• This latest viral video is sure to leave you feeling ‘beary’ happy!

    Dick was rescued from a bear bile farm where he was underfed and kept in a small cage. His bile was extracted and sold, generally for use in traditional medicine.

    This brown bear is now living at an animal sanctuary and is loving every minute of it… except for the adorable frustration captured in this video, where you see him struggling to reach a tree branch.  

    You have to give this bear some credit, he does not give up, and eventually he is victorious!

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  • June 11, 2015

     

    It’s enough to curdle your clotted cream!

    The Scotch egg – that slightly snooty stand-by of semi-sophisticated snacking in the U.K. – has been banned from a school in Colchester, England, branded as common junk food.

    The Telegraph newspaper reported Tuesday that Cherry Tree Primary School has declared the eggs – hard-boiled, and blanketed in sausage meat and breadcrumbs – “too unhealthy to be part of a balanced diet,” and is confiscating them from students’ lunchboxes.

    Scotch egg enthusiasts may feel slighted – and they are far from alone.

    The dividing line between acceptable and unacceptable school food is vague and nebulous. It varies greatly from place to place – and from time to time.

    In Norwich, England, a controversy recently erupted after a headmistress, who insists her students eat fruit or vegetables as an 11 AM snack, confiscated a six-year-old boy’s biscuits.

    “My son had been taking Rich Tea biscuits into school since last September, which was agreed by his

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  • Trooper gives escort to senior on scooter going 6 km/h

    “I just treated her the way I would’ve wanted somebody to treat my mom.”

    Trooper Dave Hintz helps a woman on a scooter who became lost along busy SR-546. (KOMO News)Trooper Dave Hintz helps a woman on a scooter who became lost along busy SR-546. (KOMO News)

    What was first mistaken to be a slow-speed police pursuit was revealed to be a pursuit of kindness.

    Drivers in Washington, near the Canada–United States border, saw what seemed to be a police pursuit of an elderly woman and started posting to social media.

    Video shows what appears to be police attempting to pull over an 80-year-old woman on a motorized scooter along State Route 546.

    “What it looked like at the time was this older lady on a Rascal cruising down the road,” Andrea Ruth, whose office faces the highway, told Komo News. “The cop car with the lights flashing going behind her is what caught my attention.”

    “You can’t make that stuff up.”

    Troopers were then flooded with phone calls and inquiries regarding the situation. As it turned out, it wasn’t a police pursuit, but rather a cop being a Good Samaritan.

    “I wasn’t trying to stop her. I wasn’t trying to detain her. I was just trying to get her back home,” highway patrolman Dave Hintz told the news network.

    “I just treated her

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  • On a day where temperatures reached over 31 C, students say a California high school pulled between 25-60 students - all female - out of class for dress code offenses.

    Vista Murrieta High School was only two days from graduation, and in the midst of its exams, when students were taken en masse and escorted by campus security to the office for “On Campus Intervention,” according to a post on Tumblr that was backed up by students and confirmed by the regional school board.

    Karen Parris, spokesperson for Murrieta Valley Unified School District confirmed the incident to Yahoo Canada; she said 25 students were removed as they arrived for school. Some students claimed the actual number was as high as 60. Most of

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  • California locals startled after giant purple 'sea slugs' wash ashore

    “It’s native to our area. It’s not endangered, but they are rarely seen other than an occasional one here or there."

    The sea slugs have been washing up on the shores of California in recent weeks. (East Bay Park District/Morgan Dill)The sea slugs have been washing up on the shores of California in recent weeks. (East Bay Park District/Morgan Dill)

    California beach-goers have been encountering some pretty unusual beach companions lately as giant sea hares, or sea ‘slugs,’ have been washing ashore.

    An unusual abundance of sea slugs have been washing ashore on beaches such as Crab Cove in Alameda, Miller Knox Regional Park in Richmond, Lake Merritt in Oakland, and Tomales Bay in Marin County. Some naturalists believe that it is due to the warmer water making its way to the coast.

    Carolyn Jones, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Regional Park District, told The Contra Costa Times they are constantly getting calls asking about these big purple blobs. 

    “It’s native to our area. It’s not endangered, but they are rarely seen other than an occasional one here or there,” Said Jones. 

    They’ve been given the name sea hare because they have long tentacles coming from the top of their head, similar to a rabbit’s big ears.

    Reaching up to 15 lbs and 30 inches long, these slugs are native to the area around cities such as Alameda and Oakland.

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  • Police officer joins girls in ‘epic jump rope battle’

    “Although he made a gallant effort, DC Carmichael’s advanced years were no match for the energy and vitally of youth."

    A police officer decided to join children in a friendly neighbourhood battle last week in Warpole, Massachusetts. 

    Deputy Chief John Carmichael came across a couple of girls waiting for their bus and was caught on video joining their competition. 

    Carmichael stopped to talk to the girls at their stop while on duty that morning and soon after, an epic jump rope battle for neighbourhood domination started, the police department’s Facebook page said.

    The two girls, Molly and Sarah, made an impressive show of their jump rope skills. Carmichael was in the middle wearing his uniform and trying to keep up with them. “I’m just getting started,” Carmichael said in the video as he started jumping against Molly and Sarah.

