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If You're in This State, Look Out for Falling Iguanas

Cold spell in Florida is sending the lizards into dormant state, leading to this odd phenomenon

(Newser) - George Romero did Night of the Living Dead; the Sunshine State is doing Day of the Falling Iguana. In a story that's prompted USA Today to insist "we're not making this up," the large lizards are reacting to a recent cold spell in the South in... More »

16 Hours, 27.4K Rolls of TP, and a Possible World Record

Michigan high school's robotics team hopes Guinness OKs world's tallest toilet paper pyramid

(Newser) - When Maxton Herst was a freshman at Michigan's Bullock Creek High School, he left YouTube on autoplay one day, and one of the videos that popped up showed something that piqued his interest: the world's tallest toilet-paper pyramid. Per MLive.com , he brought up the idea with fellow... More »

Goop's Latest: $75 Candle That 'Smells Like My Vagina'

'Geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes'—really?

(Newser) - Keep up, Yankee Candle—Gwyneth Paltrow is at the forefront of waxy odors. Via her lifestyle brand, Goop, Paltrow has a new product out in what the Daily Dot calls her "catalog of absurdities": a $75 "This Smells Like My Vagina" candle. And what, exactly, does Gwyneth's... More »

Before Miami's Super Bowl, a Massive Snake Hunt

'Python Bowl' participants to hunt down invasive Burmese pythons for cash and prizes

(Newser) - Miami's upcoming Super Bowl will mean death for dozens of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades—and wildlife officials say that's a good thing. The game's organizing committee is working with Florida to promote the Python Bowl, a 10-day contest that began Friday that will give out... More »

Should Bengals, Browns Fans Qualify for Medical Pot?

Ohio board will actually consider the question

(Newser) - Live in the state of Ohio? Suffer from lupus, insomnia, or being a Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns fan? You could soon qualify for a medical marijuana prescription, even for the latter "condition"—if the State Medical Board of Ohio approves its inclusion on the "eligible" list,... More »

Police: Man Choked Girlfriend Who Griped About Smelly Farts

Christopher Ragsdale has been charged with assault

(Newser) - A Texas man accused of choking and headbutting his girlfriend because she complained about the smell of his flatulence has been jailed on an assault charge, police said. Officers in Wichita Falls, Texas, responded to a home on Sunday afternoon following a report that Christopher Ragsdale had assaulted his girlfriend,... More »

Owners of Trashed Home: Why Couldn't It Have Been a Raccoon?

Georgia couple's insurance doesn't cover squirrel damage

(Newser) - A Georgia couple returned from vacation late last month to find an intruder had visited nearly every room in the home they'd inhabited for only a week. That intruder—responsible for a running faucet, feces on the furniture, and wood chips across the floor—turned out to be a... More »

Naked Man Bites Dog. Yes, in Florida

And yes, police say there was meth involved

(Newser) - If your idea of a good time involves meth, mangled attempts at bird calls, running around in your birthday suit until the law gets called, and then becoming an old headline-writing cliche, well, we bring you the case of Donald Watts, who, yes, is from Florida. As Action News Jax... More »

In Small NC Town, No More NYE Possum Drop

Town of Andrews finally gives up controversial practice after years of backlash

(Newser) - A longtime New Year's Eve tradition in North Carolina appears to have finally come to a close. The Wall Street Journal reports that, after years of protests by animal rights activists, the town of Andrews won't carry out its holiday "Possum Drop," in which a live... More »

Even More Xmas Day Tragedy for George Michael's Family

Sister Melanie Panayiotou dies at age 55 on 3-year anniversary of pop star's death

(Newser) - Christmas will never feel the same again for George Michael's family after the pop star died on that day in 2016 at the age of 53. Now, even more tragedy associated with the holiday for the Panayiotou clan: Melanie Panayiotou, the 55-year-old sister of the singer (birth name: Georgios... More »

