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Toronto Star Reporter needs info about Wii-related injuries

A Toronto Star reporter left a comment asking for help. He seems to be truthful since his email is an authentic Toronto Star email. If you’re interested in helping him please contact him directly:

Hi, I’m a reporter with the Toronto Star. Really. I’m doing a story on Wii-related injuries or damage to household furniture/appliances. You’ve probably seen the stories, which I’ll drop links to below, but I’m looking for someone in Toronto or surrounding area who has felt sore the next morning after playing the Wii, busted up their hand, knocked over a lamp or a friend, for example. If this is you, and this is open to pretty much anyone in Ontario, though the closer to Toronto the better, can you email me at [email protected]? The story is due Thursday so I’d have to hear from you soon.

Matthew Chung

The 15 Richest Fictional Characters

Forbes released its annual listing of fiction’s very wealthiest. I’m shocked to find out that Charles Montgomery Burns (the Simpsons) is richer than Scrooge McDuck! For some reason, I always imagined uncle Scrooge as the cartoon world’s “Bill Gates”. I still think uncle Scrooge is classier than that annoying Mr. Burns.

The biggest surprise is that Santa Claus has been unseated from the number-one spot! In fact, he’s been completely removed from the list and Forbes’ reason for Santa’s disappearance is hillarious:

We still estimate Claus’ net worth as infinite, but we excluded him from this year’s rankings after being bombarded by letters from outraged children insisting that Claus is “real.” We don’t claim to have settled the ongoing controversy concerning Claus’ existence, but after taking into account the physical evidence – toys delivered, milk and cookies devoured – we felt it was safer to remove him from consideration.

Here are this year’s 15 richest fictional characters:

Rich #1 Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks

Net Worth: $36.2 billion
Source: Defense Industries
Age: 52
Marital Status: Divorced, one child
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Education: S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, B.S.
More on Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks>
#2 Charles Montgomery Burns

Net Worth: $16.8 billion
Source: Energy
Age: 104
Marital Status: Single, one bastard child
Hometown: Springfield, U.S.A.
Education: Yale University, B.S.
More on Charles Montgomery Burns>
Rich #3 Scrooge McDuck

Net worth: $10.9 billion
Sources: Mining, Treasure Hunting
Age: 80
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Duckburg, U.S.A.
Education: Cluck U., dropout
More on Scrooge McDuck>
Rich #4 Richie Rich

Net Worth: $10.7 billion
Source: Inheritance, Conglomerates
Age: 10
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Richville, U.S.A.
Education: Richville Elementary
More on Richie Rich>
Rich #5 Jed Clampett

Net Worth: $7.7 billion
Source: Oil & Gas, Banking
Age: 51
Marital Status: Widowed, one child
Hometown: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Education: Ozark Elementary, dropout
More on Jed Clampett>
Rich #6 Mr. Monopoly

Net Worth: $7.1 billion
Source: Real Estate
Age: 71
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Atlantic City, N.J.
Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
More on Mr. Monopoly>

Rich #7 Bruce Wayne

Net Worth: $6.8 billion
Source: Inheritance, Defense
Age: 32
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Gotham City, U.S.A.
More on Bruce Wayne>

Rich #8 Anthony Stark

Net Worth: $3 billion
Source: Defense
Age: 35
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Education: MIT, B.S.
More on Anthony Stark>

Rich #9 Prince Abakaliki of Nigeria

Net Worth: $2.8 billion
Source: Inheritance
Age: 37
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Education: Yaba College of Technology, B.S.
More on Prince Abakaliki of Nigeria>
Rich #10 Thurston Howell,III

Net Worth: $2.7 billion
Source: Howell Industries
Age: 60
Marital Status: Married, no children
Hometown: Private Island, South Pacific
Education: Harvard University, B.A.
More on Thurston Howell,III>
Rich #11 Willy Wonka

Net Worth: $2 billion
Source: Candy, Aerospace
Age: 57
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Kent, England
Education: Academie d’Art Culinaire, Paris
More on Willy Wonka>

