Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

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A dog had a lucky escape when a Polish boat rescued him from an ice floe that had carried him more than 100 miles up a river and out onto the icy waters of the Baltic Sea.  “My crew saw… a shape moving on the water and we immediately decided to get closer to check if it was a dog or maybe a seal relaxing on the ice,” Jan Joachim, senior officer aboard the Baltica, told Reuters Television.  “As we got closer to the ice floe we saw that it was a dog struggling not to fall into the water.”  ***MARLAR: Oh… so THAT’S what a salty dog is!

A 76-year-old German man trying to thaw out his car incinerated it instead when he decided to speed things up by putting a blow heater under the hood.  “He burned the vehicle out completely,” said a spokesman for police in the western city of Hildesheim. Police said the man left the heater on next to the frozen windshield washer tank and returned indoors. Shortly afterwards he heard two explosions and returned to find the car ablaze.  ***MARLAR: So if your wife tells you to go “warm up the car”… don’t.

A new test conducted on a single strand of hair can tell scientists where in the U.S. that person has lived. Hydrogen and oxygen isotopes found in hair can be matched to the regional tap water people have consumed, providing clues about where that person has been living. ***MARLAR: It’s usually an undertaker who discovers our town’s water drinkers though.

If you eat less — specifically cutting 300 to 500 calories out of your diet every day — it will not only reduce your risk of many common diseases, but also it may slow the aging process. That’s the word from researchers at St. Louis University in Missouri.  ***MARLAR: This could explain why I’m only 39 but look 58.

Something stinks in Del Rio, Texas, and officials think they know exactly what’s causing it. Del Rio’s Community Health Service Center says they are being overrun by skunks. While the nocturnal animals stink, they do keep the rodents in check. Still, residents have a serious problem cohabiting with the skunks, so officials are offering cages to catch them.  ***MARLAR: Wouldn’t that just tick off the skunks even more?

This week in history, back in 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the Moon using a 6-iron. Then U.S. Apollo IV astronauts prepared to head back to Earth after a 33-hour stay on the moon. ***MARLAR: That’s one small swing for man, one giant drive for mankind.

On a highway between Lafayette and Kokomo (in Indiana, USA) there is a sign outside of a house that simply reads “Bob’s Dog Obedience School and Taxidermy Shop.”  ***MARLAR: You’ve got to figure that those canines have really high motivation to perform well.

Australia’s power company urged people to stop singing in the shower because it keeps them in the shower longer, wasting water and heating power.  ***MARLAR: Not in my house.  I begin singing and Robin is there ten seconds later, pounding on the door and yelling for me to shut up.

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