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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daniel Paul arrested in connection with girlfriend's homicide

    The family of a murdered woman says her boyfriend Daniel Paul was arrested by Vancouver Police on Wednesday.  The body of Rose Paul, a mother of five, was found March 3 in the basement suite of a home on East 22nd Avenue in Vancouver. Now her sister

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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 authority denounces Google certificate rejection

    A Chinese Internet regulator on Thursday slammed as "unacceptable" a decision by Google Inc to no longer recognize its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority. Google said on its official security blog on Wednesday that it would no longer recognize the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) certificate authorities, following a joint investigation between the company and CNNIC into a potential security lapse last month. It was not immediately clear how many websites CNNIC has certified and could yield warning messages.

    Reuters 57 mins ago
  • 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
  • Medical marijuana dispensary upsets Vancouver condo neighbours

    Maxine Clough, one of the residents at the condo near Hornby St. and Beach Ave., said that while she and her neighbours have no problem with medical marijuana, their building is simply the wrong location. "There's a bit of a need for it in the area," says Ryan Williams.

    CBC 19 mins ago
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Dealership owner posts epic rant and reward to Kijiji after trucks stolen

    A silver 2014 Dodge RAM 1500 valued at $35,000 was taken from David Tingley's Dodge dealership on March 20. Then a few days later, a brand new RAM 2500 Mega Cab worth $85,000 was also taken. Tingley said he has no idea how the trucks were taken — but that the thieves somehow got their hands on key fobs to both trucks.

  • 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
  • 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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