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Croissant Eating Contest Turns Deadly for Ex-Boxer

Mario Melo of Argentina choked to death at 56

(Newser) - A former boxer has choked to death during a televised croissant eating contest in Argentina. The death of 56-year-old Mario Melo was announced by his sister Monday. Per the AP , Aida Melo told the local TN television channel that she was watching as her brother collapsed behind the contest's... More »

Monkeys Kill 72-Year-Old With Shower of Stolen Bricks

The animals collected the weapons and threw them down from a tree

(Newser) - An elderly man is dead after a group of rogue monkeys stoned him to death by raining stolen bricks down from a tree. Per the Times of India , 72-year-old Dharampal Singh was collecting wood in Tikri, Uttar Pradesh, when his assailants began to throw their weapons, which they'd apparently... More »

Student Driver Goes Off the Deep End

Literally

(Newser) - A driving lesson went off the deep end in Maryland when authorities say the car jumped a curb, crashed through a fence and landed in a swimming pool, per the AP . Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer tells The Washington Post the driver and passenger were uninjured Saturday,... More »

Man Charged After Shooting at 'Ghost' in His Home

Christain Devaux had reportedly done it before

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Connecticut man faces several charges after firing shots in his house at what he told police may have been a ghost. Christain Devaux of Tolland is due in court on Sept. 11 on charges including the illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false statement to police, second-degree... More »

Men Lured to Mass Tinder Date by New York City Woman

She got dozens of men to show up to her self-styled 'Singled Out'

(Newser) - A New York City woman is receiving both rants and raves for her decidedly bold decision to lure dozens of men to what can only be described as her own self-styled dating game. Per CBS News , the woman, identified in reports as Natasha Aponte, used the dating app Tinder to... More »

Dad Celebrates Daughter's Birth in Chick-fil-A Restroom

Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin will get free food for life and a job when she's 16

(Newser) - A Texas family knew they had a new addition on the way, but they had no way of knowing where the baby girl would make her first appearance: in a Chick-fil-A bathroom. Per KENS5 , Robert Griffin and his wife were on their way to the hospital in San Antonio when... More »

Massive Snake Falls From Ceiling Onto Sleeping Man

The central New York man got a rude awakening

(Newser) - A central New York man got a rude awakening when a large snake fell from his bedroom ceiling and landed on him while he slept, per the AP . The state Department of Environmental Conservation says one of its officers responded to a call on June 29 from a man who... More »

Shooting Victim Posed Doing What He Loved at Wake

Renard Matthews, 18, was posed watching his favorite Celtics and playing video games

(Newser) - After a young New Orleans man was killed, his grieving family chose to remember him doing what he loved: sitting in front of a TV with his beloved Boston Celtics on the screen. The body of 18-year-old Renard Matthews, who died from a gunshot wound to the head on June... More »

Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

The Australian woman is just fine, though

(Newser) - An Australian woman is feeling lucky to be alive after she was reportedly pulled into the water by a shark. According to PerthNow , Melissa Brunning was on a friend's yacht off the coast of Australia's rugged Kimberley region in late May when her group got the opportunity to... More »

Library Book Is Back, 47 Years Late

The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir Soul On Ice was due Dec. 9, 1970

(Newser) - A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library, the AP reports. The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir Soul On Ice was due back at the Eureka Valley branch Dec. 9, 1970, making it 47 years, four months, and 29 days late. The... More »

Couple Weds Days After Bride Loses Arm in Crocodile Attack

'In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience'

(Newser) - A couple attacked by a crocodile wedded days later in a Zimbabwean hospital, where the bride was recovering after losing an arm. "In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience," 27-year-old Jamie Fox told the AP on Monday. Fox and his then... More »

Cop Saves Gas Station Worker Covered in Flames

Man apparently set himself on fire before officer tackled him

(Newser) - Authorities say a Massachusetts gas station worker doused himself with gasoline, set himself on fire, and ran, but was then tackled by a police officer who extinguished the flames. The Essex District Attorney's office says the unidentified 24-year-old man was at the Newbury gas station where he works Saturday... More »

Saudi Textbook Shows Yoda at UN Charter Signing

Several officials fired over photo error

(Newser) - Royally messed up, they did. A senior education official and others in Saudi Arabia have been fired after a government textbook included a photo of King Faisal seated next to Yoda, everyone's favorite Jedi Master from Star Wars. The doctored black-and-white photo showing Yoda on King Faisal's right... More »

Terror as Truck Falls From Sky, Crushing 4 in San Diego Park

Out-of-control vehicle landed on vendor booth

(Newser) - A bizarre accident marred a San Diego motorcycle festival when a truck literally fell from the sky and killed four people. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon when 25-year-old Richard Anthony Sepolio, a US Navy serviceman who police believe was intoxicated, lost control of his pickup truck on an elevated highway... More »

Suspiciously Playful Bunny Is Pot Grower's Undoing

Pinpon unwittingly led authorities straight to the marijuana plants

(Newser) - One girl's pet bunny in Huaura, Peru, apparently had a hard time playing it cool when he stumbled onto a secret marijuana stash in a neighboring home; he seemed suspiciously frisky every time he returned from his recurring escape. So she took it upon herself to follow her little... More »

TV Reporter Accused of Pooping on Random Lawn

"I've been feeling very sick and I've been stuck in this van all day"

(Newser) - An Arizona TV reporter has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly defecating in someone's front yard. It appears Jonathan Lowe, 33, may lose his job as well: In its brief report about the on-the-job incident last week, Phoenix station KPHO/KTVK refers to Lowe as "a former KPHO/KTVK... More »

World's First Water Bar Isn't Quite What You Think

Minneapolis' Water Bar will serve tap water for free

(Newser) - You could sit at home and drink your own tap water, or you could visit Minneapolis' Water Bar and drink tap water in the company of others. Shanai Matteson hopes you'll choose the latter option. Yes, Minneapolis will soon be home to what UPI calls the world's first... More »

Adventurer's Mummified Body Found Sitting at Yacht Desk

Manfred Fritz Bajorat's death remains a mystery

(Newser) - Fishermen spotted a yacht with a broken mast drifting near the Philippines on Feb. 26 and discovered the owner inside, but the story doesn't have a happy ending. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was slumped beside the ship's radio telephone, long dead and apparently mummified by the ocean's... More »

Sign Thieves May Ruin Katie Crotch Road for Everyone

'You would think every dorm room in the state of Maine should have one by now'

(Newser) - A Maine town that spends hundreds of dollars annually to replace stolen street signs is again asking residents to consider renaming one of the frequent targets: Katie Crotch Road, the AP reports. According to the Morning Sentinel , a referendum to rename Katie Crotch Road to Cadie Road is being considered... More »

Cops Find Spiked Bats Throughout San Francisco

Nearly 30 have been found around the city since Thanksgiving

(Newser) - San Francisco police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city. Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. Andraychak says 27 bats... More »

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