Friday, Dec. 06, 2013 5:28PM EST
From unsolicited stares and blaring headphones to ripe body odour, the Parisian public transit authority has it covered in a new etiquette handbook for the Metro released online this week. The “politeness manual for the modern traveller” features 12 commandments complete with jaunty illustrations.
RATP, Paris’s transit system operator, compiled the handbook using about 2,000 submissions from the public. Etiquette rules include assisting elderly passengers with their bags and helping tourists in Bermuda shorts with a metro map in one hand and their hair in the other, if only to privately relish their bad French.More »
Friday, Dec. 06, 2013 1:37PM EST
What’s the story, Noel Gallagher? And why don’t you tell us what you really think?
As reported by Gawker, the famously obstreperous British rocker is making waves with his recent Rolling Stone interview in which he unloads on everything and everyone from Kanye West to Canadian indie group Arcade Fire.More »
Friday, Dec. 06, 2013 12:26PM EST
Take note: A quote wrongly attributed to former African leader Nelson Mandela is already making the rounds. The quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure,” is being attached to countless Twitter tributes to the African leader, who passed away yesterday at 95. In truth the quote was from American self-help author Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles.More »
Friday, Dec. 06, 2013 9:49AM EST
If all else has failed – willpower, smaller serving sizes, hiding the half-eaten bag of cookies – women might soon be able to wear a bra that spares them from emotional bouts of overeating.
Gizmodo reports that The University of Rochester has collaborated with a team from Microsoft’s visualization and interaction research group to consider the most effective way to intervene when overeating is most likely to occur.More »
Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013 6:46PM EST
There’s no delicate way to put this: If you smoke pot and you’re a man, the habit may be giving you man boobs.
A Detroit plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, is highlighting the uncomfortable idea in a column written for CNN, saying he has seen (and smelled) the phenomenon in his office.
The medical term for men developing breasts is gynecomastia. Youn writes that it’s a condition that affects 33 to 41 per cent of men between the ages of 25 and 45. He says it’s even more common during puberty, affecting about 60 per cent of 14-year-old boys. It also shows up in older men - about 55 to 60 per cent of men aged 50 and older, he writes.More »
Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013 1:35PM EST
When photos of Kate Middleton from last month revealed a small crown of grey hairs sprouting from her head, people were quick to voice their shock and schadenfreude.
“But she’s only 31!” was a common refrain.
“The Duchess gets grey hairs just like us!” went another.
Well, just as quick as they appeared, they have now vanished – for a princely sum. According to the Daily Mail, Middleton paid a visit to one of London’s most expensive salons where she spent half the day in the third floor “VIP club suite.”More »
Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013 8:36AM EST
While Hollywood and the world reels over the shocking death of Paul Walker, the truth about the Fast and Furious star is now coming out: Behind those blue eyes and handsome face was a genuinely kind and generous person.
Gawker reports on a previously unknown incident that appears to be typical of Walker’s magnanimous nature.More »
Wednesday, Dec. 04, 2013 6:30PM EST
Anyone who has watched a lonely friend shack up with a useless buffoon can relate to this new finding: People really do settle for less in a relationship when they fear being single.
“Well, duh!” you say?
Just wait. For the first time, the dating phenomenon has been proven, thanks to research conducted at the University of Toronto.More »
Wednesday, Dec. 04, 2013 11:16AM EST
Valentine’s Day 2014 will be a special day for television junkies – that’s when Netflix will release the second season of House of Cards, the streaming service’s political drama starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara.
The accompanying trailer is plot-free – a long, beautiful shot of Wright’s Claire Underwood taking an extended drag of a cigarette – but will certainly leave fans counting the days until they can spend a romantic night in binge-watching the entire season. As Netflix has always done with its original content, all 13 episodes will be available at once on Feb. 14.More »
Wednesday, Dec. 04, 2013 10:43AM EST
If a story about American Apparel makes you want to chuck tomatoes at your computer screen, at least take a few seconds to read how the clothing company is supporting a new and important initiative.
On Monday, Stuart Elliott of The New York Times reported about the launch of Principle 6, a line of “protest merchandise” that will be promoted by athletes leading up to the Olympics.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2013 5:58PM EST
There are bad ideas – and then there are truly baffling, holy-mother-of-common-sense what-were-you-thinking bad ideas.
Which category does a mock school massacre – complete with theatre students pretending to be victims, covered in fake blood from the special effects department – fall under?
Just look at this photo – with dozens of smiling, bloodied students showing off their fake bullet wounds – and then cast your vote.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2013 1:56PM EST
Looks like all those old sexist stereotypes and corny jokes were true: Men and women really are wired differently.
The Guardian reports on a new study confirming that there are indeed major differences in the “wiring” of male and female brains.
