Darren’s Daily Dose of News – April 16, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews1You will soon be able to buy a pet-friendly car with a cushioned dog bed in the trunk, fitted with a built-in water bowl and fan and a ramp to help less agile dogs climb in. With the help of a rescue dog named Sammy, Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co unveiled the pet friendly version of its Element utility vehicle at the New York Auto Show.  ***MARLAR: For a little extra, in the back of the passenger area you can get the optional fire-hydrant installed.

Be careful when you try to heat up your chicken from KFC. In at least two cases, take-out containers for KFC’s popcorn chicken caught fire when microwaved. It has something to do with the box manufacturer changing the ink on the box, which doesn’t react well with microwaves.  ***MARLAR: Be careful when you ask for extra crispy.

Prince William, heir to the throne of Britain, is now insisting he fly in economy class in an effort to keep his traveling expenses down. Last month, when the heir to the throne of Britain went on a skiing vacation in Courchevel, on a flight to Switzerland, he took a right upon entering the British Airways aircraft, and sat amongst the common people. “I think a lot of people on the flight didn’t even realize who they were,” said a flight attendant.  ***MARLAR: This all began when he was told that royalty used to always travel by coach… he just didn’t realize horses were involved way back then.

Statisticians from Harvard and the California Institute of Technology have created a mathematical formula to determine whether or not you should wait for the bus that is running late or leave the bus stop and walk to your destination.  The formula takes into account many factors including the number of bus stops, the distance you’re traveling, the average speed of the bus versus the average speed of walking, and the probability of the bus showing up or passing you as you’re walking.  ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, by the time you’ve finished the calculations you’ve missed your bus.

Director John Singleton is making a movie of the “The A Team.” He said the tough-talking character of B.A. Baracas will still sport the famous Mohawk. ***MARLAR: But the role will be played by Oprah Winfrey. (audio clip)

The eggs, ketchup and mustard are out.  Instead, students at the University of Pennsylvania can look forward to being pelted with streamers and marshmallows this Spring.  Hey Day is a right of passage at the University of Pennsylvania.  It’s the day when juniors officially become seniors.  The tradition has been for the graduating class to shower the new seniors with condiments and food.  But this year, Penn officials threatened to cancel Hey Day, because it bordered on hazing and posed a potential safety hazard.  Now, university officials and students have agreed to a compromise.  The new seniors will still make the run to College Hall, but they’ll only have to dodge streamers and marshmallows along the way.  ***MARLAR: That’s not really all that safe either though – have you ever had a two-month old marshmallow peep hurled at your head?  You can put an eye out!

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