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Man Declared Dead in 1986 Found Alive

Family members didn't know Ronald Stan's real story

(Newser) - In 1977, a man went missing after a barn fire in Ontario; in 1986, with no sign of him, authorities declared Ronald Stan dead. Turns out they were wrong: He has now turned up again after decades, and he's living in Oklahoma, CTV reports. Stan went missing at age... More »

'Dead' Man Rescued When Family Sees Body Bag Move

The Brazilian man has terminal cancer

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Brazilian man may be suffering from terminal cancer, but the docs got it wrong when they told his family he'd died of respiratory failure and multiple organ failure Saturday night. Two hours later, when family members went to the morgue to dress Valdelucio de Oliveira Goncalves' body,... More »

Cobra's Severed Head Bites, Kills Chef

Snake kept functioning after decapitation

(Newser) - A chef killed a snake—but the snake had enough time to kill him back. Chef Peng Fan, of Guangdong Province in China, cut off the head of a spitting cobra as he prepared to dice its body for a soup, the Daily Mail reports. But 20 minutes later, as... More »

38-Year-Old Skeleton Removed From Woman, 62

They believe case is the world's longest ectopic pregnancy

(Newser) - Jyoti Kumar went to the doctor after she started experiencing constant abdominal pain—and experts in the Indian city of Nagpur discovered the cause was a baby skeleton that had been inside her for 38 years. Kumar, 62, had an ectopic pregnancy when she was 24, and was told the... More »

For Sale: Bathroom Made of Chocolate

Buyer advised not to eat it all at once

(Newser) - The wait is over, folks: You can finally eat your entire bathroom. British bathroom designers and chocolate makers have joined forces to build a sink, bathtub, and, yes, toilet out of chocolate, the New York Daily News reports. Altogether, the set will cost you about $133,000. But the real... More »

Woman Busted Entering Maternity Ward—With a Doll

Cops fear she wanted to trade it for real baby

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested for trespassing after she apparently tried to use baby dolls as her ticket to a maternity ward. Accompanied by an unidentified man, Tonya Whitney tried on two separate occasions to get into Mercy Medical Center Merced's area for newborns, police say, via the San ... More »

50K Bees Found in Queens Apartment

Beekeepers are moving them to the country

(Newser) - A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. WABC-TV reports that beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens complained to the building manager about seeing bees flying around. Turkmenilli says she had seen... More »

Firefighter Gives CPR—to Koala

Sir Chompsalot looks like he'll make it

(Newser) - It was a rough night for Sir Chompsalot: The koala was hit by a car, fled up a tree, then fell 30 feet into a blanket. Fortunately, a team of firefighters on the scene in Australia knew what to do. They "actually performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the koala,"... More »

Guy's Jail Attire: T-Shirt With His Own Mugshot

Says 'sponsored by Bud Light' after DUI

(Newser) - A 19-year-old managed to turn his two-day stint in jail into a comedy routine. Bobby Burt, who was arrested for drunk driving in Maine in June, arrived to serve his sentence earlier this month wearing a shirt featuring his own mugshot, the AP reports The shirt's text, per the... More »

Owl Breaks Into Couple's Birdcage, Kills Canary

Apartment was on 10th floor; second canary survives

(Newser) - An owl flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, apparently opened a bird cage, and killed one of two canaries inside. Sue Sausser says she awakened Sunday to find bird droppings and feathers all over her apartment, the Coeur d'AlenePress reports. Sausser found the brownish, yellow-eyed... More »

Naked Guy With a Sword Subdued After Threats

The man allegedly charged at people while screaming

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see every day: a man screaming at people in a parking lot and waving a 3-foot-long sword … while naked. The incident took place at an apartment complex in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Saturday; one witness tells WAWS the man charged at passersby. Luckily, a... More »

Dubai Won't Let In World's Most Pierced Man

The horned, heavily pierced German couldn't get through customs

(Newser) - The German IT worker who lays claim to the world's most piercings with 453 —most of which are on his face and genitals—is also claiming he couldn't get through customs on his way to a night club in Dubai due to officials worrying he might be... More »

Woman Hops in Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked in the Face

Wally the giraffe was not overjoyed to see her

(Newser) - Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure... More »

Adults Are Making Big Money Playing ... Dodgeball

More and more grown-ups get involved as schools drop sport

(Newser) - Dodgeball isn't just for kids anymore. In the past three years, the number of adults playing the sport has jumped a yearly 20%, analysts say, per the Wall Street Journal . And for those who are good at it, there's serious cash to be won. "The money is... More »

Carnival Ride Left Woman Feeling Permanently Drunk

Since taking a spin, Brit says she's always dizzy, unbalanced

(Newser) - Most people expect to get a little dizzy while careening through the air on a high-speed, rotating carnival ride. But for 26-year-old Bobbie Lane, that dizziness turned permanent after she took a spin on the Superbowl at a UK festival last summer, reports SWNS . Lane says after she got off... More »

100 Tuxedo Cats Left at Shelter

California facility hopes to find person to talk about spaying, neutering

(Newser) - If you're partial to black and white "tuxedo" cats, an animal shelter in Novato, Calif., would like to talk. It seems someone has dropped off more than 100 of the cats over the last 18 months. The last dropoff occurred Monday, when a car pulled up to the... More »

Teacher Arrested, Accused of Teaching While Drunk

She admits imbibing in classroom

(Newser) - It must be a particularly rough school year: A week after a teacher got charged with being drunk (and pants-challenged) at school, another has been charged with getting drunk in her own classroom. As KTVK reports, a student in Kathleen Jardine's math class in San Tan Valley, Ariz., called... More »

Desperate for Voters, LA May Offer Cash Prize

City considers lottery-like incentive to cast your ballot

(Newser) - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously yesterday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman... More »

Lenin's Giant Head Is Missing

Nearly 4-ton object was buried in a forest, now can't be found

(Newser) - Where's the 3.86-ton head of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin? Um, lost in a forest, apparently. The giant head, made of Ukrainian red granite, was part of a statue that stood some 62 feet tall in East Berlin's Lenin Square before it was broken into 129 pieces... More »

809-Pound Shark Fed to Poor, Homeless

Cook breaded and baked it, 'most people really enjoyed it'

(Newser) - An 809-pound tiger shark caught in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month has been cooked and served to more than 90 poor and homeless Texans. Timon's Ministries in Corpus Christi set up the donation of about 75 pounds of shark meat. Executive director Kae Berry tells the San ... More »

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