The female brain appears to be highly connected across the left and right hemispheres. In the male brain, the connections seem typically stronger between the front and back regions.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2013 8:45AM EST
Nobody can say Christopher Walken isn’t a man of the people.
Gawker reports that the quirky actor was trying to hail a cab on New York’s Upper West Side a few weeks ago, but having no success. Walken clearly had places to go, but no way to get there.
Fortuitously, Walken was spotted by two men, named Sergio and Ash, who were driving down Columbus Avenue and immediately recognized the Oscar-winning actor. So they pulled over to the curb to investigate.More »
Monday, Dec. 02, 2013 5:00PM EST
The celebrity world has taken to social media to register their shock, grief and disbelief at the tragic weekend death of Fast and Furious fixture Paul Walker.
Entertainment Weekly reports the celebrity response began shortly after Walker died in a car accident in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday afternoon. Walker was 40 years old.More »
Monday, Dec. 02, 2013 1:30PM EST
Update: It was revealed on Dec. 3 that the entire Twitter episode between Gale and "Diane" was a hoax. As ABC News reported, Gale tweeted a picture purporting to reveal Diane's identity; the picture was of an empty chair. He signed off with: "I conclude by saying hopefully a few people got a few laughs over a slow Thanksgiving weekend."More »
Monday, Dec. 02, 2013 8:44AM EST
All spoiler alerts in effect: There is no joy for fans of The Walking Dead this Monday morning. Hershel Greene has left the building.
As recounted by The Hollywood Reporter AMC’s apocalyptic zombie drama closed its season-four midseason finale last night with the death of a beloved character and an ominous reset that has set the survivors off into an entirely new direction.More »
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 6:10PM EST
What did your gut tell you about your future hubby, and did you listen?
New American research suggests “gut feelings” foretell the quality of a marriage far more accurately than the pleasant thoughts couples articulate out loud.
In a study titled “Though They May Be Unaware, Newlyweds Implicitly Know Whether Their Marriage Will Be Satisfying,” published online Thursday in the journal Science, researchers tracked 135 heterosexual couples who had wed six months earlier. They followed them for four years, following up every six months.More »
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 12:59PM EST
Now it can be told: Michael J. Fox almost gave up acting and was planning on coming back home to Canada back in the early eighties – and it was mostly Matthew Broderick’s fault.
As reported by The New York Post’s Page Six, the Edmonton-born Fox admitted this week that his career was in dire straits shortly after he relocated to Los Angeles in the early eighties.More »
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 10:08AM EST
This is not your typical science experiment.
An unnamed teacher at an unnamed school wanted her fifth-grade students to understand the meaning of a viral message. So she posted a photograph to a teacher’s resource Facebook page that showed her holding a handwritten sign.
The message: “I’m talking to my 5th grade students about Internet safety and how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people. If you are reading this, please click “like.” Thanks!”More »
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 6:05PM EST
Oh, the good old days when having a baby meant flipping through a name book and setting up a nursery. Now, according to Facebook sibling Randi Zuckerberg, there’s also the business of pondering your baby-to-be’s digital footprint.
Mark Zuckerberg’s older sis, author of the new book Dot Complicated, told Canadian Press writer Michael Oliveira that savvy parents are Googling baby names for any potentially embarrassing hits, snagging URLs, and planning social media accounts.More »
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 12:31PM EST
Remember Dayna Morales? She’s the New Jersey waitress whose story of receiving an anti-gay message on a receipt from a couple she had served went viral this month. As it turns out, Morales might not have been telling the whole truth. In fact, she may just be a serial liar.
Morales had posted the receipt on Facebook about two weeks ago. There was no tip, and this message written on the receipt: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I don’t agree with your lifestyle & how you live your life.”More »
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 12:07PM EST
Rob Ford on late night: Watch David Letterman (and some famous friends) parody his crack-cocaine admission
Rob Ford is keeping a low profile these days, but jokes about the Toronto mayor are still coming on U.S. late-night television.
Last night’s Late Show with David Letterman delivered a clever parody of Ford’s now-infamous “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine” statement that stunned the media on Nov. 5.
Letterman introduced the pretaped parody segment, which was presented in the format of a PBS documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.More »
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 10:02AM EST
Barenaked Ladies have bowed out of a concert at SeaWorld in Orlando following outcry that the band was putting profit motives ahead of animal rights.
It all began on Monday when a fan site not associated with the band tweeted the news of an upcoming performance, originally scheduled for Feb. 15.
Another fan, who tweets under the name Ian Padley (@paddersmoose) expressed his disapproval and brought drummer Tyler Stewart (@baldy67) into the conversation: “Poor decision. Motivated by money. @Baldy67 Watch @blackfishmovie. Then cancel the show. Please.”More »
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:31PM EST
Your cat has no trouble recognizing your voice – but Morris or Fifi still chooses to ignore it, according to a new study from the University of Japan.
