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You Can Now Buy Soil from Justin Bieber’s Hometown

Shut up and take my money! Ebay seller thatsridonculus offers a vial of dirt from Stratford, Ontario–the hometown of Justin Bieber. It’s now priced at a mere $39.99! And that’s just the beginning. Think of the potential resale value! Link -via Daily of the Day

I Contain Multitudes

Glenys Barton’s “Within” is a bronze sculpture about two and a half feet high. A pamphlet for an exhibition in London, Ontario explained its meaning: The outer calm of the immaculate features contrasts with the inner activity, a metaphor for stresses within the mind that are more often than not at odds with the way in [...]

24 Pictures of Adorable Cats And Dogs From Meet The Breeds 2012

Each year, the American Kennel Club throws Meet the Breeds in New York City’s Jacob Javits Center. More than 200 breeds of cats and dogs are available for cuddling and photo ops (if you can get them to sit still!). We hit the floor to bring you adorable pictures and interesting factoids about 24 breeds. Abyssinian [...]

The Man Who Made Justin Bieber

"Wherever there’s talent, there’s talent manager," wrote Lizzie Widdicombe in this New Yorker article. Mozard had his father Leopold, Elvis had Colonel Tom Parker. The Backstreet Boys [...]

Moth Trails at Night

Steve Irvine captured this amazing long exposure photo of moth trails at night. The National Geographic explains: Fluttering wings leave lacy trails as moths beat their way to a floodlight on a rural [...]

Drunk Driver Caught on Motorized Picnic Table

Hand over the keys to that picnic table. You’re in no condition to drive. An Ontario man is facing charges after he and his buddies constructed a motorized picnic table and drove it around town. Police said they attached a lawnmower motor and four customized wheels to the picnic table and took it for a spin on [...]

Saving Whooping Cranes While Disguised as One

By the 1940s, the wild whooping crane population in North America had dropped to about 15. Thanks to the work of dedicated conservationists since then, it has risen to about 500. It’s a tough job and the project has demanded innovative thinking, including leading whooping cranes on migratory journeys with whilte ultralight aircraft: A Canadian ultralight [...]

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, [...]

Antique Steam Shovel Still Going Strong

This Erie Steam Shovel Type B was built in 1925. It’s not ready to retire yet. Here it is moving dirt at the International Plowing Match in Teeswater, Ontario in 2008. Link -via New Jovian Thunderbolt

Harriet Tubman’s Perfect Record: Brains and Opium on the Underground Railroad

How did Harriet Tubman lead so many slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad? With careful planning, plenty of luck, and a little opium. “I never run my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger”—so boasted Harriet Tubman, the most successful conductor on the Underground Railroad. Tubman ran up her unblemished record while [...]