Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

Oregon fan and graduate Tony Seminary sent Oregon head coach Chip Kelly an e-mail with an attached business invoice itemizing his expenses for his trip to go see Oregon play Boise State, a game they lost 19-8. Seminary’s invoice totaled $439.  That’s when the story gets interesting. Chip Kelly responded with a personal check made out to Seminary in the amount of the invoice, $439. A dumbfounded Seminary has not cashed the check — he plans on framing it and hanging it on his wall — but Kelly has won his lasting respect. So much so that he’s requesting other fans not send their own invoices. “He could lose every game 50-0 and he’d still be my coach, our coach, through thick and thin.”  ***MARLAR: I’ve certainly thought about doing this after seeing the Kansas City Royals play… or after seeing any movie starring Adam Sandler. 

A former postal service employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 30,000 DVDs that moved through a western Massachusetts post office. Myles Weathers, formerly of Springfield, took DVDs that were mailed by Netflix to customers for a year beginning in January 2007. Federal prosecutors say the movie rental company alerted Springfield post office officials that a suspiciously high number of DVDs were disappearing. As many as 100 movies a week were disappearing. He faces ten to sixteen months in prison and restitution costs of about $38,000 at his Dec. 23 sentencing.  ***MARLAR: On the plus side, his prison cell has free cable movies. 

If you want to lose weight, don’t diet by skipping breakfast. That’s the lesson of a Purdue University study that found that overweight men who ate eggs and lean Canadian bacon in the morning had a great sense of fullness throughout the day, compared to those who ate the extra protein at lunch or dinner. “there is a growing body of research which supports eating high quality protein foods when dieting to maintain a sense of fullness,” says Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., who headed the research. “This study is particularly unique in that it looked at the timing of protein intake and reveals that when you consume more protein, it may be a critical piece of the equation.”  ***MARLAR: Wait a minute… so the news here is that if I want to lose weight, I should be sure to eat?

Taking the stairs can dramatically cut your risk of an early death. During a 12-week study, 69 volunteers used the stairs at work instead of the elevator, climbing or descending up to an average of 23 flights per day. At the conclusion, the participants had better fitness, less body fat, trimmer waistlines and lower blood pressure. The physical benefits translated into a 15% reduced risk of premature death from any cause, says Dr. Philipee Meyer of Switzerland’s University Hospital of Geneva.  ***MARLAR: Not a big help for those of us who work from home in ranch-style houses. 

If you believe the old adage “cold hands, warm heart,” think again. Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Yale University in Connecticut tested students with both warm and cold hands to see how they acted and the warm handed ones not only proved to be more generous but also saw others in a better light. In one study, college students were asked to hold a cup of either hot or iced coffee before being given pretend profiles on individuals to rate. The group that held the hot coffee viewed the pretend person in nicer terms than the ones who’d held the iced coffee. In a second study, two groups were given hot or cold therapeutic pads, asked to rate the product, then offered a reward for either themselves or a friend. The people holding the warm pads more often chose to give the reward to a friend. Says one study leader, Yale University psychology professor John Bargh: “Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people but also cause us to be warmer, as well.”  ***MARLAR: The lesson to be learned?  Bring your boss a cup of their favorite hot coffee before you ask for that raise!

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.  ***MARLAR: but you can kill someone by blowing your breath towards them if you haven’t brushed your teeth yet.

A study by the University of Nebraska says that telemarketers are more likely to permanently lose their voices than workers in other professions. ***MARLAR: There you go folks… proof that God is just.

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