Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

(Did you miss my appearance on Cornerstone Television Network’s “Focus 4” program on Friday?  Tune in Monday morning at 1am Eastern to catch the rebroadcast!)

A man whose iPhone was stolen from his car used GPS to track it down. Tiernan Paine left a $400 phone in his unlocked car while at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Thursday night. The 28-year-old subscribes to MobileMe, a service that synchronizes data between his phone and home computer. It also includes a global positioning system.  ***MARLAR: He said if the GPS locator hadn’t worked, he wasn’t worried.  As a Jehovah’s Witness he had the perfect excuse to knock on doors looking for it.

This Robin Hood is accused of stealing – and not to give to the poor. Authorities said a 34-year-old named Robin Joshua Hood found someone’s wallet in downtown Denver and apparently began using the man’s name in a ploy to avoid being caught on a warrant. Hood was charged Friday with identity theft and impersonation.  ***MARLAR: He was also contacted by Kevin Costner, demanding to know if he’d stolen his career.

A suburban Cincinnati grocery store has cleaned up in an annual contest for America’s tidiest toilets.  Jungle Jim’s International Market is known for its wide-ranging selection of items from around the world and colorful decor. And its restrooms are meant to be amusing.  What appear to be portable toilets in the store are actually entrances to a hallway, adorned in a jungle motif. It leads to real restrooms with flowers, marble, green tile and tropical pictures.  ***MARLAR: Do you really want to go shopping though at a grocery store whose bathrooms are more enticing than their produce?

A Maryland man is in jail for having a dirty yard. This after officials tried for seven years to get him to clean up old boats, crab pots and other debris in his backyard.  George Hartsuff was jailed earlier this month for not obeying a court order last month to clean debris from his yard. When authorities returned after giving Hartsuff 30 days to clean his yard, they found junk including an Arizona Iced Tea vending machine in the yard. A judge sentenced Hartsuff to 60 days in a county jail. If his yard isn’t cleaned up by then, he could face more jail time.  ***MARLAR: Which is fine with George, as the jail cells are cleaner than his living room.

Dropping something may have saved 73-year-old Joy Horton’s life. She was preparing some food in her New York home when she dropped a spoon on the floor of her kitchen. When she bent down, her house exploded.  Horton wasn’t seriously injured. She crawled out from underneath the rubble and walked to her daughter’s home nearby to get help. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.  ***MARLAR: But as a precaution, U.S. Homeland Security has labeled her cooking as a weapon of mass destruction.

It would take 29 million years for a car travelling 100 miles per hour to reach the nearest star.  ***MARLAR: And, sure enough, Dad will STILL say “You should’ve gone to the restroom before we left!”

The fur of the binturong, also known as the “Asian Bear Cat,” smells like popcorn. The scent is believed to come from a gland located near the tail.  ***MARLAR: Which explains why you never see Asian Bear Cats at the movies, for fear they might be mistaken as food.

The ancient Incas measured time in potatoes instead of hours and minutes, they marked the time it took to boil a spud.  ***MARLAR: Nowadays they’d have to measure time in micro-spuds.

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