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This Would be the Weirdest $10K You'd Ever Make

Tushy will pay someone to use a bidet for 3 months

(Newser) - Those interested in making $10,000 over the summer for executing a basic bodily function will need to act fast: Tuesday is the last day the bathroom product company Tushy is accepting applications for its position of VP of Fecal Matters. The title is jokey, but the duties are straightforward... More »

A Real-Life Ninja? One Guy Is Close

A Japanese university has its first graduate in a ninja program

(Newser) - Ninjas are the stuff of lore in Japan, not to mention Hollywood. But now a 45-year-old Japanese man can lay claim to being the closest thing to an actual ninja in the modern world. Genichi Mitsuhashi is the first person to complete a rigorous master's program in the ninja... More »

Guy Explains How He Won a $4M Lottery, Again

Mark Clark says 'everything is pretty amazing right now'

(Newser) - How does he do it? For the second time, a southeastern Michigan man has won a $4 million lottery game, officials said this week. Mark Clark of South Rockwood scratched a ticket with a coin that was given to him by his late father about 10 years ago, the AP... More »

Goldman Sachs Has New Font, With a Weird Catch

License says you can't criticize company using the new Goldman Sans typeface

(Newser) - Much as the first rule of Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club, the first rule of using the new Goldman Sachs font is ... not to talk about Goldman Sachs disparagingly using the Goldman Sachs font. Per the Verge , the new "Goldman Sans" typeface can be used... More »

In Australia, Weird Case of a Cargo Ship Stowaway

31-year-old allegedly planned to flee Australia

(Newser) - It was almost a great plan. Officials say a man who's the subject of an Australian sexual assault case hatched a plan to stow away on a ship that was bound for Malaysia—and he reportedly managed to successfully conceal himself for two days. CNN reports that on Saturday... More »

Item in Post Office Scare Turns Out to Be a Delicacy

Six were hospitalized in Germany over stinky durian fruit

(Newser) - The package smelled so bad that postal workers thought it might be a chemical weapon. A full complement of police and medical units descended on the facility in Schweinfurt, Germany, where a dozen workers needed medical care, reports CNN . Six of them ended up in the hospital. But when authorities... More »

Strange 'Fifth' Form of Matter Is Created in Space

Scientists probe quantum physics on the International Space Station

(Newser) - Strange things are happening inside a box on the International Space Station. Physicists are using the box—called the Cold Atom Lab—to generate a quantum state of matter that could help unlock a few secrets of the universe, LiveScience reports. Called Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), the matter is basically a... More »

Rob Lowe Is Pals With a Supreme Court Justice

Who knew?

(Newser) - They say Hollywood is all about connections. And then there's Rob Lowe—who's got a friend in an even higher place, the Albany Herald reports. "It could be Brat Pack people, it could be West Wing people, Parks and Rec people," Lowe said recently about guests... More »

Guy Fined for Farting 'With Full Intent' at Police

'Our colleagues don't like to be farted at so much'

(Newser) - A man in Vienna has been fined $565 for breaking wind loudly in front of police—a move that the Austrian capital's police force was at pains to defend on Tuesday. The Oesterreich newspaper reported that the fine stemmed from an incident on June 5 and that the offender... More »

Feds: EBay Staff Sent Roaches, Pig Fetus to Critical Couple

6 former employees charged in scheme to harass newsletter staff

(Newser) - Six former employees of eBay were so "enraged" over a newsletter for eBay sellers that they sent the authors a pile of horrible stuff, including live cockroaches and spiders, a preserved pig fetus, and a bloody pig-face mask, say federal authorities. Involvement in the scheme to "emotionally and... More »

Switzerland Seeks Owner of Gold Left on Train

Somebody walked off a train last fall and left $200K in gold behind

(Newser) - Authorities in Switzerland are trying to locate a person who left more than six pounds of gold on a train and apparently didn't miss it. Police say the gold, worth almost $200,000, was left in a parcel on a train between St. Gallen and Lucerne last October, the... More »

9 Years of Unwanted Pizza Deliveries Driving Man Crazy

Jean Van Landeghem says he cringes at the sound of a scooter

(Newser) - It's a good problem to have—until it isn't. The Brussels Times has the odd story of Jean Van Landeghem, a 65-year-old man living in Turnhout, Belgium, who has for the last nine years been getting pizzas he hasn't ordered. The orders come at all hours (that... More »

As Docs Operated on Her Brain, She Stuffed 90 Olives

Woman prepares classic Italian snack in under an hour while surgeons removed brain tumor

(Newser) - Playing instruments while your brain is getting operated on is so last decade . Ask "Donna," who recently whipped up a traditional Italian snack while surgeons were removing a tumor from her left temporal lobe. The BBC and ABC News report that the 2.5-hour procedure took place recently... More »

Eccentric's Treasure Chest Is Finally Found

Forrest Fenn said it contained over $1M in gold and other goodies

(Newser) - A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to a famed art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt . Forrest Fenn, 89, told the Santa Fe New ... More »

Last Pension Tied to Civil War Has Been Paid Out

Irene Triplett, last child of Civil War veteran getting a pension, has died at 90

(Newser) - The word "mind-bending" features in the Wall Street Journal 's obituary on Irene Triplett and her place in history, with good reason. The 90-year-old died Sunday in a Wilkesboro, NC, nursing home, bringing an end to the final pension that had been paid out in connection with the... More »

Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

Porn Star Arrested in Deadly Toad Venom Case

Nacho Vidal is manslaughter suspect after photographer dies after reported shamanic ritual

(Newser) - Last July, fashion photographer Jose Luis Abad died in Spain after authorities say he inhaled vapors from toad venom during a shamanic ritual. Now, the Guardian and BBC report three people have been arrested, including a porn star who hawks penis-shaped candles on Twitter . Nacho Vidal (real name: Ignacio Jorda... More »

There's a New Twist in the Tiger King Saga

Judge gives control of the Okla. zoo once owned by 'Joe Exotic' to his foe Carole Baskin

(Newser) - Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage's worst nightmare—other than landing in prison, which is where he already is—just came true. Per the Hollywood Reporter , Carole Baskin, depicted as the archenemy of "Joe Exotic" in Netflix's Tiger King, has been awarded his former zoo in Wynnewood, Okla., after a... More »

Scientists Didn't Expect This on the Ocean Floor

The 'Dumbo' octopus just defied expectations

(Newser) - Imagine going deep underwater, spotting strange creatures in the dark—and making a first-ever find. That's what researchers say happened when they spotted a so-called "Dumbo" octopus on the Indian Ocean floor for the first time, Science Times reports. The white cephalopod, named after Disney's Dumbo for... More »

Wolverine Sighting Almost Too Rare to Be Believed

Woman thankfully snapped a photo of animal on Pacific coast beach

(Newser) - There are thought to be only 300 wolverines in the US and less than 20 in Washington state, where the elusive animals are generally limited to the Cascades mountain range, reports CNN . That's probably why state wildlife officials struggled to believe a woman's claim that she saw a... More »

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