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Mouse Found Dead in 155-Year-Old Trap

Rodent got caught in Victorian mousetrap on display in museum

(Newser) - When Colin Pullinger & Sons patented its "Perpetual Mouse Trap" in 1861, the company boasted the device would "last a lifetime"—and it wasn't kidding. One of the antiquated models on display at the University of Reading's Museum of English Rural Life ended up trapping... More »

Lost Cat Found Living in Pet Food Warehouse

'I can't believe he's so porky'

(Newser) - It turns out a cat missing for more than a year was living the high life inside a pet food warehouse, NBC News reports. "I can't believe he's so porky," the cat's owner, Tanya Irons, told the BBC after being reunited with Clive this week.... More »

'Oh, Are You the Stripogram?' Women Ask Cop

He was not

(Newser) - Police community officer Mike Ober was on foot patrol in Wiltshire, England, on Saturday when he admits having to "beat a hasty retreat." But he didn't skedaddle because he was outnumbered by a gang of criminals. Ober was instead outnumbered by a group of women gathered at... More »

Century Later, Fate of Lost German U-Boat Revealed

Rumor debunked: It actually sank off coast of England in 1915

(Newser) - A German U-boat set off from the north coast of Germany for a routine patrol with four officers and 31 crew members on board on Jan. 13, 1915. It was never seen again. The mysterious disappearance sparked a rumor—believed to have been started by another U-boat commander—that the... More »

Child's Spelling Error Leads to Police Questioning

'Terraced house' ended up 'terrorist house'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Muslim boy made a truly unfortunate spelling error at his UK school and ended up getting interviewed by police. The boy meant to write, as part of an English lesson, that he lived in a "terraced house," but accidentally wrote instead that he lived in a... More »

England May Finally Get Its Own National Anthem

God save ' God Save the Queen'?

(Newser) - God may save the Queen, but who will save "God Save the Queen"? A bill introduced Wednesday in British parliament means England will consider replacing "God Save the Queen" as its de facto national anthem for the first time in 200 years, the New York Times reports.... More »

Guy Orders a Kindle, Receives Tumor Sample

#FedExFail

(Newser) - A man in England who ordered a waterproof Kindle was surprised to open his FedEx package and see a tumor specimen instead—delivered all the way from California, no less. "When I opened it I had quite a shock," recipient James Potten tells the BBC . "My name... More »

On Day of Her Death, Woman Was 'Not Sick Enough' for Benefits

'Disgusting and heartbreaking,' says her husband

(Newser) - An English woman who was so sick with COPD that she couldn't walk 40 feet without needing a break was told she wasn't ill enough to continue receiving a government benefit—on the day she died. Dawn Amos, 67, had been receiving an "attendance allowance" from the... More »

236K Sign Petition to Keep Trump Out of UK

Scot who created the call for the ban has taken on Trump before

(Newser) - First it was a couple of US mayors , now it's the entire United Kingdom: Scottish activist Suzanne Kelly created a request on the British government's petitions website demanding that Donald Trump be denied entry to the UK, CNN reports, and the document has already received more than 236,... More »

Stonehenge May Have Been Erected in Another Country

What some ancient campfires in Wales have revealed

(Newser) - Stonehenge may reside in England, but it "was a Welsh monument from its very beginning." So says Professor Mike Parker Pearson in reference to what is a big step forward in our understanding of Stonehenge, reports the BBC . His team's research, published Monday in the journal Antiquity,... More »

Monks Lied About King Arthur's Burial to Raise Cash

Supposed grave is really a pit of rubble

(Newser) - A team of 31 specialists led by an archaeologist at the University of Reading are shedding light on some supposed Dark Age legends in their four-year work at Glastonbury Abbey in the UK, reports the Guardian . To wit: "Those feet, immortalized in William Blake’s poem Jerusalem , never walked... More »

Church Stops Clergy From Digging Up 'Shakespeare Skull'

Clergymen wanted conjecture settled once and for all

(Newser) - Like to size up the cranium that once held the brain behind Macbeth, Hamlet, and roughly 1,500 words we still use today? Well, it's bad news for you—and anyone who believes William Shakespeare's skull is lying under a small village chapel in England, the Birmingham Mail... More »

Subway Employee: Fridge Door Locked Behind Me

Karlee Daubeney's case is finally going to court

(Newser) - A Subway employee says she's still suffering from anxiety after getting locked in a store fridge for eight hours last year—and now her story is getting its day in court, the Independent reports. Karlee Daubeney, 20, says she was working late last December at a Subway in Gloucester,... More »

Big Ben May Soon Be Mute

Landmark bell could be silenced for years for urgent repairs

(Newser) - Big Ben's bongs may fall silent for months or even years as urgent repairs are carried out. Two of Britain's largest newspapers reported Sunday that Parliament's massive clock and the tower that supports it need as much as $61.7 million in repairs—work that will silence... More »

Lost Henry V Ship May Be Buried Beneath English Mud

Historian hopes to resurrect the Henry V's Holigost after six centuries

(Newser) - A British historian may have discovered the wreck of one of the four "great ships" built by King Henry V for his war on France six centuries ago, the BBC reports. "These great ships were floating symbols of power and prestige," Dr. Ian Friel tells the Guardian ... More »

Video Shows Drivers High on Drugs Before Crash

Their families released the footage for a reason

(Newser) - A newly released video shows two young men joking and laughing as they drive at high speeds through dark country lanes. Then they crash, and their lives are over. Families of the two British friends—Kyle Careford, 20, Michael Owen, 21—have released the footage as a warning to others... More »

15-Year-Old Terrorist in UK Gets Life Sentence

But British teen will have the chance of parole in 5 years

(Newser) - A 15-year-old British boy was sentenced Friday to at least five years in custody for organizing a terrorist plot to kill police officers in Australia. Judge John Saunders said the teenager, who can't be named because of his age, would be released only when he was no longer a... More »

A Man Once Bought Stonehenge 'on a Whim'

Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge 100 years ago, then gave it away

(Newser) - One of history's more grand misplaced romantic gestures involves a British wife who was hoping for new curtains and instead got a bunch of rocks. A century ago, on Sept. 21, 1915, Cecil Chubb set off for an auction "and came back with something rather different" than the... More »

Workers at Westminster Make Medieval Find Under Pipes

Remains of at least 50 people in abbey thought to be from 11th, 12th centuries

(Newser) - Workers demolishing a section of Westminster Abbey to make room for a new tower stumbled upon something most unexpected (at least in that part of the abbey): the remains of at least 50 people, including the skeleton of a 3-year-old, that archaeologists believe date back to the 11th and 12th... More »

Here's Why 'Buried Alive' Stunts Are a Bad Idea

UK's Antony Britton almost died when he was smothered in soil

(Newser) - Antony Britton's plan: to pull a Harry Houdini and claw his way to the surface after being handcuffed and buried underneath 6 feet of soil. But his charity stunt in West Yorkshire on Saturday took an almost deadly turn when the escape artist was smothered by the dirt and... More »

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