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Bus Passenger: Driver Got Lost, Drove in Circles for Hours

'Why he doesn't have GPS who knows?'

(Newser) - A passenger says a Greyhound bus driver on a trip to New York City got lost in Cleveland and drove in circles for several hours before returning to the city's terminal. Arin Choo says he and other passengers began asking the driver questions Tuesday night when they noticed they... More »

At Disney Parks, 'HEPA Cleanup' Is Creepy Code

Wall Street Journal: It means that custodians need to clean up human ashes. Again

(Newser) - It's all fun and games until someone finds the ashes—which is disturbingly not that hard to do at Walt Disney parks. Confirming what Gizmodo says has been an urban legend for years, current and former custodians tell the Wall Street Journal that ashes of loved ones, often big... More »

Minor League Team's Plucky Logo Goes Viral

Meet the Rocket City Trash Pandas

(Newser) - Minor league baseball teams occasionally get a little cheeky , but a new Alabama team is seeing merchandise fly out the door after it decided to talk a little trash. Meet the Madison-based Rocket City Trash Pandas, which unveiled their logo on Saturday—a raccoon lifting off in a trash-can like... More »

CDC: Go Ahead, Dress Your Chickens for Halloween

This is an actual government press release

(Newser) - If you want to dress your chicken up for Halloween, the CDC wants you to know that it's just fine with you letting your avian freak flag fly, reports KUTV . In an actual news release meant to soothe those whose Halloween plans were thrown into emotional upheaval, the government... More »

David Schwimmer Provides His Alibi

'As you can see, I was in New York'

(Newser) - Police investigating a restaurant theft in England may have given him the benefit of the doubt, but that wasn't enough for David Schwimmer. Given his resemblance to the suspect , the Friends star apparently felt the need to provide his alibi on Twitter . "Officers, I swear it wasn't... More »

Judge Throws Off Robe, Runs After Fleeing Inmates

Surveillance video captures the whole thing

(Newser) - A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed prisoners made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom, the AP reports. Video obtained by the Daily Chronicle shows Judge RW Buzzard leap into action Oct. 16 when the men identified as 22-year-old Tanner Jacobson and 28-year-old... More »

Cops: Cookies With Human Remains Possibly Doled Out at School

The treats may have contained the ashes of a California student's grandparent

(Newser) - It's Halloween season, meaning candy corn, Mallomars, pumpkin spice everything, and ... cookies with human remains? That's the snack that at least one California student reportedly brought to Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, per the San Francisco Chronicle , containing the not-appetizing ingredient of a grandparent's... More »

Ignore That Cookie Monster Cat Email From State Dept.

US Embassy in Australia blames 'training error' for odd email blast

(Newser) - The US hasn't had an ambassador to Australia in place for two years, the longest stretch since WWII—which may explain why things are getting low-key chaotic Down Under at the American embassy. The BBC reports that an apology has been issued after a "training error" resulted in... More »

Case of Babies With Missing Limbs Closed Without Answer

3 clusters have been studied in France

(Newser) - "The absence of a hypothesis of a possible common cause does not make it possible to hold further investigations." Such is the pronouncement of France's public health agency after investigating a rash of cases of babies born without arms, forearms, or hands. The Guardian reports the focus... More »

Sotheby's After $1.1M Sale: 'We've Just Been Banksy'ed'

Auctioned painting self-destructed soon after sale went through

(Newser) - Newsweek is saying it could be Banksy's "most jaw-dropping trick yet," and it would be hard to find anyone who disagrees. It happened Friday night at a Sotheby's auction in London, when the enigmatic street artist's 2006 Girl With Balloon painting was sold off... More »

Animal Hospital's Mystery Caller Is Revealed

Gecko decided to hang out on top of a landline. And then started making countless calls

(Newser) - The calls were coming from a landline inside the Marine Mammal Center in Hawaii, so incessantly that hospital director Claire Simeone rushed to the facility in a panic to figure out what was going on. Simeone had received nine calls in 15 minutes, but each time she answered, she was... More »

Authorities Investigating Guy Filmed Riding Crocodile

Niels Jensen used a dead wallaby as bait

(Newser) - Authorities in Australia are investigating after a self-described Danish hunter and adventurer was filmed sitting atop a crocodile in a wildlife park. Niels Jensen, who lives in Australia's Northern Territory and says he works as a hunting guide, is seen in the video coaxing the saltwater croc toward him... More »

Cops: Woman Lived With Mom's Body Out of 'Curiosity'

Donna Sue Hudgins charged with felony concealment of a death

(Newser) - Donna Sue Hudgins' neighbor thought Hudgins possibly had a sewer problem, reports the News & Observer . The source of the odor ended up being much more jarring. Police allege the Enfield, NC, woman kept her mother's dead body in their home for months "because she was curious and... More »

Naked Kidnappers Thought It Was the 'Great Tribulation'

They thought neighbors faced demon danger

(Newser) - The carload of naked people arrested for kidnapping in a bizarre case in Canada last year apparently believed they were doing a good deed—saving their neighbors from demons. Two women and a man involved in the incident pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement last week and a woman also admitted... More »

Cops: His Boss Thanked Him With T-Shirt, So He Stole $96K

A tale of an allegedly disgruntled employee in India

(Newser) - It's a pretty extreme case of a disgruntled employee: The Times of India reports 37-year-old Dhan Singh Bisht was arrested last week after allegedly stealing $96,000 from his employer after being miffed about how a previous heroic gesture was rewarded. That employer, Reema Polychem Private Limited in Azadpur,... More »

Six Flags Offers Macabre Challenge, With a $300 Prize

If you can tough it out in a coffin for 30 hours, your wallet could get a cash infusion

(Newser) - If you've been dying to take a 30-hour nap in a coffin and wouldn't mind getting $300 at the end of your repose, Six Flags St. Louis has just the Halloween-themed happening for you. Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , that's how much the theme park is offering... More »

Head-Smacking Moment for Airline, Its Brand-New Plane

It's Cathay Pacific, not Paciic, guys

(Newser) - Proofreaders are important. That's the message Cathay Pacific is likely contemplating today after incredulous travelers spotted one of its new planes on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport, the airline's name misspelled in large letters on the side of the aircraft (see a picture here ). Missing... More »

Florida Residents Fed Up With Naked Gardener

After complaints, sheriff will start taking statements from neighbors in Stuart, Florida

(Newser) - Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude, per the AP . The miffed residents of Stuart say they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but... More »

Bizarre Yoga Ball Murder Case Reaches Its End

Khaw Kim-sun is found guilty in deaths of wife, daughter

(Newser) - Three years after anesthesiology professor Dr. Khaw Kim-sun's wife and 16-year-old daughter were found unresponsive in a Mini Cooper in Hong Kong, Khaw has been convicted of their murders and was on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison. The case received international attention due to its bizarre mechanics : The... More »

Cat Causes Power Outage Affecting Thousands

Animal got into a New Orleans substation, did not survive

(Newser) - Thousands of New Orleans residents who lost power for more than an hour Monday have a cat to blame, USA Today reports. The animal got into one of Entergy New Orleans ' substations, touched the equipment, and caused a flash. Outages started around 8:30am, and by noon, all customers... More »

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