Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

“Hoosier” Indiana’s state nickname came from a generic Southern word, meaning bumpkin.  ***MARLAR: They went with “Hoosier” because the idea of playing against the Indiana “Bumpkins” doesn’t sound all that intimidating.

Recent studies show that 3 out of every 100 drivers around you are paying more attention to their cell phones rather than the road. ***MARLAR: If you’re on the road, give us a call and let us know what you think about this!

Don’t be surprised if your pumpkin is more trick than treat this Halloween. Pumpkin growers across New England say they’re seeing one of the poorest crops ever.  Connecticut farmer Rick Bunnell says he’s hoping to buy pumpkins from neighboring New York State to fill his farm stand. Too much rain has been the problem for pumpkin farmers. So, many pumpkin buyers may get a scare when they see higher prices this fall.  ***MARLAR: Looking for an affordable pumpkin this year?  Well… gourd luck. 

In an effort to sneak more vegetables into an unsuspecting kid, Pepperidge Farm is introducing Goldfish crackers that company officials say provide one-third of a daily serving of vegetables. Michael Simon, the senior vice president and general manager of the snacks division, says the addition of veggies should be seen by parents as “an unexpected bonus.” But kids may frown when they hear that the nutritional value stashed in the smiling fish crackers comes from a dehydrated powder blend of tomatoes, peas, carrots, potato and sweet potato. The new Goldfish Garden Cheddar crackers are available in two flavors — Cheddar and Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar — with a suggested retail price of $2.19.  ***MARLAR: Sounds like they’re adding everything to Goldfish Crackers except goldfish.

A woman vacationing in Marblehead, Ohio got more than she planned for when a falling fish smashed the windshield of her car. Authorities say an eagle flying above Leighann Niles’ car dropped its catch on the windshield. Niles said the impact felt like a brick hitting her car, but she wasn’t hurt in the incident. ***MARLAR: And to think I was upset at birds “doodying” on my windshield.

A  67-year-old disabled man traveled 130 miles by wheelchair to propose to his girlfriend, only to have his offer rejected! The man traveled for four days across Germany, using only his arms to push the chair. After the 66-year-old widow turned him down, he started the journey back home, but had to be rescued by police when his wheel got stuck in a cornfield.  ***MARLAR: He sounds like a sweet guy, but you can’t blame the woman for saying no.  Who wants to marry a man that isn’t smart enough to ask a friend to drive him?

Scientists have discovered a small molecule, which they’ve named fatostatin, that stops the body from making fat. Fatostatin could someday lead to a new all-in-one pill fighting obesity, diabetes and cholesterol. Obese mice injected with fatostatin in the study, published in the Aug. 28 issue of the journal Chemistry and Biology, showed noticeable weight loss without a big difference in their eating habits, the researchers found. After four weeks, the mice weighed 12 percent less with 70 percent lower blood sugar levels, and their cholesterol levels dropped as well.  ***MARLAR: If they were really smart, they’d make the pill taste like pickles and stick it in cheeseburgers.

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