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Jan 18, 2021 Edition

Big loaves:


The country of Vietnam holds many tourist attractions, but one unlikely item has people talking – giant loaves of bread. Baker Pham Thi Bac of An Giang province in the Mekong Delta, started making the big loaves in 2018, just for fun. At about one metre (3 ft.) long and weighing approximately three kilograms (6.5 lbs.), the loaves taste great and are glazed with butter and seeds. Local people heard about the bread first and started asking for it. Then tourists joined in, wanting to take home a loaf or two as souvenirs – if they could figure out a way to carry them!

Take a look at these monster loaves of bread...

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Jan 11, 2021 Edition

Tiny tree:


Fairy Lake near the town of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, Canada, draws people to its shores so they can view a little fir tree. This small conifer is special because it is growing out of a log that is submerged in the lake. The tree is thought to be between 30 and 40 years old, and no one is quite sure how it survives on the log, which is the source of its nutrients. The tree is the subject of many photographs, and no two are alike. In times of high water, it may be almost submerged, while on still summer mornings, it sits peacefully in the mist.

Check out how a local photographer captures the moment...

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Jan 4, 2021 Edition

Lost in the maze:


Those who don’t mind getting lost might want to visit the rare Elizabethan hedge maze in the VanDusen Garden in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Planted in the fall of 1981, the maze is made of over 3,000 pyramidal cedars, which have been growing ever since. Some people come to test their sense of direction as they walk through its cool passageways, while others enjoy finding a quiet spot to contemplate life. Those who are afraid of getting lost can view the maze from an observation terrace and watch others try to find their way out!

Take a walk in the maze here...

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4K tour of the gardens here...

Jan 4, 2021 Edition

Stay home!


The originator of Batman probably never envisioned the caped crusader as a virus fighter. However, that was the case in the Mexican city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A man dressed up in a real Batman suit drove around the city in a Batmobile, taking it upon himself to tell people to stay at home. He blasted a recorded message from the vehicle asking people to keep their distance from each other. The vigilante apparently was Candelario Maldonado, a Batman impersonator known in the city.

See the Mexican Batman here...

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Dec 21, 2020 Edition

Brotherly love:


A caring brother from Zamboanga City, Philippines, wanted to do a good deed for his sister, so he learned how to sew. Rather than taking on a small project, Maverick Francisco Oyao made a prom dress for his sister, Lu Asey, because the family couldn’t afford to buy or rent one. And what a dress it turned out to be! Wearing the dress, Ly Asey looked like a princess from a fairy tale. Her brother had learned how to sew by viewing YouTube videos. The finished project was royal blue and white, and featured large pleats and winged sleeves.

See the dress here...

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Dec 14, 2020 Edition

Snail Power:


When thinking about pets, most people conjure up images of cats, dogs, bunny rabbits, parrots, and maybe even pot-bellied pigs. But snails? That is the choice of Pepper Apollo, a woman from the United Kingdom who cares for approximately 150 of the creatures. She started collecting them a few years ago when she found some near her workplace. Today, she keeps her large collection of tiny pets in tiered terrariums where they live a luxurious, well-fed life. Apollo genuinely feels that each one of her little charges has its own personality.

See the Snail Lady here...

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Dec 7, 2020 Edition

Bad Luck Chuck:


Milwaukee, Wisconsin (U.S.), is home of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. It houses a large collection of those little figurines with the oversized heads that bob up and down. The dolls portray a huge variety of figures, such as sports heroes, emojis and characters from movies. One of the newest bobbleheads is “Bad Luck Chuck,” a caricature of Charles Penn, who is a super fan of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. He is known to make the team lose if he attends games. Hopefully, those who buy a Bad Luck Chuck bobblehead will keep the figurine at home!

See Chuck here...

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See the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum...

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Nov 30, 2020 Edition

Ball Catcher:


Many dogs like to play catch, but one Labrador retriever, named Finley, can’t get enough of it. Finley lives in Canandaigua, New York (U.S.), with his human family, the Molloys. He has fine-tuned his catching skills to the point that he can fit six tennis balls in his mouth without help from his human playmates. When he was two years old, he could pick up four balls; eventually he graduated to five, and then to six. Finley looks a bit odd with all those balls in his mouth, but his family is convinced he is proud of his unusual talent.

See Finley in action here...

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Finley sure does LOVE his tennis balls (awe)...

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Nov 23, 2020 Edition

Icky desserts?


