• Competitors practice ahead of qualifying matches at the 2015 Call of Duty European Championships. (Getty)Competitors practice ahead of qualifying matches at the 2015 Call of Duty European Championships. (Getty)

    Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Canseco, Ben Johnson and Kory Friesen.

    Wait...who was that last guy?

    That was Kory “Semphis” Friesen, the Abottsford, B.C. native is the latest in a long line of professional athletes who've admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs. But Friesen's sport isn't baseball, football, basketball or even hockey – it's video games. Specifically, the first-person shooter “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.”

    In a YouTube interview with fellow Canadian pro gamer Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy, Friesen admitted that he and the rest of the Cloud 9 (his team at the time) were on Adderall at an Electronic Sports League [ESL] event in Poland in March (Editor’s Note: video contains strong language).

    The ESL comms were kinda funny in my opinion, I don't even care, we were all on Adderall,” says Friesen about 7:30 into the interview, referencing the clearly hectic communication between him and his teammates during the match, which you can see here.

    “I

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  • Could it be possible that there is life on Mars? 

    Well, according to UFO Sightings Dailya photo captured by NASA's Curiosity rover assures us that yes, life on the red planet does indeed exist.

    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab recently released Curiosity rover photographs on their web site and conspiracy theorists at UFO Sightings Daily were quick to bring attention to a certain image in one of the photos. 

    They claimed that the mysterious, woman-like figure captured among the piles of rock is indeed a cloaked woman watching the Rover from atop a cliff.

    “The woman seems to have breasts … indicated by the shadow on its chest. We also see two arms that are lighter in colour and what looks like a head with long hair. It’s hard to tell if this is a living being, or a statue of a being from long ago,” wrote Scott C. Waring on the UFO dedicated site.

    “This looks real. And it should concern every country in the world. There is life out there,” wrote Waring.

    Despite the questionable nature of

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  • Man sets record for longest birthday ever

    He kept his special day going for 46 hours

    (Guinness World Records)(Guinness World Records)

    Sven Hagemeier from Germany decided to celebrate his 26th birthday by breaking a world record.

    Last year on August 5, he set the Guinness World Record for the longest birthday by flying between times zones.

    He kept his special day going for 46 hours by flying from Auckland, New Zealand, to Brisbane, Australia, and then to Honolulu, Hawaii, where his wife was waiting for him, reported TIME.

    “I’ve known Guinness World Records since my childhood and I am a huge fan,” Hagemeier told the Guinness World Records. “After I found the perfect record for me, I felt confident I could become a record holder.”

    In reality, Hagemeier’s time in the air was much shorter than the 46 hours achieved from jumping time zones. It was only about 13 hours and 10 minutes, reported the Telegraph.

    Regardless, the record certificate was “an incredible present.” 

    There was a downside though. His elongated birthday celebration probably wasn’t cheap or too comfortable. 

    He spent the majority of the time on the

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  • Estela Meléndez was shocked to learn what she had been carrying for decades. (Photo: YouTube)Estela Meléndez was shocked to learn what she had been carrying for decades. (Photo: YouTube)

    A Chilean woman recently received some startling news when she found out she had been carrying a fetus in her uterus for more than 60 years.

    According to CNN, 91-year-old Estela Meléndez of La Boca, Chile, was seeing her doctor after she fell. She told her doctors that she had a lump on her belly for several years, but never thought anything of it.  

    Her doctors conducted a number of X-rays and quickly discovered the calcified fetus, which is a dead fetus that has become calcified in the uterus,  also known as lithopedion.

    The doctors confirmed that Meléndez had been carrying the uterus for more than six decades, which actually posses as no serious threat for Meléndez.

    This past January, Meléndez’s husband Manuel González passed away at 91. The couple had been married for 74 years. Meléndez told CNN that one of her few regrets in life was that she and her husband were not able to conceive a child.

    Finding out that you lost a child is extremely difficult in any circumstance, but

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  • Alberta mom left with $30,000 air ambulance bill after premature birth

    "At that point it was life or death for my baby, so we said we’ll figure it out later."

    An Alberta woman had no choice but to take an air ambulance after suddenly going into labour 32 weeks early.

    But now she’s left with a hefty medical bill, struggling to pay it off.

    Amy Savill, a mother of two from High Prairie, was visiting her family in Northern Ontario when she unexpectedly went into labour, reported CTV News. 

    She was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital.

    But according to the Toronto Star, the hospital in Timmins wasn’t equipped to handle births prior to 32 weeks gestation.

