Sharon Hill: Suspend Your Skepticism and Just Listen

It's simply no good to surround yourself with people who only think exactly like you and never challenge your thoughts and views. You never grow or understand much beyond your own circle. As I said in my last piece, a whole new way of seeing the world opened up when I expanded outside my tiny worldview and explored other explanations for paranormal or mysterious phenomena.

Man Allegedly Robs, Beats Victim To Prove He's Not A Cop

A New Orleans man is accused of kicking and punching someone into a bloody pulp just to prove that he wasn't a police officer.

Police say William Busker, 22, was attempting to buy cocaine inside a strip club Sunday morning, the Times-Picayune reported.

5 April Fool's Day Pranks You Can Pull Now

Our homes are the perfect battleground for April Fool's Day, full of opportunities for mischief. Though we were more about this "holiday" when we were kids, there's nothing like a good laugh to help you blow off some steam. To help bring out your sneakier side, we've compiled a list of 5 silly, simple pranks that'll inspire a smile (hopefully) from your family members.

Free Hugo Chávez Tattoos!

Diehard Hugo Chávez fans who are short on cash have a new way to make a political statement.

The Youth Intergration Force (FIJU, in Spanish) is offering free tattoos of the former Venezuelan president’s signature, the group announced on its Twitter feed Monday.

The tweet reads: "Heads up that tomorrow starting at 1pm we’ll be tattooing comandante Hugo Chávez’s signature compeletely #free. Come on out!"

Bears allowed on airplanes, and other April Fool's pranks

If YouTube is shutting down and bears are going to be allowed on airplanes, it must be April Fool's Day.

Google says to shut down YouTube in early April Fools' gag

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc, getting a headstart on the annual tradition of April Fools' pranks, released a YouTube clip on Sunday declaring that the world's most popular video website will shut down at the stroke of midnight.

Octogenarian Japanese climber aims for Everest record

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had heart surgery four times is heading to Mount Everest to try for a third ascent of the world's highest peak and will become the oldest person to reach the top if he succeeds. Yuichiro Miura climbed to the summit of the 8,850 metre (29,035 ft) mountain in 2003 and 2008. He skied down Everest from an altitude of 8,000 metres (26,246 ft) in 1970. ...

UK-Odd Summary

April Fool becomes yet another marketing gimmick LONDON (Reuters) - The April Fool is dead. Or at least the gentle jester of the common folk has been converted into a corporate colossus controlled by global marketing executives. Companies around the world, from Google to BMW and Sony, have adopted the tradition of goading the gullible on April 1 to show their lighter sides and steal some free publicity. ...

Google says to shut down YouTube in early April Fools' gag

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc, getting a headstart on the annual tradition of April Fools' pranks, released a YouTube clip on Sunday declaring that the world's most popular video website will shut down at the stroke of midnight.

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