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Man Buys Identical Lottery Tickets and Wins Twice

2 tickets, 2 jackpots

(Newser) - A North Carolina man is feeling very lucky...for being so forgetful. Per CNN , 49-year-old Scotty Thomas bought one of the state's Lucky for Life tickets online for $2 but later couldn't recall whether he'd done so or not. “I was just laying in bed watching...

Goat Steals Files From Government Office

Hilarity ensued

(Newser) - A goat in India was recently caught on camera doing all it could to cut through bureaucratic red tape. In a move anyone who's ever had to get in line to retrieve government documents might call heroic, the ungulate entered the Panchayat Secretary office in Chaubepur, Kanpur on Wednesday...

Homeowner's Attempt to Smoke Out Snakes Torches Home

At least they got rid of the snakes

(Newser) - A Maryland homeowner's Nov. 23 attempt to use smoke to dispense with a snake infestation was incredibly successful--but they managed to get rid of most of their house, as well. Per Fox 5 DC , Montgomery County fire officials said the owner of the home in the Poolesville area apparently...

Shellshocked Docs Call Bomb Squad for Man With Ordnance in Rectum

Memorabilia collector says he slipped and fell

(Newser) - A man went to an emergency room in Gloucester, England, with a WWII artillery shell lodged in his rectum. To be clear, it was a recent acquisition and hadn’t been there since WWII. The man said he “slipped and fell” and instead of skinned knee somehow wound up...

Wriggling Surprise Lurked Under California Home

Reptile rescuer pulled nearly 100 rattlesnakes out of house's foundation

(Newser) - The number of snakes under a California house was a surprise to everyone, even the snake wrangler hired to deal with them. “I found a total of 92 rattlesnakes under that house—I was tickled pink,” Al Wolf, also the director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue, told KGO...

Sheriff Spends 2 Weeks in Jail, Gives It a 5-Star Review

Mike Blakely, convicted on ethics charges, says the food is great

(Newser) - In the tech world, when a company requires workers to use the products it makes, it’s called eating your own dog food. Well, an Alabama sheriff who once ran the Limestone County jail is eating his own jail food. And he loves it, the AP reports. Mike Blakely praised...

Freak Winemaking Accident Kills 4 Family Members

A father, son, and pair of brothers were overcome by carbon dioxide in Italy

(Newser) - Four men from the same family all died in a freak winemaking accident in Paola, Italy, Saturday as one went in after another trying to save each other. The men had gathered to transfer vats of grape juice fermenting into oak barrels. The fermentation process produces a lot of carbon...

Plane 'Encountered' Bird, Burst Into Flames at Takeoff

Spirit Airlines passengers and crew are fine after bird strike Saturday evening

(Newser) - Everyone says the hard part is landing. Well, some people say the hard part is the time spent shoeless in the TSA line. But nobody ever says the hard part is when you’re almost off the ground when a bird strikes the planes engine, which catches fire, ends your...

A Ninja Attacked Army Special Ops Unit With a Sword

It was reportedly a katana

(Newser) - Some odd reports out of California are painting a bizarre picture of an attack on a US Army special operations unit--by a ninja. Or at least a man dressed as one. Per NPR , members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment were training at the Inyokern Airport in Kern County...

Photographer/Barrel Racer Says State Took His Opossum

Boudoir portrait photographer and social media star is worried about his 'baby'

(Newser) - A barrel racer, boudoir photographer, social media star, and unofficial wildlife rehabber is pleading for the life of his "baby," a 4-year-old opossum with a bone disease. To be clear, that’s all one person. The person is Matt Mathews. The opossum is Donovan. Saying it's a...

Injured Mystery Woman Found in Croatia Is Identified

She was alone on an outcropping of rock too sharp to walk on

(Newser) - Update: The mystery woman found on a Croatian island has been identified as Daniela or Dana Adamcova, a Slovakian 57-year-old who formerly worked as a jewelry designer and lived in the US. The Guardian notes she was identified by friends who caught wind of the story and saw her photo....

Boston's 'Skinny House' Hits Market For $1.2M
'Skinny House'
Fetches a Fat Price

'Skinny House' Fetches a Fat Price

Famed Boston house goes for $1.25M

(Newser) - Update: The Skinny House went for more than asking. The Boston home sold for $1.25 million, $50,000 above its listing price, per the AP . The home “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week," says real estate agency...

Subway Worker Suspended After Fending Off Robber

Owner suggested she leaked video

(Newser) - An employee at an Illinois Subway sandwich restaurant who was the victim of an attempted robbery successfully fought off an armed robber but now she's the one being punished. Per WTVO , Araceli Sotelo was working alone at a Rockford location of the chain when a man entered and demanded...

Parents Tossed Son's $30K of Porn, Now They Must Pay

Judge ruled it wasn't their porn to destroy

(Newser) - A judge has ordered a western Michigan couple to pay $30,441 to their son for getting rid of his pornography collection, per the AP . US District Judge Paul Maloney's decision this week came eight months after David Werking, 43, won a lawsuit against his parents. He said they...

Japanese Macaque Shatters Monkey Glass Ceiling

Yakei, 9, bested her group's alpha and now gets to eat peanuts first

(Newser) - A monkey in Japan got first crack at some peanuts and made history. Yakei, a female macaque monkey at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden on Kyushu, is the alpha of a troop of 677 monkeys. When her troop let her eat peanuts put out by keepers at the park, it...

'Hero' Amazon Driver Kills Huge Spider

Texas woman made an unusual delivery request for her order

(Newser) - How do you handle a visit from a spider? Do you call her Charlotte and leave out snacks, catch and release, or nuke it from orbit—it’s the only way to be sure? A Tik Toker in Texas would prefer the latter approach. Gwen Sanchez got a little creative...

Be Careful What You Wish For When You Enter Hawaii Lottery

Lucky winners get stuck with a herd of invasive goats

(Newser) - Close your eyes. Picture you’re in Hawaii, on the Big Island. You’ve entered a lottery. You won! What do you want? A dream vacation? A luxury car? A mansion? How about a goat? An actual goat, not a Lebron-style GOAT. How about a wild goat that has invaded...

Jelly Doughnuts and Sardines Save Bear Stuck in a Tree

The young animal wandered into city and was likely startled by people

(Newser) - Jelly doughnuts and sardines are usually an either/or proposition. But in an emergency, they could be in the same meal. This was an emergency. A young bear, about a year and a half old, wandered out of the woods into North Carolina's capital city Monday night and was likely...

Two Attacked by Rabid Fox at Virginia Theme Park

The fox was captured and died shortly after the attack

(Newser) - Last week, two people were attacked by a rabid fox at a Virginia theme park. The fox was found quickly, and died not long after it was captured, per the Daily Press . The local health district advised that rabies is preventable and treatable and recommended people vaccinate their pets and...

Cleaning Out a Drawer Earns Man $1M
Cleaning Out a Drawer
Earns Man $1M

Cleaning Out a Drawer Earns Man $1M

Finding a months-old winning lottery ticket is a nice reward for doing chores

(Newser) - Cleaning out the junk drawer, like virtue, is supposed to be its own reward. But a million bucks would be nice, too. Kenneth Morgan of Jacksonville, Florida, was tidying up over the Fourth of July weekend when he found an old lottery ticket, UPI reports. He’d bought the winner...

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