Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

It would take a spacecraft traveling at the speed of light more than four years to reach the closest star. ***MARLAR: So if you make the trip you might want to pack a lunch because you’ll need more than a bag of honey roasted peanuts.

A Swedish woman swallowed a toothbrush after trying to scratch an itch in the back of her throat. Doctors found it lodged above the entrance to her stomach. They managed to remove the toothbrush and send her and her toothbrush home. ***MARLAR: She was trying to get where the bad breath starts!

The Afghan national airline — down to one serviceable plane — resumed regular service to Pakistan recently after a break of nearly 23 years. ***MARLAR: Daaaang.  And you thought you had to wait a long time to get YOUR luggage!

A Seattle judge ordered a man to pay a record $45,000 damages after his dog killed a neighbor’s cat, a total of $15,000 for emotional distress and $30,000 for the value of the cat.  ***MARLAR: Where is this judge buying her cats?

The University of Rochester reports that children who eat candy cigarettes are more likely as adults to smoke real cigarettes. ***MARLAR: Or to smoke Pixy Stix.

Experts at Johns Hopkins Medical School say the meters on treadmills that say how many calories you’re burning could be off by as much as 15% because they calculate based on the average person’s body type.  ***MARLAR: And most of us are on the treadmill because we need to lose 15% of our body mass just to become average.

An Australian university study found that DVD screens in cars are dangerous because they distract drivers behind you. ***MARLAR: Especially when playing movies with subtitles.

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