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'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More

A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer

(Newser) - It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex... More »

Baltimore Stops Scraping Its Fatberg, Just Blasts It

City using high-pressure nozzle to get rid of the thing

(Newser) - "If we have to, we'll use our cutter, but the nozzle is working so far." That's the assessment on how the battle goes against Baltimore's somewhat infamous fatberg , discovered in September and now on the road to elimination. The Baltimore Sun reports that after first... More »

Now Baltimore Has Its Own 'Fatberg'

Congealed fat, grease, and wet wipes nearly blocking 2-foot-wide pipe

(Newser) - Not content to let those tea-sippers across the pond hog the spotlight, Baltimore just announced its very own "fatberg." CBS Baltimore reports the "congealed lump of fat" was found between Baltimore Penn Station and the 1700 block of Charles Street. The fatberg is comprised of fats, oils,... More »

Woman Says Chick-fil-A Baked Rodent Into Her Sandwich Bun

Now she's suing

(Newser) - A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping on her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent. The AP reports Ellen Manfalouti sued in Bucks County Court over the tiny rodent she claims was baked into the bottom bun of her chicken sandwich. A co-worker picked up the sandwich... More »

Thousands of Roaches Swarm Neighborhood

Gah

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighborhood, the AP reports. Pat Wall tells WCAU-TV that the bugs emerged Sunday night and have been invading her Bridesburg neighborhood ever since. She says the bugs were... More »

Man's Quest to Kill Roach in His Ear Has Unfortunate Result

A doctor ended up needing to pull it out

(Newser) - If you can bear it, we offer what Newsflare aptly describes as some "rather unpleasant footage" for your viewing displeasure—the type you won't want to see, can't help but see, and won't be able to unsee. It's video filmed last week that shows a... More »

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 »

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