• Eric Roner, a professional skier, avid BASE jumper and adrenaline junkie from Northern California, recently channeled one of our favourite Pixar movies and took to the skies with 90 brightly coloured balloons. 

    “I mean, it’s kind of that childhood dream,” Roner said of the stunt.

    "It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time," he told Gizmag. “Who hasn’t thought of getting lifted off the ground by a bunch of helium balloons?”

    The Up-inspired stunt used 90 helium-filled balloons and lifted Roner about 8,000 feet off the ground in an old lightweight sun lounger. 

    To get down, he began shooting the balloons one at a time with a shotgun, then chose to free-fall off the chair. 

    Eventually he pulled his parachute and floated to the ground below. 

    That was epic!” Roner told Good Morning America after his flight. “It’s kind of like the dream of flying or ‘can that actually happen?’ So for the reality of pulling it off was pretty surreal for me.”

    Roner’s stunt reminds us of a more literal

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  • Let's just call this one "when neighbours go bad."

    Twain Thomas was sentenced to 15 years in jail for breaking down his neighbour's door with a machete.Twain Thomas was sentenced to 15 years in jail for breaking down his neighbour's door with a machete.Twain Thomas of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week after chopping through his neighbour's door with a machete.

    The neighbour, James Cvengros, captured the event on camera – including when he stopped Thomas by shooting him three times in the chest.

    According to the Idaho State Journal, It all happened last February. Thomas broke the windows out of his own apartment and broke into another apartment on the second floor. A resident in the unit chased Thomas out, which is when he went down to the Cvengros apartment.

    Cvengros told Thomas to leave and warned that he had a gun, but that didn't stop Thomas from destroying the door with his machete. When Thomas continued to approach Cvengros and his girlfriend in the apartment, Cvengros fired three shots.

    Cvengros told court it was the second time that Thomas had broken into his apartment. The first incident, in which Thomas kicked in the door because of loud music,

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  • Woman leaves $1.8 million home to prized pup in her will – instead of her two sons

    Talk about a lucky dog.

    Bella Mia, a three-year-old Maltese terrier, will inherit a Florida house worth about £1 million – that's $1.8 million CDN – when her owner, Rose Ann Bolasny, dies, leaving her two sons, aged 32 and 38, out in the cold.

    "Prior to [changing my will] I discussed having Bella Mia included in the trust fund with my sons and they totally understood," Bolasny told The Daily Mail. "I explained to them that I know they love Bella Mia very much but I wanted to make sure if anything happened to us she was taken care of in the way that she's used to."

    Currently, Bolasny's pampered pooch lives quite a life of luxury. She has a $100,000-a-year allowance to pay for weekly pedicures, trips to the groomer and shopping sprees for designer brands.

    According to The Daily Mail,Bella Mia has over 1,000 outfits in a specially-designed walk-in closet.

    Bolasny, who is 60, has bequeathed her new Florida home to the cute canine, who she says was "a gift from God."

    "My sons at that point

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    Kaleb Whitby, 27, is a very lucky man

    Early Saturday morning, Whitby’s Chevy Silverado was one of 26 vehicles involved in a pileup on Interstate 84, about 33 miles east of Baker City, Oregon. 

    His pickup flipped when it struck a jackknifed semi truck. Then another tractor-trailer slid towards him.

    "I got scared of the possibility it could have been the end," the young father recalled.

    Sure enough, the second truck slid sideways into the first tractor-trailer, crushing Whitby’s pickup between the two semi-trucks.

    "It was just metal crunching and glass. It was just all fast and loud,” Whitby told CNN.

    Sergio Karplyuk, the 32-year-old driver of the second truck that struck Whitby’s vehicle — he didn’t even see the crushed car at first — spotted Whitby amidst the debris and helped free him from the wreckage. 

    "I see this head and he’s just like, starts speaking," Karplyuk told The Washington Post. “It’s just this guy and he says, ‘I’m okay, I just can’t get out.’ He was just so calm

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  • Has Bigfoot finally been spotted?

    Some Russian adventurers certainly think so — and they have the footage to prove it. 

    In the video, an imposing hairy creature appears to march through the snow in a wooded area somewhere in Russia.

    The exact date and location of the sighting is unclear, as is about every other fact needed to verify the sighting. Still, the Bigfoot video, whether real or fake — let’s face it, it’s probably fake — is among the most impressive we’ve seen yet.

    According to the Mirror, the Russian mountain rescue team went looking for the maybe-mythical creature after hearing reports of sightings in a remote region of the south-western Adygeya Republic.

    The adventurers questioned people at a mountainside lodge who claimed to have spotted Bigfoot. 

    "The creature was big, looking like a bear, but not a bear. From the door we’ve seen something big and shaggy,” eyewitness Ludmila Hristoforova told a local TV station.

    One senior search team member said that while he didn’t

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  • Watch the moment a runaway tire smashes right into your windshield

    There are few things more horrifying than an object speeding right at you on a busy highway.

    That's what Andrew Sukhdeo faced when a runaway tire appeared in front of him on Toronto's Highway 401 near Salem Road.

    The tire, which had come loose from another vehicle, bounced over the median and sped towards his 2014 Toyota Corolla. Before he could blink, the tire smashed into his windshield.

    "Everything was happening so quickly that there was not time to react or think," Sukhdeo told CTV News. "I just kind of ducked."

    The incident was captured on Sukhdeo's dashboard camera. He later uploaded it to YouTube.

    Sukhdeo was not injured in the incident, but he said the tire hit the top of his windshield, smashing the sunroof and bending part of the car frame.

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  • 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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