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

darrensdailydoseofnews12In Sao Paulo, Brazil, actor Michael Melamed is performing a one-man show in which he wears a specially-wired suit, and any noise in the audience – laughter, boos, even coughing – give him an electric shock. The louder the noise, the bigger the shock, up to 90 volts. Melamed said, “All theatre is an experiment. The true theatre has to be innovative and has to raise questions.”  ***MARLAR: How do we get Adam Sandler to star in this show?

A bride in India asked for volunteers from the audience after her groom got cold feet and deserted her at the last minute. One man stepped up, her parents approved of him and the couple was married.  ***MARLAR: She already has better odds of a lasting marriage than any couple living in Hollywood, USA.

A U.C.-Berkeley study of 49,000 people found no connection between eating a low fat diet and getting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or even gaining weight.  ***MARLAR: So can I PLEASE go back to putting cream cheese on my donuts?!

Convicted bank robber Mark Merrill has a unique excuse for why he robbed two banks in Illinois. Mark says Donald Trump made him do it and is now suing the multimillionaire. Merrill’s 2.1 million-dollar lawsuit claims he robbed two Illinois banks to feed his gambling addiction. Court papers allege that Trump’s casino encouraged Merrill to gamble by offering perks like a free hotel suite. ***MARLAR: Gee, what do you think the chances are of a court awarding a confessed gambling addict (and bank robber) 2.1 million dollars? Ten to one?

Ever wonder why some dictators go into the oppression business? Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-tung had one thing in common, other than being brutal dictators who killed millions of innocent people. All three admitted at least once in their writings that they initially got involved in politics to meet girls.

A mother in Tanzania panicked after she found her baby son suckling milk from their dog, but he seems to be perfectly fine.  ***MARLAR: Except every time she tries to put him down for a nap, he turns around in a circle three times.

Royal Caribbean has ordered a ship that fits 6400 passengers.  Some see inherent dangers in a cruise liner that big.  ***MARLAR: For one, Karaoke night will last that much longer.

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