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Fark’s 2012 Headline of the Year Contest

It’s that time of year again, and the competition is fierce. But Fark’s Headline of the Year Contest is much less about the story itself and more about the pun that can be made of a headline. The best submitted headlines of the year are up for voting. Some of the headlines are: 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati [...]

Look Sir, Dapper Stormtroopers!

Our pals over at Geeks Are Sexy went to the Montreal Comic Con 2012, and though they didn’t find the droids they were looking for, they did find the most dapper Stormtroopers this side [...]

Pixel Rain

(vimeo link) Is it confetti? Is it snow? No, Pixel Rain is a beautiful cloud of LEDs falling from the sky at at a Black Keys performance. The stunt was a collaboration between the Moment Factory and Air France, recorded at the closing concert of Osheaga 2012 music festival in Montreal. -via The Daily What

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 [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

Latex Star Trek Uniforms

Comic Con comes to Montreal September 14-16. Our friends at Geeks Are Sexy will be there, and tell us that the company Poison Candy Latex will be there to unveil their new line of Star Trek latex cosplay clothing. That will be a sight! Link

The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch

Getty Images When it comes to the Olympic Flame, its keepers take no chances. Multiple backup sources are lit from the torch so that if the original goes out (which isn’t totally uncommon), it can be reignited using the same fire. But what happens when the Flame goes out and the backups are nowhere to be [...]

The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal

Earlier today, we quizzed you on the countries that have won more than 100 Olympic medals. Now it’s time for the other side of the equation. Twenty-one countries have won just one medal. Here are the stories of the national heroes who brought them home. Afghanistan OMAR SOBHANI/Reuters/Landov Despite making appearances at 12 Olympic Games since 1936, Afghanistan [...]

How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug

If you’ve ever suffered from a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), you know how painful and unpleasant it can be. But if antibiotics weren’t able to cure it, the infection could spread to one’s kidneys and the rest of the body, and could even be fatal. Which is why doctors are very concerned to find that [...]

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 [...]