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Water Park Owner Gives Up After 17 Days Chained to Water Slide

Kevin Dumont couldn't save park from being auctioned

(Newser) - The owner of a New Hampshire water park who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior. Kevin Dumont climbed the slide at Liquid Planet on... More »

Alabama Woman Missing in 2011 Tornado Found in Florida

Police think she may have moved without telling her family

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Alabama woman reported missing by her family following a series of deadly tornadoes in 2011 has been found safe and sound—in Florida, reports. And no, she probably wasn't blown there. The tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa in April 2011 killed dozens of people and damaged... More »

Woman's Good Aim Against Drone Costs Her $600

Her neighbor wasn't too happy

(Newser) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 for hurling driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor's drone. Mark Shock says he was finishing up a flight in Harwick on Aug. 30 when Martina Wlodarski hit the remote-controlled aircraft. A video shows the drone going haywire after being... More »

Guy Steals Beer Truck, Runs Self Over With It: Cops


(Newser) - A 55-year-old Georgia man experienced karma almost immediately Monday morning after he allegedly stole a beer truck. Police responded to a Circle K in Columbus after getting a report of a stolen 18-wheel Coors Light semi; the truck's driver left it running while he ran into the Circle K,... More »

Charge $170M Painting on AmEx, Fly Free Forever

Chinese billionaire collecting serious bonus points

(Newser) - Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life. All because he bought a painting. Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani'... More »

'Mister Ugly' Gets Really Ugly Amid Shoving, Alleged Cheating

The darnedest things can stoke controversy, like a contest to be the ugliest

(Newser) - Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe's 4th annual "Mister Ugly" contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite and prompting rioting. Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Milton Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who... More »

Guy With Unusual Name Rips Facebook for Closing His Account

Yes, his name really is 'Phuc Dat Bich'

(Newser) - Wondering why "Phuc Dat Bich" was trending on Twitter Friday? No, it's not some crazy new spelling of a foul-mouthed slam, it's ... a guy's name. And it's making headlines because the 23-year-old is quite unhappy that Facebook keeps shutting down his account over suspicions it'... More »

Car Thieves Find Boy in Backseat, Take Him to School

Mom had left child in running car while she worked at Va. post office

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy got the ride of his life when the car he was sitting in was stolen right before the start of school—and the thieves actually dropped him off at school, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Norfolk Police Department rep Daniel Hudson says the boy's mom has to be... More »

How a Man Blew $718K on Psychics

He allegedly spent $90K for a gold bridge in another realm

(Newser) - Niall Rice met Michelle while receiving treatment for acute anxiety at an Arizona rehab clinic. "We had such a strong connection, it was unbelievable," the 33-year-old Brit tells the New York Times . "I loved her deeply." The pair broke up weeks after leaving rehab, but Rice... More »

Texas Teen Committed Suicide by Cobra

Grant Thompson allowed monocled cobra to bite him: autopsy

(Newser) - Authorities say a young pet-store staffer in Texas committed suicide with help from a cobra. Grant Thompson, 18, was found in cardiac arrest inside his car in a North Austin parking lot on July 14. An autopsy report, obtained by the Austin American-Statesman , shows Thompson suffered "multiple separate bites"... More »

Del. Finally Busts 'Rogue Emu'

Critter was on lam for more than 2 months, prompted soft lockdowns at schools

(Newser) - An emu whose escape more than 60 days ago prompted lockdowns at two Delaware elementary schools has been captured. “We got it. Locked and loaded” in the trailer, Dan Stonebraker, co-owner of 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton, tells the News Journal . "It’s safe. It’s happy.... More »

Brutal Stabbing Ends Up Saving Israeli Man's Life

Doctors treating him found a dangerous intestinal tumor

(Newser) - A father of five who said a Palestinian attacker stabbed and tried to behead him last week at an Israeli bus station tells Radio Kol Chai he's actually glad he got assaulted. "The terror attack saved my life," Daniel Cohen says, per the Times of Israel . Why... More »

One Twin Was a Nazi, the Other a Jew

Jack Yufe's death highlights his unusual family tale

(Newser) - A California man named Jack Yufe died this week at age 82, and his life story is so fascinating that the AP likens it to a Hollywood script nobody would believe; the Los Angeles Times draws a comparison to a "tabloid headline." The reason? Yufe was born in... More »

Utility Workers Save Engagement Ring From Sewer

Ring accidentally got flushed down a toilet

(Newser) - A team of utility workers in Jurupa Valley, Calif., performed a small miracle for a bride-to-be when they retrieved her engagement ring from the sewer after she accidentally flushed it, ABC News reports. Carissa Wolter had put the ring, along with a pair of diamond earrings, on a tissue while... More »

There's a Legit Group That Wants Humans to Go Extinct

Yes, Les U. Knight wishes you were never born

(Newser) - Ever stop and think the planet would be a better place if humans weren't around? Les U. Knight came to that conclusion long ago, and unlike you, he's doing something about it. He's the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which aims to rid Earth of... More »

Man Killed by His Tapeworm's Cancer

CDC researchers haven't seen anything like this before

(Newser) - Centers for Disease Control researchers say it is one of the strangest and most unsettling cases they have ever encountered. The researchers say that scans of a very ill man in Colombia revealed what "looked like cancer, but the tumors were composed of cells that were not human,"... More »

Man's Headaches Turn Out to Be Tapeworm in Brain

Tiny, wriggling worm was removed from Luis Ortiz

(Newser) - It's something most of us have done before: ignored a headache. A 26-year-old California man did just that beginning in late August, but then the pain got worse. The cause turned out to be almost unimaginable: a tapeworm larva that had made its way to his brain. The Napa ... More »

Meet the Man Who's Authored 100K Books

Though, technically, they were compiled by a computer

(Newser) - Reading 100,000 books in a lifetime sounds impossible. Authoring that many sounds unthinkable, but that's exactly what Philip M. Parker can proclaim he has done. The professor at business school INSEAD calls himself "the most published author in the history of the planet" and claims 200,000... More »

Connecticut Cops Will No Longer Steal Your Stuff

Authorities put the kibosh on controversial plan

(Newser) - Police in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Conn., had what they thought was an ingenious plan to get residents to lock their car doors: Take any valuables that were in view inside an unlocked car and leave a note instructing the vehicle owner to pick up their stuff... More »

Seattle's Gum Wall Is Finally Getting Cleaned

20 years' worth of used gum will be cleared to protect building

(Newser) - One of America's grossest tourist attractions is getting a scrub-down. Seattle's gum wall in Pike Place Market, which has been collecting wads of chewed gum for 20 years, will be reduced to plain old brick beginning Tuesday courtesy of a contractor with an industrial steam machine, reports the... More »

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