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The most-visited cemetery in the world

Cemetery tourism is becoming a fast-growing segment of the tourist industry. People plan their travel and vacations around the location of certain cemeteries. But one in particular draws the most visitors each year.

The percentage of Broadway shows that break even may surprise you

Every Broadway show is mounted with incredible risk and a staggering number of productions never earn back their initial investments.

This rookie card recently sold for $3.25 million

Baseball is a sport with legendary players and die-hard fans. It’s also a very collectible sport. Baseball trading cards are some of the most valuable in the world, and some cards sell for millions.

The unexpected reason Ringo Starr sang one song on each Beatles album

It wasn't because of Ringo's unique voice. It wasn't just to be fair. It was actually a marketing decision.

Before Queen, this was Freddie Mercury's day job

To pay tribute to the late, great Freddie Mercury on his birthday, British Airways staged a full-fledged airport performance to surprise travellers.

A hot air balloon towing a car went missing over Uxbridge

A 1980's shoot for a Chevrolet Cavalier TV ad involving a brand new car and a hot air balloon went terribly awry.

These celebrities make their phone numbers public

Meet the app that allows fans to text their favourite celebrities directly.

How failing at fractions saved the Quarter Pounder

A&W tried to give McDonald's famous Quarter Pounder hamburger a run for its money. What happened next may surprise you.

These actors have won awards for worst performance

The Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as the Razzies, celebrates the year's cinematic under-achievements. And many famous names are proud - or not so proud - recipients.

How a Toronto music school attracted Taylor Swift

When the government cut grants to school music programs, the Regent Park School of Music swiftly took matters into their own hands.

Three products you didn't know were named after their inventors

Did you know there was a man named Nacho? What about a Mrs. Granny Smith? Or how about a Mr. Leotard? Some products are so cemented in our minds we forget their names once belonged to real people.

The inventor of the Rubik's Cube took this long to first solve it

The current world record is 3.47 seconds. But back in 1974 when inventor Erno Rubik first came up with the best-selling game, it took him a wee bit longer.

This famous spokes-animal had its own secretary

When a celebrity reaches a certain level of fame, they require a personal assistant to handle fan mail.

The day John Lennon made history in the sky over Toronto

Why John Lennon and Yoko Ono hired a famous skywriter to send a some celestial messages.

Why plastic surgery is booming during Covid

Lipstick and deodorant sales may be down, but Botox and fillers are up 90 per cent.

The super valuable treasure one man found in the walls of his home

Back in the 1930s, it was common to insulate homes using newspaper. But when one man renovated his house, he came across something completely unexpected.

How J. Edgar Hoover accidentally invented the Ten Most Wanted poster

Over 490 Most Wanted fugitives have been apprehended by the FBI, one-third of which were captured thanks to tips from the public.

How a detective used a disguise to save the life of a president

A fateful train ride and a floppy hat changed the course of history in more ways than one.

Why the "Can you hear me now?" guy sprinted to another brand

When a spokesperson switches companies, it can attract a lot of attention.

Why an episode of The Golden Girls was removed in 2020

The final episode aired almost 30 years ago when Bea Arthur’s character marries and moves away, breaking up the gang. So it may surprise you to learn The Golden Girls got into a little bit of trouble this past year.
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Under the Influence is back!

Under the Influence is back for its 10th season (and Terry's 16th year on CBC Radio). And we've got a fun season planned for you.

Quarantine 4-Pack: Movies

A two hour podcast playlist for our cinephile listeners.

He's been putting out fires for 75 years — but do you know his name?

"The Mandela Effect" is a term for collective false memory — when a group of people misremembers a fact the same way. A phenomenon this famous bear knows all too well.

How the Spanish Flu wasn't Spanish at all

Over 100 years later, it's still remembered as the Spanish Flu. But the pandemic didn't originate in Spain.

Why sometimes the best way to sell a product is to increase its price

An interesting lesson in marketing from one Bruce Lee.

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