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For Sale: A 45-Building Village You Can't Live In

Owners asking $2M for Canadian village that's basically a 19th-century movie set

(Newser) - A Canadian village an hour north of Montreal could be yours for a cool $2 million, but there's an asterisk: The 45 buildings spread out across the 140 acres of Canadiana Village are largely just for show, with only one house in livable condition. That's because for decades...

Why Girls in This Town Become Boys at Puberty

This rare disorder was discovered in the 1970s

(Newser) - Girls born in a particular village in the Dominican Republic may not grow up as biological females after all. A little more than 1% of them will develop a penis at age 12, making them what locals call "guevedoces"—literally, a "penis at 12," the Telegraph...

2 Ancient Villages Emerge in Arizona National Park

Dwellings built into sand dunes

(Newser) - An ancient village has come to light in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park—and it's the second such find in as many years. The villages are some 1,300 years old, dating from between 200 AD and 700 AD, ABC News reports. Archaeologists discovered homes dug into the...

'Kill Jews' Village Votes to Change Name

Spanish hamlet backs switch, 29 to 19

(Newser) - After almost 400 years, a tiny Spanish village called Castrillo Matajudios— "Camp Kill Jews" —has voted to adopt a less murderous name. A majority of the hamlet's 56 registered voters sided with the name-change campaign backed by mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, who threatened to step down if villagers...

One Country So Broke, It's Giving Away Villages

Spain gives them away or sells for less than $100K

(Newser) - Want to buy a little vacation house in the Spanish countryside? Thanks to Spain's economic downturn, some buyers have picked up entire villages for as little as zero euros, AFP reports. Thousands of villages have been abandoned across Spain, often by residents seeking city life or better farmland, and...

Dementia Patients Have Their Own Village

Dutch establishment lets dementia patients live normally

(Newser) - Imagine suffering from dementia while living a relatively normal life—cooking, cleaning, and going about your business. Well, elderly people in mental decline are experiencing just that at a so-called village in the town of Weesp, in Holland, reports Gizmodo . Called Dementia Village , it allows residents to go about their...

Where's Lisa Marie? Selling Fish & Chips in a Village

Elvis' daughter loved helping friends in England

(Newser) - Elvis Presley's daughter, donning an apron to serve fish and chips in a quiet English village? Yep, and that's how she likes it, the New York Daily News reports. Having moved to Rotherfield with her husband two years ago, Lisa Marie Presley enjoys hanging out at a local...

Now on eBay: Whole Italian Village, $3M

Tuscan residents not included

(Newser) - Ever dreamed of a Tuscan home? How about an entire town? If you've got $3.1 million to spare, you could score one on eBay, the Telegraph reports. The 800-year-old village of Pratariccia is for sale on the auction site; the buyer will get 25 run-down houses among scenic...

Buy a French Village for $431K
 Buy a French Village for $431K 

Buy a French Village for $431K

Deserted hamlet of Courbefy has 19 buildings

(Newser) - Got $431,000 lying around? A deserted French village can be all yours. Courbefy, located in the Limousin region, comes with 19 buildings, including family homes, reports the Telegraph . Be forewarned: Neighbors say it's frequented by "thieves, drunks and squatters," and one dubbed it a ghost village....

For Sale: Entire Italian Village

Abandoned village dates to 1059, needs some love

(Newser) - For just $780,000, you could become signore of your own Italian village—albeit one without any villagers. An abandoned medieval village in the heart of one of Italy's biggest national parks has been put up for sale by the local council and an elderly man who owns some...

Entire Town Evacuated After 1,652 WWI Shells Found

Gardener discovers 30 tons of leftover ammo

(Newser) - Authorities have evacuated a French village after a local gardener stumbled upon a 50-foot-long underground World War I munitions dump, Der Spiegel reports. All 450 villagers must leave Coucy-les-Eppes, near Reims, during the day for a week while some 26 experts remove 30 tons of shells from the German depot....

Odd Duck Boyle Is Talk of Her Tiny Town

Small world rocked by YouTube popularity

(Newser) - Everyone knows Susan Boyle in her Scottish village—she’s the odd loner who does killer karaoke at the local pub. Now, she’s the topic on everyone’s lips in the community of 5,000 where she’s lived in the same house all her life. And though the...

Taliban Exact Revenge on Pakistani Town That Stood Up

Car bombing punishes crackdown on militants

(Newser) - A few months ago, villagers in a Pakistani town killed six Taliban fighters who had bound and killed local police; yesterday, the Taliban retaliated, targeting the town of Shalbandi with a suicide car bomb that killed more than 30. The explosion rocked a school that was holding a vote to...

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