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New World Record Skydive

(YouTube link) The skies over Ottawa, Illinois saw 138 skydivers set a new world record this past weekend as they linked up in a snowflake formation. Months of planning and 15 attempts resulted in the stunt you can see in this video. The previous record for an aerial formation like this was 108 skydivers. These daredevils, [...]

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 [...]

Thanks for Clearing That Up

So those astronomy books that I just threw away weren’t wrong? This newspaper correction, allegedly from the Ottawa Citizen, comes a little too late. Link -via The Agitator | Ottawa Citizen

The 12 Times NHL Goalies Scored Goals Themselves

ADAM HUNGER/Reuters/Landov New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who has helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals, is part of an exclusive club. Brodeur is one of 10 goalies who has scored a goal in an NHL game and one of two goalies who has scored twice. Here’s the complete list. 1. Billy Smith, 1979 Smith, [...]

The Only Three Ties in Stanley Cup Finals History

If Boston wins at home tonight, the Stanley Cup Finals will head back to Canada for a deciding Game 7. If Vancouver wins, the Canucks will clinch their first Stanley Cup in three tries. But what if the teams tie? It’s highly unlikely that tonight’s game will end in a draw. After all, Rule 84.5 of [...]

Sofa in a Car

Is your car’s front passenger seat uncomfortable? Whatever you do, don’t do what this guy did: A roadside seatbelt check on Wednesday took a back seat to a bizarre and potentially dangerous car modification spotted by Ontario Provincial Police: a recliner chair sitting in as a front passenger seat. But the officers in Ottawa were not amused [...]

The Late Movies: Disney Propaganda Cartoons

During World War II, Disney created propaganda for the US government. The cartoons dealt with subjects as varied as income taxes, the daily life of Nazis, and military tactics. I’ve collected a sampling of the cartoons below, for your viewing pleasure and amazement — be warned, some are pretty weird, and many contain offensive racial [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Failed Assassination Attempts

Today happens to be the anniversary of the day Sara Jane Moore tried to take President Ford out in 1975, so we’re revisiting an old post on assassinations. Had it not been for the quick thinking of the guy next to Moore, Nelson Rockefeller would have been president and who knows where history would have [...]

Nick Scott Wheelchair Bodybuilder

Nick Scott Wheelchair Bodybuilder A humble Ottawa University alum visited campus for a little under an hour and caught up with more than five old friends from his college years. Nick Scott has become what some would call a local legend. He has been interviewed by the Kansas City Star and many television stations about his [...]

What’s in a Nickname? The Origins of All 30 NHL Team Names

Ever wonder what a Canuck is? How about a Blue Jacket? With the NHL season kicking off this week, here’s a breakdown of how the league’s 30 teams got their names. 1. New York Rangers In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League and played their home games at the old Madison Square [...]