Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

The Roman emperor, Nero, known for his lavish and depraved lifestyle, ruled from 37 A.D. to 68 A.D.  Archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled what they think are the remains of Nero’s extravagant banquet hall, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth’s movement and impress his guests. ***MARLAR: It’s also believed he was continually dizzy. 

Experts tell us that heating fuel will cost less this Winter which is good news. The bad news is that we are told that we are expected to have a colder than normal Winter which could bring our overall cost right back up where it was last year.  ***MARLAR: Have a nice day.

Almost all of the airlines in the United States have, within hours of each other, decided to charge you another $10 if you fly on the year’s busiest travel days. The $10 up-charge won’t come in the form of more expensive fares. No, the extra $10 will be concealed in the form of a “miscellaneous surcharge.” The affected days are November 29, January 2, and January 3.  ***MARLAR: You’ll know what “miscellaneous surcharge” means when they ask for ten bucks when you ask for a bag of peanuts.

Not sure what took so long but candy cigarettes are no more. The Food and Drug Administration has officially banned candy and fruit flavored cigarettes as part of a campaign to reduce smoking. It finally occurred to them that the products could entice children into the smoking habit. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said, “Almost 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers. These flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers.” The agency also is considering regulation of flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes as well as menthol cigarettes. ***MARLAR: The ban on cigarette TV advertising was put into effect in 1971 — but it took them another 38 years to figure out the candy cigarette thing?

A New York University study found that fat people tend to have less money. ***MARLAR: That’s because we spend it all at Taco Bell.

A British artist plans to protest people removing rocks from beaches by cart-wheeling 57 miles.  ***MARLAR: I’m guessing that after the first mile, he’ll be wishing there weren’t so many danged rocks on the ground.

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