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News & Events

Oh, Bother..

Our hometown bear is facing some troubles in Europe!

Winnie-the-Pooh, also know as Pooh Bear, is now banned from a small town in Poland. The issue arose when the town was going to name a small playground after Winnie-the-Pooh.

The problem—according to the people who attended the closed-door meeting about the issue—is that Pooh Bear is inappropriately dressed and has an unclear gender. One of the people in the meeting even called Pooh Bear a hermaphrodite.

Now I’m not a parent, nor am I someone who is obsessed with Pooh Bear—but is this really a good example to be setting for kids? OK, maybe they’re not impressed that the bear has and an unclear gender and no pants, but hello, this bear has been around since the first book in 1926 and it’s 2014! Are we not over the whole gender-confusion thing? Why is this even an issue?

If you look up Winnie-the-Pooh you will find that the bear’s gender is male, but some of these people believe that the creator chopped off Pooh’s testicles because the creator himself was uncomfortable with his own gender. Really?! In my opinion, this was just a guy who created a loving little bear to cater to children and these people are crazy.

Why does this need to turn into a giant news story that ends up banning this sweet little bear? I think kids should be taught that it doesn’t matter if you’e a hermaphrodite or a bear with no balls, it’s all good.

Pooh is not the only cartoon character thats banned. Other’s that have unclear gender and are inadequately dressed have been banned as well; Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and even Donald Duck. You’re missing out Poland! Those are classics…

 

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The Chair

If an irresponsible driver killed your daughter and her grandparents, would you be satisfied with giving the driver a community service sentence?

Most likely not.

In Netherlands, a driver was speeding at 75m/h on a zone that has a 50m/h limit. He killed a little girl and her two grandparents. A jail sentence makes sense but not this time. The judge concluded that 120 hours of community service  is a better punishment. If the convicted man does not complete his 120 hours, he will be held in custody for 60 days. The driver showed no desire to apologize, and no sign of guilt on his face.

Those who have seen this video or have read about this news are questioning the Dutch Parliament. Joram van Klaverem, a member of the Parliament, did not defend the judge and said that the sentence was “absurdly low”.

Let’s just hope the judge can keep her job. If she can’t, at least she kept her head.

See how the flying chair just missed her.

Manitoba Drivers

I’m an aggressive driver. I like to think of it as active driving. Being aware of my surroundings, planning my lanes based on my turns, paying attention to who’s behind me and what other drivers are doing on the road.

I’m not a dangerous driver — I simply focus on driving well when I’m behind the wheel. I think the push for defensive driving has led to lazy, inattentive driving.

By being an aggressive driver I’m a confident driver. I utilize merge lanes to match the speed of the traffic I’d like to join, use my signal to notify the drivers in the lane, and merge with confidence. I don’t stop in the lane and block traffic, watching traffic whiz by.

I also drive the speed limit. Sometimes if traffic is light I’ll drive slightly above the speed limit and if conditions are bad I’ll drive below the limit. But I never drive below the limit in good conditions.

Alright, I’m ranting. I’m tired of bad drivers in Winnipeg and recently a company released results twice as many Manitoban drivers illegally pass stopped school buses compared to Alberta and Saskatchewan drivers. Yikes. Our drivers have no problem stopping in a merge lane but stopping for a school bus, no way.

Check out the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/manitoba/topstories/manitoba-drivers-caught-zipping-past-stopped-school-buses-1.2838661

And check out this great video of a lady (not from Manitoba) driving on a sidewalk to get around a school bus.

A Good Week for Absurdity

What’s your favourite internet video? I’d call fans of the absurd to unite, because the distinct flavour of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim weirdness has been on full display in November.

The viral hit Too Many Cooks has amassed over 3 million views on YouTube in a little more than a week, after airing at 4 a.m. in an infomercial slot.

Also dropping online at around the same time, but receiving less fanfare, was a video from the Duke and Baron of Adult Swim weird, Tim and Eric. Their video probably wasn’t as noticeable, as it is a marketing video that showed up on the Totino’s Pizza Rolls YouTube channel.

I guess Totino’s knows that their product isn’t being purchased by responsible parents looking for an easy snack. Both videos are very much intended for people who may find themselves up at 4 a.m. eating Totino’s Pizza Rolls.

Too Many Cooks is a very well-written piece of weird that deconstructs the 70s/80s TV intro tropes with laser accuracy on no budget. It also does so much more than that, never allowing the viewer to become truly comfortable with what they’re experiencing. I’m a fan.

