Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

Avis continues to try harder.  The rental car company is offering customers a wireless Internet service to use in its rented cars, hotel rooms and other places a traveler might go.  The Avis Connect service — as it is called — is priced at ten dollars, 95 cents a day. It can transmit a Wi-Fi signal to multiple laptops and other mobile devices at the same time.  ***MARLAR: We complain about people using cell phones and eating Big Macs while driving – now they’ll be watching YouTube. 

It was pretty creepy and crawly – even for New York’s Bravest.  Firefighters in the New York City borough of Queens found snakes and creepy critters galore when they responded to a small basement fire.  Lieutenant Ed Ireland says it was like something out of a science fiction movie.  After the smoke cleared, Ireland says he saw a ten-foot python slithering near his feet.  There were also two cobras, tarantulas, two small alligators, and other creatures.  The animals’ owner was cited for health code violations.  ***MARLAR: Samuel Jackson has already signed on for the movie.

No men allowed.  That is the rule on the entire 19th floor of a new J.W. Marriott hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  A lounge at the hotel is also be reserved for women only.  Spokeswoman Andrea Groom says more than half of all business travelers are women.  She tells The Grand Rapids Press they want to be able to relax over a drink without getting hit-on by men.  The women-only rooms have distaff-specific amenities like special hair dryers, bath products, jewelry holders and chenille throws.  But the businesswomen will have to pay for the privilege.  Rooms on the women-only floor are about thirty dollars more than the usual rate.  ***MARLAR: They were going to have a “Men Only” floor as well, but it’s too expensive to equip every bathroom with a La-Z-Boy, big screen TV, and a fridge.

An Arizona state official is learning there’s no such thing as a private joke on MySpace. Dennis Seavers is the executive director of the state fingerprinting board. He posted in his online profile that he likes to indoctrinate kids in the “splendors of lawlessness.” He says it was a joke for his friends only. Seavers’ page also said he lived “a quiet daytime life as a state employee.” But he is really interested in “wild debauchery” and “self-promotion and enrichment.” Seavers says his MySpace profile is “exactly the opposite” of him as a person. He says he wouldn’t have done it if he had known everyone could see his MySpace page. Some state legislators say they still have questions about the incident.  ***MARLAR: How can an Arizona state official working in a crime division not know that MySpace is open to the public?

If you take vitamins every day, you’re not alone. Two out of three adults take vitamin supplements. The most popular vitamin is C, followed by B-6 and E.  ***MARLAR: I used to take some B-6 and some B-12… but I quite after awhile, I couldn’t remember if I was taking vitamins or playing bingo.

A study says day care centers around the nation may harbor high levels of dust mites. ***MARLAR: OH MY GOSH!  “Don’t let the bedbugs bite” is true?!

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