• Rare whale surprises reporter during live TV interview

    Steve Backshall couldn't contain his excitement

    Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

    BBC’s Steve Backshall, host of Big Blue Live, couldn’t contain his excitement when the camera crew in the station’s helicopter spotted a blue whale in Monterrey Bay, California. 

    Backshall was interviewing whale expert Dorris Welch when he was notified that a blue whale was nearby. 

    “I don’t believe what I’ve just heard,” Backshall exclaimed. “The largest animal ever known to have lived on our planet. Larger than the dinosaurs. It’s back. It’s here. It’s in the bay now. This is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen.”

    (Photo: YouTube)(Photo: YouTube)Backshall said he never thought when he began his career in wildlife 16 years ago that he’d be able to photograph the majestic creature.Fishermen had driven blue whales to near extinction, which makes spotting one a truly unique experience.

    The threats facing the enormous mammal are: habitat loss, toxic materials in the ecosystem and climate change, according to the World Wildlife Federation.

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  • Photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.Photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.

    Vehicle theft is, at the very least, a hassle. And it becomes even more troubling when your stolen car is returned to you full of weapons, fake I.D.s and drug paraphernalia.

    So learned 26-year-old Calgary resident Courtney Pickering when she went to retrieve the 2014 Dodge Dart that had been stolen from an alleyway. With her purse inside the car, the crooks were able to empty her accounts using the PayPass function most debit cards now have.

    Still reeling from the events, Pickering says she was stunned when she went to retrieve her vehicle from the impound lot.

    Inside the car, which had been in police custody, Pickering found a knife and a large pipe. In her cup holder she found a small bag containing a white powder which she believed to be cocaine and a crack pipe on the seat where her three-year-old son’s car seat would normally be. 

    “And I went to the impound guy, ‘Is this normal? Like, what do I do with this?’ He was like ‘Just throw it on the ground, throw it on the ground!” she

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  • Saddest bookworm: Baby cries each time a book ends

    10-month-old can't get enough of storytime

    (Photo: YouTube)(Photo: YouTube)
    Book lovers everywhere may be able to relate to this cute baby who really is the “saddest bookworm” around.

    No matter the genre of the book, each time he hears the words “the end” the result is an adorable mini-melt down. 

    In the viral video posted on YouTube, parents Dan and Alicia Stevers capture their 10-month-old son, Emmett’s reaction, who is wearing a shirt printed with the words “the snuggle is real” and who clearly loves storytime.

    His mother is reading ‘I Am Bunny’ to the little toddler in the video but as she comes to the last page of the book and then closes it, the little guy bursts into tears.

    She tries to console her son but the only cure to make him stop crying is to start reading the book all over again.

    As she re-opens the book and says “let’s read again,” the baby stops. 

    The couple also added some footage showing other story-time sessions with their son, who each time ended up in tears when the book finished.

    “He knows no greater sadness than the end of the book,”

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  • Dad solicits advice on painting daughter's room after sending text to wrong number

    Internet gets a kick out of amusing exchange posted on Imgur

    (Photo: Imgur)(Photo: Imgur)

    What do you do when you get a random irritated text from a stranger asking what colour he should paint his daughter’s bedroom? You give him professional interior design advice, obviously.

    It appears an American father got into a little bit of an argument with his child’s mother over what colour was best fitted for their young one’s bedroom and tried to relate his dismay to a friend, the Daily Mail reports.

    The amusing exchange (which was thankfully posted anonymously to Imgur) all starts when the father accidentally messages an unknown person/style guru saying ‘D’ won’t let him paint the room blue because it’s not a girl colour.

    After the natural, ‘Wrong number..’, ‘My bad..’, ‘It’s all good…’ you’d expect in similar errant-text situations, the father decides to seek more advice.

    “You think like turquoise or that periwinkle **** for a 3yr old?” he asks.

    “I think a more toned down turquoise. Not too loud, because bedrooms are supposed to be chill, you know?” the stranger replies.

    (Photo: Imgur)(Photo: Imgur)


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  • Man gives incredible interview with rack of ribs he rescued from apartment fire

    “Only thing I think first man, ‘make sure them ribs is right.'"

    Robert Wright seems to have his priorities in order. (Photo: YouTube)Robert Wright seems to have his priorities in order. (Photo: YouTube)

    A Fresno, California, man is being hailed a hero online after confronting a potentially deadly apartment complex fire to save his wife, child – and his rack of ribs.

    In an interview with KPMH Fox 26 News right after the daring rescue, Robert Wright said he was barbecuing a rack of ribs at 3 A.M. – a completely normal thing to do – when he saw flames coming out of the window of the apartment next door.

    “Only thing I think first man, ‘make sure them ribs is right’ and I ran in and got my family man, and brung everybody out safely,” Wright said in the interview.

    His priorities might not seem to check out at first but, as Wright said, “I thought about my ribs like, I ain’t gonna’ let my ribs burn and stuff ‘cause I take pride in what I do man, it’s like three o’clock in the morning and I was hungry.”

