Doctors in the U.K. have discovered a worm in a man's brain, which is easily the worst place for it.

Not only that, but the worm—a rare little fellow known to his friends as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei—was actually moving hither and yon across the man's brain lobes as if it owned the damn place!

You can see the progress of the little fucker here, in this animated GIF, and you can wonder at its appalling sense of entitlement.

Are you headed out to the Eastside Culture Crawl but a little cartographically challenged? Find a complete map of this year's participating studios above!

Be sure to check out our guide to this year's crawl here.

And tell us about your favourite artist at the Eastside Culture Crawl for your chance to win a Georgia Straight prize pack.

Happy wandering!

This is not a typical video from Femen, the sextremist group that strips in front of politicians to protest patriarchy, homophobia, and religious dogma.

No, these images show some topless women allegedly kidnapping a priest.

The video says the abduction was done to demand cancellation of Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the European Parliament on Tuesday (November 25).

One of Femen's leaders, Anna Hutsol, has claimed that the group is in a war for civil rights. You can learn more in the video below. (It's age-restricted.)

It's so hard to find good help these days. No doubt this cliché applies to the freelance market.

Vancouver's Mark Fromson and Stephen Hayes-McCoy have built a website to connect employers and "quality local freelancers". Local Solo launched in October and has since expanded to 27 cities in Canada and the U.S.

It's free to use for both employers and freelancers. Not just any freelancer can get listed on Local Solo though. You have to apply to get a profile on the site.

Local Solo has categories for people in such fields as game design, marketing, user experience, and video. "You'll always have full control over your profile, including availability and visibility," the site states.

When Chomp Vegan Eatery set up shop in Port Moody back in 2011, it was the Tri-Cities’ only fully vegan and gluten-free restaurant. Three years later, the Tri-Cities’ loss is Vancouver's gain.

Chomp has moved in with Fairy Cakes (3586 Fraser Street), a vegan cupcake shop, in East Vancouver. Its menu is also nut-free.

A video titled "Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel" has been the buzz of the Internet since its posting to YouTube on Wednesday night. And not the good kind of buzz. The video, apparently a demo reel from a production house called Sturmgruppe, is mostly composed of scenes from a couple of Marilyn Manson videos. But there is also a brief sequence in which singer Lana Del Rey is depicted as being pushed onto a bed and held down by someone who looks a lot like actor and filmmaker Eli Roth. (Other bloggers have described this as a "rape scene" but I won't go that far; at the end of the scene the man is shown getting up and walking away with his pants still on.)

The video has since been removed, although others have reposted it, and you can watch it below, for now.

Two famous country singers have come out of the closet.

Ty Herndon, 51, was the first to do so, inspiring 26-year-old Billy Gilman to  follow suit.

The twice-married Herndon decided to speak about his sexual orientation to People magazine to help younger gay men.

"I am an out, proud, and happy gay man," Herndon declared.

Gilman then released a video explaining his decision.

Country music appeals to many conservatives who are not known for their support for the LGBT community.

Thirty years ago this Sunday--on November 23, 1984--Nazareth played the Commodore Ballroom, touring behind its new album The Catch.

In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Dan McCafferty and--among other things--got the scoop on the story behind the group's curious single, "Vancouver Shakedown".

Here's a slightly condensed version of the piece that appeared in the Nov. 23-30 issue of the Straight.


Comedian Bill Cosby was in the Bahamas last night raising money for a local charity and polishing his image.

He cracked jokes and told tales of his upbringing in Philadelphia in a benefit for the Links, a women's service organization.

Meanwhile, a fourth woman has come forward with claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her. 

Florida nurse Therese Serignese alleged that the incident occurred 38 years ago.

A fifth woman, Carla Ferrigno, has told a radio interview that Cosby grabbed her and tried to kiss her in 1967. Ferrigno is the wife and manager of Lou Ferrigno, who starred in The Incredible Hulk.

All of the women's statements have been vigorously denied by Cosby's lawyer, who says these are "decades-old discredited allegations".

In late September 2014, the federal government announced a major new approach for dealing with aboriginal land claims.

The "laughably short consultation period" ends on November 30, according to the video above by IdleNoMoreMedia.

It comes in response to the Williams decision in the Supreme Court of Canada, which granted aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation.

Douglas Eyford is heading the consultation. That's the same Douglas Eyford named by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to generate support among First Nations for pipeline projects and other energy projects.

"Land-claim policy requires negotiating with First Nations to extinguish their rights and underlying title to their land," the video states. "The government calls this reconciliation."