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1940 US Census Is the First Census Available Online

If you’ve been searching for your family history, the search just got a little bit easier. For the first time ever, the results of a US census are available online and can be accessed by and shared with anyone on the internet.

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Canada Has Eliminated the Penny

Even stacked together in a jar, all those pennies you have are fairly worthless. However, they may soon become collectors’ items.

Canada, our neighbor to the North, has just eliminated the penny in their latest federal budget, following the example of nations like Australia and New Zealand. The Canadian national mint will stop producing the one-cent coin over the next six months, and businesses have been asked to return pennies to be melted down.

We thought it was a joke too, but apparently the Great White North is serious:

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Lamborghini Driving Batman Is a Real Hero to Sick Kids

A video of a man wearing an awesome Batman suit whose black Lamborghini was pulled over in Maryland for not having proper tags went viral last week. And why wouldn’t it?

Well, it turns out the man behind the mask isn’t really Bruce Wayne, despite having a couple hundred grand to blow on a fine Italian sports cars. But Lenny B. Robinson, a 48-year-old businessman from Baltimore County, is a hero in his own right.

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Did the Quaker Oats Guy Drop a Few Pounds?

In a sure sign of our plastic surgery-obsessed times, the Quaker Oats man — who’s known as “Larry” for some reason — has been revamped to make him appear slightly slimmer and more youthful. But don’t worry — the oats themselves remain the same and are just as thick and gluey as you remember.

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Category: Food, Weird News
Philip Lenssen, GoogleAprilFools.com
Philip Lenssen, GoogleAprilFools.com
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Google’s Best April Fool’s Day Pranks

Every year since 2000, except 2001 and 2003, Google has treated netizens to at least one, sometimes 17, April Fool’s Day pranks and easter eggs. And, since we know they love to play (check out their new Google Play offering), we’re hoping 2012 will be no different.

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Category: Humor, Weird News
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Etch-A-Sketch Responds to Mitt Romney Gaffe

Last week, Mitt Romney‘s campaign adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, likened his candidate’s plan to retool and change message once he secured the GOP nomination to the classic toy the Etch-A-Sketch. “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again,” Fehrnstrom said during the now notorious CNN interview.

While changing courses for a general election is pretty standard practice, it’s not something a presidential candidate’s adviser is supposed to brag about. Let alone explain so colorfully, as Fehrnstrom did.

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Category: Photos, Weird News
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Baby the Elephant Escapes Bath, Runs Wild In Ireland

The elephant featured in the video below might be named Baby, but she’s 40-years-old and weighs a very grown up two-and-a-half tons.

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Ulrik Tofte, Think Stock
Ulrik Tofte, Think Stock
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About April Fool’s Day

Every year on April 1st, office water coolers are spiked with white wine and computer mouses are glued to desks. Every year on college campuses, half empty buckets of water are placed on the top of dorm room doors and passed out bros are covered with marker ink. And throughout the world, the sound of chuckling and cackling can be heard echoing across its borders.

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Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss Estate

The Lorax‘ movie has brought some well-deserved attention to the late Dr. Seuss‘ furry orange tree protector.

But not all of this attention has been of a positive nature. In fact, some heartless thieves have stolen a 300-pound statue of the Lorax from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s San Diego estate where his 90-year-old widow, Audrey Geisel, still resides. 

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Category: Video, Weird News
Brett, Flickr
Brett, Flickr
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April Fool’s Day Is No Joke to Real Pranksters

While one might think April Fools’ Day would be like Christmas for those who pull pranks for a living, the practical joke community is actually quite divided on the annual day of deception.

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Fox
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Fox Has Stopped Promoting ‘Neighborhood Watch’ in Wake of Trayvon Martin Incident

In the upcoming movie ‘Neighborhood Watch,’ Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill play inept badge-less crime fighters who patrol the streets of their posh suburban town. Then things get interesting when the neighborhood gets invaded by aliens of the extraterrestrial kind.

The movie, which is scheduled for July 27th release, is being directed by The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, and the story is from the screenwriting team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Madcap fun, right? 

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Category: Movies, Weird News
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YouTube/Like_the_Grand_Canyon, Flickr/Steve Nagata, Flickr
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10 Strange Coca-Cola Flavors From Around the World

The story of the world’s most famous soft drink goes that Dr. John Pemberton concocted the original mixture that would become the Coca-Cola beverage we all know over a fire in the backyard of his Atlanta home on March 29th, 1886. He envisioned it as a cure for a hangover.

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Category: Photos, Video, Weird News

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