Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

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Wal-Mart is opening a store in McKinney, Texas, that will be powered partly by wind. ***MARLAR: Upon entry, all customers will be given complimentary nose plugs.

Experts say kissing a child’s boo boo really does make it better. The child believes the pain will stop and that triggers the release of pain killing endorphins.  ***MARLAR: I’ve asked my mom to kiss the electric bill.

Reality TV became a little too “real” in Spain recently. The television program Xarabank staged a fake mugging in order to interview witnesses on what they had seen. The show’s producers said the purpose was to show how people see different things at the same event. What most people thought they saw was a real mugging. After an actor snatched the bag, he was chased and beaten up by onlookers, who thought they were coming to the rescue of a woman victimized by a mugger. Bystanders who thought he was inventing a story to assist the “thief” also punched a member of the production team who tried to explain that they were actors.  ***MARLAR: Now that’s a great idea for a TV show… “When Reality TV Goes Bad”!

Laura Martin and Stephanie Goins were suspended from Concord, California, High School for possession of a deadly weapon: a bottle of Mad Dog 357 hot sauce. But local outrage and media coverage prompted officials to rescind the suspensions. The girls said they brought the hot sauce because their friends said they could handle it, but one boy got it in his eye and another drank it and began shaking and having breathing problems. Paramedics said there was nothing wrong with him.   ***MARLAR: How can they say there’s nothing wrong with a kid who can’t pour hot sauce out of a bottle without getting it in his eye?

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confiscated 550 gerbils that had been kept in a small house in southern England and is asking the British public for help in caring for the animals. ***MARLAR: I hope they aren’t keeping all of the gerbils in the same cage – otherwise they’re going to have well OVER 550 gerbils.  It might be best to just convince British diners to start eating Fish and Chipmunks.

A German court ruled against a bald man who said the government health care system should provide free toupees.  The court ruled, however, that baldness is not a disfiguring condition.  ***MARLAR: Although wearing a toupee given to you by the government would be.

The hottest new health fad in India is people simply laughing at each other. People claim that the laughing helps them feel less stressed and relieves everyday ailments. In fact, membership of early morning laughter clubs in the Indian city of Pune is booming with two new clubs forming in a matter of two weeks. Most clubs run sessions from six in the morning with breathing exercises, calisthenics and then 15 minutes of laughter. Their members are convinced the laughter is making an impact on their physical and mental well-being.  ***MARLAR: So if you feel better from listening to my show, now you know why.  If you don’t feel better after listening to my show… now you know why.  (Creepy video illustrating this story… http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/2006/05/laughing_yogi.mpeg)

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