• 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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  • Chloe Cross was fed up. Fed up with her school’s dress code, fed up with being harassed by boys, fed up with being punished for what she wore. But she didn’t run to the media or get her parents to complain; she found a sly, funny and much more effective way of getting her message across that she shouldn’t be shamed for her clothing.

    Cross posted a picture to Tumblr of her yearbook from San Mateo High School, about 20 miles south of San Francisco, with a senior quote that struck at the core of every young girl’s argument that dress codes are sexist and send the wrong message.

    It read, "I would just like to apologize to those who were unable to graduate with the class of 2015 because they were too distracted by my midriff and consequently failed all of their classes! xoxo"

    The Tumblr post might have gone unnoticed, but it was picked up by Amandla Steinberg, a young actor who starred as Rue in the "Hunger Games" films. Before she knew it, Cross’s post had gone viral.

    Yahoo Canada talked

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  • Is #coffeeshaming a thing? Because if it wasn’t, it is now.

    This sign on an unknown sugar container in an unknown coffee shop (or perhaps restaurant, judging by the apparent menu with the customer in the background) is dripping with scorn, snootiness and a snobbish sense of superiority. Not bad for a three sentence pre-emptive scolding.

    We haven’t been able to source the provenance of this sign yet, but the post has been spreading like wildfire on Tumblr, with over 30,000 notes since it was posted earlier this week.

    If you’re thinking “wait - coffee has a natural sweetness?” You’re not alone. Tumblr users were equally taken aback by the airs put on by the sign.

     I am PAYING for caffeine and the right to enjoy it any way I want I will cut it with sugar and mainline it right here don’t try me.


    Although ‘natural sweetness’ for coffee is cutting it mighty fine. Like. It’s not sweet. Least. No coffee I’ve ever tasted has been sweet black.

    - doctor-phantasmagoria


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  • 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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  • Houston house could be yours for $150 and a 200-word essay

    Texas realtor adopts unconventional method to sell his family’s 1,056-square-foot home

    Want to live in a 1920s Houston Heights bungalow but can’t afford the $400,000 price tag?

    One homeowner is giving potential buyers a shot at winning their dream home — for just $150 and a 200-word essay about why they’d like to live there.

    Texas realtor Michael Wachs is using the unconventional method to sell his family’s 1,056-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home as a way to give more people a chance at the place Wachs calls “a great place to live.”

    “This is the only method that we can think of that we could get our money back and also give a chance to someone to start a new life or build a home right in the city,” he told KTRK.

    Learn more at Wachs’ website here.

    For the selling strategy to be worth it for Wachs’ family, he needs to collect 3,000 essays. If he doesn’t, he’ll refund all the application fees and list the house “the old-fashioned way.”

    Wachs is accepting entries until June 13. The entrant with the best-written essay will be awarded the house and its appliances,

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  • Tybler user, dismilis, imagines Jennifer Lawrence as Thor, Amber Heard as Captain America.Tybler user, dismilis, imagines Jennifer Lawrence as Thor, Amber Heard as Captain America.
    Instead of just complaining about the lack of female superheroes — in both films and merchandizing — one artist on tumblr decided to show us what it would look like if the genders of the Avengers were swapped.

    Judging from the Internet’s reaction, a mostly female superhero team would be a hit.

    Tumblr user disimilis — Nylon identified her as an 18-year-old named Ágnes Domokos’ — swapped out Chris Evans for Amber Heard as Captain America.

    Instead of Chris Hemsworth swinging that hammer, the artist gave Jennifer Lawrence Thor’s iconic weapon.

    Mila Kunis takes over for Mark Rufallo as Bruce Banner. (Sadly, there’s no image of her as the Hulk.)

    Even Robert Downey, Jr. gets axed from this fantasy version. Kate Beckinsale was cast as Iron Man instead.

    Shailene Woodley would have no problem filling Hawkeye’s shoes, while Kristen Stewart took over Tom Hiddleston’s role as Loki.

    And because the film would need a token male superhero, the artist cast Chris Pine as Black Widow.

    When asked about

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  • Lernertandsander.comLernertandsander.com

    It’s the stuff Type-A foodies’ dreams are made of.

    Had a stressful week? Let these food cubes calm you down.

    Artists Lernert & Sander, commissioned by the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, took unprocessed foods and cut them into perfectly identical 2.5-centimetre cubes, then used them to form a perfect grid.

    (You can order a limited edition print or poster of the cubes here.)

    Redditors, not satisfied to just enjoy the food-grid perfection, quickly tackled the job of trying to identify all 98 cubes.

    Lernert & Sander previously created the short film, “Chocolate Bunny,” in which they melted a chocolate hare three ways.

    Watch that mesmerizing video below.

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  • Bear and man startle one another, both run away

    It’s not hard to imagine that running into a bear would be startling. But have you considered the encounter from the bear’s perspective?

    In a video that’s now going viral, a bear cub and a man both walk around a garage and almost collide with one another. Their reactions? Identical — and pretty cute.

    Bear and man alike scamper off in opposite directions, hoping the other doesn’t follow.

    “They both have the exact same ‘jolt’ reaction, that’s actually fantastic footage,” wrote Reddit user LonietoMcCartin.

    “Best ‘fight or flight’ reaction video I think I’ve seen. The man’s reaction was exactly like mine. Immediately flail arms and legs, then runaway. Dudes just heading out to get his mail or whatever, who would expect a bear in their driveway,” wrote topcity.

    We’re assuming it will be a while before the man walks and drinks at the same time again — just as an L.A. man learned his lesson about walking and texting. 

    See another startling bear encounter below. 

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  • Justin Wong playing during Stunfest 2014. (Flickr/Edouard Hue)Justin Wong playing during Stunfest 2014. (Flickr/Edouard Hue)

    For most people, playing video games is nothing more than a hobby, and the adage of “do what you love” just doesn’t seem to apply to gaming for a living.

    Unless you’re someone like Justin Wong.

    Wong has spent the last 15 years traveling the world playing Street Fighter and other fighting video games professionally, competing in tournaments and becoming one of the most well-known figures in the fighting game community.

    Wong will be in Canada this weekend for the Enthusiast Gaming Live event in Toronto, where competitive gamers from across the country and the world will be competing for prize money. Tournaments range from games like League of Legends and Counter Strike, to fighting games (Wong’s specialty) like the latest Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games,. There are a dozen different fighting games to pick from in total.

    While the prize money will certainly draw some, for a lot of players, the real appeal is playing in front of the crowds and showcasing your gaming prowess to the

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