3 on 4

Robbing a jewelry store is generally a pretty dumb idea, for more reasons than I can list here. But if none of those have convinced you to leave these people alone, consider this: they have swords. Wednesday afternoon, 4 men attempted to rob Ashok Jewellers in Mississauga, breaking through the window and brandishing a gun. Little did they know that the store’s three employees would be ready for them, brandishing sabers, and driving off the attack. As if this wasn’t shocking enough, a similar incident occurred last month at a jeweler’s just 100m down the street, where the owner drove off robbers with a sword. Jewellers: surprisingly badass? [CBC]


Over 78 Million

Sad news for Toronto commuters this week. The TTC has announced that they are releasing their last batch of metropasses, with sales closing on December 5th. The TTC has sold over 78 million metropasses since they were introduced in 1980, smoothing the lives of hundreds of thousands of commuters. Rest in peace Metropass, you were serviceable, unlike the rest of our transit system. [CBC]


85000

A few weeks ago, I told you about the famine in Yemen, one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. The news has not gotten any better. According to a recent report, over 85,000 children have already died of malnutrition. That’s not counting the hundreds of thousands afflicted with cholera, or killed in the incessant bombing. Please find it in your heart to donate here. [BBC]


3 hospitalized

For anyone who’s been following rap over the last few months, it will come as no surprise that Drake and Pusha T have serious beef. However, things have heated up recently, with some Drake fans taking things a little too far at a Pusha T concert. Drake fans swarmed the stage, throwing beer, and leaving three hospitalized, one still in critical condition. I’m in shock. The nerve, the audacity.[CBC]


75% less

Are you a beetle sperm enthusiast? Well, then I have some bad news for you. According to a recent study from the University of East Anglia, going through a heat wave decreases beetle sperm counts by 75%, and going through two leaves them completely sterile. Why in heaven’s name would I tell you this? Well, as the climate warms, those heat waves are happening more and more often, meaning that beetle numbers are going to be significantly reduced. Beetles form the basis of dozens of food chains, and are major pollinators. Losing them would be devastating to ecosystems worldwide. [CBC]


Illustrations: Roger Li, Helen Sun