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Morning Brew: sexsomnia, internet sex ad mugging scheme, tornados and weather radios, firefighters dodge fireworks, fake Muskoka for G8 journalists, Cito Gaston turns down all-star gig, G20 fence going up

Researchers from a Toronto sleep laboratory are in San Antonio today, and will be presenting findings that are somewhat surprising. Apparently 11% of males and 4% of females who suffer from parasomnia engage in some form of sexual activity while sleeping (i.e. they have "sexsomnia" episodes).

Several men have been responding to shady internet sex ads by calling the number and then showing up at a Bathurst & Finch location where they're met by the temptress. She then lures them into a secluded dwelling where three men posing as undercover police officers intervene and rob the frazzled, kink-seeking men of their wallets and valuables. To save some face, victims should claim they were robbed while responding to sex ads while sleeping (i.e. "sexadresponsomia").

A rare night tornado touched down in the Southern Ontario town of Leamington this weekend, prompting concerns about the lag in efficiency and adoption of severe weather warning systems. Do you own a weather radio? (I didn't think so). Although the warning service is available to 90% of Canadians, I'd be surprised if 1% are equipped to monitor it.

Firefighters are called to the scene of a fire near your apartment and you hear the sirens and see the red lights from your balcony above. Your immediate reaction might be to snag binoculars for a little closer look... but some jackass had far more sinister intentions when faced with this situation near Bloor and Jarvis this weekend -- and fired a roman candle firework at the fire crews while they worked.

It was a record haul for the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride For Heart charity bike ride this weekend. more than $3 million was raised for the cause, which surpassed the previous record set back in 2001. Ironically (and forgive my cynicism), our federal government is dropping comparable stacks of money on recreating Muskoka for journalists covering the G8 meetings. It sounds not much unlike the constructed reality in the Truman Show.

In brief:
- Toronto Blue Jays' manager Cito Gaston was invited to coach the upcoming MLB all-star game, but he turned it down citing his need to spend that time with family.
- Tim Hortons reveals some the strategies involved in making 2,000,000,000 cups of coffee taste the same.
- The G20 fence is going up.

And here's what blogTO was up to this weekend:

Photo: "Bike Spotting" by monkeyseemonkeypoo, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


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