Darren’s Daily Dose of News – May 06, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12A study by Salary.com claims that if they did the same duties in the private sector, full-time, stay-at-home moms would make $134,121 a year.  ***MARLAR: So if you’re a stay-at-home mom that needs cash, consider working in the private sector and hire a babysitter.

Talk about an oversized load: A 4-year-old boy got stuck when he climbed into his family’s top-loading washing machine, and firefighters had to use a metal cutter to slice into the appliance to get him out. ***MARLAR: The poor kid thought he’d get trouble for getting his new pants dirty, so he decided to wash them – just imagine what kind of trouble he’s in now.

Police Chief Richard Knoebel of Kewaskum, Wisconsin, wrote himself a 235-dollar traffic citation for passing a stopped school bus with its emergency lights flashing. Knoebel paid the fine the next day and docked himself four points on his driving record. He says he was distracted by a stopped dump truck and a passing car, and didn’t notice the school bus until it was too late. But the chief says that’s no excuse. ***MARLAR: Good thing he wasn’t drinking. Can you imagine him conducting his own roadside sobriety test?

A group in Omaha is selling gas that comes from countries not supporting terrorism, and recently opened the first gas station that is “terror free.” ***MARLAR: So long as you don’t count the toilets.

Self-service gas might become a thing of the past thanks to Nico van Staveren, a service station owner from Emmeloord, Netherlands. Monday, he unveiled the world’s first robotic gas pump. It has a robot arm with multiple sensors that can find the gas flap, open it, unscrew the cap, and guide the fuel nozzle into the tank opening. so a driver never again has to get smelly gas on his hands. The inventor said he was inspired when he was on a farm, saw a milking machine on a cow and thought, “If a robot can do that, then why can’t it fill a car tank?”  ***MARLAR: Unfortunately it keeps wanting to fill the cars with milk.

In a recent Gallop poll, 55 percent of Americans say they don’t have enough time to do things they want to do. ***MARLAR: Yet they found the time to participate in a meaningless poll.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity is right up there with smoking when it comes to threatening our health. ***MARLAR: I know they say that, but I have a hard time believing it.  I mean really, have you ever heard of anyone dying from secondhand Cheetos?

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