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Solved: Missing Head of Baby Jesus Is Back

And that means curtains for the odd 'demonic hedgehog' head that replaced it

(Newser) - The caper of the missing baby Jesus head has been solved. A woman who snatched the head from the statue in a churchyard in Canada returned it after the story became international news, CBC reports. That happened after a local artist sculpted a new noggin in red terra cotta with... More »

Police Break Woman's Windows to Rescue Kid Who Doesn't Exist

She claims they don't want to pay for the damages

(Newser) - Police in Suffolk, Virginia, have a little egg on their face, Newsnet5 reports, after they broke into a woman's car on a hot day intending to save a trapped child, and instead found nothing but a wig. Jasmine Turner, the owner of the car, says she was surprised when... More »

Vacuum Companies End Epic Battle Over Which Sucks More

Dyson, SharkNinja agree to dismiss lawsuits

(Newser) - Two of the most well-known names in vacuum cleaners have ended a two-year legal battle over just how much their products suck, the AP reports. Dyson, the British technology company known for its upscale vacuums, and SharkNinja Operating LLC, a Massachusetts-based company known for its infomercials and lower-priced vacuums, had... More »

94-Year-Old Dies, Daughters Bury Him in Yard: Cops

They say they 'panicked'

(Newser) - When they found their 94-year-old father dead of an apparent stroke or heart attack, Sarah and Susan Kort allegedly did what any reasonable adult would do: buried him in his yard. The Kort daughters admitted the deed to authorities after "heavily decomposed remains" were found in a shallow grave... More »

She's 55 Feet Tall, Nude, and Pretty Controversial

Some San Leandro residents want sculpture to put some clothes on

(Newser) - There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind. A 55-foot-tall statue of a nude woman unveiled this week... More »

Woman With Skull on Stick Leads Cops to Body

Cops spotted her on Sacramento street

(Newser) - It sounds like a Halloween prank, but police in Sacramento, Calif., say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick, the AP reports. Police tell KTXL that... More »

Baby Jesus' New Head Is a Bit 'Shocking'

But fear not, it's only temporary

(Newser) - Whenever the head of the baby Jesus statue in an Ontario churchyard previously got vandalized and knocked off, it was always found nearby and reattached. But when it happened last October, the head was nowhere to be found—and with a replacement statue of the baby being held by Mary... More »

North Korea Zoo Has a Smoking Chimp

Of course it does

(Newser) - Azalea the chimpanzee can touch her nose, take a thank-you bow, and do a little jig. She can also put away a pack of cigarettes a day from her post at North Korea's Central Zoo, which has crowds cheering and animal activists jeering, the Guardian reports. Azalea, known as... More »

These Potato Chips Cost $11.20 Per Chip

St. Eriks Brewery presents a snack for kings

(Newser) - What goes best with swanky beer? Swanky potato chips, apparently. For a measly $11.20 per chip, snackers can enjoy what Sweden's St. Eriks Brewery describes as "the world's most exclusive potato chips." Brewmasters were apparently unhappy with ordinary snacks alongside St. Eriks India Pale Ale... More »

Guy Locks Himself Out, Gets Stuck in Chimney

For 4 hours until firefighters came to his aid

(Newser) - PSA: Should you find yourself locked out of your house, attempting to get inside via the chimney is not a good idea. That's what a Tucson man did Sunday morning, and predictably, he didn't quite make it all the way into his house, UPI reports. His neighbors heard... More »

Norway Refuses to Gift Finland Even One Measly Mountain

Semantics put a stop to a fun birthday idea

(Newser) - Norwegians made the news late last year with an innovative proposal to celebrate Finland's 100th birthday by gifting their neighboring country the summit of Mount Halti , which sits on the border of the two Scandinavian countries. Most of the mountain is already in Finnish territory, the Independent reports. While... More »

Man Interrupts Bear Sex, Pays the Price

Dan Richman survived a mauling Monday in California

(Newser) - Dan Richman must have missed the "do not disturb" sign. Officials believe the 54-year-old hiker interrupted a pair of bears that were trying to mate when he was attacked Monday in the Sierra Madre foothills of California, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to KABC , Richman was going along... More »

Giant Hand Plunges Off Church Tower

Fortunately, no one was hurt by falling 6.5-foot hand

(Newser) - A 44-pound minute hand has fallen off a clock on a Hamburg church tower, plunging 130 feet onto the sidewalk below. Hamburg's fire service said Sunday that the hand fell off the city's St. Katharinen church overnight from Friday to Saturday, news agency dpa reportedvia the AP . No... More »

Court: Sorry, Can't Blame Conviction on Yankees Cap

Man's appeal rejected

(Newser) - David Alcantara was wearing a Yankees baseball cap when he committed bank fraud and conspiracy to counterfeit currency, but his attempt to blame his conviction on the cap has failed. Alcantara committed his crimes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut , and there's a legendary rivalry between New York Yankees... More »

Man Runs Marathon Juggling the Entire Time

Not a single drop for Michal Kapral, and a time of 2:55

(Newser) - Running a marathon: a difficult feat. Running one while juggling three balls (and not dropping a single one, at any time during the run): no classification comes to mind. But Toronto's Michal Kapral, who refers to himself as a "joggler," managed to pull off exactly that at... More »

Student: I Wrote Wrong Instructor Name, Got Accused of Sexual Harassment

University of Tennessee says it's investigating

(Newser) - "Sarah Jackson" is apparently the name of a pornographic model. If you weren't previously aware of that, well, neither was Keaton Wahlbon, and his ignorance of that fact just got him into hot water at the University of Tennessee. Wahlbon is a student in Professor Bill Deane's... More »

Mom Demands Alimony From Her Neglectful Kids

Chinese woman wants a place to stay and a monthly allowance

(Newser) - It was a bizarre location for an even more bizarre court case to play out. During a hearing in China's rural Sichuan province on Sept. 30—held in a grassy field in front of 100 spectators so they could learn about the legal process—a 73-year-old woman demanded that... More »

Man Arrested, Charged For Asking Controversial Question at KC Library

A library official is 'outraged'

(Newser) - The executive director of the Kansas City library system says he is "outraged" that prosecutors continue to pursue charges against a man who was arrested after asking pointed questions during a library discussion about the Middle East peace process and an employee who tried to intervene. Although the arrests... More »

Why Sweden Wants to Send a Condom Into Space

Best invention ever?

(Newser) - Sweden wants everyone talking about contraceptives. So in a voice-over video message to NASA, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) points out that the US has a long history of sending objects into outer space, and then proposes that NASA get to work on launching, well, a condom. The... More »

Artist's Bizarre Octopus Hoax Fools Tourists

No, an octopus did not drag a ferry to its doom

(Newser) - Ever hear about the gargantuan octopus that dragged a New York City ferry and its 400 passengers to the river bottom nearly 53 years ago? A cast bronze monument dedicated to the victims of the steam ferry Cornelius G. Kolff recently appeared in Battery Park at the southern tip of... More »

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