He Crashed His Lamborghini. His Snowman Suit Didn't Help

UK soccer star Michail Antonio was not injured in strange incident

(Newser) - It wasn't your usual car accident: For starters, it involved a UK soccer star named Michail Antonio. It also involved a Lamborghini—Antonio's, which he accidentally drove into a small shed and possibly a garden wall outside a family home in London on Christmas Day, reports ESPN . But... More »

Couple Hears 'Prowler,' Calls 911, Ends Up Embarrassed

It was their new robotic vacuum

(Newser) - A North Carolina couple called 911 on their own vacuum. As WGHP-TV explains, the couple in Forsyth County was awakened on Christmas night by what they thought was a prowler downstairs. As it turns out, their new robot vacuum had somehow started up, then proceeded to get stuck and start... More »

Mysterious Green Ooze on Michigan Highway Identified

From an unlicensed hazardous-waste site whose owner is behind bars

(Newser) - If anyone who's ever seen The Blob was driving along Michigan's I-696 on Friday, alarm would've been a natural reaction to the sight on the side of the highway about a half-mile from the Macomb-Oakland county line. The Detroit Free Press reports a sludgy greenish-yellow substance was... More »

Multimillionaire Invites 10 People to Come Live in 'Paradise'

Karl Reipen places ad regarding his New Zealand estate

(Newser) - Looking to permanently while away your days overlooking the Tasman Sea and sipping on vino while watching "nice animals" with other "nice people"? Karl Reipen wants to hear from you. The Guardian reports the German multimillionaire has placed an ad seeking 10 people up to age 70... More »

Falling Debris Kills Woman Near One of NYC's Busiest Corners

The 60-year-old suffered head trauma

(Newser) - A second harrowing story involving a New York City sidewalk is making headlines today: A 60-year-old woman was killed by a falling piece of building debris around 10:45am Tuesday as she walked in Manhattan. An NYPD rep says she suffered head trauma. Time reports the incident occurred on West... More »

Police Found the Dead Woman, Then Looked in Her Freezer

Police stumble upon an odd case in Tooele, Utah

(Newser) - Utah police responding to a welfare-check request on Nov. 22 discovered a 75-year-old woman dead in the Tooele apartment. Then they found the other body—in fetal position in a chest freezer, reports KUTV . It turned out to be that of Jeanne Souron-Mathers' husband, Paul Mathers, who police discovered was... More »

She Scolded His Parking, 3 Years of Stalking Followed

Frank Abbott Sweeney, 76, is sentenced to 51 months

(Newser) - If a 4-year sentence for sending some harassing postcards sounds overly harsh, consider the case of Frank Abbott Sweeney. The 76-year-old Boise, Idaho, man was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to six counts of stalking, and the Statesman reports it all began with a... More »

Octopus Filmed Trying to Drown Bald Eagle

Both animals survive thanks to BC fish farmers

(Newser) - It was bald eagle vs. octopus in what was likely to be a battle to the death. Then a group of Canadians intervened. The salmon farmers were on the water near Quatsino, BC, at the northwest tip of Vancouver Island on Monday when they heard "a lot of splashing... More »

The 'Birds Have Hats On, Bro!'

Odd sighting of pigeons wearing tiny cowboy hats is latest mystery in Las Vegas

(Newser) - "Who did this?" That's the question KTNV is posing after a "witness" spotted a group of pigeons hanging out near a dumpster in Las Vegas, which normally wouldn't be of note—except a couple of the birds were wearing miniature cowboy hats. Bobby Lee was the... More »

That Famous Love, Actually Scene Now Stars Boris Johnson

His message is about Brexit and voting Conservative, though, not about love

(Newser) - Either because we've seen the real deal or parodies of it, most of us are familiar with what Mashable calls "the creepiest scene" from the 2003 movie Love, Actually, where the character played by Andrew Lincoln whips through a stack of cue cards proclaiming his love for the... More »

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