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Just One Teen on the Planet Aced This Test

Felix Zhang of Indiana apparently knows his calculus

(Newser) - On planet Earth, some 270,000 students took the AP Calculus AB exam in May 2022. About 20% of them scored a 5, which is the highest score possible. But Felix Zhang did something no one else did: The Indiana high schooler got a perfect score. Then a sophomore at...

John Cena Sets a Really Sweet Record

He breaks Make-a-Wish record with more than 650

(Newser) - John Cena has fulfilled the wishes of 650 kids with critical illnesses who wanted to meet him, a world record for the most wishes fulfilled through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Guinness World Records confirmed the news last week, USA Today reports, and it's the record by a long shot: No...

A Fugitive Seal Turns Himself In to Cops

Shoebert eluded capture, then showed up at police station in Beverly, Massachusetts

(Newser) - A gray seal that wandered into a Massachusetts pond and evaded authorities’ attempts to capture him turned himself after waddling up to the local police station, per the AP . The gray seal first appeared earlier this month in Shoe Pond in the city of Beverly, northeast of Boston. The animal...

US Has Never Had More Cancer Survivors
US Has Never Had More
Cancer Survivors
new study

US Has Never Had More Cancer Survivors

Researchers count 18M

(Newser) - A record 18 million people in the US can describe themselves with two important words: "cancer survivor." That's up 1 million from last year, according to a study by the American Association for Cancer Research, per CNN . The story notes that only 3 million cancer survivors were...

Blind Dog Falls Into Hole, Another Dog Triggers Rescue

Cesar, a very good boy, is doing fine in Pasadena after firefighters get him out

(Newser) - Firefighters have rescued a 13-year-old blind dog that fell into a hole at a California construction site. According to KABC , the dog named Cesar lives next to the site in Pasadena with his owner. The dog apparently wandered onto the site, said Cesar's owner, Mary, who declined to give...

Some Heroes Don't Wear Capes. They Wear Chick-fil-A Uniforms

Mykel Gordon praised for helping woman with baby during alleged carjacking in Okaloosa County, Fla.

(Newser) - A fast-food employee saved the day this week during a terrifying alleged carjacking attempt in Florida. Per a release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, a woman was getting her baby out of her car Wednesday in the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach when she...

Wife's Sharp Nose Leads to New Test for Parkinson's

Joy Milne noticed her husband smelled different before his official diagnosis

(Newser) - A relatively simple way to detect Parkinson's might be possible thanks to a Scottish woman's unusually sharp sense of smell. As the BBC reports, researchers at the UK's University of Manchester say their newly developed skin-swab test proved to be 95% accurate in a new study published...

Ukrainian Firefighters Make an Adorable Rescue

'We found a beauty:' Rescuers gently pull a kitten from a building hit by Russian shelling

(Newser) - Ukrainian firefighters understandably weary from rescuing people from buildings hit by shelling in more than six months of war instead found themselves helping a small, furry survivor this weekend—a gray-and-white kitten, reports the AP . The rescuers, wearing full firefighting gear, battled raging flames and smoke to pull the kitten...

Guy's Joke About Lottery Win Proves a Prescient One

Charles Smith of Newport News, Va., joked with wife he'd hit it big, then won nearly $230K

(Newser) - Charles Smith is probably joking about a lot more these days. That's because a wisecrack he made to his wife earlier this summer turned out to be prescient, and he's now nearly $230,000 richer, per WAVY . The man from Newport News, Va., was saying goodbye one day...

Rescuers Save Dog Who Fell Into Ravine

It took five people four hours to get Hobo to safety in California

(Newser) - A deaf Australian shepherd is safe and sound thanks to hours of work from rescuers who managed to pull the dog from a ravine. As KGTV reports, 8-year-old Hobo lost his footing while on a walk with his owner near their Sorrento Valley home and tumbled about 100 feet in...

