• Cardistry. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry, because it also seems Margaret Atwood has only recently learned of the world of card flourishing.

    A video posted to Twitter by a Swedish resident of he and his friend doing cardistry, a fluid motion of shuffling the cards, all over Stockholm captured the Canadian’s attention. She was so impressed by the video, she re-tweeted it!

    The owner of the vid is Swedish resident and artist Frank Sung, who got very excited about the promo from the literary giant.

    Some fans were surprised to find out Atwood would be interested in

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  • Baggage handlers caught on camera tossing luggageBaggage handlers caught on camera tossing luggage
    One passenger was left a little concerned after capturing a few airline workers on camera repeatedly tossing a suitcase.

    It turns out, however, the staff were just playing a game with a ‘dummy bag.’ 

    While Chase Platon waited for a flight at the San Jose Mineta International Airport in California, he saw what appeared to be baggage handlers throwing a bag, as they cheered each other on, KPIX 5 reports.

    “I would be pretty mad, obviously I was a little concerned because I had just checked in my bag just earlier so I was a little peeved,” Platon told KPIX 5.

    He then uploaded the video to his Facebook page with the message: “Ever wonder what #southwest does with your bags? They see who can toss the furthest…”

    Southwest came forward about the incident and denied the handlers in the video worked for them.

    In fact, Alaska Airlines confirmed that it was their staff who were caught, NBC Bay Area reports. 

    They also added that it wasn’t a customer’s suitcase being thrown around but instead, one

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  • (Anne McCaw)(Anne McCaw)
    Imagine you walk out to your garden and there’s a seal just hanging out. Now imagine it gets startled when it spots you and jumps onto the roof of a nearby shed to hide.

    Crazy, right? Well it turns out, not completely farfetched according to Ann McCaw, property manager at a heritage home museum in Kaikoura, New Zealand.

    “He was in the front garden. We both startled each other,” McCaw told the Sunday Star Times. “He took off along the side of the house, he took a left and jumped onto the roof.”

    In fairness, the distance from roof to ground on the side the seal is reported to have leapt from is only two feet.

    “I thought to myself, my goodness, I’ve got a seal on the roof, this is unreal,” McCaw told the paper. “He looked very happy. He was just looking out to sea, just doing a classic seal pose.”

    The seal reportedly spent 20 minutes on the metal roof before McCaw was able to shoo it away from the larger drop on the other side of the building and back off the roof to safety.

    It wasn’t

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  • (Bartari Video Game Bar / Facebook)(Bartari Video Game Bar / Facebook)Gaming enthusiasts in the greater Saskatoon area who’ve always wanted to down a barrel of their favourite brew while dodging them in Donkey Kong now have their chance at David Mah’s new video game themed bar on 20th Street.

    “So we pretty much have every retro gaming system ever made,” Mah told CBC News, adding that the bar, called Bartari, does have some physical consoles available with software for true nostalgia, "If they want the real experience we can provide that as well.”


    (Batari Video Game Bar Facebook)

    Bartari also has a couple of pinball machines, individual televisions for for each table, and a gaming lounge set up at the back of the bar with more comfy seating arrangements to play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and PlayStation. 

    Mah got the idea for the place after discovering many other video game bars during his time travelling internationally for martial arts tournaments, and has invested $60,000 into Batari with high hopes for its future.

    Patrons pay a flat $5 fee to get access

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  • It can be hard sometimes to make friends. When you’re alone and fenced off from the world 99 per cent of the time, that feat is all that much harder.

    A Siberian tiger named Amur living in a Moscow safari park decided not to let its enclosure get in the way of happiness, choosing instead to form a bond with a goat named Timur. 

    A YouTube video shows the two in the same enclosure. Timur didn’t know to fear for life when it saw the tiger and instead of taking flight, the goat chased the tiger from its own sleeping quarters. 

    Since then, Timur is reported to regularly sleep where Amur used to, forcing the mighty feline to take up a new spot on top of a shelter.

    The Primorsky Safari Park said they decided to name the fearless Timur in reference to a child from a popular Communist-era book.

    “It’s a fitting name for such a fearless animal,” the park said.

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  • Photo from Rijksmuseum's Facebook page, posted ahead of this year's Big Draw event.Photo from Rijksmuseum's Facebook page, posted ahead of this year's Big Draw event.

