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Man Gets Arrested, Tries to Gnaw Off His Fingerprints

This happened in Florida

(Newser) - People have gone to some crazy lengths to try to hide their identity from police (Exhibit A: this guy ). And then there's Kenzo Roberts. Lee County Sheriff's detectives pulled over the Florida man on Thursday as he was driving a 2015 Mercedes that was listed as stolen;... More »

Woman Sues Credit Agencies: I'm Not Dead

St. Louis woman ran into a strange red-tape hassle

(Newser) - A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn't dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she's alive. Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans or a new home, reports the St.... More »

Judge Grills Airline Lawyers Over His Lost Luggage

In a completely unrelated case

(Newser) - Anyone whose luggage has been lost by an airline now has a patron saint in the form of Justice Peter Smith in Britain. When lawyers for British Airways showed up in his court to argue a $4.6 billion price-fixing case, Smith had smaller fish to fry: He wanted to... More »

Doctor Sends Living Woman to the Morgue

It doesn't end so well for him

(Newser) - "The alarmed undertaker heard her screams." That's a line from a news story out of Germany, not a horror-film script. The events that led to that statement occurred in March, when a very ill 92-year-old woman was discovered to have no pulse by a nurse who worked... More »

Athlete's Half-Beard Makes Him a Star

Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi rocks a strange look

(Newser) - One of the biggest names in track at the moment is an Italian high-jumper named Gianmarco Tamberi. And though he's a decent high-jumper, the reason he's making headlines is because he's wearing a half-beard. Tamberi says it's a good-luck charm, reports Quartz , and he did manage... More »

Feds: Man Tipped Strippers 2K Times With Company Cash

John David Berrett is accused of spending $476K in 13 months

(Newser) - There's using the company credit card for unethical reasons, and then there's this alleged story out of Gilbert, Arizona. The feds accuse John David Berrett of dropping $476,000 of employer World Wide Technology's cash on what the Arizona Republic describes as an "online-stripper habit."... More »

With Pet Cemetery Doomed, a Classy Act Emerges

Animal-loving state engineer hopes to relocate all grave markers

(Newser) - A highway expansion in Oklahoma City will wipe out an old pet cemetery, but the more unusual part of the story is the effort that state officials are making out of respect to the animals. They're reaching out to the public—a construction engineer put up an ad on... More »

For an NYC Alligator, Fame Then Death

3-foot-creature found in the Inwood section of Manhattan yesterday

(Newser) - A mysterious story from its start to brief finish: a 3-foot-long alligator was found crossing Ninth Avenue at 205th Street in Manhattan Thursday. What happened next is what you'd expect these days: The Police Department's 34th Precinct tweeted about it, bestowing fame upon the creature—and showing a... More »

The Story Behind the 'Mutant Daisies'

Plant deformities or 'fasciation' not uncommon: experts

(Newser) - The Internet is aflutter over two rather bizarre photographs of what appear to be daisies taken near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan. We say they appear to be daisies because the flowers in Nasushiobara City actually feature multiple stems and mutant centers. While many have claimed the plants... More »

Dead Man With 1.5K Guns 'Thought He Was Alien Spy'

Mystery man left arms cache, many questions

(Newser) - The death of a Los Angeles man in his car has led police to a huge stash of firearms and an even bigger pile of strangeness. From what cops can piece together, Jeffrey Alan Lash claimed to be a spy—sometimes a hybrid human-alien spy—and just before he died... More »

Court: Butt Dialers Forfeit Right to Privacy

If you place the call, even accidentally, people can listen in

(Newser) - Butt dialers, be warned: If you inadvertently place a call with your posterior, you have no legal right to privacy about anything you then say. So declares the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Kentucky, reports Courthouse News Service . The case involves an executive on a Kentucky... More »

How a Teen's Nosebleed Saved Her Parents

In fact, it saved the teen herself, too

(Newser) - It had to be the luckiest, and most lifesaving, nosebleed in the world. As KTVT reports, it befell 14-year-old Crystal Enns of Wylie, Texas, in 2013. Her parents took her to the doctor when the bleeding wouldn't stop, which led to the diagnosis of a serious kidney disease called... More »

Maine's Latest Lobster-Flavored Export: Beer

No real, live lobsters actually were harmed in the brewing of this beer

(Newser) - A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state's summertime staples: beer and lobster. Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and... More »

Dessert Contest Prize: $390K Home

$100 contest is latest to embrace trend

(Newser) - If you passed on chances to win an inn , a bakery , or a goat farm , now you've got another to win a $390,000 home in California. A realtor is giving away the refurbished 1906 residence in rural Jackson to the person who submits the best dessert recipe, reports... More »

Want Free Music? Give Blood—in Transylvania

Romania tries unconventional way to draw blood from stony population

(Newser) - Romania is tapping into the Dracula legend, offering concert-goers free tickets in exchange for their blood. The campaign is part of a push to increase blood donations in a country where only 1.7% of the people donate blood. Adrian Chereji, marketing director for the UNTOLD Festival, said today the... More »

Man Gets 30 Years for Giving Deadly Wedgie

Brad Davis' stepfather was found dead with his underwear pulled over his head

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man who gave his stepfather a fatal "atomic wedgie" was on Thursday sentenced to 30 years for the crime. Brad Davis, 34, in May pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Denver Lee St. Clair; at the time Davis said he killed the 58-year-old "... More »

This Robot Is Hitchhiking Across US

hitchBOT is going from Massachusetts to San Francisco, by thumb

(Newser) - With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada is about to start hitchhiking across the US. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers.... More »

Spanish Mayor Makes Afternoon Nap the Law

In Ador, the siesta is mandatory (or at least strongly suggested)

(Newser) - If you're planning to visit the town of Ador, Spain, timing is everything. Get there between the hours of 2 and 5pm, and you'll find nothing open and nobody to chat with—they'll likely be snoozing by decree of the mayor. Joan Faus Vitòria has declared... More »

Our Next Super Food? Bacon-Flavored Seaweed

Oregon researchers patent new strain of algae called dulse

(Newser) - Researchers at Oregon State University have received a patent for a new strain of seaweed they developed, and there's only one thing you need to know about it: “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed," chief researcher Chris Langdon says... More »

It's Always March 14, 2005, for This Man

Man can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes after dentist visit

(Newser) - March 14, 2005, was a day like any other for William, a 38-year-old member of the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany. He got up, went to the gym, played volleyball, and answered emails from his office. By 2:40pm, he was sitting in a dentist’s chair for a... More »

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