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Mystery of Woman Gifted Van Gogh's Ear Solved: Paper

Farmer's daughter bitten by rabid dog was ear recipient: newspaper

(Newser) - A recently uncovered pre-World War II sketch purports to show that Vincent van Gogh cut off most of his left ear, not just a small part of it. And while that fact is still being debated among historians, the name of the woman who supposedly was given that ear is... More »

Museum Displays Ear Grown From Van Gogh DNA

It's from the great-great-grandson of brother Theo

(Newser) - A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives. The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells... More »

Jared Leto Fan Mail: Severed Human Ear

Someone either loves or hates 30 Seconds to Mars...

(Newser) - Jared Leto's fans show their passion in slightly horrific ways. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman told XFM last week that in one case, "Someone cut their ear off ... and sent it to me, that was very strange. A whole ear. The Van Gogh move. The note just... More »

Game of Thrones Actor Gets Ear Bitten Off

Clive Mantle told men in hotel to keep quiet

(Newser) - So much for being civil: A British actor had his ear partly bitten off yesterday after asking people in a hotel to quiet down, the BBC reports. Clive Mantle, 55—who acted in the first season of Game of Thrones—was pinned down to the ground in a Travelodge and... More »

Ears: The New Fingerprints?

Computer ear recognition eerily accurate

(Newser) - If you’re looking to identify someone, forget taking his fingerprints—try pointing a computer’s camera at his ear. A group of researchers have created an algorithm that can identify a person based on the shape of his ear with 99.6% accuracy, Wired reports. They think ear recognition... More »

Cops Catch Prisoner Who Cut Off Own Ear to Escape

Accomplices broke man out on way to hospital

(Newser) - British police today recaptured a man who'd cut off his own ear to escape from prison. The man, 29-year-old Michael O'Donnell of Greater Manchester, went Van Gogh on himself on May 2 while awaiting sentencing for his role in a car cloning crime ring. He was sent to the hospital,... More »

Guy Gets Chunk of Ear Bitten Off for Calling Woman Fat

The missing piece is still lurking around somewhere

(Newser) - Note to guys: You probably already know it’s not a great idea to call a woman fat, but you really shouldn’t call Anna Godfrey fat. The 21-year-old Nebraska woman allegedly tackled a man who called her exactly that at a birthday party, then bit off a chunk of... More »

FDA: Don't Stick Burning Candles In Your Ears

FDA issues alert, launches crackdown on ear candles

(Newser) - Putting a paraffin or beeswax-soaked tube in your ear and lighting it is a bad idea despite what the makers of ear candles may tell you, the FDA warns. The candles—sold as treatments for ear wax buildup, sinus problems, and headaches—can be hazardous and the FDA believes there... More »

New Theory on Van Gogh's Ear: Blame Brother Theo

Vincent was worried about losing his financial aid, says scholar

(Newser) - An art scholar says he's figured out why Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear—the unstable genius had just learned that his brother Theo got engaged, and he worried that he would lose his brother's financial and emotional support. Martin Bailey says the clue lies in a painting van... More »

Want to Bum a Smoke? Whisper in Their Right Ear

(Newser) - People prefer to listen with their right ears and are more giving when addressed from that side, LiveScience reports. An Italian study conducted in nightclubs shows that almost three-quarters of people observed listen with their right ear. Moreover, the researchers cadged significantly more cigarettes when they approached clubgoers on the... More »

Jamming to the iPod Is Making Us Deaf

A generation of adults will suffer hearing loss well ahead of its time

(Newser) - The popularity of iPods and similar devices may leave a generation of adults with impaired hearing decades ahead of their time, the Boston Globe reports. Sensory cells in the ear can only take so much bombardment, and frequent, pulsing music causes irreparable damage. New research also shows that boys often... More »

Ear Noise May Carry Innate Password

(Newser) - One day people may access bank accounts by picking up a phone and letting their ear do the talking, the New Scientist reports. Researchers in England are developing a new biometric technique that elicits the sound ear hairs create when ruffled by noise. If each person's "ear sound" ... More »

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