Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Woman misses Victoria, B.C. ferry, ensuing tantrum goes viral

    A woman storms off after learning she missed her ferry by three minutes. (Facebook)A woman storms off after learning she missed her ferry by three minutes. (Facebook)

    Sure, it’s frustrating to miss your plane, train, or, in this woman’s case, ferry. 

    But while we might feel like having a public meltdown, very few of us do. And when it does happen, it’s sure to go viral. Smartphones are everywhere. 

    Shared by the Facebook page Spotted in Victoria, a video of an unidentified woman having a tantrum on New Year’s Eve after being told she was too late to board her desired ferry is now making headlines across the country. 

    (Warning: Some high-pitched, NSFW language.)

    “You have no idea what it means to people!” the woman shrieked as she stomped out of the terminal. 

    "She may have been going to a party. We’re not sure. This was on New Year’s Eve, so she was maybe coming back to Victoria for a party or a get-together or something, but she’d missed it by three minutes," Austin Singhera, the co-creator of the Facebook page, told CBC News.

    “I think a lot of us can sympathize with the woman for being upset in that scenario since I’m certain we’ve all had

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  • New Zealand man with rod stuck in head remains astonishingly calm

    This video is not for the faint of heart. 

    What first appeared to be a gruesome stunt was actually a serious injury: A man walked into a gas station in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand with a metal rod sticking out of his head

    "I was like, ‘Man is this a TV show? Is this guy for real?’" Katikati Caltex owner Lester Gray told 3 News. “It looked like a Halloween stunt where people wear those Halloween costumes over their heads, but it was pretty real when he turned around and blood was coming down the side of his head.”

    Adam Armitage, 23, had been allegedly attacked by strangers who approached him while he was sitting in his parked car in a suburban Katikati neighbourhood about four blocks away.

    According to police, Armitage was repeatedly punched in the face, then hit with the steel rod.

    Armitage was able to drive to the gas station to get help. 

    What caught witnesses off-guard was Armitage’s apparent nonchalance — likely shock — as he walked in, holding up the rod so it wouldn’t move. 

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  • Journalism prof asks student to spell his name correctly, she drops the class

    Don't forget to double-check that spelling...Don't forget to double-check that spelling...

    A Florida International University student recently dropped out of her journalism class after her professor apparently expected too much from her: He wanted her to spell his name correctly

    (My Grade 11 law teacher used to dock his students marks for spelling his name incorrectly. Surely a university student should be up to the task of a quick proofread?)

    Professor Fred Blevens recounted the bewildering story on Facebook

    “It now happens so seldom that a student can make my jaw drop with an outrageous email. This week, it happened. A student submitted a funeral notice as proof that she attended the service of her grandfather during the class in which we had the first quiz. She asked when she could come by my office to make up the quiz, for which I’d already given out all the answers to students who did attend. I wrote back, noting that point and telling her that makeups were done in essay format and I gave her the assignment. I also asked her — as I did on the first day of class —

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  • Teen with autism gets visit from vacuum salesman, has the best birthday ever

    Dylan Johnson was never really into toys. Instead, since the age of 2, he’s been passionate about vacuum cleaners. 

    So Dylan’s mother, Jodie Greene, invited a vacuum salesman to his 14th birthday party, giving her son a birthday he’ll never forget.

    Greene wrote an email to the Kirby Company, explaining her son’s love for the brand’s machines. 

    “I am reaching out to you in hopes for an answer to an unusual request for my son who is autistic,” she wrote

    “He has always been obsessed with vacuum cleaners. His favourite is the Kirby. He spends hours every day watching videos on his tablet about different Kirby’s. When he isn’t watching videos about them, he is talking about them.”

    She continued:

    “I really would LOVE to get a demo done for him for his birthday. In fact, I am even getting him a cake made that looks like a Kirby vacuum. I am writing to you in hopes that you can get me in touch with a way to get him this demo. I want to be clear that I do not intend on purchasing a Kirby. I

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  • Inspired by Up, man floats away in lawn chair lifted by helium balloons

    Eric Roner, a professional skier, avid BASE jumper and adrenaline junkie from Northern California, recently channeled one of our favourite Pixar movies and took to the skies with 90 brightly coloured balloons. 

    “I mean, it’s kind of that childhood dream,” Roner said of the stunt.

    "It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time," he told Gizmag. “Who hasn’t thought of getting lifted off the ground by a bunch of helium balloons?”

    The Up-inspired stunt used 90 helium-filled balloons and lifted Roner about 8,000 feet off the ground in an old lightweight sun lounger. 

    To get down, he began shooting the balloons one at a time with a shotgun, then chose to free-fall off the chair. 

    Eventually he pulled his parachute and floated to the ground below. 

    That was epic!” Roner told Good Morning America after his flight. “It’s kind of like the dream of flying or ‘can that actually happen?’ So for the reality of pulling it off was pretty surreal for me.”

    Roner’s stunt reminds us of a more literal

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  • Little princess tells best friend she's getting a Make-a-Wish trip to Disneyland

    Juniper and Violet are best friends. 

