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Limo Driver Prepares to Fly a Mile in Homemade Rocket

'If you're not scared to death, you're an idiot'

(Newser) - The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Pick up his flight suit. Leave enough food for his four cats—just in case anything happens. Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who'... More »

Politician Looks to Revive Unusual Dish: Rat Soup

It's a traditional dish in Mexican state of Zacatecas

(Newser) - Typically, one would be unhappy to find rat in his or her soup. But caldo de rata, or rat soup, has been eaten in the Mexican state of Zacatecas since colonial times, and now a local politician is trying to promote it so it regains its popularity. It's currently... More »

Move Over, Firefighters: NYC Cabbies Put Out Own Calendar

Taxi drivers decide it's time to take a spin as pinups

(Newser) - New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy? That's the tongue-in-cheek goal of a quirky pinup calendar featuring a dozen New York City taxi drivers smirking and smoldering in provocative poses in and around their yellow cabs,... More »

Couple: Cops Detained Us After Mistaking Hibiscus for Pot Plant

They say an insurance agent alerted police to the flowering plant

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple is suing the police and an insurance company because they say they were handcuffed for hours in a patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana, the AP reports. Edward and Audrey Cramer say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Nationwide Insurance Co. agent... More »

Guy Discovers KFC Secret, Gets Special KFC Painting

Um, wow

(Newser) - "Dreams DO come true." And for Mike Edgette, who tweeted just that on Saturday morning, his dream entailed receiving a painting depicting him riding piggyback on Colonel Sanders against a picturesque mountain landscape, all the while waving a KFC drumstick. Edgette tells Mashable he received the artwork, along... More »

Man Sues Walmart Over Watermelon Injury, Wins $7.5M

Alabama jury finds Walmart was negligent

(Newser) - An Alabama man who said he tripped and broke his hip while buying a watermelon at a Walmart store has won a $7.5 million verdict in his lawsuit against the retailer. Henry Walker on Wednesday was awarded the damages after a jury trial in Phenix City, Alabama, just west... More »

A Midflight Discovery by Wife, Then ... Chaos

Angry woman got flight diverted after finding out about husband's alleged affair

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to investigate your husband's phone on the suspicion he may be cheating on you, maybe don't do it while thousands of feet in the air. A woman—who, authorities say, had had a few drinks—on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha,... More »

A Car Full of People Crashed. Then Things Got Weird

Bizarre kidnapping case unfolded Monday in Alberta, included a BMW with 5 naked people

(Newser) - When authorities responded to a car accident in Alberta, Canada, on Monday, they found a carload of naked people. But that's just one of several strange elements of the story out of Nisku, south of Edmonton. Police say it began around 9:30am Monday when a woman, her 6-week-old... More »

Mystery Solved After Man Finds Random House in His Field

It was left by a mover after permit difficulties

(Newser) - "If you know someone who has lost a house, let me know," a Canadian man wrote on Facebook this week after stumbling upon a complete house in the middle of his property. His plea worked. Patrick Maze tells the CBC he was driving past a section of his... More »

Woman Accused of Ripping Off Nuns' Famous Cheesecake

Cameras caught woman, daughter swiping treats without leaving money

(Newser) - New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the... More »

'I Carried My Own Child. I Didn't Know He Was Mine'

California's Jessica Allen speaks about rare case of superfetation

(Newser) - "I carried my own child. I didn't know he was mine." That's what a California woman is saying after she became pregnant with her own son while serving as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. After connecting with the couple through a surrogacy agency in California,... More »

Turns Out 'Bomb' Wasn't Actually Out of Place in Garden

German resident mistakes zucchini for WWII bomb

(Newser) - A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over—and found a particularly large zucchini. The AP reports police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by... More »

Scores of Men Try to Land Gynecologist Appointment

It all started when an article mentioned Dr. Liang Bartkowiak's new certification

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania gynecologist saw a huge uptick in calls for appointments. Only one problem: It was primarily men on the line. The flurry of calls began after Dr. Liang Bartkowiak was named in an Altoona Mirror article as the first doctor in Altoona eligible to certify medical marijuana users. And... More »

Family 'Super-Excited' to Welcome Baby Frankenstein

Fla. baby's name is literally Oskar Gary Frankenstein

(Newser) - A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween: a baby Frankenstein. Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital near Orlando, reports the AP . Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein... More »

Mysterious Octopus Invasion Rocks Beach in Wales

Stormy atmosphere may have confused the creatures

(Newser) - It's not quite the Norman conquest , but another invasion is worrying locals in West Wales. Scores of octopuses have "walked" out of the Irish Sea and beached themselves on the sand in New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales Online reports. The phenomenon has marine experts scratching their heads. "We... More »

Guy Admits Smuggling Chocolate-Covered Heroin

21-year-old was busted in NJ in June with 3 kilos of drug/candy

(Newser) - A man has admitted smuggling chocolate-covered heroin on a flight from Guatemala to Newark Liberty International Airport, reports the AP . Jacobo Orellana-Estrada on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Prosecutors say the Guatemalan citizen arrived in Newark on a flight in June and... More »

Pumpkin Theft Prompts Bizarre Police Lineup

St. Louis residents can claim their stolen fruit

(Newser) - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins—and one gourd—are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered, reports the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports pumpkins began vanishing last... More »

This Bear's Tongue Weighed as Much as a Newborn Human

Thankfully, more than 7 pounds of tissue has since been removed

(Newser) - Cat got your tongue—or maybe a bear? No one would have pointed the finger at one particular Asiatic black bear (also known as a moon bear) holed up in a Myanmar monastery: He had too much of his own tongue to handle, let alone anyone else's. The Guardian ... More »

Runner Wins Marathon After Motorcycle Leads Favorites Off Course

The 7 runners in the lead lost around 2 minutes

(Newser) - Sunday's Venice Marathon was just the second Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel ever ran—and yet the Eritrean-born Italian runner won the race, thanks to a wrong turn. A guide motorcycle led the pack of seven runners who were in the lead several hundred meters off course before they realized the... More »

Screaming? No, Officer, I Was Singing

But driver in Montreal still gets a $118 ticket

(Newser) - A driver in Montreal apparently got a little too carried away while grooving to a favorite song. Now he's going to court to defend his singing voice. When 38-year-old Taoufik Moalla got pulled over, officers asked if he'd been screaming, per the Montreal Gazette . No, Moalla replied, he'... More »

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