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Orcas Attacking Boats Are Escalating Things

Killer whales disabled, stalked one vessel as it was towed back to shore after its rudder was destroyed

(Newser) - It's still unclear why a group of orcas is attacking the rudders of sailboats off the Iberian Peninsula. What is clear is that they're not letting up. There were 20 incidents in the Strait of Gibraltar in the month of May, per the Independent . And in one case,...

Government Official Orders Dam Drained to Find Lost Phone
Official Fined for Draining
Reservoir to Find Phone
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Official Fined for Draining Reservoir to Find Phone

State irrigation department in India orders Rajesh Vishwas to pay for wasted water

(Newser) - An official in India who drained a reservoir to search for his lost phone has to pay for the water as well as a new phone. Food inspector Rajesh Vishwas, who retrieved his $1,200 Samsung device but found it was unusable, has been fined the equivalent of around $640...

Ron DeSantis Offers an Answer on How to Say His Last Name

'Winner,' the presidential candidate snarks, refusing to clarify further on 'ridiculous' pronunciation debate

(Newser) - "Dee-Santis" or "Deh-Santis"? How GOP presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pronounces his own last name has become the debate du jour , and although Mediaite calls it a "substantively meaningless distinction," the public's curiosity has yet to be quelled. Fox News reporter Paul...

Pay for Pizza From This Chain After You Die

Hell Pizza to offer 'AfterLife Pay' deal to 666 customers each in New Zealand, Australia

(Newser) - A pizza chain is offering to bill customers for their pie only after they die—a deal that really is as good as it sounds. The "AfterLife Pay" offer isn't a way to boost sales, Ben Cumming, CEO of the New Zealand-based Hell Pizza chain, tells the Washington ...

800K Maryland License Plates Feature a Very Odd URL

Website on older plates now lead to a site that promotes online casinos in the Philippines

(Newser) - Nearly 800,000 cars in Maryland are driving around with older license plates featuring a tribute to the War of 1812, as well as a URL that's causing the state's Motor Vehicle Administration a bit of a headache. Per WBAL , the plates feature a drawing of Fort McHenry,...

No One Knows How to Say Ron DeSantis' Name— Including DeSantis
DeSantis Keeps
Switching How He
Says His Name

DeSantis Keeps Switching How He Says His Name

Yearslong puzzle on how to pronounce surname reignites now that he's running for president

(Newser) - Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has officially jumped into the 2024 presidential race, people have lots of questions on what he plans to do if he's elected to the Oval Office. But another question has emerged of late, and it's a more personal one: How the heck...

Champ Knocked Unconscious During Cheese Roll

'I still don't really believe it, but it feels great,' she says after bizarre event in England

(Newser) - As the US marked Memorial Day, people in Gloucestershire, England, celebrated a much sillier occasion: the annual cheese-rolling competition, in which participants with a nonchalant attitude toward personal safety chase a cheese wheel down a near-vertical 200-yard hill. The women's race at Coopers Hill this year was won by...

Bear Busts Into Bakery, Scarfs Down 60 Cupcakes

Bakery owner heard worker 'screaming bloody murder,' then walked in to quite a scene

(Newser) - A hungry black bear barged into the garage of a Connecticut bakery, scared several employees, and helped itself to 60 cupcakes before ambling away. Workers at Taste by Spellbound in the town of Avon were loading cakes into a van for delivery on Wednesday when the bear showed up, per...

Michelangelo Gets Censored in Scottish Subway Ad

'David' needs a crop before he can be used to hawk pizza in Glasgow

(Newser) - He may be nearly universally considered a masterpiece made by one of the most widely renowned artists in history, but Michelangelo's David is definitely naked, and as such, proved a little too much for a Scottish subway system. As Hyperallergic reports, the idea was for Glasgow-based Italian restaurant Barolo...

This Philly Burger Will Set You Back $700

DBG eatery is hawking the 'Gold Standard' cheeseburger for that price

(Newser) - Visitors to a Philadelphia burger bar might want to pay attention to the menu prices —one new cheeseburger at DBG will set them back $700. NBC10 explains: The "Gold Standard" burger includes 8 ounces of Japanese wagyu beef, aged Irish cheddar, plus caviar, black truffle, and lobster that'...

