Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

Surveillance video at an apartment building captured a deer swimming in an indoor pool for about 15 minutes on Friday. “We were just in shock. We just could not get over it,” Meredith Gaddis, the manager at the Ashley Arms apartment building said. The four-point buck apparently had made its way onto the roof above the pool and fell through. The animal, lucky to have survived the fall, proceeded to take a dip. Workers eventually chased the deer out of the building and it ran off into the wilderness.  ***MARLAR: With a nasty case of chlorine-eye. 

A new study has found the fear of looking stupid stops people from using self-service checkout machines — but hiding in a crowd helps. And that could give stores some tips on how to handle self-checkout, which is becoming a very popular cost-cutting tool among retailers. The study found that shoppers felt more comfortable ringing up their own purchases if they were alone or in a crowd. But if there was just one other person waiting in line behind them, they felt more pressured and less confident and were less likely to use the machine again or recommend it to others.  ***MARLAR: It might also have made them nervous to have some doofus with a clipboard hovering over them ready to ask about their checkout experience. 

The number of Americans who believe there is solid evidence the Earth is warming because of pollution is at its lowest point in three years, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that only 57 percent believe there is strong scientific evidence the Earth has gotten hotter over the past few decades, and as a result, people are viewing the situation as less serious. That’s down from 77 percent in 2006, and 71 percent in April 2008.  ***MARLAR: Upon hearing the news, Al Gore said it really burns him up, makes him hot under the collar, and gets his blood boiling.

An upstate New York high school senior suspended for 20 days because of a two-inch knife is fighting back. Matthew Whalen’s family has retained a lawyer to appeal the suspension and clear his record. Lansingburgh Central School District Superintendent George Goodwin punished Whalen for having the small utility knife in a tool kit that was locked in the teen’s car. Goodwin ruled it was a weapon that is forbidden on school property under Lansingburgh’s “zero-tolerance” policy on weapons. Whalen — an honor student, Eagle Scout and National Guardsman — is scheduled to return to school Wednesday. He wants the suspension expunged because he’s worried it might hurt his chances of gaining admission to the U.S. Military Academy.  ***MARLAR: These zero-intelligence policies leave no room for logic.  Why would you have to go out to your car to go get your knife when you could just as easily use a sharpened pencil to get the job done?  And pencils aren’t banned!  And if you really want to inflict pain on someone in the classroom, go for a paper cut with lemon juice – those aren’t banned yet either. 

Surveillance video at an apartment building captured a deer swimming in an indoor pool for about 15 minutes on Friday. “We were just in shock. We just could not get over it,” Meredith Gaddis, the manager at the Ashley Arms apartment building said. The four-point buck apparently had made its way onto the roof above the pool and fell through. The animal, lucky to have survived the fall, proceeded to take a dip. Workers eventually chased the deer out of the building and it ran off into the wilderness.  ***MARLAR: The deer have to get as much relaxation time in as possible before Christmas Eve.  

Has anyone ever told you how much you and your mate look alike? Chances are it’s because you really do. Researchers from the University of Liverpool, in conjunction with the University of Durham and the University of St. Andrews, have determined that the longer we’re with someone, the more we grow alike in appearance.  ***MARLAR: I’d like to apologize now for the way my wife is eventually going to look. 

In Bakersfield, California, a burglar was captured after he took time to order a pizza and do laundry while robbing a house.  ***MARLAR: I’m guessing he doesn’t fully understand the term “money laundering.”

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