Syrian Father's Moving Reunion With Child

Grab Your Kleenex

Syrian Father's Moving Reunion With Child

reunited with son

Hope you've got your tissue at the ready. Footage emerging from truly harrowing circumstance in Syria shows a tot being reunited with his dad, who had assumed his son had been killed in the recent chemical attack. 

According to an article in the Daily Mail, the seven-minute clip was apparently filmed in the southwestern town of Zamalka. The father is so bewildered and faint that several men attempt to hold him back as he moves to greet his toddler. 

The reunion is so fraught with emotion that the boy is briefly removed until the father can collect himself to embrace his boy. 

I don't speak Arabic, but I understand the language of this video: a parent's love for their child transcends all barriers. 

Since it was posted, the footage, discovered by The Washington Post's Max Fisher, has been viewed more than 430,000 times.

As the Mail points out, this reunion is a "bright spot in an otherwise bleak situation." 

Our hearts go out to all the residents affected by the chemical attack, whose casualties (said to be around 1,700) included many children who died while they slept.

Here's hoping peace finds its way to this area...


Owner Of Stolen Bike Steals It Back

Justice, Cyclist-Style

Owner Of Stolen Bike Steals It Back

woman on bicycle

What do you do when faced with injustice? If you're Kayla Smith, you take the law into your own hands, that's what. Imagine the 33-year-old Vancouverite's surprise when the bicycle that was stolen from her four and a half months earlier winds up for sale on Craigslist. 

According to an article in the Globe and Mail, Smith not only replied to the ad, she met up with the seller in a McDonald's parking lot. Intent on making sure the bike was hers, she checked for its distinguishable features (stickers), then took it for a test ride—all the way home. 

“I can’t believe I just stole my bike back,” thought Smith, who left her seller dumbstruck in the parking lot. 

Police, though, weren't quick to praise her vigilante approach, reminding citizens that taking the law into your own hands can easily go awry. For many cyclists, however, Smith's story—posted by a friend on Reddit, to the tune of 2,000 comments—was nothing short of glorious.

And for Smith, the bike was a prized mode of transport, valued at more than $1,000. Despite the heavy-duty lock, her bike disappeared, prompting her to file a police report. But since bike thefts are low on the priority list for police, she held little hope of ever seeing her wheels again.

Then a friend notified her of a listing on Craigslist for a bike whose description matched that of hers. It was listed at $300, so she wasted no time, knowing she would have to act fast at that price. 

“I called the guy up, totally played super sweet, was like, ‘Hi, how are you? You know, I have the day off today, why don’t I come meet you?’” recalled Smith.

She has since passed on the seller's details to authorities, to no avail. In other stranger-than-fiction bicycle news, being hit by a car while riding his bike was the luckiest thing to happen to this boy...

Would you have done the same in her shoes?

RECALL: NeoCube Magnet Sets

Choking Hazard

RECALL: NeoCube Magnet Sets

recall of neocubes

Strong Force Inc. has voluntarily recalled small magnetic balls and cubes used to build, with the following model numbers:

  • NeoCube Alpha, Model NCB01
  • CubeTastic Value Pack, Model NCB02
  • NeoCube - G, Model NCBG
  • NeoCube Omega, Model NCBOX
  • NeoCube Mini, Model NCBM

A risk assessment from Health Canada found that these magnet sets can pose a choking hazard if ingested by children. Since the magnets can attract one another while travelling through the digestive system, they may create a blockage or perforation in the intestinal walls.

Such incidents can be severe, even life-threatening. (See this recall on a similar product.)

Customers are advised to stop using the recalled magnets immediately and contact their municipality for advice on how to safely dispose of the sets.

Since December 1st, 2009, more than 10,000 units were sold in Canada.