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Man Pulled Over With Dead Wife in Passenger Seat

'Cause why stop the road trip?

(Newser) - A 70-year-old man told police his wife died on a road trip, so he strapped her in their car's passenger seat and continued on. The explanation came Monday as Rodney Puckett of Oklahoma was pulled over for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in Arizona, reports the Arizona Republic... More »

Mystery of Failing Key Fobs Is Finally Solved

For weeks, neighbors couldn't figure out what was going on

(Newser) - Residents of the small Ohio city of North Olmsted had a strange mystery on their hands for weeks: Their key fobs and garage door openers suddenly stopped working. It wasn't every key fob every time, but it was happening enough to make clear that something screwy was going on,... More »

A Cop Asked a 'Standard' Question, Got a Gator for an Answer

Woman in traffic stop pulled an alligator out of her pants, investigators say

(Newser) - Among the more routine questions a police officer might ask during a traffic stop: "Can I see your license and registration?," "Do you know how fast you were going?," and "Anything else?" A Florida woman responded to the third query Monday by making what Fox... More »

Marathon Guide Car Leads Runners Astray

As a result, Belfast race ended up being at least one-third of a mile too long

(Newser) - Marathons are tough. They're even tougher when the car guiding runners goes off course—twice—and makes the race longer than it should be. Organizers of the Belfast City Marathon are apologizing to runners after they say their route ended up being one-third of a mile too long because... More »

Luke Perry Got His Final Wish: Interment With Mushrooms

Specifically, he was laid to rest in a biodegradable 'mushroom burial suit,' per his daughter

(Newser) - There's been some confusion on whether Luke Perry was buried or cremated, and his daughter has apparently cleared that up, with an interesting detail thrown in. Per the Tennessean , Perry was interred in Tennessee (he'd owned a farm in Vanleer), and in an Instagram post over the weekend,... More »

His Neck Was Sore. What He Did for Relief Caused a Stroke

Oklahoma's Josh Hader suffered major stroke after neck-popping tore arteries

(Newser) - A sore neck that was nagging an Oklahoma man for weeks prompted him to try some stretching for relief—which led to an accidental popping of it, with unexpected and serious consequences. Josh Hader, 28, pressed down a little too hard on March 14 as he was applying his hand... More »

Indian Army Claims 'Photographic Evidence' of Yeti

Footprints reportedly spotted this month in Nepal

(Newser) - The Indian army claims it has "photographic evidence" of the mythical yeti. Members of the army's mountaineering expedition team snapped photos of what appear to be footprints near the base camp of Nepal's Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, on April 9. The decision... More »

Devastated at Being Dumped, She Made a 'Wacky' Decision

Melissa Denton took 6 months to plan a 'blowout' $5K wedding to marry ... herself

(Newser) - Melissa Denton concedes the decision she made in early 2018 after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend—which came on the tail of two divorces—was a "wacky" one. But, as the UK woman explains in an opinion piece for the Telegraph , "I needed to learn to love... More »

This 'Pointless' Bone Vanished From Humans. Now It's Back

Scientists thought evolution had taken its toll on knee's fabella, but it's making a comeback

(Newser) - One hundred years ago, just 11% of humans had a fabella, a tiny bone embedded in the tendon behind the knee. Last year, the percentage of people worldwide with that bone spiked to 39%, and scientists are trying to figure out why a bone that doctors generally think is "... More »

Someone Hacked These Scooters. Now They're Offending People

At least 8 Lime scooters in Brisbane, Australia, have been yanked for making sexual comments

(Newser) - Not your everyday electric scooter feature: a built-in voice-over that blurts out sexually charged and otherwise objectionable remarks. Gizmodo reports that's what some riders apparently got in Brisbane, Australia, where at least eight scooters from the transportation rental company Lime have already been yanked from circulation after someone hacked... More »

What the Heck? Theater Alters Film Name to Hide 'Profanity'

'Hellboy' is now 'Heckboy' on marquee of theater in Dickson, Tenn.

(Newser) - If you want to catch a screening of Hellboy at the Roxy 8 movie theater in Dickson, Tenn., you're out of luck. You will, however, be able to watch Heckboy. That's how the theater is billing Neil Marshall's R-rated film, a reboot of the 2004 superhero flick,... More »

Unexpected Find in Drug Bust: a Lookout Parrot

Parrot yelled, 'Mum, the police!' as Brazilian authorities closed in

(Newser) - Stool pigeons tell the police about criminals; parrots tell criminals about the police—or at least there's one that supposedly does in South America. Reaction online to a report out of Brazil's Piaui state is ranging from admiration to incredulity . There, police in the community of Vila Irma... More »

A Leg Fell Out of the Sky, Landed in Lumber Yard

Turns out it was from a skydiver

(Newser) - A worker at a northern California lumber yard was probably confused when he found a prosthetic leg on the ground Monday. Meanwhile, a man identified only as Dion was wondering where his prosthetic leg had gone after he lost it while skydiving from 10,000 feet in the air Sunday;... More »

Connecticut Just Had a Bizarre Political Challenge

2 sparring officials in Bridgeport agree to drug tests after exchanging insults

(Newser) - No surprise: The comments section on a political story online turned personal and nasty. Bigger surprise: The two combatants accusing each other of being on drugs were two local officials in Bridgeport, Conn.—City Councilman Ernie Newton and Board of Education member Maria Pereira, reports the Connecticut Post . And... More »

Fugitive Who Tired of Life on Sunny Island Turns Self In

'Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be'

(Newser) - A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, approached cops at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night... More »

Here's How Not to Spell 'School'

Florida road crew gets it wrong

(Newser) - A road crew in Florida should get an "F'' for spelling. A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, reports the AP , realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word "school" at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was... More »

'911, What's Your Emergency?' 'Can You Bring Me McDonald's?'

5-year-old boy really wanted some fast food, but grandma was sleeping

(Newser) - Sometimes you have a legit emergency and sometimes your emergency is a Big Mac attack. The latter was the case of Michigan 5-year-old Iziah Hall, who awoke early last Sunday really jonesing for some McDonald's, reports WZZM . The only problem was his grandmother was sleeping, so Iziah called 911... More »

Sweden Has an Odd Reality TV Show

You can watch elk crossing a river

(Newser) - The genre is called "slow TV," for good reason. Viewers in Sweden currently have the ability to watch live cams of a river in the hope that elk will be crossing, reports Radio Sweden . Broadcaster SVT has begun airing 24/7 footage of the Angermanalven river in Angermanland, site... More »

Someone Wants to Host 100-Person Fight to the Death

Except no one would actually die during the 3-day battle on a private island

(Newser) - It'll be a fight to the death on a private island—just without anyone actually dying. A listing on luxe shopping site Hush Hush spotted by IGN has generated some media attention due to its unusual nature. It seeks a "talented game maker" to design the arena for... More »

His Parents Threw Out All His Porn, and He's Suing

Indiana man is seeking $86K in damages

(Newser) - An Indiana man moved into his parents' home in Grand Haven, Mich., in 2016 after getting divorced. Ten months later he got his own place in Muncie, Indiana, but when his parents brought him his things, something was missing: 12 boxes of porn, which his father told him had been... More »

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