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California TV Viewers Get Creepy Warning

'Extremely violent times will come'

(Newser) - Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens, per the AP . The Orange County Register reports that a Lake Forest woman was watching HGTV on her Cox Communications cable service on Thursday when the words "emergency alert" came on the... More »

Deadly Insomnia a Devastating 'Family Curse'

One woman with FFI gene mutation hopes to find a cure

(Newser) - In 2010, Sonia Vallabh noticed her mother acting oddly. "She was fitful and couldn't really tell you if she'd been awake or asleep," Vallabh tells CNN . Soon, the 52-year-old couldn't recognize her daughter and would spasm and speak in tongues. Upon her death months later,... More »

6 Women Accidentally Wear Identical Dresses to Wedding

'No we are NOT the bridesmaids'

(Newser) - Debbie Speranza was surprised when she met up with her cousin at a Sydney wedding reception recently and they were wearing the same dress. But both women were even more surprised when they kept bumping into other women also in the same dress—a total of six women at the... More »

Toilet Clogs in Geneva Had Unlikely Source

$120K in 500-euro bills found in 4 toilets in May

(Newser) - Some $120,000 has gone down the drain in Switzerland—literally. Prosecutors say 500-euro bank notes were found stuffed in a toilet serving a vault containing safe deposit boxes at Geneva's USB bank back in May, per Bloomberg . A few days later, per Reuters , 500-euro notes, which "had... More »

SUV Picks Up Odd Hitchhiker

Australian koala goes for a ride in the wheel well of vehicle

(Newser) - For a stowaway who made a 10-mile journey squeezed in the wheel well, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches. The driver of the four-wheel vehicle was unaware of the extra passenger until they arrived at their destination in the outskirts of Adelaide, Australia, and he heard some... More »

Irma's 'Chainsaw Sister' Had to Google Instructions

Sister Margaret Ann of Miami has become an internet sensation

(Newser) - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her—dressed in full habit—wielding a chainsaw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. "I actually had to Google it to find out... More »

Museum Wants to Display Glob of Congealed Grossness

We are speaking, of course, of the fatberg

(Newser) - Congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil—not exactly what you'd expect to see behind glass at the Museum of London. But if the museum has its way, that's what will come to pass. The city is in the midst of a three-week "sewer war" against a... More »

London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer

A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct

(Newser) - British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275... More »

Meet Harry Potter and the Philosophy Class

St. Cloud University offering class focused on the boy wizard

(Newser) - A Minnesota university is mixing the magical world of Harry Potter into philosophy teachings. St. Cloud State University professor Carolyn Hartz is applying Aristotle's work on friendship to character relationships in JK Rowling's books about the boy wizard, the St. Cloud Times reports. The class discusses ethics, logic,... More »

Oregon Town Has Seen the Enemy, and They Are Turkeys

Pilot Rock is being overrun and seeks advice from the state

(Newser) - A small Oregon municipality is asking the state for advice on how to handle a flock of wild turkeys that are ruining gardens and leaving droppings just about everywhere, per the AP . Officials in Pilot Rock, a city of 1,500 people about 230 miles east of Portland, say dozens... More »

7 Bizarre New Guinness Records

One involves 17,994 coats of paint on a baseball

(Newser) - Ekaterina Lisina's legs are as long as some people are tall. They've also propelled the model to newfound fame. Lisina has nabbed not one but two new Guinness World Records as the world's tallest professional model (at 6 feet, 8.77 inches) and woman with the longest... More »

'There Is a Tiger Walking Down the Exit Ramp'

Escaped circus tiger had to be shot in Georgia

(Newser) - "There is a tiger walking down the exit ramp onto the interstate," 911 operators in Georgia heard Wednesday, prompting a feverish response from police and plenty of speculation on how the animal got there. That mystery is now solved. A microchip implanted in the female Bengal tiger, shot... More »

Library: No, We Don't Take Chuck E. Cheese Tokens

Massachusetts residents are apparently trying to pay fines with them

(Newser) - A Massachusetts library is having to issue the rather obvious reminder to patrons that Chuck E. Cheese tokens are not an acceptable form of payment for overdue book fines, reports the AP . "This summer we’ve had a surge of folks attempting to pay fines and printing fees with... More »

Owner 'Stunned' After Stolen Car Is Found 38 Years Later

Blue Peugeot 104 was recovered from French pond

(Newser) - It's the car coming back from a watery grave. A blue Peugeot 104 stolen in the heart of France's Champagne country in 1979 is being reunited with its owner—38 years later—after French police pulled it, in surprisingly good shape but crawling with crayfish, from a murky... More »

New Boston Wax Museum's Likenesses Are ... Something

Tom Brady looks like someone who 'would murder you and hide the body'

(Newser) - A good roasting hasn't caused a meltdown at Boston's new wax museum. Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. Photos of the museum's life-sized wax figures have... More »

Parents Say They Spotted Jesus in Daughter's Sonogram

Pa. couple marvel at ultrasound photo that shows image that looks like son of God

(Newser) - We've seen Jesus on an apple , Jesus on a power utility pole , and now, out of Pennsylvania ... Jesus in a sonogram. WPMT reports that a couple there whose older two children were born with birth defects found comfort in the ultrasound for their third, which showed not only the... More »

For Woman Stuck in Pool, Facebook to the Rescue

Ladder broke when NH woman, 61, went to get out, but she had an iPad nearby

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in her swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to the loving arms of Facebook to ask for help getting out. "I had one foot on (the ladder), and when I put my other foot on it, it went down. And I... More »

Indie Band Leaves Drummer Behind During Walmart Stop

Seriously

(Newser) - Belle & Sebastian managed to leave its drummer in a North Dakota Walmart this week, and the rest of the band apparently didn't notice until about seven hours later. "S---, we left Richard in North Dakota. Anyone want to be a hero and get him to St Paul,... More »

Animals Being Stolen From Venezuela Zoos —for Food

Country is in a hunger crisis

(Newser) - In a disturbing case out of Venezuela, authorities say animals have been stolen from a zoo—to be used as food. "What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," a police official says, per the Guardian . The two collared peccaries that were... More »

Silent Song Is a Hit on iTunes

'A a a a a Very Good Song' has a role to play

(Newser) - No, the volume is just fine. It's the song. An unusual tune has found its way onto the top 50 on the iTunes charts, alongside Ed Sheeran and Keith Urban hits, the AP reports. The song is completely silent. "A a a a a Very Good Song" costs... More »

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