This week two teenagers from Toronto sent a Lego man up to the far end of Earth's atmosphere, which is exactly the type of Canadian space travel we can get behind. Let's one-up America's silly moon colony with a whole society made of red and white Lego blocks on Mars.
Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad used a weather balloon to send the wee figure into the far reaches of the atmosphere, along with several video and still cameras to document the journey.
They made sure a video camera was pointed at the small Lego figure as it made its ascent high above the Earth's surface. The figure, positioned on a plank holding a Maple Leaf, can be seen where it begins its journey in a wintry Toronto-area park.
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A solar storm hit Earth this week, creating a swirl of super pretty Northern Lights. Loads of videos were uploaded to Youtube, showcasing extra bright colours dancing in the sky.
Some scientist Reuters talked to, though, didn't sound very impressed. "This isn't a very remarkable event. There are some features that are remarkable, but in terms of size and scale and impact, it's a moderate storm," said Rodney Viereck, space weather scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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We say: whatever Rodney, we're pretty sure it was remarkable enough.
We first discovered the hilarities of spelling bees back when Spellbound exposed the extremes students go to to prove that they can spell. This week we stumbled across this video of a boy trying to spell "heron" over the course of his two minute turn.
Watch as he asks the host to repeat the word over and over, offering her a barrage of mispronunciations in return. Our favourite comes at 2:11 when he asks her "Heroin?"
Her eyes shoot back daggers that say, "No, Courtney Love, that is most certainly not the word."
The clip features Matthew Broderick in what appears to be a reprisal of his role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's only ten seconds long but it has already collected over a million views.
We're still confused as to why companies are releasing trailers for ads. We have as big of a crush on Sloan as the next movie fan, but we won't be holding our breath between now and the eve of the Advertising Bowl.
If you have any doubts that your microwave is leisurely poisoning you to death, you should probably watch this video. It's a slow motion clip of everything you wanted to microwave as a kid but didn't for fear of mom.
Oh, and if anyone asks about that bar of soap that exploded all over the office kitchen: that totally wasn't us.