Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 21, 2010

A woman whose hair caught fire when her hairspray-coated follicles ignited as she lit a cigarette is now a southern Indiana town’s reigning “Village Idiot.” Dani Hamm earned the honorary title this month by getting the most votes from regulars at the Story Inn, a restaurant and bar about 15 miles east of Bloomington where she’s a bartender.  The title awarded every April comes with a $100 bar tab at the rural inn.  ***MARLAR: Actually, isn’t the bigger idiot the one who awards an idiot with a hundred bucks in free booze?

An Ohio high school softball coach threw a curve at the rival team’s coach when he dropped to one knee on the diamond and asked for her hand in marriage. Glen Este High School varsity coach Tim Gregory and Milford High School coach Christy Foster had been dating more than two years before Wednesday’s proposal.  Gregory says “softball is really what brought us together.” Foster, of course, said yes to the proposal and called it perfect.  The ensuing game wasn’t, though. Gregory’s team won 1 to 0.  ***MARLAR: He says that in the past two years he’s only made it to first base.

One morning a couple of months ago at Westchester Medical Center, Dawn Verdick gave Daniel Flood one of her kidneys. Verdick and Flood were not friends or family. In fact, they were total strangers from the East and West coasts. But that’s not the most unusual aspect of this case. The patient and donor were brought together after Flood’s three daughters placed an ad on Craigslist, the online classifieds site that offers everything from autos to real estate and guitar lessons to massage.”Please help us, my dad needs a kidney!” began their posting in the site’s volunteer section. “It was a shot in the dark, but it had worked for everything else,” Jennifer Flood said.  ***MARLAR: It worked for them, so we’re going to do the same thing and see if we can find a heart for our boss.

Three weeks after setting up a page on Facebook, a central Maine police department is crediting the social networking Web site with helping solve a vandalism case.  Auburn police say three teenagers broke into the spa last week at a Hilton Garden Inn. The teens ripped off wall tiles and threw them into the spa and hallway, causing about $1,000 in damages.  Police posted images from the hotel’s surveillance video on the department’s Facebook page, which they had set up Jan. 29.  Detectives then received several anonymous tips from Facebook users who recognized the boys.  Police have charged three youngsters, ages 15 and 16, with burglary and criminal mischief.  ***MARLAR: But that didn’t stop them from immediately asking the police officers to be their Facebook friends.

Talk about getting caught with your pants down! Authorities in Pensacola, Fla., charge Robert Pittman tried to make a run for it after a deputy responded to an alarm at a convenience store early the other morning. Deputies say the front door was smashed and Pittman was carrying packs of cigarettes. With his hands full, he couldn’t hold up his sagging trousers. According to deputies, Pittman tripped when his pants dropped. He now faces a number of charges including burglary and theft. ***MARLAR: And indecent exposure.

A Massachusetts man has created a dating service called ScientificMatch.com.  Eric Holzle’s dating service has questionnaires similar to other dating services, but unlike others he bases compatibility on how you smell, and how you smell others!  It’s based on a science called “histocompatibility” which studies how one person interprets the scent of another.  ***MARLAR: Maybe we’ll start hearing songs like, “You Smell Wonderful Tonight,” “Careless Nostril,” “Noses in the Stream,” and “The First Time Ever I Smelled Your Face.”  (As if Pepe LePew didn’t have romantic troubles before!)

Scientists have created a radio smaller than a grain of sand. ***MARLAR: But they had a really hard time plugging in the headphones.

The dollar sign originated from taking the abbreviation of the United States and placing one on top of the other. Later, the bottom of the “U” was dropped to form the present day design of the dollar sign.  ***MARLAR: That’s right – money only works if U are not involved.

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