The reason is that cats never evolved to follow orders, although they are more than capable of hearing them, the Independent reports.
In the study of 20 house cats, the researchers monitored their ear, tail and head movements, vocalization, eye dilation and shifting of paws in response to recorded voices of strangers or owners calling the animals by name.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:58PM EST
If you were sitting on the bus this morning, wondering if your neighbours are coming down with something – well, now there’s an app for that.
The Sickweather Map is now available on your smartphone and alerts you to the illness in your midst. The app works, according to its creators, by plotting on a map reports of flu and colds on Twitter and Facebook. It then warns users that they are approaching “sick zones” as they travel through their day.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 8:54AM EST
How soon is too soon for festive TV specials? Your opinion hardly matters because the deluge of holiday programming has already begun.
The Oregonian reports on the seasonal tradition of Christmas-related specials that unofficially commenced with CBS’s airing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Tuesday night.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 5:23PM EST
You’ve heard of blaming the victim, but does the concept apply when the victim has been the target of bullying and is only 12 years old?
Gawker reports that a Florida school has threatened to expel a African-American student who claims she’s being bullied because of her natural hair.
Vanessa VanDyke says administrators at Orlando’s Faith Christian Academy told her that her hair was a “distraction” after she complained about being teased by her fellow students.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 2:18PM EST
Is Brian the Family Guy dog dead, alive or soon to be resurrected? The animated canine character’s status seems to be changing hourly.
On Tuesday morning, Gawker reported that Brian Griffin’s unexpected demise on last weekend’s episode of Family Guy may have been a ruse and suggested the resurrection of the talking pooch could happen as early as next week.More »
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 4:54PM EST
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s a safe bet Kanye West and Kim Kardashian aren’t overly thrilled about two comic actors making fun of their romance in a new music-video parody.
Us magazine reports that James Franco and Canada’s own Seth Rogen have created their own parody version of West’s racy Bound 2 music video, in which the controversial rapper professes his love for his reality-TV baby mama and shows it by riding through the desert on a motorcycle with a seemingly naked Kardashian.More »
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 12:48PM EST
As if Toronto wasn’t, um, trendy enough these days, now Canada’s largest urban centre has beat 25 other cities to win the “most youthful” title.
In a new international ranking – which uses census data, municipal statistics, crime rates, and a fledgling youth survey – Toronto narrowly defeated Berlin and New York for the top honours.More »
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 8:27AM EST
Oh, Brian. We miss you already.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the popular Fox sitcom Family Guy has rattled fans by killing off Brian, the animated Griffin clan’s droll but lovable dog.
But was the show’s immediate replacement of Brian with a tough new pooch named Vinnie – voiced by The Sopranos fixture Tony Sirico – disrespectful or a smart move?More »
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 5:33PM EST
Call it the “Guygle” of search engines.
The New York Times profiles a free new website that allows women to anonymously “pan men, in a sisterly spirit.”
“Lulu” lets women rate their ex-boyfriends, hookups, crushes, friends and relatives who are also their friends on Facebook, explains the Times’ Deborah Schoeneman.More »
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 12:10PM EST
Alas, the lowly doorknob will soon be a thing of the past, at least in the city of Vancouver.
CTV News reports that doorknobs are now officially passé in Vancouver following city council’s recent decision to usher in Canada’s first adaptable housing bylaw.
Starting in early 2014, all new housing units constructed in Vancouver will be forced to include several new accessibility features, including wider stairways, higher electrical outlets and a bathroom located on the main floor.More »
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 10:06AM EST
On the plus side, they’re not as far-out as Britney Spears’ shaved head.
But in the annals of “What were they thinking?’ beauty moves, Miley Cyrus’ newly-bleached brows rank high on the list.
It almost makes us nostalgic for her pliant, ever-present tongue.
On Thursday, the performer posted a photo to her Instagram account revealing that she had rendered her brows all but invisible. So far, the picture has been “liked” more than 365,400 times.More »
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 6:22PM EST
When we think of infertility, the focus tends to be on the female side of the equation. She can’t have kids. She’s undergone three rounds of IVF. Poor her.
But as many heterosexual couples spending time in fertility clinics come to know, wannabe fathers can also be the source of infertility – and they can psychologically suffer just as much as their female partners.More »
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 1:32PM EST
Think first, and think carefully may sound like good advice to dieters. In fact, with the holidays approaching and the massive amounts of food and snacks that will soon be tempting us, it sounds like good advice for everyone.
But a new study suggests that thinking too much about food choices may make people act contrary to their dieting goals.More »
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 9:00AM EST
Although the real news media hasn’t always been kind to Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor apparently has fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy in his corner.