Tim and Eric’s brand of editing suite absurdity has been a staple of Adult Swim for years, and their video is very true to their established style, incorporating non-professional actors, 80s commercial music, and a lot of green screen fun. Totino’s is not the first or last company that will pay these men to produce weird for their brand. It seems like a good move for the right companies.

 

 

 

Do You Believe In Aliens? This May Change Your Mind

I recently shelled out $30 to take a friend and I to Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey. The story explores a time in the not-too-distant future when the Earth is no longer able to produce food for human life, and astronauts are sent to find a new planet that can support life. Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with what I thought of the movie (it was mediocre by the way). Instead, there is a real interstellar exploration that is happening right now, and what scientists have found is eerie, but amazing.

The European Space Agency sent a pioneering lander, Philae, to explore the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, or the Rosetta comet. This landing has been 12 years in the making, and has used Earth’s gravity three times to launch itself into deep space. Rosetta is about 500 million kilometers away from Earth, but the lander was still able to send significant data, including pictures, back to Earth.

What has everyone talking though is the audio feed that Philae relayed back to the ESA. Give it a listen. The YouTube video goes in depth with the science behind Philae, how it landed, and thedata it sent back to Earth.


Pretty creepy stuff hey? But if you were hoping E.T. was trying to contact us, I’m sorry to disappoint. The noises you heard were the very high-frequency sounds (10,000 times lower than what the human ear can pick up) of the comet’s material ionizing from the solar winds. This is science at its greatest people!

After watching Interstellar, and then hearing this audio a few days later, it got me thinking about extraterrestrial life. Either way you look at it, it’s kind of creepy thinking about alien life. If you believe, then it’s pretty crazy that there is undiscovered life somewhere in our universe. What’s equally amazing though is that if there actually isn’t life, than we are the only life forms in the entire universe. But we are 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand compared to the universe, so it only makes sense that there is something (or someone) out there somewhere.

What do you think? Is there something out there somewhere? Will we ever contact alien life? Let me know in the comments.

Hilarious must-reads

I’m so stressed but I always have the bathroom to relax and release tension. Yeah, I’m one of those people who loves reading in the bathroom. My choice for a bathroom read? Humour books!

1. THE ONION

This book of “facts” made the best use of Google Maps by far! Check out Canada, you will definitely be disappointed.

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2. CRACKED

Wow! I love this book. You will never put this down. You will read it cover-to-cover. And by the time you’re finished, you will quote and remember every word. You also might get nightmares, if you have a vivid imagination. This has terrifyingly accurate facts from the food you eat to the politicians you’ve loved.

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3. THE NEW YORK CITY CAB DRIVER’S JOKE BOOK

One liners/whole spiels, you got it in this fantabulous bathroom read.

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4. THE ANTISOCIAL NETWORK JOURNAL

All the ironic things you do in the Internet. You have probably done it, too.

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5. THE PENGUIN ANTHOLOGY OF CANADIAN HUMOUR

Who knew Penguin books have a sense of humour? Wait, is this the same Penguin Books, the publisher? I must say, it is a reference book for an immigrant like me. I can relate to your jokes now, Canada!

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Bathrooms

A Swedish global hygiene company recently conducted a study about bathroom habits, and it’s actually quite interesting. I mean when I go to the bathroom I usually whip out my phone for a quick game of Candy Crush or make some business calls, but did you know that 25 per cent of Americans go to the bathroom specifically to text? Crazy! Don’t these people have things to do? An even weirder thing to go to the bathroom for, but perhaps a healthier thing, 10 per cent of people go to the bathroom just to have a good cry. Wouldn’t you rather go somewhere private?

Most people I’ve met in life hate cleaning their bathroom, and apparently it was shown in this survey because 13 per cent of people would rather use the bathroom at their workplace rather tun the one at home. Maybe because it’s public and there’s no blaming for stink.

While we’re on the bathroom topic, something bathroom related and interesting is happening in France. It was always a law that the kitchen, living room, and bathroom needed to be separate spaces—not anymore! Now you can have your toilet and eat lunch too.Toilets are allowed to be incorporated into the design of the house, not just in their own room. Now, if you want to make a stir-fry whir you poop (don’t do that) you’re able to.

