• This may be a dream for a lot of people, but it's become a real headache for one lott0 winner. (Thinkstock)This may be a dream for a lot of people, but it's become a real headache for one lott0 winner. (Thinkstock)

    If you won the lottery today, say $15 million for instance, how much money would you give to your parents and family members? What if you didn’t get along with them or you felt they weren’t supportive of who you are? That’s one question a 29-year-old man is asking himself after recently winning the lottery.

    The man goes by the name of Idontwanttogiveitup on social sharing site Reddit and he’s openly gay. He explained in a post that his homophobic parents discovered his orientation while he was still a student in high school and he says they didn’t talk to him for five full years because of it.

    Screenshot of Idontwanttogiveitup's original post on Reddit, which has since been updated.Screenshot of Idontwanttogiveitup's original post on Reddit, which has since been updated.

    "So!" writes Idontwanttogiveitup on Reddit. "I'm a 29yr old guy and I won the lottery. And it's enough that I don't have to work ever again if I don't want too (over 15m)...My problem? My family, mainly my parents, feel they are entitled to 1/4 of the amount. I offered to pay off their mortgages and give them a little sum but that's not good enough once they found the total amount. My family

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    (Facebook: Bishop Octavio Cisneros)

    Imagine the surprise of the custodian who happened to stumble upon the cries of a real life baby boy laying in the manger of the Holy Child Jesus Church’s nativity scene on Monday.

    After returning from lunch, a custodian for the church found the newborn wrapped in towels laying in the manger, which prompted him to notify the police.

    “A MIRACLE OF LIFE at Holy Child Jesus!” Bishop Octavio Cisneros posted on Facebook on Monday, “At noon time today our sacristan heard a baby crying in the empty manger that is being readied for Christmas, when he went to investigate he found a newborn baby, umbilical cord still attached.”

    Cisneros posted that the baby is well and at a healthy 5.2 pounds, while extending his prayers for both the newborn and the mother who left the child.


    (Facebook: Bishop Octavio Cisneros)

    The identity of the mother is still unknown by authorities, though detectives were in the process of speaking with who they believe may be the woman Tuesday

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  • An Auckland car dealer has been fined $42,000 for shill bidding on Trade Me.An Auckland car dealer has been fined $42,000 for shill bidding on Trade Me.

    Seventeen years after first going online, New Zealand-based auction website ‘Trade Me’ will soon post its billionth listing.

    “We’ve seen our fair share of quirky, crazy and wonderful listings that have brought us this far, and we marvel every day at the eclectic range of things our members put up for sale,” Trade Me CEO Jon Macdonald told Computerworld.

    In honour of the upcoming milestone, the company has made public a number of interesting facts.

    For example, the most viewed item ever, with more than one million views, is a handbag and broken cell phone belonging to retired All Blacks captain Tana Umaga, according to Computerworld.

    The company has also listed its millionth bid, millionth question and millionth member – who they say joined in April 2005 and has never logged in since.

    More interestingly though, according to Stuff, are the quirkier items to have ever been sold on the site including a cob of corn bitten into by British soccer star David Beckham.

    If sports aren’t really

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  • Did your heart just stop? McDonald's in Japan offers up 48 piece buckets.Did your heart just stop? McDonald's in Japan offers up 48 piece buckets.

    Ever had a craving for McDonald’s chicken nuggets but felt unsatisfied that there just weren’t enough in your order? Restaurants in Japan have a solution: they are now offering a 48-piece meal.

    This isn’t a case of dietary overkill, however. The massive meal is part of a promotional campaign for national pop group NGT48, according to UPI.

    Whereas Americans can already indulge on a 40-piece bucket of nuggets, Canadians are typically used to seeing the menu max out at 20 pieces.

    Each gigantic order comes with one of 25 commemorative cards with a photo of one of the members of NGT48. According to Rocketnews24 that means someone would have to eat a minimum of 1,200 chicken nuggets before, potentially, collecting the entire set.

    When they hit the market, the buckets will cost 1,800 yen (just under $20 CAD), according to Kotaku.

    The Japanese bucket meal isn’t the fast food giant’s largest on offer. That title is held by the reported 50-piece meal offered to Americans during the Super Bowl.

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    A social experiment started by Canadian Muslim university students has caught on outside the country following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

    Last January, Mustafa Mawla, who moved to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2001, stood blindfolded at the busy Toronto intersection of Dundas and Yonge streets. With him were two signs. The first read, I am a Muslim, I am labeled as a terrorist. The second stated, I trust you, Do you trust me? Give me a hug.

