If you’ve ever seen that picture of director James Gunn with a raccoon on his shoulder from the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet, that was Oreo. The 10-year-old raccoon had been suffering from a short illness but apparently went peacefully. The news was revealed on Facebook by Quinta Layla, one of Oreo’s owners With the growing popularity of CGI characters it’s easy to forget the people behind them. In addition to the voice, and occasionally the person that stands in, there are numerous digital effects people creating the character. In the case of Rocket however, there was one more important player, as the FXRead More →

Canadians often take great pride in being “nice”, especially in contrast to our American neighbours (who presumably are “less nice”?). But is our self-perception true? Or is it just fake news? Bryor Snefjella, Daniel Schmidtke and Victor Kuperman decided to put that question to the test. They decided to compare the language Canadians and Americans use, to see what that tells about our collective character. The researchers took to Twitter and analyzed 40 million tweets to see how well stereotypes of Americans and Canadians stood up to reality. Before looking at what they found, let’s take a moment to consider what a stereotype is. TheRead More →

1. What do you call a broke Santa? Saint – NICKEL – LESS. 2. Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? Because he had low elf esteem. 3. What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic. 4. Where does Santa keep his money? A snow bank. 5. Why did Santa go to a psychiatrist? He no longer believed in himself. 6. What do you call Santa living at the South Pole? A lost clause. 7. What did Adam say to his wife on Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve! 8. What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus? Crisp Cringle. 9. WhatRead More →