Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Unboxing videos on the rise, freezing that big reveal of anything from new phone to Happy Meal

NEW YORK — Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget?
Not to unboxers and the millions of people who watch their videos on YouTube.

Canadians ‘relax and rest’ during their commute says survey

TORONTO — Canadians actually enjoy their commute and find it relaxing.
That’s the conclusion of a study released by Toronto ad agency Bensimon Byrne — a finding that runs contrary to the popular vision of commuters as harried and fed up, if not enraged.

NJ politicians told to polish up on one-liners, humour makes them appear more approachable

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It’s the kind of seminar that ambitious civil servant Leslie Knope of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” would have circled on her calendar months in advance.

Trick or Eat volunteers collect non-perishable items on Halloween for food banks

TORONTO — As trick-or-treaters in search of sweets fan out in neighbourhoods across the country on Friday, volunteers in many communities will be going door-to-door to collect non-perishable donations for food banks.

Early Apple computer sells for $905K at auction in NYC, far exceeding expectations

NEW YORK — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs’ garage in 1976 has sold for $905,000 at auction in New York City.
Bonhams auction house says the winning bid on Wednesday came from The Henry Ford museum. The final price of the Steve Wozniak-designed Apple 1 computer was far above the pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.

Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog best new restaurant; Ayden in Saskatoon people’s choice

TORONTO — A restaurant in tiny Tofino, B.C., on the edge of the Pacific Ocean has been named the best new restaurant in Canada in enRoute’s annual top 10 list.
Wolf in the Fog took top honours while Ayden in Saskatoon, opened by “Top Chef Canada” season 1 winner Dale MacKay, was the people’s choice winner in an online poll at

Canadians vote hands down for Jalapeno Mac ‘N Cheese potato chips

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese beat the competition to become Canadians’ preferred flavour in a potato chip contest.
Randall Litman of Calgary, who came up with the winning combination, takes home $50,000 plus one per cent of future sales of Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese on Lay’s Wavy, Lay’s Canada announced Tuesday.

America says no to cappuccino-flavoured potato chips, greenlights wasabi ginger

NEW YORK — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavoured Lay’s potato chips.

Instead of composting jack-o’-lanterns reuse in tasty pies or soup

VICTORIA — A different kind of pumpkin patch has grown along the streets and trails of Mount Doug Park in Saanich, B.C.
For the past five years residents have been dropping off their old jack-o’-lanterns after Halloween.

Saskatchewan card players surprised to learn their card game is trademarked

At the Caleb Village seniors home in North Battleford, Sask., a group gathers every week to play — sometimes as late as midnight — a card game called Kaiser that traces its roots to Saskatchewan and parts of Quebec.
There’s another group that plays it at the legion in Nipawin, Sask. One of those players says he’s played it for 60 years.

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