• When art historian Gergely Barki sat down to watch the 1999 children’s movie Stuart Little on television with his daughter in the winter of 2009, he didn’t expect to find a long-lost masterpiece

    But there it was on the wall behind the actors: Robert Bereny’s “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase,” an avant-garde work of art that had been missing for decades. 

    “I went to the television and tried to clean the windscreen. Is it real?” Barki said in an interview with ABC News.

    "I knew this painting only from a black-and-white photograph," Barki told As It Happens host Carol Off. “[Seeing it in Stuart Little] was the first time I saw the painting in colour. It was really shocking.”

    Bereny, known for cubism and expressionism, was considered one of the leading artists in early-1900s Hungary. Barki believes the painting went missing when its last-known buyer, who purchased it at an exhibition in 1928, left Hungary before or during the second world war. 

    “After the wars, revolutions and tumult of

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  • Turkish Airlines fires flight attendant for being too sexy

    She’s too sexy for her job.

    Zuhal Sengul, 31, was fired from her job as a flight attendant at Turkish Airlines when video surfaced showing her prancing around a pool in a bikini.

    It was deemed the last straw for the sexy stewardess, who previously appeared in low-cut tops and corsets in a series of Gothic-style photos for an Italian magazine.

    The airline wants its staff to sport “Simple make-up, immaculate and in pastel colours, is preferred for staff working in the service sector,” according to a statement by Turkish Airlines.

    The firing mirrors a change in Turkey towards “more conservative, more religious” values, according to the president of the airline’s labour union.

    “This new guideline is totally down to Turkish Airlines management’s desire to shape the company to fit its own political and ideological stance,” he said, according to Metro.

    According to the newspaper, Zuhal is a vegan campaigner who holds a black belt in karate.

    The airline previously back-tracked on a decision

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  • Aussie lawyer sets world record for Christmas lights display with 1.2 million bulbs

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    It's a display Clark Griswold would envy.

    Australian lawyer David Richards has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights at a downtown Canberra mall in the centre of the national capital.

    According to the Guinness World Records, the 1,194,380 LED bulbs are the most ever used in a display. It beat the previous mark set in Uzbekistan by 181,540 lights.

    For some perspective, the display required 120 kilometres (75 miles) of wire, strung together in the shape of three giant Christmas presents.

    Richards set a Guiness World Record a year ago for the most Christmas lights on a residential property, wrapping his Canberra home with a staggering 502,165 bulbs.

    "Christmas lights really get people into the festive spirit," Richards said. "We decorated our home for years and people came from everywhere to see our lights. This year, who knows how many people will come along?"

    Photo: AP CanadaPhoto: AP Canada

    The mall display was assembled with the help of an army of volunteers working for months and

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  • Shoppers jostle for electrical goods at a store in London, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, David Parry) Shoppers jostle for electrical goods at a store in London, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, David Parry)

    First it spread to Canada, but now, post-American Thanksgiving shopping sprees have crossed the pond.

    Black Friday is now a trans-oceanic pandemic, with U.K. shoppers joining the mayhem. That means even more grown adults fighting over discounted underwear, and more opportunities to for us to gawk at them.

    So without any further ado, let's all watch people get in the holiday spirit by shoving each other so they can save $20 on their next blender.

    Mancunian men in a TV tug-of-war

     

    What says Christmas better than two men clinging to a cardboard box like it's their first-born child? Thankfully, some form of cosmic justice apparently prevailed in this case, as the person who filmed the video says "different man just came along and picked up the TV and walked off with it."

    Tasered in a Wal-Mart

    Don't get Tasered in a Wal-Mart, else you will always be remembered by your friends as the guy who got Tasered in a Wal-Mart.

    Blender blitz

    It's always refreshing when you can't distinguish

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  • This short film posted earlier in the month has found renewed interest online, as Americans sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meals. It's a common problem for most families, having one or more family members checking (and responding to) messages at the table.

    Posted earlier November, it's the work of filmmaker Matthew Abeler, who featured his parents in this video about knowing when to put down the technology. It quickly gained traction after being shared by Ashton Kutcher to his Facebook followers, along with widespread coverage from numerous other media outlets.

    Do you have rules for tech at the dinner table? Think this dad's unconventional solution could work for you?

