Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 18, 2010

Police said a Massachusetts man headed to a Vermont prison to serve a two-day sentence for driving under the influence was intoxicated when he drove himself to prison.  Vermont State Police say that staff at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield noticed that a 42-year-old man was intoxicated when he arrived late Tuesday afternoon and that he had driven himself there.  ***MARLAR: Well, if you’re going to do the time for the crime anyway…

Britain’s postal service says it has suspended deliveries to a woman following repeated attacks by her 19-year-old cat. Royal Mail said Friday that it had halted deliveries because postal workers had already sustained “nasty injuries” at the address in the town of Farsley, near Leeds in northern England.  The woman was identified as a 43-year-old pharmacy worker. Media reports say she found it hard to believe that her cat, named “Tiger,” could be behind the attacks.  ***MARLAR: Maybe it has something to do with all of the advertisements being left by the postal workers from companies encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets.

Officials in Owen County, Indiana, hope to find somebody who’ll pay $1,500 for a square inch of land. They think it got separated in the 1960s, when it was deeded to someone to get around a law that you had to own land to use the lake. The bank foreclosed on it, and it’s now being auctioned to pay back taxes, but the law says the minimum bid for all tax sale properties is $1500. An official said it’s too small to plant a flower on, but the price works out to almost $7 billion an acre, possibly the most expensive real estate in the world.  ***MARLAR: It’s the size of a postage stamp, but one day, a postage stamp will cost $1,500, too.

Since 1995, the number of criminals over 60 in the German justice system has risen 28 percent, so they’re planning the first senior citizens’ prison. Cells will accommodate walkers and wheelchairs and have plug-in earpieces for the hard-of-hearing. Beds and toilets will have hand-rails, and nurses will be on duty 24/7 for health crises. Instead of a weight room, there will be a spa offering physiotherapy. And they’ll get advice on how to spend their free time so they don’t repeat their crimes and return to prison. ***MARLAR: Are they kidding?  They’ll come back for the Tempur-Pedic mattresses alone!

Police in southeast Alabama are looking for a new type of criminal — the potty tipper. Authorities report the stinkers are flipping porta-johns at construction sites. One company reports four or five instances in a week, while several other firms have complained, too. Dothan police Captain John Givens says potty tipping is no trivial matter. He notes it costs plenty for the companies to clean up the mess.  Givens says his officers are stepping up patrols in the areas where the johnny jumpers have struck.  ***MARLAR: The stepping up is just to keep their feet dry.

A British study has found that stress at the office raises your risk of heart disease, especially if you’re under 50.  Researchers found that chronically stressed workers had a 68 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.  ***MARLAR: In other words, work can kill you.  But don’t stress out about it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says there’s no evidence that over-the-counter cold and cough medicines actually work in children under 6.  ***MARLAR: But it does make them go to sleep faster.

The worst soda for your teeth is RC Cola, followed by Cherry Coke and Coke. That’s the word from a new study by the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine that concludes that exposing teeth to soft drinks, even for a short period of time, causes dental erosion.  ***MARLAR: Which is why I’m switching to carbonated coffee.

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