School's New Principal Is Its Former Janitor

Mike Huss says he wanted to show his son that 'you can accomplish anything'

(Newser) - The new principal of Ione Elementary School definitely knows his way around the building—Mike Huss attended the school about 40 miles outside Sacramento as a young boy before working there as a janitor for 14 years and a teacher for 19 years. Huss, 55, says he never used to...

Penguin That Was Walking on His Ankles Gets Help

Lucas at San Diego Zoo is outfitted with orthopedic footwear

(Newser) - A member of the San Diego Zoo's African penguin colony has been fitted with orthopedic footwear to help it deal with a degenerative foot condition. The 4-year-old penguin named Lucas has lesions on his feet due to a chronic condition known as bumblefoot, which covers a range of avian...

Video Captures Boy, 10, Saving Mom From Drowning

She had a seizure in their pool

(Newser) - When he saw his mom having a seizure in the family swimming pool, Gavin Keeney immediately took action. The 10-year-old Oklahoma boy had been swimming with his mom and had just gotten out of the pool. He says he first heard splashing, then yelling and what sounded like "drowning,...

Uvalde Survivor Receives Applause, and a Hand, at Game

Mayah Zamora, 10, was unable to face returning home

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl who survived the Uvalde mass shooting has been honored by the Houston Astros as their hero. Mayah Zamora threw out the first pitch before the game Tuesday in Houston against the Minnesota Twins, was named hero of the month by the Carlos Correa Foundation, and learned of...

The Bear Was on Top of Her. Then Her Dog Started Barking

Jack Russell terrier helps save the day in Vermont

(Newser) - A Jack Russell terrier just made clear why dogs are considered man's best friend. Or more specifically, a 61-year-old woman's. On Saturday, Susan Lee was walking her terrier and labradoodle on trails near her Strafford, Vermont home when she heard a "loud noise" and realized a bear...

Stranger With Metal Detector Rescues Her Heirloom Ring

Francesca Teal lost wedding ring in New Hampshire

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman's diamond wedding ring, a family heirloom, is back on her finger after a man with a metal detector responded to her social media plea for help and found it at the bottom of the ocean, per the AP . Francesca Teal told the Boston Globe that she...

This Uber Passenger's Ride Was a Most Unusual One

Driver Fritz Sam stopped car to help rescue people from Brooklyn house fire

(Newser) - A Brooklyn writer headed to a conference in Vermont this week just barely made her flight, and she has her Uber driver to blame. But Jemimah James Wei is completely OK with the detour, since it came about because the driver, 54-year-old Fritz Sam, stopped to rush into a burning...

Boston Harbor Cop's Strange Rescue: a Wedding

When the groom's boat broke down, officer Joe Matthews stepped up

(Newser) - Officers with the Boston Police Department's harbor patrol unit are accustomed to helping boaters in distress, but last weekend officer Joe Matthews came to the rescue of a groom in danger of missing his own wedding, per the AP . Patrick Mahoney was scheduled to get married on Thompson Island...

Batter Takes Ball to the Head, Hugs Pitcher Responsible

Tears shed during touching moment of sportsmanship in Little League championship

(Newser) - A Little League batter took a pitch to the helmet, which went flying, before dropping to the ground on Tuesday. Thankfully, Oklahoma's Isaiah Jarvis, 12, was soon back on his feet and embracing the pitcher who'd hit him. It was a touching moment, "helping to remind us...

Women Decide to Tip Like Crazy During Illinois Road Trip
Women Decide to Tip Like
Crazy During Illinois Road Trip
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Women Decide to Tip Like Crazy During Illinois Road Trip

Brandy Macumber, Tamara Bane of Iowa collected money via Venmo and gave it out

(Newser) - Two Iowa women wrapped up their fourth "BFF Road Trip" on Monday, and this year's vacation involved something unusual: media attention. That's because Brandy Macumber and Tamara Bane of Winterset decided to pump up their travels to Illinois by adding a "Tip Our Next Server Mission,...

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