Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s hilarious public feud will end in a drum battle
Have you ever noticed that actor Will Ferrell and musician Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, look like the exact same person? No? Look up!
It’s uncanny, right? SO uncanny, in fact, that it apparently makes both men uncomfortable which is (in part) why they’ve been engaging in a very public, very funny (faux) feud.
The whole thing started last week, during Ferrell’s Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. When someone brought up the actor’s physical resemblance to Smith, Ferrell responded: “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith:” http://natpo.st/1csS1za
LET THE SHOW BEGIN: DOGS compete in the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show In NEW YORK CITY on Monday February 1, 2014. The show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 and 94 and at Madison Square Garden
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Bruce Arthur: Dufour-Lapointe sisters balance competition and family
When the first baby girl with the hazel eyes arrived, Yves Lapointe and Johane Dufour thought about their friends who already had children. Babies grow up so fast, they thought; this will vanish so fast. So Yves and Johane made a choice. They talk a lot about choices.
“We said, we have to do everything to spend more time with our kids,” said Johane, looking across the room at her three daughters, surrounded by cameras and lights. “Because tomorrow they will be women. So that’s why we made those choices. To watch every single moment that they have success or pain. We want to be there.”
They had two more daughters — one with deep brown eyes, then one whose eyes are pale blue-green. They were all different, but so similar, and Sunday at the Sochi Olympics the Dufour-Lapointes gathered to bask in their extraordinary day, and their extraordinary lives. Justine, 19, won gold in the women’s moguls; her sister Chloé, 22, won the silver; Maxime, the one who blazed the trail for her younger sisters, finished 12th. And Canada’s newest Olympic royal family sat side by side taking turns crying, or making one another cry. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)
B.C. father welcomes healthy newborn son, born weeks after wife declared legally brain dead
The best and worst moment of Dylan Benson’s 32-year-old life arrived Saturday evening, when medical personnel in Victoria showed him cellphone photos of his new son who was born only moments earlier to his brain-dead wife, Robyn, his childhood sweetheart.
It was the best moment because Benson said he was seeing images for the first time of his baby boy, Iver, who was born at 7:12 p.m., weighing just two pounds, 13 ounces, boasting a little bit of apricot-coloured hair, a ginger like his mother.
Yet, it was also the worst moment because Benson said he knew the time was near when he’d have to say his final farewell to the woman he first met 16 years earlier, when she was still a teen and the two were embarking on their Grade 12 years in separate high schools.
“I don’t think I have the right words to describe it,” said the new father in a Monday-night interview. “It’s the best and definitely the worst thing to ever happen to me in my life at the same time:” http://natpo.st/1kyneck
Patrick Chan struggles, passes baton to teammates in Olympic figure skating
So the three-time and reigning world champion from Canada was beaten by the 31-year-old Russian geriatric.
But despite that unhappy headline, Thursday turned out to be a pretty good night for Team Canada — and not as bad a one for Patrick Chan as it must have felt after he skated.
Thanks to the Canadian-champion pairs team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who skated their hearts out to place second, Chan’s substandard performance, third behind Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu and the evergreen Evgeni Plushenko, didn’t put his teammates in too big a hole. (Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
Sochi officials downplay notion of stray dog cull as problem draws local, international attention:
According to Marianne St-Gelais, the stray dog approached with caution when it crossed paths with the Canadian short-track speed skating team. It was at the arena where they were training for the Olympics, in a city where strays have become a cause célèbre.
“We tried to pet him, and it was kind of hard,” she said. “But, in the end, he came closer to us, and we pet him.”
They also gave it a name: “That’s our little Honey.”
The fate of Honey, and also of the untold number of strays roaming in Olympic territory, has emerged as an unlikely talking point heading to the Opening Ceremony this week in Sochi. Reports of a dog cull — one that possibly involves poison — have drawn attention from locals as well as from international activists.
Officials have downplayed the notion of a cull. One online petition has so far generated a modest response. The fate of the dogs remains unclear, while anecdotal evidence suggests their numbers have decreased as the volume of Olympic visitors to the city increases. (Photo: Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP/Getty Images)
Book Review: Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle
That anyone can feel that they know Rob Ford is thanks in large part to the growing thicket of City Hall reporters who surround him, and Robyn Doolittle in particular. Doolittle is the Toronto Star staffer best known for chasing a surreptitiously recorded video of the mayor smoking crack, and her exhaustive reporting has regularly thrown light on the darkest parts of Ford’s life, work she continues in her new book, Crazy Town. And they sure are dark: a brother, Randy, and sister, Kathy, with long criminal records; a marriage dotted with 911 calls; enough vodka bottles to stock an LCBO; and drugs, lots of drugs: crack, weed, cocaine, Oxi and heroin all make appearances. Those paying attention to Rob Ford as an Etobicoke councillor — it feels like a hundred lifetimes ago — all knew he’d make a bad mayor. But no one without the last name “Ford” could have imagined that a year before his first term as the head of the city was up, there’d already be enough material for a 300-and-something page tell-all, much less that it would be published by an imprint of Penguin: natpo.st/1fzUzxB
What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostly
That the roots of cancer are found in its hunger for glucose was only one of the lessons Jane Macdougall learned during a dinner conversation with a pathologist recently.
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"In the locker-room now, nobody has pubic hair any more. Now you see everything, and they’re far more self-conscious about it"
The Post’s Steve Murray figures some ways to deal with income inequality that have nothing to do with the minimum wage. Like theft! http://natpo.st/1d88TL5
Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and pick up some toast after training
I am constantly surprised by the lack of credible information promoted about sports nutrition, supplements, how to lose body fat, gain muscle mass and “get cut.” I am fortunate to work with sports nutritionist Carrie Mullin Innes, who helps to set the record straight. She has a master’s degree in science in nutrition and is one of the few dietitians in Canada who has completed the intensive International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition …
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Stanislas Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday’s final.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.
Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.
“It’s really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I’ll take it,” said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title. (Photos: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images, Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)
Outdoor hockey… in California: The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game.
The league threw a California carnival for the event, filling left field with a beach volleyball court and right field with a fireworks-laden stage where Kiss performed. People in shorts and tank tops played Frisbee and practised yoga between periods while skateboarders rolled past a ball hockey court featuring youth teams.
Although the temperature was 63 degrees with significant humidity when Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck, the ice held up fairly well in the night air. The Ducks’ outstanding season also remained solid in their 21st victory in 24 games, while the Kings lost their fifth straight game.
The Kings hosted the first official outdoor game west of the Rocky Mountains in recognition of the NHL’s near half-century in Los Angeles and their rivalry with the Ducks, who joined the league two decades ago. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)