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Scores of Men Try to Land Gynecologist Appointment

It all started when an article mentioned Dr. Liang Bartkowiak's new certification

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania gynecologist saw a huge uptick in calls for appointments. Only one problem: It was primarily men on the line. The flurry of calls began after Dr. Liang Bartkowiak was named in an Altoona Mirror article as the first doctor in Altoona eligible to certify medical marijuana users. And... More »

Family 'Super-Excited' to Welcome Baby Frankenstein

Fla. baby's name is literally Oskar Gary Frankenstein

(Newser) - A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween: a baby Frankenstein. Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital near Orlando, reports the AP . Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein... More »

Mysterious Octopus Invasion Rocks Beach in Wales

Stormy atmosphere may have confused the creatures

(Newser) - It's not quite the Norman conquest , but another invasion is worrying locals in West Wales. Scores of octopuses have "walked" out of the Irish Sea and beached themselves on the sand in New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales Online reports. The phenomenon has marine experts scratching their heads. "We... More »

Guy Admits Smuggling Chocolate-Covered Heroin

21-year-old was busted in NJ in June with 3 kilos of drug/candy

(Newser) - A man has admitted smuggling chocolate-covered heroin on a flight from Guatemala to Newark Liberty International Airport, reports the AP . Jacobo Orellana-Estrada on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Prosecutors say the Guatemalan citizen arrived in Newark on a flight in June and... More »

Pumpkin Theft Prompts Bizarre Police Lineup

St. Louis residents can claim their stolen fruit

(Newser) - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins—and one gourd—are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered, reports the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports pumpkins began vanishing last... More »

This Bear's Tongue Weighed as Much as a Newborn Human

Thankfully, more than 7 pounds of tissue has since been removed

(Newser) - Cat got your tongue—or maybe a bear? No one would have pointed the finger at one particular Asiatic black bear (also known as a moon bear) holed up in a Myanmar monastery: He had too much of his own tongue to handle, let alone anyone else's. The Guardian ... More »

Runner Wins Marathon After Motorcycle Leads Favorites Off Course

The 7 runners in the lead lost around 2 minutes

(Newser) - Sunday's Venice Marathon was just the second Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel ever ran—and yet the Eritrean-born Italian runner won the race, thanks to a wrong turn. A guide motorcycle led the pack of seven runners who were in the lead several hundred meters off course before they realized the... More »

Screaming? No, Officer, I Was Singing

But driver in Montreal still gets a $118 ticket

(Newser) - A driver in Montreal apparently got a little too carried away while grooving to a favorite song. Now he's going to court to defend his singing voice. When 38-year-old Taoufik Moalla got pulled over, officers asked if he'd been screaming, per the Montreal Gazette . No, Moalla replied, he'... More »

Journo Asks How to Say PM's Name, PM Answers

Jacinda Ardern picked up the phone

(Newser) - When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he—unwittingly—went straight to the top, reports the AP . According to the New Zealand Herald , Tiger Webb of Australia's ABC Radio called the New Zealand Parliament on... More »

Airline Sued for Giving Man Bubbly That Wasn't Champagne

Daniel Macduff says he didn't get a 'champagne vacation'

(Newser) - If you think all bubbly booze is champagne, Daniel Macduff can set you straight. The Canadian has launched a class-action suit against Sunwing Airlines after he says he expected to be served champagne—which by definition must hail from the Champagne region of France—on his February flight to Cuba... More »

Judge Throws Out Lawsuits in Creepy 'Watcher' Case

Though prosecutor's office continues to investigate letters sent to homeowners

(Newser) - The "Watcher" lawsuit battle between past and current owners is over, though a criminal investigation remains active in the creepy case involving a house with an apparent stalker. The story began in 2014, when Derek and Maria Broaddus bought a $1.35 million Dutch Colonial home in Westfield, NJ,... More »

Jeremy the Lefty Snail Dies, but He Finally Found a Mate First

Rare snail made headlines when scientists put out a call for a match

(Newser) - Jeremy, the unlucky-in-love snail whose left-curling shell made it tricky for him to mate, has died—but yes, he found a partner first. Jeremy made headlines back in May , when scientists at the University of Nottingham put out a call for other left-curling snails who could act as potential mates... More »

Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident

The sole left his body

(Newser) - A bizarre fishing incident in England left a sole survivor—a 28-year-old fisherman who almost died when a Dover sole he had caught jumped down his throat when he kissed it. With the 6-inch fish stuck in his throat, the man stopped breathing and had a cardiac arrest on the... More »

They Found $2M in Gold ... in Sewage

And that's just the annual amount discarded in Switzerland

(Newser) - There's more than cash going down the drain in Switzerland. About $2 million in gold and $1.8 million in silver ends up in Switzerland's sewers each year, according to an environmental study commissioned by the Swiss government. Strange as it sounds, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute... More »

Couple Says Neighbors Copied Their House

$2.5M lawsuit was ultimately settled out of court

(Newser) - A Toronto couple says their multimillion-dollar home is "one of the most well-known and admired houses" in their neighborhood due to its "uniqueness," so they were quite upset when another house in the neighborhood was suddenly renovated to look "strikingly similar" to theirs. Jason and Jodi... More »

Sick of Pumpkin Spice Everything? This School Literally Is, Too

School evacuated due to strong smell from air freshener; 5 sent to hospital with stomach upset

(Newser) - An unusual smell prompted an evacuation and a hazardous materials response at a Baltimore high school Thursday afternoon, the AP reports. But after five people were taken to the hospital complaining of upset stomachs, fire officials discovered the source of the smell: a pumpkin spice air freshener. Cristo Rey Jesuit... More »

Couple Rescued After Driving Into Atlantic Ocean

That's a really bad wrong turn

(Newser) - Maine firefighters say they had to rescue a New York couple who took a wrong turn and mistakenly drove into the Atlantic Ocean, the AP reports. WMTW-TV reports firefighters were called to the docks in Tremont around 8pm Tuesday after there were reports of two people trapped in a car... More »

Donkey Picks Wrong Car to Bite

Damage to $200K McClaren costs the animal's owners $6.8K

(Newser) - A German court has ordered a donkey's owners to pony up $6,800 to the driver of a pricey McLaren sports car to cover damage caused when the animal chomped the backside of the vehicle, per the AP . Police said that Vitus the donkey may have mistaken the orange... More »

Arrest in 'Killer Clown' Murder, 27 Years Later

New wife of victim's husband was suspect almost from day one

(Newser) - On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren answered the front door of her Florida home to see a woman wearing a clown costume, complete with wig and bulb nose, and carrying flowers and balloons—one of which said "You're the greatest!" The clown-costumed woman shot Warren in the... More »

He 'Lost' a Toy When He Was 7. 40 Years Later, It's Found

Playmobil cone sat in man's lung for decades, until docs extracted it

(Newser) - For more than a year, he had a nagging cough. Finally, the 47-year-old from the UK went to a clinic—and got the surprise of his life. The BBC reports that X-rays showed a spot on the man's lung, but it wasn't a tumor. It was a "... More »

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