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An Email Typo Just Made This Guy a Bunch of New Friends

Arizona's Will Novak is flying to a stranger's bachelor party after being invited by mistake

(Newser) - Folks in the Grand Canyon State sure get a lot of surprise invitations. Two years after an Arizona grandmother mistakenly invited the wrong "grandson" to Thanksgiving, a Phoenix man named Will Novak received an invite meant for a different Will Novak to a ski weekend bachelor party in Vermont—... More »

30 Nuns and 1 Priest Stuck in the Snow: Don't Come Get Us

Austrian order has been cut off from the world for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Austria tried to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall, per the AP . But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they've got enough food and fuel, and they want to... More »

In a River in Maine, a Curious Sight

Spinning ice disk roughly 300 feet wide has formed

(Newser) - Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that's getting attention in Maine is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 300 feet wide. The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an... More »

'Tremendous Inequity' Made Clear by 2 Cats With a Sweet Pad

Tina and Louise are living large in a $1.5K-a-month apartment in Silicon Valley

(Newser) - Thousands of people are homeless in San Jose, Calif.—but Tina and Louise have a cozy setup in a $1,500-a-month apartment with an Apple TV (but no kitchen), scratching tower, and a landlord who pops in to rub their bellies. The two tenants are cats, and the Mercury ... More »

'Bummer' for Poacher Who Met Game Warden on Dating App

Woman, accomplice fined in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Her first error came in shooting a deer out of season, at night, with a spotlight, and leaving all but the head and backstrap meat to rot. Her second error came in boasting about the poaching crime in conversation with a potential beau on a dating app, who turned out... More »

Prescription Was Just One Letter Off, but ... Oh Man

Woman given ED cream for her eyes, prompting call for use of block letters by doctors

(Newser) - A woman in Scotland went to the doctor with a dry eye condition and left with a prescription for a lubricant called VitA-POS. All good so far. The pharmacist, however, read the doctor's writing as Vitaros, which, while just one letter different, happens to be a cream used to... More »

Why One Pho Restaurant's Sign Isn't Sitting Well With City

Welcome to 'Pho Keene Great'

(Newser) - A New Hampshire restaurant that's preparing to open has removed a sign advertising its name over concerns that it sounded like profanity, the AP reports. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on a type of soup,... More »

He Screamed 'Why Don't You Die!' Then, Embarrassment

Australian man trying to kill spider got a little fired up

(Newser) - Two legs good, eight legs bad—not one of the commandments from Animal Farm, but rather the deep-seated feelings of an Australian man whose reaction to a spider ended up drawing law enforcement to his home. Per the Guardian , a report came in to police that a passer-by strolling past... More »

New Kind of Snake Found in Bizarre Place

Inside another snake

(Newser) - Scientists have introduced a new species of snake—a whole new genus, in fact—to the world. It's called Cenaspis aenigma, which National Geographic explains translates to "mysterious dinner snake." That speaks to the first unusual aspect of the discovery: Scientists found the never-before-seen snake inside another... More »

Cops: We're Worried About Zika in Your Meth. Let Us Test It.

Police department in Louisiana gets a little snarky in Facebook post

(Newser) - 'Tis the season for cheeky police departments, and this Sunday we present you with the fine officers in Harahan, La., who are apparently very concerned that your meth might be contaminated. "If you have recently purchased meth in any area of Louisiana it may be contaminated with the... More »

'Fart on Demand' Is Now a Feature in Tesla Vehicles

Impress your friends with a 'Short Shorts Ripper' every time you put on your turn signal

(Newser) - As if we needed any more proof that Elon Musk is as guylike as guys can get , Tesla has unveiled a new Easter egg—a surprise bonus feature—that's sure to please everyone's inner Cletus Klump . TechCrunch reports on the company's new "Emissions Testing Mode,"... More »

As the Sun Went Down, He Went Up ... the National Christmas Tree

The man eventually 'self-extricated'

(Newser) - There was a bit of a hubbub Friday evening around the National Christmas Tree. The US Park Police says calls started coming in shortly before 6pm that a man was ascending the tree, and cops and negotiators were dispatched to the scene, CNN reports. Per WJLA , firefighters and EMS workers... More »

Intersection's Odd Hazard: Too Many Stray Cats

Humane Society on the case after motorist in Virginia is spotted releasing 30 in notorious spot

(Newser) - An intersection in a Virginia city has been deemed a hazard because it has been overrun with abandoned cats. News outlets report the Danville Area Humane Society made the designation this week after a witness reported seeing a motorist stop and release 30 cats at the intersection of Piney Forest... More »

Shots Fired in Apparent Confusion Over Bigfoot

Man complains that hunter nearly killed him in case of mistaken identity

(Newser) - Just your everyday sheriff's message: "It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s OK to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot." The warning comes out of Montana, from Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, reports McClatchy . A 27-year-old man told deputies... More »

He Was About to Plead Guilty. Then Prosecutor Was Arrested

Charges were dropped against Dennis Michael Simmerman

(Newser) - Dennis Michael Simmerman intended to plead guilty in a case involving the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy, after previously admitting he'd done so. Instead, his case was dropped, and an allegedly drunk prosecutor is at the crux of why. The Des Moines Register reports the 23-year-old Iowa man... More »

After Factory Mishap, Road Ends Up Paved in Chocolate

Milk chocolate flowed after 'small technical defect,' solidified on the street

(Newser) - A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified, the AP reports. The German newspaper Soester Anzeiger reported Tuesday that a "small technical defect" involving a storage tank caused... More »

OSU Has Most Ohio Vending Machine Ever

Bacon dispenser has to be restocked 5 times a day

(Newser) - Many Ohio State University students are taking a break from studying for final exams by making a bacon run. Senior Sarah Page, who studies meat science, says the bacon vending machine at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has turned out to be even more popular than expected.... More »

A Wiggly New Problem for Endangered Seals

Juvenile Hawaiian monk seals spotted with eels in their noses

(Newser) - Endangered Hawaiian monk seals have enough to contend with —sharks, habitat loss, limited prey, nets —without eels wiggling in their noses. Yet NOAA researchers are noting just how much trouble an eel in the nose can cause after sharing a photo of an afflicted seal looking rather uncomfortable... More »

Roommate Ate Her $2 Yogurt. She Used DNA to Find Culprit

Definitely a reasonable reaction

(Newser) - You'll likely look more kindly upon even the most passive-aggressive roommate after reading this story out of Taiwan. A female student at Taipei's Chinese Culture University didn't resort to an angry fridge note after discovering one of her yogurt-drink containers empty in the trash of the home... More »

Preschoolers Served Pine-Sol During Snack Time

No children were harmed in odd incident

(Newser) - A bizarre mix-up at a Hawaii preschool, where the young students were served Pine-Sol instead of apple juice during snack time Tuesday. Authorities say a classroom assistant was preparing the snack in the kitchen and poured the cleaning liquid into cups as the teacher was busy with students, KHON reports.... More »

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