How would you feel if you were presented with a dessert that looks like a kitchen sponge topped with a sudsy soap bubble? Or beans on toast? However, if the dessert is made by British chef Ben Churchill, you’d be wise to overlook the illusion and take a bite. That’s because Churchill’s creations are sweet treats. For example, the beans are made of marzipan and sit atop a cake drizzled with a sweet orange-red syrup that appears to be ketchup. The kitchen scrubber is really an olive oil sponge cake topped with green mint crumbs, with sweet milk foam as soapsuds. It’s a weird but interesting hobby!


See the "icky" creations here...

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Nov 16, 2020 Edition

Avocado creations:

You’ve never seen an avocado like one carved by Daniele Barresi of Bagnara Calabra, Italy. The food sculptor got interested in carving at a young age, and he has tried many mediums, including soap and resin. But it’s the carvings he creates in avocado halves that really attract attention. He turns the soft flesh of the fruit into detailed representations of flowers, vines, fruit, faces, and animals. Sometimes the pit is kept in place and carved as well, becoming part of the picture. Other times, the pit is discarded to make room for another unique scene. Whatever the case, this art is edible!


See Daniele in action here...

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Not JUST avocados, other fruit, soap and more...

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Nov 9, 2020 Edition
 
Garden mania:


A unique gardening competition in Japan is known as the Kei Truck Garden Contest. In it, competitors use the bed of a Kei Truck (or kei-tora) as the canvas for their creations. These small trucks are well-known in Asia for use in construction and agriculture. Once a year, competitors meet at the designated location with an empty truck. Then, they begin their creative projects and soon the truck beds are filled with soil, greenery, flowers, pebble paths, waterfalls, benches, and even aquariums. The mini-garden creations are ranked by a panel of judges who name a winner.


See the creations here...

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Nov 2, 2020 Edition

Big Burger:


Those who enjoy eating great big burgers might want to visit Chris Steaks and Burgers in Bangkok, Thailand. The burger in question is enormous. The ground beef or pork patty weighs six kilograms (13 lbs.) and is loaded with fattening extras, such as bacon, mayonnaise, and onion rings. Lomdech Kongsuwan, the restaurant owner, is offering 10,000 baht to any diner able to gobble up the meal in nine minutes. So far, very few customers have been able to accomplish the feat.

See the Big Burger here...

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Oct 26, 2020 Edition

Weird weather forecast:


Watch out! It might rain iguanas! Weather forecasters in the state of Florida (U.S.) aren’t kidding when they make this prediction. A cold snap in the area that usually is warm can stun these reptiles. If they are in a tree when that happens, the creatures could fall out. But locals know not to worry about the health of the iguanas that lie on the ground after falling from their perches. Once the temperature warms up, they are able to move again, and they get up and walk away.

See the newscast here...

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And another...

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Oct 19, 2020 Edition

Big Book:


Paper-making experts Bela Varga and his son Gábor Varga, of the tiny village of Szinpetri in northern Hungary, made what is thought to be the world’s largest handmade book. The duo’s book measures 4.18 x 3.77 metres (13.7 x 12.4 ft.) and weighs 1,420 kilograms (3,130 lbs.). Its 346 pages are filled with information and photos about the flora and fauna of the region. On display at the Szinpetri paper mill, the book had to be lowered into place with a crane. So as not to rip the paper when reading, six people are needed to turn one of the enormous pages. The name of the book is Our Fragile Natural Heritage.

See the book here...

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Guinness World Record...

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Oct 12, 2020 Edition

Billboard love:


Whether or not he ends up finding love, Mark Rofe certainly has a sense of humour. The 30-something single man from Sheffield, England, recently rented a billboard to suggest that interested individuals contact him if they’d like to go on a date. Rofe had tried the usual online dating methods, to no avail. So he paid £425 to advertise on the roadside space, on a busy street in the city of Manchester. The billboard states: “Date Mark. This could be the sign you’ve been waiting for,” followed by his website address.

See his interview below...

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And more... News presenter gets awkward during flirty exchange

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Painter’s message:

A house painter in Bolsover, Derbyshire, England, hadn’t been paid for the work he’d done on a building, so he took matters into his own hands. On the front of the freshly painted, cream-coloured, two-story structure, Dean Reeves painted a message in black: “Want your house painting? Don’t be like Terry. Pay the bill! Now you will!” According to Reeves, building owner Terry Turner had continually refused to pay all of the agreed upon amount until the painter completed extra tasks. When Reeves understood what the owner was doing, he decided to paint the message.

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Fly Over Victoria, BC 

Highly illegal in a "real" plane but no problem here...

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Canada Road Trip: Best Things To Do In British Columbia

In this video, they share some of the best things to do in BC,
including the best things to do in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Kelowna, and more!

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This moving short film takes viewers on a cycle tour of Vancouver BC during the COVID-19 pandemic...

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