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I Wish My Wife Made Brittany Maynard’s Choice

The Vatican described Brittany Maynard's choice to end her own life as "reprehensible," and it wasn't alone in that sentiment, writes John La Grange. He recounts one of the many lines of thought he heard: that Maynard's husband should have fought against her choice, so as to have every possible moment with her. But a…

By: Newser / November 17, 2014

And The Average Cost Of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holiday Gift Guide Items Is…

Gwyneth Paltrow's 2014 holiday gift guide is out, and it's about as ridiculous as you'd expect. E! and ETOnline both added up the total cost of all the items on it (not including those listed as "price upon request"), and E! came up with $109,384 while ET came up with $107,309.49. By Newser's count, there…

By: Newser / November 14, 2014

Man Proposes With 99 iPhones, Plan Doesn’t Go So Well…

One man in China's got 99 problems but his girlfriend ... well, she's not around anymore. Just in time for the country's "Singles' Day" today, which is becoming a popular day to propose, a young Guangzhou programmer bought 99 iPhone 6s, arranged them in a heart, and asked his girlfriend—in front of a crowd of…

By: Newser / November 11, 2014

Boy Going Blind Creates Bucket List Of Sights

Seeing tiny snails and examining chalk under a microscope might seem like small things, but to a Texas boy losing his eyesight they're bucket list material—along with more standard big-ticket items like seeing the Grand Canyon and Antarctica—of things he wants to see before he goes blind. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / November 5, 2014

You May Be Liable For Your Kids’ Facebook Posts

Parents who don't already pay close attention to their kids' Facebook posts may want to start. Georgia's Court of Appeals says parents may be liable for their children's online activity after a couple didn't force their son to delete a defamatory Facebook profile, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to court documents, the boy and another student created…

By: Newser / October 25, 2014

In Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book: $475K Perfume & More Ridiculous Things

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further: For just $475,000, Neiman Marcus is offering the chance to design a perfume with an expert in Paris. Your fragrance will come in 14-karat gold bottles, the Dallas Morning News reports. If that doesn't strike your fancy, perhaps one of the store's other nine fantasy gifts,…

By: Newser / October 8, 2014

Michael Phelps Charged With A DUI

Michael Phelps was charged early today with driving under the influence, reports TMZ, the second such charge the swimmer has faced in 10 years. Sources tell the site he was pulled over in his native Maryland, reportedly going 84mph in a 45mph zone, and that he "bombed" his field sobriety test and had a BAC…

By: Newser / September 30, 2014

The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks

There's one Starbucks in the world where there's zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as "Store Number 1" on its receipts. No names grace the cups here, much to the frustration of one food service…

By: Newser / September 29, 2014

Food Truck Sold Tacos With Side Of Meth: Authorities

Tacos with a side of salsa, guac, and—meth? Seventeen members of an alleged international drug ring have been busted and indicted, the state's attorney general's office announced yesterday, revealing that one sales venue was a taco truck parked on the streets of Denver, the Denver Post reports. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / September 24, 2014

Man Ordered To Pay $5K For Taking Woman’s Virginity

A Chinese woman's virginity is worth $5,000, at least in this instance. A woman referred to only by her surname Chen was awarded that amount yesterday by a Chinese court after she sued a man she was dating (and later learned was married) for "violating her right to virginity." She alleged that he pretended to…

By: Newser / September 17, 2014

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But it's apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street. "There are lot…

By: Newser / September 15, 2014

Burger King’s ‘Black Burger’ Even Has Black Cheese

Who knows how many cheeseburger-noshing rules will be broken by this new sandwich from Burger King, but hey—anything's better than meat-scented perfume, right? BK Japan's "Kuro Burger" (or "Black Burger") is apparently hitting restaurants there on Sept. 19, according to promotional images shown on the restaurant's Facebook page. The "goth-like" burger, as the Guardian call…

By: Newser / September 13, 2014

Driver: George Zimmerman Threatened To Shoot Me

George Zimmerman is making headlines again, and these ones aren't good, either. A man in Lake Mary, Fla., says Zimmerman threatened to shoot him in a road rage confrontation, then showed up two days near the man's work site, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Though he called police, who arrived and confirmed that it was indeed…

By: Newser / September 12, 2014

Why You Should Nap After Coffee

Debating between a cup of joe or a short nap to make it through your Friday? Perhaps you should try both. Scientists say a "coffee nap"—having a coffee and then a 20-minute nap—will allow for maximum alertness when you wake, Vox reports. Yes, caffeine and sleep are basically polar opposites, but it takes about 20…

By: Newser / September 3, 2014

Cat Lives Secret Life With 2 Families

Alice Alexander probably had no idea that the name she gave her new Siamese cat 14 years ago would prove so prescient. She called him "Ming," because he liked to mingle—so much so that he has been going back and forth between her New Zealand home and another one for more than a decade, effectively…

By: Newser / August 30, 2014

Teacher Suspended Over Ferguson Shooting ‘Skit’

An Alabama teacher has been suspended without pay after a lesson this week that had parents fuming. An unidentified female teacher at Selma's Brantley Elementary was discussing current affairs with her sixth-grade class when a student brought up the Michael Brown shooting, the superintendent tells the Selma-Times Journal. That's when the teacher reportedly told students to…

By: Newser / August 22, 2014

More Unmarried Women Over Age 35 Having Babies

Although the birth rate for unmarried women has been slowly declining, middle-aged American women aren't waiting to tie the knot before having kids. According to recent CDC data, birth rates for unmarried females between the ages of 35 and 39 rose a substantial 48% between 2002 and 2012. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / August 14, 2014

4 Lost Dr. Seuss Stories Coming Out

Horton heard a Who—and his ears might be ringing right now with the news that he's about to make a comeback. Random House is republishing four Dr. Seuss stories on Sept. 9 that haven't been seen since the 1950s, when they first made their appearance in Redbook magazine. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / August 2, 2014

16-Year-Old Japanese Girl Charged With Decapitating Friend

A 16-year-old Japanese girl described by friends as emotionally unstable has been charged with bludgeoning and decapitating a 15-year-old friend, telling police "I did it all by myself," the Japan News reports. The body of Aiwa Matsuo was found early yesterday in the suspect’s Sasebo apartment, where she'd lived alone since April; Aiwa's left hand…

By: Newser / July 28, 2014

Say What? 1-In-25 New Yorkers Is A Millionaire

If you were to chuck everybody who wasn't a millionaire out of New York City, the city would still have a higher population than New Orleans, according to a new study. Researchers at Spear's magazine say 4.63 percent of the city's population have assets of $1 million or more—excluding their primary residences—adding up to 389,100 millionaires. Read

By: Newser / July 24, 2014

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