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Woman Wants Joint Burial With (Not-Dead) Dog

Odd request in will sets off campaign to 'save Bella'

(Newser) - The most famous dog in America today just might be a 9-year-old German shepherd named Bella. As WCPO explains, Bella's owner died last month, and her will leaves Bella's fate in the hands of a close friend. The options: Send Bella to a shelter in Utah or, if... More »

Goodwill Donor Mistakenly Donates Cremated Remains

But workers were able to ID and return them

(Newser) - Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased's next of kin. Goodwill employees sorting through donated items found two small, white boxes filled with the remains, a Lafayette police sergeant tells the Journal & Courier ... More »

As Brothers Bicker on C-SPAN, Mom Calls In

Joy Woodhouse tells her sons to stop fighting

(Newser) - Brad Woodhouse is liberal and brother Dallas Woodhouse is conservative, and as the pundits went back and forth on C-SPAN this morning, they were stopped short by a surprise call, reports Mediaite . “You’re right, I’m from down south,” said Joy from North Carolina. “And I’... More »

Man Fined for Crossing Street Too Slowly

Elderly Italian didn't make it to the other side before light changed

(Newser) - Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from Pinerolo, perhaps. The Italian town is getting some odd press after news emerged that an 85-year-old man who failed to cross one of its streets quickly enough was handed a fine of about $50. Italy's La Repubblica newspaper... More »

Guy's Marriage Proposal on Crane Ends Smashingly

Dutch man wanted to propose from crane, which turned out to be less than stable

(Newser) - Usually if a girl looks out her bedroom window first thing in the morning and sees a guy on a crane peering in, her instinct would be to run and call the cops. In the case of a Dutchman's proposal gone quite wrong, just running would do it: It... More »

Cat's Fish Feast Costs Deli $1K

Feline dined on dried octopus, squid, other gourmet seafood at deli

(Newser) - This stray cat strutted up to a deli in Russia's Vladivostok International Airport and got right to work—chowing down on dried octopus, squid, and whatever other fine fare the shop's owner had set out for his human customers, the BBC reports. The cat, apparently an airport regular,... More »

Lost Sheep in Holiday Sweater Finds His Owner

Gage was found wandering the streets of Omaha

(Newser) - A sheep wearing a festive red-and-green sweater who was found wandering around Omaha has been reunited with his owner. Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says someone reclaimed the sheep, named Gage, last night. The Humane Society was caring for Gage after he was found Sunday evening in an Omaha... More »

Fugitive Calls In Threat, Forgets to Turn Off Caller ID

Which made it pretty easy for cops to track him down

(Newser) - If your plan for evading the police involves phoning in a bomb threat, you might want to make sure you turn off caller ID before making said threat. Jacob R. Moore of Idaho apparently forgot that little detail Friday before allegedly calling in a threat about Atlas Elementary School in... More »

Cops: Man Swaps Furniture While Neighbors Are Gone

In his defense, they did have better stuff

(Newser) - A Washington state man is accused of swapping furniture with his neighbors while they were away. The News Tribune reports that the Lakewood man and a friend accused of helping him have pleaded not guilty to charges of residential burglary. Court papers say a couple who returned to their apartment... More »

Grand Theft Auto Fans Spoof Critics, Go After Bible

Gamers in Australia start petition after retailers ban 'GTA V'

(Newser) - Some big retailers in Australia aren't stocking Grand Theft Auto V on the grounds that it's misogynistic and sends a bad message to kids. As a result, gamers have started a petition of their own to stop sales of the Bible—on the grounds that it's misogynistic... More »

Woman Says Chick-fil-A Shake Gave Her Heart Attack

Specifically, its maraschino cherry

(Newser) - In the strange-lawsuits department comes this from Texas: A woman is suing Chick-fil-A because she says one of the chain's cherry-topped milkshakes gave her a heart attack, reports the Houston Chronicle . Cyndi Scruggs purchased the shake from a location in McKinney, near Plano, on May 10. But when she... More »

Woman Fends Off Attacker ... With Vomit

Would-be robber runs off after she throws up on him

(Newser) - A Georgia woman managed to fend off an attacker Saturday night ... by vomiting on him. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the woman was walking to her car after work around 10:30pm in the Georgia Square Mall parking lot when a man in a ski mask came from behind a vehicle.... More »

Embassies to Australians: Cut Out the Crazy Requests

New rule: Diplomacy does not mean paying its citizens' hookers

(Newser) - No, you can't get a loan to pay for a prostitute in Thailand. And seeking assistance to evict a polecat above a ceiling in the US is going to be futile. Australia is cracking down on such absurd requests that its traveling citizens have lodged with its embassies and... More »

UAE Released Murder Video— to Tune of Batman

Seriously

(Newser) - If you thought police departments were done issuing crazy/hamfisted/jaw-dropping missives just today, you thought wrong. Abu Dhabi's police arrested a woman in the stabbing murder of an American schoolteacher, and they released video of surveillance footage, the crime scene, and the suspect's arrest—and, as the Telegraph notes,... More »

Case of Missing Brains Takes Another Twist

Now school says they were destroyed

(Newser) - First came yesterday's reports that about 100 human brains had gone missing from the University of Texas at Austin . Then followed the news that they had been located, with psych professor Tim Schallert telling the LA Times that UT San Antonio called him to say, "We got those... More »

Family Lived With Corpse, Prayed for Resurrection

Decomposing father was in home for 6 months

(Newser) - "There clearly was an over-exuberance of one's faith" in a Canadian woman who lived with her husband's corpse for six months while she and five of their children prayed for his resurrection, a court heard this week. Kaling Wald's husband, Peter, is believed to have died... More »

WWII Grenade Embeds in Wood, Makes Exciting Fire

But Austrian woman's sturdy stove saves the day

(Newser) - Austrian police investigating a grenade blast were less puzzled by the explosion and more by where it took place—inside a wood stove that appeared to contain nothing but firewood. The woman who owned the wood burner also had no clue at first. After all, she only put firewood inside.... More »

Collector Leaves $1.3M Artwork on Train

And it does not show up in lost-and-found

(Newser) - If you've ever accidentally left something behind on a train or plane, magnify that feeling by, oh, say a million or so to understand how art collector Francesco Plateroti is feeling. After he got off a train in Switzerland, Plateroti realized he didn't have his prized possession—a... More »

Afghan Cops Shoot Bomb-Carrying Bird

Animal walking on highway appeared to have antenna

(Newser) - Police in Afghanistan were puzzled by a large bird walking on the highway: The animal, which wasn't a local species, appeared to have an antenna. They shot it—and it exploded, an official tells NBC News . It left "suspicious metal stuff" behind, Maj. Gen. Abdul Nabi Ilham says... More »

Funeral Goes Wrong When Thief Steals Hearse, Body

Deceased would have found it all really funny, says sister-in-law

(Newser) - It's tough to hold a funeral when someone's driven off with the body. That's apparently what happened at a recent memorial in Australia, Gawker reports. Shortly before the event, a funeral home worker was getting the hearse ready when "this guy jumped out of the bushes,... More »

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