Snippets: BBC Alcohol, Nikon v Guns, Camp Staycation

If you’d like to feel bad, check out the BBC’s “Alcohol Experiment”, which shows you the amount of calories you consumed while drinking last night — or any night — and then translates them into (British) food.
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Toronto-based photo retailer retailer Henry’s, along with Toronto police, just concluded an interesting promotion called Pixels for Pistols. Anyone who turned in a firearm they didn’t need or want received a Nikon digital camera in exchange. Rifles or firearms earned a Nikon Coolpix P-60. An assault rifle or pistol earned a Nikon Coolpix S-52. Along with the cameras, each person also received photography lessons. The program aimed to reduce the number of legitimately owned guns which represent 30 percent of gun-related crimes in Toronto. As of December 4 when the campaign ended, 1,400 guns were collected in exchange for Nikon cameras. Toronto police Detective Sergeant Chris Boddy said, “We never imagined we’d get the response that we did. A lot of it has to do with the fact that people have unwanted firearms in their homes, and when they hear of the program, they realize now would be a good time to get rid of the firearms.”
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Temperatures are frigid and the economy ain’t so hot either! If you can’t swing the ski house in Gstaad, or even the weekend in Aspen, this year. For a lower-rent winter wonderland think Bear Mountain instead of the Alps visit Camp on Smith Street. It’s got “the blazing fireplace, the trophy heads (including one dangerously close to the blazing fireplace), the kayak in the corner, the rough-hewn wooden walls,” he writes, and “you can even order s’mores supplies.”
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