Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

The fear of fear itself may make people more vulnerable to developing certain psychiatric disorders, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who are especially sensitive to the physical signs of anxiety have a higher risk of developing anxiety disorders, including panic attacks.  ***MARLAR: Dang… now I’m afraid about being afraid of being afraid!  I really AM sick!

Police in Los Angeles say 74-year-old John Scott is the oldest graffiti vandal ever captured in Los Angeles County. Grandpa Scott was arrested Friday after deputies spotted him on a stairwell at a downtown Metro Center subway station sticking black-and-orange bumper stickers which read: "Who is John Scott?" Stickers used in such a way are referred to as "slap tags" by those in the law enforcement community. They can be adhered to public property in a second or two but are difficult to remove. Scott now faces at least one felony vandalism charge.  ***MARLAR: Apparently wisdom doesn’t always come with age.  How can you expect to not be caught if you’re slapping stickers around town with your own name?

In Anchorage, Alaska, 27-year-old Cheng Saelee robbed his own mother at gunpoint because she wouldn't give him money to help pay a $430 parking ticket! The Anchorage district attorney said that Saelee was also convicted of illegally contacting his mother from jail and trying to get her to drop the charges. Saelee was arrested after he became angry during an argument with his parents, got a handgun from his room and pointed the weapon at his mother.  ***MARLAR: True to a mother’s form though, she immediately spoke up for her son saying he was the best-looking mugger she’d ever seen.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person that has everything?   How about a Personal Madame Tussauds Wax Model?  It could be yours for a cool $270,000.  ***MARLAR: I’d get mine in the sitting-down position and stick it in the radio studio so I get the day off without the boss knowing!

Moderately content people out earn very happy folks, a study in Psychological Science suggests.  ***MARLAR: Be more depressed and build wealth!

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