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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.

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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.

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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 :)".

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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".

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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...

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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.

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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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Mark McAllister's Minor Medical Issue

tvGlobal News Toronto reporter Mark McAllister suffered what's being described as a "minor medical issue" while live on the air Monday night.

Here he is, struggling to speak about defence minister Peter MacKay.

He's been back on the air since and claims to be feeling fine. Here's hoping that moment of disorientation wasn't caused by anything serious.

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Charlie Sheen a Fascinating Quotation Machine

quotesThis public unveiling of Charlie Sheen's insanity is fascinating. Now don't get me wrong, mental illness is not funny and if Sheen is manic, and I'm sure he is, I hope he gets proper treatment, but...

The Charlie Sheen quotes from his recent gush of interviews are spectacular. Here are a couple of my favourites.

I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.

I'm tired of pretending I'm not special. I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars.

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