Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

Police in Cleveland, England, are searching for a pervert with a weird modus operandi. He approaches women in the street late at night, clad only in a diaper, and asks, “Are there any baby-changing facilities around here?” Police said he hasn’t harmed anyone, but they are “keen…to speak to him.”  ***MARLAR: This is a man who needs changing, in more ways than one.

I’m not sure what the answer is but if we’re going to release guys from prison that have no money and nowhere to go, what do you really think is going to happen? In Orlando, Florida, 24-year-old Douglas Martin told police he was broke and homeless after they released him from a two-year stint in prison for burglary. So guess what — he went out and robbed a couple of banks and is now back in jail just two days after getting out. He said his inspiration was a news story about a serial bank robber who made it look easy.  ***MARLAR: Well, he was close… he’s a serial criminal that makes it easy… for the cops.

Want to know what it’s like to have a vampire wedding. Well 61-year-old Jack Holsinger and his 44-year-old bride Connie Spitznagel made it happen in Columbia Station, Ohio. They both donned full vampire regalia for their “scare-emoney” on Saturday night at a haunted house near Cleveland. The couple chose the location because it’s operated by the same people who own a campground where they met. The groom arrived in a coffin inside a hearse, and the coffin was carried to the altar by six pallbearers. Minister Greg Kopp was dressed as Jason from the “Friday the 13th” movies. After the vows were exchanged, he ordered Holsinger not to kiss his new bride but instead to bite her on the neck. Despite their claims of being vampires, both did vow to stay together “until death do us part.” ***MARLAR: And by seeing his bride with pale skin and messed hair, the groom was better able to prepare for what he’d see the first morning or marriage.

In Boston, Christopher Leonard has been arrested and charged with armed assault with intent to murder after police said he shot his neighbor over a leaf-dumping dispute. 38-year-old Leonard allegedly shot his neighbor John Rota in the stomach after they got into an argument over the disposal of leaves near their homes. Rota was taken to Boston Medical Center and later released. He told police that Leonard always carried his gun, even when mowing the lawn or playing with the kids in the yard.  ***MARLAR: Once he gets out of jail, he has to do community service – which includes raking his neighbor’s lawn.

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings are starting to rise after declining ever since his inauguration, new poll figures show as the country’s mood begins to brighten. But concerns about the economy, health care and war persist, and support for the war in Afghanistan is falling. An Associated Press poll says 56 percent of those surveyed in the past week approve of Obama’s job performance, up from 50 percent in September. It’s the first time since he took office in January that his rating has gone up.  ***MARLAR: Probably because watching his televised speeches is still more entertaining than the new Fall TV lineup.

A study shows that the sound of barking actually raises stress levels in dogs.  ***MARLAR: Is it any wonder they only live one seventh as long as humans?  They get stressed out the instant they hold a conversation.

The latest trend for state fairs?  Banning the use of any trans-fats. Indiana and Washington are two states where it’s already happened.  ***MARLAR: Because the last thing you need is for them to use trans-fats on your deep-fried Snickers bar.  That’d be bad for you.

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