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A millionaire motorist clocked up a record fine of 299,000 Swiss francs ($290,000) after Swiss police caught him racing through a village at 100 km per hour in his red Ferrari Testarossa, Swiss media reported on Thursday. ***MARLAR: The driver apologized to police and said he always drives that fast when he’s drunk.
The Reverend Stuart Dornfeld has created a model of his Emanuel Lutheran church out of Legos. 12,000 pieces make up the mini house of worship in Brandon, Wisconsin. The model also has some not-so-traditional touches inside like SpongeBob SquarePants, Indiana Jones and Batman. ***MARLAR: He’s there in case some joker falls asleep during the sermon.
Lam Sai-wing says he’s never giving up his solid gold toilet. While the price of gold goes higher and higher, Lam is melting down parts of his six-ton golden bathroom. But Lam is attached to his gold toilet bowl and says he’d never consider selling it or melting it down. ***MARLAR: Lam says the worst part was biting the toilet bowl to make sure it was really gold.
Sheriff Mike Blakely has a goat and a little dog – and is out to find who they belong to. The strange pair were captured on U.S. 72 in Limestone County, Alabama after the goat jumped onto a Mercedes that slowed down to avoid hitting the animal. The goat refused to come down from the car, but was forcibly removed by officers and placed in the back of a squad car – at which point the dog voluntarily followed. The sheriff says, “If anybody is missing a goat and dog, they need to let us know.” ***MARLAR: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you chew in the back of my squad car can and will be used against you on Animal Planet…”
A Duke University study found that most Americans today are very isolated and have no close friends to confide in. ***MARLAR: I hope you don’t mind me telling you this story, but I have nobody else to talk to.
Debbie and Andrew Keeble noticed something strange about a newborn piglet on their farm: it’s scared of the mud! So the couple put boots on the pig, now named Cinders after Cinderella (glass slipper… rubber boots, get it?) and the little swine is now as happy as, well, a pig in the mud! ***MARLAR: The boss’s office is a complete pig sty – and we didn’t have to buy him any new shoes.
A Russian TV station has launched a game show called “Who Wants to Become Fabulously Wealthy?” with a top prize of about fifty American dollars. ***MARLAR: Which in this economy also qualifies you as wealth in the United States. (Fifty bucks in Russia is considered fabulously wealthy? That might explain why the boss speaks with a Russian accent whenever we ask for a raise.)
When you restrict your diet, you’re less able to resist impulse buys, a study in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests. ***MARLAR: Don’t I know it. The same day I decided to give up ice cream I accidentally bought the new Elmo doll.
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