My old winter coat was a joke. I bought it on sale at a discount department store five years ago for around $70, and it has never really done what a winter coat is supposed to do. The wind whipped through it. The thin feather insulation constantly poked out. Up until a few months ago, I'd never had the extra padding in my writer's budget to dream of extra padding in my coat, let alone to purchase a new one.
Super-not-quite-hero Deadpool weighed in quite unexpectedly on the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday. Evidently the Merc with a Mouth is angry that Canada has been snubbed from the competition. You've awakened a sleeping moose, Europe. To be fair, he makes a good point. Plus, Deadpool competing in Eurovision would essentially end all forms of media, ever.
Canadian officials who got their first glimpse of Fort McMurray since a wildfire erupted there said they were encouraged by how much of it escaped destruction, estimating almost 90 percent of its buildings were saved. But a tour of the fire-ravaged town on Monday also revealed scenes of utter devastation, with blocks of homes reduced to blackened foundations, front steps and metal barbecues. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said 2,400 structures had burnt within the city while almost 25,000 were saved.
On a chilly morning in Denver's City Park, some 600 Canada geese floated like a drab armada atop an icy pond. A truck pulled up, and a collective murmur rose from the gaggle, suspicious but not alarmed. Scott Bartell, a technician with the parks department, hoisted out a 3-foot-long, orange contraption festooned with wild eyes and a snarling face. He plunked it into the pond and switched on the remote control. A shrill whine went up as he slowly steered the gadget toward the geese.