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Although the idea was destined for failure from the moment it was conceived, the bid for Boston to host the 2024 Olympics fell flat on its face on Monday when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) officially ended its bid for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Games. The idea that New England’s largest city would host the Olympics didn’t sit well with many Bostonians from the start. Years of construction associated with building Olympic venues, few economic benefits, and a potential for the event to go over budget, which is the main reason the bid ultimately fell through, were all reasons so many were wary of the idea.

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Hollywood Hits Broadway

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Earlier this year, when Tony Nominations were being announced, Finding Neverland – the musical based on the movie based on the real(-ish) story of J.M. Barrie’s journey toward creating Peter Pan – was notably absent from the list of nominees. Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who had also produced the 2004 film of the same name that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, released a statement related to the snub (via The Wrap).

“With 27 nominations today for ‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Elephant Man,’ 'The Audience’ or ‘Wolf Hall,’ shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Weinstein said. “As for ‘Finding Neverland,’ our passion for it remains unwavering. I could not be more proud of the magic created on our stage by Diane Paulus and the entire ‘Neverland’ team night after night, which has made this show a smash hit.”

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Week in Review

50 Cent "Borrowed" Luxury Items

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Apparently 50 Cent isn’t worth much more than his stage name. According to Forbes, the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was said to have a net worth of $155 million. However, after recently being ordered to pay $5 million in damages in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, the multi-platinum-selling artist filed for bankruptcy. Last week, Jackson was at a supreme court hearing in Manhattan for the same lawsuit, where he was questioned by the plaintiff’s attorney about his luxury items, such as pricey cars and flashy jewelry that he often boasted on social media. Jackson admitted that most of his jewelry was “borrowed” and he only owns a G-Shock watch and three gold chains. As far as the expensive cars, almost all of them were rented. As you can see below, 50 is making the best out of a bad situation.

 

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Norm Kelly is an International Treasure

Not everyone spends as much time on The Twitter Machine (as I like to call it) as I. 'Tis part of my job, and therefore I spend copious hours wading through the odd, the mundane, and the inane tweets that come out of every corner of the globe, scouring for relevant and delightful tidbits that might further my cause. And that is how I became familiar with the Twitter Genius that is Norm Kelly.

Norm Kelly (@norm) is a City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 40, and, according to his Twitter bio, "Mrs. Kelly's Favourite Son." And with good reason. @norm first pinged onto my radar with his ingenious lampooning of what became known as The Great Raccoon Memorial of 2015. The story goes that a Torontonian spotted a deceased raccoon on the sidewalk early one morning, and thoughtfully alerted the city's contact centre. And while the City responded that they were on the ball... that was apparently not the case. The poor procyonid had reached rigor and a bizarre memorial began to spring up around his fluffy corpse. When photos of the memorial began to pop up, @norm got involved:

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Famous Fish

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To honor the kick-off of Phish's 2015 North American Tour, we've compiled an exhaustive list of our favorite famous Phish fish. 

Nemo - probably the cutest entry on our list. Image courtesy of pixar.wikia.com.

The Marlins - Miami's own school of the classically elusive species: baseball fish.

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