• U.K. police force mocks homeless couple after tweeting ‘walk of shame’ photo

    #luggagewalkofshame photo lands the West Yorkshire police in hot water

    This tweeted photo landed the West Yorkshire Police Force in hot water. (Twitter/@WYP_RPU)This tweeted photo landed the West Yorkshire Police Force in hot water. (Twitter/@WYP_RPU)

    The Internet does not hold back when it feels the need to shame any type of wrongdoing. That was clear after the West Yorkshire police used Twitter to flippantly humiliate a homeless couple who were fined for not having insurance on the car they were living in.

    An officer from the Road Policing Unit used the department’s official Twitter account to post a photo, taken from a vehicle, of the man and woman dragging their belongings across the road. The tweet, which was quickly deleted, read: “Horbury Rd, Wakefield. Vehicle seized for no insurance yesterday. Driver living out of car #luggagewalkofshame.”

    Another tweet was sent shortly after, which patronized a similar situation of a driver living out of his car. The hastag included ’#carinsurancenothomeinsurance,’ and was later deleted.

    The outcry from the social media site was swift and furious, raging at the police for shaming the couple, rather than helping them.

    Screen shot of the original West Yorkshire Police tweet. (Twitter)Screen shot of the original West Yorkshire Police tweet. (Twitter)@AdmW wrote: "I do hope you can put them in touch with organisations that

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  • A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California. (Photo: Reuters)ATION SOCIETY POLITICS)A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California. (Photo: Reuters)ATION SOCIETY POLITICS)

    This school year might look a lot different for many students in Ottawa, as the city attempts to keep pace with its growing transgender community.

    Parents and their kids, who are transitioning from one gender to another, have requested changes to the school’s bathrooms. 

    As a response, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board has announced they will be converting single unit bathrooms into gender-neutral restrooms in hopes to make them more accessible to every student, CTV News reports. 

    Several public schools have recently installed “universal bathrooms” after learning that washrooms are “one of the top things students look for in a welcoming school.”

    “We’re proud of it,” Mike Carson, the board’s superintendent of facilities, told CFRA News Talk Radio. “It’s work that can be done, that needs to be done and we trying to keep pace with our communities.”

    The change has certainly been welcomed by some parents and their children, including Charlie Lowthian-Rickert, who was born a boy but

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  • Fireworks explode from the CN Tower during the closing ceremonies of the Toronto Pan Am Games (AP Photo)Fireworks explode from the CN Tower during the closing ceremonies of the Toronto Pan Am Games (AP Photo)

    Thanks to its revitalized suburbs and “enormous urban potential,” Toronto has once again been given the honour of being named the world’s most liveable city. 

    Metropolis Magazine, a New York based architecture journal, was the latest publication to heap praise on The 6, placing Toronto ahead of Tokyo, Japan, and Helsinki, Finland. 

    Earlier this year, The Economist ranked Toronto as the world’s best city to live in.

    “We had a lot of debates about why Toronto over some of these other cities, but in the end we felt that this year, Toronto deserved to be number one,” Metropolis editorial director, Paul Makovsky, told Metro News. 

    The magazine publishes an annual ranking of cities based on the overall quality of life, including criteria such as housing, amenities and culture. The editors consulted a team of urban experts to determine the rankings.

    Written by Christopher Hume, the Metropolis article praises Toronto’s condos and office towers that “continue to pop up at a fast and furious

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  • A scene from a Walt Disney classic has come to life as a young fawn and its little friend were spotted playing together at a YMCA up in the Rocky Mountains. 

    The adorable pair can be seen hopping and frolicking around the Lula W. Dorsey Museum in Colarado, taking on the roles of Bambi and Thumper.

    The adorable fawn chases the rabbit around and tries to get as close as possible, both animals completely unaware that someone is recording their precious moment.

    The video was captured by Steve and Vicky Johnsen, volunteers at the Dorsey Museum and Estes Park Centre. Posted on the YMCA of the Rockies Facebook page, the video has been shared more than 28,000 times.

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  • Try as they might, this little guy just refuses to smile. (Photo: YouTube)Try as they might, this little guy just refuses to smile. (Photo: YouTube)

    He may not soar to the heights of Internet stardom quite like his feline counterpart, but there’s still a great chance the 'grumpy baby' finds its way on to your social feeds. 

    The parents of this grumpy little tyke managed to capture a hilarious moment when their little boy simply refused to smile, despite their constant efforts to cheer him up.

    Miguel Felix Gut from Mexico was sitting next to his wife and their baby when he captured the little curmudgeon and his fierce eyebrows on camera. 

    In the hilarious video, the little guy is seen lounging in his mom’s lap while she tries to get the baby to smile. You can hear her talking and coo-ing to the baby, but his angry pout stays in place.

    She tries tickling his sides, poking his cheeks and even lifting up his eyebrows to stretch out his frown lines, but the little guy gives her nothing! 

    All the while, the baby continues to frown even harder, as if to spite his mom’s diligent efforts.

    The baby doesn’t offer up a smile until his mom

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  • Professor grows ear on his arm that will connect to the Internet

    Artist known as Stelarc claims he's “always got something up my sleeve.”

