class Ferries. To celebrate these additions to the fleet, BC Ferries and its CEO Mike Corrigan are asking the public to name them.

    “We think a ferry’s name is important because it is a reflection of who we are as a province and the culture we all share. Opening the naming of our ferries to the public and to our employees is an opportunity to engage everyone in this historic event,” Corrigan said in a statement.

    “So please think creatively. Consider the beauty of our coast and the important role our ferries play in reliably and safely transporting people and goods along our coastal waters,” he added.

    And “think creatively” the people did.

    On BC Ferries’ Facebook page, disgruntled customers — the struggling company has been cutting costs and increasing fares — used the contest to let off some steam.

    Needless to say, we don’t see a winner in the bunch.

    Some of the witty suggestions so far:

    • Queen of No Other Choice
    • The Spirit of
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  • The ‘elfie’: Elephant grabs BC man’s GoPro camera, snaps epic selfie

    "I couldn’t believe it when I saw how well the photo turned out”

    It's not hard to see why this photo quickly went viral. (Instagram/Christian Leblanc)It's not hard to see why this photo quickly went viral. (Instagram/Christian Leblanc)

    They're calling it the "elfie."

    UBC student Christian LeBlanc, 22, spent the last semester on an exchange program in Bangkok, Thailand.

    About two months ago, he and his girlfriend, Laura Reid, stopped at an elephant sanctuary on the side of the road on Koh Phangan Island, bought a basket of bananas and started feeding an elephant.

    When he ran out of the snack, however, the elephant turned its attention to LeBlanc’s GoPro camera.

    “I didn’t even have time to think. It all happened so fast,” LeBlanc told CBC News.

    “I was taking photos and feeding the elephant bananas until I ran out of bananas and the elephant grabbed my GoPro while the camera was set to ‘timelapse,’” LeBlanc wrote to Global News in an email. “This allowed the camera continuous shooting and enabled it to take the ‘elphie’! Couldn’t believe it when I saw how well the photo turned out.”

    In the well-framed photo, both LeBlanc and the elephant appear to be posing for the camera.

    When he posted the elephant’s self portrait

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  • Canadians live under a dictatorship, according to one-third of American eighth graders

    The flag of Canada at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.The flag of Canada at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

    We’ve suspected it for some time, but according to these latest findings we are confident that studying Canada isn't exactly an area of emphasis in elementary schools south of the border.

    In the Nation’s Report Card, a study by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) aimed at assessing “what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas,” more than 29,000 Grade 8 students were asked a series of questions on subjects such as American history, civics and geography.

    One multiple-choice question in the study asked what the current governments of Canada, Australia and France had in common.

    Twenty-three percent of students chose the option, “They have leaders with absolute power.” Ten per cent believed the governments were controlled by the military, and 12 per cent believed “they discourage participation by citizens in public affairs.”

    (To be fair, the majority answered correctly. Fifty-four per cent answered that the governments have “constitutions that limit

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  • Dog found in dead owner's arms after Texas tornado has a new home

    Emma and her new owner, Michelle Shockley. (Facebook/Nicholas Pet Haven)Emma and her new owner, Michelle Shockley. (Facebook/Nicholas Pet Haven)

    Two weeks ago, David and Brenda Tapley were killed when a tornado hit their home in Van, Texas.

    A 14-year-old neighbour found the couple in their collapsed home the next morning. David Tapley, a retired police officer, had one arm stretched towards his wife, his other wrapped around their beloved dog.

    The dog, an eight-year-old Great White Pyrenees, was still alive.

    The dog was taken to Nicholas’ Pet Haven where she quickly found a new home with Michelle Shockley, a zoo supervisor and shelter volunteer who helped with the dog’s rescue.

    “I was sitting in the back of the pick-up and she came out on my lap,” Shockley recalled. “She was just exhausted and very traumatized.”

    Michelle and Emma cuddle on the bed. (Facebook/Nicholas Pet Haven)Michelle and Emma cuddle on the bed. (Facebook/Nicholas Pet Haven)She decided that day to adopt the dog.

    “She was adopted out today to a wonderful young lady and is making herself at home. She has a cranial head contusion but is expected to make a full recovery,” the no-kill shelter posted on Facebook.

    The dog also suffered an inner ear injury and appeared to have difficulty

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  • Boy moves waffle house customers to tears, shows kindness to homeless man

    "The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried."

    Josiah Duncan insisted on helping the unknown man in this touching photo. Josiah Duncan insisted on helping the unknown man in this touching photo.

    Josiah Duncan, 5, had a lot of questions about the man sitting outside an Alabama waffle house where the boy and his mother had chosen to eat dinner.

    He asked his mother, Ava Faulk, where the man lived, where his family was, and where he kept his groceries. She explained that the man was homeless.

    The boy’s biggest concern: the man had nothing to eat.

    So he asked his mom to buy the man a hamburger.

    “He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Faulk told WSFA 12 News in an email. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”

    When the man was assured that he could order anything he wanted off the menu — his initial response to the generosity was to order the cheapest burger on the menu — he got “the works” with bacon.

    But before he could bite into his meal, Josiah insisted on saying grace with the man.

    “God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen,” the

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  • Tightrope walker sets world record by completing 150m-high sStunt backwards and blindfolded

    Hundreds gathered to watch Aisikaier Wubulikasimu, 41, perform his nail-biting stunt in China

    Aisikaier Wubulikasimu walking backwards 150 meters high between two buildings (CEN)

    A Chinese stuntman wrote himself into the record books for the seventh time by walking backwards between two buildings on a tightrope 150 meters above the ground.

    Hundreds gathered to watch Aisikaier Wubulikasimu, 41, perform his nail-biting stunt in Kunming in south-west China. 

    He began with a few practice runs without the blindfold along the 100 meter rope suspended between two buildings.

    He then put his hood on and inched along the 3cm wide rope while carrying a 10kg pole for balance. 

    Crowds who were watching with bated breath below erupted with applause as he completed the walk in a record-breaking 15 minutes.


    Aisikaier comes from a sixth-generation tightrope walking family who are all Uyghurs, an ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia.
    Aisikaier Wubulikasimu balances a bottle on his head (CEN)

    He has already featured in the Guinness Book of World Records six times for tightrope walking stunts, including the fastest tightrope walk over 100 meters in 2009, the steepest tightrope walk in 2011, and then by finishing a high-wire walk

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  • Calgary Stampede advertisement slammed for sexism and lacking diversity

    “It is utterly beyond me what on earth Stampede thinks they’re selling with this ad"

    Screengrab from the Calgary Stampede ad that has irked many. Screengrab from the Calgary Stampede ad that has irked many.

    In the 2015 Calgary Stampede’s new ad, a 46-second clip titled “Champions Buckle Up,” eight people get ready for the city’s annual Stampede.

    The problem? A serious lack of diversity, critics claim. And sexism. (As part of getting ready for the Stampede, the women featured in the ad don “Daisy Duke” shorts and put on mascara.)

    “It is utterly beyond me what on earth Stampede thinks they’re selling with this ad,” Rebecca Sullivan, a social sciences professor at the University of Calgary who specializes in cultural studies told the Calgary Herald, criticizing the ad for focuses on white, able-bodied males at the expense of women, minorities and the disabled.

    “The purpose of the ad is to reflect Stampede’s values,” she added. “The ad reflects some pretty awful values that I don’t think Stampede stands for.”

    Sullivan said that last year’s ad depicted both male and female rodeo competitors and featured a better variety of Stampede participants and visitors.

    “There was total diversity,”

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