Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

In took 18 long months of investigation for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to finally conclude that the Texas state government requires too many reports– a total of more than 1,600 in all. They found that about a fourth of the reports were either duplicates of other reports or that the agency receiving them didn’t even exist any longer. Nevertheless, these reports are dutifully prepared year after year even though it is evident that they go unread. To reveal their findings, the commission itself issued a 668-page report.  ***MARLAR: Which they distributed to all 1,600 agencies.

Attention all shoppers: taking the stairs protects your heart. That’s the message researchers tried at a U.K. shopping mall by putting up colorful signs along the steps of a staircase, and it worked. Over six weeks, use of the stairway next to an escalator more than doubled. Normally, about 4 percent of people at the mall take the stairs but after adding the signs, that went up to nearly 10 percent.  ***MARLAR: Signs can be pretty powerful.  The one I can’t keep from following – “All You Can Eat.”

Newly-released documents show that Winston Churchill used to watch the movie “Bambi” late at night to inspire him during World War II.  ***MARLAR: It’s also why he would never wander out into an open field with his mother.

The earth travels through space at 660,000 mph.  ***MARLAR: 661,000 if there aren’t any cops around.

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