Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

A University of Florida student has developed a robot shopping cart that follows you wherever you go.  ***MARLAR: Husbands rejoice!

Early Egyptians wore sandals made from woven papyrus leaves.  ***MARLAR: Instead of athletes foot, they got root rot.

If you’re feeling bummed, you may want to try getting married. A new study has found that getting married enhances mental health, especially if you’re depressed. But there is a catch. They also found that if you’re not depressed, marriage could have the opposite effect.  ***MARLAR: So you could have a really depressed person suddenly get married and get happy by making a previously happy person miserable.

Researchers at Groningen University in the Netherlands say people should stop comparing themselves unfavorably to attractive celebrities because a new study found that people tend to think their long-term spouse is the most attractive person they’ve ever seen. 93 couples, most in their 30s and together for an average of 14 years, were asked to rate their own and their partners’ attractiveness. They routinely rated their partners as more attractive than themselves. Women tend to think men want thinner, curvier women than they really do, and men think women want more muscular men than they do, when most people actually prefer their own partners’ bodies. Researchers said this should ease some of the worries people have about whether their partner finds them attractive.  ***MARLAR: Of course, after 14 years, the eyesight is starting to go.

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was originally an instructor for deaf children and invented the telephone to help his deaf wife and mother to hear. ***MARLAR: He then went deaf himself hearing them say, “Why don’t you ever call?!? You never call!”

Time has a way of passing some people by. Anthropologists say there are at least 21-thousand towns and villages around the world where folks live exactly as they did 100 years ago.  ***MARLAR: How cool is that?  I had no idea cable TV had been around that long!

Do you do the same thing every day when you get to work? I’m not talking about the work itself, but other things. Do you always wear a favorite tie? Do you always use a certain coffee mug? A new report says doing that can actually make you more productive and happier in your job. In a survey of over 1,500 people, most of them said they wore their favorite clothes to important meetings to make them feel more confident. Three out of four said they rewarded themselves with a snack (like chocolate) for completing their least favorite job duties. ***MARLAR: This is absolutely true.  In fact, my least favorite duty is getting up in the morning, and I reward myself by immediately going back to sleep.

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