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Bizarre Surgery Saves Man's Burned Hand

Doctors attached it to patient Frank Reyes' stomach

(Newser) - An 87-year-old Texas man just spent three weeks with his left hand surgically attached to his stomach, the AP reports. "It's a funny feeling," Frank Reyes says of the experience. Why did he have to go through it? Back in June, Reyes was changing a tire when... More »

Study: Vampires Are Real, and They Have a Big Fear

They drink blood, but live in fear of ... the doctor

(Newser) - This surely ranks among the more unexpected studies: Vampires are real, and they have a fear—"of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals," as the study's title reads in part. The study, published in the journal Critical Social Work , isn't talking... More »

Harvard Grad: Find Me a Girlfriend, I'll Give You $10K

Ren Lu You, 29, has money to spend but no time for bad dates

(Newser) - Ren Lu You is searching for love—and willing to pay $10,000 to the Cupid who makes it happen. The Harvard business grad/Birmingham, Ala., resident says he's been on 30 dates in the last 10 months but none have set his heart aflutter, reports WGN . Now, the private... More »

Woman Finds Her 'Twin'—Again

Niamh Geaney plans to search for 5 more doppelgangers

(Newser) - Niamh Geaney was understandably "freaked out" when she found a woman that looked just like her living only an hour away in Ireland. But Geaney, who set out to find her doppelganger through project Twin Strangers , was even more astounded when she found a second doppelganger, this one living... More »

Hotel Ejects 30 Guests After Waffle Argument

The lesson: Don't leave your waffle maker unattended

(Newser) - Authorities say a dispute between two women over a waffle maker led to 30 people being booted from a western Michigan hotel. The Muskegon Chronicle reports a Mason County sheriff's deputy stood by Sunday morning as guests were ordered to pack their bags at the Americas Best Value Inn... More »

Poop Raining From Sky Ruins Girl's Sweet 16

Philadelphia family suspects feces came from a plane

(Newser) - At least the party was memorable. Pennsylvania teen Jacinda Cambray was celebrating her Sweet 16 birthday with about 40 guests in her family's backyard on Sunday when a party pooper brought the event to a screeching halt. Family members had just brought the teen's giant purple cake inside... More »

Skeleton 'Tea Party' Found in Colorado River

Thankfully the skeletons are plastic

(Newser) - A man snorkeling in the Colorado River received quite the fright on Monday when he spotted what he thought were human remains about 40 feet below the surface near the Arizona-California border. With a little investigating, however, a diver with the Buckskin Fire Department uncovered a scene much more comical... More »

Cali Woman Horrified to Get 'Satanic' License Plate

DMV says system randomly spits out plate numbers, but Bobbie Larkins doesn't care

(Newser) - For reasons unspecified, you won't find the letters "I," "O," or "Q" in the first or third alpha positions of the alpha-numeric sequence on California passenger license plates, per that state's DMV . But there's nothing that prevents the system there from churning... More »

Next for 65-Year-Old Mom of 13: Quadruplets

'I'm not actually afraid,' says Annegret Raunigk

(Newser) - "Children keep me young," Berlin woman Annegret Raunigk said after the birth of her 13th child nine years ago at age 55. Now 65, Raunigk plans to add four more bundles of joy to her already large family. Raunigk underwent numerous attempts at artificial insemination over 18 months... More »

Cops, Bomb Tech Respond to Call, Find 'Banana'

Item in yellow tape was actually a geocache

(Newser) - Emergency personnel and a bomb disposal expert have determined that a suspicious "banana" hanging in a pine tree in Nebraska was really just a harmless geocache. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a utility worker spotted the device wrapped in yellow tape and attached to a wire on Tuesday... More »

Thailand: US Man Tried to Mail Baby's Skull to Vegas

Unnamed American hasn't been charged with any crime

(Newser) - Upon questioning, a US tourist told Thai police he'd made a gruesome purchase at a flea market: He claimed to have obtained a baby's skull, heart, and foot along with tattooed skin for $100, police say. The unnamed man allegedly tried to ship the body parts to the... More »

Man Wakes From Coma Speaking Fluent Mandarin

He lost his English-speaking skills but remembered Chinese from high school

(Newser) - When Ben McMahon went into a coma after a car crash, he spoke English; when he woke up, he spoke only fluent Mandarin. Although the Australian man had taken Mandarin in high school, he was never fluent, and doctors are still trying to figure out exactly why he completely lost... More »

Woman Poses for Clerk Holding Stolen Credit Card

Police seeking Florida shopper who used it for beauty supplies

(Newser) - A picture is worth a thousand words—and sometimes a possible jail sentence. Police in Ocala, Fla., are searching for a woman who used a stolen American Express credit card after a suspicious store clerk snapped a photo of her posing with it, reports the Smoking Gun . The shopper charged... More »

Couple's New Middle Names: 'Seamonster'

Don't ask them why—they're not saying

(Newser) - Today's the big day for Neal James Coughlin and wife Melanie Ann Convery: They find out in a Massachusetts court whether they can change their middle names to "Seamonster," reports the AP . They've published their intentions in a local newspaper, as per Massachusetts law, and as... More »

232 Teeth Removed From Boy's Head

Doctors to submit tooth count to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - When doctors in India opened up a tumor in a teenager’s lower jaw on Monday, something unexpected happened. "Little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one by one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted... More »

Romanian Princess: I Ran Cockfighting Ring

Irina Walker, husband plead guilty to running illegal gambling operation

(Newser) - "Romanian princess" and "cockfighting" probably aren’t the two terms you were expecting to hear together today, but Irina Walker just made that happen— again . The 61-year-old daughter of the last king of Romania and her husband, John, pleaded guilty yesterday to running an illegal gambling operation from... More »

Brooklyn Woman Found Living With Mother's Bones

Chava Stirn, 28, discovered living in trash-packed apartment with remains

(Newser) - Skeletal remains were found in a Brooklyn apartment on Monday, and the New York Post today reports that, as suspected , a 28-year-old woman found in the apartment had been living with her dead mother's bones. Cops came upon the scene after the apartment building’s superintendent, who was investigating... More »

Company Tried to Force Employees Into 'Onionhead' Religion: Suit

Employees allegedly fired for refusing to participate

(Newser) - What would you do if your employer told you to thank God for your job, say “I love you” to management, and attend meetings to discuss "divine plans"? If you work for New York health care firm United Health Programs of America, you go to the US... More »

Kim Jong Un Is Really Mad at His Weathermen

North Korean leader scolds meteorologists

(Newser) - It's a rough day to be a North Korean meteorologist: According to state-run media, Kim Jong Un is really upset about ... inaccurate weather forecasts. The leader has been visiting various meteorological facilities in the country, where he has reportedly taken employees to task for "too many incorrect" weather... More »

Man Drives 2K Miles With Girlfriend's Corpse

Ray Tomlinson's thinking: he had a 48-hour window

(Newser) - Ray Tomlinson set out from Michigan to Arizona to pick up his girlfriend from a mental health facility Sunday—then drove nearly all of the 1,900-mile return trek with her dead body propped up in the passenger seat. Somewhere in New Mexico, Tomlinson nudged her and "she was... More »

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