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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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Ohio Art
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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
YouTube
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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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Category: Weird News
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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Category: Weird News
NBC San Diego
NBC San Diego
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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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Category: Weird News
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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
YouTube/Like_the_Grand_Canyon, Flickr/Steve Nagata, Flickr
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
MSNBC
MSNBC
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82-Year-Old Granny Chases Down Purse Snatcher

Sylvia Miller of Ohio may be 82-years-old, but that doesn’t mean she’s an easy mark for thieves. Last Wednesday, the spry octogenarian actually chased down a criminal who had snatched her purse. Go, granny!

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Category: Video, Weird News
Vimeo
Vimeo
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Geek Out Your Tot With ‘Tron’-Style Baby Stroller

As any parent knows, strollers are great for toting your tots around, but, let’s face it, they just don’t have that cool factor. To remedy this, research engineer Bhautik Joshi at Industrial Light and Magic tricked out a baby stroller with electroluminescent wire and made something worthy of ‘Tron.’

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Category: Video, Weird News
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Texas Ballpark Unveils Giant $26 Hot Dog

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. So are their cholesterol levels, judging by this latest junk food monstrosity.

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Category: Food, Weird News

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