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Where World's Tallest Women, Men Live

Latvian women, Dutch men are tallest: study

(Newser) - Latvian women are tallest in the world, with an average height of 5-foot-7, according to a new study in the journal eLife . The same study, based on 2014 data, finds Dutch men tower over the rest at an even 6 feet on average, reports the BBC . The US—home to... More »

Shipwreck Yields Dress From 1642 Secret Mission

It likely belonged to an English noblewoman

(Newser) - An amazingly well-preserved dress discovered by divers in Dutch waters likely belonged to a noblewoman on a "secret mission" in 1642 to sell the crown jewels, Dutch News reports. Marine archeologists found the silk gown and other items in August 2014, but officials at the Kaap Skil Museum kept... More »

Museum Peeved Over Anne Frank 'Escape Room'

Operator says it's 'an educational experience'

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Foundation has criticized an "escape room" made to look like the Amsterdam apartment where the teenage Jewish diarist hid with her family from the Nazis. According to its website , the Escape Bunker in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, has a room styled to look like the apartment. Visitors are... More »

After 600 Years, Medieval Ship Rises Again

Researchers believe it was sunk deliberately

(Newser) - A medieval ship believed to have been sunk deliberately some 600 years ago was pulled nearly intact from a Dutch River on Feb. 10, the NL Times reports. It's a "fantastic achievement," the project lead tells Live Science , which was the culmination of three years of meticulous... More »

66 People Were Mentally Ill. How Euthanasia Came Next

A look at cases in the Netherlands from 2011 to 2014

(Newser) - Euthanasia is itself not without controversy; the euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) of the mentally ill even more so. It's an infrequent practice but one on the rise in the Netherlands, which is thought to have seen no more than five such cases in 1997 but 42 in 2013.... More »

Eagles Are Being Trained to Take Down Drones

It's not yet clear if the process is safe for the birds

(Newser) - Dutch police have come up with a pretty crazy way of taking out drones: eagles. Law enforcement in the Netherlands is teaming up with a raptor training company to train the birds of prey to "intercept" quadcopters, the Verge reports, citing local media and a video report . Wired reports... More »

Why Belgium Is Handing Land to the Netherlands

It has a little bit to do with a headless body

(Newser) - Throughout history, borders have caused unfathomable bloodshed, ageless feuds, and decades-old legal disputes, which makes plans for a friendly exchange of land between the Netherlands and Belgium all the more remarkable. The reason for such magnanimity? "Because it makes sense to do so," says Marcel Neven, the mayor... More »

Horror Movies Are Literally Bloodcurdling

Study shows fear causes release of blood-clotting protein

(Newser) - People have been using the term "bloodcurdling" to describe feelings of intense fear for centuries. Now, a new study has found that being scared can, indeed, cause your blood to thicken, NBC News reports. Dutch researchers found that a frightening situation—in this case, watching a horror movie—can... More »

Dutch Driving Instructors Can Trade Lessons for Sex

Netherlands finds it's perfectly legal, if the instructor makes the first move

(Newser) - Christmas came early for amorous driving instructors after the Netherlands ruled it was perfectly legal—if "undesirable"—for them to exchange driving lessons for sex, the Telegraph reports. The question was brought before parliament by an official who was concerned that if a driving student offered sex as... More »

Archaeologists Find Remnants of Massacre Led by Caesar

They say it's the first proof of Caesar on Dutch soil

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they have confirmed that Julius Caesar stepped on what is now Dutch soil—and in the bloodiest of ways. They've uncovered the remnants of a battle fought in 55 BC in the southern part of the country, near Oss. Dutch News frames the battle as a particularly... More »

This Dutch Ruling Could Have Global Repercussions

Country given 5 years to cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 25%

(Newser) - In a sweeping victory for Dutch environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a court ordered the government today to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020. The ruling by The Hague District Court could lay the foundations for similar cases around the world,... More »

This May Be the Most Rock-Star Moment Ever Filmed

David Achter de Molen was apparently one thirsty crowdwalker

(Newser) - A moment at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands has catapulted Dutch singer David Achter de Molen to rock-god status. De Molen of band John Coffey was "crowdwalking" during the show when someone hurled a cup of beer in his direction. Rather than dodge the cup, he managed to... More »

Peanuts, Nuts May Keep You From Dying

But alas—peanut butter doesn't seem to make a difference

(Newser) - Previous studies have documented that scarfing down peanuts or nuts every day can lead to better cardiovascular health. But now research is suggesting that eating peanuts and tree nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts are linked to lower mortality rates, per a Maastricht University press release . The study, published online... More »

In a Small Dutch Village, Our Dead Soldiers Are Loved

How our fallen are cared for at a cemetery on the outskirts of Margraten

(Newser) - As many lay wreaths and place flowers at the graves of fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend, the Washington Post takes readers to a cemetery far beyond our borders: one in the Dutch village of Margraten, the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands, per the American Battle Monuments Commission... More »

Pot-Smoking Students Fail More Courses

Especially math courses, study says

(Newser) - Hanging out in marijuana cafes and smoking the night away is not exactly good for your grades, especially in math, according to a new study . Researchers drew this conclusion after comparing more than 54,000 grades of undergraduates in the Dutch city of Maastricht, where some were banned from the... More »

Ikea: Stop Playing Hide-and-Seek in Our Stores

32,000-person game nixed over safety fears

(Newser) - There are plenty of hiding places in Ikea stores, but the Swedish furniture chain would prefer not to find tens of thousands of Dutch people in them. The company says it won't allow mass hide-and-seek events in its Netherlands stores, one of which signed up 32,000 people on... More »

Mystery Footage Found of 1915 Eastland Disaster

A doctoral student finds while doing online research

(Newser) - Ted Wachholz couldn't believe his eyes: He opened Facebook and saw film footage of the SS Eastland disaster, which claimed 844 lives on the Chicago River in 1915, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm reasonably confident that this is the first opportunity that the public has had" to... More »

Illegal Pot Growers Foiled by Snow-Free Roofs

Dutch police ask neighbors to be on the alert

(Newser) - Police near Amsterdam had an easy time of it zeroing in on a suspected marijuana grow house—it was the only one on the block whose roof was clear of snow, reports the Telegraph . Inside the home in Haarlem, cops found the expected heat lamps and pot plants. The trick... More »

American Babies Laugh Less Than Dutch Ones Do

Possibly because US parents value independence, experts say

(Newser) - It seems cultural differences are visible at a very early age: less than one year old, to be precise. A new study has found that Dutch babies laugh and smile more than US infants, and they cuddle more, too, per a Washington State University post at Eureka Alert . American babies... More »

Teen Disrupts Dutch News Broadcast, Demands Air Time

Motive still unclear; police say gun was fake

(Newser) - A strange drama unfolded today at Dutch national broadcaster NOS, where a young man clad in a suit and wielding what appeared to be a pistol demanded air time before being arrested, reports the BBC . Police later said the pistol was fake, reports ABC News . Authorities have identified the culprit... More »

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