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What TV Surgeries Often Fail to Convey: It Stinks

Surgeons say there are some smells that permeate everything

(Newser) - Surgical rooms might look like the most sterile of places on TV or in the movies, but a post at Atlas Obscura reveals a gross truth: Surgery can smell, and terribly so. The daughter of one surgeon writes that as a child she was allowed to attend a surgery but... More »

20-Foot Tapeworm Found Living Inside Raw-Beef-Loving Man

He lost up to 22 pounds in three days

(Newser) - Squeamish readers be warned: The South China Morning Post reports a Chinese man was recently found to have a 20-foot tapeworm living inside his intestines. According to Live Science , the 38-year-old man went to the doctor last spring after losing up to 22 pounds over the course of three days.... More »

Maine's Latest Lobster-Flavored Export: Beer

No real, live lobsters actually were harmed in the brewing of this beer

(Newser) - A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state's summertime staples: beer and lobster. Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and... More »

Note to Pythons: Maybe Pass on the Giant Porcupines

South African snake's snack turns out to be a fatal idea

(Newser) - Anyone traumatized by the 2005 report of the exploding python might have imagined this wasn't the best idea ever conceived by a predator: A cyclist in South Africa's Lake Eland Game Preserve earlier this month came upon a nearly 13-foot python who looked about as stuffed as your... More »

Stinky Fridge Sends 11 to Hospital

Apparently odor caused by chemical residue from something left in fridge

(Newser) - Officials say a smelly refrigerator at the University of Kentucky sent nearly a dozen people to the hospital. Multiple news outlets report that workers smelled a strong odor coming from the fridge when they came to work yesterday at the Dimock Animal Pathology building. They opened the fridge to an... More »

11-Ton 'Fatberg' Breaks London Sewer

This is just plain gross

(Newser) - Things that weigh less than the "fatberg" removed from a London sewer: 18 horses, 3 Hummer H2s, or 77,000 iPhone 6s. A "fatberg" is what is created when congealed fat and unflushable items (think sanitary napkins, diapers, wipes, the Independent notes) combine in the sewer to create,... More »

Today's Horror: Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew

But it's so far just being tested on college students

(Newser) - It might not be long before you're hearkening back to those halcyon days when you were crunching your Doritos and reaching your red-stained fingers for a bottle of Mountain Dew with which to wash down the whole mass of red-and-green-dye-filled pre-type 2 diabetes. No, soon you could be swigging... More »

Deadly Spider Found in Family's Bananas

World's most dangerous arachnid gnawed its own leg off in escape attempt

(Newser) - The last thing you'd expect to find lurking in your bananas is a creature whose Greek scientific name means "murderess." But that's exactly what one London family found after a grocery delivery from the Waitrose supermarket chain, the Daily Mail reports. The family patriarch (known only... More »

Spider Burrows Into Tourist's Chest for 3 Days

Doctors finally figure out what's causing growing red scar

(Newser) - Bali's tourist bureau will not be eager to share this story: A tropical spider burrowed into the skin of an Australian tourist and stayed there for three days before doctors finally figured out what was causing the nasty marks on his chest, reports the NT News of Australia. Dylan... More »

Doctors Remove 9-Pound Hairball From Teen's Stomach

Apparently she liked to chew on her hair, eat hair from floor

(Newser) - Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, had been struggling with bad stomach pains. When it got to the point that she couldn't eat or drink without getting sick and she started losing weight, the Kyrgyzstan teen went to a hospital in the capital, Bishkek—where doctors determined she had a ball of... More »

Doctor Constantly Sexted During Surgery, Say Officials

Seattle anesthesiologist Arthur Zilberstein has been suspended

(Newser) - There's multitasking and then there's the case of Dr. Arthur Zilberstein: The Seattle anesthesiologist has been suspended over a laundry list of allegations including "moral turpitude" and "preoccupation with sexual matters" that are an apparent result of his near-constant sexting—while he was supervising C-sections and... More »

Harvard Book Is Indeed Bound in Human Skin

French poet gave book to friend

(Newser) - Harvard has confirmed a creepy find in its Houghton Library: A 19th-century book about the soul is bound in human skin. Tests revealed that French poet's Arsène Houssaye’s Des Destinées de l'AmeThe Destiny of the Soul—really does have a human binding, backing up... More »

Found in University Basement: 250 Corpses

Department director resigns over gross debacle

(Newser) - It seems journalists with Spain's El Mundo have stumbled onto Frankenstein’s laboratory. "This is not Auschwitz in 1942. Neither Srebrenica ... nor Rwanda," as El Mundo puts it. No, it’s the basement of the Anatomy and Embryology Department at Madrid's Complutense University, where the body... More »

Cause of Woman's Weight Gain: 88-Pound Tumor

Doctors remove huge ovarian cyst

(Newser) - After a year of watching her waistline expand, a 57-year-old Brazilian woman finally consulted doctors when it hit 52 inches ... and they discovered the cause was an 88-pound, mucus-filled ovarian tumor. The woman, who was overweight, had very few other symptoms: just a feeling of "heaviness" in her stomach,... More »

230 Struck With Stomach Bug at Virginia School

School shuts down to be decontaminated

(Newser) - An Alexandria, Virginia, elementary school is closed today to get professionally disinfected after 230 students and staff members came down with a stomach bug. Thirty-three staff members called in sick before Thursday's classes, with five more going home mid-day; and 160 children were absent, with dozens more leaving mid-day.... More »

Hot Pockets Recalled Over 'Diseased' Meat

As Rancho Feeding Corp. recalls almost 9M pounds of meat

(Newser) - As if Hot Pockets weren't questionable enough, a bunch of them are being pulled from shelves because they might contain diseased meat. Nestlé is recalling certain batches of the Philly Steak & Cheese flavor as well as the Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese flavor, KTLA reports, because those... More »

Woman Finds Bedbug-Ridden Old Mattress Inside New Mattress

So, yeah, even the mattress you thought was brand-new is apparently not safe

(Newser) - If this isn't enough to scare you off from ever purchasing another mattress, we're not sure what would do the trick. A Phoenix mother bought two mattresses from Mattresses 101 last November; they appeared to be new, complete with plastic coverings, but two and a half months later,... More »

Victim's Mother the Suspect in Mich. Body Parts Mystery

Cops believe Donna Kay Scrivo killed, dismembered son

(Newser) - A horrific twist in the already horrific case of bags of body parts dumped on a Michigan highway : Police now believe the person who murdered and dismembered 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo was the victim's own mother, the Detroit Free Press reports. Donna Kay Scrivo, who had been staying with her... More »

Found on Michigan Highway: 5 Bags of Body Parts

Investigators have labeled case a homicide

(Newser) - Michigan police are investigating a gruesome discovery made on a highway just outside of Detroit yesterday: five bags containing human body parts. Police were reportedly called to the scene when a passerby contacted them after looking inside the garbage bags and finding human remains inside, including a head and a... More »

The Grossest Details From Illness-Plagued Cruise

Royal Caribbean passenger stories are seriously nasty

(Newser) - The official illness tally from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that returned to New Jersey yesterday, two days ahead of schedule : 630 passengers and 54 employees. That's a 20-year cruise ship record, according to CDC data, and passengers tell CNN the true number is probably much higher, since some... More »

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