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Polar Bears Lay Siege to Russian Weather Station

3 trapped workers have no weapons, and flares have proved ineffective

(Newser) - Like a combination of The Grey and The Thing that we would definitely watch, a group of polar bears has trapped three Russian scientists inside a remote weather station with no weapons and no clear idea of when help will arrive, CBS News reports. The Russians—two meteorologists and an... More »

Bizarre Surgery Saves Man's Burned Hand

Doctors attached it to patient Frank Reyes' stomach

(Newser) - An 87-year-old Texas man just spent three weeks with his left hand surgically attached to his stomach, the AP reports. "It's a funny feeling," Frank Reyes says of the experience. Why did he have to go through it? Back in June, Reyes was changing a tire when... More »

Forklift Moves Toilet ... With Woman Inside

She was apparently shocked to find herself on the other side of the festival

(Newser) - A forklift moved a portable toilet across the grounds of an English festival yesterday—notable only for the fact there was a woman stuck in the loo the entire time, the BBC reports. "I think she was suffering from a bit of shock or she thought she had teleported"... More »

Tourist's Plea for Help Finding Vacation Fling Goes Viral

It could be a hoax, of course

(Newser) - A French woman goes on vacation to Australian resort destination Mooloolaba, meets a "really cute guy," has a fling, goes home, loses his phone number. Doesn't exactly sound newsworthy, but headlines abound today about Natalie Amyot, the French tourist who says that happened to her ... and six... More »

Backyard Dig Yields Live Cannonball

In New Jersey

(Newser) - The Atlantic City bomb squad was dispatched to a southern New Jersey home over the weekend after a man dug up a live cannonball in his backyard. Police say the Lower Township man was digging behind his West Bates Avenue home when he discovered the explosive Saturday. Police say the... More »

4Chan User May Have Chopped Off Toe for Site

Anonymous poster apparently decided to honor request

(Newser) - One of the day's strangest, and most gruesome, tales comes courtesy of Mike Pearl at Vice , who recounts how a 4chan user apparently cut off a significant part of one of his toes at the request of another user. Posts at 4chan, often on the dark side, don't... More »

Canadians Are Cutting $20s in Half, Spending Them

'We can always put them back together,' says user of 'demi'

(Newser) - Did they run out of change? Nobody's quite sure how it began, but people in a Canadian region have been cutting their money in half before they spend it, the CBC reports. In Quebec's Gaspe region—an area the size of South Carolina, with around 140,000 residents—... More »

Usain Bolt Taken Down —by a Segway

Runner appears unhurt after taking a tumble

(Newser) - Usain Bolt took gold in the men's 200m final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing today, but while he was still reveling in the victory and waving to the crowd, he got taken down ... by a Segway. A cameraman on a Segway was following Bolt when he lost... More »

'Obsessed' Man Eyed in Stolen Corpse Case

Police say there isn't enough evidence to make an arrest

(Newser) - San Antonio police haven't been able to recover Julie Mott's body —stolen from a chapel hours after her funeral on Aug. 15—but they do have a potential suspect in the case. Police say the last man to leave the chapel that day was a male in... More »

Wiz Khalifa Busted Over a Hoverboard

Rapper didn't want to get off his at the airport

(Newser) - Wiz Khalifa got arrested last night in Los Angeles, and it wasn't your everyday celebrity-busted-with-drugs-or-guns arrest: The 27-year-old rapper was arrested for refusing to get off his hoverboard at LAX, and the Daily Beast reports that cops might have gotten a little rough, per some video shot by onlookers... More »

Reward Offered for Stolen Corpse in Texas

Body of young woman goes missing after her funeral

(Newser) - Police are seeking clues to the whereabouts of the corpse of a 25-year-old woman stolen from a casket after her funeral at a San Antonio chapel last week. Mission Park Funeral Chapel North is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to those who took Julie Mott's body... More »

Why a Professor Is Living as David Bowie

It's research for an upcoming book on the pop icon, he says

(Newser) - How does one truly understand David Bowie? Only by becoming him, of course. That's just what Will Brooker is in the midst of doing. The film and cultural studies professor from Kingston University in England says he'll dress like Bowie, eat like Bowie, watch the same movies and... More »

Crying Baby Found Locked in Hotel Safe

Canadian police looking to question family from Brooklyn

(Newser) - Canadian police are on the lookout for a family from Brooklyn, NY, after their baby was found locked in a safe in a Niagara Falls hotel yesterday morning. The family called staff to a room at the Howard Johnson Hotel to free the infant, who was "alert and crying,... More »

Idaho Ditches Mile Marker '420' So Stoners Won't Steal It

Instead, drivers will pass marker 419.9

(Newser) - If you're looking for milepost 420, you won't find it in on a stretch of highway near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. State transportation officials say the mile marker on US Highway 95 has been replaced with one for 419.9—to curb thieves eager to own a number... More »

OK, Fine: Town Caves, Will Let People Pay in Pennies

Guy who protested parking fine says he's so over it

(Newser) - Passive-aggression has its day : A central Pennsylvania borough has changed a policy that barred a disgruntled handyman from protesting a $25 parking fine by paying with pennies. Chambersburg officials earlier told Justin Greene of Shippensburg that his payment of 2,500 pennies wasn't allowed under a federal rule... More »

Passive-Aggressive Man Can't Pay Fine With Pennies

It turns out you can fight City Hall; you'll just need dimes or quarters to do it

(Newser) - Officials in a Pennsylvania borough won't let a local handyman who parked on the wrong side of the street for 10 minutes pay his $25 parking ticket with pennies. The man tells the Chambersburg Public Opinion that he tried to pay his ticket with 2,500 pennies because he... More »

Teen Makes Pricey Find in German Lake

It was a gold bar, which the girl then turned over to police

(Newser) - A teenager has made an unexpected find while swimming in a lake in the German Alps: a 17.6-ounce bar of gold. Police say they're still trying to figure out where the bar comes from and how it got into the Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist destination near Berchtesgaden... More »

Libido-Less White Tiger Frustrates Zoo, Lady Tiger

Zookeepers hope a sexy new female tiger will do the trick

(Newser) - Male tigers are a lot like human men when it comes to sex. They're shy and awkward about their bodies if they haven't spent a lot of time around female tigers. They take libido enhancers when they get older. And, if a partner their own age isn't... More »

Public Peeing Blamed for This Scary SF Scene

Rusted light pole fell on car; no one was injured

(Newser) - If your bladder is about to burst and there's no bathroom in sight, do your business on something stronger than a light pole. That's the message from San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission after one of the city's three-story lamp posts toppled onto a nearby car Monday.... More »

Lightning-Struck Teens Saved by Holding Hands

Without that light PDA, they could have suffered serious injury

(Newser) - There was electricity in the air—literally—on a high-school couple's date Thursday in Claremont, California. It's just a good thing they were holding hands. CNN reports Lexie Varga and Dylan Corliss were struck by lightning while walking to get burgers and were likely saved from serious injury... More »

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