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Waitress Gets 130 Percent Tip, Heartwrenching Note

A waitress in Tennessee was brought to tears this week when a customer left her a generous tip and a moving message. Claire Hudson, 25, was serving tables at Mac’s Grub Shak in Spring Hill on Sunday when a “very sweet couple” sat down and ordered beers, a burger, and hot dogs, Today.com reports. It…

By: Newser / March 13, 2015

Here’s The Scoop On Apple Watch

Today’s highly anticipated Apple event started with news of a partnership with HBO and updates on the iPhone and Mac computers (“Can you even see it? I can’t even feel it!” Tim Cook exclaimed while holding Apple’s latest Macbook laptop, which weighs just two pounds). Then, the big news: the debut of the Apple Watch, which…

By: Newser / March 9, 2015

Lacey Spears Guilty Of Killing 5-Year-Old Son With Salt

A woman who blogged for years about her son’s constant health woes was convicted today of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. A jury in the New York suburb of White Plains found Lacey Spears, 27, guilty of second-degree murder in the death last year of 5-year-old…

By: Newser / March 2, 2015

America Has A New “Happiest” State

Dark horse Alaska has come from behind to claim the title of the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports. Snagging the designation from 2013 winner North Dakota, Alaska—which didn’t even make the top 10 in 2013—topped Gallup’s Well-Being Index in 2014 for the first time since tracking began in 2008. North Dakota crashed to the…

By: Newser / February 22, 2015

The Internet’s “Most Hated Man” Is Going To Prison

The man the BBC once called the “Net’s most hated man” is facing years behind bars after pleading guilty to several charges involving “revenge porn” site IsAnyoneUp.com. Hunter Moore, 28, pleaded guilty to federal computer hacking and identity theft charges in Los Angeles yesterday and is expected to be sentenced to between two and seve…

By: Newser / February 20, 2015

Nicki Minaj Crew Member Killed In Bar Fight

Two members of Nicki Minaj’s touring team were stabbed—one fatally—early yesterday outside a bar in Philly, where they were rehearsing for the tour. Minaj confirmed the news on Twitter, and Billboard confirmed the stabbings with the Philadelphia Police Department, though PPD would not reveal details or names. In her tweet, Minaj noted that the me…

By: Newser / February 19, 2015

Smoking Kills More People Than We Thought: Study

How many Americans does smoking kill each year? If you’re going by the surgeon general, the answer is about 480,000. But a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the number is actually more like 575,000. The issue is that only 21 causes of death are officially blamed on smoking, the…

By: Newser / February 17, 2015

Drunk Pair Rudely Awakened in Dumpster Love Nest

It takes a good stretch of the imagination to get from a hot night at the casino to the back of a garbage truck, but a couple from America’s hotbed of strange and often illegal activity has this morning given us such a tale: As the Tampa Bay Times reports, a Progressive Waste Solutions driver wa…

By: Newser / February 12, 2015

Kim Kardashian Gives A Very TMI Interview

Kim Kardashian told the world way more than it wanted to know in a recent interview with the UK’s Love magazine (the spread also, of course, features pictures of her bare butt). Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / February 11, 2015

Hubble Telescope Spots Smiley Emoji In Space

The universe is smiling down on us—almost literally. The Hubble Telescope has captured a “smiley face” in space: two bright yellow eyes (a cluster of galaxies called SDSS J1038+4849), a white nose, and a faint smile and incomplete circle around the entire face. But those curving lines “don’t exist—or at least not in the form…

By: Newser / February 10, 2015

Girl Born Pregnant With Twin Fetuses

Being born pregnant is so rare it has only been documented 200 times, but it does happen. Now researchers are reporting this week in the Hong Kong Medical Journal on the November 2010 case of a newborn girl thought to have two tumors in her abdomen that were found to be 8- to 10-week-old fetuse…

By: Newser / February 9, 2015

Village Wants HIV-Positive 8-Year-Old Kicked Out

The stigma of having HIV is alive and well in a small Chinese village: Its residents want to banish 8-year-old “Kun Kun” (a fake name being used to protect his identity) for his illness, UPI reports. At least 200 Xichong locals, including the boy’s own grandfather, signed a petition on Dec. 7 to get “Kun Ku…

By: Newser / December 19, 2014

Sony Hackers’ “Christmas Gift”: An Eerie 9/11 Threat

The so-called Guardians of Peace have apparently released the beginning of their promised and also so-called “Christmas gift,” and it consists of the personal emails of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and a dark threat for anyone with plans to go see the Christmas release of The Interview. Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / December 16, 2014

Pregnant Woman Fired Over Frequent Bathroom Breaks

When Dawn Steckmann, an employee at a cellphone chip manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., told her supervisor she was pregnant in 2011, she says he told her not to worry about clocking out during her more-frequent bathroom breaks. But when she became pregnant again in 2013, a bladder issue that arose during her first pregnancy had…

By: Newser / December 5, 2014

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

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