Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

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Europe’s first detox clinic for video game addicts has opened in Amsterdam. It’s not surprising that video games can be as addictive as gambling or drugs and they’re just as hard to kick. Some recovering gamers show withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating, when they look at a computer.  ***MARLAR: They have a Donkey Kong on their backs.

An Iowa State University study found that wives have more power over decisions at home than husbands do.  ***MARLAR: The technical term for the results is called, “marriage.”

The nation’s largest garbage hauler and landfill operator plans to spend roughly $400-million over the next five years building facilities at 60 landfills to convert methane gas to electricity.  It is Waste Management’s most ambitious renewable energy project to date.  The Environmental Protection Agency notes methane is the second-biggest man-made contributor to global warming behind carbon dioxide.  ***MARLAR: And if you grew up at my house with my dad, you’d already know that.

According to a study from the University of Texas at Austin, milk and a 100% whole-grain cereal, which contain protein and carbohydrates, help rebuild damaged tissue at least as well as, if not better than, a specialized sports drink.  ***MARLAR: The trick is finding a way to get your shredded wheat through a squirt bottle.

It’s Japanese take-out, for a very long trip.  Japan’s space agency, known as JAXA, has approved some special food for use on the International Space Station. Japanese astronauts can look forward to ramen noodles, rice balls, simmered mackerel and green tea. But there won’t be any fresh sushi in orbit. Space food must have a shelf life of at least a year and be easy to eat in a zero-gravity environment. Civilians on Earth will also get to try the out-of-this-world rations.  Officials say the products will also be sold to consumers as “Japanese Space Food.”  ***MARLAR: So they’re going to charge you a ton of money for “Japanese Space Food” when in essence it’s stuff you’d really only buy when you’re broke – rice balls and ramen noodles.

A new study says that teasing can increase weight problems.  ***MARLAR: Especially if you’re teasing by holding a Ho-Ho out in front of them.

University of Washington researchers say that your sense of humor declines with age.  ***MARLAR: Yeah?  Well those losers need to shut their pie holes.

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