• Do these look like weapons against a potential attacker to you? (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Do these look like weapons against a potential attacker to you? (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The can is mightier than the sword? Probably not. But parents of children at WF Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama, are being asked to arm their children with them just the same. 

    While most schools are trying to ban any would-be weapons from its halls, these cans of beans and soup are being allocated as self-defence tools should an armed intruder enter the school. 

    "We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off-guard," the letter sent home to parents read. “The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive. The canned food item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters the classroom.”

    The school insists the canned-goods collection is all part of an active shooter response training offered by the ALICE Training Institute.

    (“ALICE” stands for “alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.”)

    The emergency

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  • Behold, the Monster Mega Challenge breakfast from Corner Cafe Portishead. (Facebook)Behold, the Monster Mega Challenge breakfast from Corner Cafe Portishead. (Facebook)

    We’ve heard it said time and time again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

    This morning meal looks like it could get us through the week. 

    The Corner Café in Portishead, Bristol, England, recently unveiled a new menu item: The 7,778-calorie, 59-item Monster Mega Breakfast

    According to the Bristol Post, for just £15 ($27 CAD), the customer who dares to order the Monster Mega Breakfast will be served the following:

    “Six rashers of bacon, six sausages, six eggs, two thee-egg omelettes, four portions of fried potatoes and four portions of mushrooms. It also comes with six slices of black pudding, six hash browns, one bowl of chips, four onion rings, four slices of toast, two [slices of] fried bread, half a grilled tomato, two portions of beans and two portions of tomatoes.”

    To help wash down the massive breakfast, diners can choose between a milkshake or energy drink.

    To make the restaurant’s wall of champions, the diner who orders the meal must complete it within an

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  • Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this file picture illustration. (Reuters)Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this file picture illustration. (Reuters)

    Who needs smelling salts? Cold hard cash might do the trick.

    It’s a story out of China we’re having a hard time believing: A man who had been in a coma for over a year recently woke up — after a nurse waved cash under his nose

    Apparently, in August 2013, 30-year-old Xiao Li of Shenzhen, China, fell into a coma after he went nearly a week without sleep as he researched business ideas at an Internet café. 

    After remaining in that coma for over a year, his odds of recovery were slim — and then a nurse waved a 100-yuan ($19 CAD) bill under his nose. 

    “It was extraordinary,” chief medic Dr. Liu Tang told Central European News. “I’ve never seen anything like it in 20 years as a doctor.”

    “We had asked his family what really drove him, and they were very clear that it was money,” Tang said. “When we learned about his fondness for money, we experimented with notes and change.”

    “Memories of smell and sound can be very powerful stimulants,” he added. “We found that a crisp, new 100 yuan note

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  • 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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