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Oklahoma Town Dumps Decades-Old Dance Ban

Henryetta made headlines when Valentine's Day dance was canceled

(Newser) - Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta, Okla., the AP reports. City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public... More »

Cops: Virgin Saint Hid a Secret—Until She Leaked It

Trail of fuel leads cops to altar in Mexico used for smuggling

(Newser) - Altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe are ubiquitous at businesses across Mexico. Now federal police say one has even been used in a gasoline-smuggling racket in the central state of Puebla, reports the AP . Police said Tuesday that a trail of fuel leaking into the street in San Martin Texmelucan... More »

Artist Begins Weeklong Stay ... in a Boulder

Abraham Poincheval hopes to 'find out what the world is'

(Newser) - A French artist has kicked off a weeklong stay inside a 13-ton boulder. Sounds awful, right? Well, it's only the start of what Abraham Poincheval calls "an inner journey to find out what the world is." After seven days confined to a sitting position in a limestone... More »

Lt. Gov Gets Resignation Letter Inviting Her to Dinner

It's from her husband, who's retiring, thinks she should consider 'more lucrative position'

(Newser) - New Jersey's lieutenant governor has received a letter of resignation—from her own husband. Kim Guadagno's husband, Michael, is an appeals court judge, reports the AP , and in order to collect his pension, he is required by law to notify Kim Guadagno in her dual role as secretary... More »

Woman Scores Half-Court Shot, $500, Fiancé

It was an eventful few minutes for Upstate New York woman

(Newser) - When Erin Tobin shoots, sometimes she really scores: The 30-year-old New Yorker and college basketball fan was watching her alma mater Siena take on Manhattan on Thursday night in Albany when she got the opportunity to take a half-court shot with a $500 gift card on the line. Not only... More »

MIA After Party: $65K Elk Head

Delaware cops are searching for mounted head that went missing

(Newser) - It's just not a good party until the stuffed animal head goes missing, and now the AP reports that police in Delaware are searching for a mounted elk's head valued at $65,000 that went missing from a home during what was apparently a heck of a party.... More »

Watchdog Tells Parents to Destroy 'Spying' Doll

Germany reclassifies toy as illegal transmitting device

(Newser) - German authorities have issued a warning to parents that sounds like it was taken from an urban legend: A doll could be spying on their children and should be smashed. The country's Federal Network Agency has reclassified the My Friend Cayla toy as a "concealed transmitting device,"... More »

This May Be the Weirdest Request for Directions Ever

Helicopter pilot lands to ask a trucker

(Newser) - Some guys will never ask for directions. And some guys have no qualms about landing a military helicopter in the middle of the road to do so. A post at RT explains the bizarre scene captured on video . The pilot of a Kazakhstani chopper landed his $14 million aircraft on... More »

Judge: 'Wretchedly Unhappy Marriage' No Reason for Divorce

UK woman is appealing ruling denying her a divorce

(Newser) - When Tini Owens says she's trapped in a loveless marriage, she means it. Owens, 65, was denied a divorce from her millionaire husband of 39 years after he told a UK judge their "minor" disagreements are simply a part of married life, reports the Times . In a case... More »

Watching Movies in India Just Got Less Physically Taxing

Supreme Court clarifies confusing rule about standing up during anthem

(Newser) - Last year, India's Supreme Court said that movie theaters in the country must play the national anthem before each film, and that audience members must stand while it's being played. On Tuesday, the same court clarified that this does not mean audience members must stand if the national... More »

Orange Gator Baffles in SC

Nobody can quite explain the weird color

(Newser) - No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston, South Carolina. Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they've seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times, and it's now become a viral sensation. Photos show the 4-... More »

Woman Falls From Fake Donkey, Sues for Real Cash

Kimberly Bonn wants $15K from El Jalisco in Tallahassee

(Newser) - A woman who climbed atop a life-size donkey statue at a Mexican restaurant in Florida is suing said restaurant after she says she fell and broke her back. Kimberly Bonn says she mounted the donkey for a photo during a visit to El Jalisco Southwood in Tallahassee on Aug. 31,... More »

You're Looking at a $100K Cheeto

Harambe, is that you?

(Newser) - Someone bid nearly $100,000 on eBay for a Cheeto that bears a resemblance to gorilla Harambe, shot by handlers at the Cincinnati Zoo after dragging a small boy who had gotten into his enclosure. The seller says he found the cheese snack in a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos,... More »

In One City, Cops Crack Down on Drinking and ... Walking

Many accidents in Namibia's capital involve drunken pedestrians

(Newser) - Police in Namibia's capital are cracking down on a somewhat unlikely group, reports the BBC , following road accidents that are blamed not only on intoxicated motorists but on tipsy pedestrians. Police spokesman Edmund Khoaseb tells the Namibian that people who survive a run-in with a car will be given... More »

Michigan Residents May Not Want to Flush at Halftime

Macomb County is worried about sinkhole trouble

(Newser) - A giant sinkhole in suburban Detroit is being threatened by the Super Bowl. Macomb County public works chief Candice Miller is worried that thousands of football fans will flush toilets at halftime Sunday night, reports AP . She tells radio station WWJ that it could overwhelm a broken sewer line blamed... More »

A Most Macabre Art Form on This Man's Back

Not the tattoo itself—what's going to happen to his back when he dies

(Newser) - It was a plan two years in the making, and it took 40 hours to execute, but Tim Steiner has finally fulfilled his dream: to become a walking, talking piece of art. Harry Low reveals Steiner's story for the BBC , which started when Steiner, a 40-year-old Swiss man who... More »

Cars Can't Seem to Stop Crashing Into This House

Homeowner says drivers 'fly' down a nearby hill

(Newser) - For the fifth time, a Maryland house has been the victim of an out-of-control car. "When he crashed into the wall, I said, 'Damn, another car hit my house,'" homeowner Leonard Miller, 88, tells Fox 5 DC . Miller has lived in the Prince George's County... More »

Meet the Marten That Shut Down the Hadron Collider

You'll find him in Rotterdam's unique 'Dead Animal Tales' exhibit

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider facilitated the discovery of the Higgs boson , but it's not yet immune to animal troubles. Following a similar incident last April, a stone marten jumped a fence at the $7 billion site in Switzerland on Nov. 20 and came into contact with a transformer, causing... More »

Town-Wide Power Surge Fries Gadgets, Bulbs, Even Siding

Brookville, Pa., started getting a lot of calls about things on fire, smoking

(Newser) - The 911 calls started pouring in just after noon in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Brookville. The electrical meter is on fire. The house siding is burning. My power strip is smoking. The computer is fried. The carpeting is singed. Our light bulb exploded. A power company says a failed... More »

Trucker Loses 38K Pounds of Marbles

A perfectly kooky mishap

(Newser) - A trucker has lost his marbles in the Indianapolis area, "literally," jokes Indiana State Police rep John Perrine. A truck carrying 38,000 pounds of marbles lost its trailer Saturday on southbound Interstate 465, near Pendleton Pike, reports WXIN . The marbles spilled out on the shoulder and in... More »

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