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Do You Believe in Aliens? This Might Change Your Mind

I recently shelled out $30 to take a friend and I to Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey. The story explores a time in the not-too-distant future when the Earth is no longer able to produce food for human life, and astronauts are sent to find a new planet that can support life. Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with what I thought of the movie (it was mediocre by the way). Instead, there is a real interstellar exploration that is happening right now, and what scientists have found is eerie, but amazing.

The European Space Agency sent a pioneering lander, Philae, to explore the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, or the Rosetta comet. This landing has been 12 years in the making, and has used Earth’s gravity three times to launch itself into deep space. Rosetta is about 500 million kilometers away from Earth, but the lander was still able to send significant data, including pictures, back to Earth.

What has everyone talking though is the audio feed that Philae relayed back to the ESA. Give it a listen. The YouTube video goes in depth with the science behind Philae, how it landed, and the data it sent back to Earth.

Pretty creepy stuff hey? But if you were hoping E.T. was trying to contact us, I’m sorry to disappoint. The noises you heard were the very high-frequency sounds (10,000 times lower than what the human ear can pick up) of the comet’s material ionizing from the solar winds. This is science at its greatest people!

After watching Interstellar, and then hearing this audio a few days later, it got me thinking about extraterrestrial life. Either way you look at it, it’s kind of creepy thinking about alien life. If you believe, then it’s pretty crazy that there is undiscovered life somewhere in our universe. What’s equally amazing though is that if there actually isn’t life, than we are the only life forms in the entire universe. But we are 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand compared to the universe, so it only makes sense that there is something (or someone) out there somewhere.

What do you think? Is there something out there somewhere? Will we ever contact alien life? Let me know in the comments.

Hockey Fights Cancer alongside Bryan Murray

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It was revealed yesterday that Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has Stage 4 cancer, meaning he likely does not have much time left as there is no cure.

 

Handling the news with the professionalism commonly associated with the long time figure in the hockey community, Murray opened up in an interview with TSN’s Michael Farber, in a video segment that aired on TSN and I embedded in the post below.

 

Farber is a cancer survivor, and knows of what Murray is going through, but not to the extent of facing certain death. But Murray pointed out that when he visits the oncology ward of his hospital, he is nowhere near the youngest person there. The 71 year old acknowledges he has lived a long life, while also noting that if he had undergone a colonoscopy, which is recommended for all men, this prognosis could have been avoided.

 

The NHL is in the middle of Hockey Fights Cancer month, with teams wearing lavender at times, and donating to cancer charities. Olli Määttä of the Pittsburgh Penguins recently had a cancerous tumor removed from his neck, as the disease hits close to home for hockey players. Rangers forward Dominic Moore lost his wife to liver cancer in early 2013, missing the entire 2012-2013 season to be with her.

You can visit the Hockey Fights Cancer page here.

Goo Goo G’joob

Ahh, yes. The Beatles’ classic song “I Am The Walrus” has to be one of the most recognizable, renowned songs in today’s culture. If not for its super catchy melody and experimental instrumentation, than for its bizarre and, ugh, thought-provoking lyrics.

The song makes no sense, ok? Have you ever listened to or read the lyrics? They have no meaning, they’re gibberish, and they’re pointless.

By this point, I’m sure there are some Beatles diehards who are angrily scrunching their faces at their screens and yelling at my bold assertion. But hold your horses, people. John Lennon, the man who wrote the song himself, has outright said that he wrote the song to mess with people.

According to a recent Mental Floss article, John Lennon says he tried to write a completely obscure song after he learned that fans and scholars were dissecting the lyrics of Beatles songs to find deeper meaning. To logically get in the zone and write a song with no meaning, one has to drop acid. A whole bunch of Acid. And that’s what John Lennon did.

Just for fun, I thought I would dissect a verse just to show how deep this song actually is.

Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
Ok, John just dropped the acid 20 minutes ago. He was literally sitting on a cornflake that he dropped. Shocked by this fact, he put it down into prose. It’s beautiful.

Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
He was wearing a Kellog’s tee-shirt. I think it’s also a known fact that everyone hates Tuesdays. The only worse day than Tuesday is Monday.

Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
Ok. The acid has definitely kicked in at this point. He’s getting a little paranoid, but he’s still with it. Probably still contemplating the cornflake that he’s sitting on.

I am the egg man, they are the egg men.
Ok, hallucinations in full effect.

I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.
Goo goo g’joob, everyone. Obviously that’s the sound of a walrus. Especially if you’re tripping balls.