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Cops: Cookies With Human Remains Possibly Doled Out at School

The treats may have contained the ashes of a California student's grandparent

(Newser) - It's Halloween season, meaning candy corn, Mallomars, pumpkin spice everything, and ... cookies with human remains? That's the snack that at least one California student reportedly brought to Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, per the San Francisco Chronicle , containing the not-appetizing ingredient of a grandparent's... More »

Ignore That Cookie Monster Cat Email From State Dept.

US Embassy in Australia blames 'training error' for odd email blast

(Newser) - The US hasn't had an ambassador to Australia in place for two years, the longest stretch since WWII—which may explain why things are getting low-key chaotic Down Under at the American embassy. The BBC reports that an apology has been issued after a "training error" resulted in... More »

Case of Babies With Missing Limbs Closed Without Answer

3 clusters have been studied in France

(Newser) - "The absence of a hypothesis of a possible common cause does not make it possible to hold further investigations." Such is the pronouncement of France's public health agency after investigating a rash of cases of babies born without arms, forearms, or hands. The Guardian reports the focus... More »

Sotheby's After $1.1M Sale: 'We've Just Been Banksy'ed'

Auctioned painting self-destructed soon after sale went through

(Newser) - Newsweek is saying it could be Banksy's "most jaw-dropping trick yet," and it would be hard to find anyone who disagrees. It happened Friday night at a Sotheby's auction in London, when the enigmatic street artist's 2006 Girl With Balloon painting was sold off... More »

Animal Hospital's Mystery Caller Is Revealed

Gecko decided to hang out on top of a landline. And then started making countless calls

(Newser) - The calls were coming from a landline inside the Marine Mammal Center in Hawaii, so incessantly that hospital director Claire Simeone rushed to the facility in a panic to figure out what was going on. Simeone had received nine calls in 15 minutes, but each time she answered, she was... More »

Authorities Investigating Guy Filmed Riding Crocodile

Niels Jensen used a dead wallaby as bait

(Newser) - Authorities in Australia are investigating after a self-described Danish hunter and adventurer was filmed sitting atop a crocodile in a wildlife park. Niels Jensen, who lives in Australia's Northern Territory and says he works as a hunting guide, is seen in the video coaxing the saltwater croc toward him... More »

Cops: Woman Lived With Mom's Body Out of 'Curiosity'

Donna Sue Hudgins charged with felony concealment of a death

(Newser) - Donna Sue Hudgins' neighbor thought Hudgins possibly had a sewer problem, reports the News & Observer . The source of the odor ended up being much more jarring. Police allege the Enfield, NC, woman kept her mother's dead body in their home for months "because she was curious and... More »

Naked Kidnappers Thought It Was the 'Great Tribulation'

They thought neighbors faced demon danger

(Newser) - The carload of naked people arrested for kidnapping in a bizarre case in Canada last year apparently believed they were doing a good deed—saving their neighbors from demons. Two women and a man involved in the incident pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement last week and a woman also admitted... More »

Cops: His Boss Thanked Him With T-Shirt, So He Stole $96K

A tale of an allegedly disgruntled employee in India

(Newser) - It's a pretty extreme case of a disgruntled employee: The Times of India reports 37-year-old Dhan Singh Bisht was arrested last week after allegedly stealing $96,000 from his employer after being miffed about how a previous heroic gesture was rewarded. That employer, Reema Polychem Private Limited in Azadpur,... More »

Six Flags Offers Macabre Challenge, With a $300 Prize

If you can tough it out in a coffin for 30 hours, your wallet could get a cash infusion

(Newser) - If you've been dying to take a 30-hour nap in a coffin and wouldn't mind getting $300 at the end of your repose, Six Flags St. Louis has just the Halloween-themed happening for you. Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , that's how much the theme park is offering... More »

Head-Smacking Moment for Airline, Its Brand-New Plane

It's Cathay Pacific, not Paciic, guys

(Newser) - Proofreaders are important. That's the message Cathay Pacific is likely contemplating today after incredulous travelers spotted one of its new planes on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport, the airline's name misspelled in large letters on the side of the aircraft (see a picture here ). Missing... More »

Florida Residents Fed Up With Naked Gardener

After complaints, sheriff will start taking statements from neighbors in Stuart, Florida

(Newser) - Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude, per the AP . The miffed residents of Stuart say they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but... More »

Bizarre Yoga Ball Murder Case Reaches Its End

Khaw Kim-sun is found guilty in deaths of wife, daughter

(Newser) - Three years after anesthesiology professor Dr. Khaw Kim-sun's wife and 16-year-old daughter were found unresponsive in a Mini Cooper in Hong Kong, Khaw has been convicted of their murders and was on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison. The case received international attention due to its bizarre mechanics : The... More »

Cat Causes Power Outage Affecting Thousands

Animal got into a New Orleans substation, did not survive

(Newser) - Thousands of New Orleans residents who lost power for more than an hour Monday have a cat to blame, USA Today reports. The animal got into one of Entergy New Orleans ' substations, touched the equipment, and caused a flash. Outages started around 8:30am, and by noon, all customers... More »

In This Beluga Pod, One Does Not Belong

Narwhal gains new family in St. Lawrence River

(Newser) - The video appears to show a pod of young belugas splashing playfully in Canada's St. Lawrence River. But then a speckled body breaks the water's surface, standing out among the bright white whales. The narwhal, swimming more than 600 miles south of its usual Arctic homeland, "behaves... More »

Trial for Wealthy Man Whose Secret Tunnels Turned Deadly

Monday marks one-year anniversary of Askia Khafra's death

(Newser) - The wealthy stock trader took elaborate steps to conceal the network of tunnels beneath his house in the Washington, DC, suburb of Bethesda. But one year ago Monday, a deadly fire exposed Daniel Beckwitt's curious campaign to build an underground bunker for protection from a nuclear attack. Neighbors knew... More »

Imaginative Fish Seller Busted for Duping Buyers

He pasted googly eyes on the dead fish so they'd look fresh

(Newser) - Savvy buyers of fresh fish know to check the eyes—bright clear ones are a good sign, gray or yellowish ones, not so much. Now, because of a fish seller in Kuwait, there's another type of eyes to beware: plastic, googly ones. Yes, Kuwait's Ministry of Commerce shut... More »

Principal Fired After Pole Dance at Kindergarten

China school official apologizes, but show she organized was too much

(Newser) - Hiring a pole dancer to perform for 500 kids age 6 and under probably isn't the best way to spice up the first day of the school year. Lai Rong, principal of the private Xinshahui kindergarten in Shenzhen, China, learned that the hard way Monday after approving a seductive... More »

Guy Swipes Hearse, Gets Unexpected Passenger

Stolen vehicle was carrying the body of an 80-year-old man

(Newser) - Police in central Mexico say they've caught a man who made off with a hearse—complete with a corpse inside. The Tlaquepaque police department says on its Facebook page that the hearse had been readied to take the body of an 80-year-old man from a hospital in neighboring Guadalajara... More »

Florida Man Allegedly Gives Woman 'Wet Willy,' Is Arrested

Joseph Jean Sireci's girlfriend alleges he was acting 'belligerent'

(Newser) - A Florida man's Aug. 15 arrest is now making headlines due to a weirder aspect of it: It allegedly involved a "wet willy." Joseph Jean Sireci was arrested on a battery charge and an arrest affidavit (it's near the bottom) from the St. Lucie County Sheriff'... More »

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