Sad Bizarre Twist of Fate for Jessica Redfield

Jessica RedfieldJessica Redfield was an aspiring sportscaster who tweeted as @JessicaRedfield and wrote for BustedCoverage. Sadly, she was one of the 12 people shot dead at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises last night in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

In a tragically bizarre twist, Jessica Redfield's last blog entry was about how she narrowly escaped being shot at our very own Eaton Centre shooting in June.

I can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

What started off as a trip to the mall to get sushi and shop, ended up as a day that has forever changed my life. I was on a mission to eat sushi that day, and when I'm on a mission, nothing will deter me. When I arrived at the Eaton Center mall, I walked down to the food court and spotted a sushi restaurant. Instead of walking in, sitting down and enjoying sushi, I changed my mind, which is very unlike me, and decided that a greasy burger and poutine would do the trick. I rushed through my dinner. I found out after seeing a map of the scene, that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot I just ate at and opened fire in the food court full of people. Had I had sushi, I would've been in the same place where one of the victims was found.

My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm. After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn't the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn't have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at SportChek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire.

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Luka Rocco Magnotta's Digital Trail

Luka MagnottaAt this hour, police are hunting for Rocco Magnotta, also known as Luka Magnotta, in connection with the torso found in Montreal yesterday and the body parts mailed to political parties. Luka Magnotta is a male model and porn star, originally from Toronto but now living in Montreal.

This story is just developing, but Luka Magnotta has left quite the digital trail. His site is currently offline (it's back), likely crushed by the traffic this type of sensational story generates, but his YouTube channel is up, containing tame videos like this one.

What's far less tame are the videos he allegedly made of him killing, mutilating, dismembering and having sex with the dead bodies of cats and kittens. One such video is titled "1 Boy 2 Kittens Video" and other is "Vacuum Kitten Killer Hunted Edition". There's no way I'm linking to either of these, but I will embed a video about the search for Luka Magnotta, the serial kitten killer.

More recently, it seems Luka Magnotta has progressed from kitten killing to murdering people. In a video titled "1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick Video", a young man in a purple hoodie literally kills a man with an ice pick, before committing acts of necrophillia and cannibalisim. A Facebook group ForGreatJustice believes this snuff film to be from Luka Magnotta.

And that leads us to today and one of the more bizarre news stories to come out of this country. Magnotta, who hasn't been seen for several days, is the prime suspect in this investigation, and he may be tough to track down. He once wrote this article on "How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found". He failed to follow his own advice, however, giving himself a week instead of the self-recommended four months.

When making the decision to disappear, it is very important to understand that this is not a process that can be successfully accomplished overnight. For best results under normal circumstances, a minimum of four months is really necessary to successfully carry out the heroic actions necessary to leave your old life behind. This is certainly not an undertaking to be entered into lightly - be completely sure of yourself before you commit to this.

That's quite the digital trail... Here's a SUN TV interview with him from five years ago when there were rumours of him dating Karla Homolka. It goes without saying, if you see Luka Magnotta, call 911.

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High Park Castle Playground Burns in Fire

fireIn the wee hours of this St. Patrick's Day morning, the High Park wooden playground burned. The fire was set on purpose. That's right, arson burned this castle to the ground.

When my kids were younger, they loved that playground. Here's a photo I took during the summer of 2007.

High Park Playground

I just have one question: who would purposely burn down a wooden castle in a popular park that brings joy to thousands of kids each summer?

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The Last WWI Vet Has Passed Away

wwI vet diesFlorence Green has died. She was the world's last surviving First World War veteran. Florence would have turned 111 in a couple of weeks.

She signed up to the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) 93 years ago in September 1918, when she was aged just 17. She was the last surviving person to have served in WWI following the death of British-born sailor Claude Choules in Australia last year.


Canada's last WWI veteran, John Babcock, passed away last year at the age of 110.

With Florence Green's passing, they're all gone. Still, we will never forget.

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Mountain Dew vs. the Mouse

justiceIt's tough to skip over a headline that references Pepsi and mouse carcasses. Pepsi has an interesting defense in a case from a guy who claims he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew.

Pepsi Co., facing a lawsuit from a man who claims to have found a mouse in his Mountain Dew can, has an especially creative, if disgusting, defense: their soda would have dissolved a dead mouse before the man could have found it. An Illinois man sued Pepsi in 2009 after he claims he "spat out  the soda to reveal a dead mouse," the Madison County Record reports. He claims he sent the mouse to Pepsi, which then "destroyed" the remains after he allowed them to test it, according to his complaint. Most shudder-worthy, however, is that Pepsi's lawyers also found experts to testify, based on the state of the remains sent to them that, "the mouse would have dissolved in the soda had it been in the can from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff drank it," according to the Record. (It would have become a "jelly-like substance," according to Pepsi, adds LegalNewsline.)

On a related note, I no longer drink any pop or pop-like beverage in the house. I used to swill a lot of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, but no more. I won't buy it. I quit.

Jelly-like substance be damned!

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Larry Predicted It :)

newspaperHere's a scene from this past season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. As you'll see, Larry and Jeff discuss the use of smiley faces in texts and Larry predicts the New York Times will eventually use it in a headline.

Yesterday, the New York Times published this article with the headline "Twitter Study Tracks When We Are :)".


Bonus Larry David Prediction: The Red Sox went 6-17 down the stretch after Bill Buckner's appearance. Larry David just happens to be a big Yankees fan.

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The United States Debt Crisis Explained

United States Debt CrisisAmerica’s dismal debt crisis is awfully confusing. At least I find it confusing. Maybe you've got it all figured out.

This video simplifies things nicely.

Is there anything else I need to know?

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It's Not The Heat, It's The Stupidity

sunAn Associated Press article got my attention with the headline "Northeast braces for temps near boiling point".


That's pretty scary stuff. The boiling point, of course, would be 100°C or 212°F. What exactly are these temps near 100°C or 212°F?

Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia's 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.'s 103 degrees may seem the same as a melting 116 degrees.

Really, Associated Press? Aren't you still trying to pass as a legitimate news service? Has it come to this?

It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.

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The Royal Wedding

weddingHave you heard Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton are getting hitched? Friday at Westminster Abbey, I hear. I honestly could not care less.

Judging from the television coverage, I'm the exception. When I catch a news item on the royal wedding, I can't click away fast enough. I simply don't care at all... not even a little bit.

I care more about the ISAF Nations Cup Asian Regional Sailing Final from this May at the Doha Sailing Club in Qatar. I hear good things about Shaikh Ayaz...


If you're into the royal wedding this Friday, please tell me why and help me understand the allure.

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Campbell's "25% Less Sodium" Tomato Soup Controversy

foodI enjoy the TIL entries on Reddit. TIL stands for "today I learned" and that's where I found out Campbell's "Regular" And "25% Less Sodium" tomato soup both contain 480mg of sodium.



Campbell's reply is that the "25% less sodium" claim is as compared to the average of "all varieties" of condensed soup, not tomato. "Campbell has complete confidence in the accuracy of our labels and our marketing communications and that they meet regulatory and other legal requirements," the company told Reuters.

I'm calling bullshit on Cambell's reply. They knew exactly what they were doing, and who amongst us wouldn't assume their "25% less sodium" tomato soup contains less salt than their regular Campbell's tomato soup?

And the kicker? Campbell's "25% less sodium" tomato soup costs more.

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