Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

A man on house arrest asked police to put in him jail rather than serve the remainder of his sentence at home with his wife.  30 year old builder Santino Gambio,, was serving a sentence for dumping hazardous waste at his house in Villabate, Sicily, just outside the capital. But after being home with his wife, he went to the police station and asked to be jailed to avoid having more arguments.  ***MARLAR: Her biggest complaint was that he never took her out anymore.

For the third year in a row, residents and visitors have voted Philadelphia the city with the least attractive people, according to a survey by Travel + Leisure. But that’s not all; the City of Brotherly Love also ranked as the least stylish, least active, least friendly and least worldly by 60,000 respondents who ranked 30 cities in several categories ranging from food to nightlife to culture. On the bright side, the beauty of the museums and art galleries was enough to boost Philly to the third spot in the Historical Sites/Monuments category.  ***MARLAR: Sadly, most of the citizens look like historical sites and monuments.

A town that doesn’t exist has shown up on Google maps, and neither locals, Google nor their map data provider have any idea how it happened. No one can explain why “Argleton” appears on the map as a town in Lancashire, where locals say there should just be green, empty fields. Despite the fact that Argleton doesn’t exist, an Internet search lists homes, jobs, services and business in the area. The businesses, people and services are real, the story said, but are located in the same ZIP code as the “ghost town.”  ***MARLAR: M. Night Shyamalan was unavailable for comment.

A California couple is suing their next-door neighbor over her cigarette and cigar smoke, which they say constantly wafts into their backyard and seeps into their home. Donna and Richard Ganguet, who live in a gated senior community in El Dorado Hills, Calif., say residents and visitors at Florence Solone’s house smoke all hours of the day and night, leaving them with a “low fog” of second-hand smoke hanging over their backyard, the story said. The smoke is so bothersome, they say they don’t sit on the patio anymore, and they only swim in their pool in between their neighbor’s smoking sessions.  ***MARLAR: And since it’s California, there is now a bill being proposed to ban wafting smoke.

A high-pitched tone developed in Europe to drive teenagers out of public places is now being used by teenagers as a ringtone.  ***MARLAR: Proving that there is no sound so annoying that teenagers won’t think it is music.

In England, the maker of king-sized Mars and Snickers bars is changing them in response to the rising level of obesity among the Brits. Instead of one 3.5 ounce piece, the bars will be cut into “two shareable portions.”  ***MARLAR: My idea of sharing two portions of the same candy bar is sharing them between my right and left hands.

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