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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

Church Of England OKs Women Bishops

The Church of England today took a pretty large step into the 21st century, voting by a two-thirds majority to allow the ordination of women as bishops. It’s a reversal of a 2012 vote that failed by just six votes, notes Sky News, and cements the role of female leadership in an institution that has allowed wome…

By: Newser / July 15, 2014

Is Katherine Heigl “Difficult”?

Remember that Hollywood Reporter piece last year in which insiders bashed Katherine Heigl as “entitled” and “difficult”? Well, reporters at yesterday’s NBC summer press tour certainly did, and the resulting questions made for a session Vulture calls both “lively” and “tense.” Asked directly about her reputation, Heigl responded, “I can only say that I certainly don’t see myself a…

By: Newser / July 14, 2014

5 Adult Stars Who Live With Their Parents

Despite their fame, fortune, and, you know, legal adulthood, these 10 celebrities still live with their parents! Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / June 30, 2014

Rising Market: Stylish Bullet-Proof Clothes

For a while, a Colombian clothes designer named Miguel Caballero seemed to be the only player in what seemed to be a extremely niche segment of the market—bullet-proof clothes that were stylish to boot. No more, reports Fox News. Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / June 22, 2014

California Sterilized Inmates Without Lawful Consent

The California prison system illegally had dozens of women sterilized, possibly without their consent, according to a new report from the state auditor. Of the 144 inmates given tubal ligations from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, at least 39 were done without lawful consent, with physicians either failing to sign forms confirming that patients understood and consented…

By: Newser / June 21, 2014

Study Says Women Are Aroused By Their Shoes

Women see shoes as purely utilitarian accessories that help them get around town … right? Uh, not exactly. The online retailer Shoebuy.com has confirmed in a nationwide survey that women really do love their shoes—in ways that are a little surprising, The Oklahoman reports. Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / June 17, 2014

Casey Kasem Dead At 82

Radio icon Casey Kasem died this morning at age 82, his daughter Kerri announced on Facebook. “Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” she wrote. “Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your…

By: Newser / June 15, 2014

Reporter Investigates … Her Own Marriage Proposal

Maryanne Firth, a reporter in Welland, Ontario, didn’t mind that it was her turn to work last weekend. She’d finally get to learn what was behind the mysterious pink heart posters that started popping up all over town in late April. Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / June 11, 2014

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