Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger inspires 19-year-old Reddit user who was bullied at the gym

    The 'Governator' steps in after a teen reveals he was laughed at during a workout

    Schwarzenegger speaks on stage during the Arnold Classic Australia in Melbourne. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Schwarzenegger speaks on stage during the Arnold Classic Australia in Melbourne. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

    When you’ve had a bad day at the gym, sometimes you just need a little pep talk from an action hero.

    And that’s just what 19-year-old Reddit user GnashBrowns got.

    The young man recently shared his story of being laughed at by strangers at the gym when he stumbled during his new weightlifting routine.

    “Everything went pretty well until the last rep on the fourth set. Took a nasty spill and landed on my right knee to prevent myself from falling backwards. A couple people laughed. That hurt more than falling down,” he wrote.

    “I got back on the horse and finished up the last set at 60. Next exercise was deadlift. I never really got the hang of the form for a proper deadlift so I practiced it while looking in the mirror. Started my first set at 55 but couldn’t get the form down, my right knee kept buckling and gave out on the fourth rep, causing me to fall once more. Same people laughed and got many looks in my direction because of the loud noise.”

    Eventually he gave up.

    “Feeling

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  • Edmonton restaurant owner offers free meal to whoever can solve tunnel mystery

    The mysterious Toronto tunnel proved to be nothing more than a local resident's man cave.The mysterious Toronto tunnel proved to be nothing more than a local resident's man cave.

    Now that the Toronto-tunnel mystery has been solved, it’s time for a new underground head-scratcher.

    And if you can solve it, dinner for four (with wine) is on the house.

    “There is a tunnel below my restaurant and no one can tell me what purpose it served,” said Mike Bhatnagar, owner of the Hat Resto Pub at 10251 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton.

    “The tunnel once ran under Jasper Avenue but has been blocked off. I have wondered if it might date back to Prohibition days,” he told the Edmonton Journal.

    “It is still 11.5 metres in length and about one-metre wide. It would have been easy to roll a barrel through it. More recently, bricks have been used to define the tunnel and supports have been inserted to make it safe.”

    The building was built in 1908 and first opened as a restaurant — then called the Golden Spike — in 1912.

    Bhatnagar and his wife bought the Hat in 2013. He believes the tunnel has been around since those early days and was likely blocked off during LRT construction.

    After twice

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  • Ontario boy Odin Camus given a party to remember as his birthday goes viral

    Mike Judson of CHEX TV in Peterborough, Ont., poses for a photo with Odin Camus.Mike Judson of CHEX TV in Peterborough, Ont., poses for a photo with Odin Camus.

    Odin Camus will never forget his 13th birthday party.

    When none of the friends Odin invited to his birthday party RSVP’d, his mother, Melissa, intervened, sharing his cellphone number with a local moms’ Facebook group, asking them to send him birthday texts to help cheer him up.

    "I want his thirteenth birthday to feel special, and like people care about him," Melissa wrote.

    "I’m really struggling with finding a way to make today awesome for him, when it will just be us celebrating."

    "We tried to have a birthday party for him and that didn’t quite work out," Melissa told CBC News. “So [Friday] morning I thought it would be fun for his birthday — seeing as he got a ‘big boy’ cell phone — to get some texts from people saying happy birthday. And it just went crazy from there.”

    The Peterborough boy with Asperger’s syndrome, who, according to his mom, has difficultly making friends, received more than 5,000 encouraging texts from strangers.

    At the Facebook group’s encouragement, Melissa

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  • Generous Alaska Airlines employee helps Vancouver woman get home

    A Vancouver woman is calling herself an “Alaska Airlines convert” after an employee helped remedy her travel woes.

    Miriam Thomas simply wanted to fly from Vancouver to Ontario, California, and back again.

    The Vancouver woman was due in Ontario for a work meeting. Her trip, which should have been a relatively straightforward one — from Vancouver to Seattle to California — turned into a long, indirect travel headache.

    First, her Delta Airlines flight, scheduled for last Sunday night, was delayed: initially due to weather, then to mechanical issues. Weather didn’t allow the plane to land in Seattle, so it redirected to Portland. Instead of letting passengers get off the plane in Portland, however, the airline decided to turn the plane around. It went back to Seattle where passengers were given hotel vouchers to spend the night.

    Thomas made it to California just in time for her work meeting on Monday.


    She paid for my ticket, she paid for me to get home. I was boarding and I thanked her
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  • Too soon? Father takes nine-month-old son bodyboarding

    A nine-month-old’s first bodyboarding experience off the coast of Puerto Rico appears to be both terrifying and exhilarating.

    “It is the first time we have ever seen a baby getting barrelled!” wrote Sam Bennet for Surf-Report.

    "My son [sic] first try,” the boy’s father, Jorge Tirado, wrote under the viral video. “Thanks to everyone. I encourage you to safely bring your kids to the ocean, after all the ocean is the place where it all began. By far, this is the best sport for you [sic] spiritual, mental and physical health.”

    Viewers are feeling just as torn about the video of the little guy’s time in the water as he is: Was it a fun introduction to the waves, or a too-dangerous one?

    Sandra Gartland, a surf instructor and mother of two, watched the video and took no issue with teaching such a young child about the ocean — she took her own son out on a surfboard when he was 10 months old — but she did have some safety reservations.

