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Couple With 13 Sons Just Had Another Baby

It's another boy, of course, for Michigan couple

(Newser) - A Michigan couple with 13 sons has welcomed a 14th boy into the family. The Grand Rapids Press reports Jay and Kateri Schwandt's latest addition was born Wednesday evening, five days before the baby's expected due date. As with their last few children, the couple decided against learning... More »

In Iceland, a Prison-Break Story With a Twist

Sindri Thor Stefansson fled prison, made it 59 miles to the airport

(Newser) - It's a prison-break story with a twist: Officials in Iceland say a man suspected of stealing $2 million worth of computer servers used to mine bitcoin broke out of the low-security prison he was being kept in and fled to Sweden on a commercial plane using someone else's... More »

Teacher Set to Lose His Job Over Whole-Grain Pancakes

Kyle Byler gave each student one during standardized test

(Newser) - Kyle Byler is a beloved 8th-grade teacher at Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Hand Middle School and says his students "worked their butts off" during last week's standardized testing. While they were focusing on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, he plugged in an electric griddle and made each kid... More »

Massive Rescue Operation Finds Headless Doll

Passer-by thought it was a corpse

(Newser) - An apparent headless body that prompted a major police operation in southern Germany has turned out to be a doll. Police in Baden-Wuerttemberg state say a passer-by spotted what appeared to be a clothed but headless corpse covered in blood lying by a stream in Remstal, near Stuttgart, late Monday,... More »

Tears, Wild Offers for Candymaker in Danger of Shuttering

One woman said she'd give up her Honda Accord for a website's entire stash

(Newser) - CandyStore.com is calling it "the Great NECCO Wafer Panic," and that's no exaggeration. Terrified by reports that the New England Confectionery Co. may soon be out of business, fans of the candy company's sugar wafers are stocking up, with one woman offering to exchange her... More »

Man Accused of Breaking In, Then a 'Dirt-Baggish' Move

Cops say Matthew Robert Paul rented out home that wasn't his while owners were vacationing

(Newser) - With a fireplace and a deck overlooking the bay, the home on Hermosa Beach Road was a desirable rental—so much so that a man who didn't even own the Marysville, Wash., home rented it out. KIRO 7 reports 35-year-old Matthew Robert Paul (or "Ryan," as the... More »

Study Unveils Odd Lowercase 'g' Phenomenon

Researchers conduct fascinating study on opentail versus looptail 'g'

(Newser) - You may not realize it, but there are two forms of the print version of the lowercase letter "g"—and though you've likely seen one of those forms millions of times, chances are you can't write it, a new study finds. One version is the "... More »

His Choice Was Between Dogs and College. He Chose the Dogs

Now Matt Nelson says he's making in the six figures by rating man's best friend on Twitter

(Newser) - It started at a North Carolina Applebee's more than two years ago: Matt Nelson presented the idea to his college buddies that people like weird stuff on Twitter, and that dogs were internet gold. Nelson's brainchild led to WeRateDogs , a Twitter handle with more than 6.4 million... More »

Bald Eagle Lands on Canadian Pitcher Before MLB Game

'Figured I'm not going to outrun an eagle'

(Newser) - The patriotic pregame show ahead of the Minnesota Twins' home opener went awry when a bald eagle failed to cooperate. The bird, there for a ceremonial flight during the national anthem, landed on Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton instead of its handler, the AP reports. Paxton—a Canadian—was... More »

Pickle Mystery Grips Missouri Town

Someone has been leaving pickle jars on interstate ramp

(Newser) - Over the past five years, witnesses have seen full jars, partially filled jars, and even a jar topped with a bow for Christmas. Now, the search for the culprit who's been leaving pickle jars on an I-270 ramp in Des Peres, Mo., is heating up, per Fox 2 . "... More »

Sonic in Mississippi Takes a Stand Against Pot Smokers

With a laminated sign and everything

(Newser) - The "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" sign apparently needs an update. The Sun Herald reports on a sign that's been getting some attention since it was taped up in the drive-thru window of a Sonic in Gulfport, Miss., about two weeks ago. "ATTENTION," the laminated... More »

Ban Lifted on Hotel Guest 17 Years After Poop 'Tornado'

Nick Burchill allowed back at BC's Fairmont Empress after a seagull fracas in his room

(Newser) - A Canadian man barred from a British Columbia hotel for 17 years has successfully reversed his lifetime ban with "a pound of Brothers TNT Pepperoni as a peace offering." To understand the significance of that gift, it's necessary to know the truly insane story of how Nick... More »

As Doctors Operated on Her Brain, She Gave Them a Concert

Woman plays flute during deep brain stimulation in Houston

(Newser) - To be a professional flute player with uncontrollable shaking of the head and hands is less than ideal, and after years of battling a neurological disorder called essential tremor , Anna Marie Whitlock Henry decided she'd had enough. So the 63-year-old underwent brain surgery last week to remedy the tremors—... More »

Exactly What You Don't Want to See in Your Pool

Florida wildlife officials remove 11-foot alligator

(Newser) - Florida homeowners beware: One big gator has been found splashing in a backyard swimming pool, and it took a trapper to drag it away. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office posted images of the floating gator over the weekend on Twitter, saying it measured 11 feet long. With temperatures warming,... More »

Ben Affleck Finally Speaks on His Enormous Back Tattoo

'Garish,' is how he described it on Twitter

(Newser) - If you've been wondering what's up with what Time calls Ben Affleck's "very large, very colorful" back tattoo, well … so has everyone else. His uncontained tat (see a pic here ) of a phoenix ascending out of the ashes has spurred exes Jennifer Garner and... More »

Woman Eats Chinese Food, Discovers She's Very Pregnant

Floridian delivers a baby boy after being unaware she was pregnant

(Newser) - A Florida woman awoke to what she believed were the consequences of a bad dish of General Tso's chicken, but instead had an unexpected baby in arms three hours later, per the AP . The Pensacola News Journal reports 29-year-old Crystal Gail Amerson thought food poisoning was responsible for the... More »

He Took an Eggplant 9 Years Ago. Finally, Closure

Italy's Supreme Court acquits man who lifted the fruit to feed his child

(Newser) - In Italy's own version of Les Misérables, a man who's fought a nearly 10-year legal battle over an eggplant finally got his reprieve from the country's court of last resort. Per AFP , the unnamed man, then 49, was nabbed by cops in 2009 emerging from private... More »

Ohio Woman Allegedly Came On to Easter Bunny

54-year-old made lewd comments, was arrested for drunkenness: cops

(Newser) - Beware of furry fanatics if you plan to dress up this Easter. Ohio police say a 54-year-old woman got a hare, er, hair too excited about meeting the Easter Bunny at a Mansfield park on Saturday. While posing for a photograph, Ladonna Hughett made several lewd comments to the costume... More »

Fired Waiter's Human Rights Complaint: I'm French, Not 'Rude'

Case will move forward in Vancouver

(Newser) - An ex-waiter at Milestones restaurant in Vancouver who was fired over "rude" behavior has filed a human rights complaint against his former employer—because, he says, he only acted that way since he's French, and thus his firing was discriminatory. Guillaume Rey says French culture "tends to... More »

Another Weird Death Ruling Comes Out of Romania

Dead man will get his license back

(Newser) - Days after one Romanian court told a man he was officially dead despite evidence to the contrary, another court has declared that a man who was truly dead could get his driving license back. A court in the northern city of Iasi on Thursday confirmed that Valerian Vasiliu should have... More »

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