Canada is saying no more to its Mr. Nice Guy image.
A new contest is soliciting votes for Canada's worst citizen, Reuters reports. Among the nominees vying for the title are Celine Dion and Shania Twain.
"Our international reputation has us as this very nice, quiet, friendly place," Deborah Morrison, president of Canada's National History Society, told the agency. "We thought it would be fun to show people our seamier side and take a look at some of our more villainous characters and how they've helped to shape our country."
Though the Canadian chanteuses are in the running, a self-described "miserable old bastard" is in the lead — the late Harold Ballard, former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
"We take our hockey very seriously," Morrison said.
Folks can vote for the worst Canadian at WorstCanadian@historysociety.ca. The results will be published Aug. 1 in the society's magazine, The Beaver.
Grandpa Sure Is a Looker, But He's No Brad Pitt
Dick Perkins wants the world to know: He is not Brad Pitt.
The 77-year-old grandfather of three has been fielding calls for Mr. Angelina Jolie after someone posted his phone number on the Internet and attributed it to Pitt, WCVB-TV reports.
The New Hampshire man tells the TV station that he's getting sick of answering the phone.
Raleigh Heralds Return of 70-Year-Old Ham
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 70-year-old slab of blackened pork went on display in a downtown Raleigh restaurant this week in a curious tradition that began in 1937.
The Mecca Restaurant put the rock-hard country ham in its window Tuesday with a sign saying the 25-pound slab of meat would be displayed for only one day, "for security reasons." It was the ham's first appearance in a dozen years.
"It's an ugly thing, isn't it?" said Paul Dombalis, the restaurant's third-generation owner. "It's just as ugly as it ever was."
Dombalis' grandfather bought the ham from a farmer who was passing through Raleigh in 1937, then placed it in the window. It's unclear exactly why, though Mecca became known as "that restaurant with the ham in the window."
Customer complaints eventually prompted Dombalis' father to move the ham to a basement freezer in 1970. It has made sporadic appearances since then, usually after a Mecca regular asked what happened to the pork.
"I can't tell you how many people come in and say, 'It's so good to find one thing that hasn't changed,"' said Floye Dombalis, 80, as she rang up customers on an antique cash register.
Kid Rock to Replace Stolen Golf Clubs
MILAN, Mich. (AP) — Kid Rock is lending a hand to a high school girls' golf team.
Six sets of golf clubs were stolen from coach Claire Neff's vehicle on Monday evening in Ypsilanti. Following reports of the theft, Neff said she got a call Wednesday from the country-rap-rock star offering to help.
"I was just stunned," Neff said.
Rock, a native of Romeo whose real name is Robert Ritchie, said he would get new custom golf clubs to replace those belonging to Neff and five players from Milan High School, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.
Rock talked to pro golfer John Daly, who suggested calling TaylorMade Golf, the Detroit Free Press and The Ann Arbor News reported Thursday. TaylorMade agreed to send the clubs by the end of the week.
Neff said Rock told her to give TaylorMade and Daly all the credit.
Besides the gift from Rock, Neff said she's received about 40 calls from people offering donations.
Somebody Rented a Goldie Hawn Flick
STUART, Fla. (AP) — A verbal argument ended when a Stuart man threw his wife from a boat and left her in the ocean about a quarter of a mile from shore, authorities said.
The Martin County Sheriff's Office reports that Julie Talley treaded water on Sunday until she was able to flag down a passing boat.
Once the woman got back to dry land, she told deputies that her husband — Robert Talley — had tossed her overboard and left her but that she had wanted to get off the boat anyway.
Despite his wife's protests, Robert Talley was charged with domestic battery.
He was released Monday on $5,000 bond.
The Poop on the Real Bat Cave
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — The bats found in the attic of an upstate home that was up for sale weren't much of a concern for the couple buying the property.
A few months later, they had a big problem on their hands — a more than a ton and a half of bat droppings in their attic.
A home inspector informed Nick LaBoda and Jenna Caputo that there were a few bats in the attic of the house in Saratoga County they were buying, they said. After moving into the home in Ballston Spa last summer, an exterminator told the couple to wait awhile before having them removed because the baby bats were still too young to fly.
The couple forgot about the bats — until they smelled a foul odor in January. When they checked the attic, they found dead bats and piles of bat guano.
The hundreds of bats that lived in the attic left behind 3,500 pounds of droppings, an exterminator said.
It cost $25,000 to clean up the mess. The couple is suing their insurance company after it refused to cover the cleanup costs.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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