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The actual cost of courtship and other things you may have missed this week

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For many of us, Monday to Friday races by in a blur. We know it can be a struggle to delve beyond the big headlines and keep on top of all the interesting stories out there. We're here to lend a hand: In case you didn't see them the first time, a collection of stories you may have missed this week on

Love? It'll cost you

Turns out love does cost a thing – $43,842.08, to be exact . According to, that's the cost of a typical one-year courtship followed by a one-year engagement and then a wedding. The figure includes costs such as restaurant meals, movie rentals and even factors in the price of "apology flowers" for those inevitable lover's quarrels.

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When 'the dog ate my homework' won't cut it

"I can't come in to work today. I had to deliver a stranger's baby on the side of the road." It sounds like a joke, but it's just one of the many outrageous excuses that employers have heard from workers for being late/absent, and compiled in this survey. Check out some of the other excuses here.

All charged up

A war of words has erupted between Tesla Motors and The New York Times, after the latter published a report claiming that the car company's Model S electric car runs out of charge sooner than promised. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to defend the company, calling the Times report a "fake," and claiming the reporter "took a long detour" during his test drive. So who's telling the truth?

Mountain mounties

You've probably seen bike cops out on the street before, but what about ski police? RCMP Corporal Jeff Campbell is the lucky officer in Lake Louise, Alta., who gets to spend his days out on the slopes, patrolling the mountain on skis and snowboards. So how did he land the plum gig?

From handcuffs to health care

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Toronto's Don Jail, which was used to house provincial offenders from 1858 until 1977, is undergoing extensive renovations to become a part of the Bridgepoint Hospital complex. The hospital's CEO Marian Walsh gave The Globe a tour of the building, as the historic structure is taken "from a place of incarceration to innovation."

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Ann Hui is the national food reporter at The Globe and Mail. Previously, she worked as a national reporter and homepage editor for and an online editor in News. More


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