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Out-of-Control Exotic Cat Found Roaming NJ Streets

African Savannah cat had to be tranquilized

(Newser) - Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets, the AP reports. Officials say residents called Animal Control to report the cat Thursday morning. Animal Control says officers arrived and were forced to tranquilize the animal because it was out of control. The... More »

Student Discovers Ride-Sharing With Gators Not Legal in Maine

Or keeping gators at all without a permit, as taxi passenger finds out

(Newser) - A cab driver transporting a college student in Maine discovered he had five other surprise passengers: a handful of baby alligators. Per CentralMaine.com , Frank Folsom says on Tuesday he picked up a 20-year-old IDed as Yifan Sun, a student from China who's studying at the University of Maine... More »

Campus to Hold Funeral for Beloved Squirrel

White-tailed squirrel was said to bring good luck

(Newser) - Spying a glimpse of his snowy white behind was said to bring luck, a good grade on a tough exam, or even just a fun weekend. With news of his death on Monday, the University of Houston plunged into grief, the Houston Chronicle reports. Emotional tributes poured in on social... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking Toxic Tea in SF

Yu-Ping Xie had been hospitalized for weeks

(Newser) - A medicinal tea apparently had the opposite effect on a San Francisco woman, who died Saturday after weeks in critical condition. Yu-Ping Xie, 56, initially fell ill in February after consuming a medicinal tea blend she'd purchased from Sun Wing Wo Trading Co. in San Francisco's Chinatown. Within... More »

High-Stakes Mystery at Ohio Library Involves 30 A1 Bottles

Everyone wants to know who's been hiding them around the building since January

(Newser) - Would you like the latest George Saunders book medium rare or well done? That may sound like a strange request, but no stranger than what's been going on since January at an Ohio library. Per Cleveland.com , staff at Avon Lake's book lender have been scratching their heads... More »

Zoo Sues, Says Racy Ad Traumatized Its Raccoon

Lawsuit complains of 'erotica' over topless model

(Newser) - A Moscow zoo is suing an advertising company for misuse of one of its animals. The bizarre claim? That the company used a raccoon from the zoo in an "erotic" ad and traumatized it. Officials at the Animals Aren't Toys zoo say Tomas the raccoon returned from the... More »

Found in Piano: 'Life-Changing' Amount of Gold Coins

UK authorities are seeking the owner

(Newser) - British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money found stashed inside a piano, the AP reports. A coroner investigating the find on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward. When the piano's owners took it... More »

Judge Denies Fart Lawsuit Supplied by Pork Roll Employee

Lawsuit claimed employee was fired for farting too much

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed by a woman in defense of her farting husband was full of beans, according to a judge, who tossed the suit earlier this year. Louann Clem filed the lawsuit after her husband was fired from the Case Pork Roll Co. in New Jersey, allegedly for farting too... More »

Nude Man Looking for Wishing Well Falls Into Sandwich Shop

He had to be removed by rescue workers

(Newser) - Rescue workers had to remove part of a wall to pull a naked man out of a sandwich shop where he spent the night trapped inside a narrow passage, the AP reports. According to KRON , a construction crew arriving at a job site Tuesday in Napa, California, heard faint calls... More »

Hot New Trend: Jindows?

Yes, that's jeans with windows

(Newser) - If the fear of a chilly breeze has prevented you from donning holey jeans, Topshop has just the thing: "Clear Knee Mom Jeans." As the name suggests, the jeans being sold for $95 on Nordstrom's website feature rectangular patches of clear plastic over the knees—because, fashion.... More »

Substitute Vomits in Class, Then Cop Looks in Her Purse

Judith Richards-Gartee was allegedly drinking boxed wine at 9:45am

(Newser) - A substitute teacher was found throwing up at South Carolina's Brookland-Cayce High School, but a stomach bug wasn't to blame. Judith Richards-Gartee has been charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly drinking boxed wine in her classroom. Administrators say they found the 52-year-old vomiting and incapable of standing when... More »

Inside the Mystery of the 'Phoenix Lights'

The official explanation is a military exercise, but...

(Newser) - Two decades after mysterious lights were seen in the sky above Phoenix, the so-called "Phoenix Lights" are still confounding—and controversial. On March 13, 1997, many people saw the lights; some theorized they were from military flares or hot air balloons, while others suspected extraterrestrial beings. The story has... More »

He Fell 47 Stories and Lived—and He Still Isn't Sure How

Alcides Moreno says he survived to raise his new son

(Newser) - Some say the window washing platform surfed the air. Others, including a rep for the New York City Fire Department, suspect "a higher hand was in control." Even Alcides Moreno isn't sure how he survived a 47-story fall from Manhattan's Solow Building on Dec. 7, 2007.... More »

You Can Buy a Castle Where Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn Slept

Slept for about a week-and-a-half, that is

(Newser) - If you’re looking for a castle with a vineyard, a kitchen garden, and oodles of curb appeal, Thornbury Castle should be on your list. So long as you can foot the $10 million asking price , that is. The 16th-century castle's early decades weren't exactly smooth ones. Construction... More »

Lawyer's Pants Catch Fire During Arson Trial

Florida attorney argued that client's car spontaneously combusted

(Newser) - Jurors trying to assess the truthfulness of defense lawyer Stephen Gutierrez's closing arguments in an arson trial Wednesday may have been dismayed to notice that his pants were literally on fire. Witnesses say the lawyer had to flee the Miami courtroom with smoke billowing from his pocket, the Miami ... More »

Tossing Coins for Good Luck Has Unfortunate Side Effect

A sea turtle ended up with an 11-pound ball of coins in her stomach

(Newser) - Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins. Veterinarians in Bangkok operated Monday on the 25-year-old female green sea turtle nicknamed "Bank," whose indigestible diet was... More »

Peeps Oreos Have Rather Unfortunate Side Effects

In other words, 'bright pink' poop

(Newser) - The latest cream flavor to come out of something called "the Oreo Wonder Vault" has consumers wondering why their poop suddenly looks like it could've come from a unicorn. Two weeks ago, Oreo released a limited edition of its cookie with a vanilla shell and a filling flavored... More »

This Might Be the Most Unusual Little Island on the Planet

Pheasant Island is the subject of a centuries-old custody arrangement

(Newser) - There's a tiny island on the border between France and Spain where it is possible to go to sleep in one country, not move an inch, and wake up in the other. Well, it would be possible if it were legal to visit the island, but alas, at less... More »

Cops Claim Jiu-Jitsu Is Illegal, Threaten to Arrest Kids in Canada

Tournament postponed after police cite Criminal Code

(Newser) - For almost a decade, the annual Canadian championship in Brazilian jiu-jitsu has gone off without a hitch. That changed this past weekend when officials called off the event at the last minute upon discovering that it was illegal in the eyes of police. In a Facebook post on Saturday, a... More »

Internet Really Ready for Arrival of 150-Pound Baby

Baby giraffe, that is

(Newser) - After 15 months gestation, giraffes are born hooves first, weighing about 150 pounds. And the internet is really, really ready for April's baby to be born. Harpursville, New York's Animal Adventure Park's giraffe live stream has picked up steam on YouTube —minus a brief incident in... More »

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