Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

If you like tomatoes, you can thank Robert Johnson. Today in 1820, in Salem, Massachusetts, Johnson proved conclusively the tomato was safe for consumption by downing an entire bushel of them. Back then, a lot of people thought the tomato was not safe to eat because of its texture.  ***MARLAR: I’ve been thinking the same thing about Jell-O.

Hey, kids… the summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. Obama says kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.  ***MARLAR: Also because grade school kids aren’t old enough to vote him out of office. 
Remember when mom would say, “dry your hair before you go out or you’ll catch a cold? Well, mom was wrong. Just because you leave your house with your hair wet doesn’t mean you’re going to get sick. The common cold and flu are caused by viruses, not by exposure to cold air or going out with wet hair.  ***MARLAR: What you WILL catch, however, is more flack from Mom.

A Malaysian state government says it plans to offer free honeymoons to save the marriages of couples who are on the brink of divorce. Ashaari Idris, a government official in northern Terengganu state, says troubled couples will be allowed to spend two nights at the state’s scenic islands or beach resorts to help them rekindle their romance under a “Second Honeymoon” program.  ***MARLAR: Expect the number of “troubled marriages” to skyrocket if couple can get a free vacation out of it.

Reaching a captive audience has long been a top priority for advertisers. But, a recent plan to sell advertising space on visitation video monitors at a Florida jail has some wondering whether such marketing efforts have gone too far.The Charlotte County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office hopes to bring in about $77,000 a year by selling ad space to the likes of attorneys or other companies providing services that might appeal to inmates or their visitors, making it perhaps the first jailhouse advertising program in the U.S.  ***MARLAR: I’m okay with this so long as payment to the lawyers comes in the form of jailhouse food.

Most people don’t know that Thomas Edison tried to patent what would have been the world’s first computer — a vote-counting machine — but Congress rejected the invention.  ***MARLAR: As did Florida.

A Swedish family, puzzled why the potato chips they were eating tasted a bit spicier than usual, were left feeling queasy when they found a dead mouse at the bottom of the bag. ***MARLAR: Cool!  Potato chips now come with a secret prize in the bag!

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