Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

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Scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods – even if you also exercise regularly – could be bad for your health. And it doesn’t matter where the sitting takes place – at the office, at school, in the car or before a computer or TV – just the overall number of hours it occurs.  ***MARLAR: I should be dead by now.

Police say a man in Ohio got so upset over a mistake on the price of crab cakes that he punched a grocery store manager several times and spit in his face.  Authorities in Sandusky arrested 61-year-old Ralph Barr on charges of assault and criminal damaging.  Police say the store made a mistake in the price of crab cakes and offered to sell the first pound at a discounted price but the rest at the correct price.  The store manager says he was punched five or six times and head-butted.  Barr told police that the manager hit him with a price gun, but witnesses said the manager didn’t fight back.  ***MARLAR: Gee, what a crabby customer.

Police say a lumber truck crashed into a Massachusetts home after the driver was knocked unconscious when he choked on chili from Wendy’s.  Lowell police say Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out. The flatbed truck veered off the road and slammed into the foundation of the home.  The 59-year-old Tyngsboro resident was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Police say he could be cited for eating while driving.  ***MARLAR: Well what OTHER explanation would there be for choking on chili and crashing your truck?

Don’t expect it to be a major smash hit, but there’s a CD out featuring the rhythmic stylings of Nebraska’s native frogs. University of Nebraska-Lincoln herpetologist Dennis Ferraro says frog songs are all about attracting a mate. Male frogs produce a simple bass line to say they’re in their own territory and a higher-pitched melody to coax females to come over. Female frogs don’t make the sounds. Ferraro’s CD, “Frog Calls of Nebraska,” features 11 tracks, each about one and half to 2 minutes long. It’s not just entertainment. Ferraro says listening to frog calls helps scientists track populations.  ***MARLAR: And now we know how that Warner Bros. cartoon frog got his start!  “Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal…!”

A 44-pound feline was found waddling around recently without a collar in Voorhees, New Jersey.  Officials at the Camden County Animal Shelter were calling the kitty “Princess Chunk” although the cat has since been discovered to be a male.  “(The cat) is built like a quarterback,” said Deborah Wright, a shelter volunteer and current foster owner of the kitty. “I mean how do you lose a 44-pound cat?!” Princess Chunk’s owner did finally claim her.  ***MARLAR: But he’ll have to pay extra for the forklift to get her into his car.

A Bakersfield, California, woman is in a lot of trouble after she was turned in by her 10-year-old son for making counterfeit money and identification cards. The boy gave officers the funny money, telling them his mommy made it. Mom will be in court today.  ***MARLAR: She’s now working on counterfeit “Get Out of Jail Free” cards.

35% of SELF readers admitted they dislike having house guests.  ***MARLAR: Go figure people reading a magazine named SELF wouldn’t want to share.

Doctors in India took 90 minutes to remove a toothbrush from the throat of a man who claimed he accidentally swallowed it. The 40-year-old businessman says he was vigorously cleaning his tongue when he suddenly swallowed the toothbrush and couldn’t cough it up. ***MARLAR: You know, if your tongue is that dirty, maybe it’s time to switch from licking to bathing.

A judge in Pennsylvania rejected a man’s request to sign his driver’s license as “God” even though he’s legally changed his name and he’s already done it on other documents ranging from bank records to income tax returns.  ***MARLAR:  As if it’s a surprise to anyone that the IRS expects even God to fork over his profits.

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