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Guy Goes to Jump-Start Car, Greeted With Ominous Rattle

Nope. Nope. Nope.

(Newser) - An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine—the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake, reports WBNG . The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood... More »

Cops Mistakenly Released Inmate; Wife Sends Him Back

'We appreciate that she recognized his error,' says sheriff's rep

(Newser) - Court records say a Colorado inmate, mistakenly released from jail, enjoyed less than two hours of freedom before his wife made him turn himself in. James Rynerson was in custody late last month at the Mesa County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond while awaiting prosecution on menacing, disorderly... More »

Answers in One Mystery Lead to More Questions

Could Robert Ivan Nichols be the Zodiac Killer?

(Newser) - What appeared to be a straightforward suicide case morphed into what's been called "one of northeast Ohio's biggest mysteries," involving a long-dead boy, identity theft, and a war hero turned deadbeat dad. Now, per the Plain Dealer , the cold case has been (somewhat) solved, largely thanks... More »

He Shot a Rattlesnake's Head Off. An Hour Later, a Surprise

Billy Forbus says dead snake went after him

(Newser) - A rattlesnake had its head shot off only to go after its executioner an hour later, as seen in a wild video making the rounds on social media. Billy Forbus of Montgomery, Ala., tells WSFA he shot the snake, separating its head from the body, after finding it in his... More »

Man Suffers Death by Coffin at Mom's Funeral

Coffin fell as it was being carried up a ladder in Indonesia

(Newser) - An Indonesian man died at his own mother's funeral. It wasn't a broken heart but rather death by coffin. Samen Kondorura, 40, had been helping carry his mother's coffin up a bamboo ladder to a funeral tower called a lakkian on Sulawesi island Friday when "suddenly... More »

Cops Find Unlikely Culprit in Cemetery Flag Thefts

It appears that a Massachusetts groundhog is the pilferer

(Newser) - Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts, per the AP . The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but then those went missing,... More »

Man Turns Up Alive 11 Months After Wife Identifies Corpse

Police in Japan gave family wrong body

(Newser) - One body apparently looks much like another after a few days in Tokyo's Edo River. In June 2017, a Japanese woman who reported her husband missing identified a body found in the river as her loved one. She had the body cremated—and was shocked 11 months later when... More »

Czech President Burns Undies, Calls Reporters 'Little Idiots'

'The time of underwear in politics is over,' Milos Zeman proclaimed

(Newser) - A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time. Milos Zeman announced a press conference for Thursday, but instead of briefing reporters, he had two firefighters in protective gear help him burn a huge pair of red underpants in front of them, the AP reports. Per... More »

Truck's Tailpipe Was Big, but Not Big Enough for Her Head

Maybe the music stunk?

(Newser) - If Dierks Bentley's next country ditty is about getting one's head stuck in a tailpipe, you'll know where he took inspiration. At the Winstock Country Music Festival Bentley headlined in Winsted, Minn., over the weekend, a young woman needed assistance dislodging her head from a truck tailpipe... More »

Ex-WH Aide: Trump's Paper-Ripping Habit 'Craziest Thing Ever'

Aides were tasked with taping shredded documents back together

(Newser) - President Trump's "odd and enduring habit" of ripping paperwork to shreds when he's done with it has spawned a Politico report that's raising some eyebrows over a strange job apparently given to White House staffers. Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., two former White House aides... More »

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Leimome Cheeks reportedly drove her grandchildren around like that for 40 minutes

(Newser) - The children are OK, according to police, but the same can't be said for Leimome Cheeks. The Tennessee grandmother was arrested this weekend after allegedly driving around the Memphis area on Saturday with two grandkids in dog kennels in the back of her Ford Explorer. Police were alerted by... More »

More Americans Sent Home Amid China 'Sonic Attack' Fears

Consulate workers suffered 'neurological symptoms'

(Newser) - Something strange is happening to American diplomats and their families at a US Consulate in China—and it has disturbing echoes of the mysterious attacks on Americans in Cuba. The State Department evacuated at least two more Americans from China Wednesday after they fell ill with what one of them,... More »

Crayfish Severs Own Claw to Escape Pot, Wins Over Internet

This is determination

(Newser) - A crayfish that was to be boiled alive has instead survived and, thanks to its plucky determination, become something of an internet hero. It's all due to this 11-second video , which shows the crustacean on the edge of a steaming pot of soup. As the creature struggles to reverse... More »

FBI Agent Learns Hard Way to Put Gun Down Before a Backflip

Off-duty agent was dancing when his gun accidentally discharged, hitting guy at a club

(Newser) - If you really want to get your freak on on the dance floor, it might be prudent to put your piece down. As the Denver Post reports, that is the lesson for an unnamed FBI agent who got a little too jiggy with it Saturday—and of course there's... More »

Man Who Vanished in 1993 Must Pay Family He Left $2M

Judge orders Richard Hoagland to pay back child support, with plenty of interest

(Newser) - Matthew Hoagland turned 35 a few weeks ago, but when his father went up to him to say happy birthday, "I told him this was not the time or the place," Matthew says. The place was an Indiana court, where Richard Hoagland had to appear for a hearing... More »

Valet's Porsche Parking Does Not End Well

Australian hotel worker manages to drive it under another car

(Newser) - A hotel valet had a lucky escape—but the luxury sports car he was trying to park did not. Australian media say the valet somehow drove the soft-top Porsche Carrera under another vehicle Thursday outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. Emergency workers cut the driver out from the Porsche... More »

USGS: Please Don't Roast Marshmallows Over Kilauea

Unless you want to see a 'spectacular reaction,' and not in a good way, USGS warns

(Newser) - It's officially barbecue season, though one place you shouldn't plan on making s'mores is over the lava-spurting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. It's hard to believe the US Geological Survey should have to say this, but the agency issued just such a warning Monday... More »

Woman Has Now Seen Every State Upside Down

Anne Bruinooge completes goal of doing a headstand in every state

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states, reports the AP . The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper's... More »

Maine Gets Snarky With Its Road Signs

Ie, A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket

(Newser) - It's springtime in Vacationland, and Mainers are celebrating the return of sunshine with a dose of their acerbic wit. As the Bangor Daily News reports, MaineDOT is rolling out a new round of highway signs promoting safety—and they are the work of the people of Maine who entered... More »

Cops Find Man Trying to Get to Brother's Coffin

He was arrested after returning to the cemetery in Bremerton, Washington

(Newser) - By the time police arrived early Wednesday morning, a Washington man had managed to dig a hole two feet wide, two feet deep, and eight feet long. It wasn't deep enough to reach Hector Apodaca's coffin, which is what Bremerton police say the man was trying to do.... More »

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