Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 06, 2010

Police in Michigan have released a copy of a 911 call where a suspected drunken driver chats with an emergency dispatcher for about 20 minutes before she is pulled over and arrested.  In the first moments of the March 13 call, the dispatcher asks: “Are you intoxicated?” and the woman replies: “Absolutely.” The dispatcher pleads with the woman to pull over and she tells him she “shouldn’t be driving.”  ***MARLAR: She wasn’t too drunk to come up with an excuse though.  She said she couldn’t pull over because she was driving a Toyota.

Police say they charged a Pennsylvania man with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway.  ***MARLAR: In the man’s defense, it was an opossum – it could very well have just been playing dead.

Police in Osaka, Japan, are looking for a young man who ate a bowl of ramen noodles and some fried chicken at a noodle bar, then pulled a knife on the waitress and demanded all the money. She handed over 46,000 yen ($393 US). But then, she demanded that he pay for his meal. He handed back 1,000 yen. The bill was 900 yen, so he waited for his 100 yen change, then ran away.  ***MARLAR: What?  No tip?!

First there was the ‘Do Not Call’ list to keep telemarketers away from our phones, and now privacy and consumer organizations have asked the Federal Trade Commission to create a “do not track” list for Internet users who don’t want their online activities tracked and used by advertising networks. The “do not track” list would require advertisers that place electronic cookies on consumers’ computers to register with the government.  ***MARLAR: Meanwhile, spamming will continue being unaffected.

Are you irritating to your co-workers? You are if you spend your day surfing the internet during work time, gossiping, organizing your personal life, or hitting “reply all” on your e-mails. A new survey finds that those people are the biggest nuisances in the office.  ***MARLAR: The ironic thing is that we got this story from a bulk email sent to 186 people in someone’s address book.

According to a Japanese business newspaper half of all people in Japan own a mobile phone. It’s getting so bad, movie theaters there have had to set up a special section just for cellular phone users. ***MARLAR: It’s called “outside.”

In England, a chicken named Lucky — because he helped his owner pick out winning lottery numbers — got eaten by a fox when the owner forgot to lock the coop. Lucky would pick the numbers by pecking on a calculator and won almost $2,500 on his first try. ***MARLAR: So Lucky wasn’t all that lucky, was he?

According to a new study, small doses of chocolate every day could decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by nearly 40 percent.  ***MARLAR: I eat at least five times that much – I must be healthy as a horse!

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