Even though local hunters claim they’ve never done such a thing, a new law in Vienna bans anglers from casting their lines out of moving airplanes or other vehicles. Also, it’s now against the law to hunt deer by blowing them up with explosives. ***MARLAR: I guess I have to find a new place to spend my summer vacation.
India’s Uttarakhand state has made a deal to buy 5,000 liters a day of cow urine. It’s used in an ancient type of herbal medicine and cosmetics called Ayurveda, which proponents claim can even cure cancer. To collect so much cow urine, they’ve put together a network of 1900 milk cooperatives to harvest urine from 26 species of mountain cows, because their urine has a “richer herbal residue” than that of cows from the plains. ***MARLAR: I think I might rather stay sick.
Willis Jack DesRosier never could resist a good joke, even for his tombstone. After Jack died he was buried beneath a gravestone reading, “Here lies Jack in the Box.” Mr. DesRosier told his family he wanted it that way, so he got it! Also, he was cremated and his ashes were set into an urn. In the urn went a plastic foam ball with a hat and smiley face from the Jack in the Box fast-food chain. In addition, the obituary in the local paper read: “Come see Jack in the Box.” ***MARLAR: They should’ve had the funeral in a drive-thru.
Smokers in Spain are getting new help in their bid to quit smoking from a more unlikely source – their mobile phones. An online messaging company there sends periodic messages of encouragement to smokers which include text messages like “Come on! You can do it” and “Lay off the cigarettes!” Now, any Spanish smoker with a mobile phone can receive the handy tips on their phones free of charge, sent at times when their willpower is most likely to be its weakest. ***MARLAR: But now they have a country full of cell phone addicts.
Southern California plastic surgeon Dr. Theodore Corwin has a new celebrity patient — Feznick the kangaroo. Feznick’s show biz career was in jeopardy, because of a wolf bite. Last year, Feznick stuck his snout under a fence at a farm for Hollywood animals and the wolf took a chunk out of his lip. What director would hire a kangaroo that can only sneer? Enter Dr. Corwin, who repaired Feznick’s lip over the weekend. He didn’t charge for the surgery. Surgical nurse Jeanine Rich says operating on a kangaroo is a lot like surgery on people, except a little hairier. ***MARLAR: Although it was weird when the kangaroo asked for lips like Angelina Jolie.