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APRIL FOOL'S DAY

The best online April Fool's jokes of 2015

WestJet absolutely nailed it with their #SmartSeats ad, in which travellers use the same seat in the boarding lounge as they do on the plane.

  • Syrian girl's 'surrender' to photographer caught in heartbreaking image

    The image was captured by photographer Osman Sagirli, who told the BBC Tuesday that Hudea thought his telephoto lens was a weapon and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or smile when they see a camera," Sagirli told the broadcaster, adding that the photo was taken in December of last year at the Atmeh refugee camp near the Turkish border. The photo went viral around the globe last week when it was shared by Nadia AbuShaban on Twitter.

    CBC
  • At least 43 dead, two dozen missing after Russian trawler sinks

    By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least 43 crew of a Russian trawler died and more than two dozen were missing after the vessel sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, Russia's Emergency Ministry said. Sixty-three of the 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok were rescued with the sea's temperature near zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), the ministry said. The ship was carrying 78 Russian nationals, as well as 54 foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu.

    Reuters
  • Josh Gad: I Made "A Couple Thousand" on Frozen

    Ice cold! Josh Gad may have given Frozen fans around the world the gift of Olaf, but he claims that he got little love from Disney or his daughter Ava for his contribution to the frosty flick. Gad, 34, opened up on the Late Show on Tuesday, March 31, chatting with host David Letterman about voicing the snowman Olaf. "I was a part of Frozen... a big part of Frozen, I played Olaf," the Jobs actor began.

    Us Weekly
  • Why is China building a 'great wall of sand'?

    China is creating a 'great wall of sand' in the South China Sea (one island pictured), the US Navy has claimed. The latest huge land mass is 1.5 square miles (four square kilometres) in size.

    Daily Mail q
  • Indiana pizza shop refuses to cater gay weddings, instantly has internet presence destroyed

    A pizza parlour that said it will use Indiana's heavily criticized new religious freedom law to deny services to same-sex couples provoked a massive backlash across the internet on Tuesday and Wednesday. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, responded Tuesday to national outrage over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by saying he'll "fix" the bill to ensure businesses cannot use the law to deny services to the LGBTQ community. "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no," owner Crystal O'Connor told ABC 57 News on Tuesday.

    CBC
  • Avril Lavigne tells People magazine about severe case of Lyme disease

    Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne says she's recovering from a months-long battle with Lyme disease. The Napanee, Ont.-raised singer-songwriter tells People magazine she was diagnosed with a severe case of the disease last fall. Lavigne says she thinks she came down with the disease when she was bit by a tick last spring.

    The Canadian Press
  • Temporary foreign workers prepare to leave the country

    Thousands of temporary foreign workers will see their permits expire on Wednesday, and they'll have to leave the country. In 2011, the federal government changed the rules — giving temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs the option to apply to become permanent residents or leave the country after their permits expire. Mary-Ann Salilican moved to Canada from the Philippines six years and six months ago, and she hoped to live out her life here.

    CBC
  • Teen's rejection of a college rejection letter goes viral

    Whether its from a University or a new employer, we all know that horrible, deflated feeling that comes with getting a rejection letter. The teenager, from North Carolina, had applied to the college in her home state, but on March 26, she was sent a letter telling her she had failed to make the grade.

    Daily Mail q
  • Nancy Ruth annoyed auditor expects her to eat "awful", but free, airline food

    Ruth said Wednesday that she's been asked why she didn't eat free airline food rather than file breakfast expense claims on a couple of occasions. Ferguson was invited by the Senate in 2013 to conduct the audit following embarrassing revelations about allegedly improper expense claims by former Conservative senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin and Liberal senator Mac Harb, who has since resigned.

    The Canadian Press
  • Vanessa Paradis' Daughter Lily-Rose Depp Is Basically Her Twin: See the Look-Alike Duo on the Red Carpet

    As Karl Lagerfeld's longtime muse, it was hardly a surprise to see Vanessa Paradis attend the designer's Chanel Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Metiers d'Art Collection runway show on Tuesday, March 31. Lily-Rose wore a pale blue midriff and skirt ensemble that featured a choker collar design. Paradis and Johnny Depp split in June 2012 after 14 years of dating.