    An air ambulance was called in to transport Savill to a hospital in Sudbury, about four hours away.

    The price for the air lift ended up being $30,000.

    “At that point it was life or death for my baby, so we said we’ll figure it out later,” Savill told CTV News.

    When she arrived in Sudbury, Savill underwent an emergency caesarean section and gave birth to a baby girl, Amelia.

    Now Savill is left to cover the air lift in spite of Canada’s universal health care. 

    “Ontario won’t cover because we’re not

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  • Monkey the cat deposits a plastic ball into the machine and voila. Dinner is served! (Photo: YouTube)Monkey the cat deposits a plastic ball into the machine and voila. Dinner is served! (Photo: YouTube)

    And here you probably were, pouring your cat’s food into the bowl like a sucker! 

    Addressing what we can only assume was the sheer boredom with the mundane task of feeding his pet, Ben Millam designed a feeding machine that will only release food once a special plastic ball has been deposited by his cat.

    Millam, who refers to himself as an “aspiring geek,” took the time to train his cat, Monkey, to hunt for plastic balls that he hides around the house and drop them into the machine. When the machine processes the RFID-tagged ball, the attached feeder will release food for the cat to eat. 

    Millam developed this technique after he read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas. 

    “It’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting,” Millam said. “So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty

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  • The Rotary Club of Burlington-Lakeshore, the charitable organization behind "Canada’s Largest Ribfest", is not exactly in the most giving mood these days. The club is caught up in a heated battle with brand new privately-run competitor the Northern Heat Rib Series.

    Why you ask? Well, the owner of the latter privately held Ribfest, Justin Brown, has decided to bring his event to the city of Hamilton in June, almost thrtee months of The Burlington Rotary’s 20th annual festival set to open this Labour Day Weekend. According to the Rotary, the timing is too close.

    While one might think a charitable organization as well-known and respected as your local Rotary club would be inclined to simply send a friendly reminder to a fellow citizen about its event and maybe even find a way to co-exist, the Burlington-Lakeshore chapter has decided to get down and dirty in this turf war over deliciously barbecued meat and take things to another level.

    After letters sent from multiple Rotary clubs to

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  • It’s safe to say that every new mother dreams of the moment her baby say ‘mama’ for the very first time.

    One mom from Utah wanted to hear her baby say the magic word so much, she tried to bribe him into it by holding up food. 

    To the shock of both mom and baby, the family’s Australian Shepherd managed to say it first instead.

    The thirty-second video was uploaded to YouTube and concludes with Samuel reaching out his hand to stop Patch the dog from talking, as if annoyed he had the chance to speak first. 

    It has been noted that Australian Shepherds are one of the most intelligent dog breeds, known for their obedience and agility. But who knew they could talk, too?

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  • Popular candy 'Peeps' will soon be adding new flavours.Popular candy 'Peeps' will soon be adding new flavours.

    Those with an unabated sweet-tooth can rejoice this autumn as Peeps, the popular marshmallow candy shaped like chicks and other animals, will be coming out with three new special seasonal flavours. 

    Consumers will soon be able to purchase the candies in pumpkin spice, caramel apple and candy corn. Do your teeth hurt yet?

    Normally popular around Easter, these additions will, seemingly make the candies a viable year-round treat.

    The jury, however, remains undecided about whether any of the new flavours actually taste good, says TIME. 

    Recently, a few editors at the Huffington Post conducted a blind taste test of the three new varieties.

    So far, the front-runner appears to be the caramel apple flavour, although registering only a lukewarm endorsement.  

    “My taste buds are rather confused, but I like it,” said one of the blind reviewers.

    The pumpkin spice Peep had mixed reviews with one editor saying “[it] tasted like pumpkin chapstick.” Another reviewer said they would actually eat it

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  •  It seems the days of the good old-fashioned back-to-school promotion that featured a pack of three-ring binders with a stack of pencils and run-of-the-mill lined paper at discounted prices have passed us by.

    Just look at the promotion well-known grocery store brand President’s Choice ran on really sharp knives.


    The one in the bottom right corner of the display is particularly appealing to the young student in your home who aspires to pursue a career in culinary arts…or your local butcher shop. The promotion was featured on Tumblr; we're not sure when it actually ran in store (it appears to date back as far as 2012).

      For those worried that sending kids to back to the classroom with a brand new set of knives is a bad idea, consider making a stop by the local liquor store and discover yet another candidate for the worst back-to-school promotion ever.

      

     

    Discounted liquor is sure to be a hit with students moving away for college this fall, but not so much with the parents that are

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