Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

(I’m appearing today on Cornerstone Television Network’s “Focus 4” program!  Catch it at 1pm and 7pm Eastern Time, or see the rebroadcast on Monday, February 22nd at 1am Eastern Time!)

Police in Georgia say a 23-year-old man grabbed a baseball bat inside of a Wal-Mart and smashed 29 flat-screen televisions. Police have charged Westley Strellis with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree. Witnesses tell police he grabbed a metal baseball bat from the sporting goods section Wednesday, walked to the electronics department and destroyed the TVs on display.  ***MARLAR: Apparently he was frustrated about not understanding anything about this season’s “LOST”.

A Baraboo, Wisconsin man is accused of repeatedly shocking a male dance instructor with a stun gun, claiming the instructor was a “sinner” who “defiles married women.” A prosecutor said the suspect hastily arranged a dance lesson at the instructor’s Madison, Wisconsin home and showed up with a stun gun and sledgehammer last Friday. The criminal complaint said the man told a detective that his church does not condone touching while dancing and that he was going to scare the instructor “and tell him to leave the women alone.”  The suspect phoned for private dance lessons, and when he opened the door to his home, he began to shock him repeatedly in the neck with the stun gun.  ***MARLAR: The instructor said it was the last time he’d agree to teaching the Electric Slide.

In the Netherlands, a 13-year-old boy was fishing when he got the surprise catch of the day — a Dutch scuba diver! It seems the boy’s hook got caught in the scuba diver’s lip. Wim van Huffelen said, “I heard a sound on my head and immediately I felt a jerk on my lip. Local newspapers ran a delightful picture of the diver with the hook embedded in his lower lip. A doctor managed to later free him from the hook.  ***MARLAR: Sadly, it was a catch-and-release lake, so they had to throw the diver back.

At California’s Mount Diablo State Park, a 17-year-old boy survived but was seriously injured when he fell about 75 feet over a cliff onto a rock bed below. This all happened because he had climbed over a handrail in order to fake a fall so that his buddies could capture the fake plunge on video to put on his MySpace Web page.  ***MARLAR: Of course, the most important question is, “Did they get it on video?”

His upbringing included a cage in a suburban Chicago bar where customers poked fun at his appearance.  But since Yoda the four-eared cat’s photo was posted on a Web site, the smoke-colored feline has found fame.  Yoda’s owners, Ted and Valerie Rock of Downers Grove, rescued him from the bar. They say that since their son posted Yoda’s picture, they’ve fielded calls from “Good Morning America,” “Fox News” and “The Tyra Banks Show.”  The Rocks say the media attention is amazing and their phone is ringing off the hook.  ***MARLAR: But despite having four ears it’s still a typical cat in that it won’t listen to anyone.

Preliminary research from Australia has found that fish oil supplements reduce body fat, improve cholesterol levels and boost blood vessel function. There’s just one catch. The fish oil only eliminates body fat if it’s combined with exercise.  ***MARLAR: As does exercise without fish oil.

An ostrich’s eye is larger than its brain.  ***MARLAR: So is mine… especially if I’m staring at the buffet table.

According to a new study published in the medical journal, “Pediatrics,” the more television that pre-school children watch, the more likely they are to be overweight. ***MARLAR: Well duh – have you seen the stomachs on those Tele-tubbies?!?

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