Daily digest: Shark hoax, aliens and a generous stranger

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Here’s a roundup of news and other tidbits to get you started today.


1. Shark vid was a hoax

This video of a "shark" seen in Lake Ontario turned out to be part of a marketing stunt for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

"Discovery wants to quell the concerns of Canadians everywhere and reveal that the widely-circulated video of a shark swimming in Lake Ontario is, in fact, not a real shark," a news release said.

We wonder if the video would have been treated with more skepticism if there hadn’t been a caiman captured in a Toronto pond last week.


2. NASA believes in aliens

The truth is out there!

NASA scientists say we could be just decades away from discovering an Earth-like planet and alien life thanks to upcoming technology.

"I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe," astronomer Kevin Hand said.

The comments were made as part of a recent NASA panel discussion, which you can watch right here:


3. Stranger pays for woman’s treatment

A mysterious stranger gave a Kanata, Ont., woman suffering from a lung disease $128,000 so she can get a stem cell transplant in Chicago.

After hearing about her fundraising campaign, a tall, slender man wearing big sunglasses stopped by Stephanie Headley's house armed with a bank draft on July 3.

"I literally fell on the floor, collapsed," she said. "I started crying.... Of course, by the time we opened the door and looked, he was long gone."

Systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease Headley was diagnosed with in 2002, hardens the skin and organs.


4. Throwback Thursday: The Rock as SUNshine Boy

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has had a lot of gigs – actor, wrestler, football player – but you may not know he was also a SUNshine Boy.

The Sun newspaper chain, which is owned by the same parent company as Canoe.ca, published a hunk of the day feature in the ‘90s (the SUNshine Girl, of course, lives on).

Our Jim Slotek interviewed Johnson earlier this week while he was in Toronto promoting Hercules, and showed him the 1997 picture found in the Sun archives.

It’s always nice when huge stars don’t take themselves too seriously.


5. Montreal Olympics anniversary

On July 17, 1976 – 38 years ago today – the opening ceremonies for the Montreal Olympics were held.

If you thought Sochi was a gong show, remember that the Montreal Tower was only finished after the Olympics, and China and most of Africa boycotted the games.

Canada won no gold medals (a first for a host country) and Montreal was paying down the debt it incurred until 2006.

Here are some highlights from the ceremonies:

- With Files from Reuters and QMI Agency


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