Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

The world’s largest candy store is about to open up in the Dubai Mall. Called “Candylicious,” the store will feature no less than 10,000-sqaure-feet of nothing but candy! A second store is expected to open in Singapore early next year. The new stores will sell everything kind of candy imaginable from around the world and is projecting sales of $10 million annually. There’s also a huge 32-foot high singing chocolate tree decorated with lollipops. Customers will not need to necessarily have venture into the store to taste the candy. The store will also employ “Candylicious Junior,” a car that will circle the mall.  ***MARLAR: I understand they also have a psychedelic boat ride run by Oompa Loompas. 

Geneticists in Berlin are working on an anti-stupidity pill.  ***MARLAR: If you buy one, you need one.

Our French friends are in an uproar over the proposal of opening up a McDonald’s restaurant at The Louvre (Loov) museum! The new Mickey D’s would be located just a few yards from the entrance to the country’s Mecca of high art and the world’s most visited museum. One art historian working at the museum said, “This is the last straw! This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and producing very unpleasant odors in the context of a museum.” Didier Rykner, head of The Art Tribune website found the idea “shocking”. But nevertheless, McDonald’s confirmed that a restaurant will open next month. The Louvre confirmed it will be positioned in the underground approach to the Louvre, known as the Carrousel du Louvre. The museum told the Daily Telegraph it had agreed to a “quality” McCafe and a McDonald’s in place by the end of the year, which it said was “is in line with the museum’s image”.  ***MARLAR: So McDonald’s is a no-no?  Who was in charge when they let the Starbucks move in?

The power of Twitter just got a big boost as the High Court of England has given permission for an injunction to be served via Twitter. The order is to be served against an unknown Twitter user who anonymously posts to the site using the same name as a right-wing political blogger. The order demands the anonymous Twitterr reveal their identity and stop posing as attorney Donal Blaney, who blogs at a site called Blaney’s Blarney. Apparently the Twitterer is breaching the copyright of Mr Blaney. He decided to try and use Twitter after a recent case in Australia where Facebook was used to serve a court order.  ***MARLAR: He plans on giving testimony next week via YouTube.

In Learned, Mississippi, a cat has managed to survive being shot in the head with an arrow! The cat’s owner, Randolph Henderson says the shot didn’t even seem to faze his cat, named BC. The veterinarian who removed the arrow said it entered BC’s skull and miraculously arched over his brain. Henderson, who hunts turkeys with a bow and arrow, said he believes the arrow that struck BC was a practice arrow, which is much duller than arrows used for hunting. If it were sharper, the arrow likely would have pierced BC’s brain and killed him. Henderson doesn’t know who shot the cat but believes it was just an accident and the cat being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  ***MARLAR: So now the cat has to live its remaining eight lives with an extra hole in the head.

A new study says that it’s the sugary soft drinks Americans consume that pack on the pounds.  ***MARLAR: That’s why I only drink water to wash down my Milk Duds and Pringles.

New studies conclude that depression among pregnant women is at least as common as post-partum depression.  ***MARLAR: Varicose veins, stretch marks, 20 added pounds, knowing what’s going to happen to you in the delivery room – gee, what’s there to be depressed about?

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