Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 14, 2010

Police in eastern Pennsylvania said two men tried to rob and carjack a pizza delivery driver but were defeated by the vehicle’s standard transmission. Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania police said the Domino’s Pizza driver had stopped at a red light early Friday when a man ran up to the vehicle from the rear and grabbed her by the throat and shirt. He demanded money while a second man tried to open the passenger door.  Police said the driver reported that the men fled after making a reference to the manual transmission. ***MARLAR: Police expect to have the men in custody in thirty minutes or less.

A Dubai appeals court on Sunday upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant.  The pair landed in court after an Emirati woman complained about the public kiss, which the couple insisted was just a peck on the cheek. They were arrested in November and convicted of inappropriate behavior.  ***MARLAR: Passersby kept telling them to “get a room” – and now for the next month they have one.

‘Eight O’Clock Coffee’ ranks higher than Folgers and Starbucks to take the top spot in the Consumer Reports magazine’s coffee taste test of 19 ground coffees. The results can be found in the March issue of Consumer Reports.  ***MARLAR: I have to wait until 8 o’clock for great coffee?  I do a morning show – I need great coffee at 4 o’clock!

Don’t offer Eugene Sukie a penny for his thoughts. He just got rid of a (m) million of them. The retired Ohio glass plant supervisor had been saving his pennies for about 35 years.  Recently he had all three and a-half tons of them trucked to a supermarket and fed through one of those Coinstar coins-to-cash machines. Coinstar officials say Sukie set a company record with his huge penny cash-in. Coinstar charged Sukie a service fee of about nine-percent but paid him even more — 15-hundred dollars — for the right to tell his story. In the end, Sukie walked away with more than eleven-thousand dollars. ***MARLAR: I’m going straight home after the show and flipping my sofa’s seat cushions…

Police tell us that a Deland, Florida man is now behind bars for using a tire iron to attack his brother over a pair of jeans. Police say a 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arguing Thursday night over the pants. The argument escalated and punches were thrown. The 23-year-old man then got the tire iron from a truck and struck his older brother in the back of the head and took off running. Police say he returned home and told deputies he felt bad about hitting his brother. The 23-year-old was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was taken to jail where he was being held without bail Friday. No word on who has the jeans right now.  ***MARLAR: Sound like this family has enough faulty jeans (genes) as it is.

A New York construction worker who went to the E.R. after being hit in the head by a wooden beam is suing the hospital for forcibly giving him a prostate exam. ***MARLAR: In other news, claims are way down for workman’s comp.

Mom’s kiss really did have special powers to make a skinned knee feel better. According to experts, a kiss is no longer just a kiss — it’s a prescription to good health. Research proves that when you feel loved and nurtured, like when your mother smooched your boo-boos, your immune system gets a huge boost and is able to fight off disease much better. A study also shows that people who get a morning smooch from their spouse take fewer sick days, have lower blood pressure and live up to five years longer. Kissing makes you feel better, by stimulating the pleasure center in your brain, bringing euphoria and elation.  ***MARLAR: I just can’t see my doctor saying, “Pucker up…”

Scientists at the University of Missouri report that just standing around may be as important as exercise.  ***MARLAR: Finally, a legitimate explanation for how the DMV works.

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