Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 17, 2010

New Mexico State legislator Gail Chasey is proposing a 1% excise tax on TV sets, video games and video game equipment sold in his home state because those things lead to childhood obesity and poor performance in schools.  ***MARLAR: But then, so do Ho-Ho’s.

New research from Vanderbilt University claims that aggression is rewarding to people, just like food & drugs. ***MARLAR: They even reported it through gritted teeth.

A new study finds that you can still be a little overweight, perhaps even obese, and still be fit. If you’re not fit, it doesn’t take as much as you might think to get in shape, either. Experts say that 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five days a week can get you out of the hazardous low-fit category.  ***MARLAR: I’m in pretty good shape if “moderate activity” means arm stretches to the bowl of peanut butter cups.

British doctors say they have used an inert gas to prevent brain injury in a baby boy who was born in critical condition.  The treatment with xenon gas is experimental and has not been used elsewhere, the doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital in Bristol said Friday.  ***MARLAR: Meanwhile, children through the rest of the world are suffering brain damage from their gas of their fathers.

Police say a man robbed a north Portland, Oregon Bank of America branch on Wednesday, then stole a Jaguar with two Chihuahuas inside.  ***MARLAR: Ironically, he was planning a run for the border.

It didn’t take a lot of detective work to I-D a robbery suspect. Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, say Kevin Martzett left behind a pretty good clue — a check made out in his name from the Cass County Jail. According to authorities, Martzett was issued the check when he was released on bond earlier this month. Police say Martzett and another man forced their victim to go an A-T-M, deposit the check then withdraw 60 dollars and give it to them. Police say they’re still looking for the second suspect. Martzett was busted on a robbery charge. ***MARLAR: Armed robbery can get you twenty years… and robbing a guy for only $60?  That comes to just $2 per year.  Same yourself the hassle, and hold up your sofa at gunpoint for the spare change between the cushions.

In Soldotna, Alaska, 73-year-old Della Miller was on her way to a hair appointment when she crashed her car right through the front window of Tina’s Hair Pros, knocking one customer six feet across the room! In her defense the parking area in front of the salon was covered with snow. Two large plate-glass windows were destroyed, walls were damaged, and the stonework front outside the salon was smashed. But Ms. Miller, who was not injured, then proceeded with her appointment and got her hair done. She was not charged in the crash which was ruled accidental.  ***MARLAR: So the woman crashes through the front window of her hair salon and then asks, “But can you still do my hair?”

Radhakant Baijpai has been the Guinness record holder for longest ear hair since 2003.  Amazingly, in the time since his official recognition, the Indian grocer has been able to double the length of his world-beating tresses from five to 10 inches. Baijpai tells us that he uses a special herbal shampoo to help his ear hair to grow. ***MARLAR: We tried to get a phone interview with him, but he doesn’t hear well.

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