Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signs legislation this week to track bullet sales. ***MARLAR: Which means a lot of paperwork for any Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

Turns out Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a real law breaker right in his own home — his wife Maria Shriver. The Governor finally caught wind of his wife’s illegal activity — habitually talking on her cell phone while driving! That violates the new law that her hubby supported and signed into law just last year. Maria was photographed twice driving her car while holding her cell phone — most recently last Sunday in Los Angeles. Had she been busted, she would have owed the bankrupt state of California $20 plus fees for the first offense and $50 plus fees for the second. The pictures were forwarded to Schwarzenegger who went on Twitter and dropped the following note to Harvey Levin: “Thanks for bringing her violations to my attention. There’s going to be swift action.”  ***MARLAR: He says there is no truth to the rumor that he is going to terminate her. 

A 34-year-old saleswoman was caught driving down a Swiss highway while she was using her laptop computer and chatting on her cell phone. The driver said she was unaware of any wrongdoing and responded that she was “driving like I always do”. Police pulled her over after they saw her car zig-zagging along the road.  ***MARLAR: I was driving to work this morning when I first heard this story.  I laughed so hard I almost dropped my electric razor in my Fruit Loops!  (And it turns out her name was Maria Shriver.)

The DMV may soon be looking at you in their crime cases. The FBI launched a project this week in North Carolina that uses state driver’s license photos and facial-recognition technology to track down crime suspects.  ***MARLAR: Gosh-awful driver’s license photos will now double as gosh-awful mug shots. 

For most of us, turning 18 has little more significance than marking the age we can now vote. For Khagendra Thapa Magar, turning 18 meant a lot more than that. It meant he went from being the world’s shortest teenager to the world’s shortest man! Khagendra, who stands just 2-feet 5-inches, says he has two birthday wishes– to be officially recognized by the Guinness World Records Book and to find a wife. He has been enjoying a week of celebrations with friends and family at his rural Nepalese home in the foothills of the Himalayas.  ***MARLAR: With special musical guest, Randy Newman.

A recent study says that if you eat a high-fat meal, you can actually reverse the potential damage by exercising.  ***MARLAR: Does undoing the button on your pants count as exercise?

There are a number of theories of why sailors wear bell-bottom pants. One is that bell bottoms are easier to pull on over boots. Another is that they are easier to roll up when doing chores. Others say it’s because it’s they are easier to remove if a sailor falls overboard, or that the pants could be knotted and filled with air to be used as flotation devices.  ***MARLAR: I think the best theory is that they just look so darn cute on the guy on the Cracker Jack box.

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