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Texas Mother Who Posed as Teen Daughter Found Guilty

Casey Garcia pretended to be her 13-year-old daughter for a day

(Newser) - Casey Garcia, the then-30-year-old mom who posed as her 13-year-old daughter at a Texas middle school in 2021 was last week found guilty of criminal trespassing. Another charge of tampering with government records had previously been dropped. The now 33-year-old was handed 6 months of probation, along with 100 hours...

Man Dancing on 18-Wheeler Killed After Hitting Bridge

Police say driver was unaware man was up there

(Newser) - Last Thursday morning, a man in Houston decided to dance atop a moving 18-wheeler on the Eastex Freeway. Per ABC13 , the man was knocked off the truck as it passed under the Tuam Street bridge. Paramedics responded quickly and rushed him to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, but he was later...

This Is 5 M&Ms in a Stack. It's Also a New World Record
Stack of 7 M&Ms
Takes the Cake

Stack of 7 M&Ms Takes the Cake

Master balancer Ibrahim Sadeq of Iraq is latest to claim the world record

(Newser) - Update: Will Cutbill had just eight and a half months to enjoy his Guinness World Record for the Tallest Stack of M&Ms at five. The Brit's achievement on Jan. 31, 2021 was the first of three times the world record would be broken in a 15-month span, per...

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...

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