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Waiter Learns the Hard Way to Be Careful Around Ancient Art

Venus statue at London's British Museum had thumb knocked right off by catering server

(Newser) - A waiter who was all thumbs cost a priceless Roman sculpture one of its own. The BBC reports on the incident at London's British Museum, which the Art Newspaper says took place in December, in which the unfortunate unnamed server from an outside catering vendor was setting up for... More »

'Psycho' Gorilla Escapes Zoo Pen, Heads for Hooch

Kumbuka guzzled a gallon of nonalcoholic sugary syrup, but still

(Newser) - David Field, director of the ZSL London Zoo, is trying to dismiss an animal escape earlier this month as "less dramatic than some would have you believe," as he writes in a blog post . But as the Guardian reports, the security breach ended up with an evacuation, armed... More »

One Klutz, 4 Big-Screen TVs, and a Retail Disaster

UK's HBH Woolacotts simply labels this video 'Customer Fail!'

(Newser) - A guy browsing in a British electronics store has now been gawked at by millions of people for what the retailer is calling the ultimate "customer fail," per CBS News . HBH Woolacotts uploaded a video to YouTube (currently boasting more than 3.3 million views) on Thursday that... More »

Nobel Economics Winner: CEO Bonuses Are 'Too Complicated'

Oliver Hart of the UK and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland are pioneers in contract theory

(Newser) - British-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to contract theory, shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their theories "are valuable to the understanding of real-life... More »

Creepy Clowns Spread to the UK

Police say there have been multiple sightings

(Newser) - British police have warned about people in clown outfits acting suspiciously and sometimes wielding knives as they follow people. The warning Saturday follows a string of incidents in recent days in an apparent effort to copy clown-related threats in the United States, the AP reports. Police in Gloucestershire said there... More »

Party 'Altercation' Puts UK Pol in Hospital

But Steven Woolfe is apparently improving after apparent face punch in UKIP fracas

(Newser) - A UK politician said by the Telegraph to be the favorite in the race for leadership of Nigel Farage's UKIP party is in the hospital after sources tell Sky News he was punched in the face during a skirmish with UKIP members Thursday. "I deeply regret that following... More »

Prosecutor: Book Dealer Murdered Over Children's Classic

Michael Danaher allegedly killed him and stole Wind in the Willows

(Newser) - A British murder over a rare copy of The Wind in the Willows sounds like something out of Agatha Christie: Prosecutors say Michael Danaher plotted for months to kill book dealer Adrian Greenwood and steal his $64,000 first edition of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 children's classic, the Los ... More »

Woman Dies After Gardening Scratch Leads to Sepsis

Blood test finally revealed problem, but it came too late

(Newser) - Lucinda Smith, a 43-year-old attorney and mother of two in the United Kingdom, was gardening in March of last year when she suffered a minor scrape on her hand. After feeling pain in her shoulder she visited her general practitioner, who diagnosed a pinched nerve and sent her home with... More »

Trio 'Opened Door' to Secret World, Win Nobel in Physics

Congrats to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for topology work

(Newser) - British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work that "revealed the secrets of exotic matter," the prize committee said, per the AP . The three "opened the door" to an unknown world where matter... More »

Police Arrest Elderly Suspect in 51-Year-Old Murder

78-year-old man suspected in murder of Elsie Frost in the UK

(Newser) - When 14-year-old Elsie Frost was found dying of multiple stab wounds in a tunnel under a West Yorkshire train overpass in October of 1965, the news of her vicious murder "caused widespread shock and revulsion" across England, reports the Telegraph . But in spite of police questioning 12,000 men,... More »

Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive Could Be Yours

Expect visitors (no, not Dumbledore)

(Newser) - A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market—complete with a cupboard under the stairs. Fans of the boy wizard will recognize 12 Picket Post Close as 4 Privet Drive, home of Harry's dastardly aunt and uncle, who took Harry in... More »

Ex-British PM Pulls Surprise, Quits Politics

David Cameron says he doesn't want to be a distraction to new PM's government

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister David Cameron is standing down from his position in Parliament because he doesn't want to be a distraction to the new government headed by Theresa May. Cameron's unexpected announcement Monday will trigger a by-election for his seat in Oxfordshire, the AP reports. Cameron had earlier... More »

London Burns Mini-London to Commemorate Great Fire

394-foot model was torched in the Thames

(Newser) - In a quintessentially British celebration, London commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London by burning the whole city down all over again—this time in miniature. Spectators packed the banks of the River Thames to watch as a 394-foot wooden replica of 17th-century London was set alight... More »

Teen Kills Herself After Uploading 'Racist' Image

Phoebe Connop's Instagram photo spread further than she meant it to

(Newser) - A photo that started out as an Instagram joke meant to be shared among a few friends led a British teen to kill herself after more people saw it than she intended, the Telegraph reports. The problem with the pic taken by Phoebe Connop: She was afraid it would be... More »

Hiker Dies Because Husband Used App Instead of Map

Jane Wilson fell to her death in March

(Newser) - A hiker's fatal fall in March has been blamed on using a smartphone app map instead of an actual map. The BBC reports Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were hiking on Tryfan in Wales when it started to get dark and they decided to skip the summit. While... More »

'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

Airlander 10, world's longest aircraft, went down after tangle with telephone pole

(Newser) - The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. The $33.1 million, 302-foot-long Airlander 10—officially named the Martha Gywn, but called "... More »

1st Same-Sex Olympic Couple Wins Gold

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh are members of Great Britain's field hockey team

(Newser) - Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were already the first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olympics, Advocate reports. On Friday, they added a gold medal to that historic first. "To win a gold medal is a dream come true—to win it standing next to my wife is really... More »

Best Man's Bachelor Party Turns Out to Be 'Nastiest' Scam

With friends like these ...

(Newser) - Before Dino Carter even proposed to his girlfriend, he asked Martyn Galvin to be the best man at his wedding. Galvin repaid his pal of 18 years by setting up the bachelor party, collecting money from the groom and his friends for a big bash in Prague and a horse-racing... More »

Radar Found a 'Superhenge' of Stones. Then the Digging Began

Actual excavation revealed holes once filled with timber

(Newser) - Remember the huge stone monument archaeologists found buried two miles from Stonehenge in the UK last year? Well it turns out that the so-called "Superhenge" that radar suggested was made of 100 or so large stones was actually stoneless. "The response from the radar was so good that... More »

UK Schoolgirl Who Joined ISIS Killed in Airstrike: Report

Kadiza Sultana reportedly killed in Raqqa in May

(Newser) - One of three British schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join ISIS in February 2015 has been reportedly killed in an airstrike—in the midst of her efforts to flee the country. ITV News reports the unverified news that Kadiza Sultana, 17, died when the home she occupied in Raqqa... More »

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