    It should be noted Wright does say he got his family out of the apartment first, but his ramblings also seem to paint a clear picture of what his mind was focused on at the time.

    To be fair

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  • Deez Nuts has a lot of love for Canada, particularly how it runs its politics.

    The 15-year-old behind the independent presidential candidacy gave a rare interview to an Iowa station this week, in which he declared his admiration with how the Canadian political system runs.

    Deez Nuts presents his campaign shirtsDeez Nuts presents his campaign shirts

    Brady Olson, who lives in Wallingford, Iowa, population 200, told KTIV that he hopes his candidacy will “pave the way for more than a two-party system.”  

    “Canada, they had a debate for their prime minister elections and they had a four-party debate,” he said.

    The fact that Olson isn’t even of legal voting age and technically is not allowed to run for presidency hasn’t stopped his candidacy from gaining popularity. (Americans have to be at least 35 to run.)

    In a recent poll, Deez Nuts received 9 per cent support in North Carolina, with Donald Trump in the lead, followed by Hillary Clinton.

    Despite not having much of a chance, Olson has launched a serious campaign, complete with swag like t-shirts that read Deez Nuts

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  • Seeing double: Identical strangers meet face-to-face for the first time

    The two were matched through Twin Strangers

    They’re separated by miles and a decade apart in age but these two identical strangers found each other after a website revealed that they are real-life doppelgangers.

    Ambra, 23, lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Meanwhile her lookalike, Jennifer is 33 and lives in Spring, Texas. 

    The two are in no way related but were matched through Twin Strangers, a website that helps people find their doppelgangers using facial features including, face shape, eyebrow, eye and nose type. 

    The two were matched within five minutes after Jennifer joined the site.

    “I just put in my parameters and there she [Ambra] was,” Jennifer said in the YouTube video.

    In the video uploaded by Twin Strangers, the two meet face-to-face for the first time.

    “When I finally met her [Jennifer] I was like ‘oh my goodness … she really does have my face,’” Ambra said in the video about the experience.

    The two had their make-up and hair done for a photoshoot while wearing the same t-shirt. The result is two identical

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    A French woman has been granted disability support due to what she claims is a debilitating allergy to the electromagnetic radiation from technological devices like phones and computers.

    Marine Richard will now receive just under $1,200 a month (€800) for three years, since she claims she has been unable to work due to living with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), according to Notable.

    Though not recognized as a medical disorder in many countries, including France, sufferers claim that exposure to Wi-Fi and cell phones can have a wide range of effects, reports The Guardian UK, from fatigue and nausea to heart palpitations. 

    For 39-year-old Richard, the Toulouse court ruling in her favour is a “breakthrough.” 

    The BBC reports that the former radio broadcasting producer has had to live in an isolated barn in south-west France, without electricity, since her condition worsened.

    The World Health Organization lists EHS as a disabling condition, but states that there is no

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  • A French woman has reached out to the Internet in hopes of finding the man she shared a night with on holiday in Australia – and who, she claims, is the father of her unborn child.

    Natalie Amyot was visiting Mooloolaba, on Australia’s sunshine coast, when she says she met a “really cute guy.”

    “For me it was love at first sight, and we had a beautiful night… the next morning I flew home to Paris, and I lost my phone with his number on it,“ she said in the video uploaded to her Facebook page. 

    Amyot has not released the name of the man, but has described him as tanned, six feet tall, with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Though Amyot says it is okay if the Australian man "doesn’t want to know,” the French woman wants to do everything she can to find him first.

    Since going viral, the video has received both a lot of support and criticism, with some comments suggesting the story is fake or that Amyot is wasting her time.

    Amyot has defended herself on her Facebook page, writing "There is only one

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  • Brazilian mayor who ran town via WhatsApp wanted for corruption

    Lidiane Leite is accused of stealing money from the town's school system

    Lidiane Leite is accused of taking funds from the school system and running business via Whatsapp. (Photo: YouTube) Lidiane Leite is accused of taking funds from the school system and running business via Whatsapp. (Photo: YouTube)

    Whatsapp is a popular app that’s used to chat and send photos to friends and family around the world. It’s also proven to be a useful tool to run a city.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for the mayor of a Brazilian town, who’s accused of taking funds from the school system and running civic business via Whatsapp, far from her constituency. Talk about working remotely.

    Despite being the mayor of Bom Jardim, located in Northeastern state of Maranhao, Lidiane Leite is accused of living a lush lifestyle in Sao Luis, which is 275 km away. Maranhao is considered to be one of the country’s poorest states.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for the 25-year-old and her boyfriend, Beto Rocha, who held the role of her main adviser. In 2012, Rocha was forbidden from running for mayor due to alleged corruption, so Leite took over and was elected.

    “She was too young and inexperienced when she took office,” her lawyer, Carlos Barros told the BBC. “She lacked confidence and delegated many tasks to Mr.

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