    It looks as if he had a chance to win the battle, but he was defeated in just 30 seconds. In the end, Sarah won the jump rope game. 

    “Although he made a gallant effort, DC Carmichael’s advanced years were no match for the energy and vitally of youth,” said the Facebook page.

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  • 'Welcome to Cleveland': Milwaukee man confuses travellers with message on his roof

    “There’s not a real purpose for having this here except madness, which I tend to be pretty good at."

    Nearly four decades later and Mark Gubin still gets a kick out of his work. (Twitter/@redditfunnybot)Nearly four decades later and Mark Gubin still gets a kick out of his work. (Twitter/@redditfunnybot)

    As if trying to figure out the inner-workings of flight-travel while hoping to reach your destination safely and promptly wasn’t nerve-wracking enough.

    A Milwaukee man, whose house lies close to the city’s airport, used the opportunity to send a puzzling message to visitors from his roof: ‘WELCOME TO CLEVELAND.’

    Mark Gubin’s home rests in the flight path of Mitchell International Airport, making his roof wholly visible to those travelling by air.

    The idea for the sign came after having lunch on his roof one day nearly forty years ago – in 1978 – with his then-assistant, reports the Journal Sentinel. Taking notice of all of the low-flying planes, the assistant told Gubin that it would be nice to make a sign welcoming people to Milwaukee.

    “You know what would be even better?”

    Following that conversation, Gubin took to his roof and with white paint, sent out a message that would be remembered for years to come. The message is decades old, but it’s breathing new life after recently making

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  • Edmonton cop honours fallen colleague in rap designed to reach out to youth

    “I believe it’s vital for law enforcement and the community to have a working relationship when it comes to the culture."

    Officer Halley Barrantes grabs the mic in an inspiring rap in Edmonton. (YouTube)Officer Halley Barrantes grabs the mic in an inspiring rap in Edmonton. (YouTube)

    An Edmonton police officer recently showed off his rapping skills in hopes of reaching out to the city’s youth.

    In just a few days, the video of an Edmonton peace officer’s hip hop performance has garnered thousands of views. 

    Halley Barrantes, a transit peace officer who also goes by the name ‘Tha Witness,’ showcased his breakdancing and rapping skills at Edmonton’s Winston Churchill Square in Alberta last week. 

    “I think it’s vital for us to show them we are human and we do care about the culture and not just care about the culture but we are part of the culture, too,” Barrantes told CTV News. He also added that hip hop is often portrayed in a negative light.

    During his performance, Barrantes also paid a special tribute to a fallen police officer. He made a shout out in his freestyle saying “put your hands up to the one who gave his life up,” in honour of Edmonton’s Const. Daniel Woodwall, who was was killed last Monday in the line of duty.

    “I believe it’s vital for law enforcement

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  • John Oliver mocks Canada's Senate expenses scandal on 'Last Week Tonight'

    “This scandal could not be any more Canadian if public money was used to get Drake to drink maple syrup on Niagara Falls."

    John Oliver tackles the Canadian Senate scandal in his latest episode of 'Last Week Tonight.' (YouTube)John Oliver tackles the Canadian Senate scandal in his latest episode of 'Last Week Tonight.' (YouTube)

    John Oliver gave his satirical point-of-view on Canada’s senate scandal in the latest episode of ‘Last Week Tonight.’

    A report revolving around questionable spending by senators has identified just under $1 million in wrongful expense claims. Some of those expenses include hockey tickets and fishing trips, which Oliver poked fun at for being so stereotypically Canadian.

    “This scandal could not be any more Canadian if public money was used to get Drake to drink maple syrup on Niagara Falls,” he joked.

    Oliver later ate his words when he went on to mention that Senator Terry Mercer charged taxpayers nearly $3,500 so he could attend the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Curling Club.

    “Kudos, Canada. You made this scandal more Canadian after I explicitly said that it could not be done. Well played.”

    But despite all of the fun Oliver had in mocking our home and native land, he noted the discrepancy between the $1 million found in wrongful spending and the nearly $24 million it cost to run.

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  • Man escapes jury duty by dressing like a prisoner

    As soon as he arrived wearing his costume, the judge told him to leave

    There is certainly more than one way of getting out of jury duty, but dressing up is a new one.

    James Lowe was wearing a black-and-white-stripe jumpsuit and matching beanie when he showed at the Caledonia County Courthouse in St. Johnsbury, Vermont earlier this week for the selection jury process.

    James Lowe poses for a photo after a judge told him to leave the Caledonia County Courthouse in St. Johnsbury, Vt., for wearing prison stripes and matching beanie to jury selection. (Dana Gray/The Caledonian Record via AP)James Lowe poses for a photo after a judge told him to leave the Caledonia County Courthouse in St. Johnsbury, Vt., for wearing prison stripes and matching beanie to jury selection. (Dana Gray/The Caledonian Record via AP)

    As soon as he arrived wearing his prisoner costume, the judge told him to leave. According to the Caledonian Record, Lowe made it on time and joined the other potential jurors in the courthouse. But when he met with the judge, Lowe was dismissed at once from his civic duty.

    The judge told Lowe he could have been found in contempt of court, which would result in a fine and even possible jail time.

    Although Lowe took it to the next level to avoid his jury duty, he said the instructions for jurors do not mention any restrictions on clothing.

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