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Is Saskatchewan named after Sasquatches?   Leave a comment


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Saskatchewan not named after sasquatches, residents insist

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Saskatchewanians are eager to correct the record after an NBA announcer insisted Wednesday that their province is named for its abundance of sasquatches.

The Fox Sports announcer made the comment while pointing out that Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles is the first person from the province to play in the NBA.

“That region’s known for being home to a lot of sasquatches,” the announcer said, adding, “that’s what it’s named after.”

For the record, Saskatchewan comes from a Cree word for “swift flowing river.”

And as Manitoba sasquatch expert Chris Rutkowski points out, there are far fewer bigfoot sightings in the Land of the Living Skies than other regions like the Pacific Northwest.

Washington has had the most of any state or province, with 617, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Association. British Columbia has had the most in Canada, 130. Saskatchewan has had a mere seven.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall laughed when he heard the news. “We might have more Elvis sightings,” he said.

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere also found it amusing, but saw an upside: “Now we’re going have a bunch of people that are going to come here wanting to see the sasquatch.”

Saskatchewan Tourism’s Aviva Kohen seemed more annoyed by the other things the Fox Sports announcer rattled off about her province, including that it’s cold and flat.

“That’s a myth I run into quite a bit in marketing and a myth I try to dispel.”

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Posted February 11, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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New Barbie Dolls available in ‘curvy, tall and petite’ sizes   Leave a comment


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Barbie, the iconic plastic toy doll model, is getting three new body types this year.

The US company behind the famous toy, Mattel, is adding “tall, curvy and petite” body shapes to its line-up of the fashion dolls.

Several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles will also be added to the collection, the company said.

Barbie’s figure has come under fire for years, with critics arguing it set an unrealistic body image for girls.  With the new body shapes, the toy makers say they are “offering girls choices that are more reflective of the world they see today”.

Last year, the company introduced 23 new dolls to its so-called Fashionistas line with varied skin and hair colours, and a much touted flat foot – replacing Barbie’s signature heels.

With this year’s update, the Barbie Fashionistas line will feature:

  • 33 new dolls
  • 30 hair colours
  • 24 hairstyles
  • 22 eye colours
  • 14 face shapes
  • 7 skin tones
  • 4 body shapes – original, plus tall, curvy and petite

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Barbie is finally sort of all-inclusive: almost all shapes, heights and races. Way to go Mattel.

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However, some people think Mattel hasn’t gone far enough. Since Mattel is trying to include young females from all possible life scenarios, here are some life situations that Barbie experiences that are real and unabashed.

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Couch-potato dope smoking plump Barbie.

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Sedentary and lethargic Barbie.

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Addicted to crack street Ho Barbie.

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Barbie and Ken EXPLOSION!

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Posted January 28, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Calgary Stampeders Mascot Horse “Tuffy” gets into Grey Cup Spirit by getting Plastered in Downtown Winnipeg   Leave a comment


Game Day has arrived. The 103rd Grey Cup game will be played at IGF stadium in Winnipeg today to crown the new champion of the Canadian Football League.  The Ottawa Redblacks will take on the Edmonton Eskimos. Grey Cup weekend is always a ‘Party Hardy’ time.  Booze flows like a river and hang-overs are experienced by many participants.

Mascots are often part of the festivities.  The Calgary Stampeders brought their mascot “Tuffy” the horse to The Peg and the galloper plunged face first into the party action. Tuffy did a bar crawl, or should we say a bar trot, in the downtown area on Saturday.

Tuffy socializing in the lobby of a downtown hotel

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Everybody was buying beers for the brown horse.  Tuffy didn’t refuse any free drinks.  The horse can drink a pitcher of the golden ale in 20 seconds!

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Tuffy would drink 4-5 pitchers at each watering hole and then trot off to the next one.  After hitting 10 different drinking establishments, that’s about 45 pitchers, Tuffy met it’s match at the infamous Windsor Hotel.  Tuffy downed 10 shooters, then washed it down with 6 pitchers of high test Extra Old Stock.  As the local barflies were cheering Tuffy on, the extremely intoxicated pony keeled over and passed out in the middle of the bar. 

The paramedics were called in and Tuffy was wheeled over to the ambulance.  Tuffy was taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society where she will undergo 3 days of detox.  Tuffy will then be trucked back to Calgary to recuperate.

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Posted November 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Australian police on the hunt for men ‘drunk driving’ on motorized picnic tables   Leave a comment


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Yep, you read this headline correctly. It is exactly what it says. West Australian police are on the hunt for a group of bros drunk driving motorized picnic tables in the busy streets of Perth. According to reports, the police are not amused.

“Police are concerned for the safety of those riding on the tables with no protective clothing, especially when on roads alongside motor vehicles,” a Western Australian Police statement said.

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“The people using these vehicles could face a number of charges including driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving an un-roadworthy vehicle and drink driving.”

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Posted November 18, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Pissed-Off Citizen Drives Car through City Hall, Oh he was hearing voices in his head that night   Leave a comment


Wichita, Kansas — Marcus Johnson, a 33-year-old Wichita man was sentenced to 10 years in jail for crashing through Wichita’s City Hall. Investigators say he was angry because cop told him to turn down his car radio.

Johnson was sentenced to 122 months in jail after causing some $200,000 in damages when his vehicle burst through City Hall’s doors and continued through the facility.

According to police, Johnson became angered when a police officer told him to turn down the music in his car as he was parked at a convenience store Jan. 7, 2008.

