How would you choose to get around rural China? One elderly pig farmer in Chongqing has become something of a local celebrity for his unconventional method of transport: a hog. No, not a Harley. A real, live hog. Following a bout with bronchitis that left him too weak for long walks, 68-year-old Jiang Chengyou has been riding his three-year-old hog around Huilong village in Dianjiang county. The giant hog weighs over 250 kilograms… Read More

This week, the perennial Barbie debate resurfaced when artist Nikolay Lamm‘s Kickstarter campaign to raise $95,000 to create a realistic doll overshot its target in just one day. Lamm’s doll, Lammily, is based on the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s measurements for an average 19-year-old girl, and carries the tagline “average is beautiful.” The doll boasts articulated joints that allow her to wear flats and running shoes, as well as… Read More

In the age of social connectivity and over-sharing, many of us post our travel plans and inspirations on social media. But there’s something to be said for the old school “stick a pin in it” approach. It’s visual and tactile. Now, with the Cork Globe from SUCK UK, it can be a stylish conversation piece for your home or office. Map your journeys as you go or pinpoint where you’ll travel to… Read More

Growing up, I suffered from a crippling mix of shyness and introversion. I enjoyed solitary and one-on-one play, but in groups, active play gave way to quiet observation. Even in my early teens, engaging in conversation with a stranger was anathema to me. I avoided it at all costs – no small feat considering that this was the era before digital communication. A boon to modern-day introverts, there was no email, texting,… Read More

In the wide world of flavours, the smokiness of whiskey and the hot tang of sriracha are two of my favourites. So when I stumbled upon San Franciso-based sauce maker Sosu Sauces‘ page on crowd-sourced funding site Kickstarter — and its Barrel-Aged Sriracha — I was intrigued. The company got its start when Chief Sauce Maker Lisa Murphy was challenged by a friend to make a better ketchup. Murphy discovered that ketchup had its origins in a… Read More

Innovation has become a groan-worthy word in modern society. That’s because many people still affix an upper case I to the word. Upper case Innovation is the realm of scientific and technological breakthroughs. It’s where the Apples and Googles of the world live. But there’s something to be said for lower case innovation as well. It’s not about breakthroughs, but pushing boundaries. It’s not about being first to do something, but doing… Read More

When I made it a 2014 goal of mine to pack healthy lunches and avoid the siren call of downtown Toronto eateries, I was reminded that bringing your lunch to work as an adult can be an exercise in frustration. Let’s face it: Most lunch bags and lunch kits are targeted to the middle school crowd. Brown bags? Not as environmentally friendly as their reusable counterparts. But there’s a better, and more… Read More

“She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.” ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth  Would you rather be surrounded by beauty in all of its natural forms  — or be considered conventionally beautiful? Whether they are willing to admit it openly or even to themselves, countless women the world over would choose the latter. The beauty myth is well-documented in the Western world, where conventions… Read More

How many calories are in toothpaste? I still don’t know the answer to that question, but asking it is what made me realize that I had a problem. As I brushed my teeth that afternoon, what seems like a lifetime ago, I wondered how long I would have to work out to burn off that toothpaste. Fifteen minutes? Half an hour? You’ve already done two hours of cardio today, warned a voice… Read More

Cities around the world are haunted by the ghosts of abandoned subway stations. Toronto has Lower Queen, Lower Osgoode and Lower Bay stations, the latter of which has been used for film shoots and glitzy underground-style events. New York has its legends of the Mole People. But if Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet and architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné have their way following March elections, the ghost stations of Paris — including… Read More