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12 Ladies Respond to Dad's Ad Seeking Wife for His Son

Arthur Brooks will be interviewing them soon

(Newser) - The father of a Salt Lake City businessman who placed an Idaho newspaper ad seeking women interested in marrying his 48-year-old son has received about a dozen inquiries. Arthur Brooks had planned to meet potential candidates at a Coeur d'Alene resort, but son Baron Brooks told the Spokesman-Review on... More »

Fire-Walkers Defend 'Awesome' Tony Robbins

Attendees at coal-walking seminar blame other distractions for injuries

(Newser) - Tony Robbins has taken a lot of heat since dozens of people at one of his seminars were injured last week in Dallas while walking over hot coals. But not everyone is breathing fire on the motivational guru. First, and not surprisingly, Robbins' rep Jennifer Connelly defended the "Unleash... More »

Tony Robbins' Fire-Walking Exercise Ends in Burns

5 people were hospitalized

(Newser) - One of the activities for participants of Tony Robbins' motivational seminars is walking on hot coals, an activity that, trainers tell WFAA , most people "didn't think was possible." And, well, it turns out some of them were sort of right. During Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within"... More »

Texas Woman Comes Out of Surgery With British Accent

Lisa Alamia was born and raised in Lone Star State but doesn't sound like it anymore

(Newser) - When Lisa Alamia says the word "kitten," she's not talking about a cat—it's just what it sounds like when the Texas woman says "kidding," a British affectation that isn't an affectation at all, but a symptom of the foreign accent syndrome she... More »

Dad Takes Out Full-Page Ad to Find His Son a Wife

'I can’t even describe to you how embarrassing and ridiculous this is'

(Newser) - A 48-year-old Salt Lake City man was surprised to discover that he had apparently taken out a full-page, $900 ad in an Idaho newspaper in order to find a wife, the Spokesman-Review reports. The ad, titled "Looking for a Wife," ran last Saturday in the Coeur d'Alene ... More »

Bank Workers Spanked for 'Not Exceeding Themselves'

2 executives from Chinese bank have been suspended

(Newser) - A disturbing video getting attention on social media shows a row of eight Chinese bank employees on a stage being told to "get their butts ready" then spanked—hard—in front of their colleagues for "not exceeding themselves." The employees had been in a "Breakthrough in... More »

Iowa County Freaked Out by Mystery 'Men in Black'

They just stand around on local roadways in black trenchcoats—then disappear

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials in Muscatine County, Iowa, are scratching their heads over reports streaming in about a group of men in black trenchcoats who've been spotted along the side of the road, in the road, and even in people's yards, KWQC reports. The so-called "men in black"... More »

Jar of Air From Stone Roses Concert Can Be Yours for $95K

'The atmosphere, anticipation, and ecstasy of 60K people singing their hearts out'

(Newser) - What's weirder than a 1970s quarter priced at $35,000 on eBay? A jar of air going for nearly $100,000. Of course, it's not just any jar of air: The sample was taken from a Stone Roses concert held Saturday in the UK, and it features "... More »

A Decade Later, Guy Pays Train Fares He Evaded

He figures they added up to about $300

(Newser) - One Massachusetts commuter believes it's never too late to say you're sorry—or pay your train fare, the AP reports. The Boston Globe reports Matthew Andrewes hand-delivered an apology letter, along with $300 in cash, to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on June 9. That's the amount... More »

Cops Bust Guy Trying to Smuggle Iguana Into Court

Look what showed up on the X-ray machine

(Newser) - The Boulder County Justice Center allows service animals into the building, but security guards drew the line when someone tried to sneak his pet iguana through the X-ray machine. Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield tells the Daily Camera that security staff caught the reptile as it passed through the machine... More »

Bread Truck Hits Truck Filled With Deli Meats

Traffic accidents don't usually make us this hungry

(Newser) - America, there has to be a better way to make a sandwich. Gothamist reports a truck carrying deli meats collided with a truck carrying bread early Friday morning in New Jersey. The "sandwich-like spill" left Interstate 287 in Piscataway covered in bread and meat, according to NBC New York... More »

Robot Makes a Run for It From Russian Lab

Bad Promobot

(Newser) - Robots are on the loose in Russia—or one was on Wednesday, causing mayhem and a traffic jam. Officials say a robot trained to move around on its own made an escape from a science lab in the city of Perm. The robot, or Promobot—created to market products to... More »

This Is What Happens When a Shepherd Falls Asleep

Baaaaad sheep

(Newser) - A YouTube video proves why you should never fall asleep on the job—particularly if you have 1,300 sheep in your care. A resident in the Spanish city of Huesca called police around 4:30am Tuesday to report a herd of sheep making its way through the city streets,... More »

After Crash, Woman Held Boy's Head Straight. It Saved Him

Family says Killian will make a full recovery from internal decapitation

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy might not have survived a horrific car accident if two Good Samaritans had not happened upon the scene, reports Boise station KBOI . The accident occurred when Brandy Gonzalez was driving from Nevada to Idaho with son Killian on May 22, and their car smashed into another after... More »

Come Sail Away on This Naked Sex Cruise

'The sensual way to get away'

(Newser) - And you thought it was hard avoiding gross infections during a normal cruise. The Miami Herald reports Mexico's Original Group, which already operates a number of adults-only resorts, will erotically embark on an eight-day sex cruise in 2017. The Desire Cruise features “clothing-optional areas (including the pool), private... More »

An Actual Med School Was Going to Teach Spoon Bending

'Medical quackery'

(Newser) - Whoa . Medical faculty at the University of Alberta in Canada booked a reiki expert to lead a spoon-bending workshop—and no, this is not a joke. “This experiential workshop will teach a guided meditation/energy transfer technique which will have most participants bending cutlery using the power of their... More »

Elephant Chases Schwarzenegger's Car

And he has a typical Arnold reaction

(Newser) - What happens in Johannesburg stays in Johannesburg—unless you're Arnold Schwarzenegger and your safari vehicle gets chased by an elephant, in which case, yeah, the entire world is going to see that video. The clip, which Schwarzenegger uploaded himself to YouTube , shows exactly what transpired when the Terminator visited... More »

Heimlich Maneuver Inventor Uses It for First Time

Doctor never had to use it in an emergency before

(Newser) - The 96-year-old surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the technique for the first time himself to save a woman at his senior living center, reports AP . Dr. Henry Heimlich tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that while he had demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years,... More »

10-Foot Python Bites Man's Penis During Morning Bowel Movement

And that sucker did not want to let go

(Newser) - Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the toilet. Coconuts Bangkok reports Thai resident Attaporn Boonmakchuay was five minutes into his "usual bowel movement" Wednesday morning when a huge python bit him on the penis. The 10-foot snake had, well, snaked its way through his... More »

Bird Takes Off With Knife From Crime Scene

Cops had to chase city's 'most notorious crow'

(Newser) - The CBC describes Canuck as "Vancouver's most notorious crow," and it's not hard to see why: After cops in the Canadian city shot and injured a man who confronted them with a knife on Tuesday, a crow believed to be Canuck—because of a distinctive red... More »

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