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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.

  • British student who joined Islamic State wants to go home: Turkish MP

    A 19-year-old British woman, one of a group of medical students that includes seven Britons, an American and a Canadian thought to have traveled to join the Islamic State group, has told her family she wants to go home, a Turkish lawmaker has said. Thousands of foreigners from different countries have joined the ranks of radical groups such as Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, many of them crossing through Turkey. The medical students, aged between 19 and 25 and who include two from Sudan, flew from the Sudanese capital Khartoum to Istanbul on March 12.

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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
  • FBI confirms death of militant with DNA from severed finger

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it has confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, one of its "most wanted terrorists," was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January. A person familiar with the investigation said the FBI was able to confirm bin Hir's death in part through DNA analysis of a severed finger that Philippine authorities collected from the gruesome scene of a raid that left bin Hir dead. The finger was transported to the United States where FBI agents compared its DNA to one of bin Hir's siblings and found a link.

    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
  • 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
  • Hilary Duff Scorches the Red Carpet in Plunging Crimson Dress: See Her Sexy Style!

    Hilary Duff stepped out to premiere her new TV Land series, Younger, in NYC on Tuesday, March 31, where she absolutely slayed the red carpet in a plunging red-orange dress that flaunted all of her assets. The blood orange frock, with its deep V-neckline and way-up-to-there slit, worked the Lizzie McGuire alum's ample cleavage and toned stems. Duff, 27, topped the tangerine-hued stunner off with a black blazer, ankle-strap Jerome C. Rousseau heels with gold cap toes, and a glittering clutch.

    Us Weekly
  • No further WWE plans for Ronda Rousey after her WrestleMania appearance

    UFC champion Ronda Rousey sent the sports entertainment world into a tizzy with her well-publicized in-ring appearance over the weekend at WrestleMania 31. Unfortunately for fans (of the WWE at least), they won’t be seeing Rousey in a squared circle again anytime soon. Rousey’s agent, Brad Slater, told UFC Tonight on Wednesday that no further plans were being discussed for her to take part in any WWE programming, now, or in the future.

    Cagewriter
  • Son, 15, of Cdn consul in Miami facing serious charges; brother, 17, killed

    Miami police are saying little about an apparent drug deal gone bad that left a 17-year-old son of the Canadian consul dead and her 15-year-old son facing serious charges. Jean Wabafiyebazu was killed Monday after the boys reportedly drove their mother's BMW — with diplomatic plates — to the scene of the crime. Local media reports say Marc Wabafiyebazu waited outside with the vehicle and gunfire broke out inside the adjacent apartment complex.

    The Canadian Press
  • Dog that was struck by car, clubbed, left for dead recovering with help from vets, Samaritans

    The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Now, the dog that defied death is recovering with the help of good Samaritans and veterinarians at Washington State University. The dog used to roam the streets getting scraps of food from people in Moses Lake, a farm town about 100 miles west of Spokane.

    The Canadian Press
  • 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
  • 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
  • Avril Battling Lyme Disease

    Avril Lavigne is opening up about battling Lyme disease, something she discovered she had last October while celebrating her 30th birthday. "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she told People. "My friends

    Access Hollywood
  • 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
  • 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
  • Do YOU have ‘geographic tongue’?

    Known as geographic tongue (GT), the ailment causes people to have a mottled tongue featuring bizarre designs such as circles and what has been described as a 'map of continents'. Known as geographic tongue (GT), the ailment causes people to have a mottled tongue featuring bizarre designs such as circles and a 'map of continents'.

    Daily Mail q
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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