•  Photo by L’Erin Dobra Photo by L’Erin Dobra

    It’s perfectly natural for a 2-year-old boy to want to be like the cartoons and superheroes he sees on television. There are too many of these memorable characters to name. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, Batman and of course Mickey Mouse are just some of the classics. And while young Grayson Dobra of Prairieville, Louisiana is certainly a big fan of Mickey, there’s a rather unique character that takes his fandom cake. None other than New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart.

      

    You heard that right. Grayson can’t seem to stop watching Bart’s ads, which don’t exactly feature any web spinning, bat signals or quirky mouse ears. How much does Grayson like Bart you ask? So much so that for his second birthday this past January, his mom L’erin brought him a cake with the attorney’s edible photo printed on it to go along with a life-size cardboard cut-out of the man himself.

    Ms. Dobra swears that her boy is indeed a big fan of Mickey, but that he’d watch Bart’s personal injury

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  • Sometimes a city bylaw ends up looking reelingly ridiculous. Such is the case now in the St. Lawrence River city of Cornwall, Ontario.

    Seems there’s three young kids – Kristopher, Kristina and Clayton Cadieux – who earn their pocket money selling worms ($2.50 a dozen) on the lawn of their parents’ Cornwall home.

    Dad’s a signmaker, and they have a nice red sign advertising their business.

    Strictly speaking, that’s illegal. (Commercial venture, residential neighbourhood.) But they’re kids, they’re cute, and the city’s bylaw enforcement officers were apparently happy to look the other way.

    Until someone down the street complained.

    In a fine case of rooting out dandelions with a destroyer, the worm stand – however adorable – has been shut down.

    “The bylaw I'm sure was well intended, but it's gone too

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  • Witches like Caroline Tully in Australia, don't fear persecution as women elsewhere do. (Getty Images)Witches like Caroline Tully in Australia, don't fear persecution as women elsewhere do. (Getty Images)

    Around the world witches are known by different names – mchawi in Swahili, sanguma in Pidgin, boksi in Nepalese – but they have one thing in common; women and children accused of sorcery are hunted, mutilated, exiled, and murdered. UN researchers and human rights agencies estimate the number to be in the thousands annually.

    Last week, 63-year-old Purni Orang was dragged from her home in Assam, India, stripped naked, and beheaded, because villagers thought her a witch and blamed her for a local illness. As if that’s not horrifying enough, some 2,000 people have been murdered nationwide after accusations of witchcraft between 2000 and 2012, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau in India.

    These modern-day witchcraft-related attacks are not unique to India, they occur in at least 41 countries around the globe including Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and multiple European nations.

    "This is becoming an

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  • An intern left a not so pleasant post-it note for his managers.An intern left a not so pleasant post-it note for his managers.

    Internships can be a great opportunity to land a full-time job. But for one intern, the chances of getting hired are not looking too good right now.

    Apparently, an intern left an angry note to his old boss at the bottom of some post-it notes. The boss found it in the workplace and later uploaded a photo of the message onto Reddit under the username Win_in_Roam.

    The Reddit user commented on the photo saying: “We sent out our intern to buy sticky note. He’s not a very bright kid.”

    The intern was absolutely fed up with his bosses and decided to take out his frustrations after he was instructed to buy post-it notes. He got his point across by leaving a nasty message in the stack of sticky notes. 

    On the last post-it note, the intern reveals that he’s been putting more than sugar and cream in the coffee that he delivered to his bosses everyday.

    It read: “By the time you read this, I’ll be long gone from this s***hole. I hope you enjoyed bossing me around. I bet you felt real good about

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  • While most sports enthusiasts out there may not equate those with physical disabilities as athletically gifted and elite, one boy from Worksop, England changed the minds of many and inspired them in the process last weekend.

    8-year-old Bailey Matthews is a budding young triathlete with a twist. He suffers from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects muscle co-ordination and balance, making it much more difficult to perform some of life’s most routine daily tasks.

    Although Matthews struggles to dress himself without assistance, he completed the Castle Howard Triathlon on Saturday, a grueling event that included a 100-metre lake swim, a four kilometre bike ride and a 1,300 metre run. Bailey used an adapted bike and walker to complete the race in spite of distance, terrain and disability. On top of all that, Matthews left the walker behind, crossing the finish line unassisted, making his parents Jonathan and Julia proud, inspiring those in attendance and becoming a social

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  • Watch men react to their girlfriends as they’re catcalled on the street

    “It sucks. I’m glad that that people are making it an issue and not standing for it anymore."

