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Now Trending: How WestJet surprises travellers with 'Christmas Miracle,' and more hot topics

Ground crew wave at WestJet Encore’s first flight, this one going from Calgary to Nanaimo. Encore is flying new Bombardier Q400 regional airplanes to service smaller destinations.

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Welcome to Now Trending: Six must-read stories from the worlds of celebrity, oddities


Canadian airline WestJet has scored social media coverage with its "Christmas Miracle" stunt. The airline employed a virtual Santa to ask passengers what they wanted for Christmas as they scanned their boarding passes at airports in Toronto and Hamilton. While the flights were in the air, nearly 200 WestJet volunteers frantically scrambled to fulfill the wish list. And when the flights landed at Calgary International Airport, the requested items rolled out on the baggage carousel. Video of the stunt has earned more than a million YouTube views.

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Source: CBC


George Clooney has released a video to show his solidarity with anti-government protesters in the Ukraine. The Oscar-winning actor went on YouTube on Monday to voice his support for demonstrators opposing the current government's push toward Russia and away from the European union. "We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy," Clooney says in the video.

Source: Time


Never underestimate the cheekiness of word-puzzle creators. Last week's edition of the Australian newspaper The Sunday Telegraph included a comment that is sure to come to the attention of the paper's owner, media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In the weekly children's section puzzle Harry the Dog's Word Search was the phrase LIVESIHCODRUM. Spell it backward and it's MURDOCHISEVIL. So far Murdoch hasn't commented on the swipe, which has been retweeted countless times on Twitter.

Source: The Guardian

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Imagine that schoolyard bullying existed in your workplace. Therein lies the premise of a powerful new anti-bullying video created for French television. Written and directed by Vincent Lobelle, the 90-second video is taken from a documentary about school harassment that recently ran on the broadcaster France 5. The video shows a businessman being taunted and physically abused by his co-workers and ends with the comment: "A day at work does not look like this. And a day at school?"



Britney Spears has granted the website Gawker a rare interview, sort of. In consort with the pop diva's eighth studio album Britney Jean, the website has conducted an "exclusive Q&A" with Spears, except all the answers to their questions are really lyrics from the new album. Highlights include Britney's response to being asked about her new boyfriend: "Watch your mouth. Lock it up" and revealing her favourite sound: "Tik tik tik tik tik tik boom."

Source: Gawker

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'Tis the season for present-shopping, which involves more work for women than men. A recent survey shows that married women spend 13 hours on average searching for the perfect gift for their husbands, while their alleged better half only spends four hours at the store in return. The same survey revealed that half of women are disappointed with the presents they receive from their partners and one in 10 men simply make their wives buy their own gifts. On the plus side, adult children spend more on gifts for their mothers than their fathers.

Source: The Daily Mail

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