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Teen Plays Paintball for First Time, Suffers Unheard Of Injury

Only 4th known time a person has suffered any kind of organ damage while playing

(Newser) - When an 18-year-old arrived at a London emergency room with severe abdominal pain, no appetite, and a fever, doctors recognized the symptoms of appendicitis and scheduled an emergency surgery. They were in for a shock. Once the teen had been cut open, doctors at North Middlesex University Hospital were "... More »

KFC Serves Up Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish

It's real, at least in Hong Kong

(Newser) - The "finger lickin' good" taste of KFC chicken can now remain on your hands long after you wash, should that sound the least bit appetizing. Ogilvy & Mather has paired with the company that provides KFC's blend of 11 herbs and spices to produce … edible nail polishes,... More »

University: Paying $17K for Dining Hall Table Was Mistake

In fairness, the table includes some fancy LED lights

(Newser) - The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef's table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake, the AP reports. Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy... More »

Farmer Plows Prince's Symbol Into His Field

He always liked the song 'Purple Rain'

(Newser) - A retiree in a tiny community in North Dakota has paid tribute to Prince in perhaps the most unique way a farmer can, the AP reports. Gene Hanson is a retired farmer in Edgeley who always liked the song "Purple Rain." On Friday, he hopped on his tractor... More »

Fishermen Use Friend's Ashes to Reel In Huge Fish

'It's what he would have wanted'

(Newser) - In a sweet—and maybe also a little bit weird—move, two fishermen honored a fellow fisherman who passed away by turning his ashes into bait and using it to reel in a huge carp. Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale were planning a fishing trip to Thailand with Ron Hopper,... More »

For Sale: Seattle's Mystery 'Spite House'

860-square-foot oddity for sale for half a million dollars

(Newser) - From the front, a half-million-dollar home on the Re/Max website looks like a quaint Spanish Revival in the heart of Seattle. Head to the side for a different perspective, and you'll see appearances are deceiving. You're looking at what Yahoo says locals call the "Montlake Spite House,... More »

Guy Punched for Looking Like Shia LaBeouf

Stranger was apparently not a fan of the actor

(Newser) - A New York man was walking up the stairs at a subway station Saturday night when a man walking the other way punched him right in the face. Why? "This is because you look like f---ing Shia LaBeouf," the stranger yelled at Mario Licato, as detailed in the... More »

Big Problem in California: Massive Whale Carcass

Officials aren't sure how to handle dead whale on San Onofre beach

(Newser) - The massive carcass of a whale was rotting Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot while authorities were deciding whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks, the AP reports. Meanwhile, crowds braved the overpowering stench to pose for photos in... More »

School Name Proposal: Schoolie McSchoolface, Of Course

Who knows how long this trend will last

(Newser) - People have apparently been inspired by the "Boaty McBoatface" fervor : A racehorse was recently named Horsey McHorseface , and now Schoolie McSchoolface has been proposed as the new name of an elementary school in Austin, Texas. The school district voted in March to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary based on... More »

Alaska Town Freaks as Creek Turns Green

But it was just a harmless prank, and cops are taking it in stride

(Newser) - Alaska authorities can apparently take a joke: They say the green water flowing in the Ketchikan Creek that caused some panic and drew a response from multiple agencies was the result of a prank. Officials have determined that the dye dumped into the water on Wednesday is non-toxic. Ketchikan police... More »

Irate Beaver 'Takes Man Hostage'

Cops thought his call for help was a prank

(Newser) - A rogue beaver struck terror into the heart of a man making his way home late at night in the Latvian city of Daugavpils, according to a local newspaper report picked up by Latvian Public Broadcasting . The man, identified only as Sergei, says the beaver ran out of some bushes... More »

Tiger Roamed Texas Streets, Wearing Collar and Leash

Animal control officers captured her after calls from concerned citizens

(Newser) - Animal control officers have captured an apparently domesticated tiger that was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood in a South Texas city, the AP reports. The Conroe Police Department says it received several phone calls Thursday from residents who saw the young female tiger wandering around the city. Animal control officers... More »

Month-Long Film Gets a 7-Hour Trailer

It shows a continuous shot of a beach in Sweden

(Newser) - Swedish artist Anders Weberg says he has made 300 films, but his final "moving image" project, experimental film Ambiancé, promises to be his longest. The running time: 720 hours, or 30 days. As befitting a movie of that length, Weberg has just released a second promotional video for the... More »

It's Official: 'Boaty McBoatface' Wins

Joke got 4 times as many votes as runner-up

(Newser) - The UK has confirmed that we cannot have serious online polls dedicated to the serious task of obtaining the public's for-real opinion on the name of its serious new research vessel: Yes, Internet darling "Boaty McBoatface" has overwhelmingly won the Natural Environment Research Council's online poll, which... More »

Cruz's Post-Honeymoon Splurge: 100 Cans of Soup

It was Campbell's Chunky, Heidi Cruz revealed at CNN town hall

(Newser) - Ted Cruz showed up Wednesday for a CNN town hall—or what Gawker frames as "another glimpse into the waking hell that is Heidi Cruz’s daily life"—with his wife and two young daughters in tow, and Heidi offered up a personal, if bizarre, nugget of life... More »

Canada Is Seeing Lots of UFOs These Days

Quebec resident reported seeing tiny 'humanoids'

(Newser) - Perhaps aliens have taken a liking to the Great White North. The annual Canadian UFO Survey by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research shows "the second highest level of sightings that we've recorded since we started doing the survey back in the 1980s," with 1,267 across Canada in 2015,... More »

Ignoring Cobra Bite, Pop Star Sings to Her Death

Irma Bule sang for 45 minutes after deadly snakebite

(Newser) - An Indonesian pop star known for dancing with snakes was bitten by a king cobra during a concert on Sunday and kept on singing until she collapsed and later died. Irma Bule, 29—famous in the Dangdut genre of Indonesian folk music, per Mashable —often included pythons, cobras, and... More »

Huge Search for 'Missing' Hikers Ends in Unlikely Spot

They 'didn't have a clue,' officer says

(Newser) - A huge search was launched in North Carolina after Tesla Rackley, 20, and boyfriend Anthony Logan, 25, got separated from the people they were hiking with in the Pisgah National Forest Saturday and were reported missing, NBC News reports. But after at least 200 people got involved in an expensive... More »

Flight Attendant Deploys Slide, Exits Plane on Her Own

United has suspended her

(Newser) - Maybe she had some place to be? A flight attendant's unique exit from a plane at a Houston airport is all the buzz Tuesday. As video posted by Click2Houston shows, the unidentified woman deployed the emergency slide, tossed a bag to the tarmac, and then expertly slid down the... More »

Enjoy This Chihuahua Police Chase

The dog is fine

(Newser) - A Chihuahua, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and the California Highway Patrol: It all adds up to one of the more entertaining police chases in a while. As the Los Angeles Times reports, one officer in a car and another on a motorcycle managed to catch the runaway dog on... More »

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