    The 3-year-old girls first met in November 2013, when they were both battling retinoblastoma, a form of cancer in the retina, at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

    They quickly bonded over their mutual love of Disney characters: Violet wanted to meet Mickey Mouse, Juniper wanted to meet Minnie Mouse. 

    In fact, a plush Minnie Mouse was Juniper’s constant companion through her cancer treatments and recovery time, her mother told WDW Hints. 

    Violet got her wish in December 2013, meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

    Violet and Juniper (YouTube/Make-a-Wish Foundation)Violet and Juniper (YouTube/Make-a-Wish Foundation)

    Last fall, the foundation granted Juniper’s wish, too — and recruited Violet to break the news to her. 

    “Juni, you’re going to Disneyland!” Violet, dressed as Cinderella, squealed

    "You’re going to twirl like a princess," she said, twirling on camera. "And do your princess pose. And wave like a princess."

    Violet continued to prep her friend on what to expect, including “nose-kisses” from their favourites,

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  • Two big rigs crush Oregon man's pickup truck, and he walks away unscathed

     

    Kaleb Whitby, 27, is a very lucky man

    Early Saturday morning, Whitby’s Chevy Silverado was one of 26 vehicles involved in a pileup on Interstate 84, about 33 miles east of Baker City, Oregon. 

    His pickup flipped when it struck a jackknifed semi truck. Then another tractor-trailer slid towards him.

    "I got scared of the possibility it could have been the end," the young father recalled.

    Sure enough, the second truck slid sideways into the first tractor-trailer, crushing Whitby’s pickup between the two semi-trucks.

    "It was just metal crunching and glass. It was just all fast and loud,” Whitby told CNN.

    Sergio Karplyuk, the 32-year-old driver of the second truck that struck Whitby’s vehicle — he didn’t even see the crushed car at first — spotted Whitby amidst the debris and helped free him from the wreckage. 

    "I see this head and he’s just like, starts speaking," Karplyuk told The Washington Post. “It’s just this guy and he says, ‘I’m okay, I just can’t get out.’ He was just so calm

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  • Latest Bigfoot sighting video from Russia is most convincing-looking yet

    Has Bigfoot finally been spotted?

    Some Russian adventurers certainly think so — and they have the footage to prove it. 

    In the video, an imposing hairy creature appears to march through the snow in a wooded area somewhere in Russia.

    The exact date and location of the sighting is unclear, as is about every other fact needed to verify the sighting. Still, the Bigfoot video, whether real or fake — let’s face it, it’s probably fake — is among the most impressive we’ve seen yet.

    According to the Mirror, the Russian mountain rescue team went looking for the maybe-mythical creature after hearing reports of sightings in a remote region of the south-western Adygeya Republic.

    The adventurers questioned people at a mountainside lodge who claimed to have spotted Bigfoot. 

    "The creature was big, looking like a bear, but not a bear. From the door we’ve seen something big and shaggy,” eyewitness Ludmila Hristoforova told a local TV station.

    One senior search team member said that while he didn’t

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  • Teen’s balloon to late father gets sweet responses from city 400 miles away

    Photo of Ashlynn Marracino's balloon released in memory of her father. (Lisa Swisley/Facebook)Photo of Ashlynn Marracino's balloon released in memory of her father. (Lisa Swisley/Facebook)

    Every January 6, 16-year-old Ashlynn Marracino releases a balloon in memory of her late father, who died of a brain aneurysm in 2008. 

    January 6 was his birthday. 

    This year, like every other year, she released a star-shaped mylar balloon covered in a long message that described how much she loved and missed him, and caught him up on certain details of her life — and asked him to send her a sign.

    Part of her note read:

    “You have missed so much and I miss you. And I love you, miss you like crazzy!”

    It continued:

    “I don’t like how I never had you in my life. It’s not fair. Show me a sign please. Anything to let me know you’re there. I miss you so much and I want you back.”

    Read more of the note here.

    “I can write out stuff that I want to tell him,” Ashlynn told TODAY Parents. “It makes me feel like he would receive it — seeing it go up into the sky and disappear…it feels like a weight has been lifted off your chest.”

    On January 7, the balloon showed up in a restaurant’s parking lot in

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  • Twins come out to their father in moving viral video

    Twin brothers, models and YouTube personalities Aaron and Austin Rhodes kicked off the new year with a moment of vulnerability. 

    Having already come out to most of their family, it was time to tell their father — before he found out from one of their videos. 

    The nervous brothers, who recently moved from Ohio to Los Angeles, confessed their fears to their father over the phone:

    "I just didn’t want you to find out through YouTube and I just wanted to be able to have that conversation, because I feel like we’re close enough, and I finally feel like I’m at that point now where I’m able to tell you, and I just want to be able to have you behind us 100 percent," Austin told his dad. “I just don’t want you to not love us anymore.” 

    Fortunately, Mr. Rhodes doesn’t hesitate to reassure his sons, interrupting Austin’s speech:

    “Stop it. Would you just stop?”

    "It’s the way things are, you know," Mr. Rhodes told them. “You’re growing people. You grew up in a much different generation than me. I

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