• First copy of Charlie Hebdo on eBay sells for $175,000

    People queue up to buy the new issue of Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris Jan. 14, 2015. (AP)People queue up to buy the new issue of Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris Jan. 14, 2015. (AP)

    If you're looking to get your hands on the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo magazine, get ready to open your wallet ... wide.

    Tuesday's edition is the first to be published since the Paris-based magazine was targeted by Islamic terrorists a week ago, in which 12 people were killed. Survivors of the attack put out the latest edition using borrowed offices.

    The print run for this edition was 3 million, about 50 times the usual circulation. The magazine plans to publish 2 million more copies, to be circulated slowly over the coming weeks.

    Newsstands around France sold out of the magazine before dawn, with scuffles reported at kiosks. The edition features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad on its cover, believed to be the reason gunmen targeted Charlie Hebdo offices for their terrorist attack.

    While 1,500 copies will be available at newsstands in Toronto, Vancouver, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec on Friday, many are turning to eBay to bid on a copy of the historic magazine.


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  • Busted: BlackBerry corporate tweet sent from an iPhone

    Everybody knows the iPhone is the best tool for posting things on Twitter.

    Apparently BlackBerry knows it, too.

    A tweet sent out Tuesday afternoon on the BlackBerry corporate account clearly shows that it was tweeted from an iPhone.


    The tweet was quickly deleted from BlackBerry's account.

    It's not the first time BlackBerry has had to deal with the public relations gaffe. Back in 2013, just after BlackBerry unveiled Alicia Keyes as their "global creative director", she posted a tweet that was sent from an iPhone.

    Once a giant in the smartphone industry, BlackBerry has recently made small in-roads with their Classic and Passport models in the market now dominated by Apple and Samsung.

    And let's face it, BlackBerrys are best for business, not childish things like Twitter!

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  • Two Chinese singers stand on glitter during celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. (Getty Images)Two Chinese singers stand on glitter during celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. (Getty Images)

    Need an elaborate way to annoy co-workers and aggravate neighbours?

    Why not pay an Australian company to send glitter to them through the mail?

    Ship Your Enemies Glitter is a website that, for $9.99 AUD (approximately $9.75 CAD), will send an envelope full of glitter to whomever you choose.

    The website  which appears to be legitimate promises the victim person of your choice will receive an envelope containing glitter and a note, explaining what they did to deserve to have such a fate inflicted upon them.

    They also say that the note will also contain glitter, so when the recipient opens in, the glitter is guaranteed to go everywhere.

    According to the website, the founder was inspired to start the service after receiving one too many cards from distant relatives with glittery decor. Open the card, make contact, and bam, glitter on your hands and clothes for days. And that one sparkle you accidentally wipe on your face? Sorry, that's basically there until you're dead, because no

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  • (Jessica Shyba/Instagram)(Jessica Shyba/Instagram)

    Our favourite napping duo is now a trio. 

    Toddler-and-puppy pair Beau and Theo, whose napping photos went viral earlier in 2014, have a new addition to their napping routine: Beau’s baby sister, Evangeline. 

    And, sure enough, Evangeline, who goes by Evvie, has only made the cute group cuter

    Mom Jessica Shyba told BuzzFeed that while Beau took to napping with Theo almost immediately, it took Evvie about four months to get into her own napping rhythm, participating in what Shyba calls the “magical nap time trifecta.”

    “Theo and Beau started napping together the day after we brought Theo home from the Santa Cruz SPCA at 7 weeks old. Almost every day since, they have napped together. Evangeline only started joining in on the fun last week when she began to find a routine of her own,” Shyba said

    Shyba described the new routine on her blog:

    “Evangeline is the first to go to sleep, and after she’s sleeping I’m able to sit with Beau while he and Theo fall asleep. Once the are both out, I

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  • With video: 9-year-old boy falls 20 feet from chairlift

    A nine-year-old boy survived a perilous 20-foot drop from a chairlift this weekend, with the fall captured on video.

    The accident happened Saturday at the Liberty Mountain Resort in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. The video was shot by Adrian Delgado and shared with Fox News.

    The video shows the boy dangling from the chairlift as two ski patrol members tried to help him two storeys below. Eventually, after kicking off at least one of his skis, the boy dropped into the deep snow below.

    “At the end, they [other chairlift occupants] couldn’t pull him, because it would be rocking the lift, or all three of them would fall,” Delgado told ABC News.

    The boy suffered a leg injury, but is expected to be OK. Authorities are still investigating what happened to cause the boy to be dangling from the lift.

    According to ABC, chairlift deaths are rare, with elevator deaths occurring more often than ski lift deaths. There have been no chairlift deaths since 1993, and only 15 over the past four decades.

