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Krispy Kreme Apologizes for 'KKK Wednesday' Promo

It was supposed to be a fun event for kids, not about the Klan

(Newser) - A UK Krispy Kreme was determined to show kids on winter break a good time, so it promoted on Facebook a weeklong roster of activities that included Funday Monday, Colouring Tuesday, and … KKK Wednesday. The Hull branch of the doughnut purveyor has since taken down the ad, per Mashable... More »

New Law in England: No Smoking in Cars With Kids

It goes into effect later this year

(Newser) - Brits will be breaking the law if they light up while driving—if there's a child riding as a passenger. England's Department of Health announced today that the law, which will go into effect Oct. 1, is similar to a ban in Wales, the BBC reports. Scotland is... More »

Birds Kill Man Who Cleaned Pigeon Poop

Pigeon allergy, pneumonia claim life of 72-year-old

(Newser) - A man who came in contact with pigeons but didn't much like them has died in an unexpected way—from a pigeon allergy. Peter Willoughby of Hampshire County, England, cleaned bird droppings at a Ford factory for 25 years and let a friend store pigeons in his garden, the... More »

Beach Dare Goes Wrong: 2 Men Feared Drowned

Body of one young Brit swept out to sea has been recovered

(Newser) - A group of five friends went down to the sea's edge at Brighton Beach in Sussex, England, at 1am Saturday, and only three emerged. After a dare to stand at the waterfront, 23-year-old Dan Nicholls was knocked off his feet by a large wave in severe weather and swept... More »

Muggle's Potter-Themed Proposal Almost Thwarted

After flying his girlfriend to the UK, Samuel Goetsch ran into logistical problems

(Newser) - In the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore finds Harry at Surbiton station in Surrey, England, and whisks him away to Budleigh Babberton—a scene meant to depict the promise of new beginnings. So when Samuel Goetsch of Houston took his Texan girlfriend of four years Stephanie Dodd... More »

Researchers Figure Out How Cows 'Talk'

They uncover what 'moo' really means

(Newser) - The ability to communicate between a mother and her offspring isn't just between humans. Scientists in England have found that cows share the same bond with their calves and get their message across through their moos, the BBC reports. "A calf certainly knows its mother from other cows,... More »

Is Grisly Tale of King Harold True? Hunt for Body Begins

Grounds at Essex's Waltham Abbey Church to be scanned

(Newser) - King Harold II's death is immortalized in the Bayeux Tapestry, which shows England's final Anglo-Saxon king taking an arrow to the eye during the Battle of Hastings on Oct. 14, 1066; Norman knights then were said to have hacked him to pieces. Now, a team is tugging on... More »

17-Hour Erection Sends Man to Hospital

Jason Garnett suffered from priapism after having sex

(Newser) - Last Friday, Jason Garnett greeted a new day, as many men do, with an erection. But 17 hours later, doctors were stabbing the British man's penis with needles in order to end his member's persistent salute, UPI reports. The 23-year-old North Yorkshire man didn't worry when his... More »

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 »

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