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Oh deer

'It isn't always a Disney-type outcome. The officers could see from the photos that the deer was being petted and they were feeding the deer. That was a concern'

-- Jack Harrigan, Manitoba's director of conservation compliance, after conservation officers shot and killed a deer in full view of several Hutterite colony members who had adopted the animal.

The smoking MacNeils

'Mabou is best known for the nicotine-addicted MacNeil family that caused a flight destined to the Dominican Republic to make an emergency overweight landing in Bermuda...'

-- Wikipedia entry earlier this week on the Cape Breton town. It has since been toned down on the site. Mabou used to be best known for being the home of the musical Rankin Family.

Monkey business

'What?? Really? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha'

-- Bill Maher tweet after learning Donald Trump was suing him after the HBO host likened Trump to an Orangutan.

$2 million? Rats!

'U just got to hope they never find out u said a word. Seriously bro. I know he has like 2 mil away just to pay guys to handle that once he [is] sentenced'

-- John Venizelos, in a text message to a man suspected of informing police on Quebec drug kingpin Jimmy Cournoyer. Prosecutors say the message implies Cournoyer had set aside $2-million to finance the murder of anyone who rats on him.

How about gun-toting Democrats?

'Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles'

-- From the website of The Citadel, a proposed fortress community in Idaho that would require each of its citizens to own an AR-15 and 1,000 rounds of ammo to defend the compound if society collapses.

Stop butting in

'You get 600-calorie lunches -- you know who's behind that? Fat-butt Michelle Obama'

-- Alabama high school teacher Bob Grisham, who was suspended for 10 days after a tape emerged of a rant he made to students against the First Lady.

Cat fight not fair

'The cat won, but cats always win on the Internet. It was never going to be a fair fight for the helicopter, the guitar and the other also-rans, none which have their own Internet language or general memeness. Or their own Internet film festival'

-- The Globe and Mail's Peter Scowen on the new Monopoly token that is replacing the iron.

...there's the rub

"Thigh gap scrutiny has become such a thing that when Beyoncé performed in a lace-and-leather bodysuit during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, a surge of comments on Twitter noted that the superstar's thighs actually touch'

Globe and Mail fashion blogger Amy Verner, who goes on to suggest that the rising number of people obsessed with thigh gap suggests "A gap in reason."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2013 J12

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