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12-year-old grade-five student Ji-Yoon Moon says the food culture in California is very different than in Korea.

Big Differences Between Korean and American Food Culture: Student

A student from South Korea says she was “shocked” at how differently food is treated in the United States compared with her homeland.

by · March 25, 2014 · Lighter, News
Saddle Ridge Hoard coins and dirt. Image: Wikipedia

Couple Finds Buried Treasure–In Their Backyard

A husband and wife struck gold last month… in their backyard.

The man and woman were walking their dog on their property in California when the woman noticed a strange looking, rusty can in the ground.

They started digging, and eventually uncovered eight metal cans. The cans were full of gold coins–1,427 of them.

It turns out that the coins are very valuable. In fact, they’re worth more than $10-million.

by · March 23, 2014 · Lighter, News
Portrait of Kate Middleton and her new baby.

Fun Quiz: 2013 In Review (Part II)

How much do you remember about the news that happened in 2013? Our fun 2013 quiz continues.

The answers to the quiz can be found by clicking on the TKN article beside each question.

16) What is a Bitcoin?

17) In April 2014, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health was worried about the large number of overweight people in the city so he put out a news release saying he wants restaurants to add something to their menus. What does he want added?

18) In May 2013, Chris Hadfield went home. Where was he coming from?

by · January 6, 2014 · Lighter, News
Thousands Dress Up As Santa, Elves For Fun Run In Spain

Thousands Dress Up As Santa, Elves For Fun Run In Spain

More than 6,000 adults dressed up as Santa Claus ran through the streets of Madrid, in Spain, just before Christmas.

Children dressed up as elves and ran the mini-marathon through the streets of Spain’s capital city–about 5.5 kilometres.

The run was organized by one of Europe’s biggest department store chains, El Corte Inglés.

The store’s managers felt that the colourful run would bring people together in a positive way.

by · January 2, 2014 · Lighter, News
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Bad Manners Will Cost You Extra In This French Café

A café in France has found a way to encourage politeness.

The more polite you are, the less you have to pay for your coffee.

A cup of coffee at La Petite Syrah cafe costs a whopping €7 (seven Euros, or more than $10).

However, you can bring the price down if you’re nice to the server.

If you say please when you order (or s’il vous plait in French) the price comes down to €4,25 (about $6.18).

And if you say hello as well (“bonjour, un café, s’il vous plait”) the price comes down to a much more reasonable €1,40 (just over $2).

by · December 17, 2013 · Lighter
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$50-Million Lottery Winner Loses Ticket, May Still Get The Money

Imagine winning $50-million in a lottery.

Now… imagine losing your ticket.

That’s what happened to Kathryn Jones, from Hamilton, Ont.

In Nov. 2012, Jones bought a Lotto Max lottery ticket from a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Cambridge, near her work.

She didn’t think much about it at the time. In fact, she even misplaced the ticket–she hasn’t seen it since.

That should be the end of the story.

by · December 5, 2013 · Lighter, News
The Amazon Prime Air Drone. Image: Chris Demorro

Amazon Testing “Octocopters” For Half-Hour Delivery Times (But Not Anytime Soon)

Lots of people buy books and products from Amazon, an online seller.

They order and pay over the Internet and the books are shipped through the mail or a delivery service like FedEx.

One day, people could get their Amazon deliveries from an “unmanned aerial vehicle” — a tiny flying vehicle that looks like a toy helicopter.

And instead of waiting days to get the parcel, it could be at the buyer’s home in half an hour or less.

The company is working on a fleet of tiny vehicles they call “Prime Air.”

The vehicles are also known as “octocopters.”

by · December 3, 2013 · Lighter, News
Image: Richard Mather, John Elliot

Rare Book Sells For $14.2-Million

How much would you pay for a book? $15? $20?

How about more than $14-million?

That’s what businessman David Rubenstein paid for one on Tuesday.

It’s the most expensive book ever purchased in an auction.

It is believed to be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States of America.

It’s called the Whole Book of Psalmes, or the Bay Psalm Book for short.

by · November 27, 2013 · Lighter, News
Image: Michele Ahin

Door Knobs A Thing Of The Past?

Think of some of the things that used to be very popular, but which practically don’t exist anymore. Like vinyl records. Or fax machines. Or… door knobs?

Door knobs may become a thing of the past, with door levers taking their place.

That’s because Vancouver, a large city in British Columbia, recently changed its building code to say that new buildings will be built with levers instead of knobs.

The city’s building code is changing to levers because they are easier to open. People with arthritis, for instance, often find door knobs difficult.

Using levers will make doors as accessible to as many people as possible.

by · November 24, 2013 · Lighter
Image: Walton LaVonda, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Regular Exercise Can Help Prevent Depression: U Of T Study

Just 20 minutes of walking a day can help people improve their mental health.

That’s according to researcher George Mammen, at the University of Toronto (U of T).

He recently co-authored a study of more than 26 years’ worth of research reports.

He says the reports show that someone who is physically active is less likely to become depressed later in their life.

Most scientists agree that regular exercise is important for people’s physical health. It can help prevent diseases like stroke, heart disease and cancer.

And previous studies have shown that exercise can help to treat depression.

by · November 4, 2013 · Lighter