In retaliation, Johnson drove his vehicle to downtown Wichita, pulled into the City Hall parking lot and drove right through the east-facing doors of the building. Investigators estimate Johnson was traveling at about 45 mph when his vehicle broke through the doors.

Investigators say Johnson’s vehicle continued in an almost-perfect line down a hallway that extended to the west side of the building where Johnson’s vehicle was finally stopped.

Surveillance video shows Johnson’s car as it broke through revolving doors, solid doors, through a hallway and into the west side security area. Security personnel were captured standing in the path of the car just moments before it crashed through. The vehicle destroyed thousands of dollars in computers and security equipment.

Johnson plead ‘no contest’ to criminal damage to property, battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of criminal threat.

During sentencing, Johnson asked the judge for leniency, claiming he had been hearing voices in his head that night.

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Posted November 9, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Haunted Heat Surfing Contest   Leave a comment


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Haunted Heat surfing contest in Santa Monica, California.  Crazy Californians having fun in the sun.

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Surfers compete in ZJ Boarding HouseÕs 4rth Annual Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Surfers compete in ZJ Boarding House’s 4rth Annual Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

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Noah and the Ark.

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Posted November 7, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Pumpkin out for a Roll   Leave a comment


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Posted November 1, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Strange Place Names including Hell and Shitterton   Leave a comment


Unusual place names are names for cities, towns, and other regions which are considered non-ordinary in some manner. This can include place names which that are also swear, inadvertently humorous or highly charged words, as well as place names of unorthodox spelling and pronunciation, including especially short or long names.

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A number of settlements have names that are offensive or humorous in other languages, such as Fucking, Austria. Although as a place name Fucking is benign in German, in English the word is a profanity. Similarly, while the town of Condom, France, has no humorous connotations in French, English speakers will likely associate it with condoms, a form of barrier contraception. Hell, Norway, comes from the old Norse word hellir, which means “overhang” or “cliff cave”. In modern Norwegian the word for hell is helvete. Conversely, a number of place names can be considered humorous or offensive by their inhabitants, such as the German towns Affendorf (Monkey Village), Faulebutter (Putrid Butter), Fickmühlen (Fuck Mill), Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven), Katzenhirn (Cat Brain), Plöd (blöd means stupid), Regenmantel (Raincoat) and Warzen (Warts).

Some placenames are offensive due to their no longer being acceptable, often through historic changes what is tolerated. An example of this would be the once common English street name Gropecunt Lane. During the Middle Ages the word cunt may often have been considered merely vulgar, having been in common use in its anatomical sense since at least the 13th century. Its steady disappearance from the English vernacular may have been the result of a gradual cleaning-up of the name; Gropecuntelane in 13th-century Wells became Grope Lane, and then in the 19th century, Grove Lane. A similar case was in the town of Sasmuan, Pampanga in the Philippines, where it was formerly known as “Sexmoan” based on attempts by Spanish friars to transcribe “Sasmuan”; it was unanimously changed into Sasmuan in 1991 due to negative sexual connotations associated with the place name.

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The frequently stolen traffic sign at the entrance to the village of Fucking, Austria.

Due to increased notoriety, road signs are commonly stolen in Fucking, Austria, as souvenirs — the only crime which has been reported in the village. It cost some 300 euros to replace each stolen sign, and the costs were reflected in the taxes that local residents pay. In 2004, owing mainly to the stolen signs, a vote was held on changing the village’s name, but the residents voted against doing so. Tarsdorf municipality’s mayor Siegfried Höppl stated that it was decided to keep the name as it had existed for 800 years, and further stated that “[e]veryone here knows what it means in English, but for us Fucking is Fucking—and it’s going to stay Fucking.” In 2010, the inhabitants of Shitterton, Dorset, purchased a 1.5-ton block of Purbeck Stone to place at the entrance to Shitterton, carved with the hamlet’s name to prevent theft. A truck and crane were hired by volunteers to put the stone in place, at a total cost of £680.

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Dildo, Newfoundland

The place name “Dildo” is attested in this area since at least 1711, though how this came to be is unknown. The origin of the word “dildo” itself is obscure. It was once used to reference a phallus-shaped pin stuck in the edging of a row boat to act as a pivot for the oar (also known as a “thole pin” or “dole pin”). It was used as early as the 16th century for a cylindrical object such as a dildo glass (test tube), for a phallus-shaped sex toy, as an insult for a “contemptuous or reviling” male, and as a refrain in ballads. The name, then written as “Dildoe”, was first applied to Dildo Island, located offshore from the present-day town of Dildo. This use was recorded in 1711 and 1775, and the name was thereafter applied to the Dildo Arm of Trinity Bay and other local physical features. Social scientist William Baillie Hamilton notes that Captain James Cook and his assistant Michael Lane, who mapped Newfoundland in the 1760s, often displayed a sense of humour in the place names they chose, and were not above selecting names that might offend over-sensitive readers. Regardless of the origin, the name has brought the town of Dildo a measure of notoriety. In the 20th century there were several campaigns to change the name, though all failed.

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Posted October 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Posted August 8, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Library Park Pond used to dump unwanted fish   Leave a comment


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Millennium Library Park in downtown Winnipeg is a great semi-natural oasis in the heart of the concrete jungle. The park has a zigzag shaped pond where water plants thrive during the summers. 

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Last year, people who for some reason, wanted to get rid of their aquarium fish started dumping them in the pond. The pond doesn’t appear to be a compatible environment for goldfish and other little fishbowl types.

This year signs appeared that try to deter the fish dumping.

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Posted July 22, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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