Jon Stewart Is Leaving The Daily Show
Unusual Stuff

Beavers Take Over Canadian Ski Resort

Posted 1/17/2011 11:30 am by

The Poley Mountain ski hill outside of Sussex, New Brunswick, in Canada is having a little problem.  Specifically, there’s a problem with beavers at the ski resort.  Ski resorts don’t seem like a place for beavers to hang out, but at Poley Mountain, the water used to power the snow machines is stored in a retention pond.  That’s where the beavers come into play.  Beavers have taken over Poley Mountain ski hill’s water retention pond, and are using their dams to block off the water siphoning pipes!

“You can have it fine 1 minute, and an hour later it would be plugged up again solid,” said Poley Mountain manager Jamie Hare.  “And the problem is, now we’re getting a coat of ice over our pond so it’s hard for us to work … and they can work underneath the ice.  We had it all cleaned out once, but they moved back in.  So we knew it was kind of useless for us to do it again.  The Canadian beaver — not lazy.  That’s my perception of beavers.”

The beaver problem is so widespread that Poley Mountain cannot get water from their own retention pond.  Poley Mountain is actually bringing in water at a higher cost from another site because they can’t beat the beavers.  While there’s plenty of natural snow for skiing with flare, the beavers keep clogging up the water pipes and may cause difficulties when it’s time to extend the snow season into spring.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Share this post, or Subscribe:

More Stuff Worth Checking Out »

Unusual Stuff

Garlic, Bile, And A Cure For MRSA

Posted 3/31/2015 7:59 pm by

Garlic is good for you.  There’s lots of proof for that, and as such, garlic is the go-to ingredient in folk medicine throughout Europe.  However, as it turns out, garlic might be potent enough to kill one of the most dangerous infections in the world.  If you get MRSA, also known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Little-Known Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart

Posted 3/30/2015 8:40 pm by

At age 36, Jon Stewart went from a modest stand-up comedian to the seat that would make him a household name.  Now he’s a little long-in-the-tooth for the daily grind of creating television news satire that’s more informative than your average news broadcast and is looking to do other things.  That leaves Comedy Central in […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Heinz To Buy Kraft, Make Tomato Mac And Cheese

Posted 3/26/2015 5:26 pm by

Take your Kraft Dinner and slap some ketchup on it.  Add some cheese-type food to your tin of baked beans.  The home eater has long had free reign to do whatever they want with their food, and now it looks like companies are following suit.  Heinz is buying up Kraft, merging two food giants into […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Angelina Jolie Removes Her Ovaries After Cancer Scare

Posted 3/24/2015 5:35 pm by

Two years ago, Angelina Jolie made waves when she made a decision to save her own life.  Cancer is common in her family, and Jolie has the BRCA1 gene mutation that significantly increases cancer risk for both breast and ovarian cancer.  Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer, and having seen that struggle, Angelina Jolie decided […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Toddler Revived After Being Dead For 101 Minutes

Posted 3/20/2015 8:13 pm by

The fact that we can take people who are dead and bring them back to life is mind-boggling.  CPR is an incredible feat of human ingenuity and body engineering, isn’t it?  Sure, it doesn’t always work, but when it does work, that’s a small miracle.  Gardell Martin, a 22-month-old boy from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, is another […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Austin Businesses “Exclusively For White People”

Posted 3/19/2015 6:27 pm by

When it comes to racist business signs, there are the sort that are deliberate and the sort that are accidental.  It’s not hard to accidentally change Rich Whitney to Rich Whitey, and freshly ground black people is a typo, not a real ingredient in a meal.  Still, some Austin, Texas businesses opened for business with […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Kraft Recalls 242K Cases of Mac And Cheese Over Steel Shards

Posted 3/18/2015 5:52 pm by

When I say people love macaroni and cheese, I mean it.  Like, people get crazy over mac and cheese, and they’ll do anything to it to make it better.  Mac and cheese and bacon?  You bet.  Healthier mac and cheese?  Of course; anything to eat better and not give up anything.  Mac and cheese with […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Happy 30th Anniversary, Dot Com Addresses!

Posted 3/15/2015 6:12 pm by

It seems like only five years ago we were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first dot com address.  That’s because we were.  Thirty years ago, symbolics.com was the first dot com address registered, kickstarting the modern Internet as we know it.  Happy 30th anniversary, Symbolics.com!  And more importantly, happy 30th anniversary, Internet! “In the […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Once-In-A-Century Pi Day Today!

Posted 3/14/2015 8:28 am by

Every March 14 is a big event.  At my work place, we have Pie Day in honor of Pi Day.  The first three digits of pi show up every March 14 (3.14), but this year’s Pi Day is a slice of something very special.  It’s 2015, so Pi Day is 3.1415.  That’s a once-in-a-century conflagration […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Terry Pratchett Is Dead At 66

Posted 3/12/2015 8:48 pm by

All Terry Pratchett wanted was what he called a noble death.  He wanted to die on his terms, while he still had the mental capacity to make the decision himself.  He wanted what he called the Victorian death:  surrounded by friends and family, a few tears, and the chance to say goodbye.  In the end, […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Stop Throwing Pizzas At The Breaking Bad House

Posted 3/11/2015 9:06 pm by

When a television show becomes a cult favorite, it’s going to attract some dedicated fans.  Witness what’s happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the wake of Vince Gilligan’s massive television successes.  A quiet neighborhood is now the center of a Breaking Bad tourism industry, but it’s having terrible repercussions for the people that live there. […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Harrison Ford Crashes Plane Into Golf Course

Posted 3/06/2015 8:58 am by

Is it possible to be both a cranky old man and an action hero?  Let’s ask Harrison Ford.  He shot to fame as Han Solo, roguish pilot, and it appears he’s something of a rogue pilot in real life, as well.  Ford’s love of flying is well documented, and it was his love of flying […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

NBC Launching Online Comedy Subscription Service

Posted 3/03/2015 7:18 pm by

Every year, it seems that the amount of broadcast television events gets smaller and smaller, even as television companies get larger and larger via purchases, mergers, spin-offs, and whatnot.  These days, everyone is cutting cords and turning to online services for their entertainment.  HBO is launching one, CBS has launched one, and now it looks […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Leonard Nimoy Has Passed Away

Posted 2/27/2015 9:36 pm by

He had legions of fans, all of whom no doubt greeted him with “Live long and prosper.”  Well, he certainly enjoyed a nice long life.  With one of the longest and most interesting careers, including a golden-years renaissance, the one thing you could say about Leonard Nimoy is that he made the most out of […]

Read »