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  • Kjöllefjord, seen here, is a Norwegian city located north of Karasjok in Finnmark, Lapland, Norway. (CP)Kjöllefjord, seen here, is a Norwegian city located north of Karasjok in Finnmark, Lapland, Norway. (CP)

    Feeling chilly? Here’s a story sure to make you feel toasty warm by comparison. 

    In Karasjok, a municipality in Finnmark county in northern Norway, school buses were cancelled today because temperatures dipped below -40°C and bus engines aren’t reliable to start or stop in such weather. 

    (School buses stop running at -38°C.)

    Schools remained open, however, and usually do unless temperatures dip below a devastatingly cold -50°C. Then students can choose voluntarily whether or not they want to go to school, says inspector Petter Asbjørn Balto at Karasjok school.

    “So there’s the sweet spot between -38 and -50 where the kids have to find their own way to school. Builds character, I guess…” wrote Redditor fradrig. 

    No word on whether these students have to walk uphill both ways in waist-deep snow. 

    Canadian Reddit users were quick to compare the freezing prairie temperatures they endured as schoolchildren. 

    “Grew up in Edmonton. I distinctly remember going to school many a time when it hit

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  • Screemgrab from YouTube of alleged UFO in CaliforniaScreemgrab from YouTube of alleged UFO in California

    It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, so it must be…a UFO?

    A YouTube video titled “UFO Crashing Releases Orb Over Southern California. Anyone Else See It?” has the Internet buzzing this week. 

    While at first it appears to be just another meteor crash misidentified as a UFO, the glowing orb-like object that shoots off in another direction at 0:17 adds a twist to the video that has people wondering: Could this be an actual UFO sighting?

    According to videographer Ken Roberts: 

    “I was driving home after work when this UFO or whatever you call it caught my eye. I pulled over in front of somebody’s house to film it. I would have got a better shot but I didn’t want to jump these people’s fence. Anyway I don’t know what the hell to make of it. Couldn’t have been a plane cause there was no noise. And I never heard a crash after, either. The orb thing flew straight up into the sky and disappeared. Sorry I didn’t film that. I didn’t know what to focus my attention on.

    Sploid presents — and mostly

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  • New video shows police throw down Tamir Rice's 14-year-old sister after shooting

    New surveillance video obtained by Cleveland.com shows police officers forcibly throwing Tamir Rice's 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffing her and putting her in a patrol car.

    Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy, was shot and killed by police who mistook his pellet gun for a real gun on Nov. 22. Rice's family has filed a lawsuit against the Cleveland Police Department in connection with the shooting. Earlier video shows police shot Rice just two seconds after arriving on the scene.

    In the video, the girl is seen running to her brother when she heard gunshots in the Cleveland park in which they were playing. As she approaches the scene, one of the officers, identified as Frank Garmback by Cleveland.com, pushes her to the ground. After the two officers knelt beside the girl, she was handcuffed and placed in the back of their police cruiser.

    The new clip is part of a 30-minute surveillance video taken from the nearby Cudell Recreation Center.

    After the girl was placed in the

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  • (Photo courtesy International Fund for Animal Welfare/Facebook)(Photo courtesy International Fund for Animal Welfare/Facebook)Own a sewing machine? The koalas need you.

    Bushfires in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have left koalas suffering from severe burns, mainly on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or fleeing across burning grounds. 

    To protect their wounds, workers at local wildlife care centres apply burn cream and bandages, then protect the koalas’ injured paws with special cotton mittens. 

    To keep up with the demand, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is asking volunteers to sew these mittens. 

    “We don’t know how many mittens we need but once the grounds are reopened to the wildlife rescuers, they will begin their black walk,” an IFAW spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

    “We just don’t know the extended injuries but we want to have the mittens ready to go and fit over their paws when they come into care to help protect their wounds.The treatment for koala burns is quite similar to treating human burns and koalas are very passive animals so they don’t react

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  • (Photo courtesy County of San Diego Department of Animal Services/Facebook)(Photo courtesy County of San Diego Department of Animal Services/Facebook)

    It’s the stuff horror movies are made of. 

    Stephanie Lacsa and Holly Wells, co-founders of Vertical PR + Marketing, noticed the water level in their private in-office’s toilet was higher than usual

    Assuming the issue was related to the old pipes in the 1886-built building, Lacsa grabbed a plunger, hoping for a quick fix.

    When she spotted a flickering tongue and in the toilet, however, she screamed and ran out of the bathroom, taping the door shut behind her

    “I thought my eyes were deceiving me,” Lacsa, who admits to having “an intense fear of snakes,” said in the firm’s news release about the incident.

    “But as soon I saw the flicker of its tongue, I definitely knew that it was in fact a large snake heading straight towards me.”

    “It’s the most bizarre, frightening thing I can think of,” she told the USA TODAY Network.

    “Business was done after that. It took an hour and a half for animal control to get out,” said Wells. “We were stuck in our office with our feet up on the desk.”

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