Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 08, 2010

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in Florida reported that a 24-year-old man was driving early Saturday morning when he tossed a cup, which hit a patrol car. The deputy activated his lights, but the man reportedly did not pull over. He eventually stopped and ran away but was caught when K-9 units found him in a tree.  The man was arrested on vehicle theft and drug charges.  ***MARLAR: What?  No littering charges?

A known Florida gang leader’s plan to escape a maximum-security facility went down the toilet last week, and so did he, as he succeeded in breaking out of his Osceola County Jail cell, according to reports.  Reports stated Michael Rigby, 21, removed his toilet and sink from the wall in his cell and bore his way to the outside.  ***MARLAR: Police are on the lookout for a dirty man with a potty mouth.

People earning over $100,000 a year are almost twice as likely to apologize after an argument or mistake as those who earn $25,000 or less, according to a Zogby International survey.  ***MARLAR: And on the off-chance it works in reverse as well, I’d like to apologize profusely to everyone I’ve ever known – and I’ll do so again tomorrow, and the next day.

Police in India charged a suspect with robbery after a bus driver reported the crime – but police later realized the suspect was just a 3-month old baby. The baby had been charged with robbery, extortion and banditry, but police are blaming the bus driver, who they believe may have given the false information because he had a grudge with the baby’s father.  ***MARLAR: Isn’t that always the case?  It’s so easy to get away with the crime if you have those boyish good looks…

A University of Michigan study found that lack of sleep may contribute to childhood obesity, with every additional hour of sleep per night that a third-grader gets reducing his chances of being obese in sixth grade by 40 percent. The “magic number” for third graders to prevent obesity was 9 hours, 45 minutes of sleep a day. ***MARLAR: That’s why we have an obesity epidemic in this country… we’re not spending enough time lying around in bed.

Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield, England, are studying why ostriches are able to run so fast. The birds can do about 20 mph on a good day despite the fact that they weigh over 200 pounds and run with a very awkward gait. So how do you research something like this? The team’s job is basically to observe 15 ostriches running on treadmills all day long.  ***MARLAR: I will never complain about my job being boring ever again…

An Arizona thief stole dozens of free-to-borrow fantasy and fiction audio books from his local library.  ***MARLAR: Ironically, most of them were crime stories.

A Michigan man says he shot a neighbor’s cow after mistaking it for a coyote. ***MARLAR: Wow – exactly how big ARE the coyotes in Michigan?

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