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Blogger Dies in Accident Involving Whipped Cream Device

She was hit by exploding cream dispenser

(Newser) - A popular fitness and lifestyle blogger is dead after a whipped cream dispenser exploded. French blogger Rebecca Burger, 32, was on Sunday struck in the chest by a piece of the device, which injects gas into a metal container to create a high-pressure environment, reports the BBC . As HuffPost puts... More »

Drinker Steals Bar's Prized Pickled Toe

'What a low-life,' saloon's 'toe captain' says

(Newser) - The key ingredient in one of the world's weirdest cocktails is missing and a saloon in Canada's Yukon Territory wants it back. The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City says the Mounties are investigating the theft of a pickled human toe served in its "Sourtoe Cocktail," the... More »

2 Teens in Paris Accidentally Spend 3 Days With 6M Dead

Boys are fine after getting lost in the catacombs

(Newser) - Two teenage boys were safe and sound Wednesday after spending three cold, dark, and no doubt harrowing days lost in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. According to the BBC , the two boys, ages 16 and 17, were rescued early Wednesday following a four-hour effort by search teams with... More »

17 People Pooped On at Disneyland

The crappiest place on earth?

(Newser) - The happiest place on earth didn't exactly live up to its name for 17 guests Friday night. The 11 adults and six juveniles were hit with fecal matter at Disneyland, and initial reports came in that someone might have thrown it at them, causing a hazmat team to respond,... More »

Neighbor's Choice of Road Material Brings Stink, Maggots

And Rhode Island residents aren't happy about it

(Newser) - Crushed seashells are one of the best surfaces for making paths and driveways on your property, according to this helpful landscaping website . But some Rhode Islanders are learning the hard way it's ideal if the shells are cleaned first. Residents in Tiverton say a neighbor recently dumped thousands of... More »

Police May Have Answer to Perplexing SOS Message

A man called them to say his brother constructed it in 2013

(Newser) - It had police scratching their heads—and wondering if they should be searching for missing persons: an SOS message spotted by helicopter in a part of Western Australia so remote the nearest city of note is more than 600 miles away. Now police may have their answer, thanks in no... More »

Guy Struck by Lightning While Sitting at Desk

He says he's 'just happy to be alive'

(Newser) - A New York business owner says he's "just happy to be alive" after being struck by lightning while sitting at his office desk, the AP reports. Nick Gemayel tells WHEC-TV in Rochester he was inside his auto repair shop on Monday when severe thunderstorms rolled across the area.... More »

Peacock Racks Up $500 Bill at Liquor Store

It did not want to leave

(Newser) - A female peacock has ruffled more than just feathers at a Los Angeles-area liquor store. Without a peep, the peahen strutted into the open door of the Royal Oaks Liquor Store in Arcadia on Monday. Store manager and college senior Rani Ghanem said he didn't even know it was... More »

Yes, That's a Tornado in This Lawnmowing Photo

'I was keeping an eye on it,' says Theunis Wessels of Alberta

(Newser) - Listen, that lawn isn't going to mow itself, tornado or no tornado. A photo of a man in Alberta, Canada, taking care of his lawn chore with a twister in the background has gone viral, reports UPI . Cecelia Wessels posted it to Facebook with the caption, "My beast... More »

Odd W.Va. Rescue: Truckload of Abandoned Pigs

Driver tells officials he went for a walk, lost track of time as 165 'panting' pigs sat in sun

(Newser) - A truckload of pigs wasn't ready to become bacon, despite being parked in the hot sun for hours in West Virginia. Bystanders called the fire department Friday after spotting 165 "panting pigs" in a seemingly abandoned tractor-trailer outside a Long John Silver restaurant. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that... More »

In an Unexplored Abyss, Faceless Fish Swim

The creature was first dredged up in the 1870s

(Newser) - It was first dredged up in 1870s off Papua New Guinea, and now scientists say they've hauled one up from the deep once again: a so-called faceless fish. The AFP reports on the scientific bounty collected two weeks into a month-long expedition off the eastern side of Australia, where... More »

Weed Whacker Sparks Fire in Ritzy Part of Los Angeles

5 homes evacuated in Brentwood

(Newser) - More than 150 firefighters battled a 30-acre brush fire on a Los Angeles hillside on Sunday that investigators said was sparked by a weed whacker, the AP reports. The fire, which triggered the evacuation of five homes, broke out on a steep chaparral-covered hillside of Mandeville Canyon above Brentwood and... More »

'There's a Shark in My Boat!' Fisherman Gets Big Surprise

The 440-pound visitor was nearly 9 feet long

(Newser) - An Australian fisherman was nearly the catch of the day when a great white shark leaped into his boat. Terry Selwood, 73, was moored off New South Wales on Saturday afternoon when the 440-pound, 9-foot uninvited guest landed in his 15-foot boat. "I caught a blur of something,"... More »

Woman Sues Candymaker for Its Sugar-Filled Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly's response: This is 'nonsense'

(Newser) - Most people know that jelly beans contain sugar. A California woman, however, says she was left in the dark and now wants retribution. Jessica Gomez says she purchased Jelly Belly's Sport Beans—advertised as a supplement for carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins—believing the candy had a lot less sugar... More »

Judge to Defendant: No, You Can't Juggle at Trial

'The keystone to his defense is: He's literally a clown'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts judge has denied a man's request to juggle during his trial to show jurors he was just clowning around when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store. "The keystone to his defense is: He's literally a clown," Orlando Melendez wrote of himself in... More »

Driver Pulled Over by Cop Finds Out About Surprise Passenger

A man who'd apparently passed out on his trunk and gone for 14-mile ride

(Newser) - Perhaps Carl Webb was expecting to hear that he had a broken taillight, or that he'd been speeding. Instead, the police officer who pulled him over on a Memphis interstate Thursday had this to say, per FOX13 : "I'm not messing with you. There's a body on... More »

Australia Behind Latest Hipster Coffee Drink

Introducing the avocado latte

(Newser) - We don't anticipate Keurig coming out with guacamole pods anytime soon, so in the meantime, we'll have to make do with a new concoction brewed up by Australia's Truman Cafe. That concoction, per BuzzFeed , is the avolatte, or avocado latte, which is pretty much exactly what it... More »

Woman Bugged by Cops' Reaction to Thermos of Semen

Felicia Nevins called cops fearing it might explode, isn't happy about the publicity

(Newser) - A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode. Felicia Nevins sought the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's help after she forgot to remove a rubber O-ring from the container,... More »

Hapless Snail's Quest to Mate Thwarted, Again

Jeremy the left-curling snail's 2 potential mates turned to each other, snubbed him

(Newser) - Meet Jeremy. He's looking for love but his genitalia are tough to access—and yes this is a PG-rated story. As NPR reports, the rare left-curling snail's story surfaced last fall when scientists at the University of Nottingham made a public bid to find other left-curling snails with... More »

Swedish Workers Just Got Bad News About Their Sex Lives

Proposal to subsidize one hour of sex per week in Overtornea shot down

(Newser) - Finding the right work-life balance is always a challenge. But in Overtornea, Sweden, residents are going to have to have sex on their own time, just like everywhere else. The New York Times reports a 31-member town council on Monday voted down a local pol's proposal to grant the... More »

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