    "He’s teaching the child about the water and the ocean,

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  • Woman falls asleep outside in Sask., gets terrifying frostbite on her hands

    Quirk: So this one time in Canada i got frostbite. (Imgur)Quirk: So this one time in Canada i got frostbite. (Imgur)

    Warning: the following photos are not for the faint of heart. (And if you already hate winter, this will only make it worse.)

    The story of Emma Quirk’s hands is a cautionary tale: Do not fall asleep outside in the winter.

    The Australian woman was visiting Saskatchewan a couple of weeks ago when, after a night of heavy drinking, she got separated from her friends. She had no phone, no cash, and “no idea where I was.”

    Drowsiness, a symptom of hypothermia, started to set in. She fell asleep just steps away from a nursing home.

    After a few hours, staff at the home noticed her curled up in a ball in the snow and rushed Quirk to the hospital. The woman’s hands were already exhibiting signs of frostbite, her fingertips purple.

    Forty-five minutes after she was found, a nurse warned her:

    “[Best] case scenario I keep my fingers. Worst case, I lose my hands,” Quirk recalled.

    She posted a series of photos of her frostbite ordeal in the hospital — what she called “a waiting game” — on imgur.

    The

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  • #GiveBenAJob: Family starts campaign to help man with Down syndrome find a job

    Ben Small wants to be a baker one day. He has his NVQ 2 (a national vocational qualification) in catering. He has “lots of unpaid experience” in customer service, including at a cafe, McDonald’s and with a UK pub chain.

    The major obstacle in the way of the 26-year-old Liverpool man landing a good paid job? He has Down syndrome.

    “He’s done quite a bit of work experience in the community but unfortunately no-one’s willing to take him on, pay him and give him the credit for it,” Small’s father, Mike, told the Liverpool Echo.

    As “a last-ditch attempt to find him a job,” Small’s stepmother, Fiona Hodge, launched an online campaign to help him land his dream job using the hashtag #GiveBenAJob.

    “I’ve been thinking about doing something to help Ben for a long time but I wasn’t sure what would be the best way to help,” Hodge told the Daily Mail.

    “I’ve seen a lot of people launching appeals on social media sites so I thought I’d give it a go.”

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  • South Carolina cat missing since 2013 shows up in California

    Kevin the cat disappeared from his Anderson, S.C. home in the fall of 2013.

    The orange house cat — he had been rescued from a shelter just months earlier — had gone outside, as he often did, but failed to return.

    His owner, Cheryl Walls, eventually assumed he was gone for good.

    Earlier this month, however, an inspector at the Arizona-California border heard meowing inside a U-Haul trailer that had just been driven across the country.

    He found Kevin, dehydrated but in relatively good health.

    (Riverside County Animal Services/Facebook)(Riverside County Animal Services/Facebook)

    The cat’s microchip helped track down Walls.

    "I assumed someone must have picked him up," Walls told the Associated Press. “Now he has seen more of the country than me.”

    Today, Kevin will be making the trip from Palm Springs back to North Carolina.

    "We have handled some pets with crazy back stories, and this is one more for the list," Riverside County Department of Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.

    "The good news is we know the owner, she wants her pet back, and we’ll make that happen."

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  • Dog flies out of bad situation on a private jet

    'Mango' looks around the private jet, flying her to her new home. (Imgur)'Mango' looks around the private jet, flying her to her new home. (Imgur)

    Reddit user blahblahblahokay had to leave her dog, Mango, with a friend in Florida for health reasons and move back in with her parents in Pennsylvania.

    When she was healthy enough, she returned to Florida to visit — and was shocked by what she found.

    “[Mango] was living in a crack house, didn’t have dog food, covered in fleas, and my friend is now an addict,” she wrote, herself a recovering addict.

    The dog owner didn’t want to leave her dog behind, but was due to fly out of state without her.

    Fortunately, the Reddit user’s mom’s boss overheard a conversation about the situation and offered a very generous solution: a ride home in a private jet for owner and pet.

    “My mom works at a private airport and her boss overheard her talking about the situation. It just happened that a friend of hers, who is a pilot there, was flying a family down to the area I was staying at and returning empty. Her boss secretly offered because she has a huge heart for dogs. So this was more for Mango (my

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  • Ohio woman’s rude note over handicapped parking spot goes viral

    Ashley Brady and the note left for her. (Facebook)Ashley Brady and the note left for her. (Facebook)

    When a neighbour parks in your parking spot, leaving a note on their windshield — instead of immediately calling a tow truck — is a polite way of asking them to park elsewhere next time.

    One Ohio woman, however, didn’t appreciate the correction — and fired back with a nasty note now going viral.

    Ashley Brady, 26, was on the receiving end of the cruel note.

    Brady lost her right leg in an accident last year. After learning to walk again with a prosthetic, she found that walking across her apartment complex’s icy parking lot was a real challenge.

    "I struggled a lot across the snow and ice in the parking lot trying to learn how to balance and walk," Brady told ABC 22. “I fell multiple times all of which my neighbours have seen.”

    So the complex designated a parking spot for Brady that was closer to her door.

    Just days after being awarded her new spot, Brady discovered that a neighbour, who has no physical disability, was using the spot.

    Brady left the neighbour a note explaining why she

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