     

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  • Sea Shepherd, a conservation organization, is currently staging a protest over the town’s annuals slaughter of dolphins — and sales of the live creatures to aquariums.

    “It is horribly sad to see another albino dolphin taken by the killers here in Taiji,” Karen Hagen, a leader of Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians volunteers monitoring the hunting in Taiji, said in a statement. 

    “These rare, beautiful, and unique animals will spend the rest of their days confined to small tanks, where they will live out their shortened lives performing tricks for food.”

    According to Sea Shepherd’s site, the fishermen spotted a pod of approximately 16 Risso’s dolphins on Sunday morning. When they noticed the albino dolphin among them, “they wasted no time driving the Risso’s pod ruthlessly toward the cove, where the stressed and frightened family was eventually netted off with no means of escape.”

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    Ahh, young love. When your heart is all aflutter, and saying "I love you" is as simple as letting the one you adore watch you play with robots.

    A letter from four-year-old Bennet has found its place in Internet stardom this week, as his letter was shared shared on Reddit and was quickly shared on social media and via news outlets around the world. Bennet dictated the letter, which his mother Jennifer Skinner typed for him, as a means of inviting over his friend Baily, also age 4.

    The note, in its entirety:

    Bailey,

    Will you please come to my house? Let's play together, I think you are pretty like a horse or a ladybug. I'm not sure which. You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me. I love you and I lost a tooth last night. I think I would like to do a magic trick for you and then let you watch me battle robots.

    Love,

    Bennet

    In an interview with Buzzfeed, Skinner says that the attention Bennet has been receiving over the letter has been quite welcome, as he's been battling cancer

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  • Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn discusses the fallout from the video on Fox & Friends.Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn discusses the fallout from the video on Fox & Friends.

    In the wake of the Ferguson riots, a video of a police chief talking about police shootings and real community threats is going viral. 

    Earlier this month, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn gave a passionate, eloquent response to aggressive protestors who showed up at a Fire and Police Commission meeting.

    In October, a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed a homeless mentally ill man. Officer Christopher Manney approached Dontre Hamilton, a non-violent schizophrenic, and allegedly violated protocols that escalated the confrontation. In the end, Manney ended up shooting Hamilton 14 times. 

    And while Flynn admitted that public concern was “not unjustified,” protestors showed up at the meeting to verbally attack the department. 

    "Flynn responded by firing Manney, taking flak from the police union in the process," the Inquisitr reported. “When police protesters showed up to verbally attack him and other members of the police at the meeting, Flynn was having none of it. He shouted

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  • Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn discusses the fallout from the video on Fox & Friends.Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn discusses the fallout from the video on Fox & Friends.

    In the wake of the Ferguson riots, a video of a police chief talking about police shootings and real community threats is going viral. 

    Earlier this month, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn gave a passionate, eloquent response to aggressive protestors who showed up at a Fire and Police Commission meeting.

    In October, a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed a homeless mentally ill man. Officer Christopher Manney approached Dontre Hamilton, a non-violent schizophrenic, and allegedly violated protocols that escalated the confrontation. In the end, Manney ended up shooting Hamilton 14 times. 

    And while Flynn admitted that public concern was “not unjustified,” protestors showed up at the meeting to verbally attack the department. 

    "Flynn responded by firing Manney, taking flak from the police union in the process," the Inquisitr reported. “When police protesters showed up to verbally attack him and other members of the police at the meeting, Flynn was having none of it. He shouted

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  • Canada finally joins Twitter, makes first statement at @canada

    Congratulations, Canada. You've finally joined Twitter.

    Without fanfare or – dare we say it – live tweets, the Twitter account at https://twitter.com/canada appeared Wednesday morning.

    The account has been verified, so we can only assume that it's the official Twitter handle for the country, described in its bio as "Canada's voice to the world."

    In two other tweets, the account promises to "act as a shop window for everything that makes Canada the best country in the world," and "will aim to capture the interest of audiences beyond our borders."

    Both tweets appeared with the hashtag #DigitalDiplomacy.

    One can only wonder what party or government agency will be responsible for updating the account. That information is sure to be released in the coming days.

    In the meantime, the twittersphere pulled few punches in voicing their opinions of the newest member of Twitter.

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