Rich #12 Lucius Malfoy

Net Worth: $1.3 billion
Source: Inheritance
Age: 51
Marital Status: Married
Hometown: Wiltshire, England
Education: Hogwarts
More on Lucius Malfoy>

Rich #13 Tony Montana

Net Worth: $1 billion
Source: Cocaine
Age: 42
Marital Status: Separated, no children
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Education: Pinar del Rio High School, dropout
More on Tony Montana>

Rich #14 Lara Croft

Net Worth: $1 billion
Source: Inheritance, Antiques
Age: 37
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Wimbledon, England
Education: Cambridge University
More on Lara Croft>
Rich #15 Mario

Net Worth: $1 billion
Source: Commodities
Age: 23
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Education: Brooklyn Technical High School
More on Mario>

[via msn/Forbes]

Nintendo Wii fun ‘tips n tricks’

Came across these tips and tricks on a Wii forum & IGN. This is a must read for all Nintendo Wii owners.

1. Press the home button on the main menu. Next click on the controller image. You can adjust the wii-mote volume and rumble functions

2. Hold a and b down and you can move the windows on the main menu around.

3. In order to add someone to your friend’s list you BOTH have to enter eachother’s Number ID and Console Nickname to be able to send messages and Mii’s

4. Want your plain-looking Wii to have some style? Add a blue light around you CD drive anytime the console is on by doing the following:

Go to your email from the home menu, and add your personal computer email address to your address book. Wait ~1 hour for the email (mine took at least this long) Reply to the email from your computer. In a few minutes, you will have an email waiting for you on your Wii. Don’t read it! As long as it remains new, you have a pretty blue light!

5. In wii sports bowling, you can release on the back swing and throw the ball backwards. It scares all the miis behind you.

6. Email A Wii: You can email any Wii that you know the Friend code for. The Email address will be w(Wii Number here)@wii.com. For Example: [email protected]

7. Get rid of Generic Teammates/Spectators: The Wii will automatically use the other Miis in your Plaza as teammates and spectators in certain Wii sports games. Create friends and family, and you can get rid of the generic Miis.

8. Register and Extend Warranty: Register your Console on Nintendo.com, get a free 90 day extension to your warranty.

9. Get Free Nintendo Power: Register 3 Nintendo products on Nintendo.com, and get 3 months of Nintendo Power free.

10. Extra Parts: There are two parts to the Wii in your box that you may either not find, or never know what they are. The first is a Clear Disc piece. This piece fits under your Wii stand to Stabalize it’s balance. The second is a Small(1″ – 1.5″) plastic Piece. This piece is the stand for the Sensor bar. It puts some disntance between your TV and the bar. In theory, that should give you a better angle reception.

11. Get Miis in your parade: Setting your Miis to Mingle, and having your friends do the same thing will soon have Miis walking around in your parade. Your friends’ Miis will wonder over to your console and parade around, so long as they are set to Mingle. You can then grab them and send them to your Plaza so you have a copy.

12. In Zelda, the direction Link spins when doing a spin attack depends on which way you spin your nunchuck

13. In Wii Sports Bowling, when you press up on the Directional Pad, it will zoom in on the lane. The zoom in sound is the exact same sound from Super Mario 64 anytime you moved the camera.

14. If you go to the Channel section in your menu you can choose to save VC games on a SD card….

15. In LOZ:TP if you keep it at the start screen for an extended period of time, it plays an extremely extended trailer that they didn’t show to the general public which is pretty cool.

16. On hole 3 of Wii Sports Golf, there is a small section of fairway at about a 45 degree angle to the left from the tee box. It is a small patch surrounded by Out Of Bound-ness. If you can land your ball on there, you can easily make it on the green in 2, to to Eagle the course.

17. Wii Video 9 – Wii Video Converter

Wii Video 9 is a free video conversion application developed by Red Kawa. It allows you to convert your computer video files (like avi, divx, mpeg, etc.) into the specific video formats that are playable on the Wii.

