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Prison Grave May Hold Real Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Martha Brown believed to be Thomas Hardy's inspiration

(Newser) - Thomas Hardy fans, prepare to geek out. Archaeologists may have uncovered the remains of a woman whose execution is said to have inspired the death of the main character in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Back in 1856, a 16-year-old Hardy was among a crowd of 4,000 that gathered... 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 »

4-Year-Old Elected Mayor —Again

Bobby Tufts actually has an agenda

(Newser) - Robert "Bobby" Tufts hasn't made it to preschool yet, but the mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota has already been elected twice. Mayor Tufts' name was picked yesterday during the annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a second term. The... More »

Man Caught on Video Ditching Limping Dog

Latest CCTV episode of Brits being cruel to animals

(Newser) - In the continuing saga of Brits being cruel to animals on surveillance video, a man has been nabbed on CCTV dumping a limping dog and driving away. The dog eagerly follows his master to a park area in Dorset, then stands, stunned, as the man speeds off. "The dog... More »

'Rude' Fertility Chalk Giant Linked to Baby Boom

Man carved into Brit Hill 'boosts births'

(Newser) - The outline of a naked "fertility" giant carved into the chalk of a steep English hillside is being linked to a baby boom in the surrounding community. Folklore has it that women who sleep somewhere on top of the 180-foot-long club-wielding Cerne Abbas giant—also known as the "... More »

British Cops Put Squeeze on 'Distressing' Bagpiper

Man playing for cash on public street sees instrument confiscated for a week

(Newser) - A street musician was handcuffed, arrested and had his bagpipes confiscated for a week by police in southern England because his playing was causing “distress,” the Scottish Daily Record reports. Shaun Cartwright, an accomplished piper, says he’d enjoyed an exceptionally profitable session until the law arrived, and... More »

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