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Sizzler's Patriotic '91 Promo Is Insane

It's gone viral, deservedly so

(Newser) - You already knew Sizzler was pretty amazing ( cheese toast , anyone?), but you can now thank the Internet for reminding you just how amazing it truly is. Someone posted a 1991 promo video produced by the restaurant chain on YouTube , and, well, it is amazing and has deservedly gone viral.... More »

How One Aquarium Is Helping Penguins Get Frisky

New England Aquarium giving them 'honeymoon suites'

(Newser) - The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy. Aquarium experts are playing matchmaker behind the scenes to encourage eight pairs of African penguins to breed more chicks. Biologists say that will help a population that's expected to be extinct in the wild by... More »

Vermont Lawmakers: Make Pot Legal or We Ban Booze

Pair introduces bill to reinstate Prohibition in the state

(Newser) - Two Vermont lawmakers fed up with delays to legalize marijuana in the state introduced a headline-grabbing measure this week designed to move things along: one that would outlaw alcohol. Legislators Chris Pearson and Jean O'Sullivan admit they have no interest in reinstating Prohibition, but they want to make a... More »

Woman on Hunt for Birth Mom Finds Her at Work

La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark used Facebook to make her discovery

(Newser) - When Ohio's health department released birth records last month for those adopted over a period of more than three decades, a spokesman called it a chance for people to "possibly reconnect with some siblings or their birth parents," WYTV reported at the time. For one Youngstown woman,... More »

Office Manager Accused of Posing as Dentist

Prosecutors say multiple patients suffered injuries

(Newser) - An office manager was arraigned today on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them, and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said. Valbona Yzeiraj, who said she trained as a dentist in her native... More »

In Minnesota's Senate, Eye Contact Is Forbidden

Members must look at Senate president, not each other

(Newser) - You know sometimes when a state has a weird rule on the books because it's been there forever and lawmakers just never got around to killing it? Yeah, that's not what's happening here. In fact, members of Minnesota's Senate reaffirmed a strange one this week—they... More »

Gunshot Hits Armadillo, but Also Shooter's Mother-in-Law

She was inside house, relaxing on recliner

(Newser) - A Georgia man might be in the dog house after a bullet he fired, meant for an armadillo, managed to find his mother-in-law. Larry McElroy, 54, decided to do away with a pesky armadillo while standing outside about 100 yards from his mother-in-law's mobile home in Lee County on... More »

Scientists Make Amazing 'Fairy Circle' Finding

The circles' layout matches those of skin cells

(Newser) - The Namibian desert is home to what are called " fairy circles ": strange formations of grassless earth surrounded by grass. Almost perfect circles, they're the subject of local myths, the BBC reports. Researchers still don't know what causes them, but new findings could help them figure it... More »

How Worm Lizards Managed to Get Across the Oceans

Ancient creatures apparently surfed on plant matter

(Newser) - You may not be familiar with worm lizards, but they've actually done quite well for themselves: The 180 living species of amphisbaenians, as they're called, live on five continents, Nature World News reports, and they've been around for a very, very long time. So long, in fact,... More »

NY Woman Allegedly Had at Least 8 Husbands at Once

Liana Barrientos is said to have married 6 guys in 6 months

(Newser) - A New York woman has, according to police, gotten married a few too many times, and she's now facing felony fraud charges. Authorities say Liana Barrientos, reported as being 38 or 39, has gotten married 10 times in 11 years, the New York Daily News reports, with six of... More »

What Is That?! Lucy Fans Terrified By Her Statue

Lucille Ball statue 'looks like a monster'

(Newser) - Even the staunchest Lucille Ball fan probably would not recognize the statue purportedly of the actress that resides in her hometown of Celoron, NY. The privately-commissioned, life-sized, bronze ... thing is fairly terrifying, and while I Love Lucy fans have expressed their displeasure ever since it was unveiled in 2009, a... More »

NJ Cops Bust 'Disorderly' Goat

Critter was found headbutting the door of a residence

(Newser) - Sometimes New Jersey's finest have to make the hard calls, and one such call arrived in the form of a critter's head yesterday in Paramus. As the Star-Ledger reports, officers yesterday responding to reports of a "disorderly" goat on the loose found the little fella headbutting the... More »

Alaskan-Style Lottery: When Will the Ice Break Up?

Hundreds of thousands try to guess exact moment for Tanana River

(Newser) - People who want to participate in Alaska's biggest guessing contest have until Sunday to buy tickets for the Nenana Ice Classic. Thousands of people each year pay to try to guess the exact date and time the ice will break up on the Tanana River in Nenana. Each guess... More »

Former Mayor Throws Vaseline at Maine Governor

It was a reference to crude remark he made 2 years ago

(Newser) - Let's be honest: A former Maine state lawmaker and mayor essentially threw a jar of Vaseline at Gov. Paul LePage yesterday. But WGME will only go so far as to say in its headline that Joanne Twomey threw the jar "near" the guv, and the Bangor Daily News... More »

Behind Grandma's Criminal Charges: 25-Year-Old Hot Chocolate

Woman reportedly served family drink that expired in 1990

(Newser) - What should have been a sweet treat has reportedly resulted in charges for a 77-year-old grandmother in Italy. Three kids and at least two adults—one of whom was the woman herself—got sick after they drank the stuff, which came from a bag that expired 25 years ago, UPI... More »

Man Killed by Mother-in-Law's Headstone

He and his wife were visiting cemetery when it toppled

(Newser) - Bizarre, sad, and true: A Pennsylvania man visiting his mother-in-law's grave site was killed when her headstone toppled on him, reports WNEP . Stephen Woytack, 74, of Scranton, was decorating the headstone with his wife for Easter yesterday when the thawing spring ground apparently caused the base to shift. "... More »

Home Declared Uninhabitable Thanks to Chinchilla Pee

Humane Society is now caring for the 331 rodents in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Police who went to a home in Waukesha, Wis., yesterday to carry out a "well-being check" were hit with the overwhelming smell of ammonia—and quickly realized that smell was thanks to animal urine from the 331 chinchillas living in cages on the first floor. The house was also... More »

Hilltop Piano Mystery Solved: Music Video Prop

It showed up at spot with panoramic views in California

(Newser) - For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of—mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains found a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the... More »

Dad Eats Kid's Pot Brownies, Thinks He's Having Stroke

Yes, 'brownies,' as in the plural sense.

(Newser) - Maybe not the healthiest: eating brownies for breakfast. Definitely not the healthiest: eating pot brownies for breakfast. A 58-year-old Michigan man thought he was just doing the former Wednesday morning. But after eating several, he started feeling strange, and began to suspect he was having a stroke. When firefighters and... More »

Help Wanted: Brothel Tester

Yes, it means what you think it means

(Newser) - “You should enjoy having fun with people and you should not be afraid of contact.” Normally, a line like that in a help-wanted ad would raise red flags, but not so much in this case. A German social media company that specializes in the sex industry is looking... More »

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