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    While book banning is no longer a common practice, and the flaming books piles are things of the past, libraries across North America are still getting requests to have material pulled from their shelves. And some of them are pretty surprising requests, too.

    Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) observed its Banned Books Week, an international celebration heralded by the is a time to be glad that banning books is a rare occurrence on both sides of the border. While many books continue to be challenged in schools and public libraries, the book burning fires have been put out.

    The Canadian Freedom to Read foundation, which celebrates their own reading week in February, works hard to compile various sources showing what kinds of material is still contested in Canada. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right of all Canadians, and freedom to read is part of that precious heritage,” their mission statement affirms. But is that right in any kind of danger?

    You might suspect

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  • After celebrating a night out for her birthday, a hairdressing student from Manchester, UK, took to Facebook to post a photo with the ‘stunning’ dude she met at a nightclub.

    (Photo: Facebook / Pippa McKinney)(Photo: Facebook / Pippa McKinney)Pippa McKinney’s attempt to find the stranger who she shared kisses and her number with quickly spread through Facebook.

    Within an hour, the girlfriend of said ‘stunning’ dude was tagged in the photo, bringing with that all the drama that’s expected.

    “I thought ‘who is this’ and clicked on her profile, and that’s when I saw him in her cover photo. I felt so stupid,” she told Manchester Evening News, “I was gutted for myself, gutted for her and gutted for him.”

    “I was talking to him all night. He kept saying ‘you’re stunning, are you sure you are definitely single?’ McKinney, 22, told Manchester Evening News, “I asked him the same and he said he was.”

    Matty Steven, eventually outed as the ‘stunning’ dude, has since ended the relationship with his girlfriend. He posted this to Facebook in response to the event:

    (Photo: Facebook / Matty Steven)(Photo: Facebook / Matty Steven)


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  • There are few things in life that are more relaxing than kicking back and basking in the warm sunshine, and this sea lion has mastered this state of relaxation flawlessly.

    Paul van Loock of Belgium recently shared a video on Facebook that shows a sea lion reclining on a beach chair somewhere off the coast of southern Europe, the NY Times reports.

    In the hilarious video, the sea lion is seen sprawled out on the chair in what looks like a very exclusive section of the beach. Talk about living the dream!

    Throughout the video, the sea lion continues to stretch and squirm until maximum comfort is achieved.  

    Since being shared online, the video has already been viewed more than 16 million times!

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  • The guy who jacked up the price of a rare AIDS medication by more than 5000 per cent is looking for love. Or at least just using Tinder.

    While cruising through the dating app, New York-based writer Eve Peyser matched with Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who tried to raise the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 in September. 

    After getting a bit of small talk out of the way (Peyser: "Up to anything fun tonight?" Shkreli: "Not yet"), Peyse asks a blunt question: DTGMAD? (Down to give me AIDS drugs?)

    That led to an intense and straightforward chat about everything from how Shkreli feels about the media storm ("It’s fine, the media and public don’t want to look past the headline"), people’s reaction to him ("Well they don’t understand it and want to be angry at someone. So someone young and irreverent sounds good") to if he considers

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  • A little boy and his furry friend make quiet a pair when it comes to driving around a remote-controlled car. 

    In a recent YouTube video, 14-month-old Oliver from Lake Forest, California, is seen sitting back and enjoying the ride as his little pup gets behind the wheel of his red toy car.

    Oliver’s mom, Jessica Wolf, told BuzzFeed News that when she saw the pup climb into the driver’s seat, she naturally pulled her camera out to catch the action. 

    In the video posted by Wolf, her little boy is seen being steered around in his remote-controlled car by Daisy, their six-year-old Maltese Chihuahua mix puppy, who has her paws on the wheel. 

    Wolf told BuzzFeed News that Oliver at first appeared confused that his pup was driving the car but eventually he warmed up to it and even patted her a few times.

    “He lets her run the show most of the time,” Wolf, told BuzzFeed News.  

    Though it looks like Daisy’s controlling the toy car completely on her own, Wolf admits in the video’s description that

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  • Lexus has been on quite a roll lately. In August the automaker released a YouTube video featuring a real-life hover board… You know like the one from the Back To The Future movie? This month, the company has decided to take its ingenuity and creativity to yet another level by creating the world’s first fully functioning cardboard car.

