Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 10, 2010

Glendale police who used a bunny costume to decoy bad drivers at crosswalks have abandoned the outfit after it made a city councilman hopping mad.  An officer wore the Easter outfit on Wednesday in crosswalks. Drivers who didn’t yield to the furry pedestrian were ticketed.  But City Councilman John Drayman harshly criticized the head-turning costume, calling it “breathtakingly dangerous” and a poor use of city resources.  Glendale police continued the crosswalk sting on Thursday but the officer wore shorts and a T-shirt. A city spokesman says the city is re-evaluating the use of costumes for enforcement campaigns.  ***MARLAR: Their worst idea was dressing an officer in a “Weekend at Bernie’s” costume.

Todd Fitzwater was drunk in a bar… but couldn’t find a way out.  So he called the police.  Mr. Fitzwater called 911 and said he’d gotten drunk and passed out at a karaoke bar the night before, awakened and had a few more – then couldn’t get out of the bar, which was closed.  ***MARLAR: How incompetent is this bar’s clean-up crew?

It wasn’t the goose that laid the golden egg… but it was close. While butchering the bird, Frank Kufel discovered glittering flakes of gold. He’s found 12 flakes so far – about $10 – $12 worth – some several millimeters long. The goose was one of a pair of geese that Kufel was butchering and at this time, he’s unaware (but really wants to find out) where the goose ate the golden flakes. Frank said he butchered the geese this week with reluctance. His family is preparing for a long trip out of town and had no other way to care for the birds.  ***MARLAR: He butchered the birds because he had no other way to take care of them while he was away?  For his kids’ sake I hope he can find a baby sitter!

The price of Coke could be changing with the weather. According to a report in the New York Times, the Coca-Cola Company is studying wireless technology that could allow bottlers to raise or lower soda prices by remote control at certain times. For instance, on a hot dry day you could pay more for a Coke. Conversely, the price of a Coke could be lowered during slower sales times like during colder weather. On a hot day in Mexico, Coke machines will give the option of paying with cash or credit card.  ***MARLAR: Or the deed to your house…

A restaurant in New York is offering the ultimate dessert: cocoas from 14 countries, milk and 5 grams of 24-carat gold topped with whip cream and shavings from a La Madeline au Truffle, served in a goblet with a band of gold, decorated with 1 carat of diamonds with a golden spoon diners can take home. Yours for just $25,000. ***MARLAR: I would totally order it… but it has a lot of carbs.

Physicists at two colleges in Massachusetts say they’ve developed a technique that allows them to bring particles of light to a screeching halt.  ***MARLAR: Which we already know how to do in (YOUR CITY) by opening the light bill.

A British dentist lost her practice for letting her untrained boyfriend drill patients’ teeth with no anesthetic.  ***MARLAR: This is totally shocking!  Britain has DENTISTS?!

A guy from the United Arab Emirates has set a new world record for typing the numbers from 1 to 50 in the fastest time. He did it in just 16.3 seconds.  ***MARLAR: It took us longer than sixteen seconds just to say that.

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