Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

There’s a new “Tallest Man in the World” — and he’s from Turkey! 27-year-old Sultan Kosen has taken the Guinness World Record title from China’s Bao Xishun and even clinched the records for the world’s largest hands and feet! Kosen stands an amazing 8-feet, 1-inch — essentially towering over Bao’s 7-foot, 9-inch frame, and his hands measure10.8 inches and his feet 14.3 inches! His abnormal height was triggered by a tumor in his pituitary gland starting at age 10. His condition, called pituitary gigantism, was corrected and he stopped growing tall after the tumor was surgically removed last year. By the way ladies who like tall men — he’s single and reportedly looking!  ***MARLAR: So long as you don’t mind a dance partner you can look squarely into the navel. 

In Sandusky, Ohio, Greg and Judith Moses and cars just don’t seem to mix. The couple got a double dose of bad luck when their car was stolen– while they were recovering from a car accident! They were struck by a car while crossing a street and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Greg injured his knee while Judith got a few bruises. But later that same day, while they were still at the hospital, someone stole their car from their home! Two teenagers were later arrested and charged with stealing the car after they were stopped in Cleveland.  ***MARLAR: The teens drove the car to Cleveland because they figured a dented car would go unnoticed there.

Doctors at Duke University Medical Center say 50-year-old John Manley should now be okay after spending the last two years suffering from coughing fits, fatigue and reoccurring pneumonia spells. Turns out he had a 1-inch piece of plastic in his lung that he apparently inhaled nearly two years ago while sucking down a soft drink at a Wendy’s restaurant. The plastic — a fragment of an eating utensil– still had the Wendy’s logo legible on the side! Manley said, “I like to take big gulps of drink. I don’t know of any other ways of it getting in there.” Dr. Momen Wahidi, director of interventional pulmonology at Duke said, “It’s definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve removed in my career.” Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch said he has never heard of a situation like this in his 29 years with the company but added that officials would contact Mr. Manley at the appropriate time.  ***MARLAR: Right after we meet with our lawyers to make sure this guy can’t sue our derrieres. 

Twitter is now testing a new system to ensure that users can identify genuine celebrity accounts. In the future, a tick alongside a name will guarantee it is genuine. There have been countless fake celebrity tweets that it is getting out of hand. Until recently, Twitter has had a liberal attitude towards celebrity impostors as long as it was clear that the postings were not genuine. One blogger claimed to be jailed record producer Phil Spector, writing from his prison cell. Among the fake Spector’s comments were: ‘People ask me for my opinion of American Idol. It’s a total insult to music. Not my thing.’ A phoney account under the name of film star Christopher Walken and bearing his picture is still regularly read by more than 90,000 people.  ***MARLAR: Looking at the number of followers on my Twitter account, apparently nobody considers me a celebrity – fake or otherwise. 

A 13-year-old Woodbridge, Va., resident may be the youngest girl ever to earn a high school diploma from an accredited U.S. high school. 13 year old Paige Epler,  celebrated her high-school graduation on June 5 by delivering the commencement speech at University of Oklahoma High School in Norman, Okla., where she enrolled in distance-learning classes at the age of 9. Her grade-point average when she graduated? An impressive 4.0. Her parents, Tom and Pam Epler, say they believe Paige may be the youngest person in the United States to graduate from an accredited high school. Paige is currently enrolled at George Mason University as a non-degree-seeking student, where she is being carefully watched over by university officials.  ***MARLAR: This girl will graduate from college at about sixteen or seventeen years old.  She won’t even be an adult yet… meanwhile, most adults would give anything to be back in high school with no responsibilities. 

It turns out that Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the man behind the iPod and the iPhone, has a phobia about buttons. ***MARLAR: Isn’t that like a NASCAR driver saying he’s frightened of left turns?

A CDC study found that kids nowadays are such couch potatoes that they are six times more likely to play video games on a typical day than to ride a bicycle.  ***MARLAR: Their least favorite video game is “Virtual Bike Ride.”

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