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You Can Buy Truman Capote's Ashes

But why would you want to

(Newser) - Have $4,000 to $6,000 burning a hole in your pocket and really weird taste in souvenirs? Consider bidding on Truman Capote's ashes when they go up for auction Sept. 23 and 24 in LA. Capote left the ashes to his friend, and Johnny Carson's wife, Joanne... More »

Teen Peeved With Parents' Vacation Choice Calls 911

'It was not an appropriate use of 911,' cop says

(Newser) - Is Trent Hills, Ontario, really that bad? A 15-year-old girl “forced” to go to the Canadian vacation spot by her parents last week apparently thought so—and called 911 with her emergency, the CBC reports. Police who responded to the cottage the family rented were not amused. “This... More »

He's 18, She's 71; They're 'Happy, in Love'

Tennessee newlyweds 'knew we were right for each other'

(Newser) - Gary Hardwick says he's always been attracted to older women. In fact, his new wife, Almeda Hardwick, 71—the same age as Gary's grandmother—isn't even the oldest woman he ever dated. Gary, 18, says he was unhappy in a relationship with a 77-year-old woman in June... More »

Couple's Victorian 'Costumes' Get Them Booted From Garden

It's just our everyday dress, says Sarah Chrisman

(Newser) - She favors frilly frocks and corsets, while he opts for plaid waistcoats accented with a gold chain. Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman are living memorials to a bygone time, dressing in Victorian-era garb and stocking their vittles in an icebox at their home in Port Townsend, Wash. But when the quirky... More »

Dad Accused of Raping Daughter Saved by Mention of 50 Shades

Barrister writes about the unusual case

(Newser) - Cathy McCulloch writes that as of last week, she hadn't read Fifty Shades of Grey ("honest!"). The barrister is intimately familiar with portions of it now, however, due to a case that she describes as "exceptional" in a blog post spotted by the Independent . Her... More »

What Zika? Russia Throws Mosquito Festival

Featuring a 'tastiest,' and likely itchiest, girl

(Newser) - While fears of the Zika virus have kept some people away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, for residents of one Russian town the more mosquito bites the better. At this weekend's Russian Mosquito Festival in the town of Berezniki, 9-year-old Irina Ilyukhina won the "tastiest girl"... More »

Keep Out! Loved Ones Told Cemetery Is Off Limits

New owners sue to bar visitors but will allow exhumations

(Newser) - It’s not every day that a cemetery goes up for sale. And what do you do with one? For the new owners of a tiny graveyard in Caernarvon Township, Pennsylvania, that meant planting "Private Property” signs to bar visitors, the Reading Eagle reports. The owners filed a lawsuit... More »

Angry Joker Fan Says He's Suing Over Suicide Squad

He claims trailers promised a level of Jared Leto that the movie didn't deliver

(Newser) - The only people more villainous than clown-faced maniacs are the people who make movie trailers about them, apparently. Comicbook.com reports a Scottish Reddit user named BlackPanther2016 claims he or she is suing Warner Bros. and DC over what he claims were misleading Suicide Squad trailers that heavily featured Jared... More »

Viral Stunt or Genuinely Creepy? Scary Clown Strolls

With black balloons, no less, in Green Bay

(Newser) - Coulrophobes might want to steer clear of Wisconsin for a while. Some creeped-out people in Green Bay have been calling police about a clown wandering around with a bouquet of black balloons, reports USA Today . The clown was spotted at 2am Monday, though it's unclear whether he's surfaced... More »

90-Year-Old Who Ruined Crossword Art Wants Copyright

Hannelore K. claims copyright to new version

(Newser) - A 90-year-old German woman says she didn't damage an $89,000 piece of art in the form of a crossword puzzle when she scribbled in a few answers —she actually increased its value. A lawyer for the retired dentist, identified only as Hannelore K., says she simply completed... More »

Ump Stops Game to Eject ... a Fan

Bob Davidson says fan was yelling obscene taunts

(Newser) - It's not unusual for an umpire to toss somebody out of a baseball game, but it's typically a hot-headed manager or a player. In Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it was a foul-mouthed fan. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, home-plate ump Bob Davidson stopped the Phillies-Giants game in the... More »

New York Heat Makes Horse Manure Spontaneously Combust

Gross

(Newser) - How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames, the AP reports. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in... More »

Pokemon Go Player Finds $2K at Pokestop

Yeah, but has he found a Pikachu?

(Newser) - A Pokemon Go player has found $2,000 in cash at a Pokestop in New Jersey, the AP reports. Hackettstown police say the player notified a nearby business Wednesday that he had found the money at a Pokestop, where players can get free in-game items, like an egg that can... More »

NFL Great Bitten While Fighting Over Lobster With Shark

The shark didn't care how many career sacks Warren Sapp had

(Newser) - It's a bad idea to get between a shark and its meal. The same could probably be said about NFL Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp. So when Sapp and a shark both found themselves going after the same lobster Wednesday, the result was understandably gruesome. The Tampa Bay Times reports Sapp... More »

Driver Follows GPS, Car Ends Up Vertical

She drove up guide wires while making a U-turn

(Newser) - Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around." The car was suspended almost vertically on guide wires attached to a utility pole (see a photo here ) in Mendon on Wednesday... More »

Alaskan Put Dead Hubby on Ice, Went on Traveling Wake

No laws were broken; some eyebrows were raised

(Newser) - A woman who drove her husband's body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws, reports the AP . Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside... More »

Fury Greets School's Ban on Clapping

Rule put in place for a teacher with a hearing disability

(Newser) - Feel free to "punch the air, pull excited faces, and wriggle about on the spot" at Australia's Elanora Heights Public School—but whatever you do, don't clap. The public primary school in Sydney has gained some unwanted attention after it banned clapping at assemblies in favor of... More »

Aliens or Bombs? Town Plagued by Mystery Booms

Geologist suspects the noise is reaching California all the way from Nevada

(Newser) - "You just hear these booms, they're very low, you know, you almost feel them." That's how one resident of Sonora, Calif., describes a resounding noise heard in the mountain town every summer weekday between 11am and 2pm, per the Inquisitr . What's going on? Well, no... More »

Flight Delayed? It Could Be the Coffeemaker

Faulty machines must be checked for fire risk

(Newser) - Running late for a flight? Cross your fingers that the plane's coffeemaker is broken. An "inordinate amount of coffeemaker problems" are causing flight delays, American Airlines' chief of operations says—and causing passengers to lose their lids. The New York Times reports defective coffeemakers require a thorough check... More »

Callers to Maine EBT Number Get Sex Hotline Instead

Typo on EBT cards gives new meaning to 'friends with benefits'

(Newser) - Maine's slogan is "The Way Life Should Be," but that probably wasn't meant to suggest that residents calling to check the balance of their state-sponsored benefits would be better off being patched through to a sex hotline instead. That's how some locals were redirected when... More »

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