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Rescuers Save Naked Man— From Appliance

With the help of olive oil as lubricant

(Newser) - A game of hide-and-seek turned out to be not so fun for an Australian man this weekend when police, firefighters, paramedics, and a search-and-rescue team were called in to help with his, um, extraction. The man—naked, we might add—had decided to surprise his girlfriend by hiding in a... More »

Emergency C-Section Turns Up ... No Baby

Brazilian woman suffered from false pregnancy, referred to psychiatric care

(Newser) - A bizarre story out of Brazil, where doctors performed an emergency C-section on an apparently expectant mother only to find ... no baby at all. When the woman, 37, arrived at Cabo Frio's Woman's Hospital saying she was 41 weeks pregnant and in pain—with a protruding belly and... More »

Men Save Shark Choking on ... Moose

2 Newfoundland men pry out moose chunk, send shark back to sea

(Newser) - Two men spotted a wildlife watcher's dream on the coast of Newfoundland last weekend: a beached, eight-foot-long Greenland shark—choking on a piece of moose hide. The shark itself is a rare sight in the area. The chunk of moose stuck in its mouth "had the fur and... More »

Missing NYU Student Found Trapped Between Buildings

Friends say school initially didn't believe he was missing

(Newser) - No one is entirely sure how 19-year-old Asher Vongtau wound up wedged in the 18- to 24-inch-wide space between a New York University dorm and a neighboring parking garage, but that's where the missing student was found last night, some 36 hours after his friends first tried to report... More »

Man Knits 12-Foot Scarf ... While Running Marathon

Breaks Guinness world record

(Newser) - A runner in Saturday's Kansas City Marathon broke a Guinness world record ... but it wasn't for speed or distance. No, David Babcock broke the record for the longest scarf knitted while running a marathon, with a length of 12 feet and 13/4 inches, the Kansas City Star reports.... More »

Boy, 9, Sneaks on to Plane, Flies to Vegas

Also scammed a free meal at airport

(Newser) - This is one Vegas gamble that almost paid off: A 9-year-old boy sneaked through security and onto a Delta flight at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Thursday and made it all the way to Las Vegas—apparently without a boarding pass. But putting a dent in his wild vacation plans,... More »

Egyptian Cops Detain Swan Accused of Being a Spy

A man brought the bird in because it had an electronic device

(Newser) - In a case that's ruffling feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a swan that a citizen suspected of being a spy. Officials say a man brought the suspected winged infiltrator to a police station yesterday in the Qena governorate, some 280 miles southeast of Cairo. Officials say the man... More »

Assange Sings, Dances, Dons Mullet in New Rap Video

Wikileaks founder spoofs '80s rock song in surreal cameo

(Newser) - Is it possible Julian Assange is suffering from a touch of cabin fever after being cooped up in an Ecuadorian embassy for over a year? The Wikileaks founder, who is running for a Senate seat in Australia's upcoming election, has appeared in a satirical rap video by online comedy... More »

Now You're Cooking With ... a Dishwasher?

Latest food fad is poaching salmon and washing your dishes at the same time

(Newser) - For those too lazy or cheap for a microwave, NPR looks at the fabled art of ... cooking in a dishwasher. Yes, this is an actual thing that people actually do, and apparently it's growing in popularity. The "traditional method," writes Michaeleen Doucleff—who says her mother has... More »

'Carlos Danger' Wieners Now a Real Thing You Can Eat

Hot dog maker creates Anthony Weiner wieners

(Newser) - Well, somebody was bound to do it. A Florida businessman and an Illinois hot dog company have teamed up to create Anthony Weiner-themed, er, wieners. "This is something that’s too good of an opportunity to pass up," says the co-founder of Carlos Danger Weiners [sic], Randall Richards,... More »

Animal Rights Activists Vandalize Iowa Butter Cow

Iconic state fair statue survives unharmed

(Newser) - In an effort to raise awareness of cruelty in the beef and dairy industry, animal rights activists have vandalized ... a cow statue. The iconic Iowa State Fair butter cow—which is, yes, a cow sculpted out of butter—was found doused in red paint this morning, with "Freedom for... More »

Norwegian PM Goes Undercover as Taxi Driver

Jens Stoltenberg says it's the 'one place people really say what they think'

(Newser) - Norway's prime minister has come up with a novel new way to poll his constituents: going undercover as a taxi driver. For one day in June, Jens Stoltenberg dressed in an Oslo taxi driver uniform, got in a cab, and started picking up unsuspecting passengers. "It is important... More »

NYC Subway Passenger: Dead Shark

Another passes out outside a bar in Nantucket

(Newser) - NYC subway riders got a taste—and smell—of what Shark Week is all about in the wee hours of yesterday morning when they found a dead shark riding the Queens-bound N train. The creature, described by CNN as 1.5 feet in length and no more than 10 pounds,... More »

Guy Reports Girlfriend Kidnapped to Stop Her Moving Out

Cops see through his cunning plan

(Newser) - Brilliant idea of the day: Stop your girlfriend from dumping you and moving out by calling 911 and telling them your "wife" has been kidnapped by two men in a U-Haul truck. That didn't get Florida man Matthew Corp, 35, his girlfriend back, but it did get him... More »

Man, Shot Twice, Kills Robber With Blunt Object

Armed robbery doesn't go as planned when unarmed victim fights back

(Newser) - Here's a story that's both feel-good and horrifying in equal measures. A Baltimore man was shot twice when two armed robbers broke into his apartment early yesterday morning. Did he collapse? Beg for help? Make a run for it? Nope. Despite his wounds, Kenneth Cox, 24, picked up... More »

Man Goes to Jail for Catastrophic Diarrhea

Amazing testimony compares aftermath to both 'spaghetti sauce' and 'chunky peanut butter'

(Newser) - If you have delicate sensibilities, stop reading now. A court has upheld a conviction against a man who spent a week in jail for ... leaving the bathroom of a federal courthouse in Maine covered in poop. The cleaner who found the mess says 75% of the floor was "covered... More »

Woman Accidentally Buys 2 Lotto Tickets, Wins Twice

Wins $900K due to forgetfulness

(Newser) - Buying a winning lottery ticket is luck most of us only dream of having. Accidentally buying a second ticket which is also a winner? That's just rubbing it in. An Australian woman managed this incredibly fortunate feat last weekend, winning a grand total of around $900,000 USD between... More »

Town Wants to Let Hunters Shoot Down Drones

Deer Trail, Colo., considers drone hunting licenses

(Newser) - Forget deer, elk, moose, and bears. Hunters in Deer Trail, Colo., have a new target in the sights: government drones. The town board is considering issuing hunting licenses and bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles, reports ABC Denver . "We do not want drones in town," says resident Phillip Steel,... More »

Woman Falsely Accused of Stealing Train to Become Train Driver

20-year-old cleaning lady gets new job as compensation

(Newser) - Earlier this year, a cleaning lady was accused of stealing and crashing a train she was on in Stockholm. Turns out, she didn't do it. So to make up for the double blow of serious injuries from the crash and calling her a train thief in a story that... More »

Dave Matthews Hitchhikes to His Own Concert

Fans on way to show spot him, pick him up

(Newser) - It's a good thing Emily Kraus and her boyfriend stopped to pick up a hitchhiker on their way to a Dave Matthews Band concert—the wayfarer was none other than Dave Matthews himself. Matthews was out for a bike ride before his concert in Hershey, Penn., when his tire... More »

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