    It took a team of just five people to put it together thanks to United Kingdom based company Scales & Models, which specializes in coming up with 3-D products and models using almost any concept you can imagine. The process of putting the cardboard car together included some digital design work, model creation, laser cutting and finally, the assembly process. At the end of the day it took 1,700 sheets of cardboard measuring 10 mm thick to make it happen.

    To build a vehicle up to the standards of a luxury brand like Lexus is a tall order when you have the finest of all materials for both the interior and exterior of the car. Things become even more

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  • Court upholds 12-year-old’s suspension for staring

    “I never knew she was scared cause she was laughing."


    The parents of a 12-year-old Ohio student are disappointed in the court ruling that will uphold their son’s suspension for staring at a classmate last year. 

    The student was suspended from St. Gabriel Consolidated, a private Catholic school, last September after he was said to be intimidating a female student by staring at her, reports Fox19.

    Court documents show that the female student said she “felt fearful”, which is what lead to the suspension.

    “I never knew she was scared cause she was laughing,” he wrote in a letter of apology to his classmate.

    The 12-year-old said he was simply engaged in a staring contest and that his classmate was participating in the game.

    “I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.” 

    Still, the suspension was enacted. The principal handles all final rulings when it comes to disciplinary action, as outlined by the school’s policy.

    The male student’s parents are fighting

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  • Burger King's Halloween Whopper reportedly turns your poop green

    Should the burger be pulled from the menu?

    Who knew eating a synthetically black hamburger could have negative side effects for your colon?

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about Burger King’s new Halloween Whopper, from the people who think it’s a cool idea, to those who take one look at it and shake their head.

    The company’s Facebook page, however, has been seeing a surge of costumers sharing their rather unpleasant experiences.

    Users have been posting about the aftermath, saying the meal caused their poop green.

    “Seriously, they should have called this the hulk whopper, because in about 24hrs something green and angry comes out of you,” writes one person. 

    “So would it be accurate to assume that in season 8 of ‘The Walking Dead’ it will be revealed that

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  • Alaska Airlines misplaces its own CEO's luggage

    Maybe he should have stuck with a carry-on?

    Alaska Airlines’ CEO found out the hard way that even top executives aren’t immune to lost baggage when they fly, even on their own airline.

    Chief Executive Bradley Tilden made the admission on stage at an airline summit in Washington, D.C., according to the Los Angeles Times.

    “The media is here and I’m hoping that you don’t write this down and print it,” Tilden reportedly joked with the audience before announcing it’s not the first time either.

    Tilden said he’d had his luggage lost before, albeit 25 years ago.

    His luggage wasn’t lost for good, mind you, it arrived at his hotel the next day.

    Alaska Airlines guarantees your bags will arrive within 20 minutes of reaching the gate or they’ll give you $25 or 2,500 miles towards your next flight.

    Tilden didn’t tell the crowd which of these he chose, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    Alaska Airlines is one of the few airlines to offer such a guarantee, according to Time, but, despite the horror stories, the lost luggage rate has been on

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  • Injured raccoon raised by family with rescue dogs thinks she's a dog too

    “Raising her was (and still is) a full-time job"

    Most people think of raccoons as those pesky midnight bandits that raid your trash bins and leave garbage strewn across the driveway. 

    Just ask the good people of Toronto, a city that recently beefed up the quality of its green bins to make them "raccoon proof."

    But if you’ve ever stumbled across a baby raccoon, their adorable puppy-like features may just tug at your heartstrings, just as they did for Nassau, Bahamas, native Rosie Kemp.

    This is Pumpkin, a raccoon Kemp found that had fallen out of tree in her backyard and broken its leg, according to The Dodo.

    Kemp and her daughter Laura Young took little Pumpkin in and raised her with their rescue dogs, Toffee and Oreo.

    “Raising her was (and still is) a full-time job,” Young told The Dodo, “They are so unbelievably intelligent, very aware, and I would say they are even able to express emotions.”

    All of Pumpkins current adventures with the family are chronicled on Instagram, where Kemp has garnered more than 65 thousand followers.

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