    Us Weekly
  • Jobless 29-year-old has fifteenth child by ten different mothers

    A jobless man said to have fathered 15 children with 10 different women has revealed he has another baby on the way. It is estimated Keith MacDonald's growing brood will end up costing taxpayers more than £2million in benefits.

    Daily Mail q
  • Arkansas woman becomes world's oldest person, invites Obama to her 117th birthday party

    An Arkansas woman who became the world's oldest person Wednesday wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this Fourth of July. At 116, Gertrude Weaver was already the oldest person in America. With the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan, Weaver became the world's oldest person, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks supercentenarians.

    The Canadian Press
  • Pimps target teens at Montreal malls

    Montreal police are warning parents that pimps are hanging around Montreal-area shopping centres, trying to lure teens into prostitution. "Never say anything negative about the pimps because the victim will reject (you) as a parent because she will think you are judging her.

    CBC
  • I Spent My 30th Birthday in Mexico — Alone!

    When I first told my family and friends that I was going to Mexico by myself, the general reaction was, “What?! Mexico by yourself? Do you want to get kidnapped?” My response was, “Yes, Mexico. Mexico is not exactly at the top of the list for solo female travelers, considering its dangerous reputation.

    Yahoo Travel
  • Senior dies after eating detergent pods, worker blames understaffing

    A retired care aide says understaffing at Moose Jaw's Providence Place led to the death of a senior who ate laundry detergent pods. Providence Place is a 160-bed long-term care facility owned and operated by the Catholic Health Ministry. Blanchard said a man with dementia died at the home on March 20 after wandering unsupervised and eating laundry detergent pods.

    CBC
  • IceDogs tie 67's with OT win; Colts, Storm need one more OHL post-game questions

    The I's had it — Niagara's Brendan Perlini, Barrie's Joseph Blandisi and Guelph's Givani Smith scored  overtime winners during Wednesday's three-game slate. Niagara 4 Ottawa 3, overtime (series tied 2-2, 67's host Game 5 on Friday) — How did Niagara's line-stacking shuffle nearly backfire, and then pay off? For the first time in the series, a road team was competitive, as Ottawa had the run of play in the second and was better in the third, as defenceman Nevin Guy scored top shelf early in the frame to give it the lead.

    Buzzing The Net
  • Gran poisons family with hot chocolate that went off 25 YEARS ago

    The woman, named as Mrs. Rosetta, 77, from the Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, is believed to have bought the sachets in the late 80s, before making them into chocolate earlier this month.

    Daily Mail q
  • Are these mystery radio bursts messages from ALIENS?

    Known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), just 10 have been discovered - and German researchers say they all contain a strange patttern.

    Daily Mail q
  • Fahmy shocked at Ottawa's refusal to issue passport due to travel ban

    A Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on widely denounced terror charges expressed shock and anger Wednesday over Ottawa's refusal to issue him a passport while he awaits the outcome of his case. Mohamed Fahmy, who was born in Egypt but immigrated to Canada with his family as a teenager, said his original Canadian passport was seized by Egyptian authorities when he was first arrested in Cairo in December 2013, and has never been returned. The 40-year-old, who spent more than a year in a Cairo prison, has been trying to acquire a new passport ever since being released on bail in February.

    The Canadian Press
  • Canadian diplomat's ex-husband says their son killed in a Miami drug deal; other son arrested

    One teenage son of a Miami-based Canadian diplomat was killed and a younger son is under arrest after they were involved in an alleged drug deal that turned into a gun battle, according to police records and the diplomat's ex-husband. Germano Wabafiyebazu said Wednesday his 17-year-old son, Jean, was killed when he went into a house to buy marijuana, and that police arrested his 15-year-old son, Marc. Wabafiyebazu was formerly married to the boys' mother, Canadian consul general Roxanne Dube.

    The Canadian Press