Canada is colossal

I've heard stories from colleagues about visiting relatives who wanted to tour locations in Canada while not having a clue about geography. For example, someone's parents were interested in going to the local mall and then a drive over to see Niagara Falls later that day.

They were in Montreal! That's a fourteen-hour round trip. The parents were even more bummed to learn that driving to Vancouver was totally out of the question.


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Middle East in Canada?

Summer temperatures in the mid to late 40s is normal in the Middle East. I once experienced 52 degrees Celsius in one miserable Arabian summer. However, this is definitely not normal for Canada:

That's brutal. People here consider days with 30+ temperatures as a heat wave. They're not ready -- mentally and physically -- for such scorching, life-draining heat. Worse, the infrastructure isn't there -- many don't have air conditioners which become a necessity in such circumstances.

Between last Friday and Wednesday, the BC Coroners Service saw a 195 per cent increase in the number of unexpected and sudden deaths it typically sees in a five-day period. During that time, 486 deaths were reported. That number is usually closer to 165, officials say.


One hungry kitty

It can crush your skull and it's roaming about. Other than that, please stay calm:

A safari park in eastern China is facing criticism for concealing the escape of three of its leopards over a week ago.

Two of the animals from the Hangzhou Safari Park have been captured but the third is still missing, according to the Global Times newspaper.

Makes one wonder: this isn't the first time an animal has escaped their grasp.


Happy Haraam!

Incompetent wokeness:

A Swedish multicultural food store has landed itself in hot water. In an attempt to present itself as open to Muslims, they chose to wish believers "Happy Ramadan!" on a flyer. The only problem was that the advertisement was adorned with meat in the form of a Swedish pork chop. "We hope that those who have taken it badly can be generous and forgiving," the store repented.

Next year, it'll be delicious bacon with beer!


One is. The other has to become.

Very true. Women list high income as one of their requirements for a mate. Of course, logically, most men don't.


There are so many!

In other sports news:

Sachin Tendulkar, who was hospitalised as a precautionary measure after testing positive for COVID-19, was on Thursday discharged and is now recuperating at home in Mumbai, while staying in isolation.

Though, Sachin did go out for a few moments of cricket earlier today. Here's one photo:

No more lagaan

He looks the same as he did twenty years ago. Extraordinary!


So fragile

One more reason why 99% of the physically intensive jobs are done by men:

After a concussion, women may be at heightened risk of lasting physical and mental symptoms, a new study finds.

The study of 2,000 concussion sufferers found that women were more likely than men to still have some symptoms one year later. The problems included fuzzy memory and difficulty concentrating, as well as headaches, dizziness or fatigue.

Who knew that science could be so problematic.


The Fire Rises

The Supreme Dark Lord:

One step. One breath. One dive into the waters of conflict. That's all it takes to begin the transformation. That's all it takes to belatedly discover that you weren't created to be a penguin waddling about the sterile ice in squawking confusion, you were created to be a killer whale, roving the seas as part of a fearsome pack.

Yes!


Kill Them All

Here they come to ruin the day:

Southeast Australia has been overrun by an ongoing plague of mice, which have attacked livestock, invaded residential homes and depleted supplies of mouse-killing accessories. [,,,]

Skin-crawling footage — taken at night — exposes a biblical swarm of rodents scurrying across a road like a furry flash flood. Meanwhile, one family reported culling as many as 200 in less than two days.


No harpoon for you!

Fatty McFatty is not happy with the world:

Nina Navajas Pertegás, assistant professor and researcher at the UV Department of Social Work and Social Services, has carried out a study on the consequences of fatphobia and the cultural imposition of thinness through her own experience, with a body itinerary that ranges from her childhood to adulthood.

This part is gold:

Her intention with this work is clear: "to contribute to making other lives possible and to naturalize the idea that you can live being fat, because our lives are also interwoven with affection, enjoyment, beauty and happiness."

"You can live being fat." Sure. Just subtract a couple of decades from the average.


Just a little husky

A BMI of over 40 is classified as very severely obese. Liam Thorp holds the world record:

A man in his 30s with no underlying health conditions was offered a Covid vaccine after an NHS error mistakenly listed him as just 6.2cm in height.

Liam Thorp was told he qualified for the jab because his measurements gave him a body mass index of 28,000.

Their system accepts absurd data and spits out the results. Strange that there's no red flag when an extreme value shows up. Apparently, it's not just the NHS in England.

The BMI calculator at Diabetes Canada.
Weight: 500 lbs.
Height: 1 cm.
BMI: 2267737.4.
Their conclusion is quite apt: "This is considered obese."


How not to get vaccinated

If true, then Rodney Baker is officially the dumbest rich guy in Canada:

A Canadian casino mogul and his actress wife were accused of posing as motel workers in order to receive COVID-19 vaccines meant for Indigenous residents of a remote Yukon community.

Rodney Baker, 55, and his 32-year-old wife, Ekaterina Baker, allegedly chartered a private plane to Beaver Creek on Jan. 21 to get doses of the Moderna shot, the CBC reported.

There is unfortunately no cure for stupid:

The wealthy couple allegedly lied to workers at the clinic about where they lived and worked, according to the Yukon News.

But the pair raised suspicions when they asked for a ride to the airport after receiving their shots, Streicker said.

This multimillionaire didn't have the resources to simply buy a couple of vaccine shots in the area where he lives?


Control your mind

If your children are well-behaved, do they stand a greater chance of having healthy, happy lives as adults?

A new study says yes.

After tracking just over 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to the age of 45, investigators found that kids who were goal-oriented and better able to restrain their thoughts, behavior and emotions turned out to have healthier bodies and brains by the time they hit middle age.

Makes sense.

"So many behaviors that contribute to poor health are the result of a relative inability to delay gratification," said Maddux, meaning the inability to forgo smaller, short-term rewards in favor of more substantial long-term rewards.

Examples of short-term indulgences, he noted, could include smoking, binge drinking, overeating, unsafe sex and going to parties in the midst of a pandemic.

Lung cancer, drunk driving, diabetes, STDs, COVID-19 -- such calamities can be mostly avoided with a large dose of willpower.

Just look at the biggest issue: food. Almost 75% of Americans are overweight or obese. Instead of getting proper nutrition, these people are basically poisoning themselves with junk food. Unless they drastically change their habits, they won't even make it to old age.


Don't be a slave

It's so perplexing to see so many people volunteer to be not free by continuing in the absurd status rat race.


A future champion?

In a viral video of a 6U football team in Texas, an abnormally large 6-year-old absolutely dominated his opponents, running through anyone who got in his way and delivering mean stiff-arms until he crossed into the end zone at the other end of the field.

Incredible genetics was my first thought.

His name is Aiden Smith and, at the age of 6, he is already 5 feet 1 and 130 pounds. His father, Kirk Smith, played quarterback and has thoroughly enjoyed watching all the attention his son has received.

Yup. He has got the genetics and the training. Alloy that with health and ambition and he could be asking for millions from sports teams in a decade.


Sweet poison

Yeah, that insane level of sugar is normal in too many parts of the world. It's cheap and lazy; the sweet cereal, chips, and biscuits can sit on the counter for weeks and months without spoiling. The most essential component -- proteins -- is utterly absent. Eggs and milk is what those kids need.