For 10-year-old Hamilton, Ont, resident, Madison Lord, summer took a bittersweet twist when opportunists ran off with her cooler, according to the Star.
Like many budding 'kidpreneurs', Madison's lemonade stand had been doing well, raising about $50 a day. But all that changed when she returned from summer camp recently.
Having dashed into her home for some soap, scavengers in a flatbed truck filled with scrap metal, nabbed her stainless steel cooler.
Said to retail at around $200, the cooler was obviously a hot item to scavengers patrolling neighbourhoods for 'valuable garbage'.
While Madison no doubt learned a hard and disgusting lesson about human nature, let's hope she wasn't left with a bitter taste in her mouth, after local residents and businesses offered to chip into buy her a replacement cooler.
Described as the Moses of Canadian politics, NDP leader Jack Layton "led his people out of the wilderness, only to die within sight of his own Promised Land".
After eight years in power, Layton's battle with cancer ultimately forced him step down from power. He passed away yesterday at age 61, prompting his family to release an open letter to Canadians. In it, he expressed a great deal of hope in the nation's young people, who, he claimed, have been a great source of inspiration to him:
"I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party" he wrote.
"There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future."
Jack Layton, you have been an inspiration to so many. That young people in this country are becoming more involved in its politics is surely a testament to your influence and legacy. May you rest in peace.
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While most of us do our utmost to keep our post-baby waistlines in check, one woman is consuming as many calories as humanly possible.
Meet Susanne Eman whose improbable goal is to become the world's largest woman.
According to the UK Sun, the 32-year-old Arizona mom of two hopes to reach her ultimate weight -- over 1,600 lbs -- by her 41st or 42nd birthday. She has her work cut out for her. At 728 pounds, she's got a long way to go before reaching her goal. But she's on the right track, if her diet is anything to go by.
If you're sitting comfortably, have a read of her daily food log, which boasts a total 21,962 calories consumed:
6 Scrambled Eggs Cooked In Butter=468 cal. Half Pound Of Bacon=1,168 cal. 4 Hash Browned Potatoes=672 cals. 6 Pieces Of Buttered Toast=600 cals. Ice Cream Shake=1,160 cals. Bag Of Animal Crackers=1,950 cals. 2-Litres Of Soda=800 cals. Bag Of Barbeque Chips=1,650 cals. 3 Ham And Cheese Sandwiches=1,576 cals.
3 Beef, Bean And Green Chili Burritos With Sour Cream=1,453 cals. Salad With Bacon, Cheese And Chicken=1,479 cals.
12 Tacos=4,906 cals. 2-Litres Of Soda=800 cals. 8 Scoops Of Ice Cream=2,080 cals. Pan Of Brownies=1,200 cals.
When it comes to sex, you may be inclined to think, let's not even go there. But Eman insists that men find her excess flesh a real turn-on. She's even done some plus-size modelling.
"The bigger I get, the better I feel," she told the Sun. "I feel confident and sexy." She also claims to be healthy, monitoring her blood-sugar levels and exercising regularly.
"I go for a waddle and do stretches and exercises every day. My muscles need to hold my weight, so I have to stay strong," Eman said.
Her doctor, Patrick Flyte, begs to differ. "She's playing Russian roulette with her life."
Her kids would likely agree. It's a long shot, but I'm guessing they would probably rather have a mom who loved herself (and them) enough to stick around, instead of seeking fame through half-baked infamy.
Guinness Book, here she comes.