Darren’s Daily Dose of News – May 26, 2009

The Nielsen Company says the average American watches approximately 153 hours of TV every month at home, a small increase over last year. That’s more than 5 hours a day!  ***MARLAR: That WAS more than five hours a day.  But that was before the season finales of LOST, Grey’s Anatomy, 24, and American Idol.  What’s left to watch now?


Although it defies reason and the principles of basic economics, Disney has hiked its prices again. It has increased the admission price of its water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World, by $5, to $45 per adult and $39 for kids. That’s a nearly 15% increase for kids and a 12.5% increase for adults.  ***MARLAR: But the good news is that alt Disney Burgers will still only be twelve bucks.


It’s a bitter dispute over sweet confections. Brothers from an Ohio candy-making family are opening shops 100 feet apart from each other. George and Socrates Goumas (GOO’-muhs) plan to open separate candy outlets in Granville. The bonbon battle began when their mother put eldest brother George in charge of the family’s Candyland business and its two stores, located in central Ohio. That embittered Socrates, who used to run the family business while George was in Florida. The upshot is that Socrates and Greg have opened their own shop and plan one in Granville, right near their brother’s shop. Each side claims to be using the original candy recipes handed down from their grandfather, who first opened a restaurant in Ohio in 1911.  ***MARLAR: Congratulations to everyone in Granville, Ohio – you’re about to see chocolate prices plummet! 


Some people just don’t like snakes. And in Memphis, Tennessee, a couple of guys who brought their snake to a hair salon learned the hard way that at least one guy doesn’t care all that much for people who own them, either. Police say when Dion Gayden and Tavoris Jackson went to a house to get haircuts Monday, a man at the place didn’t like the looks of their pet. They got into an argument – and shots were fired. The snake-toting guys were hit, one in the arm and the other in the hand. Neither was seriously hurt. The snake apparently made out better than its handlers – it slithered away without harm. The men took the snake home. A suspect is in custody.  ***MARLAR: A lawsuit has also been filed by Medusa. 


If you don’t think coffee is doing damage to your liver, think again. Jennifer Zartarian, N.D., the Wellness and Research Coordinator at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn explains, “Caffeine is broken down by the liver through the use of enzymes. The more these enzymes are involved in breaking down caffeine, the less available they are for breaking down other chemicals in the bloodstream. Excessive caffeine use, therefore, causes the liver to work less efficiently at its job of detoxifying the body.” While one to two cups each day seems normal, anything above that amount may seem excessive. Experts recommend replacing those additional cups of coffee with water instead.  ***MARLAR: Which is fine with me so long as the water is caffeinated and tastes like Starbucks.

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