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.

  • Temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs must start leaving Canada today

    Mario Reyes choked back tears on Wednesday while discussing his last-ditch attempt to remain in Canada as the clock ran out for thousands of temporary foreign workers like him whose work permits have expired. Reyes, who came to Canada from the Philippines seven years ago, has been working at a Minit Lube franchise in Red Deer, Alta., as a temporary foreign worker. "When I was in the Philippines, life was really hard for me, but when I got a chance to work here everything changed," said Reyes at his lawyer's office in Calgary.

    The Canadian Press
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • China Internet agency says Google move 'unacceptable'

    A Chinese Internet agency said on Thursday that Google Inc's decision to no longer recognize certificates of trust issued by the authority is "unacceptable and unintelligible". Google said on its official security blog on Wednesday that it would no longer recognize the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) certificate authorities, following an investigation into a potential security lapse. CNNIC, which calls itself a "constructor, operator and administrator of infrastructure in Chinese information society", responded in a statement on its website that Google should consider user rights and interests.

  • 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'.

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  • Dad of Canadian teens at centre of Miami shooting feared sons' move to U.S.

    The father of two teens at the centre of a deadly Miami gun battle says he feared for the safety of his boys in the big city and didn't want them to move there with their mother, a high-ranking Canadian diplomat. Germano Wabafiyebazu said he sat his sons down in early February before they moved from Ottawa to Miami with their mother, Roxanne Dube, who is Canada's top diplomat in Florida. "They forgot the warning that I gave them, the caution that they should have taken," Wabafiyebazu said Wednesday in an interview in Ottawa.

    The Canadian Press
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • B.C. ferry and hydro prices go up and liquor laws change today

    The first day of April is ushering in a variety of changes for consumers as everything from B.C. liquor laws to ferry fares are increasing across the province. BC Ferries fares increased 3.9 per cent today, while BC Hydro electricity rates will rise

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Amit Chakma, Western University president, to give back half of $924K salary

    Western University president Amit Chakma says he will voluntarily refund the school nearly half his $924,000 salary last year, money he received in lieu of taking an administrative leave. "My employment contract with Western, executed in 2009, provided for payment in lieu of one year of administrative leave at the end of my five-year term," said Chakma in a written statement released Wednesday. "Although contractually sanctioned, in hindsight, I should have carried over my administrative leave to the end of my current term," Chakma said.

  • 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