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25,000 Teddy Bears

Youtube Link Just look at all the teddy bears! The Calgary Hitmen, a Canadian hockey team, hold a charity event for kids in need. Once a year people are invited to bring teddy bears to the stadium and throw them into the rink, this year they collected 25,000 teddy bears. It took nearly 45 minutes to [...]

10 Horrible Things We Do to Teddy Bears

I would like to draw your attention to a horrible epidemic of toy abuse. Teddy bears are being treated like objects in that we find ways to hurt, maim, and destroy them in the name of recycling, art, politics, or even entertainment. It’s not that Ursus teddius domesticus is an endangered species (quite the contrary), [...]

The Guy Who Spent His Summer Helping Strangers From the Internet

What did you do this summer? Now, what would you have done if you had unlimited airline miles and no job to tie you down? Most people would simply vacation in a few places they’ve always wanted to visit, but Reddit user Generique opted to use his unique opportunity to help others. At the beginning of [...]

Bank of Canada Redesigned Banknote Because It Was "Too Asian"

The Bank of Canada’s new $100 banknote design included a picture of a woman using a microscope and a bottle of insulin to celebrate Canadian’s medical innovation. Focus groups engaged by the bank to critique the initial [...]

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal.┬áHere’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

Five Olympians Who Won Fame by Losing

People love to root for the underdog, and we all love a good story. Every once in a while an athlete or a team makes it to the Olympics and fails so spectacularly (often with an interesting backstory) that they become a fan favorite just for participating. Remember the Jamaican bobsled team? Their underdog status endeared [...]

Break Dancing Gorilla

This gorilla has got some moves! Meet Zola, the break dancing gorilla: Zola, nine-years old, is one of eight Western lowland gorillas currently living at the Calgary Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan. He loves to play in water and keepers regularly give him the opportunity to do [...]

The Hottest Thing at the Olympics?

The hottest thing in London is the Olympic Flame. And what about the 8,000 torches that each sport 8,000 holes that 8,000 people carried 8,000 miles? What happens to those now that the cauldron has been lit? Olympic torches have always been highly collectible, but the 2012 torches are extremely coveted. In fact, a 2012 London [...]

Happy Canada Day! What is Canada Day?

Happy Canada Day! On this date in 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially [...]

Singing Tweets

(YouTube link) The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra asked its fans to Tweet their tips for keeping warm in the winter. Then the chorus sang those Tweets to the tune of O Fortuna! -via the Presurfer Previously: The Original Lyrics