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ODDS AND ENDS: Quebec’s Ministry of Health tweets porn link and other offbeat offerings

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Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services made an epic mistake this week when a link intended to point to the latest COVID-19 figures in La Belle Province instead took confused clickers to a popular porn site.

The link directed people to a Pornhub foot-fetish video, entitled, “Femdom foot worship.”

The faux-pas wasn’t recognized for 30 minutes last Thursday. The department, which is also known as Santé Quebec, deleted the tweet and apologized to its more than 100,000 followers for the mistake.

“Due to a situation beyond our control, a link with inappropriate content was posted on our Twitter account. We are looking for the causes. We are sorry for the inconvenience,” read the apology.

Republican state senator Frank Niceley bizarrely brought up Hitler in a speech. CBS Tennessee.
Republican state senator Frank Niceley bizarrely brought up Hitler in a speech. CBS Tennessee.

SENATOR TRIES TO INSPIRE HOMELESS BY INVOKING HITLER

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Plenty of historical figures can be used to inspire people. One thing you never want to do is cite Hitler when you’re trying to provide a positive example.

Yet, a Republican state senator from Tennessee thought doing so would inspire the homeless to find permanent shelter. Frank Niceley was arguing in favour of a bill that would threaten felony penalties against those who camp on public property.

Nicely said he was going to provide a “history lesson” before mentioning how Hitler was once homeless.

“In 1910, Hitler decided to live on the streets for a while,” he said. “So for two years, Hitler lived on the streets and practised his oratory and his body language and how to connect with the masses, and then went on to lead a life that got him into history books.”

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Yikes.

At least he clarified a bit.

“They can come out of this, these homeless camps and have a productive life, or in Hitler’s case, a very unproductive life,” Nicely said.

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State representative Gloria Johnson, a Democrat, tweeted a video of his comments, adding she would “have to apologize to the universe for this guy.”

The legislation is threatening felony penalties against homeless people who camp on local public property and misdemeanors for camping around highways. The felony is punishable by up to six years in prison.

A Wisconsin gas station got sued for pricing its fuel lower than competitors. Files.
A Wisconsin gas station got sued for pricing its fuel lower than competitors. Files. Photo by LARRY WONG /POSTMEDIA NETWORK

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

While fuel prices have skyrocketed, a gas station in Wisconsin lowered prices so much that competitors sued.

In Waukesha, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee, fuel prices were lower than competitors at Woodman’s Food Market. While Woodman’s is a chain, it’s unclear if only this location had the discount gas.

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Nearby BP and Shell stations sued the gas station for (US)$80,000 apiece, citing a state law that says companies cannot sell goods below cost, reported WISN 12.

Woodman’s was selling gas for $1.19 a litre on March 21, while competitors nearby were offering gas for between $1.25 and $1.33 a litre. That doesn’t seem like a difference worth litigating in court, but the report said Newsweek found that at issue was consistently lower prices at Woodman’s over a 40-day period.

Newsweek also reported that Woodman’s has filed against the suit, seeking a dismissal.
The Trapp family has an average height of 6-foot-8. YouTube/Guinness World Records
The Trapp family has an average height of 6-foot-8. YouTube/Guinness World Records

GIANTS OF THE NORTH

A Minnesota family has been named the world’s tallest by Guinness World Records.

Not sure how close the vote was, but hard to believe any other family was close.

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The five members of the Trapp family, of Esko, have an average height of 6-foot-8, according to UPI.

The shortest member of the fivesome is mother Krissy, who stands just 6-foot-3. Father Scott and eldest daughter Savanna Trapp-Blanchfield are both 6-foot-8, Molly Steede is 6-foot-6, while son Adam Trapp is 7-foot-3.

Not surprisingly, all of the Trapp children were recruited by colleges to play basketball and volleyball.

“Coaches always said to us ‘You can’t teach height. You’re either tall or you’re not,’” Molly Steede told GWR.

They love being tall, too.

“There is joy and freedom in embracing who you are,” Savanna Trapp-Blanchfield said. “Rock what you got. There is nobody else like you, and that is fantastic.”

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