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To Eat This 8K-Calorie Breakfast, Sign a Waiver

Chef of British cafe says 'the Hibernator' weighs 7 pounds

(Newser) - Think you're a big eater? One breakfast cooked up at the Bear Grills cafe in Congleton, England, is so daunting that only 20 people have tried it—and no one has successfully cleaned their plate. The chef tells the Daily Mail it's called "the Hibernator" because "... More »

Duchess Grows 'Poison Garden' That Can Kill

Jane Percy wanted to 'interest children'

(Newser) - When Jane Percy became the Duchess of Northumberland in 1995, she inherited a fancy new title, a castle—the one used as the Hogwarts school in a couple of Harry Potter movies—and acres of disheveled gardens that her husband asked her to tidy up. Percy's interest in poisonous... More »

Today's Scotland Vote: What You Need to Know

The vote over Scottish independence is here

(Newser) - Scots are taking to the polls today to determine whether Scotland should gain legal independence from the United Kingdom for the first time since 1707. Voters—more than 4 million perhaps, with 97% of the electorate registered to vote—have access to 2,608 polling places across the country between... More »

Jokesters Erect England-Scotland Border Station

Makers aim to add 'a bit of a joke' to independence debate

(Newser) - The vote for Scottish independence isn't until Thursday, but travel between England and Scotland already requires a passport. That is, if you fall for a joke border control station that a photographer erected with some English and Scottish friends. An official-looking sign on a highway reads "Scottish Border... More »

In a First, 2 Americans Make Booker Shortlist

We are all completely beside ourselves for Karen Joy Fowler, Joshua Ferris

(Newser) - Three British writers, two Americans, and an Australian are the finalists announced today for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction . The British nominees are Ali Smith's How to Be Both, Howard Jacobson's J, and Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others. The US is represented by Joshua Ferris'... More »

Artist Hides $16K in Gold Bars on Beach

And it's finders, keepers in Folkestone, England

(Newser) - It's the kind of art project that even people who hate art projects can love: A German artist has hidden about $16,000 worth of gold bars on a beach in Folkestone, England, reports the Guardian . Lucky treasure hunters can keep any they find. Artist Michael Sailstorfer calls the... More »

Police Ignored Huge Child Abuse Ring for Years: Report

1,400 kids exploited in UK town of Rotherham over 16 years

(Newser) - For 16 years, 1,400 children in the impoverished South Yorkshire town of Rotherham were stalked, reported missing, or seen leaving school with strange men. At first, they were "white British children" and more recently, they were Pakistani, Kashmiri, and Roma, the AP reports. A new report reveals they... More »

1 Dead After 35 People Found in Shipping Container

Police treating investigation as a homicide

(Newser) - One man is dead and more than 30 others were taken to the hospital after Tilbury Dock workers in Essex, England, discovered 35 adults and children inside a shipping container today. According to the BBC, the individuals inside the shipping container were "suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia."... More »

Man Arrested for Acting Like a Ghost

Anthony Stallard, 24, pleaded guilty to poor behavior at a cemetery

(Newser) - A guy who's on parole for harassment goes out drinking, then visits a cemetery with a buddy and a football—what could go wrong? The people of Portsmouth, England, found out when Anthony Stallard, 24, booted the football at gravestones and acted like a ghost for cemetery visitors, according... More »

Peaches Geldof Was Heroin Addict: Husband

Drugs found in system too pure for relapsed addict, inquest hears

(Newser) - A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof did, indeed, die of a heroin overdose , and her husband, Thomas Cohen, admitted at the inquest looking into her April death that she was using again shortly before her death, the Guardian reports. The 25-year-old mother of two had been taking methadone for... More »

Family Sees 4 Consecutive Generations of Twins

They've applied to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - There may be something in the water in Clevedon, England. Melanie Gwynne is a twin. Her father and his mother, Gwynne's grandmother, are also twins. And last fall, Gwynne became mom to the family's fourth generation of twins—two girls, whose birth was featured on the British TV... More »

Here's What Eventually Kills Centenarians

New study looks at causes of death for the 100-and-over crowd

(Newser) - Centenarians really are different than most of us. A study in the UK has revealed that the oldest of the old typically die not of the chronic illnesses that often fell the “younger” elderly, but of infections or frailty, LiveScience reports. Out of almost 36,000 centenarians who died... More »

Church Pulls 'Hell' Sign After Police Probe

Attleborough Baptist Church's sign was seen as 'hateful'

(Newser) - A Baptist church has agreed to take down a sign about hell after police investigated the message as a "hate incident," reports the Daily Mail . It all started when a passerby in Norfolk, England, complained about the sign, which suggested non-Christians would burn in hell, showing flames below... More »

Britain Has First Gay Weddings

New law takes effect

(Newser) - Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were among the first to tie the knot when Britain's new marriage law came into effect today. The... More »

Historic Find in Europe: Human Footprints 800K Years Old

Tracks in Britain are the oldest found outside Africa

(Newser) - Walking along a beach in Norfolk, England, last May, scientists spotted indents at low tide that had been washed clear of sand by a recent storm. They thought the marks might be animal prints, but on closer inspection discovered something much cooler: nearly million-year-old human footprints—the oldest ones ever... More »

Message in Bottle Gets a Reply, 23 Years Later

Zoe Averianov dropped bottle in North Sea in 1990 at age 10

(Newser) - A UK woman got a pretty unexpected Christmas card this holiday season—a response to a 23-year-old message in a bottle she'd dropped in the North Sea as a child. While on a ferry from England to Belgium in 1990, Zoe Lemon—now Zoe Averianov—wrote a note explaining,... More »

Trapped in UK Sea Cave, Swimmer Dies

Rescuers fail to reach her through tiny 'blowhole'

(Newser) - A woman was swimming off the south coast of England when she got trapped in a sea cave; amid "horrendous" weather conditions, the 30-year-old died before rescuers could reach her, the BBC reports. She and her brother, 31, had apparently been "coasteering"—climbing on rocks, then jumping... More »

130 Cars in Foggy UK Pileup

Authorities think fog may be partially to blame

(Newser) - More than 100 vehicles were smashed in a series of crashes on the A249 Sheppey crossing in Kent, England, this morning. Authorities were called to the scene around 7am to find 130 wrecked cars strung along the entire bridge that connects the Isle of Sheppey to the Kent mainland. Newsy... More »

Cops in 5-Hour Standoff With ... Quiche Thieves

'Apparently they were hungry,' cafe owner says

(Newser) - A couple of hungry thieves faced off against police for five hours after reportedly breaking into a cafe for a bite of quiche, the Guardian reports. The two men, aged 20 and 21, attempted the nighttime burglary in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's northernmost town. But patrol officers noticed the break-in, and... More »

Ancient 'Halls of the Dead' Unearthed

1K years older than Stonehenge

(Newser) - Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient buildings in England thought to be 6,000 years old—that's 1,000 years older than Stonehenge. The remains of the 320-foot-long wooden long houses were found under burial mounds in Herefordshire. They are believed to have been deliberately, symbolically burned down—probably when... More »

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