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The Brains in Spain Are Small Because of Rain

45 shrunken, naturally preserved brains found in mass grave

(Newser) - "Naturally preserved brains are very rare," Fernando Serrulla tells Reuters . "There are only around 100 documented cases in the world." So imagine the forensic scientist's surprise when 45 naturally preserved brains—shrunken to 20% to 30% their original size but with ridges still visible—were... More »

Green Day: We Didn't Know About Fatal Stunt

Band played set after acrobat plunged to his death

(Newser) - Green Day are not "heartless people," and they "most likely" would have called off their performance at a music festival in Spain Friday night if they had known that an acrobat had fallen to his death just before they came on, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says. Armstrong... More »

American Gored in Scrotum During Running of the Bulls

Ouch

(Newser) - Two Americans and a Spaniard were gored Friday during the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival, medical officials in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona tell the AP . A 46-year-old Spanish man was undergoing surgery for serious injuries to his head and leg after... More »

Instructor Said 'No Jump.' Teen Heard 'Now Jump'

Spanish court rules in teen's bungee jumping death

(Newser) - A simple mispronunciation possibly cost a teenager her life in a bungee jumping accident, a Spanish appeals court ruled this month. The Independent reports 17-year-old Vera Mol of the Netherlands died in 2015 after jumping from a bridge in Spain before her cord was secured to anything. According to the... More »

Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed Over 'Clandestine Love'

Maria Pilar Abel Martinez says artist had affair with her mother, wants DNA test

(Newser) - Truth may be stranger than fiction, and for Salvador Dali, death is proving just as surreal as life. The famous Spanish painter, who has been in eternal repose since 1989, will be exhumed under a Madrid judge's orders so his DNA can be tested in a paternity suit, the... More »

Distinct Spanish Cider Makes Its Way to US

It's not as sweet as the US stuff, but it's got a growing popularity

(Newser) - In western Spain, cider has been made for centuries along the Atlantic coast to be tart, flat, cloudy with sediment, and "a bit funky tasting"—in high contrast to the sweeter varieties released in the small but growing craft cider market in the US, per NPR . In fact... More »

Catalonia Vows to Hold 'Illegal' Vote to Leave Spain

The Spanish government says it won't let the vote happen

(Newser) - Catalonia's regional government on Friday chose Oct. 1 as the date for a referendum on a split from Spain, stepping up the confrontation with the country's central government, which sees the vote as illegal, the AP reports. Regional president Carles Puigdemont said Catalans will be asked to answer... More »

Divers Made Decision That Prevented Certain 'Suicide'

Xisco Gracia survived 60 hours in air pocket after sending partner for help

(Newser) - A wise decision by two expert divers saved both of their lives, though one of them had to hold tight for 60 hours, 130 feet below the surface, experiencing hopelessness and hallucinations. The BBC reports on the extraordinary ordeal of Xisco Gracia, who was diving with a partner Saturday off... More »

The Vacation Nation You'll Want Tickets For

Spain tops World Economic Forum's list of top countries for tourists

(Newser) - "Siestas before sangrias" is all we need to hear to get us to visit Spain, a perk noted by Travel + Leisure , but that's not the only reason it's at the top of the World Economic Forum's 2017 ranking of the best countries for tourism and... More »

Suit: Snapchat CEO Said App Was 'Only for Rich People'

Evan Spiegel didn't want to expand in 'poor countries like India and Spain': complaint

(Newser) - Snapchat's "elusive" CEO may want to stay under the radar until the latest hubbub surrounding something he supposedly said clears up. Business Insider reports that Snap chief Evan Spiegel is being sued by Anthony Pompliano, who worked for the company for just a few weeks in 2015, with... More »

Killer of US Hiker on Pilgrimage Is Sentenced

Miguel Munoz gets 23 years for slaying of Denise Pikka Thiem in Spain

(Newser) - A court has sentenced a Spanish man to 23 years in jail for the murder of an Arizona woman while she was walking a world-renowned pilgrimage route in Spain, the AP reports. The court Tuesday sentenced Miguel Angel Munoz, 41, to 20 years for killing 41-year-old Denise Pikka Thiem and... More »

Stranger Enjoys Free Trip to Spain—Because of His Name

The 21-year-old joined a surprise 30th birthday trip

(Newser) - When a complete stranger messaged Joe McGrath on Facebook last week about a free trip to Spain, the 21-year-old in Manchester, England, thought it sounded like a hoax. But he says the invitation kept replaying in his head, and soon he found himself on the phone with a man who... More »

Matador's Debut Bullfight Ends in Throat Goring

Daniel Garcia Navarrete tossed around 'like a rag doll' in Madrid's Las Ventas ring

(Newser) - A 23-year-old matador was severely injured after a nasty turn with a bull in one of Spain's most famous bullfighting venues. More than 10,000 people in Madrid's Las Ventas bullring watched in horror Sunday as a bull started tossing Daniel Garcia Navarrete around "like a rag... More »

Vegan Restaurant Bans Bottle-Feeding Cow's Milk

Customers react after sign on door asks parents to leave milk bottles at home

(Newser) - A vegan restaurant in Spain has caused quite a ruckus by posting this on its door: “We like mothers, of all species. That’s why we don’t like bottle feeds based on cow’s milk. Please don’t use them in the restaurant.” According to El Paí... More »

Spain 'Surprised' by British Talk of War

Gibraltar debate is getting heated

(Newser) - The triggering of Brexit was expected to lead to some robust exchanges between Britain and other EU members—but not many people expected open talk of war within days. The BBC reports that on Sunday, former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard warned that if it has to, Britain will defend... More »

Cocaine Transport Device: Fake Bananas

2 Spanish men have been arrested

(Newser) - Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas, the AP reports. Spain's civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas. Among the real bananas, police found... More »

Ancient Spanish Cave-Dwellers Ate People

But it's unclear why they turned to cannibalism 10K years ago

(Newser) - The first evidence of cannibalism in Mesolithic Spain has been found, a study published in this month's Journal of Anthropological Archaeology reveals. That evidence comes in the form of 30 human remains discovered in a cave at the Coves de Santa Maria. The remains are between 9,000 and... More »

Huge Group of Dine-and-Dashers Leaves Behind $13K in Unpaid Checks

The group of up to 200 revelers are targeting restaurants in Spain

(Newser) - All hail the new kings of the dine and dash. Authorities and restaurateurs in northwest Spain are on the lookout after a huge group of hungry people is suspected of skating out on massive bills around the region. One such incident happened Feb. 27 at the Carmen Hotel in Bembibre,... More »

Startup Bucks Tradition With Neon-Blue Wine

Regulators are not pleased with Gik

(Newser) - To respect the rules of the game or break them? Sometimes, that is the question. And a startup in Spain has just learned that at least in the world of wine, rule-breaking is rather frowned upon. Last year, Gïk challenged Spain's wine establishment by rolling out a neon-blue... More »

Barcelona's New Tourism Plan: Keep Tourists Out

Make that anti-tourism plan?

(Newser) - While many cities would welcome 32 million annual visitors, Barcelona has had quite enough of tourists, thank you very much. Though tourism represents 14% of the Spanish city's economy, a tourism plan presented by Mayor Ada Colau this week lays out measures meant to dissuade tourists from rubbing elbows... More »

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