Daily Dose of Weird News: November 24, 2010


Police say a New Hampshire woman charged with robbing a pharmacy wasn’t hard to find: Her name was on the license plate of the getaway car.  Police say a motorist watched the woman flee from a Rite Aid parking lot in Manchester. The witness also reported seeing the woman toss items from her car Friday morning.  The vanity plate read “B-USHER.”  Police tell WCVB-TV that the car was registered to 43-year-old Bonnie Usher, who was arrested at her home. Police recovered stolen money and found a ski mask tossed from the car.  ***MARLAR: She’ll now be making other license plates from prison.

Alaska State Troopers say a thief removed a safe from a west Fairbanks home but took only a fraction of the cash inside.  The safe contained $100,000 but was found in the back yard of the victim’s home with just $20,000 missing. The theft occurred Friday.  Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the safe measured only about a cubic foot and was relatively lightweight.  She says there were no signs that anyone had broken into the house.  Troopers have identified a suspect.  They have not specified the neighborhood where the safe was taken. Peters says they don’t want to tell potential thieves where there’s a safe with $80,000 in it. ***MARLAR: I just think it’s wonderful that there are now criminals out there who aren’t greedy.  It makes for a more pleasant world, doesn’t it?

Some parents in a New York City suburb are upset because a local politician called police on two 13-year-old boys for selling cupcakes and other baked goods without a permit.  The Journal News in Westchester County reported Monday that New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn had called police last month on the boys.  Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff had a brisk business selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats in a Chappaqua (CHAP’-uh-kwah) park.  Kevin’s mother, Laura Graff, says the teens are “good kids” who were scared by the police call. She said Monday they haven’t set up shop anywhere since.  ***MARLAR: To raise revenue for the city, they are also now requiring all lemonade stands to fork over sales tax.

Johnson City, Tennessee police said a man urinated on a police cruiser during a traffic stop for drunk driving. The Johnson City Press quotes the police report’s description of the incident. It said police stopped 23-year-old Darinel Lopez Cruz at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday after they saw his Chevrolet Blazer weaving in and out of its lane.  Police gave Cruz a field sobriety test and then arrested him. That’s when he urinated on the cruiser.  Cruz was charged with DUI and indecent exposure. ***MARLAR: Really?  I’d think this would be a freedom of speech issue.


The green movement is claiming that “diaper-free babies” will help save the planet.  That’s right – no diapers on babies at all.  They say disposable diapers create landfill waste, while washing cloth diapers pollutes the water.  So what is their solution?  Their “retro, cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly” idea is to encourage moms to let their babies go diaperless and carry tight-lidded buckets with them. They suggest parents get in tune with the baby’s bodily signals, and when it’s ready to, well, “let fly,” hold the baby over the bucket, a toilet, bushes, or any convenient receptacle.  ***MARLAR: How about holding the baby over the head of anyone who suggests this?  You think sitting next to a baby on an airplane is bad now…

If you believe the old adage “cold hands, warm heart,” think again. Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Yale University in Connecticut tested students with both warm and cold hands to see how they acted and the warm handed ones not only proved to be more generous but also saw others in a better light. In one study, college students were asked to hold a cup of either hot or iced coffee before being given pretend profiles on individuals to rate. The group that held the hot coffee viewed the pretend person in nicer terms than the ones who’d held the iced coffee. In a second study, two groups were given hot or cold therapeutic pads, asked to rate the product, then offered a reward for either themselves or a friend. The people holding the warm pads more often chose to give the reward to a friend. Says one study leader, Yale University psychology professor John Bargh: “Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people but also cause us to be warmer, as well.”  ***MARLAR: The lesson to be learned?  Bring your boss a cup of their favorite hot coffee before you ask for that raise!

Oregon fan and graduate Tony Seminary sent Oregon head coach Chip Kelly an e-mail with an attached business invoice itemizing his expenses for his trip to go see Oregon play Boise State, a game they lost 19-8. Seminary’s invoice totaled $439.  That’s when the story gets interesting. Chip Kelly responded with a personal check made out to Seminary in the amount of the invoice, $439. A dumbfounded Seminary has not cashed the check — he plans on framing it and hanging it on his wall — but Kelly has won his lasting respect. So much so that he’s requesting other fans not send their own invoices. “He could lose every game 50-0 and he’d still be my coach, our coach, through thick and thin.”  ***MARLAR: I’ve never done this after a sporting event – but boy it’s tempting to do it after sitting for three hours in the doctor’s waiting room, isn’t it?  Or sitting through two hours of an Adam Sandler movie?

Doctors at Duke University Medical Center say 50-year-old John Manley should now be okay after spending the last two years suffering from coughing fits, fatigue and reoccurring pneumonia spells. Turns out he had a 1-inch piece of plastic in his lung that he apparently inhaled nearly two years ago while sucking down a soft drink at a Wendy’s restaurant. The plastic — a fragment of an eating utensil– still had the Wendy’s logo legible on the side! Manley said, “I like to take big gulps of drink. I don’t know of any other ways of it getting in there.” Dr. Momen Wahidi, director of interventional pulmonology at Duke said, “It’s definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve removed in my career.” Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch said he has never heard of a situation like this in his 29 years with the company but added that officials would contact Mr. Manley at the appropriate time.  ***MARLAR: Right after we meet with our lawyers to make sure this guy can’t sue our derrieres.

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