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Woman Sues Candymaker for Its Sugar-Filled Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly's response: This is 'nonsense'

(Newser) - Most people know that jelly beans contain sugar. A California woman, however, says she was left in the dark and now wants retribution. Jessica Gomez says she purchased Jelly Belly's Sport Beans—advertised as a supplement for carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins—believing the candy had a lot less sugar... More »

Driver Pulled Over by Cop Finds Out About Surprise Passenger

A man who'd apparently passed out on his trunk and gone for 14-mile ride

(Newser) - Perhaps Carl Webb was expecting to hear that he had a broken taillight, or that he'd been speeding. Instead, the police officer who pulled him over on a Memphis interstate Thursday had this to say, per FOX13 : "I'm not messing with you. There's a body on... More »

Australia Behind Latest Hipster Coffee Drink

Introducing the avocado latte

(Newser) - We don't anticipate Keurig coming out with guacamole pods anytime soon, so in the meantime, we'll have to make do with a new concoction brewed up by Australia's Truman Cafe. That concoction, per BuzzFeed , is the avolatte, or avocado latte, which is pretty much exactly what it... More »

Woman Bugged by Cops' Reaction to Thermos of Semen

Felicia Nevins called cops fearing it might explode, isn't happy about the publicity

(Newser) - A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode. Felicia Nevins sought the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's help after she forgot to remove a rubber O-ring from the container,... More »

Hapless Snail's Quest to Mate Thwarted, Again

Jeremy the left-curling snail's 2 potential mates turned to each other, snubbed him

(Newser) - Meet Jeremy. He's looking for love but his genitalia are tough to access—and yes this is a PG-rated story. As NPR reports, the rare left-curling snail's story surfaced last fall when scientists at the University of Nottingham made a public bid to find other left-curling snails with... More »

Swedish Workers Just Got Bad News About Their Sex Lives

Proposal to subsidize one hour of sex per week in Overtornea shot down

(Newser) - Finding the right work-life balance is always a challenge. But in Overtornea, Sweden, residents are going to have to have sex on their own time, just like everywhere else. The New York Times reports a 31-member town council on Monday voted down a local pol's proposal to grant the... More »

Potentially Record-Setting Cat Has a Taste for Kangaroo

Omar may be the world's longest cat

(Newser) - What's it take for a cat to grow so long it's in contention for a Guinness World Record? Good genes, a good home, and lots of raw kangaroo meat, apparently. "It's the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat," Stephy Hirst... More »

London Overrun With Mystery Bug Swarm

The flying insects descended on Greenwich

(Newser) - Social media users in London are buzzing about an apparent swarm of flying insects that has descended on one part of the city. Videos posted to Twitter Tuesday show people ducking as the insects descend on Greenwich in southeast London, reports the AP . It's not clear what the bugs... More »

Bizarre Suit Cites Camel Attack at Jefferson Davis Home

Yes, a camel at the Confederate president's last house

(Newser) - It's about as odd a lawsuit as you'll run across: A Florida woman claims a camel at the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis attacked her at the tourist attraction in Biloxi, Miss., in 2015. She's suing the United Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., identified as... More »

SC Home Comes With Tenant Who Doesn't Pay

'It does not make sense, please don't bother asking'

(Newser) - Your dream home could await in Cayce, SC—if you don't mind living in the same home as a mysterious stranger who is rarely seen and doesn't pay rent. There's no truth-bending to a real estate ad for the $130,000 property on Zillow : It warns that... More »

Washing Ashore in South Africa: Great Whites With No Livers

Researchers think orcas are killing them

(Newser) - Over four days in early May, three dead great white sharks washed ashore in South Africa—with their livers missing. Researchers with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust did necropsies and came to the conclusion that, based on the sharks' injuries, orcas likely killed them and ate their livers, the researchers... More »

Driver Crashes Car, Blames Spider

Passenger was injured in Michigan crash

(Newser) - A person can't be blamed for how they react when they're surprised by a spider, right? The passenger in a car driven by a 26-year-old Michigan man might beg to differ. The man veered off the road and through a ditch and heavy brush in northern Michigan Sunday... More »

Suit: As Ship Went Down, Captain Fled With Masseuse

8 surfers allege their $30K Indian Ocean dream trip became a nightmare

(Newser) - "Chaos ensued. The masseuse panicked and jumped onto the Jet Ski with the captain." That's not a line from a romance novel set at sea but part of a lawsuit filed after a pricey surf outing allegedly went horribly awry. Courthouse News reports five Californians and three... More »

After Crash, Cops Deliver 'Shaken Yet Edible' Pizza

German delivery driver was seriously injured in accident, so police finished his job

(Newser) - German police came to the aid of a pizza courier who crashed his car in the southwest German town of Gaggenau—by completing his delivery. The AP reports that the 46-year-old driver hit another car early Saturday after failing to yield. Both drivers required hospital treatment in the accident that... More »

Nordstrom's $425 Muddy Jeans Inspires Howls

No long workday in the pits required for 'rugged' appearance

(Newser) - First a leather-shrouded rock, then jeans with "windows" —now pre-muddied pants? Nordstrom's latest eye-roller, per CNNMoney : PRPS' Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans , "heavily distressed" denim with a "crackled, caked-on muddy coating" that "embody rugged, Americana workwear"—all for $425. Cutting through the PR speak,... More »

Dentist Offered Unusual 'Standard of Care': Investigators

Alaska's Seth Lookhart allegedly pulled patient's tooth while riding hoverboard

(Newser) - What falls under the category of "unlawful dental acts" in the state of Alaska? Pulling a sedated patient's tooth while on a hoverboard, per an investigation that involved the FBI, DEA, and a couple of state departments, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Clear Creek Dental's Dr. Seth... More »

Man's 'Poor Judgment' Outside Fire Leads to Arrest

He allegedly really wanted to save his beer

(Newser) - A South Dakota man was arrested outside a Sioux Falls house fire on Sunday, but the arrest had nothing to do with the blaze. Rather, police say the man tried to push past police and fire personnel in an attempt to reenter the home and "save" his beer. The... More »

The Land Where the Dead Never Die

Torajan families don't bury loved ones until they're ready—and even then it's not over

(Newser) - In most parts of the world, wakes and funerals are the main form of ceremonial closure people have when a loved one passes away. Things are a little different in Indonesia's Toraja region in Sulawesi, where Sahar Zand headed for the BBC to reveal a ritual most may find... More »

Hash Browns Recalled Over Chance of ... Golf Balls?

Frozen potatoes 'inadvertently harvested' with 'extraneous golf ball materials'

(Newser) - McCain Foods USA is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states because the potatoes may have been "contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials," reports the AP . The recall notice said the golf balls apparently were "inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product" and... More »

Cops Approach DUI Suspect, Find a Drunk Chihuahua

Maxwell the pup was seen lapping up vodka

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man was charged with animal cruelty after his pet Chihuahua allegedly got drunk on vodka. Police took the pint-sized pooch to an emergency vet service after it was clear the animal had had too much to drink. CBS Pittsburgh reports it all started last Thursday afternoon when police... More »

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