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Frugal Secretary Dies at 96, Leaves an 'Oh My God' Moment

Sylvia Bloom surprised everyone with the $9M fortune she'd amassed, then donated

(Newser) - When Sylvia Bloom died at the age of 96 in 2016, her niece experienced an "oh my God" moment. "I realized she had millions and she had never mentioned a word," says Jane Lockshin, also the executor of Bloom's estate. More than $9 million, in fact,... More »

In His Suicide Video, a Secret That Upends an Alaska Town

Rick Martin reveals beloved school superintendent had abused him

(Newser) - Karl Ward is long dead, but some say the once-revered school superintendent in a small Alaska fishing town was not the benevolent educator worthy of having the high school gym named in his honor. A cellphone video made by a man before he died by suicide last month has given... More »

The World's Greatest Hitchhiker and His 'Wandering Princess'

Juan Villarino and Laura Lazzarino wander the world together on $7 a day

(Newser) - It takes more than a durable thumb and the stomach for strangers to be a top-notch vagabond. Take it from Juan Villarino, dubbed the "world's best hitchhiker" by Wes Enzinna for the New York Times , which profiles Villarino and picks his brain for how he's become the... More »

Green Code That Opens The Matrix Is Surprisingly Mundane

Simon Whiteley shares its origins

(Newser) - If you're the type who would take the blue pill and would prefer to "just wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe," stop reading. If you want to discover the truth about a mystery of The Matrix, pop the hypothetical red pill... More »

Mindy Cohn: I Fought Cancer for 5 Years

'Facts of Life' star reveals she's now cancer-free

(Newser) - Mindy Cohn has been keeping a "secret for a long time," the Facts of Life star tells People : She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She launched what she calls a "siege" on the disease, getting a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. "I've always... More »

These Are Our Most Common Secrets

But thinking about them alone is tougher on us than concealing them from others

(Newser) - Everyone has secrets. But new research suggests that it is the very act of having them, and being alone with one's thoughts about them, that takes a toll, as opposed to the idea of keeping them from others being the most harmful aspect of secrets. As lead researcher Michael... More »

Google Lawsuit Just Made Uber's Lousy Month Even Worse

Complaint says ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski stole proprietary secrets

(Newser) - Uber hasn't had a good week . Actually, Uber hasn't had a good month . But the bad news isn't over yet: The ride-sharing company is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, over accusations that an ex-manager of Google's autonomous car project... More »

Artist Takes Strangers' Tattooed Secrets to His Grave

Most of the secrets inked onto Andrew Henderson's body weren't even his own

(Newser) - Andrew Henderson knew he didn't have long to live due to his lymphoblastic lymphoma, which doctors told him was incurable. And so he held a "living funeral" last weekend, per the CBC , and the "Taking It to the Grave" event was a testament to the "ebullient... More »

Cops: Man Busted in Decades-Long Secret Life That Fooled His Wife

Richard Hoagland arrested thanks to search on

(Newser) - When Richard Hoagland fled Indiana in 1993, leaving behind four children from two families, he was considered missing and in 2003 declared dead. In reality, police say he was alive and well, living in Florida as Terry Jude Symansky, an unmarried Florida fisherman with no kids who drowned in 1991—... More »

'Gilmore Girl' Has Had a Secret Baby for Months

Alexis Bledel and 'Mad Men' hubby Vincent Kartheiser kept mad secret from press

(Newser) - Alexis Bledel is a new mom—though that statement shouldn't imply that she just became a mom. Because the ex-Gilmore Girls star apparently had a baby boy with husband Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men last fall, keeping both the pregnancy and the birth under tight wraps, Entertainment Tonight reports.... More »

Navy's Intel Chief Barred From Military Secrets for Last 2 Years

Ted Branch is not allowed to see classified info during DoJ inquiry

(Newser) - The intelligence chief for the US Navy is named Twig Branch, and he hasn't been allowed to see any major intelligence for more than two years. This isn't a lost chapter from the satirically bizarre Catch-22—it's the truth behind the scenes of a major military corruption... More »

Cops: Teacher Had 'Secret' Thing With 11-Year-Old

Geraldine Alcorn allegedly planned to run away with her student

(Newser) - An elementary school teacher is in hot water after allegedly developing a secret relationship with her 11-year-old student, WPXI reports via Gawker . Geraldine Alcorn, 28, was arraigned last week in Pittsburgh on charges that include corruption of minors and child luring, and freed on $100,000 bond. She was also... More »

Japan Kept Worst-Case Nuclear Fears Under Wraps

Fukushima report warned that all of Tokyo might need to be evacuated

(Newser) - Japanese officials were told that last year's nuclear disaster could have required the evacuation of tens of millions—but they didn't mention it, worried that the information might cause a panic. A 15-page report, given to the prime minister two weeks after the earthquake, was obtained by the... More »

What Are the Pentagon Papers' '11 Secret Words'?

Twitter users offer their best guesses

(Newser) - Decades after they were leaked, the Pentagon Papers are finally being released on Monday by the federal government—which originally said 11 words would remain censored. Officials have since changed their minds, and we may never know what 11 words they intended to keep quiet. Not even leaker Daniel Ellsburg... More »

Secret Musical Message Found in Plato

Philosopher was closet supporter of Pythagoras

(Newser) - Plato embedded in his writings secret messages that would have earned him execution for heresy, says a scholar who claims to have found a hidden code in the original scroll form of the ancient Greek philosopher's writings. Exactly once every 12 lines Plato refers to music—a message, says scholar... More »

Obama Moves to Declassify US Secrets

More than 400M pages could be declassified after prez order

(Newser) - More than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents could be declassified as the federal government responds to President Obama's order to rethink the way it protects the nation's secrets. Among the changes Obama announced yesterday is a requirement that every record be released eventually and that federal agencies review... More »

Obama Raises Bar on What Passes for State Secrets

AG must personally approve all requests to keep programs veiled

(Newser) - The Obama administration will announce much more stringent rules on state secrets today, two Justice Department officials tell the Washington Post, in what amounts to a major shift from Bush-era practice. To keep a program secret, an organization—including intelligence agencies and the military—will have to convince the attorney... More »

Workers Flood Blogs With Company Secrets

14% of employees admit spilling dirt

(Newser) - Company secrets are an endangered species in our blog-happy society, reports the Wall Street Journal. A survey has found that 14% of US workers admit to leaking confidential or embarrassing company information to outsiders. Salary cuts and impending layoffs are common topics leaked to industry blogs. More »

Oops: US Publishes Secret List of Nuclear Sites

(Newser) - Funny, what you can stumble onto on the web. A government agency put up 266 pages of "highly confidential" government information about the nation's nuclear facilities, including precise locations (with helpful maps) of where uranium is stored, reports the New York Times. The information was being compiled for release... More »

World's Richest People Held Secret Meeting

(Newser) - Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and David Rockefeller Jr recently convened a top-secret meeting of many of the world’s wealthiest people to discuss the financial crisis, according to an Irish Central report confirmed by ABC News. A total media blackout prevailed during the get-together, which took place May 5 at... More »

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