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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 [...]

10 Stainless Steel, Spring-Loaded Things You Should Know About the Swiss Army Knife (Now With a Corkscrew!)

Image credit: Flickr user AJ Cann Pocket-sized multitools are a dime a dozen, but the Swiss Army Knife is an icon. Its name is shorthand for versatility and its cross-emblazoned red handle has gone to the North Pole, to the top of Mount Everest, to the depths of the Amazon, and even orbited around Earth on the space [...]

Dog rescues owner after fall in shower

Louis the Yorkshire Terrier knew exactly what to do when his owner Victoria collapsed in the shower. 58-year-old Victoria Shaw suffers from arthritis …

The Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice

Postman’s Park in London, England, has a small memorial garden featuring 54 plaques that honor common men and women who were never famous, but died during a heroic act of saving someone else. The Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice was the brainchild of George Frederic Watts, a painter who, while eminent in the Victorian age, harbored a [...]

How to Best Survive a Free-Falling Elevator

Say that you find yourself in a free-falling elevator. What position will increase your chance of survival? That is the question being answered by The New York Times’ Q&A column by C. Claiborne Ray: The best [...]

Blue Jeans: Three Months, No Washing

How long can you wear the same pair of jeans without washing them? The most common answer you hear is “one semester.” An Australian researcher (and college student) put the question to the test by asking volunteers to wear a pair of jeans five days a week for three months straight. Melbourne researcher Tullia Jack recruited [...]

11 Things That Happened on Other Cool Dates

11/22/11 is the 791st anniversary of Frederick II being crowned Holy Roman Emperor, the 293rd anniversary of Blackbeard’s beheading, the 254th anniversary of the Austrian defeat of Prussia in the Seven Years’ War’s Battle of Breslau, the 48th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and what would have been novelist George Eliot’s 192nd birthday. [...]

The 10 Most Beautiful Urban Parks on Earth

Environmental Graffiti found ten oases in the middle of cities that provide a good dose of nature for urban dwellers. Some are big enough to have hiking trails, lakes, zoos, forests, gardens, and even observatories. These 26 pictures are a refreshing treat for the eyes! Pictured is the gorgeous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island in [...]

Police Start Giving Angry Drunk People Lollipops to Calm Them Down

The city of Victoria, British Columbia, is taking a new approach to handling drunken, out-of-control revelers causing trouble in public places. The police hand such people lollipops. Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe explained why it works: Ms. Thornton-Joe said after the men popped a lolly in their mouths, their nasty energy all but dissolved. “They got calmer after [...]

The World’s Newest Nation

Today is the official birth date of South Sudan, a new nation that is independent from Sudan as of today. Crowds in the capital of Juba celebrated by dancing in the streets and chanting “Freedom!” South Sudan’s sovereignty officially breaks Africa’s largest nation into two. It is the result of a January referendum overwhelmingly approved by South [...]