    (Photo via YouTube screengrab)(Photo via YouTube screengrab)

    It’s something that your girlfriends probably deal with when you’re not around: catcalling.

    But unless you experience it firsthand — whether you’re a man who catcalls or a woman who gets catcalled — you probably don’t understand the severity of it. 

    So, in order to put things into perspective, Cosmopolitan.com had a camera follow around a few women in New York City and asked their boyfriends to watch what they had to endure.

    After watching multiple men make inappropriate comments towards his girlfriend Olivia, Seth remarked that he was “getting pissed off.”

    “I’m not happy with this,” he said.

    Some of the call-outs include comments about how “gorgeous” she is, her body and calling her a “prize” or “baby girl.”

    After Olivia passes a strip club, one man yells out, “We’re hiring!”

    “Real tasteful,” her boyfriend says sarcastically.

    Jon, after watching his girlfriend Tessa receive similar treatment, tells her “those people are scary.”

    “It sucks. I’m glad that that people are making it an

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    Normally, real estate property listings include homes or condos, but in this case someone is looking to sell a different type of property: a parking spot.

    The listing on Realtor.ca says a spot in the commercial parking lot is located near Rogers Arena, in downtown Vancourver, B.C., for a whopping price tag of $45,000. And you don’t have to be owners of any building in order to buy this space.

    “I’m not surprised parking lots are for sale,” Andrey Pavolv, a professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, told CTV News. “I’m a little bit surprised by the price […] I think it’s clearly way above construction costs.”

    While the price may be high, the reality is that parking spaces are a hot commodity in the city.

    “It’s quite an anomaly actually,” Richard Collins of Prompton Real Estate, the agency overlooking the sale, told CBC News. “I think it’s taken people by surprise that there is actually a market for parking stalls.”

    Collins told CBC News it’s not unusual for

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  • With most of Canada in the midst of a sweltering stretch of overheating, it’s a good time to know the difference between uncomfortable and unsafe.

    An infographic is making the rounds on Tumblr that offers some simple education on the differences between heat exhaustion and heat strike, to help you tell when you should take a water break, and when you should seek medical attention.

      

    Feel faint or dizzy? Sweating a lot? It’s probably just heat exhaustion (which is still a serious thing to which you should attend immediately). But if you stop sweating or get a headache, that’s very bad and you need to find a doctor right away.

    The graphic was originally distributed by the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services (OES). The OES seems to be taking heat-related emergencies very seriously this summer; on Wednesday its officers tried to bake cookies on a dashboard to show how hot it gets inside a car in the summer (it worked, although the cookies were a bit mushy).

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  • Here’s another ‘biggest fear’ that you may not have known you had.

    A 92-year-old woman who was declared dead by a doctor in Germany suddenly awoke screaming inside of a freezing mortuary, reports the Associated Press.

    The doctor has since been charged with negligent body harm for the fairly large oopsy-daisy and if convicted, the doctor could face anything between a fine and a prison sentence.

    After the 92-year-old was found without a pulse and not breathing, the doctor, whose name has not been released, declared the woman to be dead.

    But when she was taken to a funeral home that evening, a worker heard screams coming from the refrigeration room, where the woman was discovered alive.

    Two days later the woman died from heart disease, unrelated to the mishap.

    And as if this story isn’t already the stuff of nightmares, it’s not necessarily the first time something like this has happened.

    Last year it was a 91-year-old woman from Poland who had to suffer 11 hours in cold storage. It

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  • Left: Chanel White, Right: Lisa Goodman-Helfand (supplied)Left: Chanel White, Right: Lisa Goodman-Helfand (supplied)

    Lisa Goodman-Helfand has dealt with some hardships as a result of her scleroderma, but she wasn’t expecting rejection by Facebook for the appearance of her face to be one of them.

    Scleroderma, a chronic condition that causes the skin and connective tissues in the body to harden and contract, is a topic that the Chicago-area blogger is well versed in, as she has been dealing with it personally for 30 years.

    Goodman-Helfand writes about scleroderma as well as body image, confidence and more on her blog Comfortable In My Thick Skin. In a recent post titled ‘You Won’t Believe the Story Behind These Two Faces,’ she showcased another woman who was living with scleroderma.

    “I’d written an article about myself and another woman, Chanel White,” Goodman-Helfand explained to Yahoo Canada. “The point was to illustrate that can someone can look perfectly healthy, but also be facing life-threatening health issues, while someone who doesn’t look healthy… can actually be much better off.”

    White’s

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