    The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam recently held its 2015 Big Draw event. It’s an event where visitors come to the museum and appreciate art in a whole new way. They are allowed to ‘take pictures’ of the artifacts and displays, just as long as they don’t bring a camera or smartphone along to take actual photos. No cameras allowed, sketches only!

    The museum’s website explains the idea is to get people truly engaged in what they’re looking at.

    “In today’s world of mobile phones and media a visit to a museum is often a passive and superficial experience,” they write on their website. “Visitors are easily distracted and do not truly experience beauty, magic and wonder. This is why the Rijksmuseum wants to help visitors discover and appreciate the beauty of art and history through drawing.”

    While drawing is certainly both a skill and a talent, the juxtaposition of both simplicity and incredible detail that visitors’ drawings display drive the point home. It doesn’t matter if you struggle

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  • This week’s Black Friday means big savings for some, but often times big bargains are accompanied by chaotic stampedes and lost tempers.

    This year’s Black Friday mayhem kicked of in Kentucky where things got out of hand for two shoppers at the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville. 

    As the sales kicked off, the two unidentified men were caught in a brawl in the middle of the food court, Syracuse reports.

    A bystander captured the chaotic scene showing the two men throwing punches and wrestling each other to the ground.

    As they fell, yanking at each other’s shirts, they knocked a woman over onto the floor. 

    A security officer eventually appeared and broke up the brawl. 

    One of the man involved in the fight is later seen leaving the mall with his friends but not before picking up his shopping bag, according to the New York Daily.

    It’s apparently unclear what caused the brawl or whether both men will be

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  • A woman reads a book while drinking tea in a bookstore. (Thinkstock)A woman reads a book while drinking tea in a bookstore. (Thinkstock)

    The Booksellers Association in Britain is looking to combat the hustle and bustle that is Black Friday by introducing its own version of the event, Civilized Saturday. The inaugural event launches this weekend and features hundreds of small local bookshops offering book worms a chance to relax, kick back and read a good piece of literature, often with a discount, tea or complementary hand massage.

    At the moment more than 100 bookshops across the country have signed up to participate in the event, but unlike major retailers such as Amazon and Walmart who want people tripping all over each other both virtually and in person to get the biggest discount possible, Civilized Saturday is meant to reinvigorate one’s passion for reading without the stress. While some of the participating stores are offering discounts on select titles, they are each finding their own unique way to bring customers in.

    The whole idea is actually part of a broader campaign run by the association called Books Are

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  • Do you want to see seven months of tedious work disappear in a second?

    YouTube user corenpuzzle began work in April attempting to create the largest Rubiks cube type puzzle in the world at 22x22 blocks respectively, with the current record holder being a 17x17x17 puzzle.

    In the video, he explains the entire process, saying he started the project on a whim and printed out the hundreds of tiny individual pieces with his 3D printer, which took a whole month just to sort out.

    The over hour long live-streamed video entails the final assembly of the cube, and if you had the patience or time to watch it, you’d see just how painstakingly long it must have been to create this monster.

    Fast forward to about the 1 hour, 34 minute mark in the video as corenpuzzle tries to make the first rotation of his seven month creation:


    The video has garnered over 1.3 million views since uploaded yesterday, with many in the comment section sympathizing with the young man.

    This isn’t even the first time this has

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  • Police in New South Wales, Australia, were prepared for the worst when they thought they were responding to a violent domestic incident.

    After receiving numerous calls with reports of a man heard yelling: “I’m going to kill you, you’re dead! Die Die!!” along with a woman heard “screaming hysterically” and furniture being tossed around the home, the New South Wales Police Force quickly responded. 

    They rushed to the scene and started banging on the door.

    “Where’s your wife?” Police asked the man. 

    He replied: “umm I don’t have one.”

    “Where’s your girlfriend?” The police then asked. 

    Again the male replied: “umm I don’t have one.”

    “We had a report of a domestic and a women screaming, where is she?” The police asked to which the man answered: “I don’t know what you’re talking about I live alone.” 

    It turns out the man was fighting a spider, “a really big one,” and the woman heard screaming was him, as he chased the eight-legged critter around his unit.

    Naturally, there was a long pause

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