Not News of the Week

It’s time for all the news that’s not fit for print. It’s time for the Not News of the Week.

By now, you’ve probably heard about the monkey who made an appearance at a north Toronto IKEA store. However, you may not know the whole story. The seven-month-old monkey escaped from its crate in a car in the IKEA parking lot before wandering into the store. Like a scene out of a Curious George book, the monkey was wearing a fur coat. Okay, George wore a big yellow hat but you get what I’m talking about.  The monkey’s owner has been charged with possessing a prohibited animal. You know, I wonder if that monkey would have an easier time putting together IKEA’s furniture than I do. Continue reading

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Not News of the Week

It’s time for another edition of the weirdest and wackiest stories from around the world. It’s time for the not news of the week.

If you thought Snakes on a Plane was a fictional movie, you’d be wrong. A Jordanian pet shop owner inadvertently recreated the movie on a flight from Cairo to Kuwait. The man snuck an Egyptian cobra (also called an Asp) on the plane in his carry-on bag. The problem was that he couldn’t control the snake. It bit him and slithered away through the plane under the seats. The plane had to make an emergency landing to get rid of the snake. It was a bit safer than Samuel L. Jackson’s preferred snake extraction method of opening some fucking windows.

Since I’m obligated to say it: Enough is enough! I have had it with these monkey fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane! What? Were you expecting something else? Continue reading

Not News of the Week

If it’s not worth talking about, then it must be the Not News of the Week.

I didn’t realize it but the Canadian government’s economic stimulus program, the Economic Action Plan, still exists. It turns out that they’re advertising it in unusual spaces. Someone found an ad for the EAP on infamous torrent sharing The Pirate bay alongside ads for gambling and dating websites. The government says they didn’t ask for an ad on The Pirate Bay but one of their online ad networks bought one there on their behalf. I actually think advertising on TPB is a good idea. After all, if you’re pirating stuff online, you could use a couple extra bucks. Continue reading

Not News of the Week

It’s time for all the news that’s not fit for print. It’s time for the Not News of the Week.

Sometimes, it’s best to leave well enough alone. That’s not the case if you’re the owner of an Ottawa restaurant. The owner of Mambo Nuevo Latino was none too pleased that a customer gave her restaurant a negative review so she sent emails to the reviewer’s bosses and created an online dating profile. Both the emails and profile mentioned that the reviewer was into anything, including couples, threesomes and group sex. The email included the line: “Am especially into transsexuals and transgenders (being one myself ).” That’s one way to get back at online reviews. If it wasn’t libel, I’d suggest bloggers should try this with moronic commenters. Continue reading

Not News of the Week

It’s time for another edition of the weirdest and wackiest stories from around the world. It’s time for the not news of the week.

The most heinous of crimes was recently uncovered in Quebec. Thieves robbed a warehouse belonging to the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, making off with an estimated $30 million worth of maple syrup. The volume of maple syrup stolen hasn’t been released but the warehouse held 3.4 million litres of syrup which accounts for 10% of Quebec’s annual production volume and a quarter of the province’s maple syrup inventory. The province of Quebec is responsible for producing 75% of the world’s maple syrup meaning that 7.5% of this year’s total world production of maple syrup has gone missing. Time to start hoarding. Continue reading

Not News of the Week

If it’s not worth talking about, then it must be the Not News of the Week.

Mountain Dew recently launched a poll to name a new apple-flavoured Mountain Dew. What could possibly go wrong? Enter 4chan. They caught wind of the contest and had their trademark fun. They spammed the poll to get such unusable names as Fapple,” “Gushing Granny,” “Diabeetus” and “Hitler did nothing wrong” to the top of the charts. They also hacked the site to display a banner reading “Mtn Dew salutes the Israeli Mossad for demolishing 3 towers on 9/11!” and added a pop-up which Rickrolled people. This is what happens when the marketing department is too lazy to name a new drink and leaves it to the internet. After all, we did rig a contest to send Pitbull to Alaska. Continue reading

The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor (Infographic)

While we seldom use this blog as a political pulpit, we feel as though we have an obligation to ensure that you are exposed to the facts. So much of politics is the spin. Facts, comparatively, are hard to come by. While the Republicans would have you belive that lowering taxes for the rich would benefit everyone, it would really only benefit the rich.

I say that because the wealth gap between the rich and poor has grown massively over the last 90 years. In terms of real dollars, the gap between the average one-percenter and the 99% was never bigger than at the peak of the housing bubble. In 2008 (the last year with complete data), the average pre-tax income of the top 1% was almost $1.1M greater than the bottom 99-percent’s. For these and more facts about the disparity between America’s rich and poor, we have a handy infographic for your perusal. Continue reading