Wii Video 9 can also be combined with Videora, another software application, and together they can let you automatically download and convert video for your Wii using BitTorrent and RSS technology.

18. In the Wii menus, turn your wrist and the hand cursor will also turn.

19. from Varelse: I just found and confirmed a little easter egg. I’m not sure if it’s already known, but while your Wii is powered down you can press any button on your Wiimote and lights will flash. The number of lights flashing is the amount of charge left in your battery (1 is least charge, 4 is most charge)

20. In Wii Bowling, if you aim right to any lane near you, you can throw your ball there, but you won’t hit any pins unless you aim right.

21. Zelda. You can skip cutscenes in Zelda by hitting the – button

22. Black Ninja Wii Bowling easter egg YouTube – Wii Sports Bowling Easter Egg

23. When you purchase a virtual console title and Mario runs across the screen, if you happen to get fire flower Mario, you can shoot fireballs with the A button.

24. Omie When looking at your messages press a+b and you can move the messages around. If you have A LOT of messages like me then you can arrange them in this manner or you can just delete them

‘Just Yell Fire’ Empowering Girls to Protect Themselves

Just Yell Fire

Just Yell Fire is a freely distributed film aimed at teaching young girls to defend themselves against attackers. Started as a school project by Dallas Jessup and Catherine Wehage, freshmen at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon, the project grew to include the celebrity endorsement of Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly of the television show Lost.

The video teaches viewers weak points on an attacker’s body and how to effectively cause enough pain to those points to escape. It also tells viewers how to avoid becoming a target for rape and kidnapping to begin with.

Just Yell Fire is free for any teen girl either as a free DVD or download from the website.

Click here to order your free DVD or download the movie

I’m a Proud Owner of a Wii

Sorry for not posting anything yesterday. I was busy enjoying my lovely new Nintendo Wii 🙂 weeee

Yes! I got one! I was crazy enough to wake up at 3:00am on Sunday. When I arrived at Best Buy there were 34 people lined up, and 42 Wiis in stock 🙂 Unlike the PlayStation 3 line up, most people were true Nintendo fans of all ages. I met some very nice people and with all the interesting conversations and activities going on time flew by. Before I even knew it, I was the proud owner of a brand new cute little Wii 🙂

I’d like to mention that the guys at Best Buy were very friendly and organized. They didn’t seem to mind going to work at 6:00am on a Sunday. This service is sincerely appreciated.

I forgot to take my Camera so unfortunately I didn’t take any photos but some other folks had cameras and promised to email me the photos. I’ll post the photos here as soon as I get them.

How the Greedy Grinches Stole Christmas

Selfish, self-centred, greedy, mean Grinch

I was going to buy a Nintendo Wii on Sunday (when it’s first released) but after people lined up for the PlayStation 3 more than 48 hours before the release day my chances are very slim.

What really bothers me is that most people who bought the PlayStation 3 today are selling them on ebay for profit. Bids are as high as $3000 so most parents don’t have a chance of buying one. Most of these PlayStation 3s, which were destined to Canada, end up being shipped by these self-centred ebayers to the US and we end up with no PlayStation 3s (and probably Wiis) here! These selfish people didn’t take a second to consider the consequences of their behaviour.

With this sickening greed phenomenon, parents are left with no hope of buying a PlayStation 3 (nor probably a Wii) for their eager children before Christmas 🙁

Please don’t forget to vote for Smart Canucks at the Canadian Blog Awards 2006

The Canadian Blog Awards Round 1 of voting is currently under way. Please take a minute to vote for Smart Canucks in these three categories:

Best Blog
Best New Blog
Best Group Blog

You’re allowed to vote daily so please don’t forget to come back and vote.

Click here to go to the Canadian Blog Awards and vote

Thanks 🙂

The Colonel’s Brand New Clothes

The colonel got some brand new clothes for the holiday season and KFC got a brand new logo. I love KFC’s new logo but I still hate KFC’s “Dead Bird in a Box” food!

KFC's 1997 and 2006 logos

Check out KFC’s logos over the years here

On KFC’s website it says that the aerial view of KFC’s new logo hides a secret message and there’s a competition (and prizes) for figuring out what the message says. Check this out at KFC’s website.