Comic actor Will Ferrell showed up in character as Burgundy on last night’s edition of Conan. While Ferrell/Burgundy was there to promote the Dec. 20 release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, he found time to belt out a song in support of the embattled mayor.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 5:56PM EST
Instead of loitering in the streets, Dutch alcoholics clean them up – and get paid in beer.
Only in Amsterdam, you might say.
As part of a government-funded scheme, about 20 chronic alcoholics receive five cans of beer, half a pouch of rolling tobacco and the equivalent of $13 each for six hours of work – plus a hot lunch, the Independent reports.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 1:23PM EST
Compared to the boring ham-sandwich standard in my house, the lunch that Winnipeg mom Kristen Bartkiw made for her two kids sounds fantastic: roast beef, potatoes, carrots, with an orange for dessert.
Not good enough for the licensed daycare they attend, which fined Bartkiw $10 for not including … Ritz Crackers, apparently.More »
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 10:19AM EST
In a perfect world, we would be ignoring Kendall Jenner’s harmless nudity. And yet this is the type of story that quickly escalates into a trending topic.
Yesterday, the model and half-sister of the Kardashian clan posted an image on her Instagram feed from a fashion shoot with Australian photographer Russell James.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 4:25PM EST
The controversy surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford isn’t only supplying comedy material for Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel and prime-time newscasts. Now he’s showing up on American morning television programs.
On Tuesday morning, it was Matt Lauer’s turn to grill Ford on the NBC show Today, and he hit the ground running. “You have disgraced this office and you know that’s true,” he said to Ford.More »
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 12:47PM EST
It’s official: The “selfie” is now part of modern culture and the global lexicon.
Oxford Dictionaries has tapped selfie as the international word of the year.
Also in contention for the lofty honour were “twerking” (the butt-shaking dance move popularized by Miley Cyrus) and “Bitcoin” (a virtual Internet-based currency), along with the lesser-used words “schmeat” (lab-created meat) and “showrooming” (shopping for something at a store, then buying it cheaper online).More »
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 8:22AM EST
For American late-night talk show hosts, Rob Ford remains the comedy gift that just keeps giving.
Following yet another extraordinary performance at Toronto city council yesterday – in which the Toronto mayor described his colleagues’ attempts to remove him from office as a “coup d’etat” and likened his embattled situation to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait – Ford continues to be a source of inspiration for comedy writers.More »
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 4:43PM EST
A TV personality who went on Facebook and Twitter to boast of killing a lion has become an overnight pariah in social media circles.
CTV News reports that Melissa Bachman, a hunter who hosts the U.S. cable series Winchester Deadly Passion, is drawing widespread criticism after she posted a photograph of her posing beside the corpse of an adult male lion late last week.More »
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:03PM EST
The Mayor of London would like you to be kind (and give thanks) to the next super-rich person you meet.
You will know them because, by Boris Johnson’s own description in a recent column in the Daily Telegraph, they never wear the same shirt twice, have servants to rub their temples with eau de cologne, and have the hard task of picking out the just-right McLaren supercar for their kids’ 18th birthday present.More »
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 9:12AM EST
Netflix says it is reviving “The Killing” after its cancellation by AMC.
A fourth and final season will be available to Netflix subscribers, the streaming service said Friday. Six episodes are planned to give the crime drama a “proper send-off,” Netflix executive Cindy Holland said in a statement.
Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return to the crime drama for its conclusion, producer Fox Television Studios said.More »
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 9:00AM EST
Did last month’s denouement to Breaking Bad leave you cold and unsatisfied? You may be more taken with the newly released “alternate ending.”
If you recall, in the original Breaking Bad finale, the central character of schoolteacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White, played by Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston, makes peace with his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), exacts revenge upon his enemies and then dies from a gunshot wound.More »
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 5:51PM EST
Renata Ford: How the public sees the latest political wife caught up in her husband Rob Ford’s crisis
Most political wives who “stand by their man” do so as their husbands publicly apologize for their infidelities, sometimes ahead of an election. Instead, Renata Ford stood by listening to her husband’s latest denials, this shortly after he made graphic comments about their marital sex life during a scrum aired on live television Thursday.More »
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 8:39AM EST
Being gay remains an uphill battle in the United States. For all the advances made by the LGBT community in recent years, the general public still seems slow to accept anyone in this community – and maybe even a bit slower in New Jersey.
Gawker recounts an incident at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., last week that has people talking.More »
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 5:54PM EST
As the world rushes to donate money and supplies to the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Haiyan, a debate is emerging over whether baby formula should be a part of that aid.
In an intense twist on the familiar breastfeeding-versus-formula debate, the government, which has been trying to promote breastfeeding, reportedly “has a policy to prohibit the donation of formula milk for babies in temporary shelters, during a calamity,” according to Gulf News.More »