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5-Foot-Long Hairball Found Inside 15-Year-Old

She suffered from Rapunzel Syndrome

(Newser) - It's called the Rapunzel syndrome, but there's nothing fairytale-like about the condition. In layman's terms, it's a massive hairball that extends from one's stomach into the small intestine or beyond. As io9 explained in 2013, hair is made of keratin, a substance so steely that... More »

Rescuers Save Pair Trapped by Rattlesnake

Very, very slowly

(Newser) - A strange rescue in Nevada: Authorities guided two cousins around a rattlesnake and out of a mine shaft near Lake Mead after they reported being trapped inside by the snake. The cousins, ages 19 and 12, emerged unhurt after they were instructed to hug an opposite wall to move past... More »

How a Farting Drummer Cost a DC Bar $500

It has to do with an open window

(Newser) - What to do when you let rip a fart so noxious you're afraid it might offend patrons of the blues bar at which you're performing? If you're in Washington, DC, and it's after 12:30am, the answer is not "open a window." But that'... More »

Cabbie Charges Overweight Passenger for Blown Tire

Passenger pays, but files formal complaint

(Newser) - When a Rome cab driver's back tire blew as he was taking a passenger from the train station to a medical clinic, the cabbie decided it was the passenger's fault—because he reportedly weighs 336 pounds—and charged him an extra $56, the Road Warrior Voices blog reports.... More »

Lovesick Teen Went to Extremes to Get Mom's Help

And ended up arrested for it

(Newser) - Some unspecified problem had apparently occurred between an Alabama teen and his girlfriend, and where the story goes from there is too bizarre. Limestone County sheriff's deputies say 18-year-old Haden Smith texted his mother yesterday morning with a threat: Every 15 minutes he would off one of her chickens... More »

Living in NY Home: 1M Bees

Beekeepers working on removing them

(Newser) - Beekeepers have quite the task ahead of them as they remove an estimated 1 million honey bees that have taken up residence at a New York home. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports two beekeepers were at work yesterday removing siding on the outside of the Wallkill house to get... More »

Stinky Fridge Sends 11 to Hospital

Apparently odor caused by chemical residue from something left in fridge

(Newser) - Officials say a smelly refrigerator at the University of Kentucky sent nearly a dozen people to the hospital. Multiple news outlets report that workers smelled a strong odor coming from the fridge when they came to work yesterday at the Dimock Animal Pathology building. They opened the fridge to an... More »

Japan Lifts Dancing Ban

It's been illegal in clubs after midnight for decades

(Newser) - Starting next year, clubgoers in Japan will be able to keep dancing after the clock strikes midnight without fear of arrest. That's because a strange old law is finally coming off the books—one that forbids dancing in clubs and most public venues after midnight, reports CNN . It dates... More »

Canadians Told to Stop Flushing Their Goldfish

They're breeding quickly in the wild, and getting big

(Newser) - It sounds like a tabloid concoction: goldfish the size of dinner plates! But Canadian media outlets such as the National Post are trumpeting headlines of that variety—and they happen to be true. Biologists in Alberta are asking people to stop flushing their cute little goldfish, because they're apparently... More »

Guy, 42, Says It Might Be Time to Ditch His 29 Miley Tattoos

Turns out not even Cyrus finds them cute

(Newser) - If you get 29 Miley Cyrus-themed tattoos and you somehow think the pop star is going to find that charming, well ... chances are you'll end up disappointed. Such is the tragic story of 42-year-old Carl McCoid, a UK father of three who says he's spent more than $4,... More »

Traffic Light Has Been Red for Nearly 30 Years

Also that color: the red tape requiring it remain that way in Germany

(Newser) - A traffic light in Dresden, Germany, has been red for nearly 30 years now, and city officials say that won't change anytime soon. The light sits at the corner of Ziegelstraße street, and drivers have only one choice when they come to it—to turn "right on... More »

Jilted Husband Cuts Possessions in Half

Unless it's a hoax, but the video is still kind of remarkable

(Newser) - There's not taking the breakup well, and there's this. A man in Germany who has split with his wife sawed their possessions in half and is now selling them on eBay , reports the Local . He even documented the actual sawing in a YouTube video that has more than... More »

Wisconsin City: No, a Kangaroo Is Not a Service Animal

May we suggest a nice dog?

(Newser) - Officials have changed a southeastern Wisconsin city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant. The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse,... More »

Octopus' Cuteness May Decide Its Name

Meet the future Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis (maybe)

(Newser) - The Huffington Post thinks it looks like "a cross between a Pac-Man ghost and a Pokemon creature." But it will be a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution who will get the honor of bestowing a name on the little octopus with huge eyes. (Or "... More »

Guy Enters Pro Poker Event by Mistake, Wins $81K

Panicked newbie Christian Pham managed to outplay the pros

(Newser) - It's one thing to outlast hundreds or thousands of poker players to win one of the World Series of Poker's 68 events and the Las Vegas tournament's coveted gold bracelet. It's another thing entirely to win a game you've never played before. Christian Pham of... More »

Culprit Behind 3 Crashes and Bridge Closing? Mayfly Swarms

That is not snow in the photos

(Newser) - Authorities say a swarm of mayflies was so dense that it caused a series of motorcycle crashes and prompted them to close a Pennsylvania bridge. The mayflies swarmed around the lights on the bridge and then fell to the ground, making piles several inches deep on the roadway, reports Lancaster... More »

An Austrian Brothel Is Offering Up Free Sex

Owner Hermann Mueller's scheme is extremely popular, he says

(Newser) - An Austrian brothel is offering a summer special that competitors will find hard to match—free sex. Its owner says it's his way of protesting a tax squeeze. "Effective immediately: Free Entrance! Free Drinks! Free Sex!" the Pascha bordello writes on its website. The Oesterreich daily quotes... More »

Weird 'Blobs' Turning Up on California Beaches

One expert links these 'sea hares' to warmer water temperatures

(Newser) - A blob from the sea is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters. These California sea hares are harmless plant eaters. But their big size and unusual abundance this year is turning heads at the... More »

Adultery No Big Deal if Done for Business: Court

Tokyo courts typically award wife damages, but not in this case

(Newser) - Typically, if your husband cheats on you in Tokyo and you sue his mistress, you'll be awarded damages from said mistress. It's considered a way of protecting marriage, the Japan Times reports, but last year the Tokyo District Court broke with the practice—big time. A wife who... More »

Court Reaffirms Right to Get Drunk on Your Porch

If you live in Iowa, anyway

(Newser) - The perfect court decision heading into the weekend: Iowa's Supreme Court endorsed the right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home, ruling that a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps. Patience Paye, 29, of Waterloo based the... More »

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