    Stelarc plans to connect an implanted ear he has been growing on his arm to the Internet (Photo: AFP)Stelarc plans to connect an implanted ear he has been growing on his arm to the Internet (Photo: AFP)

    An Australian professor and artist doesn’t need to bend anyone’s ear in order to promote his latest experiment, which involves growing an ear on his arm. 

    The Perth-based university professor and performance artist known as Stelarc has explored manipulated limbs in other performances, including an extended arm and third hand. He told Australia’s Today Show that having an ear in his arm felt like a natural progression.

    The extra ear is both surgically constructed and cell-grown. A bio-polymer scaffold shaped like an ear was inserted under Stelarc’s skin by a team of doctors. Within half a year, blood vessels and tissue grew around the foreign object. 

    “This ear not only becomes fixed, but really a part of your body,” he told the Today Show. He later added that he’s “always got something up my sleeve.”

    The experiment has taken nearly a decade to launch, and isn’t quite finished yet. Stelarc intends to make it fully functioning by implanting a microphone with a wireless transmitter into the

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  • Internet freaked out after 'demon baby' appears in 4D ultrasound

    “Is there such a thing as a prenatal exorcism?”

    The creep levels in this photo are off the charts! (Photo: Imgur)The creep levels in this photo are off the charts! (Photo: Imgur)

    When 4D ultrasounds were introduced nearly two decades ago, expecting parents were thrilled! Having the option to see every shape and curve of an unborn child was far more exciting than a blurry, grey 2D scan. 

    But some parents are now reconsidering the more expensive option – 3D and 4D ultrasounds are generally offered through private clinics – after a nightmare-inducing image was posted on Reddit.

    “Wife and I went to get a ‘4D’ ultrasound of our unborn child. Saw this picture. Changed our minds,” the note, which was originally posted on Imgur, read, along with a photo of what looks to be the demon child of Skeletor from the 80s cartoon He-man.

    The frightening image shows a photo of the unborn baby with hollow eyes, fangs and a skeletal nose, looking directly at the camera with a sinister grin. The unborn baby, which is identified as a girl in another scan, also appears to be hoisting up a beer bottle.

    The Reddit post spurred a host of comments, which ranged from fearful to

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  • Smudged writing and inky hands are just two of the harsh realities of being a lefty. (Danielle Boudreau)Smudged writing and inky hands are just two of the harsh realities of being a lefty. (Danielle Boudreau)

    Being left handed means feeling like you’re doing everything backwards. Measuring tapes, scissors, pens attached to desks at the bank, cameras, some power tools, can openers and school desks all prove to be far more challenging for those of us who lead with our left. As a lefty, I always aimed to get to classes early enough to score a left-handed desk to avoid Twister-like contortions of using the others.

    The desk was only the start of school woes: don’t forget about impossible-to-use binders, coiled notebooks that leave indentations as you write, and a hand smeared with ink at the end of the day.

    If you’re a lefty, August 13 is your special day to bond with your fellow southpaws. Mark it by joining the club, and checking out these 13 facts in honour of our celebration.

    1. Being left handed means you’re the odd one out. Only about 10 per cent of people are naturally left handed, although older generations may show a lower proportion of lefties because many children were forced to

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  • At first glance, it almost looks like they're filling up a ball pit for kids, something you’d expect to see at your local Chuck E. Cheese’s. But these black "shade balls" serve a much greater purpose than simply amusing restless children.

    Over the last couple of months, Los Angeles city officials have been unleashing ‘shade balls’ into the local reservoirs in an effort to fight California’s record-breaking drought, USA Today reports.

    California is entering its fourth consecutive year of severe droughts, which is “creating an extremely parched landscape.” Los Angeles city officials declared a state of emergency earlier this year and issued “strict conservation measures statewide.”

    Facing an environmental crisis, L.A. has turned to an unusual method in order to conserve the city’s drinking water, and they’re the first to do so in the U.S. 

    Black plastic shade balls are useful for protecting drinking water by blocking out the sunlight. It’s actually “a clever water-cleaning device” too, 

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  • Shocking photos of a massive six-metre long tiger shark, reportedly caught off the eastern coast of Australia, have raised questions about when and how this monstrous animal was captured.

    The big catch began to buzz online when a man named Geoff Brooks shared the photos on his Facebook page, stating that the shark was caught sometime last week off 7 Mile Beach near Lennox Head, on the northern New South Wales coast.

    “As far as I’m aware, it was a kill order on a shark here on the far north coast that was identified as being responsible for a local attack,” Brooks told The Daily Mail. He also made sure to mention that the photographs are not his.

    (Photo: Facebook/Geoff Brooks)(Photo: Facebook/Geoff Brooks)But Brooks’ claims seemed to stand in contrast with a Northern Star report published after Brooks had uploaded the photos. The Star reports the four-metre shark was actually caught “a while ago” by a fisherman named Matthew in the waters off Tweed Head. 

    Matthew told the Star he was actually trying to catch a six-foot Hammerhead shark and, to

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