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Positive She Saw Bigfoot, She's Suing California

Claudia Ackley says state is endangering people by not recognizing that Sasquatch exists

(Newser) - Claudia Ackley is positive that she and her two daughters came across Bigfoot in a tree in southern California last year, but when she called different state authorities to report the sighting, she got the same response. Nope, they told her, you saw a bear. As a result, the 46-year-old... More »

'Wow': Owen Wilson Fans Plan Ultimate Tribute

People will gather to say what is apparently his favorite word

(Newser) - You might have seen the memes, or videos like this one , poking a little fun at how often Owen Wilson says "wow." They're like those focusing on Matthew McConaughey's recitation of "all right," but apparently have a more enthusiastic following. Case in point: About... More »

How Not to Get Rid of Skunks in the House

Guy uses a smoke bomb, burns the place down

(Newser) - Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. The Detroit Free Press reports the man's attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through... More »

Cops: KFC Closures Not an Emergency

Angry Brits are making their feelings known

(Newser) - Failure to get your hands on finger-lickin'-good chicken is not a real emergency, no matter how bad your craving, British police are stressing in the midst of KFC's UK chicken shortage . Police in Tower Hamlets produced the warning about improper police calls Tuesday on Twitter , per the Evening ... More »

Passenger: Airline Booted Me Over Menstrual Cramps

Emirates says crew just wanted her to have access to medical care

(Newser) - A 24-year-old woman was getting ready to travel from the UK to Dubai when she and her boyfriend were removed from the plane—thanks to her menstrual period, the Times of London reports. Beth Evans says that after she boarded the Emirates flight in Birmingham, a flight attendant overheard her... More »

Officials Testing Human Feces, Hope They Belong to Tycoon

Thai officials trying to prove Premchai Karnasuta poached animals in wildlife sanctuary

(Newser) - It's not every day that a tycoon's feces are tested by the authorities, but such is the case in Thailand. Wildlife officials accuse Premchai Karnasuta—ranked by Forbes as the country's 35th richest person, with an estimated net worth of $240 million—of poaching a leopard and... More »

KFC Suffers Mass Closures Over Lack of Chicken

Some 600 of its 900 UK locations were closed Monday

(Newser) - The chicken has crossed the road, "just not to our restaurants," explains KFC UK in a tweet addressing its weird problem: no chicken. USA Today reports about 900 of the chain's roughly 21,500 locations are in the UK, and only 300 of them were open Monday... More »

Elk Leaps, Takes Down Helicopter Trying to Capture It

The elk did not survive the collision

(Newser) - An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. The elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet above ground in a mountainous... More »

Inmate Reportedly Drugged His Twin to Escape Prison

Alexander Delgado Herrera was found more than a year after his escape

(Newser) - A prisoner is back in custody in Peru more than a year after an unconventional escape involving his twin brother, a move seemingly taken "straight from Arrested Development," per the Daily Beast . Alexander Delgado Herrera had been serving 16 years for child sex abuse and robbery when his... More »

'I Looked at It. It Was Moving' Woman Pulls Worms From Eyes

Oregon woman plagued by parasite that plagues cattle

(Newser) - An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday. The woman, Abby... More »

Alaska Flight Called Off on Account of Nudity

Flight has to return to Anchorage after man locked himself in bathroom, stripped down

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions. Kate Danyluk, a passenger on the flight, told the AP she knew something was wrong because the... More »

$5M Lawsuit Over an Oxford Comma Is Settled

Maine dairy drivers' suit stemmed over unclear verbiage on overtime

(Newser) - Maine dairy drivers who p icked a court fight over grammar have an extra $5 million to show for their geekery, reports the AP . Oakhurst Dairy drivers settled their 2014 lawsuit last week for a relatively big pay day—they had originally sought $10 million—after a federal appeals... More »

This Terrible Sketch Actually Helped Cops ID a Suspect

Police say 'cartoonish' drawing was a big help

(Newser) - It's being called the "world's worst police sketch"—but it did the job. Police in Pennsylvania were able to identify a theft suspect with the help of a cartoonish sketch provided by a witness, the BBC reports. Lancaster police say the sketch and the victim's... More »

Florida Boy Gets Trapped Inside Claw Machine

He wanted a stuffed toy

(Newser) - When a young Florida boy wanted a stuffed toy, he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine in the play area of a restaurant to fetch one—and got stuck inside the glass-encased structure. Thankfully, off-duty firefighter Jeremy House was also having dinner at the Beef O'Brady's restaurant in... More »

Cops Say Suspect Has Refused to Poop for 3 Weeks

Police believe suspected drug dealer has drugs inside him

(Newser) - To save you the ignominy of Googling "how long can you go without pooping?" we did it for you. The question is sure to come to mind after reading about a bizarre case out of the UK, where Essex Police are on #poowatch and tweeting about it. This after... More »

After Dozens of Surgeries, 'Tree Man's' Prospects Bleak

Doctors thought he was cured, but growths are returning

(Newser) - In February 2016, Abul Bajandar underwent his first surgery to remove giant warts that looked like tree bark from his hands and feet. Roughly one year and 16 surgeries later, things were looking up . A year past that, with the Bangladeshi man's surgery tally at 24, the news isn'... More »

Hunter Was Trying to Take Out Geese. One Took Him Out

Robert Meilhammer knocked unconscious by falling goose

(Newser) - "This is highly unusual," says a rep for Maryland Natural Resources Police, and that might be putting it lightly. The Maryland NRP has confirmed that a 51-year-old who was hunting geese with a larger group was rendered unconscious when a dead goose fell from the sky and hit... More »

Airline Rejects Woman's Emotional Support Peacock

'This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons'

(Newser) - If you need emotional support from a peacock, don't count on flying United. The airline turned away a woman who tried to bring a peacock on a recent flight from Newark Liberty International as her emotional support animal, reports Business Insider . The woman initially argued that she was entitled... More »

Cops Call for Help After Allegedly Eating Pot, Hallucinating

A source says one officer ended up in a tree

(Newser) - It sounds like a potentially perilous situation: an officer calling for assistance while on duty. Except in the case of two Toronto officers on Sunday, the problem wasn't gunfire or an uncooperative arrestee—it was pot the cops had allegedly consumed. CBC News reports the officers, whose names haven'... More »

Elon Musk's 'Super Terrible Idea': a $500 Flamethrower

It's a fundraiser of sorts for his Boring Company, and it's already brought in $3.5M

(Newser) - "Don't do this." That was Elon Musk's instruction on an Instagram video he posted Sunday showing him running toward a colleague with the newest offering from his Boring Company: a $500 flamethrower. This product is a "super terrible idea," he notes in his post,... More »

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