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Fugitive Who Tired of Life on Sunny Island Turns Self In

'Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be'

(Newser) - A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, approached cops at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night... More »

Here's How Not to Spell 'School'

Florida road crew gets it wrong

(Newser) - A road crew in Florida should get an "F'' for spelling. A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, reports the AP , realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word "school" at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was... More »

'911, What's Your Emergency?' 'Can You Bring Me McDonald's?'

5-year-old boy really wanted some fast food, but grandma was sleeping

(Newser) - Sometimes you have a legit emergency and sometimes your emergency is a Big Mac attack. The latter was the case of Michigan 5-year-old Iziah Hall, who awoke early last Sunday really jonesing for some McDonald's, reports WZZM . The only problem was his grandmother was sleeping, so Iziah called 911... More »

Sweden Has an Odd Reality TV Show

You can watch elk crossing a river

(Newser) - The genre is called "slow TV," for good reason. Viewers in Sweden currently have the ability to watch live cams of a river in the hope that elk will be crossing, reports Radio Sweden . Broadcaster SVT has begun airing 24/7 footage of the Angermanalven river in Angermanland, site... More »

Someone Wants to Host 100-Person Fight to the Death

Except no one would actually die during the 3-day battle on a private island

(Newser) - It'll be a fight to the death on a private island—just without anyone actually dying. A listing on luxe shopping site Hush Hush spotted by IGN has generated some media attention due to its unusual nature. It seeks a "talented game maker" to design the arena for... More »

His Parents Threw Out All His Porn, and He's Suing

Indiana man is seeking $86K in damages

(Newser) - An Indiana man moved into his parents' home in Grand Haven, Mich., in 2016 after getting divorced. Ten months later he got his own place in Muncie, Indiana, but when his parents brought him his things, something was missing: 12 boxes of porn, which his father told him had been... More »

Town's Residents Being Terrorized by ... Mashed Potatoes

Residents in Jackson neighborhood are finding bowls in and on cars, on porches, in mailboxes

(Newser) - Starchy and strange is the only way to describe what's been going on in one section of Jackson, Miss. Let Belhaven resident Michaela Lin put it into words. "As I walked out of my door my neighbor said, 'What is that on your mailbox?'" she tells... More »

Burglar Turns Out to Be 'Very Thorough' Vacuum

The perpetrator at an Oregon home? A Roomba

(Newser) - A "most wanted" suspect has been apprehended in Cedar Hills, Oregon: a "Roomba burglar." The ultimately amusing story started with a house sitter who arrived at a home Monday afternoon to find the bathroom door locked, reports the Oregonian . Shadows were visible through the gap between the... More »

She Thought It Was Dirt in Her Eyes. It Was Bees

Woman had been gardening when the bees flew in, got trapped

(Newser) - Warning, this story may turn you off of gardening forever. A Taiwanese woman was weeding around relatives' graves when a gust of wind blew what she thought was dirt into her eyes. Hours later, with her eyes still swollen and in pain, the 28-year-old went to a hospital, where doctors... More »

He Just Bought a Private Island. Cops Say He Stole From Kmart

Andrew Lippi faces grand theft charges, accused of stealing $300 worth of items

(Newser) - Andrew Lippi owns a resort that's been used in MTV's Real World and a private island in the Florida Keys that he purchased for $8 million last week. He was also just accused of trying to steal about $300 worth of items from Kmart. ABC News and the... More »

Weird Flight: Passenger Jet Has Only One Passenger

Lithuanian man experienced a strange flight to Italy

(Newser) - Legroom was not an issue here. A Lithuanian man had the weird experience of flying to Italy on a huge passenger jet—as the only passenger. By the AP's count, the Boeing 737-800—a different model than the 737s of recent controversy —had all of eight people aboard:... More »

Fighter Jet Mistakenly Ejects Passenger

Yes, you read that right

(Newser) - Short flight, really interesting landing. In what sounds like a scene from a bad comedy, a civilian being taken for a ride in a French fighter jet was accidentally ejected as the plane took off, reports Aerotime . The unidentified passenger, a man in his 60s, apparently wrenched his back when... More »

Hope, Then Devastation: Details Emerge on Missing Boy Hoax

Investigators: Brian Rini says he learned about Timmothy Pitzen, who vanished in 2011, from TV

(Newser) - An "astounding" story turned into a crushing blow for the family of a missing Illinois boy, and now there are a slew of questions surrounding the man who prosecutors say impersonated him. A young man turned up in the streets of Newport, Ky., on Wednesday, claiming to be Timmothy... More »

This Is the Most Swedish Arrest Ever

Cop recognizes a fugitive while naked in the sauna, makes the arrest

(Newser) - There's no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna, reports the AP . Police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer found himself sitting in the same sauna in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, as a fugitive who'd dodged... More »

Nigerian Official Makes Bizarre Pizza Claim

Involving British Airways

(Newser) - It made the BBC's list of legitimate stories that you might mistake for April Fools' pranks: Nigeria's minister of culture last week made the bizarre claim that some Nigerians are ordering pizza from London via cellphone in the morning and that the pies are then flown in via... More »

There's a Bridge Where Dogs Keep Leaping to Their Deaths

They've apparently been leaping off Scotland's Overtoun Bridge for decades

(Newser) - As far as nicknames go, it's an unfortunate one: Dumbarton, Scotland's Overtoun Bridge is known as the "dog suicide bridge," and it's a nickname earned under grim circumstances. The New York Times visits the bridge, which since 1895 has stood 50 feet above a gorge... More »

Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

One catch: you'll need to speak German, but it's all in the name of science

(Newser) - Hate standing on your feet all day? So much that the thought of staying in bed for two months is appealing? Good news: You can do just that, contribute to NASA research, and get paid $19,000 for your trouble—so long as you speak German and are free from... More »

Trump Talks Treason, Pardons in Fox Interview

He accuses the FBI of 'treasonous acts,' doesn't rule out pardon of Michael Flynn

(Newser) - President Trump called in to Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Wednesday and spoke for 45 minutes in his first interview since the conclusion of Robert Mueller's investigation. He didn't want to talk much about pardons, but he had plenty to say about the investigation, and some... More »

Man Sues for $1.3M Over Boss's 'Stinky' Farts

Australia's David Hingst says supervisor harassed him before he was laid off

(Newser) - Can regular farting equal bullying? An appeals court in Australia will have to decide based on a nearly $1.3 million lawsuit filed in 2017 by the former employee of a construction company, who refers to his ex-boss as "Mr. Stinky." David Hingst, a 56-year-old former engineer of... More »

NYPD Cop Supposedly Killed 20 Years Ago 'Very Much Alive'

Lester Pearson, Vincent Ling's alleged 'killer,' was taken into custody in Florida

(Newser) - On Sunday, the New York Daily News and other outlets posted a story on what surely must've felt like a victory of sorts for the NYPD, and justice for one of their own: the capture of a fugitive who was said to have killed an off-duty cop in the... More »

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