    The response was astounding, as many people stopped to embrace the 21-year-old.

    “It was very daunting in the beginning,” Mawla told the Toronto Star. “You’re kind of wondering if you’re going to get hugs or not, and if someone is going to attack you or not.”  

    The video, titled Blind Trust Project, has since been viewed over 2 million times.

    He says some of the feedback he’s received calls him out for doing such an experiment in Canada, a country known for being welcoming.

    “But then people have been recreating it in

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  • A teen from Kamloops, B.C. is hoping she won’t have to go to her high school prom alone.

    So she decided to invite the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to be her date for the special occasion. 

    Kashlee Taylor-Proulx recently uploaded a picture of herself online, holding a sign, asking Trudeau to prom and expecting only her close friends to see it. 

    The photo, however, has since been shared by thousands of people.

     “I did not expect it to get this big,” Taylor-Proulx told Global News

    It all began when the 17-year-old teen recently went through a breakup with her boyfriend after dating him for over a year, Global News reports. They had plans to go to prom together.

    While ranting to her friend one day, the idea of taking Trudeau to prom came up, Taylor-Proulx told 96.9 JACK FM. It was apparently the first person that

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    (Twitter: Tech Insider)

    When your video goes “viral,” that’s something to cheer about, and it has the potential to make anyone on the Internet a celebrity.

    But hearing you’ve got something viral while sitting in a doctor’s office is probably a moment you don’t want to share on your Snapchat.

    The #CondomChallenge is this year’s new social media trend. It’s all about promoting safe sex and demonstrating the durability of prophylactics.

    “Twitter users have started using #CondomChallenge to help raise safe sex awareness, because, they reason, if it can fit around the head on a guy’s shoulder then it can most certainly fit around the one below their waist,” Medical Daily writes.

    The gimmick consists of filling a condom up like a water balloon, then dropping it on someone’s head. Simple and easy, folks!

    The idea gained traction fast after this video was posted to Twitter. It features an unknowing friend getting a condom filled with water dropped on him.

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    He may have been missing Chris Pratt and some animatronic dinosaurs, but EJ Cantu, of Rochester, New York, still had enough imagination and good friends to help him recreate a key Jurassic World scene for his girlfriend this week.

    While his three friends donned menacing dinosaur masks, Cantu made like Pratt’s character, Owen, and attempted to tame the group, before breaking out in song and asking his long-time girlfriend, Katelyn Machnica, to marry him.

    After recovering from the initial fright of being surprised with three mask-wearing humans, she said yes.

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  • This turkey would much rather be in Canada this weekend, that's for sure. (Getty Images)This turkey would much rather be in Canada this weekend, that's for sure. (Getty Images)

    For envious Canadians or Americans stuck up here in the frozen North, the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday can seem, from the outside looking in, like a bit of a dream come true. To get the same four-day long weekend many Americans enjoy you’d have to use up a vacation day (or two). Even Canadian Thanksgiving isn’t an official holiday in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and Newfoundland & Labrador.

    But fear not: you can still enjoy yourself celebrating a second Thanksgiving this year. In fact, I dare you to go out and have even more fun enjoying American Thanksgiving in Canada than at your own traditional family get-together.

    Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty)Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty)

    Watch all the football! (Or Thanksgiving movies! Yes, that’s a thing!)

    Not only do you get your weekend of CFL games in October, now you get a blast of three games back to back (plus the Grey Cup is this weekend in Winnipeg, if you need a fourth game to watch). Set up the DVR if you don’t have the day off and you can spend two whole regular weekend days sitting on the couch

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  • It’s not every dog that can make the New York Times Best Seller list, earn millions of YouTube hits and announce plans for both Presidential and Prime Ministerial runs all in the same year, but then, Ottawa-based dachshund Crusoe is not every dog.

    The adorable six-year-old pooch has seen his popularity skyrocket in the five years since Crusoe’s owner and manager Ryan Beauchesne began blogging about everyone’s favourite wiener dog. 

    (Photo: Facebook / Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)(Photo: Facebook / Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)
    It all started with a simple blog written for family and friends by Beauchesne and his girlfriend, Lauren Dionne. The blog features Crusoe in a variety of adorable doggy costumes, and photos are accompanied by humorous posts written from the dog’s point of view.

    As it turns out, dog’s-eye-view blog posts – and now videos – are what the world wants, because Crusoe’s fame has exploded. Crusoe has pulled a number of stunts, including promises to run for office, and even a stint as “Bat Dog.” The blog has become a book, Crusoe, The Celebrity Dachshund, and that

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