Grenade Found in Grandfather's Things Kills a Man

Someone in the Indiana home reportedly pulled the pin

(Newser) - A family that was parsing through a grandfather's belongings at an Indiana home on Saturday night made a find that ended up being a fatal one. Police say a hand grenade was discovered in the grandfather's things in a home located in the Lakes of the Four Seasons...

3-Year-Old Shoots Two, Including Murder Suspect

Strange incident took place in Indiana

(Newser) - A toddler accidentally shot and injured two people in Indiana—which inadvertently helped police arrest a man wanted for murder. Police in Lafayette say a 3-year-old child somehow gained access to a gun and shot two people inside an apartment on Thursday, one of whom was his mother, 21-year-old Jalynn...

2 People Just Got Themselves Banned From Disney World

Brawl started with a member of one group asking another group to move

(Newser) - Two people have been banned from "the most magical place on earth" after getting in a physical altercation over taking photos there. At the Walt Disney World resort's Magic Kingdom, a member of a family was posing for a picture in front of a Disney Co. 100th anniversary...

Cops' Post on Wanted Felon Gets a Surprise Comment

Ohio's Tanner Rhinehart responded to post alerting public to his own arrest warrant

(Newser) - Ohio police turned to Facebook in an effort to track down a wanted man, only to have the man reply with a taunt. "Y'all almost had [me] the other day you gotta be quicker than that," 20-year-old Tanner Rhinehart commented Monday in response to a notice from...

7-Year-Old Gets Caught in Dust Devil During Baseball Game

17-year-old umpire Aidan Wiles rescues Bauer Zoya in odd phenomenon in Jacksonville, Florida

(Newser) - A young baseball player in Florida got quite the scare over the weekend when he was caught up in what looked like a pint-size tornado of dust in the middle of the game. WPLG reports that 7-year-old Bauer Zoya, a catcher for the Ponte Vedra Sharks, was on a field...

Cops Rushed Toward Cries for Help. It Wasn't a Person
Cops Rushing Toward Person in
Distress Get Quite the Surprise
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Cops Rushing Toward Person in Distress Get Quite the Surprise

Goat was making humanlike sounds that sent Oklahoma police officers into a panic

(Newser) - Two police officers in Oklahoma got quite the surprise earlier this week while coming to the aid of what they thought was a person in distress. CBS News reports that the Enid Police Department's David Sneed and Neal Storey responded Monday to a call reporting someone crying for help,...

Bizarre Mystery Finds Cows Sliced With 'Apparent Precision'
Bizarre Mystery Finds Cows
Sliced With 'Apparent Precision'

Bizarre Mystery Finds Cows Sliced With 'Apparent Precision'

Similar cow deaths have been described for decades, with no concrete answers

(Newser) - Seven cows have been found dead with surgical-like cuts across three Texas counties in recent weeks, adding to a larger unsolved mystery of cattle mutilation dating back decades, per the Guardian . In a April 19 statement , the Madison County Sheriff's Office described the discovery of a cow with "...

New Jersey's Pasta Mystery Remains Unsolved
New Jersey's Pasta Mystery
Has Been Solved

New Jersey's Pasta Mystery Has Been Solved

Neighbors say a man dumped dry pasta in the woods while cleaning out his late mother's house

(Newser) - It appears the mysterious New Jersey pasta dump has been solved. Neighbors tell that a Ring security camera captured a man cleaning out piles and piles of uncooked pasta from his mother's home in Old Bridge after she died. “There was so much of it, he...

Hawaii Tourists Follow GPS Straight Into Harbor

They were rescued, uninjured

(Newser) - Here's your annual PSA reminding you that you can't always trust your GPS: Two tourists trying to find a manta ray tour on the big island Saturday night followed their GPS straight into the water. They had to be rescued after their Dodge Caravan went down the boat...

Huge Swarm of Bees on Plane Wing Delays Flight

Eventually they left after plane started up engine

(Newser) - This is the kind of situation for which the term "yikes" was invented: A Delta Air Lines flight was delayed Wednesday due to a huge swarm of bees that gathered on one of the plane's wings. The flight was supposed to depart Houston for Atlanta at 12:25pm...

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