Thanks Canadian Bloggers

I whole-heartedly thank all the Canadian bloggers out there who added SmartCanucks.ca to their Blogrolls or left comments 🙂 Without your support I wouldn’t have had the energy or motivation to dig for interesting content, deals and events everyday.

I tried finding all the blogs that link to SmartCanucks.ca but it’s very hard to locate them all so I started with the short list below. If I forgot to add your blog please just leave a comment and I’ll add you to the list 🙂

Flotsam/Jetsam by Jimmycanuck (Ontario)
This Chick’s Life by Tanya (BC)
Sleepless In Sylvan (Alberta)
The Lazy Canadian (BC)
From the Desk of Sara (Ontario)
Fred Fortin Blog’s (Montreal)
Alec Saunders .LOG
The Blog of Hohmann (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)
Poetic Flower
Games & Gadgets by Matt & Curtis (Calgary/Toronto)
Ordisante (Montreal)
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
Much More Than A Mom
The High Places by Shane

Did I forget to mention your blog? please let me know.

Canadian Slang, eh?

The Slang Generation

I came across a Wikipedia article on Canadian English Words with an interesting list of Canadian Slang words! It’s a very fun read.

But wait… think you’re a Canadian Slang whiz? Take the Canadian Slang Proficiency Test before reading the Wikipedia article and see how well you do.

Video.ca: A New Canadian Video Sharing Site

David Peralty just emailed me this awesome news:

There is a Canadian Video Sharing site going up, and it’s still in “closed beta” but if you go to www.video.ca/test.php you can register and access the site. You and your readers might be interested in that. Its not ready for a full launch, but if they want to get in early to secure their usernames…

Visit Video.ca here

Thanks David for the info 🙂

Don’t forget to also visit David Peralty’s new blog here

Kids, Write to Santa… or even email him!

Santa Reading YOUR letter

Looks like Santa learned how to use the Internet at last ;-). This year you could email Santa instead of mailing him a letter.

I still like the good old snail mail more, especially when you don’t have to buy stamps.. yes letters to the North Pole are free :-). Whether you send your letter to Santa Claus by mail or email, be assured that Santa will reply back!

Santa hasn’t changed his mailing address. He still lives in the North Pole. Send your letters to:

Santa Claus
North Pole HOH OHO

and remember to include your return address so that Santa could reply back 🙂

Email Santa here

More info on the “Write to Santa” program by Canada Post here

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Remember remember the 5th of November

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,’twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah! 

I guess Guy Fawkes became known in Canada after last year’s enjoyable movie V for Vendetta. Anyone here celebrating Guy Fawkes Night with fireworks?

Deal or No Deal Coming to Canada – Want to be a Contestant?

Deal or No Deal Canada?

Yes! Deal or No Deal is coming to Canada! The application form and details are online here. It’s a very long form with 39 questions! If you’re going to fill it in, make sure you’re relax and patient… the better you fill in the form the better your chances of getting accepted I guess.

Hosted by Canada’s own Howie Mandel, the hugely popular Deal or No Deal comes north for 5 special episodes next Spring. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be a contestant and play this exciting game of odds and chance. 26 sealed briefcases containing cash amounts from a measly penny to 1 million dollars are yours to choose. Will your case hold your dreams? Are you willing to deal it away? Don’t delay! Deal or No Deal is now accepting contestant applications from across Canada. Be part of one of the most exciting television events in Canadian history.

Click here for more details on Deal or No Deal Canada

Dell Canada Offers Free Windows Vista Upgrades

Free Windows Vista Upgrade

If you purchased a Vista Capable Dell system on or after October 26, 2006 you’ll be eligible to a free Microsoft Windows Vista upgrade when it comes out 🙂

You can visit http://www.dellvistaupgrade.com beginning on November 13, 2006 to get your free Windows Vista upgrade.

If you have no idea what Windows Vista is checkout this wikipedia article on Vista

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