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Beyonce's mane battles one of her wind fans during Montreal concert

Last night, while singing “Halo” during the Montreal stop of her Mrs. Carter tour, Queen B found herself caught in one of her many stage wind fans. Stage hands tried to help, eventually getting her free. And Beyonce? She powered through the song like the Queen that she is, never missing a beat.

It was quite a hairy situation for Beyonce; it seems that no matter how hard she sang, her fans just wouldn’t let her go — it even became the mane attraction. It’s unbeweavable that she was able to sing such a hair-raising rendition of “Halo” (OK, I’m done.) Beyonce playfully instagrammed the event after her concert and if you want to check out the instantly-viral moment, just look below. READ FULL STORY

Avril Lavigne's ex dresses up as her for Halloween, proves he's really, really, really over her

Emma Roberts isn’t the only famous person who got meta this Halloween weekend. Apparently, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and his girlfriend Ari Cooper celebrated the holiday by dressing as Avril Lavigne — Whibley’s ex-wife — and her fiance, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. (That’s Whibley as Lavigne; Cooper as Kroeger.) Talk about storming through a party like your name was El Niño! READ FULL STORY

Blame Canada: The 5 greatest pop culture insults to America's hat


It takes a lot to anger agreeable Canadians — but when Ben Affleck’s Argo premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month, the movie managed to do just that.

Argo tells the true story of how six American citizens were successfully rescued from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Canucks were mildly upset to find that the film paints the CIA as heroes while downplaying the role of Canadians stationed at their Iranian embassy, which sheltered the Americans for months. Director Affleck took their criticism to heart, adding a new postscript to the film that specifies that the CIA’s involvement in the rescue was a “complement” to the Canadian efforts.

But even though they expressed outrage — affably, I’m sure — our neighbors to the north can’t have been surprised to see their homeland getting the short shrift from Hollywood. Any time the nation is mentioned in an American movie or TV show, stereotype-filled jokes about hockey, beavers, and, er, excessive politeness are sure to follow. So in honor of the Argo kerfuffle, let’s take a look back at some of American pop culture’s greatest insults to Canada. It’s a pretty good list, eh?


Oh, Canada! Justin Bieber is reportedly a cousin of Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion

Breaking news: All of our neighbors to the north are apparently related to each other. At least, the famous ones are. Ancestry.com’s genealogical genies have discovered that Justin Bieber shares blood with a cadre of Canadian stars including Belleville, Ontario native Avril Lavigne, Québécois Celine Dion, and Ryan Gosling — who, like Bieber, was born in London. No, not that London.

The links are distant, but they’re there. As the Associated Press summarizes, Bieber and the Crazy, Stupid, Love star are 11th cousins once removed. He and the sk8er grrrl are 12th cousins. All three share two common relatives — a pair of French-born Quebec settlers who were born in the early 1600s. The man, Mathurin Roy, was a twinkly-eyed heartthrob who found himself the subject of the first hand-drawn memes. (“Salut, mademoiselle.) The woman, Marguerite Bire, bought all her clothes at the 17th century version of Hot Topic and died when her proto-flatiron burst into flames.


Bullied bus monitor Karen Klein snags $700,000 in donations

Is there anything more heartwarming than seeing a gigantic novelty check get handed over to someone who deserves it? We think not — which is why this video of Karen Klein receiving over 700,000 Washingtons really hits home. Klein is the bus monitor from upstate New York who made headlines this summer when a video of her getting taunted by 12 and 13-year-olds went viral. After seeing the clip on YouTube, friendly Canadian Max Sidorov started a campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise enough money for Klein to take a vacation — and his project instantly took off, eventually raising over $700,000. (Sidorov’s original goal? $5,000.) The Good Samaritan presented Klein with the total on Tuesday.

“It’s hard to believe that people donated like that,” Klein tells Global TV Toronto in the clip below. “I paid my car, I paid my house off.” Having officially retired, she’ll also never have to endure snotty kids on a school bus again.


Baby Beluga is dead, and so is your childhood

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles say “booyakasha” instead of “cowabunga.” The producer of The Smurfs has set his sights on ALF. And, oh yeah, the adorable beluga whale who inspired Raffi’s immortal tune “Baby Beluga” is dead in the water. Is nothing sacred anymore?!

Raffi Cavoukian met Kavna the whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in 1979. He thought she was a “magnificent creature”: “The folks at the aquarium brought me to poolside and the trainer helped me to play with Kavna. Kavna even came out of the water and placed a gentle, graceful kiss on my cheek and I couldn’t stop talking about it for a couple of weeks,” he told Vancouver’s News 1130 earlier this week. READ FULL STORY

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